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Helping Foster Teens See Their Future Clearly

A big part of EYEcenter culture and brand is looking for ways to give back to our community. We were fortunate to be given that opportunity in the form of a partnership with Dress 2 Soar, an organization that provides local teens with services to help them once they leave the foster care system. We are honored and blessed to share in the prosperity and uplifting of these youths and to be featured on the Dress 2 Soar Blog on 7/13/19:

For those that own or manage a local business, I bet you wonder how you can give back to your community in a way that changes, if not transforms lives.

For those who want to purchase products and services from local businesses, but do so with businesses that truly care about their community, it can be really difficult to find them.

We are surrounded by large corporate box stores and small business owners, all competing for your attention and money. More and more of us are becoming diligent in our research before we do business with someone. We want to make sure that they are trustworthy, honorable, and ethical. More often, we take referrals from those we trust to help speed us through life.

Many businesses do wonderful work for the community and the world. Some don’t. How do you find the ones that care for “the least of these” and love their community? Unless you can afford a billboard on the freeway, we are left hoping someone will tell us or we stumble across it in our life’s journey.

Can I be your guide on that journey for just a moment?

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EYEcenter staff helping Koinonia Home for Teens with new frames

Let me introduce you to EYEcenter Optometric.

Dress 2 SOAR introduced EYEcenter to Koinonia Home for Teens in Loomis a few years ago when we saw a need for the teens to receive eye care services as part of our life skills and style training workshops. One of our volunteers and leaders, Chris Ortiz, reached out to EYEcenter as he knew the owner’s heart was to serve and help the community. Over the years, EYEcenter would come out to the school and provide vision screenings as well as access to the eyewear for styling. All of us saw a need for streamlining the process to ensure that all the teens that came into the Koinonia program, had access to great vision.

Starting in 2019, EYEcenter forged a wonderful partnership with Koinonia Home for Teens and created a process where each teen that comes into the program has access to eye care services

You might be thinking, “Hey, don’t the teens have access to healthcare while at Koinonia Home for Teens”?” The answer is YES. Every teen is cared for with all the medical care one deserves but there is a gap in our eye care industry when it comes to youth in foster care.

Government health insurance is the standard for these wonderful youth and for the most part, is a good experience for the teens. Standard medical services provided by large healthcare entities give the teens a professional and respectful experience, just like those of us on corporate health insurance. Eye care services, for the most part, don’t fit into that model. More and more Optometrists are not taking government health insurance due to the complexity of billing, patient regulations, and the excessively low reimbursement rates to the providers. For those reasons, the teens are left with very few choices for providers and the quality of the experience, unfortunately, has degraded as well.

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Dr. Lee helping fit a Koinonia teen with new glasses.

In stepped EYEcenter Optometric. They saw the need to provide a fun, respectful, and enjoyable experience for the teens – providing them access to a high-end medical and retail experience.

Today, the teen “mom” or “dad”, which are the home leadership, reach out to EYEcenter when a new teen arrives and sets up an appointment for the teen to receive the eye exam. EYEcenter Optometric in Rocklin provides the same wonderful experience to the teen as they do for all of their regular patients.

Here’s the latest update from Eyecenter’s Ericka T – Assistant Manager

Rocklin has had about 8-10 total foster teens come in for eye exams within the past couple months. We have put in place a routine that seems to be working seamlessly! The foster moms will email me with a request for their teen to be seen for an eye exam, I get them on the books for an appointment and if any glasses are needed upon doctor requests, we have a great selection for the teen’s to choose from!

Earlier last week, one of the foster teens, Victoria, came in to pick up her glasses with her foster mom. Victoria was so happy and excited for her new glasses and was thankful that she was able to see so clearly now!

Here’s a local business that is transforming lives in our community, in a big way.

If you would like to learn more about EYEcenter Optometric, please visit their website here. If you would like to learn more about Koinonia Home for Teens, please visit their website here.

Want to learn a little more about vision challenges in our nation, please visit these websites.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/study-finds-most-americans-have-good-vision-14-million-are-visually-impaired

https://www.essilorusa.com/newsroom/shocking-vision-statistics

Author- Tim Wickham, Program Director for Dress 2 SOAR.

Copied with permission, originally published here.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Fireworks Safety

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades and fireworks. EYEcenter joins the National Safety Council in advising everyone to enjoy fireworks at public displays conducted by professionals, and not to use any fireworks at home.

Consider the following facts:

  • In 2017, eight people died and over 12,000 were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents
  • Additionally, fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires each year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and nearly 17,000 other fires
  • Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and children can receive severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet
  • Fireworks can cause chemical and thermal burns, corneal abrasions and retinal detachment — all of which can cause permanent eye damage and vision loss.

We know the fun is tempting. If you choose to light fireworks at home, we urge you to follow these safety measures to keep your family (end their eyes!) safe this 4th of July:

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
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    If you choose to light fireworks at home, be sure to follow the recommended safety measures.

  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks
  • Fireworks packaged in brown paper are made for professional displays – avoid buying

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.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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The Dark Side of Blue Light

How your devices are contributing to changes in your vision, and what you can do to help prevent it

Although it’s environmentally friendly, blue light can affect your vision in big ways. And with the digital lifestyles many of us are living, we may be paying a price for basking in all that light.

Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. So when you’re looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain, macular degeneration (which can lead to permanent vision loss), and other serious vision changes.

And while your eyes can block some types of harmful light naturally, they aren’t very adept at preventing blue light from entering the retina: Virtually all visible blue light passes through the cornea and lens and reaches the retina.

Although more research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is “too much blue light” for the retina, EYEcenter optometrists stress that the added blue light exposure from computer screens, smartphones and other digital devices might increase a person’s risk of macular degeneration later in life.shutterstock 203069269

Protect yourself from blue light

  • Reduce device use when possible! We know it won’t be realistic to do this all the time, but think twice about your device use throughout the day and reduce the strain on your eyes when you can
  • Ask your EYEcenter optician about special glare-reducing anti-reflective coatings on your eyewear to block blue light from both natural sunlight and digital devices
  • Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed to avoid disruptions to your sleep
  • Blue light filters are available for smartphones, tablets, and computer screens and prevent significant amounts of blue light emitted from these devices from reaching your eyes without affecting the visibility of the display
  • Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight
  • CLICK HERE to learn more about blue light and computer vision syndrome
  • Call or click to schedule an appointment at EYEcenter–we’ll tell you about which type of vision correction and lens features best suit your needs for viewing your computer and other digital devices, and protecting your eyes from blue light

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.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

We have the latest styles and the best lenses for your favorite man!

Whether he’s an adventure seeker, a golfer or a BBQ griller, we can help you find eyewear that fits his personality!

SPORTY: If dad is all about sports, active shades are the players to bet on. Ask us about styles from Nike, Oakley and Maui Jim.

CLASSIC: You can’t go wrong with an icon: it will be an everlasting gift. Check our selection of John Varvatos, Ray-Ban and Dragon frames

SOPHISTICATED: His good taste deserves the best in eyewear design. Paul Smith, Lacoste and Look will suit his fancy

Whatever dad needs for driving, golfing or just enjoying the summer sunshine, we’ve got him (and you!) covered. Visit us today and we’ll help you pick the perfect gift.

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Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences by giving each other helpful information and sharing their knowledge and advice. Use the hashtag #CataractAwarenessMonth on your social media channels to encourage and support others.

Did you know that over 24 million Americans have cataracts? More than 3.5 million Canadians are blind from cataracts, making it one of the most common – and serious – eye conditions today. Palmer N. Lee, O.D. treats cataract patients from all over Citrus Heights, California with the newest and most effective methods of eye care.

With millions of people living with the condition, it’s now more important than ever to bring awareness to this serious condition.

What Are Cataracts?

So what exactly are cataracts?

The lens of the eye is normally clear, which allows you to see things clearly and in sharp detail. Over time, the lens can become cloudy, causing blurry vision. It’s as if you’re looking through a dirty window and can’t really see what’s outside. This clouding of the lens is called a cataract, and it can affect one or both of your eyes.

What Causes Cataracts?

Aging is the most common cause of cataracts. The lens of your eye contains water and proteins. As you age, these proteins can clump together, and when that happens, the normally clear lens becomes cloudy.

Did you know that certain types of major eye surgeries and infections can trigger cataracts? Other issues that can lead to cataracts include congenital birth defects, eye injury, diseases, and even various kinds of medications. If you’re already developing cataracts, be careful when going outside. UV rays from the sun can make cataracts develop faster.

How Can I Lower My Risk of Cataracts?

Certain risk factors increase your chance of developing cataracts. These typically include:

  • Diabetes
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Family and medical history
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • UV ray exposure

To lower your risk, consider reducing your alcohol intake, quit smoking, start an exercise program, eat foods rich in vitamin A and C, and wear 100% UV blocking sunglasses.

Common Symptoms of Cataracts

If you have cataracts, you may experience some common symptoms like:

  • Blurry vision
  • Colors that used to be bright now appear dim
  • Double vision
  • Glare from natural sunlight or from artificial light, like light bulbs and lamps
  • Halos around lights
  • Night vision problems
  • Sensitivity to light

If you or a family member notice any of these signs, talk to Palmer N. Lee, O.D. right away. The sooner you seek treatment, the faster we can help you get back to clear vision.

Coping With Cataracts

If you’re experiencing vision problems from cataracts, there is hope. If you have a mild case, a combination of a different eyeglass prescription and better lighting in your home, office, or other environment can improve your vision. In more advanced cases, your optometrist will likely recommend cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear one.

Do I Need Cataract Surgery?

Cataract surgery is one of the most common procedures today. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 2 million people undergo the procedure each year.

During the procedure, the doctor will gently remove the cataract from the eye and replace it with an artificial intraocular lens (known as an IOL). Because it’s a common procedure, cataract surgery is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or in your eye doctor’s office. There is no need to stay in a hospital and you can usually resume your normal activities in just a few days.

If you’ve exhausted every other solution and still suffer from blurry vision from cataracts, surgery may be an option. Schedule a consultation online or call 916-727-6518 to book an eye doctor’s appointment at EYEcenter Optometric and together, we’ll determine if cataract surgery is right for you.

During this Cataract Awareness Month, share your stories and successes, and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

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Specialty lenses for keratoconus and other corneal disorders

It used to be that people with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities were not able to wear contacts. Nowadays though, advanced materials and high-tech engineering have led to the development of contact lenses for almost every vision condition. A diverse range of specialty contacts for hard-to-fit patients are available, such as scleral lenses.

At EYEcenter Optometric, our optometrist specializes in fitting scleral lenses in Citrus Heights; if you are interested in learning more about scleral lenses and whether or not they can help you, contact us to book a consultation.

Scleral lenses explained

These contacts are rigid gas permeable lenses with an extra-wide diameter that vaults over your cornea and comes to rest on the whites of your eyes – the sclera. This type of fit creates a smoothly rounded optical surface to cover the irregular corneal surface. As a result, scleral lenses give clear and comfortable eyesight to people with an abnormal cornea.

Candidates for scleral lenses

  • Corneal disorders: Our optometrist typically recommends scleral lenses in our Citrus Heights eye care office for patients with keratoconus, corneal degenerations, corneal dystrophies, and corneal scarring.
  • Dry eye syndrome: In addition to the above eye conditions, we may also recommend scleral lenses for people who suffer from dry eye syndrome, chronic inflammatory conditions, and Sjorgen’s disease. That’s because scleral lenses bridge over the eye in a shape that leaves a gap, which fills with moist tears. This lubricating, therapeutic cushion can enhance visual comfort significantly.
  • High vision prescription: People who need very high lens powers that exceed the standard parameters of soft contact lenses can benefit from scleral lenses.
  • Legal blindness: Innovative scleral lenses can help sharpen eyesight for even the most severe corneal scarring that causes legal blindness. Our Citrus Heights eye doctor has helped many patients who were classified as legally blind to see sharp with scleral lenses.
  • Extreme astigmatism: People with severe astigmatism are often told that they cannot wear contacts. However, scleral lenses are a game-changer in this situation. The precise, custom-designed fit of rigid sclerals can correct astigmatism with outstanding results. We are experienced in providing vision correction for astigmatism at EYEcenter Optometric.

Fitting scleral lenses

During your contact lenses eye exam in Citrus Heights, we will use advanced corneal topography to map your cornea. These ultra-accurate measurements enable the manufacture of scleral lenses that are tailor-made for your eyes. Our office is equipped with the latest technology to ensure that you enjoy an efficient eye care experience and scleral lenses that fit perfectly.

Scleral lenses: insertion, removal, and care instructions

The first few times you insert your scleral lenses, you may find it complicated. But have no worries, our Citrus Heights optometrist will provide comprehensive training before you take your new specialty lenses home. After a short practice session with insertion and removal, you’ll be comfortable and confident. Keep in mind that scleral lenses are very durable, which makes handling them easy.

Caring for your scleral lenses is similar to caring for standard contact lenses. After you remove them from your eyes, you’ll need to clean and store them in the recommended disinfectant solution.

Cost of Scleral Lenses

In comparison to regular gas permeable lenses, scleral lenses can be costlier. However, when you compare the price of scleral lenses to a year’s supply of soft lenses, the difference isn’t substantial. And once you experience their enhanced comfort and crisper visual clarity first-hand, the cost of scleral lenses will become even less of an issue.

Our Citrus Heights eye doctors provide expert fittings for scleral lenses; contact us to find out if these specialty lenses for hard-to-fit vision conditions can help you!

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type of refractive error. Whatever the cause, getting your kids to wear eyeglasses can be a parenting challenge.

Palmer N. Lee, O.D. treats patients from all over Citrus Heights, California with their vision correction needs. The knowledgeable, caring staff at EYEcenter Optometric can help you and your kids if they’re struggling with their glasses or don’t want to wear them.

Why Won’t My Child Wear His or Her Glasses?

To help your children get the best vision possible, you first need to understand why they’re fighting with you over their glasses. It usually stems from something physical, emotional, or social, such as:

  • Wrong fit
  • Wrong prescription
  • Personal style
  • Reactions from friends

How do you know which it is? Pay close attention to the signs, from what your kids say, to how they behave, to how they interact with others.

Physical

Improper fit is a big reason why glasses could feel uncomfortable. If they slip down, itch behind the ears, or put pressure on the bridge of the nose, it can explain why a child wouldn’t like to wear them.

If there’s been a big change to their prescription, they may need time to get used to it. If they were given the wrong prescription, they may be straining their eyes, getting headaches, or having eye fatigue. An incorrect prescription can make wearing glasses painful or awkward. It doesn’t correct their vision, either, so they’ll still see blurry images. When this happens, your eye doctor can check the prescription and make an adjustment.

Emotional

Your kids at home aren’t the same as your kids in school, on the sports field, or with their friends. They may be afraid of being made fun of in school, or they may not want the sudden attention on their appearance. These feelings can be even stronger among the tween and teen set.

Social

Even young kids can feel different when they put on a pair of glasses, especially if it’s for the first time. Feeling different or weird, in their eyes, translates to a negative experience. When wearing glasses makes them feel like the odd man out, they may not want to wear them. The last thing your child wants is to feel like a social outcast. After all, everyone wants to belong.

How We Can Help

First, bring your child in to the eye doctor for an eye exam. Our optometrist, Palmer N. Lee, O.D., will check to make sure that your child has the right prescription and that any vision problems are being corrected. Next, we’ll take a look at the glasses and place them on your child’s face to determine if they’ve got the proper fit. Our optician will take care of any adjustments that need to be made.

The Vision They Need, The Style They Want

Fashion isn’t only for adults. Your budding fashionista or trendy young stud wants to look awesome, so don’t forget about style. When your kids look great, they’ll feel great! Give them the top-quality eyewear they need without compromising on style. Your kids are a lot more likely to wear glasses when they like the way they look.

What You Can Do to Help

Encourage, stay positive, and don’t give up. Avoid telling them what you want them to wear. Let them choose for themselves. In the end, they’re the ones wearing the glasses. Making decisions is an important life skill, something they’ll need as they grow up and become more independent.

For younger children, use positive words to encourage them. Talk about how glasses are like magic, letting them see beautiful things around them. Show them how a pretty flower or a bright red truck looks with the glasses on, and how different it looks with the glasses off. For older kids, throw in a little pop culture. Tell them how trendy they’ll look by showing them pictures of celebrities who also wear glasses. You’ll also rack up some cool parent points.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we have the experience and unique approach to children’s eyewear that will make your kids want to wear their glasses. Schedule an eye exam today – you can book an appointment online right here. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll be glad to help.

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Five Tips to Survive Allergy Season

More sunshine means new beginnings, gorgeous flowers, and more time outside. But for people with allergies, spring brings one more thing: suffering. If checking the pollen count comes before enjoying the scenery, that’s not right! We can help. Come see us for relief! In the meantime, here are 5 things you can do to minimize the discomfort:

  1. Pollen tends to have a higher count in the mornings and early evenings. During these times, stay inside and keep windows closed. If you enjoy a morning run, consider an alternative indoor workout during peak allergy season.
  2. Take a shower before going to sleep. Doing this at night can rinse away any lingering allergens and leave you with a clearer eye and nasal area, as well as a more restful night’s sleep!
  3. Keep artificial tears close by. They can temporarily alleviate allergy symptoms by lubricating your eyes when they feel dry and itchy, and they’re usually small enough to fit inside a purse or pocket. If you don’t have any good eye drops, use a cool compress as an alternative method of relief.
  4. If your allergies are caused by dust or pet dander, vacuum. A lot. Dust collects quickly and can be difficult to spot until there’s a high amount of it. Pets can shed fast and often, and just when you think you’ve removed all the fur from your sofa, carpet, or bed, you suddenly find more, so vacuum a few times each week.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and change your linens more often during the spring season. Remnants of airborne allergens can stay on your hands, towels, and bed sheets. Washing them more frequently can minimize some of your symptoms and reactions.

Though it may be tempting, don’t rub your eyes! This can actually aggravate the allergy response. If you find yourself using artificial tears more than four times a day, or other short-term solutions aren’t enough, speak with your EYEcenter doctor. You may be able to receive antihistamine eye drops or other prescription medications to ease your discomfort. To learn more about allergy symptoms and relief, and to schedule your appointment, click here.

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Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed throughout the United States as a way of drawing attention to the importance of proper mental health. This year’s theme is #4Mind4Body. The idea is that using elements around us, such as the people in our lives, faith, nature, and even pets, can strengthen wellness and overall mental health.

Did you know that your vision can affect your mental health? While things like stress, trauma, and family history are factors that impact mental health, vision can also impact it.

How Does Vision Affect Mental Health?

Certain types of eye diseases and visual impairments can lead to emotional problemslike anxiety and depression. This is particularly common in cases of severe vision loss. Patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, for example, can experience mild to acute vision loss. This can make everyday activities like driving, running errands, watching TV, using a computer, or cooking, a difficult and painful experience. When this happens, it can cause a loss of independence, potentially leaving the person mentally and emotionally devastated.

Like most surgical procedures, LASIK corrective surgery is permanent and irreversible. Although it has very high success rates, LASIK has been considered the cause of depression and mental health issues in a few instances.

Kids’ Vision and Mental Health

Increased screen time among school-age children and teens has been shown to reduce emotional stability and cause repeated distractions and difficulty completing tasks, while also increasing the likelihood of developing nearsightedness.

Kids with visual problems often experience difficulty in school. If they can’t see the board clearly or constantly struggle with homework due to poor vision, they may act out their frustration or have trouble getting along with their peers.

Coping with Vision Problems

One of the most important ways to cope with visual problems is awareness. Simply paying attention to the signs and symptoms — whether the patient is an adult or a child — is a crucial first step.

Family members, close friends, colleagues, parents, and teachers can all play an important role in detecting emotional suffering in those with visual difficulties. Pay attention to signs of changes in behavior, such as a loss of appetite, persistent exhaustion, or decreased interest in favorite activities.

Thankfully, many common vision problems are treatable. Things like double vision, hyperopia (farsightedness), myopia (nearsightedness), amblyopia (lazy eye), and post-concussion vision difficulties can be managed. Vision correction devices, therapeutic lenses, visual exercises, or special prism glasses may help provide the visual clarity you need. Your primary eye doctor can help and a vision therapist or low vision expert may make a significant impact on your quality of life.

How You Can Help

There are some things you can do on your own to raise awareness about good mental health:

Speak Up

Often, just talking about mental health struggles can be incredibly empowering. Ask for help from family and friends or find a local support group. Be open and honest about what you’re going through and talk with others who are going through the same thing. Remember: you’re not alone.

If you experience any type of sudden changes to your vision — even if it’s temporary — talk to your eye doctor. A delay in treatment may have more serious consequences, so speak up and don’t wait.

Get Social

Developing healthy personal relationships improves mental health. People with strong social connections are less likely to experience severe depression and may even live longer. Go out with friends, join a club, or consider volunteering.

Have an Animal

Having a pet has been shown to boost mental health and help combat feelings of loneliness. Guide dogs can be especially beneficial for people suffering from vision loss.

Use Visual Aids

If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health issues caused by vision loss, visual aids can help. Devices like magnifiers or telescopic lenses can enlarge text, images, and objects, so you can see them more clearly and in greater detail.

Kids can benefit from vision correction like glasses, contacts, or specialized lenses for more severe cases of refractive errors. Vision therapy may be an option, too. It is a customized program of exercises that can improve and strengthen visual functions.

Always talk to your eye doctor about any concerns, questions, or struggles.

Thanks to programs like Mental Health Awareness Month, there is less of a stigma around mental health than just a few decades ago. Advancements in medical technologies and scientific research have led to innovative solutions for better vision care.

During this Mental Health Awareness Month, share your share your struggles, stories, and successes with others. Use the hashtag #Mind4Body and give your loved ones hope for a healthy and high quality of life.

 

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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5 signs of a Functional Vision Problem

Some of life’s most basic activities rely on your eyes, eye muscles and brain working together: driving a car, reading a book, playing a sport and simply maintaining your balance or coordination. This is what’s known as functional vision.

Signs that you may have a functional vision issue include:

  1. Difficulty concentrating
  2. Frequent headaches
  3. Short attention span
  4. Poor reading comprehension
  5. Poor coordination or balance

At EYEcenter, we have a non-invasive, 5-minute test that could diagnose an underlying functional vision problem — and set you on a path that could truly change your quality of life. Ask us about the EyeQ vision screening from RightEye!

Click here for more information on functional vision and RightEye screenings.

You can also take our free functional vision assessment here.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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