Whether you spend your time waterskiing or boating, fishing or mountain biking, jogging, skiing or just driving... polarized sunglasses may be the right choice to help you enjoy your life outdoors. Polarized lenses offer clearer vision and significantly reduce glare from flat surfaces such as water, the hood of a car, or the road surface. The benefits of polarized sunglasses are being enjoyed by outdoor sports enthusiasts, drivers, and everyday sunglass wearers. Ask our staff about our many polarized lens options during your next visit.
Sunglasses are essential for preventing sun damage to your eyesight. over time and without protection, exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can contribute to long-term eye health problems including cataracts, macular degeneration, and premature skin aging around the eyes and eyelids. While sunglasses prevent damage to your eyes, they can also improve your vision and help you make a unique fashion statement! Adults and children need effective eye protection. We carry a wide variety of fashionable sunglasses including the latest styles from Maui Jim, Oakley, and Ray Ban and more. We'll be happy to assist you in your sunwear selection during your office visit.
Choosing the right eyewear is an important consideration. Whatever your personality or lifestyle, we can help you find the right frames for you. Does your wardrobe make a strong statement? Eyeglasses with unusual shapes and colors might be for you. If you wear eyeglasses for work, we'll help you find a more professional style. We offer the latest designer frames including styles from most of the major designers. Our collection has been chosen to fit all tastes and styles…with options for the whole family. Let our eyewear professionals assist you in finding the style that's right for you.
Many kids require prescription eyewear beginning in their early teens, mainly because this is a prime time for the development of nearsightedness. We are pleased to offer eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses and sports eyewear for teens. Until they reach their 20's, your child's eyes let in more damaging light than older eyes. We recommend quality sunglasses for your teens to protect their vision from the damaging effects of the sun and glare. If your teenager is asking about contact lens wear, Dr. Casaus will be happy to discuss the benefits, concerns and available options. Schedule an appointment for your teen when we return. We offer Ocean Pacific, Ray Ban, and Oakley brands.
With so many new styles, you and your child are sure to find a pair of children's eyeglasses that both of you will love. Choices range from character brands to more "gown-up" styles… and include durability and safety features such as spring hinges, flexible frame materials and impact resistant lenses. We're pleased to offer children's frames from designers such as Nike, Jelly Bean, and Ocean Pacific. Allowing your child to take part in the process will help ensure that your child will wear their glasses and take good care of them. We'll be happy to assist you in choosing the right frames for your child.
Eyeglass lenses have become so sophisticated and specialized that our opticians are now certified to perform specific measurements to get the most custom fit possible. Custom fitting allows us to maximize your vision and visual experience. We can now tailor and customize your lenses for golfing, computer use, music, driving, flying, shooting, and many other specific activities. Come in and speak with one of our knowledgeable optical staff and they will be happy to assist you in choosing specialty eyewear to meet your needs.
When you purchase your eyeglasses from our office, you will have the peace of mind of our unconditional one-year lens warranty and two-year frame warranty. If your frame or lenses need replacing due to damage or defect, no matter what the reason, we will replace them at no additional cost one time within the warranty period. Please ask our staff for further details.
Today, contact lenses are available in many different materials and types including bi-focal contacts, specialized contacts for dry eyes, and contacts for patients with astigmatism. There are single use contact lenses that are thrown away every day, as well as new, safe contact lenses that can be worn for extended periods, including overnight. We specialize in contact lenses, including hard-to-fit cases. We carry an extensive selection of contact lenses. Please talk to our staff or Dr. Casaus if contact lenses are of interest to you.
Pricing - We have competitive pricing, plus value added service for our contact lens patients. Free Replacement - We will replace lost or torn contacts in almost all brands at not cost to you.
Lens Exchange - If your vision should change before you run out of contacts, we will exchange those lenses for new ones at no charge. If you need a new fit due to uncomfortable or ill-fitting lenses, then we provide this at a reduced rate. Running Short - We will get you single pairs to get you by when you run short.
Backup Glasses - We give a large discount for backup glasses when you purchase a year's supply of lenses . . . and many more advantages when you purchase your contacts through our office.
The individualized contact lens examination you'll receive at our office is thorough and detailed and will provide you with contact lenses that meet your specific needs. You can try the contacts before you commit to buy them so you can find out if contacts are right for you. Ask our staff about this wonderful program.
Ask about the advantages of single use contact lenses. Because single use contacts are replaced every day, they are convenient and easy, and reduce the risk of contact lens-related eye problems. They allow for occasional contact lens wear and are a great option for young patients and for those who suffer from dry eyes. Simply wear them one day and throw them away. Ask our doctors if single use contact lenses are the right choice for you.
Staring at a computer monitor for hours on end has become a part of the modern workday. And inevitably, all of that staring can put a real strain on your eyes. The name for eye
problems caused by computer use is computer vision syndrome (CVS). CVS is not one specific eye problem. Instead, the term encompasses a whole range of eyestrain and pain experienced by computer users.
Research shows computer eye problems are common. Somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble. In addition, working adults aren't the only ones vulnerable to computer vision syndrome. Kids who stare at portable video games or who use computers throughout the day at school also can experience eye problems related to computer use, especially if the lighting and computer position are less than ideal.
Computer vision syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries at work. It occurs when you're carrying out the same motion over and over again. Just like those other repetitive stress injuries, computer vision syndrome can get worse the longer you continue the activity.
Working at a computer requires that the eyes continuously focus, move back and forth, and align with what you are seeing. You may have to look down at papers and then back up to type, and the eyes have to accommodate to changing images on the screen in order to create a
clear picture for the brain to interpret.
All of these functions require a lot of effort from eye muscles. Working on a computer is more challenging to your eyes than reading a book or piece of paper, because a computer screen also adds the elements of screen contrast, flicker, and glare. Computer eye problems are more likely to occur if you already have an eye problem -- such as nearsightedness or astigmatism -- or if you need glasses but don't wear them or wear the wrong prescription for computer use.
Working at a computer gets even more difficult as you get older. That's because the lens of your eye becomes less flexible. The ability to focus on near and far objects starts to diminish after about age 40 -- a condition called presbyopia.
There's no evidence that computer vision syndrome causes any long-term damage to the eyes -- for example, cataracts. However, regular computer use can be the source of significant eyestrain and discomfort. If you have computer vision syndrome, you may experience some or all of these symptoms:
If these symptoms are not treated, they can have a real effect on your work performance. Visit your eye doctor regularly for an exam to ensure your prescriptions are adequate. Let the doctor know about any eyestrain or other problems you're experiencing at work. You may need glasses or contact lenses to correct your computer eye problems. Our eye doctors will help determine whether you can just wear your regular glasses or if you need special computer glasses. These may contain a single or bifocal lens, or tinted lens material, which may help increase contrast perception and filter out glare and reflective light to reduce symptoms of eye strain. Also have children's eyes checked often. Make sure any computers they use are set up at the right height and with optimal lighting to minimize glare.
Dry eye is a condition in which there are insufficient tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. People with dry eyes either do not produce enough tears or have a poor quality of tears. Dry eye is a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
Dry eye can be caused by several factors such as contact lenses, environment, inflammation, allergy, insufficient nutrition, improper lid closures, etc. Also, a common cause of dry eye syndrome is systemic disease such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus and rosacea.
Symptoms of eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, include watery, itchy, red, sore, swollen and stinging of the eyes. Itching of the eyes is the most important symptom of allergic conjunctivitis. Without itching, it is much less likely that a person is suffering from allergies of the eyes. Both eyes are usually affected, although one eye may be more symptomatic than the other.
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) is the most common form of eye allergy, with grass and ragweed pollens being the most important seasonal triggers. Perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC) is also very common, with animal dander, feathers and dust mites being the most important triggers.
There are many excellent treatments for dry eye syndrome and eye allergies today. Our doctors have experience with all of the modern treatments and can give appropriate treatment to alleviate your symptoms and improve not only your quality of vision but your quality of life as well.
Children's vision care is essential to every child's development. Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life ... academically ... socially ... and athletically. High-quality eye care can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential.
Vision doesn't just happen. A child's brain learns how to use eyes to see, just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child's brain learns to accommodate the vision problem.
Experts say that over 80 percent of what is learned in school is presented visually, so your child's vision can make a big difference in their academic performance. That's why a comprehensive eye examination is so important for children. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems, so your child can learn to see clearly.
A thorough examination by our doctors can detect any vision problems your child may have, which can then be promptly treated. Periodic exams are also needed to ensure your child's eyes are healthy and to rule out other vision problems that may interfere with your child's vision development and academic performance. Please ask our staff about the recommended age for a child's first eye examination.
At the Vision Store, we provide more than routine family eye care. Our doctors and staff members are highly skilled professionals and we offer advanced optometric medical treatment for eye infections, dry eyes, ocular allergies, foreign body removal, and eye injuries. We also treat and monitor chronic eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye damage and cataracts.
To ensure that you receive the proper treatment for an eye infection, you must first get the correct diagnosis from an eye care professional. Because eye infections can be contagious, it is best to speak with an eye doctor about the possible cause and treatments, and your doctor should talk to you about ways to prevent spreading the infection. You may need prescription-strength medication to ensure that the infection resolves quickly.
In most cases, eye infection treatment includes compresses, eye drops, creams, or antibiotics. Topical antiviral therapy may be necessary if the eye infection is caused by a virus. A leading category of eye infections is pink eye, or conjunctivitis. Certain types of conjunctivitis are very contagious and require immediate attention from an eye doctor. Typically, treatment involves staying away from work or school, prescribed anti-infective topical solution or ointment, and warm or cool compresses to alleviate symptoms.
Depending on the cause, eye infections may last for days or weeks. In some cases, new symptoms may appear during treatment. If symptoms worsen, or if new, unexplained symptoms appear, you should contact your eye doctor immediately.
Although each exam is unique to the patient's needs depending on their health and visual needs, a typical exam may include:
What's the Difference Between a Vision Screening and a Complete Eye Exam? A vision screening can be helpful but it is by no means a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam. Vision screenings are used to help identify those at risk for vision problems and are often performed by a school nurse or volunteer. Even the test conducted by the clerk at the Drivers License Bureau is a form of vision screening. While these efforts can be helpful, they are not conducted by experienced professionals who have the training to detect eye disease.
A comprehensive eye examination performed by our optometrist involves careful testing of every aspect of your vision. The exam will give the eye doctor enough information to recommend a personal treatment plan. These exams are much more thorough than the simple vision check conducted by family physicians and pediatricians as part of a medical check-up.
Treatment plans can be as simple as recommending eyeglasses or as serious as spotting a need for eye surgery. The point is that only with a comprehensive eye exam can you be sure that your eyes are getting the best treatment available. That is why no matter who you are, annual eye exams are essential to ensure you are seeing clearly and preserving your vision for life.
A comprehensive eye exam includes a variety of procedures to evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Some – like reading an eye chart –are most likely familiar to you. However, unless you have had a comprehensive eye exam, many of the evaluations will be new. For example:
There are other tests that Dr. Casaus may decide to perform based on their observations, almost all of which are quick and painless. They are, however, very important in assessing the overall health of your eyes.With early detection, your chances of successful treatment are much higher. Dr. Casaus will also assess how your eyes work together. Your eyes can be an indicator of your overall health, and we will evaluate if there are any non-vision health issues that you should be aware of.