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Protect Your Eyes From Harmful Wildfire Smoke

wildefireWildfires, including those still devastating parts of the western United States and Canada, can harm your health, including your eyes. The hot smoke, ash, and soot billowing into the air contain a mixture of noxious gases and fine particles of burned vegetation that spread with the winds, sometimes hundreds of miles from the fire.

Wildfire smoke is made up of thousands of compounds, including those used in plastic, dry-cleaning solutions, and solvents. Asbestos, a toxic air contaminant, is also released into the air when buildings burn.

These pollutants can harm your eye’s surface, causing blurred vision and redness, and may also cause y a burning sensation leading eyes to become watery, dry, or itchy. Wildfire smoke also aggravates pre-existing health conditions like dry-eyes and ocular allergies and may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable—even impossible—to wear.

In extreme cases, wildfire smoke may even lead to scarring of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the eyelids’ underside. Scarring damages the conjunctiva and its protective mucous layer.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following steps to keep your eyes healthy when smoke is in the air:

  • Double the quantity of over-the-counter artificial tears you use to address eye conditions and cool the artificial tears’ vials or bottles in a refrigerator before using
  • Apply cool compresses to your eyelids
  • Stay indoors and close the windows to reduce smoke’s effects
  • Use an air purifier or air filter in your home or office
  • Refrain from drawing outside air into your air conditioner
  • Refrain from wearing contact lenses, which attract wildfires’ dust particles
  • Wear eyeglasses, sunglasses, or specialty goggles if you are outdoors

Continue observing these precautions even after the smoke has cleared as particles can linger in the air for up to two weeks.

If smoke-related symptoms or discomfort persist, please contact EYEcenter Optometric. We will examine your eyes and prescribe the appropriate treatment. We treat patients with wildfire-related vision challenges from Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Elk Grove, and throughout California .

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Signs That You Might Have Cataracts

Middle Aged Couple Multifocal ContactsThe crystalline lens, which sits inside the eye, allows us to focus on objects near and far. The lens is thin, soft, and clear throughout our youth, but the gradual buildup of protein that begins in our 40s or 50s makes the lens thick, rigid, and opaque. Left untreated, the cataract will disrupt vision, and can eventually cause blindness.

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • foggy or blurred vision, with less light reaching the retina
  • sensitivity to light, especially strong sunlight
  • difficulty seeing at night, especially while driving, when the headlights of approaching cars appear dispersed
  • frequently needing to update your eyeglass prescription
  • colors becoming less vivid and more yellow
  • images appearing in duplicate, even with only one eye open
  • halos around lit objects

Besides aging, cataracts can develop due to

  • genetics
  • medical conditions, such as diabetes
  • head trauma
  • eye injuries
  • excessive smoking and drinking
  • Poor nutrition

What Can be Done About Cataracts?

Wearing sunglasses, ingesting Vitamins C and E, and eating antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, and nuts can delay the onset of cataracts.

If you suspect you may have cataracts, the first step is to contact , where will conduct a thorough examination, including dilating your pupils to check for possible protein buildup on your crystalline lens. If you have cataracts but can still see well, you might benefit from a strengthened eyeglass prescription.

When updating your prescription ceases to help, cataract surgery is the best solution. In that case, will speak with you about the advantages of cataract surgery. If the examination finds cataracts in both eyes, the procedures will almost certainly be performed on separate days to allow each eye to recover independently.

During cataract surgery, will replace the affected lens with an artificial lens. It is done on an outpatient basis, is virtually painless, and has a very high rate of success.

At , we care for patients with cataracts from Sacramento, Folsom, Roseville, Elk Grove, and throughout California .

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EYEcenter Optometric ReOpening & Offering Appointments!

Information on appointment limits per household and process for scheduling material pickup.

Monday and Tuesday: 8 am – 5 pm (Midtown location: 10 am – 7 pm on Monday and Tuesday)

Wednesday: 10 am – 7 pm

Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm

Friday: 7 am – 4 pm

Saturday: 8 am – 4 pm (Midtown location closed Saturdays)

Dear Patients:

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All five EYEcenter locations have returned to our regular business hours for routine eye health and vision needs. For the health and safety of you and our staff we must limit groups of visitors to two per household, and ask that you come alone to your appointment unless absolutely necessary. We have also temporarily suspended walk-in service and are requiring appointments for all visits to maintain social distancing guidelines. Please call us at 916-726-1818 to schedule your material pickup. We appreciate your understanding.

Your doctors and staff at EYEcenter will continue to provide you with state of the art, advanced eye care services that you are used to. What will be different as part of our “new normal” will be policies, procedures, and safeguards that all are intended to ensure the health and wellbeing of our patients, doctors, and staff.

As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, we may experience some delays beyond normal in getting your materials to you within our estimated timelines. We thank you for your understanding and support as we move forward through these unprecedented times.

If you need to reschedule your existing appointment or are in need of a medical visit or special testing, please give us a call.

An Expectations Checklist—For All of Us

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What you can expect at your next visit

  • Your temperature will be taken when entering the building.
  • To maintain social distancing and keep visitor counts down inside the office, appointments are required for material pickup. Please call (916) 726-1818 to schedule.
  • All patients must complete a COVID-19 questionnaire upon arrival at the practice.
  • We ask that you arrive at your appointment alone unless you are a minor and require adult supervision then we will allow one caregiver inside with the child.
  • Patients may be asked to wait in their car for their appointment, depending on how many people are in the practice at any given time
  • We ask that upon entering our clinic, that you immediately wash your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Anyone who enters the building will be required to wear a face mask. If a patient does not have a mask, one may be purchased for $2.
  • We may ask you to reschedule your appointment if you show flu-like signs, cold/fever, or coughing
  • We will be practicing safe distancing within the clinic and we ask that you do your best to keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and other patients.
  • Curbside pick up for glasses and contact lenses is available upon request
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Steps EYEcenter is taking

  • Hand sanitation stations are available at the entrance and throughout the practice.
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at the front check-in desk
  • All of our staff and doctors will be wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including masks
  • Each pre-testing and examination room is disinfected after every patient exam, including all surfaces, instrumentation, door handles, and equipment
  • We will disinfect frames after a patient has contact with them
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting railings, door handles, counters, reception room areas, and all spaces where public interaction occurs
  • Limiting the total number of patients in the office or any area at one time
  • The exam room and pretesting instruments will be disinfected after every patient
  • We will be aware of common “touch points” within the clinic such as doorknobs, counters, keyboard, phones, credit card machines, pens, etc… and will be disinfecting these as often as possible
  • All reading material has been removed from the waiting area
  • Pens will be sanitized after each use by a patient
  • Touchless payment transactions when possible
  • Deep cleaning at the end of each day.
  • Discussions with doctors and staff will be kept to a minimum. Follow up phone calls or telehealth video conferencing will be used as often as possible
  • Ensuring a fever-free environment by taking temperatures of every employee and customer that comes in the office

We will make every element of the patient experience both effective, efficient and as safe as possible as we all have the same goal: to provide you with excellence in eye care in the safest way possible.

Please contact our office to schedule your eye care services at 916-726-1818 or visit our website at www.eyecenteroptometric.com for the latest updates and business hours. We also welcome your family members, friends and co-workers who are in need to eye and vision care.

We look forward to welcoming you back to our practice.

Sincerely,

Drs. Lee, Fuerst, Gittins and Coen, and the entire staff at EYEcenter

Vision Goals for 2019

What’s your new year’s resolution? Does it have anything to do with your health? We have a few easy ways to keep your goal of healthy eyes and vision at the top of your priorities list all year long!

WINTER

  1. Eat healthy. We know the holidays can be especially tempting for poor diet choices, but make it a point to add leafy greens, colorful fruit or anything containing omega-3 fatty acids for good eye health. (Need recipe ideas? CLICK HERE)
  2. Quit smoking. No butts about it: Smoking is harmful to almost every organ in your body, including your eyes. Those who smoke are up to four times more likely to go blind in old age. If you are a smoker, make a New Year’s resolution to kick the habit.
  3. Give the gift of vision. During the gift-giving season, consider purchasing frames from Eyes of Faith, EYEcenter’s line of eyewear that provides vision care and eyeglasses to local foster teens. Ask an optician for details!
  4. Vision insurance. If you have vision insurance and health savings benefits that expire at the end of December, be sure to use them in time. This also is a good time to schedule your family’s eye exams for the New Year and take advantage of insurance benefits that cover exams, glasses and contact lenses.

SPRING

  1. Allergy relief. Seasonal allergies can have you in a fog, with itchy eyes and a runny nose. Pay extra attention to what triggers your allergies so you’ll know what to avoid. Click here for more allergy tips and visit EYEcenter if your eyes become red, watery or swollen.
  2. Upgrade your eyewear. Spring fashion trends inspire great new frame designs. Visit any EYEcenter to see what’s in this season–we get all new inventory twice a year!
  3. Recycle unused pairs. After you’ve upgraded your eyeglasses, consider donating your old eyewear to someone in need. You can change the life of someone who can’t afford an eye exam or eyewear. Unsure where to donate? Bring your unused pairs to any EYEcenter location, we’ll take care of it!
  4. Sports eyewear. Almost 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries are preventable with protective eyewear. Sports glasses offer eye protection, color enhancement, light control and more. Ask an optician for help finding the best sports eyewear to keep your eyes safe and enhance your game.

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  1. Sun protection. It’s important to wear sunglasses all year long, but summertime is great for purchasing new shades for your whole family. Even little eyes need protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Remember that UV rays can damage eyes even on cloudy days. Wearing sunglasses whenever you are outside can reduce your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration.
  2. Polarized lenses. Don’t let glare from the sun ruin outdoor activities like boating, golfing and even jogging. Polarized lenses for sunglasses can help control glare and provide a clearer view with a special filter that blocks intense reflected light.
  3. Swim goggles. Whether it’s a dip in the pool, a visit to the beach, or jumping into a lake, you should never wear contacts while swimming unless you’re also wearing goggles. Goggles protect your eyes from waterborne bacteria that can cause sight-threatening diseases. Goggles also sharpen your vision while you swim, snorkel or explore underwater.
  4. Eye exams. Before school starts, make sure your kids have comprehensive eye exams to help detect any vision problems that could affect their learning. In-school vision screenings are not a substitute for eye exams.

AUTUMN

  1. Rest your eyes. If you’re spending more time indoors on a computer, or sit in front of a computer at work, remember to rest your eyes. Follow the “20-20-20” rule — take a break every 20 minutes and look at something that is at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds — to reduce your risk of computer vision syndrome.
  2. Shopping. Planning to take advantage of the deals on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Remember to include new eyewear on your shopping list! Take advantage of your Flex-Spending Accounts to purchase glasses, before they expire at the end of the year.
  3. Stay active. Don’t let the colder weather keep you from exercising regularly. Staying active is good for your entire body and can help protect against diabetes, macular degeneration and more.
  4. Drink lots of water. The fall season brings with it lots of yummy coffee and hot cocoa flavors, but don’t forget to continue to drink lots of water. If you don’t drink enough water, you can dehydrate your body and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and comfortable. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include redness, dryness and puffy eyelids.

Throughout the year, if you have any questions or needs not addressed on this list please give us a call! Click here for our contact information, and to schedule an appointment. Cheers to 2019!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

High and Dry: Big ways dry eyes interrupt your life

Watery, scratchy eyes are a drag. But you don’t have to live with them! Relief is easier than you might think! Click here for more information and give us a call, we can help.

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The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

What are the dangers of an Online Eye Test

EYEcenter Optometric – What are the dangers of an Online Eye Test, Citrus Heights, California

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all they are chocked up to be. In fact, they may even be dangerous.


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What is an online eye test really testing?

An online eye test is actually not an eye test at all but just a vision or sight test – and a partial test at that. It is designed to measure your visual acuity and refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism) and to determine an eyeglass prescription – which is the lens power needed to correct the refractive error in your vision.

Given that there is no one with medical training actually performing or checking the accuracy of the test, it is questionable how well the exam does even this. In fact, when an eye doctor does a refraction for glasses or contact lenses it also involves some judgement on the doctor’s part. The eye doctor will often adjust the prescription slightly based on the patient’s age, occupation or hobbies. The doctor may prescribe a prism in the lenses to help with binocularity and to prevent double vision in those who have deviations of the eye. There is no way an online exam can do any of this.

Further, a refraction is only one very small part of an eye exam and if it takes the place of a regular comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor, you put your eyes and vision at serious risk.

The American Optometric Association is warning consumers about possible risks associated with online refractive eye exams. Such online sites tout convenience. But any alleged advantages come with risks, the AOA cautions.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Even if the eyes see clearly and you have 20/20 vision, there may still be vision problems or eye disease present even without pain, blurred vision or other symptoms. What the online eye test fails to measure is your complete visual health and capacity (beyond just visual acuity), the curvature of the eye (which is needed for accurate lens prescriptions- especially for contact lenses) and an assessment of the health of the eye itself.

Just as we need regular medical and dental checkups as a part of preventative health care to prevent disease and maintain our health, we also need regular eye exams. A vision test does not suffice. A comprehensive eye exam will examine much more than just how well you see. It will also check for visual processing, color vision, depth perception and proper eye movement. It will measure your eye pressure, examine the back of your eye and look for early signs of eye disease or conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, tumors and high blood pressure – many of which threaten your eyes and vision if not caught early.

If you do have some vision loss, the doctor will be able to determine if there is any serious underlying problem that is causing the disturbance in your vision. If you don’t have symptoms that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. Many serious eye conditions develop gradually without any symptoms. Some eye diseases do not affect the macula, and therefore you may still have good vision even though there is a problem (such as glaucoma, early dry macular degeneration, early cataract, diabetes, blood pressure and even tumors). Many of these conditions threaten the eyes and even general health if not caught early and when undetected they can cause permanent and irreversible damage to your vision

Eye exams are the best way to detect these early and treat them before they develop into serious eye problems.

Whether online vision tests are inaccurate, misleading or simply insufficient, they can fail to provide essential information and can delay or prevent vision saving treatments. Additionally, you could be walking around with the wrong vision prescription which can cause unnecessary eye strain, headaches and difficulty.

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Online Eye Test

No. Besides the fact that most eye exams are covered by insurance, the eye exam you are getting from an eye doctor is much more thorough and comprehensive than an online eye test, so you are not comparing apples to apples. The eye doctor’s exam uses real equipment and performs a complete and professional evaluation of your vision and eye health. There is simply no comparing this to a self administered test on a computer screen.
An online eye test may be touted as a time and money saving convenience however, that is hardly the case. An eye exam is a medical procedure that requires training, precision, and proper equipment. Anything less can put your eyes and vision at serious risk.

In addition to visual acuity testing to check your vision prescription, we will perform various procedures during your eye exam to inspect ocular health. Using advanced optics and high-powered magnification, our eye doctors will check for any abnormalities in your eye tissues. Comprehensive eye exams are the only way to discover the beginning stages of eye disease.

Why is it so important to catch eye disease as early as possible? Because the earlier you receive treatment, the easier it is to prevent vision loss and complications.

Call EYEcenter Optometric on 916-727-6518 in Citrus Heights, California to schedule an eye exam with our optometrist.

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Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

EYEcenter Optometric – Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes, Citrus Heights, California

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in the short term, it’s best to find other ways to get relief from your symptoms.

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Why People Rub Their Eyes

Rubbing your eyes can feel good for a number of reasons. First of all, it can be therapeutic as the pressure can be soothing and can stimulate the vagus nerve, alleviating stress. It can also lubricate your eyes by stimulating the tear ducts and can flush out or remove dirt and particles.

However, you don’t want to make eye rubbing a habit because there are a number of ways it can cause damage. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons people rub their eyes and some ways to avoid it.

Our fingers and hands are covered in germs. If you rub your eyes without thoroughly washing your hands first, you will be transferring some of the bacteria from your hands on to your eyes. If you are suffering allergies, rubbing your eyes can make them worse with tiny particles (allergens) on your eyelashes and around your eyes being moved into your eyes.

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  • Tired

    If you are rubbing your eyes because you are tired, think again. Rubbing your eyes frequently can contribute to bloodshot eyes and dark circles due to the breakage of tiny blood vessels in and around your eyes. If you are already tired, this can add to an even more worn-out appearance.

  • Itchy

    Itchy eyes can be caused by a number of reasons including allergies, inflammation or infections. In any case, rubbing them can often make things worse. For allergies, rubbing the eyes can actually make your eyes more itchy because it can spread more allergens around. Further, there is an inflammatory cascade response that is aggravated by eye rubbing, which can cause the intense fluid swelling and redness often associated with allergies.

    If you have an infection, rubbing your eye can cause more irritation, and often spreads the infection to your other eye, and potentially to the people around you. In fact, that may be how you got that infection to begin with. The hands carry a good amount of germs and bacteria, and your eyes are an easy access point for these germs to enter. Touching something, even as common as a doorknob or towel, which someone else with an eye infection also touched, is a common cause of conjunctivitis and other contagious eye infections.

  • Something In Your Eye

    If you have something in your eyes, rubbing may seem like the natural response to get it out. However, this can cause the object to scratch your eye and damage the cornea. Rubbing may occasionally push a foreign body deeper into the cornea making it more painful and difficult to remove.

  • Dry Eyes

    Dry eyes can be temporary, resulting from environmental or physical circumstances, or chronic, due to a condition like blepharitis in which the eye produces a poor quality tear film. If you rub your eyes when they feel dry, it can exacerbate your discomfort and even sometimes cause infection if you don’t wash your hands first. When your eyes don’t have enough tears, they may not flush dirt and germs out as readily as well-lubricated eyes might.

  • Other Eye Conditions

    Eye rubbing can be especially risky for people with existing eye conditions such as glaucoma, thin cornea and progressive myopia, as it can worsen eyesight. In glaucoma the eye rubbing can lead to an increase in eye pressure which can lead to nerve damage and eventual vision loss. In individuals with a thin cornea, eye rubbing can exacerbate the problem sometimes resulting in a condition called keratoconus which seriously distorts vision.

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Alternatives to Eye Rubbing

  • Eye Wash

    Your eyes actually have built-in mechanisms to flush out particles and irritants, but when these don’t work, eye flushing, eye drops or artificial tears might bring relief or remove foreign bodies. If you think you have a foreign body in the eye, first flush the eye with saline, eye wash or water. If you have something stuck in your eye that you can’t flush out, go immediately to an eye doctor.

  • Eye Drops or Cool Down

    For chronic itching or allergies, speak to your eye doctor as there are remedies such as antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers or even steroid eye drops that can be prescribed to alleviate symptoms. If no prescription eye drops are available when needed, try cooling down by going to a cool area and putting cold water on a paper towel over the eyes for a few minutes. Cooling the eye area will reduce symptoms as the blood vessels constrict, while heat tends to make the itch worse.

If you have dry eyes there are a number of options available for treatment which include drops or procedures to clear out tear ducts to improve eye moisture.

Remember, no matter how good it may feel to rub your eyes, there are potential consequences, some of them serious, so next time, think twice!

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Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction. For teens who feel self-conscious in their glasses, contact lenses can be a way to improve self-esteem. Young athletes and swimmers find that contacts are an excellent option for sports, especially as younger kids are becoming involved in travel sports and club teams outside of school.

While contacts might appear to be the perfect solution for teens that need corrective eyewear, they are a convenience that comes with a lot of responsibility so it’s not a decision to take lightly. Improper use of contact lenses can cause severe discomfort, infections, irritation and, in the worst cases, eye damage or even permanent vision loss.

“With Privilege Comes Responsibility”

Contact lenses are a medical device and should always be treated as such. They should never be obtained without a valid contact lens prescription from an eye doctor, and always purchased from an authorized seller. Among other issues, poor fitting contact lenses bought from illegitimate sources have been known to cause micro-abrasions to the eyes that can increase the risk of eye infection and corneal ulcers in worst case scenarios.

Particularly when it comes to kids and teens, it is best to purchase contact lenses from an eye doctor as they possess the expertise to properly fit contact lenses based on the shape of the eye, the prescription, the lifestyle of the child and other factors that may influence the comfort, health and convenience of contact lens use.

There is some debate over the recommended age for kids to start considering contact lenses. While some experts will say the ideal age is between 11 and 14, there are many responsible children as young as 8 or even younger who have begun to successfully use them. When children are motivated and responsible, and parents are able to ensure follow-up to the daily regimen, earlier contact lens use can be a success. A good measure of whether your child is responsible enough to use contacts is whether they are able to keep their room clean, or maintain basic hygiene like brushing teeth regularly and effectively.

When you think your child might be ready, you should schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a contact lens exam and fitting. The process will take a few visits to perform the exam, complete a training session on how to insert, remove and care for lenses, then to try out the lenses at home and finally reassess the comfort and fit of the contacts. You may try out a few varieties before you find the best fit.

What Kind of Contact Lens Is Best for My Teen?

The good news is that contact lens use has become easier than ever, with safety, health and convenience being more accessible as technology improves. There are a number of options including the material used to make the lenses (soft or rigid gas permeable), the replacement schedule (if disposable, how often you replace the pair – daily, weekly, biweekly or monthly) and the wear schedule (daily or extended overnight wear).

Single use, daily disposable lenses have become very popular, particularly with younger users, because they are easy to use, requiring no cleaning or storing, and therefore they reduce the risk of infection and misuse. You simply throw out the lenses at night and open a new one in the morning. Your eye doctor will be able to help you and your teen determine the best option.

Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Following are some basic contact lens safety tips. If your teen is responsible enough to follow these guidelines, he or she may be ready for contact lens use:

  1. Always follow the wearing schedule prescribed by your doctor.
  2. Always wash your hands with soap before applying or removing contact lenses.
  3. Never use any substance other than contact lens rinse or solution to clean contacts (even tap water is a no-no).
  4. Never reuse contact lens solution
  5. Follow the eye doctor’s advice about swimming or showering in your lenses
  6. Always remove your lenses if they are bothering you or causing irritation.
  7. Never sleep in your lenses unless they are extended wear.
  8. Never use any contact lenses that were not acquired with a prescription at an authorized source. Never purchase cosmetic lenses without a prescription!

Contact lens use is an ongoing process. As a child grows, the lens fit may change as well, so it is important to have annual contact lens assessments. Plus, new technology is always being developed to improve comfort and quality of contact lenses.

Contact lenses are a wonderful invention but they must be used with proper care. Before you let your teen take the plunge into contact lens use, make sure you review the dangers and safety guidelines.

EYEcenter Gives Back: Dr. Coen’s Mexico Mission Trip

EYEcenter’s Dr. John Coen reflects on his recent ministry trip, performing eye exams in Tijuana

EYEcenter’s Dr. John Coen has just returned from his annual trip with Amor Ministries to the Mexico Family Camp. This was the eighth year that Dr. Coen has joined families from across the U.S. on the mission trip. The primary goal of the ministry is to build homes for families in Tijuana during their visit–but a few years ago Dr. Coen and his wife (EYEcenter’s Dr. Brenda Coen) joined some other Sacramento area optometrists to offer a different kind of help to these native families.

“Our first year going as a family was 2009,” Dr. John Coen remembers. “My wife Brenda had started working with Auburn Family Optometry around that time. One of the optometrists from there had been going on this family camp mission trip for 12 years already and so she encouraged us to start going. And once we were all attending, we thought, we should do eye exams when we go. Then we started getting the traction of doing the eye clinics within the churches while on the trips.”

The church pastors in Tijuana arrange for locals who need their eyes examined to attend the clinics. Dr. Coen estimates they give between 600 and 800 exams during their trip, and relates the amount of fulfillment each exam can bring.

IMG 0223“Last year, the first day of the clinic, we had a kid who was about a minus nine, minus ten,” Dr. Coen remembers. “He didn’t have any glasses. And he was trying to ride his skateboard but he couldn’t see and he was getting made fun of by the other kids. We found him some glasses and he just started bawling. It was so hot in that church, he was sweaty and crying–and he just grabbed me and picked me up, hugged me and twirled me around. And he did the same with the other optometrist there. He was just so happy. We felt so fulfilled from that moment we almost could have gone home right then–our trip was made by that moment. ”

EYEcenter’s Dr. Randy Fuerst credits trips like this with their alignment to ECO mindset. “Dr. Gittins has gone to Nicaragua a number of times to give eye exams, and I’ve done Mexico (trips) a number of times, and China. John (Coen) absolutely has been (taking these trips) the longest, going to Mexico. My dad (ECO founder Dr. Fred Fuerst) used to go to Mexico a lot as well. It’s just part of the EYEcenter culture. We try to take care of people. We believe in giving back and making a better world.”

“You just see how these people’s eyes are just opened to the world,” said Dr. Coen. “Because they don’t know any different, they had never had the correction (of their vision) before. EYEcenter understands the importance of giving back. They endorse this trip and enable me to help these families. As we treat the Mexican people in Tijuana we want them to recognize that God has given us talents to share with all people! Whether we can speak the language or not – we are there to care for them!!”

Back to School Photo Contest 2017

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Starting August 21st, we’ll be selecting one lucky person every week this back to school season to win a free pair of Ray-Ban or Nike sunglasses!


To be entered in our weekly drawing, simply LIKE our Facebook page, and take a picture of yourself or your child doing something to get ready for the back to school season. Then post your photo on one of our Facebook pages, using the hashtag #ECOBackToSchool in your caption.
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One entry per household per week is allowed. We will have one winner per week, chosen randomly from entries on all of our Facebook pages:

Week 1: 8/21-8/26

Week 2: 8/27-9/2

Week 3: 9/3-9/9

Week 4: 9/10-9/15

Rules and Eligibility:

Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. Open to U.S. residents only. All eligible entries received during the submission period will be gathered into a database at the end of the submission period. Only one entry per household per week is allowed. A winner will be chosen at random. The winners will be announced within three business days of the end of the submission period. Winners will be notified via Facebook. Each entrant is responsible for monitoring his or her account for prize notification and other messages related to this contest. EYEcenter Optometric shall have no liability for winners’ failure to receive notices due to security settings or incorrect contact information. Winners must pick up prize in person. If a potential prize winner cannot be reached within fifteen (15) days of the end of the submission period, prize winner shall forfeit the prize. Sunglasses are up to $150 value. Plano lenses only.

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