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Sunglasses are just as important for kids!

Sunglasses are just as important for children as for adults. Not only for comfort from the bright sunlight, but even more importantly from harmful UV rays. The eyes of children cannot filter UV light as well as adults, and are therefore more susceptible to the damage from the sun.

The good news is that sunglasses are fun! The girl on the left is using photochromic lenses (lenses which change from clear indoors to dark outdoors) with her prescription, and these lenses not only block UV, but also help protect her indoors while she is viewing technology! Yes, photochromic lenses do effectively act as blue-blocking lenses! The girl on the right is wearing some disposable sunglasses... Unfortunately many of the cheaper sunglasses have cheaper coatings which can wear off quickly with any attempts at cleaning them... Great for a day at the beach in which they might be lost, but not such a great long-term solution for sun protection. Prescription sunglasses or photochromic lens are great for kids that wear glasses, but quality sunglasses can also be purchased for kids as well without prescription.

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Understand Your Healthcare Responsibility

Deductible, co-payment, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximum. Only nine percent of consumers could successfully define these four common healthcare terms. Does this sound like you?

Many patients are confused by their medical bills and EOBs, leading to frustration and poor payment experiences. InstaMed has put together a simple guide that defines these four healthcare payment terms so you can better understand your payment responsibility.

Download your free healthcare payment terms guide to help clear up confusion and learn more about the billing and payments experience.

InstaMed_Healthcare_Payment_Terms_Guide (PDF)

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You will find a wealth of information about our optometrists, our staff and our services, as well as facts and advice about how to take care of your eyes and protect your vision.

Learn about our Practice specialties including comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings and the treatment of eye diseases. Our website also offers you a convenient way to find our hours, address and map, schedule an appointment online, order contact lenses or contact us to ask us any questions you have about eye care and our Practice.

Have a look around our online office and schedule a visit to meet us in person. We are here to partner with you and your family for a lifetime of healthy eyes and vision. We look forward to seeing you!

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