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1137 Cedar Shoals Dr
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 353-2119
Fax: (706) 369-0631
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Dr. Eric T. Kinard, Optometrist

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5 Ways to Have Healthy Vision this Summer

Posted on Jun 30 by

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...


Preventing Age-Related Eye Diseases with Quality Care

Posted on Jun 24 by

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...


Play Ball! Eye Care Tips for Athletes

Posted on Apr 16 by

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....


Eye Care for Seasonal Allergies

Posted on Mar 18 by

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...


Smart Contact Lenses

Posted on Mar 6 by

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...


Top 3 Vision Conditions

Posted on Feb 19 by

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...