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RETRO SHADES COME FULL CIRCLE 7-23-18

Sunglasses have become an essential part of men’s wardrobes. These signature pieces tell everyone much of what they need to know about a man at first glance. This year, the most popular trend revives the round-framed sunglasses of the 1920s and 1930s, when sunglasses assumed shapes and styles that began to evolve into the fashion statements that they have since become. Today’s retro round frames have a vintage look, combined with just the right amount of eccentricity. Because they only cover the eyes, unlike large aviator glasses, smaller, round-framed sunglasses give onlookers more than a glimpse of the wearer’s facial features. As a result, these sunglasses invite conversation and social engagement with the interesting man wearing them.  SKOWRON EYE CARE is able to provide you with a wide range of sunglass options. If you normally wear glasses to correct your eyesight, you may be happy with a non-prescription pair of clip-ons or wraparound glasses that simply fit over your lenses. If you'd rather not wear that much equipment on your head all at once, you can order a pair of prescription "shades," or you can order glasses that darken when exposed to bright light. For more information, please call today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Wayfarer sunglasses provide men with another retro look that is staging a formidable comeback.

AN EYE FOR CHOCOLATE 7-9-18

Recently, dark chocolate has been shown to produce several health benefits, which can be traced to its “flavonoid” content. Flavonoids are plant-derived antioxidant compounds that can exert a number of effects, such as reducing inflammation. Now, a new study suggests that eating dark chocolate can also boost vision. When 30 healthy adults with an average age of 26 and no history of eye disease were asked to eat a small bar of dark chocolate containing 316.3 milligrams of flavanols (a class of flavonoids) or a small milk chocolate bar that contained only 40 milligrams of flavanols, visual testing revealed that the dark-chocolate group displayed better “visual contrast sensitivity” and slightly better “visual acuity” than the milk-chocolate group, within two hours. Patients come to SKOWRON EYE CARE because they know they will receive the personal attention and professional care that is our foundation. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, please call our eye care center. We will explain every exam and procedure and answer all of our patient's questions. A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. “Visual contrast sensitivity” is the ability to read small and large letters at different contrasts, while “visual acuity” refers to clarity of vision.

SAVING CHILD ATHLETES’ VISION 6-25-18

It is reported that every 13 minutes a child with a sports-related eye injury visits a U.S. hospital emergency room for treatment. These injuries contribute to making eye injuries the leading cause of blindness in children. While they are more common among males (particularly while playing basketball/softball or shooting an air gun), the incidence of these injuries has been found to peak during adolescent years for both male and female patients. With this in mind, parents, coaches, and athletic supervisors are urged to encourage young athletes to wear protective eyewear from an early age. Eye injuries not only have the potential to rob young athletes of their vision, but they can also adversely affect their quality of life for years. Today, protective sports eyewear is an accepted part of everyday life, much the way bike helmets have become the norm. In fact, many athletic and fitness clubs today do not permit their members to participate without wearing proper eyewear. For more information about sports eyewear, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE today. We've invested in the technology to make exam findings easier and more accurate for everyone from toddlers to seniors. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Ocular injuries, which are a significant cause of illness and disability, can predispose individuals to further injury, depression, and systemic disease.

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW 6-11-18

Not only do birds have sharper vision than humans, but they also have another fascinating advantage. While researching migrating birds’ seemingly sixth-sense ability to find their nesting grounds, scientists uncovered a protein (Cry4) in birds’ eyes that enables them to “see” the earth’s magnetic field as an overlay on their normal field of view. As molten iron in the earth’s outer core escapes, it creates convection currents that generate electrical currents, creating the magnetic field. Birds use the magnetic field to plot their migratory routes as well as sense the difference between magnetic north and true north, a phenomenon known as “declination,” to plot their longitudinal point on earth. Think about that the next time you observe migrating birds. Humans also have strong vision, and if their eyesight is less than desired, prescription lenses and corrective procedures can help. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. A comprehensive eye exam includes a number of tests to examine and evaluate the health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. Experience, commitment to technology, and a genuine concern for patient welfare enable all of our doctors and staff to work together to consistently deliver quality, affordable eye care. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. While normal or “good” vision for a human is 20/20, eagles have visual acuity of an impressive 20/5 or 20/, which allows them to hunt even the tiniest prey from hundreds of feet up in the air.

A LOOK INTO MIRROR COATINGS 5-28-18

“Mirror coatings” can be applied to sunglass lenses to make them darker and give the front lens surface a mirror-like finish. Mirror coatings are popular among outdoor enthusiasts for their ability to decrease the amount of light passing through the tinted lens by a further 10% to 60%, making them especially useful for work or play in sand, water, and snow or at higher altitudes. A variation of the mirror coat, known as a “flash coat,” is a half mirror that enables people to see the eyes of the sunglass wearer. Solid mirror coatings have a higher percentage of luminous reflectance than their corresponding flash mirror colors. As a result, a solid mirror shows a higher density of the color. Choosing new glasses can often be a struggle because patients cannot see themselves in the mirror when they take off their own prescription glasses to try on a new frame. We have the newest technology that solves that problem! Stop in anytime to browse our large frame selection, and one of our opticians can help you by taking your photo in several different frames and doing a side by side comparison right on the computer screen. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. It is important to handle mirror-coated eyewear with care to keep the coating free from crazes and scratches.

CONCUSSION’S VISION SYMPTOMS 5-14-18

Everyone from NFL fans to parents of children who play contact sports knows that concussions pose a potentially serious problem. While initial symptoms might include dizziness, slurred speech, and amnesia, a sudden jolt or blow to the head can also result in blurred vision and difficulty focusing, possibly causing academic difficulties. According to a study involving 276 children ages 5 to 18 reporting three or more concussion-related symptoms that lasted for 10 days or more, 29% reported academic difficulty and 46% reported vision abnormalities. Traumatic brain injuries can cause difficulties with near focus and the ability to coordinate eye movements. With this in mind, parents of children suspected of having been concussed are encouraged to schedule an eye exam. Vision therapy after a concussion is a series of in-office and at-home activities and exercises designed to improve the visual skills. As is typical with any type of rehabilitation following a brain injury, the outcome can sometimes be difficult to predict. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ concussion care guidelines say vision problems are common after concussion and that vision needs to be checked after concussion.

EYEGLASS MAKEOVER 4-30-18

If you have been wearing the same pair of eyeglass frames every day for longer than you can remember (much in the way that some people have not changed their hairstyle for a decade or more), look upon a new pair of frames as a way to enhance or change your appearance. A new pair of glasses has the potential to change the way that people look at you, and even change the way that you look at yourself. Try opting for tortoise shell frames for a slightly more conservative and academic appearance at work, then choose frames with a more casual image for leisure time. Frames are every bit as able to fit the moment as fit the face. A new set of frames is one of the easiest ways to give yourself an image overhaul. Glasses can inspire a new outfit, breathe life into an old one, reflect a different side of your personality, or act as a focal point for your wardrobe. With today’s vast range of styles and colors available, the possibilities really are endless. To learn more, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Fashion eyeglasses provide one of the easiest ways to give yourself an image overhaul.

WHAT DETERMINES EYE COLOR? 4-16-18

Even though our irises can range in color from dark to light brown, green, hazel, gray, and blue, there are actually only two different pigments in our eyes, brown and red. The iris, composed of connective tissue and a thin muscle that allows it to open and close in response to light, contains cells (melanocytes) that can make two different types of pigment, brown-black “eumelanin” and red “pheomelanin.” While dark eyes have the most pigment (particularly brown-black eumelanin), light blue eyes have the least amount of pigment; however, there is no blue pigment. Blue eyes occur when the white collagen fibers in the connective tissue in the iris scatter light in a way that makes the iris look blue. Advances in contact lens technology have created great options for cosmetic and prosthetic lenses. Custom contact lenses can be created to camouflage any color variation or irregularity and produce a natural eye color. Cosmetic lenses are also available to transform your eye color. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Eye colors between dark brown and light blue have varying amounts of pigment and areas without any pigment, which leads to the unique colors of green, hazel, and gray.

ELEVATING LOW VISION 4-2-18

“Low vision” refers to any distortion of sight that cannot be corrected to normal or even near-normal with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Ranging from simply having blurry vision to more serious double vision, the immediate consequences are often the same—difficulty with performing daily activities such as reading newsprint or screen script, watching TV, or crossing the street safely. To counter these problems, the magnifying glass remains the most common low-vision aid. It is also possible to have small magnifying lenses built into prescription lenses as bifocals. In addition, special lenses that work like miniature telescopes can be mounted on glasses to aid far vision. There are also various electronic low-vision aids available to help maximize remaining vision. Make an appointment with your eye doctor if vision troubles prevent you from daily activities like reading, travel, cooking, work, watching television, or school. To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE 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. While vision loss can affect anyone at any age, low vision is most common for those over age 65.

TAKING A LONGER VIEW 3-19-18

Farsighted individuals in their mid-20s may find that their refractive error gets better on its own as the eyes grow and develop. As a result, the problem often does not require correction in individuals under age 25, as their accommodative systems have the ability to compensate for their eyes’ anatomical shortcoming. At the same time, the eye changes that make reading glasses necessary can become apparent sooner in farsighted people. As a result, farsighted people in their 20s experience diminished ability to focus on reading materials. By their late 30s and 40s, farsighted people also start to lose their youthful ability to accommodate. When they begin to have trouble with their distance vision, corrective lenses are in order. For both adults and children alike, eye exams are an important part of one’s general health maintenance and assessment. Your eyes should be checked regularly to ensure that you are able to see as best as possible. Regular eye health exams will also check for signs of eye disease or conditions that can affect not only your vision but your overall health. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Farsightedness (hyperopia), characterized by seeing distant objects clearly while nearby objects may be blurry, is caused by the focusing of rays of light by the eye at a point behind (not on) the retina.

VISUAL FITNESS 2-19-18

Much of athletes’ performances depend on how well they can see and coordinate those images with motion of their bodies. A golfer’s concentration on a putt depends on focusing ability, while a volleyball player’s reaction time determines whether he or she can turn back a spiked ball. Because more than 80 percent of all input to the muscular system comes from both eyes, vision training can be as important to athletes as strength training. An athlete may be blessed with 20/20 vision, but succeeding in sports involves more than reading an eye chart. Good sports vision also encompasses concentration, focusing ability, depth perception, eye-hand or eye-foot coordination, and peripheral awareness. Visual fitness is an important component of good athletic performance.

Sports vision testing helps athletes determine how well their eyes perform. These tests go beyond standard eye tests that only evaluate the ability to see letters and objects clearly on a standard eye chart. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Using the latest in technology, we provide professional eye care exams, contact lenses, and optical services for the entire family. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. “Sports vision training” is a sub-category of “optometric vision therapy,” which works on enhancing athletes’ vision abilities so that they can take their games to the next level.

FLYING HIGH 2-5-18

Aviator sunglasses were first developed during World War I in response to pilots’ need to protect their eyes from the glaring sun at heights previously unknown to war combatants. At that time, the Army Air Corps turned to Bausch & Lomb to design eyewear that would protect airmen’s eyes. The American maker of optical products designed the now familiar tear-drop shape that has proved to be so popular with pilots because it covers their entire eye socket. By the 1930s, aviator sunglasses also became a hit with sportsmen, who wanted to protect their eyes while hunting and fishing. Today, the iconic design no longer just applies to sunglasses, but to a whole array of prescription and fashion glasses as well. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we have an extensive selection of eyewear including the latest styles in designer sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses. 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. 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. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Aviator-style frames come with either a double bridge or a triple bridge.

SEEING BEYOND THE NUMBERS 1-22-18

The designation “20/20” is a measure of “visual acuity” (the clarity of vision) in units of feet. If you have 20/20 vision, it means that you can see clearly at 20 feet what should normally be seen at that distance. However, simply because you have 20/20 vision does not necessarily mean that your vision is perfect. Visual acuity is only one measure of your ability to see well. To make that determination, it is necessary for you to undergo a comprehensive eye exam that assesses other important vision skills such as contrast sensitivity, peripheral awareness, eye coordination, depth perception, focusing ability, and color vision. So, even if you have 20/20 vision, other components of your vision should be assessed. Those who don’t have 20/20 vision have what is referred to in most cases as a “Refractive Error.” The patient may have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism or other eye conditions that prevent the patient from seeing 20/20. To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Using the latest in technology, we provide professional eye care exams, contact lenses, and optical services for the entire family. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. In the United States, you are considered to be legally blind if you have visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better of your two eyes with corrective lenses.

NO-LINE BIFOCALS 1-8-18

If you need glasses for distance viewing and reading, as well as any distance in between, you might want to have a look at “progressive lenses.” These lenses have the advantage of not having a telltale line between prescriptions as do bifocals. If necessary, a third prescription can be introduced in between for middle distance, creating trifocals. Without any line between prescriptive strengths, progressives provide smooth, continuous vision at near, middle, and distant focal ranges, with no unsettling image jumps. As a result, corrected vision provides more natural vision than bifocals or trifocals. While progressive lenses may require a period of adjustment, wearers often find that their utility and cosmetic appeal make an unbeatable combination. While eyeglass lenses are prescribed to correct all kinds of vision problems, prescription lenses have come a long way—offering you the opportunity to truly customize your eyeglasses and make a statement about how you choose to look at the world. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, 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. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. “Presbyopia” (the loss of focusing power associated with middle age) is responsible for the need for reading glasses.

A FEW TEARS 12-25-17

It is reported that, in this country, women cry 3.5 times per month and men cry 1.9 times per month. However, not all tears are the same. “Basal” tears, which are secreted by tear ducts, are composed of a protein-rich antibacterial liquid that helps keep the eyes moist with every blink of the eye. By keeping the eyes moist and preventing the mucous membranes from drying out, basal tears help us see more clearly. Aside from water, lipids (fats), and other components, basal tears contain a fluid called “lysozyme,” which has powerful antimicrobial properties. In addition to basal tears, humans shed “reflex” tears that flush out irritants and “emotional” tears that contain stress hormones. Your eyes are one of the most complex organs in your body. A comprehensive eye exam to assess your visual system and eye health involves a number of different of tests. Unlike a simple vision screening, which only assesses your vision, a comprehensive eye exam includes a battery of tests in order to do a complete evaluation of the health of your eyes and your vision. To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Using the latest in technology, we provide professional eye care exams, contact lenses, and optical services for the entire family. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision. Your eyes are one of the most complex organs in your body. A comprehensive eye exam to assess your visual system and eye health involves a number of different of tests. Unlike a simple vision screening, which only assesses your vision, a comprehensive eye exam includes a battery of tests in order to do a complete evaluation of the health of your eyes and your vision. To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Using the latest in technology, we provide professional eye care exams, contact lenses, and optical services for the entire family. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), crying emotional tears exerts a direct, soothing effect that helps people relax.

FASHION FORECAST FOR FRAMES 12-11-17

For those wondering what the year ahead holds for eyeglass fashions and trends, there is every indication that current preference for colored lenses will continue. Purple, yellow, green, and coral lenses remain particularly popular, and there is a clear disposition to outline these lenses in white plastic or metallic frames that provide a degree of color contrast. It should also be noted that what was popular during the 1980s is ready for a comeback. This means thick frames in bold colors in every imaginable shape, with retro cat-eye frames topping the list that sport slightly rounder bottoms and pointier wings. Also set to make a big hit are oversized frames, whether round, square, oval, geometric, or butterfly-shaped. 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. Our experienced frame stylists will make sure you get the look you desire, from traditional to contemporary to just plain fun! Our computerized program will help you decide which frame suits you best. It allows you to compare four different frames on your face at once. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. To counter the bold look of thick, richly colored frames, there is a movement toward minimalist vintage metal frames.

WORKING IN TANDEM 11-27-17

“Binocular fusion” is the enhanced, in-depth vision that results when both eyes work in tandem properly. This capability blends the eye muscles’ mechanical ability to work together and the brain’s ability to convert visual messages from both eyes into a single coherent image. However, as eye muscles tend to weaken with age, they may lose their ability to maintain good motor fusion. The most common fusion problem is associated with the age-related condition called “presbyopia,” which makes reading glasses necessary. As the ability of the eyes to focus on near objects (accommodation) deteriorates, along with the ability to focus both eyes together on the page (convergence), reading becomes very difficult. Fortunately, both problems may be helped with eyeglasses. Presbyopia can cause headaches, eye strain and visual fatigue that makes reading and other near vision tasks less comfortable and more tiring. Progressive lenses are the most popular solution for presbyopia for most people over age 40.  To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Using the latest in technology, we provide professional eye care exams, contact lenses, and optical services for the entire family. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. People who read, perform a lot of close work, or use computers extensively are more prone to developing signs and symptoms of accommodative or convergence dysfunction.


LIFE IS NOT ALWAYS RED AND GREEN 11-13-17

There may be a good reason why some men do not always exhibit the best fashion sense, particularly when it comes to color coordination. The fact is that up to eight percent of men (and 0.5 percent of women) experience red-green “color deficiency” (also popularly referred to as “color blindness”). No two people actually see color the same way because color vision involves a complex interplay between photoreceptors (the rods and cones of the retina), the optic nerve, and the brain. Color deficiency is caused by genetic mutations in photoreceptors, which hamper their ability to detect blue, green, and/or red. Fortunately, there is a tinted lens that can help those with red-green color deficiency improve the perception of these colors. Although the lenses will not give you perfect color vision, they will allow you to see more colors and shades of colors. They can make colors more vivid and distinct, making these colors more easily recognizable to you. There is a test for color deficiency. It is simple and typically involves viewing a series of colored designs or objects. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Red-green color deficiency can be largely overcome by wearing a red-tinted contact lens on the non-dominant eye.

HOW IS YOUR VISION SHAPING UP 10-30-17

The shape of the “cornea,” the transparent dome of tissue covering the iris and pupil, plays a large role in determining how sharp a person’s vision is. When light enters the eye, the cornea is part of the mechanism that helps focus the image sharply upon the retina. If the cornea is too steeply curved, however, the image will focus in front of the retina. This “nearsighted” condition causes distant objects to look blurry. If the cornea is too flat, it results in “farsightedness” and an inability to focus on nearby objects. “Astigmatism” is characterized by an irregular cornea. Fortunately, corrective lenses can remedy any of these conditions to help the eyes focus properly. No matter what your eye condition, or how you choose to view the world, there are now prescription lenses that meet your unique lifestyle and vision correction needs. To schedule an appointment, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. Our experienced frame stylists will make sure you get the look you desire, from traditional to contemporary to just plain fun! Our computerized program will help you decide which frame suits you best. It allows you to compare four different frames on your face at once. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness are all known as “refractive (light-bending) errors.”

EYEGLASSES FOR CHILDREN 10-16-17

Children require eyeglass frames and lenses that complement their lifestyles and satisfy their safety needs. As a starting point, parents of young children should select frames that carry a manufacturer guarantee to cover repairs and provide replacement parts for one to two years. The hinges at the temples should be able to be bent outward without breaking, and nosepieces should be adjustable to prevent slipping. Wraparound end pieces ensure that children can wear their glasses while playing without fear of them falling off. Polycarbonate lenses address the breakage issue with a shatter-resistant, space-age material. Once these important requirements are met, parents and their children can focus on the fashion aspects of their purchases. Approximately one out of five children need to wear glasses. Unfortunately, it can be hard to get children to wear them. Children can find glasses uncomfortable, unstylish or too fragile for an active life. The good news is that there are strong, comfortable, stylish frames now made for children. These glasses not only improve vision, but they look great. For more information about eyewear, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. For more information, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. One of the most challenging aspects of choosing suitable frames for young children is that their noses are not fully developed, so they do not have a bridge to prevent plastic frames from sliding down. Frames with adjustable nose pads help.

DODGING CLOUDS 10-2-17

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over age 40. This condition develops when proteins in the eye lens become damaged, resulting in cloudiness of the eye lens and consequent blurry vision. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. Steps can be taken to stave off the development of cataracts beginning with shading our eyes from the sun with sunglasses. As far as diet is concerned, observational studies suggest that an antioxidant-rich diet is associated with a decreased risk of cataracts. While this association has yet to be proven by a trial, it certainly cannot hurt to boost our intake of the antioxidant vitamin C. When left untreated, cataracts may eventually cause blindness in most cases. Advanced technology lenses (multi-focal and accommodating lenses), which reduce your need for glasses following cataract surgery, are an exciting new option! To learn more about cataract surgery and eyewear, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. If you’ve had cataract surgery and your vision has decreased since then, we recommend you have a complete eye exam. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. The AREDS2 study suggests that the carotenoids “lutein” and “zeaxanthin” (found in green leafy vegetables, green or yellow vegetables, and egg yolks) have been associated with a 32% reduction in the progression of cataracts. 

LENS LOGIC 9-18-17

While all eyeglass lenses used to be made of glass, plastic lenses are now preferred for their lighter weight, especially in large frames or high-powered prescriptions. Regular plastic (CR-39) lenses are not only more comfortable than glass lenses, but they are more impact-resistant. They also may scratch more easily than glass, but plastic lenses can be treated with scratch-resistant coatings to make the lenses resistant to the tiny scratches. However, this option will not protect plastic lenses that are mishandled or placed lens-side down. For even lighter weight and greater impact resistance, polycarbonate lenses are a good choice for athletes and children. Although durable, it is essential that this type of plastic lens be treated with a scratch-resistant coating. The polycarbonate material used for eyeglass lenses was developed by the aerospace industry for use in helmet visors worn by astronauts. Today, it is used for a wide variety of products including: motorcycle windshields, luggage, bulletproof glass, swimming goggles and safety glasses. For more information about eyewear, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. 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. Another way to give your lenses a slimmer, more attractive profile is to choose an “aspheric design” in which the lens curvature changes gradually from the center of the lens to its edge, enabling flatter curves without degrading the optical performance.

IDENTIFYING FLYING OBJECTS 9-4-17

Those small specks that float across the fields of some people’s vision are called “floaters.” In actuality, they are the shadows that are cast upon the retina by tiny clumps of cells in the jelly-like fluid of the eyeball called vitreous humor. These clumps of undissolved material are the result of age-related changes in the vitreous humor. As annoying as they may be, they usually subside and become less noticeable in short order. While their appearance does not necessarily point to a serious eye disorder, floaters do signal a medical emergency in one instance. Floaters that are accompanied by flashing lights, spots, or a “curtain” that veils vision constitute a medical emergency (possibly retinal detachment). At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Eye floaters are particularly visible against an overcast sky or a computer screen with a white or light-colored background.

PURRRFECT! 8-21-17

At the top of every woman’s eyeglasses list is cat-eye glasses, which are, and always will be, a symbol of femininity. This form of eyewear, worn by 1950s stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, features thick rims and hinge-attachments at the up-turned top corner of each lens. The style recalls the shape of the tail fins of America’s equally iconic road cars of the same era. Prior to the introduction of cat-eye glasses, the public generally followed Dorothy Parker’s dictum that “men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.” However, after the sultry look of cat-eye glasses took hold, nothing could be further from the truth. Cat-eye glasses are as beguiling today as they were then. Cat-eye glasses are retro and evoke confidence. They let the world know that you want your glasses to be seen! At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we are happy to work with you in selecting frames that complement your features as well as communicate your personality and personal style. 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. If you decide to go with cat-eye glasses, consider choosing a red or black frame.

DIFFICULTY FOCUSING ON NEAR OBJECTS 8-7-17

“Convergence insufficiency” (CI) is the term used to describe eyes that do not work together when a person is trying to focus on a nearby object. Not only can this vision disorder lead to eye fatigue, headaches, and double vision (“diplopia”), but it can also make it difficult for children to read. In the past, convergence insufficiency may have been overlooked because it is not included in pediatricians’ tests and school screenings. It is possible to pass a 20/20 (Snellen chart) test and still have convergence insufficiency. Diagnosis can be made by an optometrist after measuring convergence with some simple tests. Professional treatment consisting of office-based eye exercises and at-home techniques for reinforcement is effective.

Convergence insufficiency generally cannot be improved with eyeglasses or surgery. That’s why a vision therapy program that includes exercises may be needed to improve eye coordination abilities, reduce symptoms, and alleviate discomfort when doing close work. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. One treatment option for convergence insufficiency is the “pencil pushup,” which consists of focusing on a small letter on the side of a pencil as it is moved closer to the bridge of the nose and stopping when double vision occurs.

GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT 7-24-17

Whether you are a hunter or a sports shooter, you want sports eyewear that protects your eyes and optimizes your vision (particularly if you wear prescription lenses). Because most standard sunglasses and eyeglass frames sit low on the face, shooters’ eyes often catch the upper rim of the frame when they lower their heads to shoot. With this in mind, oversized frames and frames that sit high on the face are recommended. Frame styles with a “sweat bar” that runs the width of the frame above the lenses add stability to the frame for a secure fit. As far as lenses are concerned, impact-resistant polycarbonate lenses and a similar lightweight material called “Trivex” provide maximum blow-back and bounce-back protection. Most shooting occurs outside, where elements such as dust, wind, sun, trees, and vegetation can potentially harm eyes. It’s important to use eye protection at all times when engaged in shooting activities, indoors and outside. If you need prescription lenses, you can order your lenses in various colors of your choice. For more information, please call SKOWRON EYE CARE. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Shooting and hunting glasses with an anti-reflective coating on their lenses reduce glare and reflection. A yellow tint enhances contrast and absorbs blue light (found on overcast days).

OCULAR DOMINANCE 7-10-17

“Ocular dominance,” otherwise referred to as “eye preference” or “eyedness,” is the tendency to prefer to view images from one eye over the other. In other words, the dominant eye is the one that looks directly at an object while the non-dominant eye looks at the same object at a slight angle. The brain takes note of this slight difference to provide us with depth perception. This all occurs unconsciously, of course. So, why would a person want to know which is his or her dominant eye? Ocular dominance is important in cases where a person wants to utilize “monovision” to reduce the need for reading glasses or bifocals. Shooters and archers also take aim with their dominant eyes. If a strong degree of dominance is not apparent in an eye test, it's more likely a person has mixed ocular dominance, where one eye is dominant for certain functions or tasks, and the other eye is dominant at different times. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Approximately two-thirds of the population is right-eye dominant and one-third left-eye dominant; in a small portion of the population, neither eye is dominant.

BRIDGING THE NOSE

“Bridge” (the part of the frame between the lenses that sits on the nose) measurement and type are important factors to consider when determining the perfect fit of a pair of eyeglass frames. A “keyhole bridge,” which is most appropriate for individuals with nose bridges that are small or flat, is shaped like an old-fashioned keyhole and rests on the sides of the upper part of the nose. As for the “saddle bridge,” it is shaped like its namesake and spreads the weight of the frame across the sides and the top of the nose. An adjustable bridge includes nose pads that can be adjusted, while a double bridge has a reinforcing bar over the top of the bridge. 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. Bridge size, the second of four measurements engraved on the inside of the eye temple (arm piece), is the distance between the two eyeglass lenses (in millimeters) and typically ranges from 14mm to 24mm.

CHILDREN AND SCREEN TIME

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children between ages 3 and 18 spend no more than a maximum of two daily hours in front of TVs, computer screens, and tablets. However, most children in this age group exceed this limit by a factor of at least three. With this in mind, the American Optometric Association recommends that parents have their children’s eyes checked annually and review their children’s workstations for possible causes of eye strain. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which is becoming increasingly common among children, leads to symptoms including eye discomfort, fatigue, blurred vision, and headaches. Because these symptoms can adversely affect academic performance and reading enjoyment, it is important to treat them effectively and eliminate their causes. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. Your vision is important to you, and it is important to us. We offer the latest examination and treatment procedures and are prepared to attend to all of your eye care needs.  By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early, our optometrist can provide treatment options, and in many cases, restore or prevent vision loss. To schedule an appointment, please call us today.At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. If necessary, parents should take steps to ensure that children spend screen time in a glare-free environment.

SEEKING ACCOMMODATION

The eye’s focusing ability relies primarily on the refracting (light-bending) power of the cornea and the eye lens. The greatest amount of refraction occurs at the outer surface of the cornea. While the cornea has a fixed curvature, the lens can change its refracting power by actually altering its shape. When the eye looks at an object further than 20 feet away, the lens maintains its minimum curvature. When the eye looks at something closer, the lens increases its curvature (and its refractive power) to bring the image of the object into focus on the retina. Called “accommodation,” this lens-focusing ability is controlled by the brain in response to a blurry image on the retina. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. During a complete eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. The distance between the “near point” (least distance of distinct vision) and the “farpoint” (the maximum distance up to which the normal eye can see things clearly) is called the “range of vision.”    

FASHIONABLE FRAMES

Those with an eye for fashion may want an updated list of the most stylish eyeglass frames for 2017. If so, look no farther than tortoiseshell frames and horn-rimmed glasses made of quality acetate. Aside from the traditional semi-transparent mottled yellow and brown, there are many other color palettes of tortoiseshell, with dark tones tending to dominate. While rectangular tortoiseshell frames are always popular, women may want to up their fashion quotient with more exclusive cat’s-eye frames. In addition, both men and women may decide to go in the opposite direction by opting for clear frames, which are second only to tortoiseshell as one of the most popular eyewear trends of the year. SKOWRON EYE CARE offers 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. Our certified opticians will help you select the style, shape, and color of eyewear that are right for you and your children. For more information, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. Black eyeglass frames are statement pieces that are always in style.

TINTED LENSES PROVIDE A SPORTING CHANCE

Whether you intend to take to the courts, the playing field, or the golf links this summer, you want to give yourself the greatest chance of performing to your maximum potential. Since good vision is essential to eye-hand coordination, you will want to see the ball as best you can. To this end, baseball and softball players may want to equip their sports glasses with amber lenses, which maximize visual acuity and contrast sensitivity by blocking out blue light. For tennis, blue lenses are preferred for their ability to brighten the yellow color of tennis balls. Golfers often wear grey lenses to block out the light and improve contrast sensitivity, thereby helping them to better gauge distances. Most optical shops have tint samples you can use to help you decide which colors are best for you. Try to evaluate the lenses in lighting conditions that match those you will experience most often during your sport. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, 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. Sports lenses with a yellow tint are preferred for hunting and shooting as well as night baseball played under the lights.

GETTING A BETTER READ

If you are an older adult who wants to read faster, there is some evidence indicating that using electronic devices may help. A study involving both younger adults (ages 21-34) and older adults (ages 60-77), whose reading abilities were tracked via electroencephalogram (EEG), measured their eye speed over the page. While all participants preferred reading white printed pages initially, the older adults found themselves reading more efficiently and comfortably with electronic devices. The younger adults showed no difference in reading ability among the different formats. The improved reading ability of older adults was likely due to backlighting and shifting text size. These features help offset the age-related loss of contrast sensitivity, as well as the effects of cataracts and macular degeneration. The American Optometric Association recommends annual or bi-annual eye and vision exams, depending on whether you are at risk or not. At SKOWRON EYE CARE, we provide comprehensive, primary eye care for the entire family. Here, you will find a compassionate and experienced team who are dedicated to providing a full spectrum of high-quality personalized eye care. To schedule an appointment, please call us today. At Skowron Eye Care, our mission is your vision.

P.S. The American Optometric Association recommends that readers take a break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds in order to avoid eye strain (“asthenopia”).

GOING OFF-SCRIPT

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 eyeshadow 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 eyeglasses 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 a 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 budget 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 injury 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 budget 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 a 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 budget as well as your cosmetic, lifestyle, and visi

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