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Spring brings colorful blooms - and seasonal allergies. Make an appointment to ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies.

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60 minutes of physical activity a day makes kids' brains more active too!

Just another reason to get your kids off the couch and make them run around instead: It will help them think better.

In a paper published in Pediatrics, researchers report that kids 7 to 9 years old who attended a daily, after-school fitness program showed an increased ability to pay attention, avoid distraction and switch between tasks at the end of a nine-month period, compared with a control group that did not attend the program.

We will be CLOSED on July 4th. 

Please be careful when handling fireworks.Sparklers are the most common cause for eye injuries, so keep a close eye on your children when they are playing with them. Make sure they are holding the sparkler at an arms length away from themselves (and everyone else too!). It also isn't a bad idea to consider wearing protective eyewear.

Need relief from eye strain, eye fatigue or dry eye? 

It may be as easy blinking more.

We blink less and have more incomplete blinks when using computers.

What can we do about it?

Try the 20-20-20 rule. That means that every 20 minutes, computer or device users should look up for 20 seconds and focus on an object at least 20 feet away. In addition, you may reduce symptoms by making a conscious effort to blink completely. Every once in a while, just fully open and close your eyes. That could really make a big difference.

What is the difference between Vision and Medical Insurance?

Vision insurance covers routine eye care services such as periodic eye examinations and refractive services (determining the prescription of your eyes). 

• Many vision plans will also offer benefits on materials. 
• These benefits may take the form of an allowance toward materials and special services such as contact lens fittings and follow-up. 
• These benefits may also take the form of covered and non-covered (“out-of-pocket”) items. Plans vary greatly and pre-approval is sometimes required. 
• Without exception, this type of coverage is limited in scope and frequency of benefits. 
• We are obligated to collect all out-of-pocket expenses at time of service.

Medical insurance, on the other hand, covers medical eye care services such as red eyes, eye emergencies, diseases, and evaluation and management visits of diseases or suspected diseases. Often, diagnostic tests such as digital imaging and visual field evaluations are covered as well. 

• Medical insurance however, does not cover routine eye examinations or refractive services (checking the prescription of your eyes). 
• Most insurance types have deductibles and co-pays associated with your coverage. 
• We are obligated to collect these fees at time of service.
• Materials are NOT covered by medical insurance with the exception of HSAs and Flex Spending Accounts which do cover prescription eyewear.

Some types of insurance plans are also closed to us as providers. In these cases, we will give you the documentation you need to seek your own reimbursement.

New plans under the Affordable Care Act are also required to offer children's vision services.

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If this doesn't make you go aww, than your heart is two sizes too small! #aww  

We can see 10 million color hues but not ultraviolet light. Protect your eyes this summer with ophthalmic quality sunwear.

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Pollen is here, and so are allergies. Unless you don't plan leaving your house, you are going to be exposed. So what can you about it?

1. An ounce of prevent is worth a pound of cure. Sunglasses! 
-Not only will they prevent your eye from harmful UV light, but also will serve as a barrier for allergens.

2. Artificial Tears. 
-Just like you wash off your car, you need to wash out your eyes also. They will definitely thank you. Just make sure you avoid anything that says "get the red out" (Visine). Refresh and Optive make very good tears.

3. Allergy Drops. 
-Sometimes artificial tears just don't cut it. When that's the case allergy drops do wonders. Already know you will be exposed to allergens throughout the day? Great. Just put a drop in your eye at the beginning of the day and your symptoms will be greatly reduced.
Note: Over the counter drops need to be taken twice a day. If you want something that is daily you will need a prescription. Again, stay away from "get the red out".

4. Steroid drops. 
-If allergy drops aren't cutting it, you may need something stronger. These are only available by prescription, so don't waste your time looking over the counter.

5. Cool Compress. 
-If you don't have any drops on hand and can't stop itching, cool compresses work great to calm down the itch. 

Please don't excessively rub your eyes. This can exacerbate the symptoms (rubbing a mast cell releases more histamine), lead to eye abrasions/injuries, and sometimes contributes to an eye disease called keratoconus.

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"Remember the notion that you got reading glasses when you started getting old? Get ready for a paradigm shift: These days many are going to start needing computer eye strain glasses -- and they're going to need them at an increasingly younger age."

And the link to the poster for tips on preventing computer vision syndrome:
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