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Eyeglasses have attained such lofty status as stylish accessories that many people often wear them simply to make a fashion statement. Non-prescription eyewear, called “plano eyeglasses,” is worn by people with a perfect vision for cosmetic purposes. Much in the way that a woman would pick a particular handbag to match a pair of shoes or boots, she might select a certain pair of plano eyeglasses to complement her outfit or project an image. Not only do the frames of these fashion-forward eyeglasses draw the attention of onlookers, but they can also be outfitted with tinted non-prescription lenses that add to any desired effect. Plano eyeglasses can also be worn simply to block the wind or flying dust on windy days. Glasses say so much about your personality and personal style. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features. Our experienced optometry professionals work closely with you to select the proper frames to fit your budget as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and vision needs. For more information, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Plano eyeglasses are sometimes worn by individuals with a perfect vision to project a more serious or mature attitude in the workplace.

PREGNANCY-RELATED VISION CHANGES

As pregnant women experience changes in hormones, metabolism, fluid retention, and blood circulation, their eyes and vision may be affected as a result. For instance, water retention may cause the thickness and curvature of their corneas to increase slightly, which can affect how well their eyeglasses or contacts correct their vision. Most women find that they are a bit more nearsighted during their pregnancies, but not enough to warrant a change in lens prescription. With all this in mind, pregnancy is not a good time for women to invest in a new pair of glasses. Fortunately, any pregnancy-related changes in vision that they do experience are temporary and will revert to normal within months of delivery. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. Preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs but are easily diagnosed by a licensed optometrist. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Women are likely to find that their eyes are drier and more irritated during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

EYES THAT HAVE IT

If you are a woman who has just started wearing prescription eyeglasses for the first time, bear in mind that lenses that correct for nearsightedness tend to make eyes seem smaller. With this in mind, you may want to make some adjustments to your makeup regimen. To better help your eyes stand out from behind the frames, try filling in your brows with a pencil or powder that matches your hair color. Next, choose an eye shadow that will contrast with the color of your frames. Conversely, since farsighted lenses magnify the eyes, you may want to apply eyeliner with a light hand, staying close to the lash line and avoiding clumps that would be even more noticeable. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we offer a large selection of high-end designer frames, eyeglasses, and sunglasses. We also offer a wide variety of contact lenses that are guaranteed to suit your individual needs. Come in today and let us help you select the style, shape, and color of eye glasses or sunglasses that are right for you. For more information, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Women whose vision is very blurry without their glasses should inquire about “make-up glasses,” which allow wearers to fold each of the lenses away individually. As a result, one eye can see very well while make-up is applied to the other one.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE

“Keratoconus” is a condition that is characterized by a cornea that bulges into a cone shape due to thinning of this transparent outer layer of the eye. As a result, keratoconus is likely to cause distorted vision in its earliest stages as incoming light is irregularly refracted by the cornea. There may also be increased sensitivity to glare and light. These symptoms may first appear in a person’s teens and twenties, after which the condition may progress slowly. To correct the nearsightedness and astigmatism associated with keratoconus in its early stages, either soft contacts or eyeglasses may be used. After that, rigid gas permeable contact lenses may be needed. If the cornea stabilizes, no further treatment may be required. Corneal transplant surgery is necessary for very advanced keratoconus due to scarring, extreme thinning or contact lens intolerance. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Experience, commitment to technology, and a genuine concern for patient welfare enable all of our doctors and our highly qualified staff to work as a team to consistently deliver quality, affordable eye care. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Symptoms of keratoconus include blurred or distorted vision, increased sensitivity to bright light and glare, sudden worsening or clouding of vision, and a need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions.

FITTING CONCLUSIONS

Eyeglass frames must look good as well as fit well if they are going to be comfortable and effectively correct vision. For instance, if eyeglasses slide down the nose, the lenses’ optical centers will not line up with the wearer’s irises. As a result, the lens prescription will not provide eyes with all the available correcting ability. Sliding frames also provoke wearers into the irritating habit of having to constantly reposition the frames on their noses. Eye specialists can fix both of these problems by adjusting the temple length or modifying the fit of the temple tips around the ears. In addition, nose pads can be switched to others with a better fit or grip. Glasses say so much about your personality and personal style. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features. Our experienced optometry professionals work closely with you to select the proper frames to fit your budge as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and vision needs. For more information, please call us today. FITTING CONCLUSIONS.

P.S. Some eyeglass frame manufacturers have petite collections with frames that fit smaller faces.

LEADING CAUSE OF VISION LOSS IN CHILDREN

New research finds that sports-related eye injuries cause about 30,000 emergency room visits in the United States each year, and that sports eye injuries are the largest cause of vision loss in children. The incidence of these injuries peaks during adolescent years. Researchers also found the top three causes of eye injuries among young males to be basketball (23%), baseball or softball (14%), and shooting air guns or paintball guns (12%). One-fifth of baseball-related injuries involve bone fractures around the eye’s orbit. Basketball injuries that result from elbowing also cause similar fractures. Clearly, children and adolescents need to wear sports eyewear that protects against such injuries and prevents vision loss that could damage any future ability to play sports.Your family’s eyes are an important asset and protecting them is our goal. Whether you need prescription glasses to improve your vision to 20/20 or glasses to protect the eyes during physical activity, SKOWRON EYE CARE its eyes on your eyes! For more information, please call us today. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision..

P.S. Parents and coaches must help children overcome peer pressure that might prevent them from wearing protective eyewear.

THE EYE DISEASE SENIORS MAY HAVE OVERLOOKED

Older individuals may already be aware that they have an increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, but many are less knowledgeable about “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD). This eye disease, which affects some 1.6 million Americans over age 50, comes in two forms. So-called “dry” AMD involves a gradual breakdown of the cells responsible for sharp, central vision (the macula, near the center of the retina). As a result, central vision slowly blurs. The more severe “wet” form of AMD is characterized by an abnormal overgrowth of blood vessels and fluid at the back of the eye, which leads to central vision loss. A comprehensive eye exam and an “Amsler Grid” test are needed to diagnose AMD. Preventive and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health, and patients 55 and older should be examined for signs of AMD every year. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by an optometrist. To schedule an eye exam, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. People with moderate dry AMD are encouraged to take vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and copper and zinc to help delay and possibly prevent the disease’s progression. There is currently no cure. 

THE EYE DISEASE SENIORS MAY HAVE OVERLOOKED

Older individuals may already be aware that they have an increased risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma, but many are less knowledgeable about “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD). This eye disease, which affects some 1.6 million Americans over age 50, comes in two forms. So-called “dry” AMD involves a gradual breakdown of the cells responsible for sharp, central vision (the macula, near the center of the retina). As a result, central vision slowly blurs. The more severe “wet” form of AMD is characterized by an abnormal overgrowth of blood vessels and fluid at the back of the eye, which leads to central vision loss. A comprehensive eye exam and an “Amsler Grid” test are needed to diagnose AMD. Preventive and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health, and patients 55 and older should be examined for signs of AMD every year. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs, but are easily diagnosed by an optometrist. To schedule an eye exam, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. People with moderate dry AMD are encouraged to take vitamins C and E, beta carotene, and copper and zinc to help delay and possibly prevent the disease’s progression. There is currently no cure. 

LOOK SMART

It is no secret that some people wear eyeglasses to make themselves look smarter and/or more serious. As the reasoning goes, glasses lend a more studious appearance to those who wear them. With this in mind, directors sometimes tell actors to don eyeglasses  in order to make them look more credible in roles that require that they look more learned and thoughtful. As it turns out, this notion that equates eyeglasses with intelligence may have some real validity. When German researchers recently gave nearly 3,500 people both vision and intelligence tests, they found that those wearing glasses had better cognitive ability than others with perfect 20/20 vision. Nearsightedness has been linked with reading and other near work. Glasses say so much about your personality and personal style. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features. Our experienced optometry professionals work closely with you to select the proper frames to fit your budge as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and vision needs. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. It is estimated that 40% to 50% of young people in the United States are nearsighted, which has been linked with how much time kids spend outdoors. 

NEARLY “BULLETPROOF”

Because polycarbonate is the most impact-resistant lens material available, it is perfectly suited for people with reduced (or no) vision in one eye, as well as those who work or play in areas where there is an increased risk of lens breakage. Children’s lenses should also be made of polycarbonate. Aside from its considerable strength, polycarbonate is a “high index” material, meaning it can be made thinner than other lens materials. This makes polycarbonate lenses particularly suitable for those with strong prescriptions. In addition, polycarbonate is the lightest lens material. When you add up all these considerable advantages, polycarbonate should be high on your list when it comes to choosing prescription lenses. Polycarbonate was developed in the 1970s for aerospace applications. It is currently used for the helmet visors of astronauts and for space shuttle windshields. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Polycarbonate lenses should be treated with a scratch-resistant coating.

FLYING HIGH

While aviator-style eyeglass frames were first developed for sunglasses, they soon became a long-lived classic style that also extends to prescription glasses. Originally developed by the Army Air Corp for their pilots, the glasses’ iconic teardrop shape was preferred for its ability to provide the eyes with more complete protection from the sun that extends over the entire eye socket. By the late 1930s, aviator frames became a desirable luxury style for hunters and fishermen, but it was not until World War II that they really took off as a fashion item. After the war, the frames achieved iconic status and subsequently went through many transformations that have catered to prevailing tastes without ever changing their fundamental form. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features. Our experienced optometry professionals work closely with you to select the proper frames to fit your budge as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and vision needs. To learn more, please call. If you haven't had an eye exam in over a year, schedule an appointment with our eye care clinic. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Aviator frames also come in a squared off shape that truncates the lower part of the lens. 

STARING INTO THE ABYSS

Nearly everyone who sits in front of a computer screen for hours at a time knows that it is necessary to take breaks. By shifting their focus from the computer screen to distant objects, computer users can avoid eye fatigue. Now, with the extremely high prevalence of cell phones, eye specialists are also warning smartphone users to give their eyes a chance to rest. When cell phone users check e-mails, texts, or tweets for extended periods of time, they only blink around four to seven times per minute. Normally, the usual blinking rate is about 18-20 times per minute. By cutting their blinking rate so drastically, cell phone users significantly increase their risk of developing dry eyes and blurred vision. Squinting at a computer, tablet, or mobile screen is a normal part of our 21st century lives. Even if you’ve never had eye problems before, you may have noticed computer vision syndrome symptoms after two or more hours of screen time. Having a routine eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. If you haven't had an eye exam in over a year, schedule an appointment with SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. It is estimated that the average cell phone user checks his or her phone 85 times per day, which amounts to nearly five hours.

CONNECTING THE DOTS

Because glaucoma often does not cause noticeable early symptoms, people can have the disease and not know it until they experience irreversible vision loss; therefore, it is important for people to have their eyes checked regularly. The cause of glaucoma is unknown, and there is no cure, but its progression can be slowed with treatment once it is diagnosed. To help in the diagnosis of this vision-robbing disease, Australian researchers have developed a testing protocol that identifies glaucoma up to four years sooner than current diagnostic techniques. Their method involves looking at small dots of light of specially chosen size and light intensity. Inability to see them indicates blind spots in the visual field and early loss of peripheral vision. Glaucoma can be treated with eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods. The goal of any treatment is to prevent loss of vision, as vision loss from glaucoma is irreversible. To schedule an eye exam, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Glaucoma involves the slow destruction of the optic nerve, with early loss primarily occurring in peripheral (side) vision.

NOTICE AN ERROR?

If an eye exam reveals that you need corrective lenses in order to see more clearly, you have what is known as a “refractive error.” Refraction refers to the way light is bent as it passes through an eye’s cornea and lens. In cases where the eye’s focusing system does not correctly bend light so that it will properly focus on the retina, prescription lenses will be called into play to correct the error in the eye’s refractive ability. While refractive errors such as “myopia” (nearsightedness), “hyperopia” (farsightedness), “astigmatism,” and “presbyopia” (age-related inability to focus on nearby objects) are very common, they are easily corrected and should not be regarded as a disease or an eye health problem. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we carry a wide array of frames to meet every need and budget. Our experienced frame stylists will make sure you get the look you want from traditional to contemporary to just plain fun. Come in and let our optical assistants help you select the eyewear that is right for your face shape and skin tone. For more information, please call. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye) is irregularly shaped.

C IS FOR CATARACT

Cataract, which is clouding of the eye lens, affects more than half of Americans aged 65 years and older. This age-related cause of vision loss can occur much earlier due to exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and a host of other causes (including smoking, use of corticosteroids, and a family history). It is also thought that cataract formation is linked to oxidative changes in the human eye lens, which makes the case for consuming fruits and vegetables containing high amounts of antioxidants. In fact, recent research involving 324 pairs of twins over a decade shows that there was a 33 percent lower risk of developing cataracts among women whose diets were rich in foods containing vitamin C. The symptoms of early cataract may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we have the technology to actually photograph and/or videotape your cataract. We review your case together to determine what the best possible course of action should be. Sometimes having cataract surgery is not the best way to improve your vision. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Blurred vision, glare, and difficulty reading are early symptoms of cataracts.

LOOKING GOOD, SEEING WELL

Up to half of those who select sunglasses off-the-rack give little to no consideration to how much the lenses block out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The FDA has designated non-prescription sunglasses as medical devices since 1998, and requires lenses to be impact-resistant, nontoxic, and non-flammable. Beyond that, it is up to the consumer to check labels for “99% or 100% UV protection” or “UV400,” which means that the lenses absorb wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, thereby blocking all harmful UV rays. Consumers should understand that there is no relationship between the cost of sunglasses and their UV screening ability. Nor does the darkness of the lenses have any bearing on their ability to screen out UV rays.  Sunlight reflected off of water, snow, sand and even pavement increases UV exposure; wearing a wide-brimmed hat is often not enough to protect the eyes. At SKOWRON EYE CARE OPTICAL, our certified opticians will help you select the style, shape, and color of eye glasses or sun glasses that are right for you. Visit us for an eye exam and get fitted for a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. We feature the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. When trying on a pair of inexpensive drugstore sunglasses, focus on a vertical edge or line and move your head back and forth. If the line wiggles, the lenses may have an optical defect. 

SENSORY LOSS

           According to the first study to measure sensory loss among seniors, 28% of those tested had three, four, or five sensory deficits, while 38% had two deficits, and 64% had one. This is an important study because our senses of taste, touch, hearing, vision, and smell help guide us as we make our way in the world. As far as the vision portion of the study is concerned, researchers measured the study participants’ ability to see under typical home lighting conditions while wearing their glasses or contact lenses. They found that about 80% of the seniors had good corrected vision, but 14% displayed only fair corrected vision, and 6% had poor corrected vision. Regular eye exams are essential.  Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they're most treatable. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. We’ve invested in technology to make exam findings easier and more accurate for everyone from toddlers to seniors. Our professionals maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay current on the latest trends in ophthalmology. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Research links poor vision in seniors to depression and overall poor quality of life.


THINNER LENSES

Because “aspherical” eyeglass lenses are designed with less curvature than their traditional counterparts, they can be produced with a slimmer profile. In addition, their technically advanced design enables aspheric lenses to eliminate the distortions that wearers of conventional lenses encounter when they look toward the edges of their lenses. Moreover, aspheric lenses are lighter than conventional lenses. By taking advantage of aspheric lenses’ lighter weight and thinner design, those with strong lens prescriptions can avail themselves of more frame options. Aspheric lenses also afford wearers with a more natural appearance of their eyes because they reduce the eye magnification that occurs with farsightedness and the smaller appearance of the eye that occurs with nearsightedness. SKOWRON EYE CARE offers a wide variety of contact lenses that are guaranteed to suit your individual needs. Our certified opticians will help you select the style, shape, and color of eye glasses or sun glasses that are right for you and your children. Visit us for an eye exam and get fitted for a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. We feature the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. “High index” lens material, which has the ability to more efficiently bend light, allows lenses to be made thinner than conventional lens materials.

A SPECK IN YOUR EYE

If something is in your eye, resist the urge to rub it. Instead, try flushing the eye with water in an eyecup or small glass. Place the rim of the glass on the bone at the base of the eye socket, and then gently tip the glass and let the water run over your eye while keeping it open. If this doesn’t remove the foreign body, seek emergency medical care. If something is in someone else’s eye, examine the eye by gently pulling the lower lid downward while the person looks upward. Reverse the procedure for the upper lid. You may be able to flush it out or remove it manually with a moistened cotton swab. Whether it’s for regular eye exams, to find the right pair of contact lenses or eyewear or for more advanced eye care services, your eye doctor should have the right combination of experience, expertise, and people skills to make you comfortable. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our computerized program will help you select the frame that best suits you. It allows you to compare four different frames at once! At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Wash your hands before working to remove any foreign object in your eye, and rinse your hands well so you do not further irritate your eye with soap residue from your fingers.

PROTECT YOUR EYES

            According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), each day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. The tragedy is that the vast majority of these injuries are preventable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that workers use protective eyewear such as goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full face respirators when their work poses a threat to the health of their eyes. Those working at home should take the same precautions. Ordinary eyewear does not afford the same degree of protection that safety glasses provide. Safety glasses must meet standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Look for the “Z87” mark on the lens or frame.It’s important to wear protective lenses or goggles that have UV protection if you work in a hazardous environment like a construction zone or workshop, or participate in ball sports or extreme sports. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our computerized program will help you select the frame that best suits you. It allows you to compare four different frames at once! At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Polycarbonate lenses offer the highest degree of protection of any lens material. 

OVERCOMING VISUAL FATIGUE

           When eye muscles become strained from spending long periods in front of computer screens, “visual fatigue” can set in. Symptoms include difficulty focusing, burning/stinging eyes, and headaches. The workers most likely to find that they need new or updated occupational lenses are people over age 40 whose eyes are beginning to lose their ability to focus easily and quickly. Other candidates are those workers who have recently switched to using the computer for longer periods of time. Visual fatigue is often also a problem with children who use computers to do homework or play video games for extended periods. A switch to glasses prescribed for work (or play) is likely to reduce the eye strain that often leads to a headache. Visual fatigue can be diagnosed by an eye doctor through an annual eye exam and a discussion on your lifestyle and work habits. If you have visual fatigue, your eye doctor has new technology designed to help you combat it. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our goal is to help you maintain a lifetime of healthy, clear, comfortable vision by using the latest in technology from in-vogue eyewear and eyeglasses to complex contact lenses to LASIK eye surgery. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Reading a computer screen requires different skills from the eyes than are required to read a book or newspaper due to the color and contrast of the letters, the lighting, and the angle of the text. 

WEDGED IN THE WHITE OF THE EYE

One good reason to avoid exposing the eyes to the sun for prolonged periods is the potential for developing a “pterygium.” This fleshy, wedge-shaped, non-cancerous growth may develop on the cornea. It usually starts out on the inside corner of the eye on the membrane that covers the white of the eye (conjunctiva). From there, it can extend out into the cornea. A pterygium is more typically seen on people who have a lot of sun exposure or chronic eye irritation due to dry, dusty, windy conditions. It may remain small, but a growth is sometimes large enough to interfere with vision. It may block light entering the eye or it may change the cornea’s shape sufficiently to distort vision. A pterygium usually occurs on the side of the eye closest to the nose, but it also can develop on the side closer to the ear. It can affect one eye or both eyes. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Experience, commitment to technology, and a genuine concern for patient welfare enable all of our doctors and our highly qualified staff to work as a team to consistently deliver quality, affordable eye care. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. 

P.S. A pterygium usually does not require any treatment unless it is blocking vision or causing severe discomfort.

LENS COATINGS

For those blinded by glare while driving or sitting at their computers, “anti-reflective” lens coating is quite a desirable option. While coatings of this type were once deemed to be smudge-prone and hard to clean, newer anti-smudge/anti-fog technology provides significant improvements. As far as other types of lens coatings are concerned, most lenses come with ultraviolet protection; if not, it is a good idea to opt for one, since it reduces the risk of cataracts that comes with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Going one step further, a “photochromic” coating not only shields the eyes from UV rays, but it also increasingly darkens lenses with exposure to sunlight. This is helpful for those not wishing to carry separate sunglasses. Buying eyeglass lenses is not easy. In a recent issue, Consumer Reports magazine said, "There are so many choices for lenses and coatings, it's easy to be confused about what's worth buying.” For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our frame stylists will make sure you get the look you want from traditional to contemporary to just plain fun. Our computerized program will help you select the frame that best suits you. It allows you to compare four different frames at once! At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. While there is no strong evidence that blue light damages the retina or increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration or cataracts, there are “blue-light-blocking” coatings available that are said to reduce exposure to computer screens’ LED light. 

THE MALE POINT OF VIEW

The newest look in men’s eyeglass frames is aviator-style glasses with round lenses. This retro-futuristic style is helped along with metal bridges and translucent plastic frames that bring a Mad Max sensibility to the traditional James Dean look. To push the boundaries on this fashion-forward look further, men may opt for mirrored lenses that are fitted to frames with wood-textured finishes. Another updated look on a fashion staple has Wayfarers outfitted with dual-tone acetate frames and keyhole accents, which ups their sporty look. Finally, if traditional browline frames are preferred, they can be updated with metal bridges and vibrant colors. Colored lenses also give the retro 50s shape of browlines added visual interest. SKOWRON EYE CARE offers a large selection of high end designer frames, eye glasses and sunglasses. We also offer a wide variety of contact lenses that are guaranteed to suit your individual needs. We will help you select the style, shape, and color of eye glasses or sun glasses that are right for you. For more information, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. For women, the hottest look in eyeglasses features exaggerated cat’s-eye frames.

FARSIGHTED PRE-SCHOOLERS MAY FALL BEHIND

Because farsighted individuals see distant objects more clearly than near objects, they must often squint their eyes to read and perform other up-close tasks. Unless this refraction error is corrected with prescription lenses before a farsighted child reaches first grade, he or she is likely to lose ground on reading skills. This was the finding of the first large-scale study to examine farsightedness and reading readiness among 4- and 5-year-olds. It is estimated that 4 percent to 14 percent of preschool children have moderate farsightedness, which children rarely complain about because they are not aware that anything is wrong with their vision. Thus, it is highly recommended that parents schedule comprehensive eye exams for their preschoolers. Eye exams for children are extremely important. Experts say 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems. Early identification of a child’s vision problem is crucial because, if left untreated, some childhood vision problems can cause permanent vision loss. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. We make exam findings easier and more accurate from toddlers to seniors. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Common signs of farsightedness include difficulty in concentrating on near objects, eye strain, fatigue and/or headaches after close work, aching or burning eyes, and irritability or nervousness after sustained concentration.

ALL IN ALIGN

In order for prescription eyeglass lenses to fit properly and work effectively, it is essential to know the distance between the wearer’s pupils so that the lenses’ optical centers line up directly in front of the pupils. Neglecting to perform this simple fitting procedure can result in less than optimum corrected vision. Matching pupils to the optical center of corrective lenses is particularly important for people with higher prescriptions, individuals bothered by small prescription errors, and those wearing special lenses such as “progressives.” Failure to center the eyes of these wearers properly with respect to the lenses may result in headaches and eye fatigue. These potential problems can be avoided with a fitting by an experienced eye professional. Despite the availability of contact lenses and vision correction surgery, eyeglasses are more popular today than ever. Advances in lens and frame technology have given eyeglass wearers more choices. The opticians at SKOWRON EYE CARE will explain what products and processes are available today and how they work to give you the best vision possible. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. If eyeglass frames are not fitted properly to the face, the bridge may slip down the nose and alter the alignment between the pupils and the optical centers of the lenses.


DOES DIET AFFECT CATARACT DEVELOPMENT?

While “cataract” is primarily an age-related condition, diet may play a role in this clouding of the eye lens. Some studies have indicated that people who consume large amounts of fruits and vegetables and small quantities of foods containing saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium are less likely to develop cataracts than people with not-so-healthy diets. In addition, there is research suggesting that having high blood levels of “lutein” (an important nutrient found in leafy greens, tomatoes, squash, and carrots) and “zeaxanthin” (a powerful, natural antioxidant found in leafy greens, bell peppers, corn, and eggs) is also associated with a lower cataract risk. Other data shows that vitamin C may exert a protective effect against cataracts. When we evaluate your eye health, we will carefully examine your lens for signs of cataract formation. If surgery is necessary, keep in mind that cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective surgical procedures performed today. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. We make exam findings easier and more accurate from toddlers to seniors. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. 

P.S. Because obesity is linked with cataract development, it may help to avoid sugary snacks and soft drinks.

THWARTING A THIEF

The insidious eye disease known as glaucoma has widely been referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it strikes without warning and is the world’s leading cause of preventable blindness. It takes a professional eye exam to catch this “thief.” Diagnosis of glaucoma is made on the basis of three primary factors: an increase in intraocular pressure, the pressure within the eyeball; characteristic changes in the visual field, specifically a loss of peripheral (side) vision; and signs of damage to the optic nerve. Once the diagnosis is made, it is possible to manage the disease with medication and/or surgery. Without a diagnosis, those with glaucoma may lose their vision before they ever know that there is a problem. Depending on the severity of the disease, treatment for glaucoma can involve the use of medications, conventional (bladed) surgery, laser surgery or a combination of these treatments. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we have invested in the latest technology to enable us to properly diagnose, treat, and manage glaucoma. We make exam findings easier and more accurate from toddlers to seniors. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. It is important to get your eyes examined regularly because early diagnosis and treatment can minimize or prevent optic nerve damage and limit glaucoma-related vision loss.

STUNNING SUNGLASSES

The most popular sunglasses lately are so bold and stylish that they have the ability to transform a wearer’s entire look. One of the biggest trends involves mirrored lenses in a variety of colors and shapes that draw stares and return reflections. Also popular are round sunglass lenses that take the look of the 70s two steps further with bold retro frames. Those with round faces may also be interested in flat-top frames that contrast a severe top line with a rounded bottom, which help elongate the face. Their look is similar to classic “wayfarers,” the definition of cool. Last, but hardly least, color-blocked shades mix up bold blocks of color that add an element of fun to sunglasses.

Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great. For clear, comfortable vision outdoors or when driving, prescription sunglasses can eliminate glare which can reduce vision and cause eye strain. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Color-blocked sunglasses with high-contrast black and white frames are destined to become classics.

QUALITY PLASTIC EYEGLASS FRAMES

The most common material used to make quality plastic eyeglass frames is “acetate,” which is also known as “zyl” (Zylonite or cellulose acetate). This natural plastic is derived from cotton fibers and wood pulp, which means that zyl frames come from renewable sources and are constructed of eco-friendly material. Along with being relatively inexpensive and lightweight, zyl frames are available in a wide variety of colors, including multi-colored models and frames with different layers of colors. These characteristics make these frames very popular among those wishing to show their playful sides with different colors and patterns. From a practical standpoint, acetate frames are hypoallergenic, extremely flexible, and much more durable than injection-molded frames, which have less of an organic feel. Using the latest in technology, SKOWRON EYE CARE offers a large selection of fashionable frames and sunglass styles as well as a wide variety of contact lenses that are guaranteed to suit your individual needs. We feature a large selection of quality eyewear including designer frames. Some of our brands include Ray Ban, Fossil, Gucci, Silhouette, Nine West, Juicy Couture, Coach, Maui Jim, and Cole Haan. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Buffalo horn, one of the oldest types of eyeglass frames, is made from the horn of the African Water Buffalo. One of its chief characteristics is it warms to the body’s temperature, making it popular among luxury eyeglass wearers.
 

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