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Athens Eye Care
1137 Cedar Shoals Dr
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 353-2119
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5 Ways to Have Healthy Vision this Summer

5 Ways to Have Healthy Vision this Summer

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Blog, Eye Exams | 0 comments

This summer we urge you to make your eye health a priority and encourage your friends, family, and community to promote healthy vision as well! Your eyes are the key to one of the most important senses: your sight! Yet we often take our eyes for granted and don’t prioritize simple steps to keeping our eyes healthy, like regular vision exams. Maintaining healthy vision doesn’t have to take a lot of time and energy. Start with these five ways to have healthy vision! 1. Wear Sunglasses One of the easiest steps to ensure your eyes stay healthy is to wear sunglasses while outdoors. Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner. During these warmer months, everyone will be spending a lot more time outside enjoying outdoor sports, activities and events. Even on days that seem overcast, the sun’s rays can be damaging and have a negative impact on your eye health. Be sure that you have sunglasses that are properly protecting your eyes. Look for lenses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation. If you wear prescription lenses, consider investing in prescription sunglasses. You don’t want to compromise your vision while protecting your eyes! At Athens Eye Care, we carry many popular brands, such as Ray ban, Cole Haan and more. With a great pair of sunglasses, you can stay stylish and safe this spring and summer! 2. Protective Eyewear A second way to protect your eyes is to wear protective eyewear during certain activities, such as doing special projects or playing sports. During spring and summer, kids are playing more outdoor sports, adults are joining community leagues, and many people are spring cleaning and taking on home remodeling and renovation projects. It’s important that you take safety precautions to protect your eyes during potentially harmful activities. Keep a few pairs of safety glasses, goggles or eye shields around your home so that you have them when you need them! 3. Know Your Family History Another step you can take to make your eye health a priority is to know your family eye health history. You may not know that eye health can be...

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Preventing Age-Related Eye Diseases with Quality Care

Preventing Age-Related Eye Diseases with Quality Care

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Eye Exams | 0 comments

Growing older isn’t always a bad thing – it usually means you’ve had wonderful life experiences like the birth of a child or grandchild. Probably the best thing about getting older is retirement and having more time to travel and enjoy your favorite hobbies. Athens has a growing retiree community because it’s such a desirable location. We have warm weather, a thriving culture and arts scene, a “small town” feel, and close proximity to major cities like Atlanta, Chattanooga and Charleston. So that we can enjoy all the things we love, it’s important to keep a close eye on vision and eye health. Dr. Kinard and the staff at Athens Eye Care are committed to helping older adults achieve maximum vision health with routine eye exams and preventive care. There are five common age-related eye diseases: glaucoma, macular degeneration, presbyopia, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. In this article, we’re going to discuss these eye diseases and steps to prevent them! Glaucoma Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can cause vision loss and blindness. These diseases cause damage to the optic nerve when the fluid pressure in the eyes slowly rises above normal. There are two major categories of glaucoma: open angle and closed angle. Open angle glaucoma is a chronic condition that progresses slowly over a long period of time and shows no symptoms until the disease is very advanced. On the other hand, closed angle glaucoma can appear very suddenly and can cause vision loss to progress rapidly and painfully. If identified quickly, permanent damage can be prevented. The best way to diagnose glaucoma before permanent vision loss occurs is to keep up with routine eye exams. Macular Degeneration Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in patients over the age of fifty. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 1.8 million Americans over the age of forty are impacted by macular degeneration and an estimated 7.3 million are considered to be at substantial risk of developing macular degeneration. By 2020, the CDC estimates that nearly 3 billion people will suffer from macular degeneration. This eye disease impacts...

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Play Ball! Eye Care Tips for Athletes

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog, Children | 0 comments

First thing’s first: Happy Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month! Everyone needs to protect their eyesight on a regular basis, but athletes in particular need to take protective measures as many popular sports, like baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and golf, have a high risk of eye injury. Each year over 100,000 children visit physicians due to eye injuries, according to the National Eye Institute. Here are few tips from Dr. Kinard’s office on how kids and their parents and coaches can help keep the eyes out of danger while playing sports. Protective Sports Eyewear About 20% of kids wear corrective lenses, which means the vast majority of kids may not have ever had an eye exam or conversation with an optometrist. As a result, many kids playing sports may not be aware of the importance of protective sports eyewear, the risks involved with sports, or the available products to help keep eyes safe. Studies by the American Pediatric Association (APA) have shown that athletes who wear protective eyewear result in fewer head and face injuries than those with no protection. One suggestion from the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries is to reach out to coaches and athletic directors to disseminate information regarding eye injury risks and preventive measures. We encourage parents to ask coaches to share information about eye risks with their athletes and to advocate all sports participants to wear protective eyewear. So what kinds of protective eyewear are available for sports? Badminton Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Baseball Polycarbonate face guard or other certified safe protection attached to helmet for batting and base running; sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses for fielding Basketball Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Bicycling (low eye risk) Sturdy streetwear frames with polycarbonate lenses Fencing Full face cage Field Hockey Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses; face mask for goalie Football Polycarbonate shield on helmet Handball Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Ice hockey Helmet and full face protection Lacrosse Helmet and full face protection Racquetball Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Soccer Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Softball Fielding: Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses; Batting/Base Running: Polycarbonate face guard Squash Sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses Street...

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Eye Care for Seasonal Allergies

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Eye Exams | 0 comments

Spring is Around the Corner, which means Beautiful Weather….and Allergies! Many people eagerly anticipate the end of winter and beginning of spring. Spring means the end of cold temperatures, inclement weather, and short days. However, there are also many people who have come to dread spring because beautiful weather means debilitating allergies. According to CNN, it is estimated that between one fourth and one third of the U.S. population has allergic eye disease, and a good percentage of that is seasonal. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) is the most common eye allergy, and grass and ragweed pollens are the most prominent seasonal triggers. If you suffer from itchy, watery, swollen or burning eyes in the spring, you might be one of many Americans who suffers from seasonal allergies. Tip from our Optometrist! Determine the Cause of Your Eye Problems with a Comprehensive Eye Exam The first step is scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with your trusted eye care provider to diagnose the cause of your eye problems. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), SAC occurs more commonly among people who already have seasonal allergies. SAC is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. In order to assess if you suffer from SAC, Dr. Kinard at Athens Eye Care will test the conjunctiva and surrounding tissues using bright lights and magnification. If you do have SAC, Dr. Kinard can provide treatment to alleviate your symptoms. How to Treat Your Symptoms There are a number of ways to treat a patient with SAC in order to reduce the inflammation of the eye and increase  comfort. First, there are certain actions that you can take. Try to avoid allergens as much as possible. For example, since pollen is the most common seasonal trigger, avoid spending extended periods of time outdoors on days with a high pollen count or high winds. If you do have to spend time outside, wearing sunglasses is a way to help shield your eyes from allergens. Allergens like pollen also tend to stick to fabrics, which means allergens...

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Smart Contact Lenses

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Blog, Contact Lenses | 0 comments

You’ve probably heard of Google Glass, the tech giant’s answer to the next great personal data device, but could you imagine contact lenses that replace your smartphone? Tech startup Innovega is developing eyewear based platforms that could put your iPhone inside your iris. Innovega made a bold prediction at the 2013 International CES, a global consumer electronics and consumer tech tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada. They announced the development of smart contact lenses designed to work seamlessly with their patented iOptikTM display system for viewing social and personal media. Innovega followed up last year’s announcement with the debut of a wearable prototype at the 2014 tradeshow in early January. Unlike Google Glass, the Innovega eyewear system consists of two parts. A pair of contact lenses give the wearer specially enhanced focusing abilities, allowing users to see with clarity at points both near and far beyond what the normal eye can see. Innovega’s smart contact lenses would allow a user to see fine details in an object held very close to the eye, such as threads in a fabric or minute wrinkles in skin. When paired with the Innovega glasses, which contain flat panels or micro projectors that can show apps and media, the contact lenses produce an enhanced Google Glass type of interactive media experience. An iOptik spokesperson spoke with Mashable, a tech blog, on the variances and advantages of Innovega’s two-part system as opposed to Google’s self contained glasses. “Google Glass is the equivalent of having your smartphone about 24 inches in front of you. The iOptik system is six times the resolution and 20 times the area. It’s like looking at a big TV projection.” The Daily Mail reported that Innovega’s system provides an experience “equivalent to watching a 240-inch television at a distance of 10 feet.” Innovega’s iOptik system shows promise as an enhancement for head-mounted displays like Google Glass. Combining contact lenses with full HD glasses may allow the headpiece to be smaller and sleeker, a big plus for a consumer product. A demo video available for viewing online shows possible uses for the system that build on technology that is already available. Imagine being...

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Top 3 Vision Conditions

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Do you remember your last eye exam?  Or have you never had a problem with your vision and needed to go to the eye doctor?  If you can’t remember your last exam or have never had a problem, you may unknowingly be affected by a vision condition. According to the CDC, 11 million Americans over age 12 have some variety of impaired vision that could be improved through “proper refractive correction.”  Many vision conditions are also brought about by age, as more than 3.3 million Americans over age 40 are either legally blind or have low vision.  Here is an overview of the top three vision conditions affecting patients today: Macular Degeneration Macular Degeneration is disease affecting the macula, the center of the light-sensitive retina at the back of the eye.  It can cause a loss of central vision altogether.  Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in patients over 50, particularly in Caucasians over any other race.  Symptoms can include a gradual loss of the ability to see objects clearly, a distorted shape of an object in the vision, a loss of clear vision of colors, and dark or empty spots in the center of vision. Being that the disease often goes unnoticed in its early forms, the diagnosis of macular degeneration typically requires a comprehensive eye exam at the noticeable onset of any mild symptoms.  If diagnosed with “dry” macular degeneration, the most common form in which the macular tissue thins and stops functioning, vision cannot be restored, and there is no known cure.  Recent research does suggest, however, that a change in diet can slow vision loss.  The rarer “wet” form, in which fluids blur the vision by leaking from newly formed blood vessels under the macula, can be treated through two methods.  The first is a highly focused beam of light sealing the blood vessels.  The second, Photodymanic Therapy (PDT), injects medication into the blood vessels that are then catalyzed with a laser shone into the eye. New therapies involving injections are also showing successful results.  While there is no cure for this disease, the vision impairment can be markedly deterred. Cataracts Cataracts...

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