Back to School Check list-make sure you have all the essentials!

Healthy Vision is the key to learning!  As we approach BTS, we have checked many "to-do" items off our list.  Was an eye exam one of your "to-do's"?

People frequently misunderstand the key role that healthy vision plays in learning.  Did you know that 80% if all learning comes from our vision?

Participating in school involves many visual demands and visual abilities.  All parents want their children to succeed in school but they often forget the most important tool in the key to learning.  They provide them with the best educational sources such as tutors and  pay for special learning programs.  They provide them with the best tools such as efficient planners and advanced calculators but too often  the one important tool may be overlooked -a child's vision!

When certain visual skills are not developed or poorly developed children will avoid reading, avoid homework, experience discomfort that leads to hyperactivity, and they may have a lower level of comprehension.  Undiagnosed and untreated visual and focusing problems can be exhibited and diagnosed as a behavior issue such as ADHD.

Give your child all the tools they need for a healthy learning environment.  vision changes happen frequently-an annual eye exam should be the number one "to-do" for your back-to-school list.

Check off the best to do for your child's success in learning, an annual eye exam! Remember 80% of all learning is visual!

Dr. Schmidt's Latest Research Has Just Been Published!

Many of you know that Dr. Schmidt does a great deal of research on drugs and devices designed to improve the quality of life for people with eye disease. His most recent research and study, on a drug he has helped to develop, has just been published in a European Ophthalmology journal.

This study revolves around the drug called Lenstatin. Lenstatin is a pill that has been shown to slow down the progression of cataracts in patients delaying the need for surgery in the majority of those who took the pill. Dr. Schmidt feels that this drug could have tremendous positive effects especially in less developed countries where cataract surgery is not as technologically advanced as it is here in the U.S.

“In many countries around the world cataracts are a vision threatening disease because the people simply don’t have access to good surgical care like we do here in the States,” says Dr. Schmidt. “Lenstatin, because it greatly slows down the development of cataracts, could be a tremendous way of maintaining sight for people in such countries.” Dr. Schmidt goes on to say, “It is our hope that we can get this pill, which has no side effects by the way, to people in the African continent, the Philippines and similarly less developed nations, to really ease the burden that untreated cataracts are causing.”

We are so proud of you Dr. Schmidt! Way to go!!

View the article here https://www.ecronicon.com/ecop/pdf/ECOP-09-00302.pdf

May is Healthy Vision Month...learn how to protect your eyes

May 2, 2018

Your eyes work hard daily to bring this beautifully created world to you!  In fact, 80% of all information delivered to you is through your sight.  That is huge, especially if you are a child absorbing new information as school all day.

80% of your knowledge is through your eyes....with that being said, be smart-protect your eyes and your families and friends eyes.

BUT HOW?

1.  Schedule a regular eye exam -for you and your loved ones

   An eye exam is misunderstood by many.  Most patients think any eye exam is a vision test. And yes, a vision test is part of your examination.  In fact, it is 10% of your eye exam, the rest of your exam test the actually working operation of the eye, the doctor tests for any irregularities of the eye, any ocular diseases and any systemic and neurological issues of the body.  Your eye contains your Optic Nerve.  The Optic Nerve delivers visual information from your eye to your brain.  It is also a part of your central nervous system.  With this being said, many systemic disease and neurological issues along with tumors can be detected and detected early from an annual eye exam .

2.  Protect your eyes

  Your eye is a muscle, overworked muscles get weak.  Regular eye exams keep your eyes strong by making sure the proper correction is allowing your eye muscle to work the most efficiently. 

3.  The Sun

Sunglasses are not just for fashion and they are not all the same, even if they all are polarized, they are not the same!  Proper "filtered" polarized sunglasses are the key to arm against the powerful UVA and UVB rays we all are exposed to daily.  You have been educated not to go out in the sun without quality suntan lotion as burned skin creates cancerous skin cells.  Your eyes burn and overexposure of dangerous UVA and UVB rays causes direct relationships with getting cataracts and a eye degenerative disease called Macular Degeneration.  

Be smart, protect you and you family invest in a filtered polarized pair of sunglasses.  Get the croakie for your child, to help keep the investment safe.  After all you are investing in their prolonged sight not the eyeglasses.

Take charge of your vision this month-book your appointment.  Our doctors at Omni Eye Specialists and Bladen Eye Center would be happy to keep your eye health healthy!

 

 

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month...let the secret out!

As it maybe the last secret you want to keep!  Glaucoma is a silent disease.  It is called the "Sneak Thief of Sight", as there are no symptoms and once your vision is lost, it is permanent.  As much as 40% of sight can be lost at one time.

January is Glaucoma National Awareness Month.  Let the word get out.  Talk to your friends and family about Glaucoma- it is important! Over 3 million people in the US have Glaucoma. Over 60 million in the world have Glaucoma.  

What is Glaucoma?  

It is a series of diseases that steals your eye sight.  Vision loss occurs as it causes damage to your Optic Nerve.  . Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.  Don't be a victim to Glaucoma.

How do I know I have it?

 I mean, if it is silent, how will I know?

Your only way to know,  is to have  regular eye exams.  A comprehensive eye exam will detect if you have the disease and then you can start immediate treatment to control the disease and pressure of your eye.  Annual eye exams are a must, as the disease starts typically in your peripheral vision, causing loss of vision were you cannot detect it immediately.  It isn't until the disease progresses that you notice vision loss.  That is why regular scheduled eye exams are important for early detection and diagnosis.

Don't let it be a secret!

 Get your exam today!  And where better to have your exam but at Omni Eye Specialists and Bladen Eye Center, where one of the leading Glaucoma doctors in the nation practices.  Get your exam from the doctor who teaches other doctors how to detect and treat  Glaucoma.  Dr. Eric Schmidt is recognized as a leader in the eye industry  in treatment of Glaucoma.  Schedule your appointment today.

Digital Eye Strain- Is this you....read on!

Digital Eye Strain 

 

According to a CNN survey, 95% of Americans have a cellphone and 77% own a smartphone. The average time people spend on their devices (phone, computer, tablet) is 7.5 hours a day. This much screen time is directly correlated to the discomfort that digital eye strain causes. Digital Eye Strain, also known as Computer Vision Syndrome, is a group of eye and visual symptoms that result from extended computer, tablet, and cellphone use. These problems include… 

· Eye strain/fatigue 

· Dry eye 

· Headache 

· Blurry vision 

· Neck/shoulder pain 

 

Is this you? 

 

Digital eye strain affects all age groups, even children, teens, and young adults. The Vision Council reports that over 70% of children 18 and younger and almost 90% of people ages 18-39 are spending more than 2 hours a day on their cellphone, tablet, or computer. 

 

How do we ease the burden caused by digital eye strain? 

 

The doctors at Omni Eye Specialists recommend the Eyezen lens. The Eyezen lens provides three key benefits to the modern single vision patient. 

· It incorporates a small amount of accommodative relief to alleviate eye strain caused by viewing near objects like cellphones and tablets for hours on end. 

· These lenses also help reduce your exposure to harmful blue light (415-455nm on the color spectrum) that your digital device emits. 

· All Eyezen lens designs have Wavefront Advanced Vision Enhancement technology to provide sharper vision than ordinary single vision lenses. 

 

Along with the Eyezen lens, taking breaks from devices, reducing overhead fluorescent lighting that causes glare, proper posture and distance from the computer are great ways to alleviate digital eye strain. 

 

Let us help you get through your workday with less eye strain and fatigue. Make an appointment with us today and be sure to discuss your digital habits with yo

Keratoconus-What is it?

Our Doctors are trained to treat Keratoconus....

Keratoconus is a progressive eye disease where the normal cornea thins and begins to bulge into a cone-like shape. This cone causes irregular astigmatism and near-sightedness leading to distorted vision, glare, and light sensitivity. Severe forms of the disease can lead to partial rupture of Descemet’s layer of the cornea causing swelling and pain. 

 

There is usually a genetic predisposition for keratoconus so multiple family members may have this condition. Systemic associations include Down syndrome, atopic disease (dermatitis, asthma, allergic rhinitis), and mitral valve prolapse. It is also associated with chronic eye rubbing. 

 

Conservative management of keratoconus is typically prescription contact lenses. Mild cases may be able to wear soft contact lenses but most moderate to severe keratoconic patients need some sort of hard contact lens. 

o Gas Permeable Lenses – hard contact lens that floats on the cornea to provide more crisp vision 

o “Piggy Back” Lenses – hard lens that fits on top of a soft contact lens used to provide more comfort 

o Hybrid Lenses – hard contact lens surrounded by a soft skirt giving comfort and clarity 

o Scleral/Semi-scleral Lenses – large diameter hard contact lens that covers the cornea and part of the white part of the eye called the sclera 

 

Progression of keratoconus may need to be surgically treated. An exciting new FDA-approved technology is corneal cross-linking. Riboflavin (a type of B vitamin) is applied to the eye and treated with UV light. This technique strengthens the cornea and slows/stops progression. This is a promising new treatment for those suffering with keratoconus. Other surgical options include Intacs and corneal transplant. Intacs, curved implants inserted into the peripheral cornea to help reshape the cornea, may delay progression but will not stop it. Corneal transplant, also known as penetrating keratoplasty, is a replacement cornea with organ donor tissue.

Make an appointment today with Dr. Treece and get relief!

Hey Batter! Batter!

Sports Vision....everything you need to know to see the ball better!

 

What you need to know about sports vision and contact lenses…

 

Whether it’s professional football or the occasional tennis match with friends, people that need corrective lenses find these activities challenging.   More than half of American adults have vision issues and need some sort of corrective lenses.  Many of these people choose contact lenses over glasses due to the competitive advantages they offer.

 

Contact lenses offer better peripheral vision with an unobstructed field of view.  Eyeglass frames can block your peripheral view and glasses can cause some peripheral distortion, especially with higher prescriptions.  Without this hindrance when wearing contact lenses, reaction times are faster making the athlete more effective and efficient.

 

Contact lenses provide the athlete with stable vision.  Eyeglasses can slide down or even get knocked off during a game causing blurry vision.  There is no need to worry about that with contact lenses.  Also, contact lenses do not fog up when playing in cold weather or in the rain.  They provide clear, comfortable vision throughout the activity.

 

Are you an athlete?  We’d be happy to help provide you with the best possible vision for your sport.  Come see us for your custom contact lens fit today!