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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice.

Tips to Protect Your Vision At The Pool

As temperatures rise and pool days become frequent, Bladen Eye Center offers valuable advice on protecting your eyes from chlorine, UV rays, and other poolside risks. Follow these tips to ensure a fun and eye-safe summer.

Beyond the Blink: Why Women Battle with Dry Eyes

Navigating the world with dry eye syndrome presents unique challenges, particularly for women. The discomfort of dry eyes can shadow even the brightest days, affecting everything from work to leisure. As we observe Women's Eye Health and Safety Month, let's delve into the symptoms, underlying causes, and actionable solutions for...

A Visit to the Emergency Room or Your Optometrist?

When the emergency is related to your eyes, consider a trip to your optometrist's office instead of the ER. Here's why.

Fall Allergies: Cause, Effect, and Solution

Fall is a great time of year, but the accompanying allergens: not so much. Let’s talk causes, effects, & solutions of allergies, & how they can affect your eyes

A Close Up of Presbyopia

There are several ways to combat presbyopia, and the good news is, your optometrist can help!

Sunglasses: Protect Your Peepers

June brings with it, not only the first day of summer, but also National Sunglasses Day.

Are Contact Lenses Safe For Young Children?

It may surprise you to learn that contact lenses can be safely worn by children aged 8 and over. Read on to learn more about contact lenses for the younger demographic.

The Importance of Eye Exams for Contact Lenses

Contact lenses that don’t fit properly can cause discomfort and even eye damage. During a contact lens exam, your eye doctor will perform various tests to ensure you get the right prescription and the proper fit.

8 Ways Your Eyes Change With Age

The older one gets, the more the eye changes and the higher the risk of developing sight-threatening conditions. Learn about why middle-aged people need reading glasses and when to visit the eye doctor.

Protect Your Eyes From Vision Loss: Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially sight-threatening condition caused by high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Fortunately, your eye doctor can advise on how to manage and reduce the risk of developing it.

New To Contact Lenses? Here Are Our Top 5 Tips!

If you or your child is new to wearing contact lenses, read our Top 5 Tips to make the adjustment easier.

5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Why not, you ask? Read on to find out why sunglasses are just as much “fall wear” as jackets are.

The Best Foods for Your Eyes

Consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can support your eye health and potentially ward off serious eye diseases and conditions. Read on to find out more!

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.

Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?

Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to New Glasses?

Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.

Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient.   Despite the...

Essential vs. Non-Essential Eye Care

As we navigate new processes and protocols as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, you may be wondering, what's the difference between Essential and Non-Essential Eye Care. Essential Eye Care services include treatment for medical conditions, including urgent care needs that keep patients from carrying out their regular daily routines....

What Services Can I Get Using Tele-Optometry?

Tele-optometry is a branch of telemedicine that can cover a wide range of problems and treatments related to vision and ocular health. Tele-medicine delivers medical care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology, such as online videos accessible through smart phones and tablets. This allows patients to easily receive screenings,...

Breakfast Cookies Filled With Nutrients To Fight Dry Eye

Omega 3s. The thing that no one wants but we surprisingly need, especially if you suffer with dry eye syndrome. Omega 3s are a family of essential fatty acids that play important roles in the human body. We cannot produce them on our own, so we must get them from...

Sunglasses and Macular Degeneration

Do you know why it is important that all of us wear sunglasses when outside? Studies have shown that exposure to sunlight throughout life, including childhood, increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). People with AMD struggle with central vision loss ranging from mild distortion to total central...

Kale, Spinach And Sweet Potato Bowl

This month The AOA has declared June, the Cataract Awareness Month. One more benefit of eating healthier….healthier eyes! Eating foods high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamin C and E will help ward off Cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. Foods that involve kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips,...

Acai Bowl – Full of antioxidants for Dry Eye prevention

Dry eye can be caused by oxidative stress in the body. Foods rich in antioxidants can help slow down the process of oxidation. Here is a great recipe filled with fruits that are abundant in antioxidants. Ingredients: 1 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh) 1 frozen sliced banana 1/2 cup rice...