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9 Facts Your Eye Doctor Isn’t Telling You

Eye doctors do not always tell their patients all the eye care facts that patients need to know. Maintaining eye health is an important factor in maintaining overall health. These eye care facts are not common knowledge, but they are nonetheless important for anybody interested in having healthy eyes and why at Academy Eye Associates, we focus on giving you the best advice and eye care services you and your whole family may need. It’s our job to educate you of the risks and effects things have on your eyes to help prevent further damage and prolong their overall health. Here are some things...

Polarized Sunglasses: Everything You Want to Know from Our Family Eye Doctors

Have you ever skipped stones off the surface of water at a local lake or river? Many children (and adults) find this simple task so much fun! You make it a competition involving the number of times your rock would skip before sinking, right? The good ones understand if a stone is horizontal or parallel to the water affects the ability of the rock to be able to skip off the surface more times or longer distances. That was the key to success when skipping stones. The more vertical or perpendicular the stone is to the water, the more likely it will sink. Light rays are reflected or absorbed based...

Break Free from Frames with Prescription Contact Lenses

Eyeglasses are a great way to complete your look, no matter the style you are going for – from fashionable and trendy to professional and sophisticated, frames help say it all. However, as the summer heat ramps up and you kick your active summer lifestyle into gear, those ever so trendy frames can become more of a hassle than a fun accessory. Anyone who has spent a summer in the Carolinas is accustomed to the thick humidity this time of year.  If you wear glasses, you know this means foggy lenses when leaving the cool AC to go outside and frames that have a tendency to slide off your nose,...

What You Can Expect in Our Comprehensive Eye Exams

To make sure a your eyes are in optimal health, our eye doctors recommend scheduling an eye exam at least once a year and more if you believe that a problem is developing or if the optometrist sees a problem that could get worse. This is because many eye problems come on gradually. By the time the problem is noticeable, it’s that much more difficult to treat. Our Durham eye doctors are experienced in performing comprehensive eye exams that not only test our patients’ vision, but also checks the overall health of your eyes. How Long Do the Exams Last?Comprehensive eye exams are painless...

Reading with Contacts When Your Arms Are No Longer Long Enough

Age related changes in the internal lens of the eye reduce the ability to focus the eyes close enough to read comfortably.  This change, occurring usually in the 4th decade, is called presbyopia and is often the topic of impolite birthday cards and gag gifts.  However, despite the inconvenient nature of this change in life style several options are available to allow us to read comfortably and conveniently without losing the benefits of contact lens wear. Reading Glasses over Contacts Simple reading glasses, worn over the contacts will enable you to read clearly and comfortably with the closest-to-natural...

Low Vision Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to many questions you may have about low vision care. If you or a loved one has been told that nothing more could be done for failing vision– then low vision care may be the answer you have been seeking. You should seek low vision care as soon as possible after a diagnosis of vision loss has been made. What is Low Vision? It is estimated that there are now over 10 million people in this country who have serious visual impairments. A person with low vision has a small amount of useful vision but it is not sufficient for their daily needs. Watching television, seeing street...

Low Vision Rehabilitation: Jeanette Hundley’s Success Story

Jeanette Hundley When Jeanette Hundley of Nashville, Tennessee, was diagnosed and successfully treated for a brain tumor a year ago at age 45, she was thankful to be alive. As her recovery progressed, however, she noticed that she had virtually no vision on her right side. While this disability was not life threatening, it nevertheless became a major obstacle in getting back to a normal life. Jeanette was referred by her neurologist in Nashville to Duke University Medical Center for further testing and to learn if her overall condition could be improved. While there were no medical treatments...

Low Vision Rehabilitation: Tom Aldridge’s Success Story

Tom Aldridge Tom Aldridge of Concord, North Carolina, is a typical 61 year-old macular degeneration patient. He began losing his vision in 1986 and was legally blind two years later. Tom was resigned to a life in which he could only distinguish the faces of his grandchildren if he stood within a few feet and looked with his side vision. Then, in 1996, Tom was shown a newspaper article that described how the Center for Vision Rehabilitation in Durham was treating macular degeneration patients with a new AutoFocus Telescope, specially designed for the visually impaired. This computer-controlled,...

Lens and Lens Treatment Options Galore!

LENS MATERIALS Conventional Plastic Hard resin plastic lenses are half the weight of glass lenses, and can be tinted any color and intensity. Optional scracth coatings help protect their surface from wear and tear. Ultra-Thin Plastic (Hi-index) Modern technology has created hi-index plastic lenses which can be manufactured about one-half thinner than conventional lenses. In addition to being more attractive, they are much lighter in weight. Polycarbonate Plastic This type of plastic is the safest of all the lenses available. It is the preferred lens choice for children, active sports play...

Nutritional Tips for Your Eyes from Our Durham Eye Doctors

Nutrition To treat AMD AREDS formula (vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc, plus copper) – The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) found that a combination of antioxidant vitamins plus zinc helped slow the progression of intermediate macular degeneration to an advanced stage, which is when most vision loss occurs. The National Eye Institute recommends that people with intermediate AMD in one or both eyes or with advanced AMD (wet or dry) in one eye but not the other take this formulation each day. However, this combination of nutrients did not help prevent AMD nor did it slow...
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