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Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

All About Dry Eyes

Do you ever have dry, itchy, or burning eyes? Then you may have Dry Eye Syndrome.

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why David Bowie Has Two Different Colored Eyes

Have you ever noticed that the musician David Bowie has two different colored eyes?  Today, many people love to use colored contacts to change their overall appearance, but it is unusual to see a person with two different colored eyes.  Although animals, like cats, seem to have this characteristic more...

When A Migraine Aura Denotes Serious Health Problems

In some cases, a person that is having a migraine will have visual disturbances called auras.  Some visual disturbances are so out of the ordinary that a person experiencing them may feel inclined to follow up with a doctor.  Unfortunately, there are some signs that the migraine aura might be...

Why Eyelid Twitches Can Be Serious

A random eyelid twitch does not evoke much thought for most people, but others notice that something is out of the ordinary when their eyelid is twitching.  Although most eyelid twitching is harmless, when is it actually a true problem that needs medical attention?  After reading through the basics, give...

Get Your Laptop a Pair of Glasses

When people reach the age of 40, some will notice that they are hovering over their computer screen just to be able to see.  This is not uncommon, and is a sign of presbyopia.  A normal part of aging, presbyopia is when the eye lens begins to stiffen and it...

Preventing Winter Dry Eyes in Nevada

In Nevada, we all take the time to put on sunglasses when it is summertime, but what about the winter?  Believe it or not, eye pain problems like dry eyes can be prevented by wearing sunglasses, and winter is when these symptoms bother people the most.  However, at The Vision...

Is an Annual Eye Doctor Visit Necessary?

Twice a year, you go see your general practitioner just to have a medical exam.  ls the same true with an eye doctor?  Do you need to check in every year or is this an unnecessary expense that you can avoid until you feel you need to get a new...

Are You Using the Right Lens Treatment for Your Eyeglasses?

As someone that wears eyeglasses, do you know what types of lens treatment they come with? At The Vision Centers, we look forward to providing the latest lens treatment options to our customers. This includes UV protection, tints, scratch resistance, polarization, anti-reflective, and photochromic options. To get a better idea...

Why Runners Need Eye Protection

Are you a runner that is prone to getting headaches from sun glare?  Or, do you have problems with bugs and dust creating painful styes?  Finally, you may be concerned about developing skin cancer around your eyes because sunscreens are easily removed from the skin due to frequent sweating.  While...

Glaucoma is Genetic?

Glaucoma is Genetic? Three Studies Verify Specific Genes Do you suspect that you or a loved one has glaucoma?  When you have a problem with this issue in your biological family, it is understandable to suspect that other family members may also experience this condition.  Unfortunately, research now shows that...

Contact Lenses and Eye Damage

Contact lenses are very safe devices that have made life easier and less aggravating for many individuals with vision problems. However, wearing them can potentially damage your eyes if you fail to clean them properly or allow them to stay in place longer than the amount of time recommended by...

Contacts Versus Eyeglasses – The Pros and Cons

When vision correction is needed, choosing between contact lenses and eyeglasses may seem like a daunting task. Although this choice will largely depend on your personal preferences, it is wise to ask your optometrist whether or not contact lenses are a healthy choice for your eyes prior to making a final...

What Do Retinal Photos Really Tell My Eye Doctor?

Eye doctors strongly advise that patients get retinal photos taken as a part of their annual eye examination. These are photos of your optic nerve and retina, which can be used to diagnose a variety of diseases. Some of those conditions include diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Retinal photos...

Anatomy Of The Eye: The Naked Truth

The human eye is an organ that is more complicated than many people realize. The eye has several parts that work together in order to help a person see. Below are the essential parts of the eye: Cornea The cornea is located at the front of the eye. It is...

How To Tell If Your Child Is Ready For Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a great way for both children and adults to see the world more clearly without the hassle that comes with wearing eyeglasses. While many parents might think their child is ready for contact lenses, it is important to recognize a few key things before making the ultimate...

Sunglasses: How to Choose

Choosing the proper sunglasses is greatly dependent on what you plan to be doing in the sunglasses and how often you are going to wear them. There are many types of tints, materials and lenses that sunglasses are available in and each specific type is geared toward what activities will...

Do Your Glasses Meet Professional Standards?

If you are ordering your glasses online there is a big chance that you are paying for glasses that simply aren’t up to standard. Sure, buying eyeglasses online is incredibly affordable, but there is also a big difference in quality. For many, buying online just isn’t the same as buying...

Six Ways to Avoid the Health Impacts of Cosmetics

Six Ways to Avoid the Health Impacts of Makeup Let’s face it: even if you found out that eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara were bad for your health, you would probably still wear them. In truth, most makeup is perfectly safe to use each day. On the other hand, some...

Summer Sunglasses for Las Vegas

Time to Look for New Sunglasses Many people choose their next pair of sunglasses as a means to be fashionable; however, in order to see clearer and protect your eyes from all UV rays, you must be pragmatic. Every pair of sunglasses isn't created equal. In fact, there are two...

Allergy Season is Here

Allergy Season is Here: Four Ways to Protect Your Eyes  For individuals with allergies, the seasonal change from winter to spring can be taxing. They may welcome the warmer weather but, loathe the havoc wreaked upon their eyes. This season you don't have to endure eye allergies. With the following...

Winter & Contact Lenses

Contact Lens Care In The Winter Cold     Taking care of contact lenses may require some special considerations during the winter. When it is cold and windy outside and the heat is cranking inside, our eyes are constantly exposed to dry, harsh conditions. Dryness, irritation, and increased susceptibility to...

Do You Have Dry Eyes?

Dry Eye Symptoms And How To Treat Them Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, also known as dry eye syndrome or dry eyes, is a condition in which the tear film covering the ocular surface is disturbed. It is caused by excessive evaporation of tears, decreased production of tears, and/or abnormalities in the production...

In Plain Sight: Why it’s Important to Schedule an Annual Eye Exam

The Importance of Scheduling an Annual Eye Exam While plenty of people make sure to get their annual checkup from a physician and even their 6-month cleaning form their neighborhood dentist, scheduling an annual eye exam sometimes tends to be the forgotten checkup that can often leave patients with headaches,...

Gift Ideas from Glasses Enthusiasts

Beyond Prescription Lenses: Gift Ideas from Glasses Enthusiasts A great pair of glasses from the eye doctor can make a real difference when it comes to driving, reading, working, or even relaxing. Those glasses aren't the only ones that can be of great help throughout the year, however. Everything from...

3D TV – Is It Safe for Your Eyes?

The 3D Debate: Is Viewing TV in Three Dimensions Bad for Vision? With each new technological development that comes to market, people worry about the long-term side effects of its rise to prominence. Whether it's the radiation emitted by cellular phones or the 20th-century concerns of parents who feared that...

Halloween Crazy Eyes – Colored Contacts

The Dangers of Non-Prescription Colored Contact Lenses One of the most popular ways to take any Halloween costume to the next level is to pair the ensemble with colored contact lenses, often in red or other unnatural colors that add to the creepiness of the costume. It's actually a really...

Reasons to Choose Anti-glare Lenses

Anti-glare coating (also called anti-reflective coating and AR coating) works by eliminating reflections from the front and back surfaces of eyeglass lenses. AR coating is a hard, thin film made of a material that has a high index of refraction. It is layered onto the lens to reduce light refraction....

Trendy Eyewear for Fall

Trendy Eyewear Eyeglasses are a great way to add some pizazz to your outfit. This fall, there are plenty of new eyewear trends for both sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. Dowdy glasses are a thing of the past as new, more colorful designs are hitting shelves. Choosing the right pair of...

Back to School Eye Exams

Back to School Routine Should Include Eye Exam If you are a parent of a school-age child, you may be wondering whether your child has a problem with their vision or should have an eye exam. It is very important that children have eye exams, especially because it is known...

Tips For Eyes And Seasonal Allergies

Spring time in the Las Vegas Valley means seasonal allergies to many residents. Many experience the sneezing, sniffling, and the itchy red irritated eyes that come with seasonal allergies. The Vision Centers provides some tips to help ease the irritation of your eyes this allergy season. Seasonal allergies result in...

Tips for Vision Health

Problems in vision may start to take place as people age and this may continue to worsen as they grow older. However, there are certain factors that may cause eye problems early in people’s lives, even in their childhood. For this reason, it is important to begin receiving routine eye...

Care for Soft Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses are a great option for people who need corrective lenses but don’t want to wear glasses. Unfortunately, contact lenses are a bit more difficult to care for than regular glasses. This isn’t to say that wearing contacts is a difficult process; it’s just important that an individual...

What is Optomap?

Optomap and How It Works Having a clear eyesight does not necessarily translate to a perfect health. For this reason, having a comprehensive eye exam should be part of every person’s annual physical exam. This can detect changes in vision that may require a change in grade of eyeglasses or...

Teenage Visual Health

It’s always disappointing to find out that we don’t have perfect vision. For teenagers, however, not catching vision problems early on can cause significant repercussions throughout the rest of their lives. Teenagers’ eyes are constantly growing and changing; so much so that some teens with vision problems have to change...

Winter Eye Care Tips

With the cooler temperatures and dry, crisp air that accompanies winter, many people experience changes in their skin and hair. Similar to the skin and hair, changes in the eyes can also occur, and it is important to adopt eye care practices that are compatible with the change in seasons....

Holiday Safety Tips for Children’s Eyes Blog

The holidays are a great time for family bonding and fun, but we also have to remember that potential dangers never take a break. They will be around us during all the fun and activities, so it is our responsibility to make sure everyone stays safe. One thing in particular...

Tips For Dry Eyes

Many people experience the common ailment known as ‘dry eye’, but the annoyance factor related to the condition definitely makes it feel not so common. The condition occurs when a person’s eyes do not produce the correct amount of tears to keep their eyes moist, comfortable and healthy. There are...

Coffee and Eyesight

Everyone is aware of the fact that many of our senses start to fade as we get older. The two senses whose disintegration is the most detrimental are obviously vision and hearing, and researchers have just discovered another substance that can quicken the deterioration of a person’s eyesight. Unfortunately for...

Eye Care at Age 40

Eye care is important for everyone regardless of their age, but vision problems can seriously start to affect a person after they turn forty. At this age, a person is more likely to begin experiencing problems such as hazy vision, difficulty seeing at night and overall difficulties in vision. These...

When Do You Need to See an Eye Doctor

A person who is having problems with their vision may have trouble with usually simple day-to-day activities. Catching eye problems early and having regular visits with an optometrist are imperative to maintaining good visual health. The golden rule is to have at least one optometrist appointment every year, but there...

When Should Your Child Get Contacts

Every year there are children who dread going back to school due to having to wear eyeglasses, especially if they were prescribed them over the summer and it will be the first time their friends see them in glasses. Children may beg for the chance to wear contacts as opposed...

National Children’s Vision and Learning Month

As August rolls around, parents with young children are preparing them to head back to school. Many parents think that getting paper, pencils, tissues and crayons is enough to prepare their children for heading back to class, but many fail to consider their children’s eyesight and the effect it can...

Effects of 3D Movies on Eyesight

Movies makers have been producing films in three dimensions (3D) for decades now, but scientists are just starting to realize the effects these films can have on a person’s eyesight. Several recent studies have shown that 3D movies can elicit previously unknown problems with someone’s eyesight. The quickest way for...

Back to School Eye Exams

There is an almost endless list of supplies that a parent must obtain and tasks they must complete before sending their children back to school after a summer vacation, but most parents don’t realize that a thorough eye examination should be one of these tasks. Doctors say that vision problems...

SUNBLOCK FOR YOUR EYES

It’s April, the temperature is beginning to rise, we’ll all be wearing a whole lot less soon, spending more time outdoors and basking in the hot sun of our home in Las Vegas. With the increased exposure to sunlight and UV radiation, the need for protective eyewear should be in...

Better Service at the Vision Centers

"You can feel the difference when you walk in”. That’s what we often hear from our repeat patients. What’s the difference between being a patient at the at the Vision Centers and being a patient at another eyecare facility? It’s our goal here to provide you (our valued patients) with the best service and products...

Meet Lisa Wampler

For those of you that have been to Northwest Vision Center recently, you may have noticed a new staff member. Lisa Wampler joined that team in August of last year. Lisa has been an optician for approximately three years and is originally from the Midwest and specifically the St. Louis area. Her desire to move to Las Vegas...

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN’S VISION

Drs. Christopher Chiodo and Christopher Coker performed their first school vision screening on Thursday, February 23 and Thursday, March 15 at Faith Lutheran Academy. Under the direction of Colette Fried, the doctors screened over 150 4th, 5th and 6th graders. The screening was a huge success and led to many students requiring examination leading to proper vision correction and better vision for...

Caring for Eyesight at Age 65 and Above

We all know that eye sight decreases with age. However many people are unaware how important regular check ups and eye care becomes at the age of 65. Men and Women age 65 and older should be getting a yearly comprehensive dilated eye exam annually. At this age early detection...

Most Common Experienced Eye Problems

Everyone has experienced a minor eye problem at some point. Most people are unaware of what causes or how to treat an eye problem and when the problem requires medical attention. Blurred Vision can occur for a few different reasons. Temporary blurred vision can be from fatigue or from an...

Selecting the best frames for your face shape

We all want to look our best. We also want to be able to see clearly. Many people are not happy about the need for glasses because of their vanity. Glasses look great on everyone if you find the right pair for your face. We are going to offer you...

Eye Care for Children

Has your child been complaining about struggling to see the board in school or have you noticed them squinting and straining to see things. If so your child may be experiencing a change in vision and needs to have an exam by an Optometrist. Some schools do perform eye screening...

Decorative Halloween Contacts and the Scary Truth

As the cool brisk fall air starts to begin and we see pumpkins everywhere we know that our favorite spooky holiday is just around the corner. And as we all begin to put our creativity to the test for a great Halloween costume many will consider purchasing decorative contacts to...

Acknowledging the Importance of Children’s Eye Care

The requirements of eye care for a growing child differ from the proper eye care needed by adults. There are many misconceptions amongst people on what the proper eye care for children is. Many people do not realize that their children can receive the eye care they need at an...

Be in Fashion with Contact Lenses

In our contemporary lifestyle, contact lenses no longer serve the sole purpose of fashion, but have become an occupational necessity as well. Glasses, no doubt have evolved a lot from the heavy frames with thick glass lenses of the old days to the new and trendy rimless frames and the...

Lifestyle, Diet, Nutrition, Exercise…and Your Eyes

How your body functions and how healthy it is, is often effected and dependent on many factors. Genetics plays a large roll in this of course. That we can not control. There are other variables that play a large role in our overall health as well. Lifestyle, diet, nutrition and...

Letter from the Editor…CREATING YOUR BEST VISION

At the Vision Centers it’s our mission “to help you look great and SEE YOUR BEST,” while maintaining your healthy eyes. Aren’t all optical lenses created equal? Why should I pay more for these lenses in my glasses as opposed to going to the place advertised on the TV that...

Presbyopia: Your eyes are aging

Where most things are uncertain in life, we cannot run away from the process of aging and the age related issues that come along. And our eyes are no exception…with age they age too.  Scientists have been trying to discover the fountain of youth for ages with no avail yet,...

Get the best eye care and accessories for a low price

At a time when the whole world is concerned about the unstable economy, it is time that you start thinking about spending your money more wisely and making the most of your purchases; to put it in economic terms, maximize the economic efficiency of your purchase. Get the best deal...