No matter how good your eyesight is, there’s one pair of glasses you’re almost certain to buy in your lifetime: reading glasses. When you find yourself squinting at your daily paper or holding your phone at arm’s length to read a text, it’s time to buy some reading glasses. But choosing the right pair of reading glasses doesn’t have to be a chore! Let’s talk about how to pick the ideal pair for you.
Did you know that it’s possible for the retina to lift away from the back of the eye? This is known as retinal detachment, and it prevents the retina from working correctly, which can cause blurry vision. If that sounds like a temporary inconvenience, think again. If your retina becomes detached and you don’t visit an eye doctor ASAP, you could permanently lose your sight in that eye. Watch out for the symptoms of retinal detachment, and notify your eye doctor if you spot any concerning changes.
[Read more…] about Symptoms of Retinal Detachment
Have you ever tried to look through a frosty window? If so, you may have an idea of how it feels to live with cataracts. People who have cataracts struggle to see through increasingly cloudier eye lenses, making it hard to read, drive, or see far-away details. But what causes cataracts? Find out how you can help prevent and treat this common condition.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!” If you’ve seen a heart-wrenching movie or attended an especially moving concert, you’re probably heard that phrase. But the truth is, there’s never a dry in the house – because our eyes are constantly full of tears. Of course, we only see our tears when our eyes begin to water, but they’re always there, providing moisture and lubrication. If you have dry eyes, it means your tear system needs a bit of TLC – but what are the causes of dry eyes?
20/20 vision. 20/10 vision. A lot of numbers get tossed around during vision assessments, but what do they actually mean? Contrary to popular belief, having 20/20 vision doesn’t necessarily mean you can see perfectly. It also isn’t as common as you may think. Check out these myths if you’ve ever wondered, “What does 20/20 vision mean?”
Heffington’s will reopen on May 4th with a soft launch, in accordance with governing health authorities. We invite patients to visit us for routine eye exams, medical visits, contact lenses, adjustments and repairs, and the purchase of new eyewear. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our patients and employees, so we will be adjusting our normal procedures during this time.
We will be open from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of our staff members will receive OSHA training and certification to ensure they can maintain a safe environment for everyone visiting the clinic. In addition, we will be regularly sanitizing our eyeglass frames, continually cleaning and disinfecting the clinic, and using directional distancing barriers to protect our patients’ health.
We will also be utilizing drive-thru and curbside pickup to minimize contact. Please call or text 417-882-3937 to let us know you have arrived, and we will meet you outside.
What to Expect When Visiting the Clinic
- A sanitary mask and gloves will be required to enter the clinic. Please bring your own and put them on before you enter.
- Only patients will be admitted into the office. We will be limiting capacity and enforcing social distancing of at least six feet.
- We will be performing temperature checks. If your temperature reads above 99.0° Fahrenheit, you will be asked to reschedule.
- Before your appointment, please preregister online so that we can avoid cross-contamination through pens, paper, and clipboards.
We appreciate your patience during this time. Our team is closely monitoring the recommendations of health authorities, and we will adjust our procedures as needed to best protect our community.
Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19, Heffington’s will be temporarily closing our offices for a few weeks, per the CDC recommendation that optometry clinics reschedule non-essential examinations and maintain a 6 foot radius of contact.
I want to let you know that we will be on call to see urgent or emergent eye care needs such as the following :
- Injuries or Infections
- Sudden vision loss
- Lost or Broken glasses / contacts
We will be extending contact lens and other prescriptions that our Doctors approve and hope to be back in a few weeks after this crisis clears.
We thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.
If you have an emergency please call us @ 417-882-3937 and we will make plans to see you in a safe and noninfectious environment.
“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.”
– Habakkuk 1:5
Heffington’s Doctors and Staff
Have you noticed new floating objects in your vision or perhaps flashes of light when you look around the room? You may be dealing with posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). Checking for posterior vitreous detachment is an important part of assessing your vision. According to the American Society of Retina Specialists, PVD is a change that can occur during adulthood. In some mature eyes, the vitreous gel separates from the retina, which is the light-sensing nerve layer. Below, we’ll discuss the symptoms and treatment options for this condition. [Read more…] about Exploring Posterior Vitreous Detachment
Like your skin, your eye is composed of several layers. Located at the front of the eye, the cornea is the clear outer layer that helps your eye focus light – and just like your skin, your cornea is susceptible to scratches and scrapes. A scratched cornea, or corneal abrasion, occurs after a foreign body like a makeup brush, a piece of dust, or a fingernail makes contact with the surface of your eye. Scroll down to find out what to do if you scratch your cornea.
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.