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Enjoying the Outdoors while Protecting your Vision

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day and a good reminder to protect our vision while we are outside enjoying summer time activities.  Keep your sunglasses by the door so they are easy to grab on your way out!

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Cataracts – Coping with Changing Vision

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and are the principal cause of blindness in the world.  Half of all Americans have cataracts by the age of 80. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens and typically progresses slowly.  If left untreated, they may result in blindness.  Annual eye exams will help identify cataracts early and allow for treatment.

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May is Healthy Vision Month – Protect Your Vision Now and for the Future

Our eyesight is one of our most prized possessions and it is vital to take good care of it at any age, but especially as we get older. Though many things may be weighing on your mind currently, it is important to focus on what you can do to keep not only your eyes, but your whole body healthy. 

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Those with Low Vision Facing New Challenges Amid the Coronavirus

If you have low vision or a vision impairment, you know visiting the doctor, grabbing groceries from the store, or staying active and healthy each have their own familiar challenges. However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, these somewhat simple tasks may come with a whole new set of challenges - social distancing, lack of reliable transportation, and local services closed to in-person appointments.  Leaving the house while coping with these new circumstances can be stressful, on the other hand, staying at home can cause you to feel isolated.  To help ease the stress, keep you safe and healthy, and help you cope with isolation, we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Through occupational therapy, someone with a visual impairment can learn to fully utilize their remaining vision.  By making recommended changes around your home, work, or school you can adapt your environment to meet your needs.

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March is National Save Your Vision Month

How often have you heard someone say “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”? This especially applies to situations we don’t want to deal with, and try to avoid as long as we possibly can, such as cleaning the garage, doing yard work, or making that long overdue doctor’s appointment. There is no better time than during “National Save Your Vision Month” to schedule your annual eye exam.

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National Read Across America Day!

March 2nd is National Read Across America Day or Dr. Seuss Day.  The goal of Read Across America Day is to encourage and celebrate reading. 

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Frequently Asked Questions – What is Low Vision?

What does “low vision” really mean?  If someone with a vision impairment has “low vision”, does that mean someone with 20/20 vision has “high vision”?  Is “low vision” an eye condition or a result of an eye disease?

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February is National AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month – Get the Facts!

Age-related Macular Degeneration is one of the most common eye diseases in older adults.  Age-related Macular Degeneration affects the central vision and can begin almost undetected.  Regular check-ups by an eye care professional are especially important to catch this disease early and start treatments to retain as much usable vision as possible.

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FAQ’s – What is the best optical magnifier for me?

When choosing an optical magnifier, the most important thing to do is talk to your eye care professional, such as an Optometrist, low vision specialist, or Ophthalmologist.  Your eye care professional is going to be your best source in finding which magnification level will work for your vision. 

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