Add an Eye Exam to Your List of School Supplies

Add an Eye Exam to Your List of School Supplies

We filed into the gymnasium one by one that musty smell of children on the brink of needing deodorant wafting through the air. The school nurse and some volunteers from the high school started splitting us up into groups to stand on the pieces of tape on the floor in front of the multiple eye charts.

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Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects.

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Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind. However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious – exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting.

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Pink, Stinging Eyes? It Could Be Pink Eye

Pink, Stinging Eyes? It Could Be Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes.

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Do Contacts Lenses Hurt?

Do Contacts Lenses Hurt?

This question can be answered simply: no contact lenses should not hurt. If they do, you should talk to your eye doctor as soon as possible. Contacts may feel a little uncomfortable as your eyes adjust, particularly when you first get them, but they should never hurt. This feeling of discomfort should go away relatively quickly — typically within a few hours as your eyes become acclimated.

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How Often Should My Child Get Their Eyes Checked?

How Often Should My Child Get Their Eyes Checked?

The frequency with which children should get their eyes checked is much different than what is recommended for an adult. Because children’s eyes grow rapidly in the first three years of life, eye exams during this time are crucial to make sure the eyes are developing the way they should.

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Is it OK to Stare at the Sun During the Eclipse?

Is it OK to Stare at the Sun During the Eclipse?

1979: The year of the walkman, of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall album, and the first female prime minister was elected in the UK. More notably, 1979 was also the last total solar eclipse visible by the contiguous United States. So maybe not a once in a lifetime opportunity (I still pull out my walkman from time to time), but still an exciting memorable event!

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6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision.

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How Pregnancy Affects Vision

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.

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Understanding Eye Color

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around the pupil) that helps to control the amount of light that comes into your eye.

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Advanced AMD Testing

Advanced AMD Testing

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss for adults in the U.S. With 1 in 3 patients at high risk for developing AMD, our eye doctors have started using the most advanced technology available to screen for key risk factors.

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A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let’s take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow.

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Halloween Eye Safety

Halloween Eye Safety

The American Optometric Association, or the AOA, recommends that babies get their first eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months of age. This isn’t just to see if your child needs glasses, it also serves as a wellness visit to evaluate how healthy the development is of your child’s eyes.

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10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision.

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Why Buy Glasses From Your Independent Eye Doctor’s Office?

Why Buy Glasses From Your Independent Eye Doctor’s Office?

There is a growing and thriving market in the eye care industry of prescription glasses sold at massively discounted prices. Marketing for these companies seems to flood television and radio with commercials. You’re likely to find dozens of colorful flyers stuffed inside your mailbox with all the other coupons and advertisements.

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An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection. Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.

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Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors.

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7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called ‘the silent thief of sight’. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms.

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Innovations in Color Blindness

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears.

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Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual to seek respite indoors.

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Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances.

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True Eye Experts Spectacular Fall Trunk Show

True Eye Experts Spectacular Fall Trunk Show

True Eye Experts of New Tampa are thrilled to be hosting our annual Fall Trunk Show! We host this event every year in appreciation of our existing and new patients to the practice. We will be having eye wear stylists from Ray Ban, Costa del Mar, Tory Burch on site with lots of new and exciting inventory to choose from.

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Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry.

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Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about?

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An In-Depth Knowledge About Snellen Eye Chart

An In-Depth Knowledge About Snellen Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances.

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What Is A Stye Anyway?

What Is A Stye Anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it is large enough to distort the front surface of the eyes.

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Why Do We Need Glasses?

Why Do We Need Glasses?

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main conditions the eye care practitioner is checking for is a refractive error. A refractive error means there is an abnormality in the shape of the eye, changing the eye’s ability to focus light directly onto the retina.

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Are Your Eyes Sensitive To Light?

Are Your Eyes Sensitive To Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light – either natural sunlight or artificial light – can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance.

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What Are The Signs Of Pink Eye?

What Are The Signs Of Pink Eye?

The term “pink eye” is a commonly used term for conjunctivitis, an infection and inflammation of the thin membrane that covers the entire front of the eye. Pink eye can lead to serious complications if not treated and is highly contagious.

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Understanding the Eye Chart

Understanding the Eye Chart

The eye chart just might be the most recognized symbol of an eye doctor’s office. Almost everyone has had to read letters from one at some point in their life whether at the eye doctor’s office, your pediatrician or school nurse’s office, or even the digital eye chart at the DMV.

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How Long Can You Wear Daily Contacts?

How Long Can You Wear Daily Contacts?

To answer this question it is important to establish that there are two different kinds of “daily” contacts. There are daily disposable contact lenses, and then there are daily extended use contact lenses. There are major differences in the way that these lenses are designed and how long they can safely be used for.

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Do You Wake Up With Burning Eyes?

Do You Wake Up With Burning Eyes?

Waking up in the morning is hard enough, but for those who wake up with burning eyes, it is even worse! Your eyes will be itchy, bloodshot, swollen, and of course, burning. This terrible morning sensation can be caused by dry eye syndrome, an allergic reaction, blepharitis, pink eye, or even a foreign substance inside the eye.

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Does Chlorine Hurt Your Eyes?

Does Chlorine Hurt Your Eyes?

The short answer is yes. Have you ever left the pool and felt a slight burning in your eyes? Or glanced in the mirror after a swim only to find your eyes were bright red? That is the result of chlorinated water.

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How Often Should You Get New Glasses?

How Often Should You Get New Glasses?

For some people choosing a new pair of glasses is exciting, while for others it can feel overwhelming. Whether or not you are longing for a new pair, how do you know you if you actually NEED to update your glasses? This is a great question and the answer depends on a few things:

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