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Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. As...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. As our eye doctor can explain during your next eye exam, Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What You Need to Know About Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

Proper contact lens care can be a daunting task for many. Making sure that you, or your children, are using the right contact lens solution, in the right amount and changing it every day, as well as sticking to your doctor recommended replacement schedule every 2 weeks to a month,...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Fiesta Mall Office Moving to a New Location in Summer 2016

Our Fiesta Mall office will be moving to a new, expanded location in Summer 2016! You can expect the same team, the same great service and advanced technology. Our new address will be (just 4 miles away - in Mesa Grand Shopping Center, at Stapley Dr & US-60): 1649 S...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

The Importance of Proper Contact Lens Measurements and Fitting

Many times in life, One-size-fits-all can be really great! It takes the stress out of finding the right fit and is often quick, easy and convenient. But when it comes to contact lenses, one-size-fits-all is not only an uncomfortable, but also a potentially damaging, concept that can result in serious...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Dry Eyes vs. Red Eyes: How To Know and What To Do About It

Red eye and dry eye syndrome are quite easily confused. Both conditions include itchy, red and dry-feeling eyes.

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Adoption Awareness Campaign Results

Pearson Eyecare Group would like to thank all of our patients who donated to our November Adoption Awareness Campaign. Pearson Eyecare donated a dollar for every exam in November and matched any contributions patients made during the month. Our patient's support and generosity was amazing.  We had a an ambitious...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Round Up Your Eye Exam in Nov. to Support National Adoption Awareness Month

"There are over 17,000 children in foster care in Arizona. Many of those children are waiting for a foster home or an adoptive home. Gov. Ducey has signed a proclamation making November 'Arizona Adoption Month' (see the proclamation,right; click image to see full size.)   We want to do our...

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

Halloween Costume Contacts Promo

3 Ways to Save this Halloween Season: Special #1: $199 Comprehensive Eye Exam Contact Lens Evaluation One Pair of Costume Lenses   Special #2: $119 Contact Lens Evaluation, One pair of costume lenses (if the eye exam completed in the last 9 months)   Speical #3: $99 Office Visit One...

The Importance of Eye Exams For Children

Proper eye care is an extremely important part of a child's development. Developments during this period will effect a child for the rest of his/her life. It is extremely important that children receive attention regarding their eyesight from a very early age to be sure that everything is developing correctly...

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Community Involvement

It's important to give back to the community in which we live and work, which is why we are involved in a number of local outreach and charity initiatives. 

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

Pink Eye

Pink Eye is a very common eye condition in which the normally clear mucus membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface, known as the conjunctiva, becomes swollen and red or pinkish in color. Also known as conjunctivitis, pink eye can result from a number of different causes. Although most...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

Helpful Diabetes and Nutrition Tips

A diabetes diagnosis can be a very heavy burden. Suddenly, you have to track your diet closer than ever, totally rethink your previous lifestyle, and check your blood sugar several times a day. A person with diabetes should be aware of what he/she eats, how much, and when. This will...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Buying Contact Lenses In-Office

Why Should I Buy Contact Lenses From My Optometrist? Over the past few years, the contact lens wearing community has been bombarded with advertising promising low prices and convenient “to your door shipping” from online vendors of contact lenses trying to convince patients to buy their contacts online rather than...

Introducing the new 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE Color-Enhancing Contacts

We are pleased to announce the launch of 1-Day Acuvue DEFINE contact lenses.   These new contact lenses enhance the natural beauty of your eyes with three unique effects for every eye color. Available in Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine. Come in for a try on.  ...

Pearson Eye Care Group Voted “Best of Mesa 2015”

We are proud and honored to have been chosen by the East Valley Tribune as "Best of Mesa 2015" for Eyecare. Thank you to all of our patients for your votes and your confidence. Below is a screenshot from the March 26, 2015 edition of the Easy Valley Tribune. Click...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Preventing Contact Lens Overuse

Contact Lens Overuse Contact lens overuse is an increasingly common eye condition that has significant potential to do serious damage to your eyes, and lead to major eye and vision issues in the future. Dr. Pearson of Pearson Eyecare Group in Meza, AZ. comments “Contact lenses represent a great way...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Dry Eyes vs. Red Eyes: How To Know and What To Do About It by Dr. Peasrson

Red eye and dry eye syndrome can look very much the same. Both red eyes and dry eye syndrome include itchy, dry, red eyes. A person who has dry eye syndrome will often suffer thinking that their red, dry, itchy eyes are nothing more than something minor, like allergies, until...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe For Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

UV Protective Sunglasses: Winter Sports and UV Rays

Sunglasses are an essential part of your wardrobe, even in the winter. While many people associate the need for 100% UV protective sunglasses with warm weather and glaring sun like you find on the beach, harmful UV radiation is present even on a gloomy, cloudy day. No matter where you...

Diabetes and Your Eyesight

Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for serious eye damage? Diabetes is the leading cause of total vision loss in people between the ages of 20 and 74 according to recent studies by the National Institute of Health. One of the most serious complications of diabetes...

Toric Lenses: A Life Changer for Astigmatism

Are you aware that there are contact lenses especially for people with astigmatism? The cornea is generally spherical, but in the case of someone with astigmatism, it's more oval-shaped, sort of like a football. This changes how light hits the retina, and results in blurred vision. Contact lenses designed to...

What is Retinoscopy?

Sometimes, especially when performing an eye exam on a small child the eye doctor will focus a beam of light in the eyes. But why? Firstly, this test is a retinoscopy examination, and if you have issues with accurate vision, this is a preliminary way the eye doctor could assess...

Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

Technologically, we've really progressed in the past few years and now, it would be difficult to find someone not on some sort of mobile device. It's hard not to acknowledge that these devices are wonderful, because they let us stay connected almost always. Nevertheless because handheld devices have little screens,...

Retaining Good Vision in Middle Age

Many people begin to notice problems with reading small print and seeing close objects during their 40s. This condition is known as presbyopia. Fortunately, this doesn't mean that individuals who already wear prescription eyeglasses for distance vision are required to carry around two pairs of glasses and continually switch between...

Patch It Up

Many kids experience a lazy eye. A lazy eye forms when the brain turns off or suppresses sight in one eye. Vision might be suppressed if a child isn't able to see as well with one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. Usually, patches...

What We’ll Ask You At Your Eye Exam

Ladies and gentlemen with eye exams scheduled for the near future, can we have your attention please? There are a few things you should inform us of so that we can ensure you are analyzed accurately and thoroughly. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, it's important...

A Closer Look at Night Vision

You wake suddenly, in the middle of the night, or maybe you're looking for the light switch or door in a dark room. It's happened to all of us. It takes a few minutes for your vision to return. This process, called ''dark adaptation,'' allows our vision to adjust to...

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

Experiencing some trouble with reading is a frequently occurring problem if you're close to middle age. Being able to see things that are up close is a visual function that weakens as you age. Why? With age, your eye's lens is likely to become less flexible, decreasing your ability to...

Keeping Toys Safe for Eyes

Sometimes it's challenging to choose toys that will be safe for our children's eyes. Infants are born with an immature visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct stimulation. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more easily than toys and activities that involve hand-eye coordination and...

Send Your Child To School With Good Vision

Most school-based learning is achieved through the use of a child's eyes. Yet interestingly, in spite of this well-known correlation between vision and learning, many parents don't seem to be aware of just how common vision problems are, and as a result, don't include eye exams as part of their...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

All too frequently, we meet clever kids who really enjoy camp and extracurricular activities, but just don't feel the same way about school. In truth, he or she could have a hidden but very real condition, which impacts learning, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a near vision problem...

Understanding Visual Acuity

Everyone has stumbled upon the terms visual acuity and 20/20 vision. But what do these terms actually mean? 20/20 is used to indicate the accuracy of sight from 20 feet away. If you've been told you have 20/20 vision, that means that from twenty feet away you can see what...

A Fresh Look for Your Eyes

This summer, how about trying a new look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a vast range of color contact lenses, allowing you to slightly intensify or noticeably transform your eye color. This great line of lenses has so many options, that you'll be sure to get just what...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the...

Fresh Lenses: Why?

Have there been times when you've left your soft contact lenses in for too long? It's a basic fact that things are in in top form when they're new. It's important to know that the same idea also applies to your contacts. As a rule, you shouldn't leave your contacts...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

In the United States, this month is Cataract Awareness Month. Are you aware that cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss among adults aged 55 and older? Actually, more than half of all people who are 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. As stated...

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. However, the risks of years of exposure to these harsh rays are not often thought about, and most people take little action to protect their eyes, even when they're planning to be outside for an extended period of time....

Is it Time for Your Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested annually is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your eyes remain strong and healthy. During your procedure, your eye care professional examines...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have put out a new addition to their comprehensive range. It's called the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has added a great new feature to their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting off smooth surfaces like...

Recognizing Poor Vision

In patients, whether young or old, sometimes poor vision can be due to several possible factors such as changes in the body or in the eye, eye diseases, side effects caused by medication or injuries to the eye. Commonly, people also experience visual abnormalities resulting from aging or eye strain....

Women’s Eye and Vision Health

This month, Prevent Blindness America is focusing on Women's Eye Health and Safety. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease among the female population is being diagnosed in growing numbers, especially in older women. Actually, studies indicate that large numbers...

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring comes, along with more chance to engage in outdoor sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Every season, many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be prevented with the right safety measures. Wearing proper eye protection while...

Eye Care on The Go

One of the greatest necessities for road safety is, undeniably, good vision. In fact, safe driving requires a combination of a number of different visual abilities including the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, to name a few. Strong distance...

Vision at Work

To teach businesses and their workers about the importance of eye health, and to provide safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, workers are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that...

Focusing on Astigmatism

Surrounding your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under usual conditions, spherical. As light hits the eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to help focus that light, aiming it at your retina, which is in the anterior portion of your eye. But what happens when the...

Red, Itchy Eyes? Perhaps it’s Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently encountered eye infections, particularly with children. Pink eye can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even sensitivities to pollen, ingredients found in cosmetics, and chlorine in swimming pools, or other chemicals, which touch your eyes. Many types of...

Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

February has been dedicated by Prevent Blindness America to raise awareness about age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. Are you aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading reason for vision loss in adults over the age of 65? AMD is characterized by a deterioration of...

How Do You Disinfect Your Contact Lenses?

When it comes to use of contacts, it is crucial to understand the importance of proper eye hygiene. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that many adults were using potentially harmful substances rather than contact lens solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances including baby...

Protect Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

Dry eyes can be common during the winter due to cold and dry air conditions.

You Need to Wear Sunglasses in the Winter too!

Winter has officially arrived, which means in some locations biting winds and frigid rain, snow and sleet are also in the forecast. You would never even conceive of leaving the house without a coat in overcast climates; nevertheless unfortunately, many people don't think to wear sunglasses. Although many of us...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

As this month has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to emphasize the importance of being aware of the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a class of progressive ocular disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to loss of central vision and...

How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

Visit your Mesa, AZ Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults eventually begin to notice signs of presbyopia or a reduced ability to focus on objects that are close, as they age. With the growing worldwide population reaching older ages, more and more people are developing the...

Presents, Toys, and Eye Safety Awareness

Holiday season is right around the corner which means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned aunts and uncles love surprising the children with the latest toys for the holidays. It is crucial that family members explain to others some guidelines when it comes to toys and eye...

The End of the Year Is Coming! Don’t Lose Your FSA Dollars

Need a new pair of specs for the kids? Think it's time for an eye exam? Considering laser vision correction? This is the time to take care of all of your eye care needs. As the year's end advances, so does the end of your flex spending credits. If flex...

Living With Color Blindness

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Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Did you know that diabetes is the number one precursor to vision loss among men and women aged 20-74 years? If not, you are not alone. As of 2008, over 4 million individuals in North America living with diabetes were tested positive for blindness caused by diabetes. Of this number,...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Mesa, AZ

Amblyopia or lazy eye is the lack of central vision development due to the inability of the two eyes to function in unison. In the majority of instances of ambylopia the actual eyes are typically in good health but the condition cannot be corrected by just the use of prescription...

Mesa, AZ Vision Exams: Examining the Eye Chart

  Ever wonder why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it really stands for? The term 20/20 eyesight represents normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. In other words an individual with 20/20 eyesight can see an object clearly at a distance of 20 feet which is...

Mesa, AZ Treatment for Fall Eye Allergies

  While eye allergies are most commonly associated with springtime, just as many individuals experience symptoms during the fall months as well. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impede one's ability to function as desired. Symptoms of eye allergies...

Eye Safety for Halloween: Watch Out For Special Effect Contacts!

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, dressing up. As a consumer, you want to know of certain dangers to your eyes and vision that could put a damper on the fun and games. A popular costume prop as of late has been special effect contact lenses and...

Mesa, AZ Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

  The American Optometric Association (AOA) states that above seventy percent of workers that work daily at a computer screen (which is over 140 million people) experience computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged computer use can cause eye stress and effect eyesight in children as well as adults. Anyone...

Keeping the Home Atmosphere Eye-Safe

  In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will focus on ways to keep your home safe for your eyes specifically for children. It's important to be proactive to ensure your house is safe for your children's eyes. In general, children are born with an partially...

Makeup Advice for Contact Lens Wearers from your Mesa, AZ Eye Care Practitioner

For those who use contact lenses a number of precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Below are a few pointers for ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy. Purchasing Makeup To start, eye care professionals recommend you use only brands that are oil and fragrance free....

Sunblock and your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can take hours until the victim can comfortably...

Schedule Your Yearly Eye Examination in Mesa, AZ, in Honor of Cataracts Awareness Month

Many people aren't aware that cataracts are the leading culprit for sight loss for people 55 and over. In reality, over half of individuals above age 65 have some amount of cataract development. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. This inhibits the transmission...

Add Eye Exams to Your Back to School Routine: Mesa Kids’ Eye Exams

Many experts stress that approximately 80 percent of learning takes place through a child's eyes. Since a child's eyesight can change often, consistent eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Unfortunately, most parents don't make sight tests part of their child's back-to-school doctor's appointment line-up. In...

Young Adults and Contacts

Requiring glasses is often met with resistance from a adolescent. Young adults balk at the very idea of being seen in glasses and coming across ''uncool''. Compared to glasses, children and teenagers that use lenses report a significant improvement in their appearance, says a newly released study. The study report...

Help! How to Handle Some Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

There are a variety of different kinds of eye accidents that can take place, with varying degrees of severity. Some may necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an eye doctor, while others can be dealt with at home. Follow this guide to common eye injuries, to decide your next...

Why You Should Book a Comprehensive Eye Examination

For those of us who have eyes that are in good condition, it's common to overlook the importance of a routine eye examination. However, timely detection of eye disease is critical to keeping your eyes healthy. This can easily be done with an eye test. A significant number of optical...

10 Steps to Healthy Eyes This Summer

Now that the summertime has officially arrived it’s time to keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some pointers on staying safe in the sun: Make sure your glasses provide proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t protect against...

Preventing Children’s Eye Damage with Protective Glasses

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 emergency room visits a year. This is an eye trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that the vast majority of the damage could be easily avoided by using protective eyewear. More often than not injuries occur when individuals are playing...

The Facts About the Eye Health Benefits of Eating Carrots

Do carrots really improve your eyesight? While eye doctors admit that the orange root vegetables are made up of large quantities of a beta-carotene which is known to be very good for one's eyes, ingesting enormous quantities of carrots will not substitute for corrective eye wear. Beta-carotene is an orange...

Do You Know the Dangers of UV to Your Eyes?

  Most Americans are familiar with the dangers of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the necessity of using sunscreen and using other protective measures particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that UV and other types of radiation from...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Contacts

  Contact lens wearers need to be careful to treat their contacts adequately. Improper care can lead to damaged contacts, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which on occasion results in vision loss. Any individuals that are not capable of properly taking care of their contact lenses may...

Why Rigid Lenses Might be Great for You

  While soft contact lenses are most common, a second, less familiar kind of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also known as oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, hard lenses involve newer technology than soft contacts, and they are longer-lasting, can be more successful in improving eyesight, and...

Spring is Eye Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For many of us, spring time is eye allergy season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are often...

Shopping for Glasses Online…A Good Idea? Not Necessarily

Though many Internet users have become used to buying more and more products on the Web, glasses are one item that needs to be carefully considered prior to clicking that buy button. Here's why. Even though you may encounter reduced prices on e-commerce sites, the benefits of going to an...

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Dry Eyes Getting To You? Suggestions on Guarding Your Eyes This Winter

Even though many people think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to be irritated more quickly. Our team is here to assist you in choosing the...

This Month Pronounced Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

This month has been announced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment for senior citizens. Macular degeneration often results in low vision, a term eye doctors use to categorize significant visual impairment that cannot be helped by...

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