Eye Myths and Facts

There are a few ideas you may have heard about your vision that probably aren’t true.  Like crossing your eyes may make them stay that way? Or wearing glasses makes you dependent on them? Read on to learn more about common myths and shocking truths.

Reading in dim light will hurt your eyes.  While reading in dim light may cause eyestrain, which is temporary and will go away after you rest your eyes, it will not cause permanent eye damage.

Eating carrots will improve your eyesight. Carrots have vitamin A, which is essential for sight, but eating a bunch of carrots (or a large amount of vitamin A) will not improve your sight. We all know a well balanced diet …

Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes and Eye Health

Living with diabetes means careful control of your diet, monitoring your blood sugar and keeping a watchful eye of your overall health. While it is a manageable disease, it is a very serious condition which can lead to multiple health problems. One such problem can impact your vision. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year to ensure your eyes are healthy and you are not showing signs of retinopathy risk. Retinopathy is a general term applied to vision problems caused by diabetes. Like most health issues, the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the better the chances are for …

Presbyopia

Presbyopia

Presbyopia is an age-related condition of the eye. It is believed that the natural lens in your eye thickens and stiffens over time. This inflexibility makes focusing your eye difficult when trying to view things close up. Trouble reading small print is a good example. This condition usually occurs around the age of 40 and can happen to anyone, even if they’ve had perfect vision for most of their life.

Some side effects of Presbyopia are blurry vision, eye fatigue or headaches while reading or viewing things close-up including viewing a computer screen.…

Make an eye exam part of your BACK TO SCHOOL routine!

Make an eye exam part of your BACK TO SCHOOL routine!

Did you know that vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood?  That’s bad news, but the good news is that, if caught, it can be easily treated in most cases! The real key is diagnosing vision issues before they manifest into other issues, including problems with behavior and even school performance.…

Summer’s Here! Protect Your Eyes From the Sun.

Summer’s Here!  Protect Your Eyes From the Sun.

Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays from the sun.
Even on an overcast day, harmful UV rays can cause sunburn of both the skin and the cornea of the eye.

Most Americans understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun but they seldom make an effort to protect their eyes. Many are unaware that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can harm the eyes and affect vision as well.…

Tips For Computer Eye Strain

With so many of us using computers at work, computer eye strain has become a major job-related complaint. Studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50 to 90 percent of computer workers.

If you work at a computer, there’s a good chance you experience computer eye strain. Eye strain and associated symptoms from prolonged computer work such as blurred vision, headaches and muscle strain are called computer vision syndrome, or CVS.…

Now offering optomap® Retinal Exam

Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Jacksonville Vision Center offers the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as your fingerprint and provides Dr. Taylor with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high …

Appropriate Age for Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses were invented in the early 1900s and in fact, Leonardo da Vinci is credited with the concept behind contact lenses way back in the early 1500s!

Popular usage of the lenses didn’t emerge until the 1950s and 1960s. Initially, the contacts were made of glass, that was heavy and uncomfortable. Today’s lenses are mostly plastic and very soft, which makes them comfortable to wear and easy to care for.

Persons of all ages enjoy wearing contact lenses. Some benefits are full peripheral vision; self-confidence and great to wear during activities like sports and dancing.

Is there a best age to start wearing contact lenses? The answer is not as easy as yes or no because many factors need …

Make Vision Care Part of your New Year Plans

Happy New Year and welcome to 2012. Are you making new goals and plans for the New Year? Do those plans include your health and vision care?

While many of us take the time to ponder our lives and make plans to improve it in some areas, we often overlook some of the basics like our health and vision care. Sure, dieting is usually near the the top of the list, but vision care – an important component of your overall health – rarely makes an appearance in the top ten.

As an aside, here are the most common New Year Resolutions according to USA.gov.

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