Last updated 7 months ago
The natural aging process brings changes to many parts of your body, and your eyes are no different. They may be as subtle as slight changes to your eyeglass prescription, or they may be more dramatic and require more extensive treatment. You can’t avoid every age-related eyesight change, but many eye treatments can restore your vision and let you enjoy good eyesight well into your golden years. Here are some of the major eye health problems people tend to face as they age:
If you’re 65 or over, you have a 50 percent chance of developing a cataract in at least one eye, but these protein build-ups on the eye lens start appearing as early as age 40. In early stages, you can usually compensate for cataracts by changing your eyeglass or contact prescription, but eventually, you may find that you need surgery to remove the cataract. This common surgery can restore your vision completely.
Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration or AMD, impacts almost 2 million seniors in the United States alone. AMD is caused when the macula, a part of the retina, no longer functions at its optimum level. The result is blurry central vision. Although macular degeneration can be serious when left untreated, your eye doctor can control your symptoms and slow the progression of the condition.
Every year after age 40, your chance of developing glaucoma increases. The aging process itself can lead to glaucoma, but your risks are increased if you have high blood pressure or diabetes. Glaucoma is often symptomless, but can cause significant problems if left untreated. Regular eye exams after age 40 are extremely important for this reason. With glaucoma screenings, your eye doctor can catch this disease early and treat it with eye drops or surgery to preserve your vision.
The key to protecting your eyesight as you age is getting regular eye check-ups to catch any deterioration early. At Wize Eyes, we offer $18 eye exams every day. Let us be your partner in maintaining good eye health. Stop into one of our six Long Island eyeglass stores today or call (888) 695-1734 to schedule an eye exam or learn about our eyeglass and contact selections.
Last updated 7 months ago
At least half of all Americans 80 or older have suffered from cataracts. Proper treatment can restore vision loss caused by cataracts as long as the problem is addressed early. Finding out if you have cataracts can be as simple as going for an eye exam at an eyeglass store. If you’re concerned about cataracts, here is what you need to know:
What Are Cataracts
Cataracts are clusters of protein on the lens of the eye. The build-up can be caused by age, injury, diabetes, smoking, and steroid use, or can be congenital and exist from birth. Doctors have not yet pinpointed all of the reasons for cataract growth.
What Are The Symptoms of Cataracts?
Protein on the surface of your lens makes the things you see look cloudy. This kind of blurry vision is the first symptom of cataracts most people notice. You may also notice glare from bright lights, reduced night vision, and double-vision. Many cataract patients will frequently feel as though they need new eyeglass or contact prescriptions. If you have these symptoms, your eye doctor will perform a dilated eye exam, visual acuity test, and a tonometry test to measure the pressure in your eye.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
In early stages, new eyeglasses or contacts or the addition of anti-glare lenses to your existing eyeglasses may correct for your cataracts. In later stages, surgery is done to remove the cataract.
At Wize Eyes, we can help you catch and treat your cataracts with our $18 eye exams. We can help you find the eyeglass and contact prescriptions to sharpen your vision and the best lenses for cataract sufferers. Call us today at (888) 695-1734 to find out how one of our trained professionals can help you find the perfect glasses and contacts.
Last updated 7 months ago
The best sunglasses for you will complement your facial shape, skin tone, and even your outfit. This video will help you narrow down your options.
In the video, you’ll find out which facial shapes should stick with angular frames, and who should choose round frames. You will also learn the importance of considering your skin tone and why matching your sunglasses to your outfit and make-up will make you look more put together.
At Wize Eyes, you’re sure to find sunglasses to fall in love with in our enormous selection of designer glasses. Visit one of our six Long Island eyeglass stores or call us today at (516) 358-0040 to learn more about our products.
Last updated 8 months ago
Pinkeye runs rampant during youth, thanks to kids’ enthusiasm for touching everything they can get their hands on and their reluctance to wash their hands afterward. Could your child’s eye problem be pinkeye? Here are the signs to watch out for:
Conjunctivitis, the medical name for pinkeye, causes redness all over the white of the eye and on the inner eyelid. This redness is one of the first signs of pinkeye and often develops overnight. Although redness is closely associated with pinkeye, it is a non-specific symptom that could be associated with other eye issues, from allergies to irritation. That’s why your eye doctor will consider the other symptoms that appeared along with the redness before they decide if your child has pinkeye.
With pinkeye, your child will probably complain that his or her eye feels uncomfortable. Although pain isn’t common with pinkeye, your child may feel like something is caught in his or her eye, or the eye may feel itchy.
Swelling and Discharge
Pinkeye causes a discharge that may make your child’s eyelids stick together overnight. Additionally, the eyelids may swell up, narrowing his or her field of vision. Both of these symptoms are especially prominent in the morning when your child first gets up, but they can be present throughout the day.
Does your child have pinkeye? Only an eye doctor can say for sure. With our $18 eye exams at Wize Eyes, you can find out for sure what is causing your child’s eye issues. You can also turn to us for great deals on fashionable eyeglasses, contacts, transitions lenses, and much more. Call (516) 358-0040 to earn about our eyeglass and contact services and to get directions to any of our six Long Island eyeglass store locations.
Last updated 8 months ago
If you are new to wearing contacts, it's important to learn how to care for them properly. When you don’t clean and care for your contacts, you could damage the lenses and introduce serious infections to your eye. Here are just a few reasons proper care of your contacts should be a top priority:
Keratisis is the most common infection caused by contact misuse, and it is also the most serious. If left untreated, can cause scarring and vision impairments to the cornea. In especially severe cases, patients require corneal transplants.
Keratisis can be caused by bacterial infection, fungus, and even the herpes virus. The symptoms of keratisis infection include redness, blurry vision, pain, discharge, and increased sensitivity to light. You can significantly reduce your chances of contracting keratisis by cleaning and storing your lenses the way your eyeglass doctor has directed.
Contact wearers are particularly prone to developing conjunctivitis, or pinkeye, and if you don’t clean your contacts properly, you can re-infect yourself over and over again. That is because the infection that causes pinkeye can live on your lenses or in your contact lens cleaning solution. Change your solution regularly to prevent the spread of this disease.
Caring for your contacts properly will allow you to get the most usage out of every pair. Failing to maintain them in the right way can lead to tears and other damage. Never wear torn or warped contacts, as this can damage your eyes.
At Wize Eyes, we will help you get the right contacts and teach you everything you need to know to keep your eyes healthy while you’re wearing them. Call us at (516) 358-0040 for all of your eyeglass and contact needs. We have six locations across Long Island for your convenience.