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Are my headaches related to my eyes? Nov 1st, 2021

There are many different types of headaches and a wide range of causes that may lead to a headache. Learn more about when you should visit your eye doctor to discuss your headaches.    Types of Headaches Sinus headache: pain associated with the sinuses which are located above the eyebrow...

My eye doctor is a Disease Detective: Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inflammatory diseases Oct 1st, 2021

Inflammation is your body’s appropriate response to an injury or infection in order to heal. This normal process becomes a problem when an overreaction of the immune system produces excessive inflammation without a specific cause leading to chronic inflammatory diseases. Some of these diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,...

How the pandemic made children’s vision worse Sep 1st, 2021

This year has been a challenging one for many. Besides all of the impacts on healthcare, jobs, and the economy, children have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. With the conversion to online learning, many kids have been spending more time than ever on computers and tablets causing worsening myopia...

My Eye Doctor is a Disease Detective: High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Aug 2nd, 2021

High blood pressure (hypertension) and Diabetes are diseases that affect the blood vessels in your body. These diseases are very common and can affect many organs including the eyes. Since the eye is the only place we can view the blood vessels directly (without surgery), an eye examination can provide...

Can ANYONE wear contact lenses? Jul 14th, 2021

Can ANYONE wear contact lenses?    Many patients are interested in trying contact lenses but are unsure what their options are and if they are a good candidate for contact lenses. Over the last decade, contact lenses have exploded in the eyecare space and now there are more options available...

What options do I have for dry eyes?  Feb 15th, 2021

What options do I have for dry eyes?  Dry eyes can be due to a variety of reasons including not blinking often enough, side effects of medications, changes in hormones, seasonal weather variations, or other systemic diseases.  Some symptoms often associated with dryness include:  Irritated, gritty feeling Burning or stinging...

How can you help your child have healthy eyes and clear vision? Feb 1st, 2021

How can you help your child have healthy eyes and clear vision? As parents, we all want the best for our children including clear vision and healthy eyes. Oftentimes in the office, parents ask what they can do at home to help prevent worsening vision. Regular Eye Exams:  Yearly exams...

Is this an Eye Emergency? Jan 20th, 2021

Many patients wonder what eye problems are considered emergencies and which can wait to be evaluated. Some of our patients may require a visit to the Emergency room while others can be treated at your eye doctor’s office.  There are multiple very serious causes of visual changes or symptoms that...

5 Benefits of getting a Retinal Photo at your Eye Exam Jan 11th, 2021

5 Benefits of getting a Retinal Photo at your next Eye Exam Retinal photos are a relatively new technology in the eyecare field but have shown to be very helpful in providing great patient care and careful monitoring. The Optomap machine takes images which provide an unprecedented 200 degree view...

What is pink eye? Jan 3rd, 2021

The term “pink eye” is commonly used to describe any red eyes. It should be used to describe a viral conjunctivitis but is often confused for bacterial conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, or other common causes of red eyes.  Causes of pink or red eyes: Viral conjunctivitis: a viral infection in or...

Don’t sit so close to the TV (or computer, or tablet, or cellphone) Dec 21st, 2020

It is a phrase that many people have heard a parent say before, but may not understand completely. The importance of how close we look at objects cannot be stressed enough in young children. Your child may want to sit close to the TV (or other objects) if they have...

How young is too young for Contact Lenses? Dec 16th, 2020

How young is too young for Contact lenses? Contact lenses are a medical device regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which are regularly used by eyecare professionals to correct vision. Many parents inquire as to what age children can start wearing contact lenses, and there is no exact...

Digital Eye Strain or "Computer Vision Syndrome" Dec 9th, 2020

Digital eye strain or “Computer Vision Syndrome” These days nearly every career requires a significant amount of hours working on the computer. The pandemic has pushed more people to work from home, oftentimes leading to a new workspace and therefore new complaints about digital eye strain.  Common complaints  Eyes feel...

How does COVID-19 affect the eyes? Nov 30th, 2020

How does COVID-19 affect the eyes? Much has been talked about regarding the wide variety of symptoms associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While we are still learning about the various systems in our body that can be affected, we are just beginning to understand how the disease affects...

Tips for Lens fogging and Mask-associated Dry Eyes Nov 24th, 2020

The pandemic has brought a wide range of changes to our everyday life and new challenges for our patients to overcome. The necessity to wearing masks to reduce the spread of COVID has created entirely new problems for our eyes and vision.  Lens fogging:  As you may know by this...

How Ortho-k Improves Your Sight As You Sleep Jun 24th, 2020

Some 12 million people over age 40 in the US have some vision impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and nearly 7% of kids have a diagnosed eye condition. If you’ve dreamed of having better vision, dislike wearing glasses or contacts, or have learned that LASIK...

Solar Eclipse Eye Safety Tips Aug 17th, 2017

If you haven’t heard yet there will be a solar eclipse this coming Monday August 21st, 2017. This is one of the rare occurrences we will see the moon pass in front of the sun leading to a total solar eclipse, or for us in Florida we will see a...

Happy 4th of Jul-EYE Jun 28th, 2017

A Salute to Our Military and their families!  Thank you for dedicating yourselves to our country and our freedom!   As many of us make plans to celebrate our Independence Day this year we are mostly likely including fireworks as part of the festivities. It’s simply characteristic of the holiday...

What is keratoconus? Jun 9th, 2017

Keratoconus is a condition where the cornea (front tissue of the eye) begins to thin and become cone-like instead of maintaining it’s round shape.  This causes distortion in your vision. Most symptoms appear in the late teen years or early twenties and can be different between the eyes. The exact...

UV Awareness Month May 3rd, 2017

May is ultraviolet awareness month!   Summer is just around the corner! Are you getting ready to take a vacation or hit the beach?  Remember to protect the entire family’s eyes while you are out having fun… Even the little ones need protection.      So what is Ultraviolet (UV)...

Halloween Contacts Nov 4th, 2016

So what’s the big deal?!  Why is it so bad to get contacts without an eye exam?  Well, first the FDA considers contact lenses to be a medical device.  Second, if you are getting contacts without having to show a prescription, then the establishment is not abiding by the law....

Are you still cleaning your contacts? Oct 7th, 2015

Have you ever thought about how many steps goes into properly caring for a contact lens? Think about how much easier your life would be if you could just wake up put in a new contact lens every day and get on with your life. The same works for taking...

What does the Dr. Check? Sep 10th, 2015

We have all heard the expression that the eye is the window to someone’s soul. Well the eye is actually the window to someone’s health, which is why there is more to an eye exam than making sure you can see 20/20. We are looking at the overall health of...

What does my prescription mean? Jun 15th, 2015

What does my prescription mean? When people visit the eye doctor they usually leave with an eyeglass or a contact lens prescription. And most people can tell you if they are near sighted, far sighted, presbyopic (need reading glasses) or have an astigmatism. So what do to those words actually...

Sunglasses Mar 23rd, 2015

Spring Break 2015 is here! So what better time of the year to update your sunglasses or prescription sunwear then now! Sunglasses are one of your most important daily accessories and are not just made for the beach or pool. We live in South Florida and are exposed to the...

The Infamous Dress Mar 4th, 2015

The infamous dress has houses divided. Are you team black and blue or team gold/tan and white. Well the answer is not as black and white as it may seem. The actual dress is black and blue however in a survey looking at the same picture that went viral showed...

When Should You Get an Eye Exam? Feb 10th, 2015

What is your most valuable sense? Most people would say their vision as we use it for almost everything. So why do people go to the dentist more than they go to their optometrist. There is more to vision than 20/20 eyesight. The eye is the true window into the...

Back to School Eye Exams Aug 8th, 2014

What is your most valuable sense? Most people would say their vision as we use it for almost everything. So why do people go to the dentist more than they go to their optometrist. There is more to vision than 20/20 eyesight. The eye is the true window into the...