Athens Eye Care

Athens Eye Care
1137 Cedar Shoals Dr
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 353-2119
Fax: (706) 369-0631
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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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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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Patients with Diabetes at Risk of Vision Loss

Patients with Diabetes at Risk of Vision Loss

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog, Eye Exams | 0 comments

Vision issues are a common complication associated with diabetes, but many individuals with diabetes do not know they’re at risk. It is estimated that less than half of those who suffer from vision problems related to diabetes were unaware of the link between the disease and visual impairment, and at least 10% of those with diabetes are at risk of developing eye disease in their lifetimes. Vision complications caused by diabetes can be treated in nearly all cases if they are diagnosed early, so it is imperative that we raise awareness among those with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Vision issues may also be a problem for women who become diabetic during pregnancy. According to Dr. Neil Bressler, a professor of ophthalmology at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, vision damage can be prevented or halted in 90-95% of cases if patients and doctors take action immediately. If these vision problems are not addressed early on, they can cause permanent and irreversible damage or even blindness. At Athens Eye Care, we urge our patients or prospective patients with diabetes to seek regular, comprehensive eye exams to prevent severe vision harm. Diabetic eye disease encompasses a number of vision issues such as cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema (DME). (We will diagnose these issues at your regular eye appointment.) DME is the most common vision problem linked to diabetes and is the leading cause of blindness in American adults. This complication is caused when high blood sugar levels associated with poorly managed diabetes cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which is the light sensitive tissue that lines the back wall of the eye. Blood vessels in the retina either leak or shrink or grow abnormally on the surface of the retina, causing swelling in the macula, a vital portion of the retina that is responsible for your central vision. DME has four stages: mild non proliferative, moderate non proliferative, severe non proliferative, and proliferative. In the mild non proliferative stage, micro aneurysms occur causing balloon-like swelling in the retina’s blood vessels. As the disease progresses into the moderate non proliferative stage, some...

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Getting Ready for Your Annual Eye Exam

Getting Ready for Your Annual Eye Exam

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, Eye Exams | 0 comments

It’s that time of year again! A yearly eye exam is the best thing you can do for your eyesight. Some people actually have concerns that warrant exams or office visits more often than once per year. One must understand that an eye examination is not only a simple vision check. A comprehensive eye examination is a fairly complicated series of tests that not only checks your eye sight, but also neurological function, eye pressure, eye muscle coordination and health of the external and internal eye structures. And yes, even kids need their annual check up. Starting from about 6 months of age, children can exhibit vision problems. If your family has a history of vision problems, it’s particularly important to screen children for potential eye...

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