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.
We are pleased to announce that Heffington’s reopened its doors on May 4th! We will be open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. going forward. However, things will look a little different when you stop by for your next appointment. As our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients and employees, we have adjusted our typical procedures to reduce the spread of germs. We heard a story about restaurants utilizing outdoor seating and thought, “Why not us?!” So for the time being, weather permitting, we will be conducting the majority of our services outdoors. [Read more…] about How Heffington’s Is Adapting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
You want the best for your child, which is why it’s so important that you recognize how to tell if your child needs glasses. Poor eyesight can affect just about every aspect of your child’s life: their education, their relationships, their hobbies, their future visual health, and much more. Don’t assume that your child’s visual screening at school will detect all problems related to vision and eye health. Instead, schedule a vision screening for your child periodically and keep an eye out for symptoms of poor eyesight.
Despite their outward simplicity, contact lenses accomplish a complex job. These thin optical devices, which allow people to see clearly, date all the way back to 1887 – but it isn’t clear who we can thank for the invention. Some sources say that German glassblower F.A. Muller created the glass contact lens in 1887, while other reports say Swiss physician Adolf E. Fick and Paris optician Edouard Kalt teamed up to create the first glass contact lens in 1888 (source). Modern contact lenses are generally comfortable and easy to use, but they require more upkeep than glasses. Learn how to take care of contact lenses to keep your eyes healthy.
Do you ever skip washing your hands before inserting your contact lenses because you’re in a rush to get to work? Have you ever thrown them in their case before bed because you’re so eager for some well-deserved shut-eye? No matter how busy you are, it’s essential that you take a few moments to clean, disinfect, and safely store your contact lenses each day. Not only does this reduce your risk of eye infections, corneal scratches, and other serious eye conditions, but also your eyes will feel more refreshed and less agitated. Scroll down to learn how to properly clean contacts.
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You wouldn’t skip your annual physical exam, but for many patients, regular eye exams just aren’t a priority. Maybe it’s the fact that vision loss tends to happen slowly – or maybe it’s the knowledge that some insurance plans don’t cover vision care, making it difficult for patients to access regular exams. Either way, it’s important to understand that eye exams are crucial at every age, even if you think your eyesight is just fine. So, why are eye exams important?
Whether you’re shopping for glasses for the first time or discussing adjustments to your current pair, you may come across some unfamiliar terms, such as temples, bridge, and end piece. If you don’t understand what your optometrist or a sales assistant is referring to with these terms, don’t be afraid to ask for a quick explainer! Or maybe you’d rather learn the parts of eyeglass frames before you go shopping for new glasses? If so, review the diagram and descriptions below.
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So you’ve had an eye exam and one thing is clear: It’s time for corrective eyewear. If, like most of the population, your vision is less than 20/20, you’ll find yourself choosing between glasses and contacts. While both are effective vision-correcting tools, it’s important to weigh your options – contacts vs. glasses – to determine which fits best with your lifestyle.
So you’ve visited your eye doctor and been told that it’s finally time for glasses. Congratulations! You’re about to see the world much more clearly – and gain a new accessory in the process. However, there are a few things you should know about your new glasses, especially if this is your first time wearing corrective eyewear. Even people who have worn glasses for years need an adjustment period when it comes time for a new prescription. Our tips for new glasses wearers will make the process as seamless as possible.
Remember those childhood summers spent at the pool? Entire days could pass while you were diving in search of submerged pool toys – often with the help of those goofy full-face goggles. Once you got a little older, you may have spent time training yourself to swim with your eyes open. Splashing around and gazing underwater with open eyes can be fun when you’re a kid – but what about when you’re an adult wearing contact lenses? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially recommends that contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water. However, that can be hard to do when you’re on the go in the summertime. So is swimming with contacts really a bad idea?