Playing a sport can be fun, relaxing and beneficial to your health, and by protecting your eyes you can enjoy participating in your favorite activities while reducing your risk of injury. Every 13 minutes emergency rooms across the United States treat someone for a sports-related eye injury. By wearing the appropriate protective eyewear, most sports eye injuries can be prevented. We offer a comprehensive selection of durable, effective protective eyewear. Our friendly professional team will guide you in choosing the right eyewear for your needs.

Different sports have different requirements for protecting your eyes, however, all protective eyewear should have impact resistant lenses and should meet the performance standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. The most effective protective lenses are fabricated using polycarbonate materials, which can have built in UV protection and can be coated for scratch resistance. For sports that require a helmet, it’s important to make sure the frames of your eyewear fit underneath your headgear. Wraparound frames help keep dirt and dust out your eyes in sports such as sailing and biking. Another aspect to consider when choosing protective eyewear is whether or not you require corrective lenses. With a comprehensive eye exam, our office is able to identify visual impairments, which can also contribute to injury, and fabricate protective eyewear with corrective lenses built in. Making sure your eyewear fits comfortably and precisely is also a priority. For children, protective eyewear may need to be adjusted or replaced as your child grows. Of course, we also want your sports eyewear to look great, and with our vast selection of lightweight frames and goggles, we’ll help you find something that not only protects your eye, but also suits your style.

We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Your eye health and vision play an important role in your overall quality of life. We provide comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages, making it easier to bring your whole family for their eye exams at one convenient, state-of-the-art location. We personalize care to meet the individual needs of each member of your family, and strive to make every visit to our office a positive, stress-free experience.

For children, parents and grandparents alike, periodic eye examinations are essential for preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions that can compromise your vision. Many common refractive errors, such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism can be diagnosed in childhood with a routine eye care. If your child has a visual impairment, corrective lenses, vision therapy and other treatments can help him or her reach important developmental milestones and thrive socially and academically. For those children who require eyeglasses, our showroom offers an extensive selection of colorful eyewear with fun designs your child will love to wear. We’ll also discuss with you and every member of your family the best ways to protect your eyes from becoming compromised by injury or sun exposure. Because of the impact UV rays have on eyesight, sunglasses are crucial for people of all ages. A good pair of sunglasses helps protect against macular degeneration and cataracts, which are leading causes of vision loss in people over 40. Not only is macular degeneration more common in older adults, but presbyopia, glaucoma and cataracts are also more likely to develop with age. For this reason it’s important to schedule a baseline eye exam to tests for these conditions at the age of 40. Presbyopia, can be corrected with reading glasses, bifocals or progressive lenses. While glaucoma is not curable, it can be managed to prevent against further vision loss if detected early on.

We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Do your eyes itch and water every spring when the flowers bloom? Or perhaps your eyes are red and puffy year round, and you aren’t quite sure why. In many cases, allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, are to blame. We’ll evaluate your symptoms and perform a comprehensive examination to accurately diagnose eye allergies and recommend an effective course of care. Our experienced team of eye care professionals will guide you ways to reduce exposure to allergens, and recommend eye drops or medications to help manage your symptoms, if indicated.

Eye allergies, like all allergic reactions, occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a common environmental substance, thereby releasing histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. Season allergic conjunctivitis is the most common type of eye allergy and is caused by outdoor allergens like pollen, weeds, and grass. If you have a seasonal eye allergy, it a good idea whenever possible to avoid situations that trigger your symptoms, like walking by a freshly mowed lawn. Also, it can help to wear glasses or sunglasses that protect your eyes from coming into contact with allergens. If your eye allergies occur year-round, you may have perennial allergic conjunctivitis, which is typically caused by household allergens that are present daily, such as pet dander, dust, mold, and smoke. Because eye allergies often exhibit symptoms that are similar to other eye conditions, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive examination to rule out other causes. As part of your exam, we may also examine your eye with a specialized scope that checks for the presence of certain cells indicative that are indicative of an allergic reaction. Treating eye allergies depends on the type of allergy and its severity. In many cases, prescription eye drops and medications can alleviate your symptoms. In some cases, immunotherapy shots may be recommended to manage allergic reactions.

We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

You may think there’s nothing wrong with your child’s eyesight. You may even take it for granted that everything is fine, particularly because you hear no complaints from your child. But vision problems in young ones can present a special challenge, impacting their social interactions and academic performance. That’s why it’s important for parents to be vigilant and to recognize the potential warning signs in their child and seek a professional evaluation. 

Our warm and friendly team is skilled in working with children of all ages. With our state-of-the art diagnostics, we will evaluate your child’s vision to determine whether there is a problem that needs intervention.

Typically, children should have their first eye exam when they’re six months old, then again at age 3, and then at about age 5 or 6. School-aged children should have an eye exam at least every two years if no vision correction is required. Children who need eyeglasses should be examined on a yearly basis.

Signs your child may need glasses:

  • squinting often
  • tilting head or covering one eye
  • sitting too close to the television or holding hand-held devices too close to the eyes
  • rubbing eyes excessively
  • complaining of frequent headaches or eye pain
  • having difficulty concentrating on schoolwork

Committed to your child’s vision health

Our skilled team brings years of professional experience and is highly qualified to evaluate and treat children’s eye problems. We invite you to visit our office, talk to our professionals, and we assure you that your child’s vision will be in the best of hands. For more information, give us a call today.

Every day, more and more people spend extended periods of time staring at computer and digital screens. The average American worker logs seven hours per day because so many jobs are now related to and dependent on digital devices. And those seven hours don’t even include time looking at screens for leisurely online activities such as scrolling around Facebook, scouring shopping sites, and watching films, videos and TV shows. All of that gazing can result in computer vision syndrome (CVS), also known as digital eye strain. 

But know that there are ways to alleviate or even eliminate the consequences of CVS.  We are committed to providing all of our patients with the care and attention they deserve. Our goal is to offer a clear picture of all the options available to you and deliver the results you expect. Our team is made up of friendly, highly trained specialists who are eager to help you feel comfortable and relaxed as you receive superior optometric care. 

The unique electronic characteristics of computer and digital screens force the eyes to work harder, which makes many people susceptible to CVS. Unlike the letters in a book, newspaper or other kinds of printed material, the letters on computers and hand-held apparatuses aren’t as clear and well defined. There’s a lower level of contrast between the words and the background. Glare, reflection, the constant need to refocus, and uncorrected or under-corrected vision difficulties also strain the eyes. 

People who wear prescribed contact lenses or eyeglasses can find that their prescriptions are unsuited for the physical distance between the screen and their eyes. CVS usually happens to people when the visual necessities of their work aren’t compatible with their visual abilities. 

Digital eyestrain can be evaluated via a thorough eye examination by an optometrist. The office of EYECARE about YOU uses state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to meet the needs of the strain on your eyes with the utmost care and precision. For more information about the wide assortment of services we provide, please don’t hesitate to call or visit us today.

Here’s the paradox about the condition called dry eye: The eyes get watery rather than dry. People experience it when they’re performing eye-intense undertakings such as driving and reading. And in today’s tech-driven society, countless people spend hours on end peering at the screens of video games, computers and smartphones. These adjectives are frequently used to describe symptoms of dry eye: watery, prickly, grainy, fuzzy, weary and burning. 

Our optometrists can diagnose dry eye and help you take steps to remedy it. From the front office to the exam room, our practice is made up of professionals who take your vision health very seriously. 

Dry eye is usually triggered when the tears on the thin coating of your eyes evaporate because you’ve been concentrating so long and hard that you’ve blinked less than normal. When you finally do blink, your eyelids rub over that thin coating, which would normally be slathered with a smooth film of normal tears but is instead covered with concentrated, salty tears. Irritated eyes and lids follow. 

When the eyeballs get defensive and flood themselves with tears, they replenish their needed moisture. Thus, the dry eye/watery eye dichotomy.   Your interior surroundings also matter. You can get dry eyes from a dehumidifier or a gas fire. On the other hand, damp cloths draped over your radiators will release moisture into the air. So will, obviously, a humidifier.

Our team of skilled professionals has devoted themselves to your vision needs. For those of you who suffer from poor vision, several options may help, including specialized “smart glasses” — computerized eyeglasses that send information to the lenses, where the wearer can see it.

Vision loss differs in causes and in degree, generally falling into one of these four categories:

Legal blindness: If you’re legally blind, your vision is 20/200 or less in one eye. It is a term used by the U.S. government to determine eligibility for vocational training, schooling and disability benefits.

Visual impairment: Also known as vision loss, it is a decreased ability to see clearly enough, and includes those whose vision cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.

Low vision: Caused by eye disease, visual acuity is 20/70 or poorer — a condition that cannot be improved with the use of eyeglasses.

Blindness: Complete or almost total vision loss.

We strive to offer the highest quality of skilled eye care and innovative products so that the visually impaired can have a normal life and accomplish everyday tasks without their vision restricting them. For more information on our office, give us a call today.

Folks who wear prescription eyeglasses want to get the most benefit from them and have them last a long time. That’s why you want to get the lens coating (or coatings) that are best for your wants and needs.

Count on the professionals at our office to help you pick out the coat that’s best for your needs and taste. Our optometry specialists take immense pride in their jobs, and they prioritize top-notch customer service and satisfaction.

Here’s are the three main types of coatings.

Ultraviolet (UV)

UV coating is a dye on the lens that obstructs your eyes from being exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Too much exposure raises your risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, eye cancers, growths on the eye (which can happen to people as young as teenagers) and snow blindness.

Anti-Scratch

If you frequently take your glasses off throughout the day, the glasses—and, hence, the lenses—are subject to such common perils as falling on the floor, being ground up against a rough surface or getting knocked around. The back and front of a lens that’s been treated with a protective coating provides a barrier between it and many forms of harm.

Anti-Reflection

A thin coating applied in layers to the lens stops the front and back from reflecting what’s around it. The layers also stop the glare from computer screens and oncoming headlights while driving at night. Another benefit: People you’re talking to in-person see your eyes instead of their own reflections.

All of our patrons since the high quality of our services from the moment they step through our doors. Our friendly staff looks forward to meeting you and providing you with personalized service, dedication and attention to detail. We’ve earned the fidelity of all of our customers and look forward to earning yours. Please stop by or make an appointment soon!

Just as there is no “one size fits all,” for everything you buy, it’s also true for our eyes.  They are unique, and no two people’s set of eyes is the same. Since this is true, contact lenses have to be designed for your particular eyes. 

It’s good to know that specialized lenses are available so that they can be adjusted to irregular eye shapes and conditions and prescriptions that require particular attention.   Our experienced team of professionals use advanced diagnostic tools in order to find exactly the right contact lenses for you.  Talking over your options, we can decide the most comfortable lenses based upon your particular conditions.

Why standard contacts are not always right for you

  • If the cornea becomes thin and bulges out in a cone shape.
  • If you have dry eyes, or burning and irritated eyes
  • If you have astigmatism, meaning blurry vision due to an irregular cornea.
  • Corneal scarring or post-corneal transplant
  • If you have had post-Lasik procedures

Even if you have hard-to-fit eyes, contacts come in a vast range of types to ensure you have the lenses that are most comfortable for you. At the office of Gardens Vision Boutique, our team’s years of professional experience makes us highly qualified to prescribe the best contact lenses for your particular eyes.  Even if you have had not success before in finding the right lenses, or have been told that your vision cannot be corrected, we ask that you visit our office so that we can do a comprehensive eye exam and fitting. Call today for more information. 

At North Country Optical, our team of skilled professionals has devoted themselves to your vision needs. For those of you who suffer from poor vision, several options may help, including specialized “smartglasses” — computerized eyeglasses that send information to the lenses, where the wearer can see it.
Vision loss differs in causes and in degree, generally falling into one of these four categories:

Legal blindness: If you’re legally blind, your vision is 20/200 or less in one eye. It is a term used by the U.S. government to determine eligibility for vocational training, schooling and disability benefits.

Visual impairment: Also known as vision loss, it is a decreased ability to see clearly enough, and includes those whose vision cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.

Low vision: Caused by eye disease, visual acuity is 20/70 or poorer — a condition that cannot be improved with the use of eyeglasses.

Blindness: Complete or almost total vision loss.

At North Country Optical, we strive to offer the highest quality of skilled eye care and innovative products, so that the visually impaired can have a normal life and accomplish everyday tasks without their vision restricting them. For more information on our office, give us a call today.