Your eyes play such a vital role in your everyday life, so experiencing issues with your vision can be nerve-wracking. Whether you’ve accidentally scratched your eye during a DIY bang trim or you’re seeing flashes, seek medical attention immediately. Read up on the most common types of eye emergencies, so you can recognize the symptoms and receive help.
Dealing with Eye Stress at Work
Did you know that over 50 percent of Americans suffer from digital eye strain? As our working culture becomes more and more reliant on screens, eye stress is becoming an increasingly common diagnosis. How can you avoid eye stress at work?
Preventing Dry Eyes in Winter
Although there are many reasons to love winter — beautiful snow, cozy clothing, hot cocoa, hearty meals, the holidays — one undeniably unfortunate aspect of the season is the dry air. Because colder air holds less moisture, winter can cause issues like dry skin, sore throats, and, of course, dry eyes. Have you noticed that your eyes sting, burn, or feel scratchy in the winter months? Are they more sensitive to light? Is your vision a bit blurry, especially while wearing contacts? You might be suffering from dry eyes. Scroll down to learn how to prevent dry eyes in winter. [Read more…] about Preventing Dry Eyes in Winter
Heffington’s Protocol During the Pandemic/Epidemic
Updated on June 10, 2022.
Heffington’s is adapting operations during the Pandemic/Epidemic.
Our hours of operations at the Chestnut clinic and the Woodhurst Clinic are 9am-5pm with the possibility of being closed from 12-1pm.
Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients and employees, as we have adjusted our procedures to reduce the exposure.
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What Is an OCT Scan?
Has your optometrist recommended an optical coherence tomography (OCT) scan? If you’re hesitant or uncertain, we completely understand. After all, you might not be familiar with OCT scans – what they are, how they work, and why you could benefit from a scan. As it turns out, this advancement in technology is enhancing the way doctors diagnose and treat serious eye issues like glaucoma and retinal diseases. [Read more…] about What Is an OCT Scan?
Eye Complications from Diabetes
Diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels; unfortunately, it can also damage your eyes. There are several different types of eye complications from diabetes. So if you are diabetic, protect the health of your eyes by keeping your insulin levels in check and consulting your doctor if you notice any changes to your vision or eye health. Scroll down to learn how diabetes affects your eyes and how to spot signs of these complications before your vision is permanently affected.
Symptoms of Dry Eye Syndrome
Have you ever thought about how often you blink and why? Scientists have found that the average person blinks 15–20 times per minute. This means we spend about 10 percent of our waking time with our eyes closed (source). In healthy eyes, blinking replenishes the tear film, which is made of water, fatty oils, protein, electrolytes, and other substances that fight off bacteria (source). However, if you are experiencing dry eye syndrome, your eyes might feel constantly dry and gritty, no matter how many times you blink. Keep scrolling to learn more about the symptoms of dry eye syndrome, and contact your Optometrist to receive help.
LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) and other types of laser eye surgery are designed to treat myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism, and can allow you to see without glasses or contacts (source) until your eyes change. However, they don’t always work as intended. To make an informed decision about LASIK surgery, you need to educate yourself not only about the benefits of the procedure, but also about the risks for LASIK complications and side effects. [Read more…] about LASIK Complications
How to Choose Eyeglass Frames
Wondering how to choose eyeglass frames? Selecting the perfect pair of frames can be intimidating, especially if this is your first time wearing glasses. With so many frames to choose from, how can you find the most comfortable and flattering style for your face? Although you could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store, you can save yourself time and stress with a few simple tips. Use the recommendations below to narrow down your choices.
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What Causes Astigmatism?
If you’ve been diagnosed with astigmatism, you’re not alone. According to the American Optometric Association, most people have some degree of astigmatism. Astigmatism is an irregular curvature of the eye’s cornea or lens that disrupts the refraction of light rays. A healthy eye should have a round shape similar to a basketball, while an eye with astigmatism has a shape more like a football. Slight astigmatism usually doesn’t affect your vision, but in more severe cases you might experience blurred or distorted vision and need corrective lenses or surgery. So what causes astigmatism?
Chances are, it’s nothing you’ve done, so be wary of anyone who tries to convince you that it’s because you sit too close to the TV or read in dim light for too long. We’ve broken down two of the common causes of astigmatism so you can better understand the condition.