Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice.
Vision insurance benefits can save you a lot of money on eye care, but only if you use them before they expire at the end of the year. This way, you’ll be able to stay on top of your eye health and address any vision problems you may be experiencing.
Aging comes with many blessings but also certain challenges. Having a higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of them. Fortunately, a formulation of vitamins and minerals called AREDS2 may slow the progression of vision loss from AMD. We at Associates in Eye Care in Somerset offer treatment for macular degeneration and other eye diseases.
A new study on blindness in children found that blindness could have been prevented in half the cases.
Post trauma vision syndrome (PTVS) can persist long after a concussion, making everyday tasks difficult. Luckily, neuro-optometry can treat many visual post-concussion symptoms. Learn about neuro-optometry and how it can help you.
Not sure how to use your vision benefits before they expire? Here are 4 tips to help you get the most out of your 2022 vision plan.
When a child is considered a ‘slow learner,’ parents and teachers often assume the problem is ADHD or a learning disability. Many don’t realize that a visual deficit is at the root of the problem. Find out how vision therapy can help your child succeed in school and in sports.
Are you experiencing dry eyes? It may surprise you to learn that maqui berries, nuts and even caffeinated coffee can naturally help relieve some dry eye symptoms? At Associates in Eye Care, we believe that patients can benefit from a multifaceted approach to treating dry eye syndrome (DES) that includes both conventional treatments and healthy lifestyle changes.
Although contact lenses are a convenient and comfortable alternative to eyeglasses, you can increase your risk of eye infections if you don't follow your eye doctor's care and maintainance instructions. Continue reading to find out how to avoid eye infections.
How much do you know about the consequences of excessive screen time on your kids’ eyes? Read on to learn what science has to say, and how Associates in Eye Care can help
Have you ever seen a child who struggles in school despite trying hard to succeed? They could have an undetected vision problem that makes reading and learning a struggle. If a child’s visual skills are the culprit, vision therapy can help.
It's Contact Lens Safety Month, which makes it the perfect time to brush up on ways to keep your eyes and vision healthy when wearing contact lenses. Here are our top contact lens safety tips to keep your peepers happy.
If you’ve got age-related farsightedness (presbyopia), you might be tempted to buy a pair of over-the-counter (OTC) reading glasses. While OTC readers are cheap and easy to find, they’re no substitute for custom-made prescription reading glasses created with your specific visual needs in mind. At Associates in Eye Care, we take care of all of your eye care needs.
Glaucoma in children is rare, but when it occurs, it must be treated with surgery to prevent vision loss. Read on to learn more about congenital glaucoma symptoms and treatments.
There are 2 main types of brain injuries - traumatic and non-traumatic. Here, we'll explain the difference between these injuries and how can help.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we celebrate survivors as we alert patients to the potential effects of treatment on their eyes and vision.
Do you look at digital screens during the course of your day? If you do, you’re being exposed to blue light rays. The best way to protect yourself from any harmful side effects is to wear blue light glasses.
Macular degeneration is a disease that can threaten your sight as it progresses, but early diagnosis and treatment can delay and even lower your risk of vision loss.
Eye tracking is a visual skill necessary for academic success. Poor eye tracking skills can compromise your child’s ability to read and learn. Fortunately, vision therapy can help strengthen a child’s eye tracking skills and make reading and learning easier.
Seeing floaters is common and usually nothing to worry about. Yet there are times when floaters are a sign of a serious eye condition. Here’s what you need to know about eye floaters, and how Associates in Eye Care can help!
While we all know that we should get a good-night’s rest, you may not know how important it is for your eye health! Read on to find out how you can take the proper steps to keep your eyes healthy.
Did you know that contact lenses can expire? Well, they can. Wearing contacts past their expiration date - or longer than their prescribed time - can harm your vision. To schedule a contact lens exam, call Associates in Eye Care in Somerset today.
Dry eye syndrome is one of the most common eye conditions in the world, yet many people put up with the discomfort, even though it's very treatable. Here are tips to help you deal with your dry eye symptoms, along with treatment from your eye doctor.
An ocular migraine can cause the sudden appearance of visual distortions, and even temporary blindness in one eye. Either way, an ocular migraine can be quite scary.
With the new school year starting, digital eye strain is a real concern for many kids. Fortunately, Associates in Eye Care in Somerset is here to help!
Here’s why every child should visit an optometrist for an eye exam before the start of the new school year. And if your child has myopia (nearsightedness), we’ll explain what can be done to ensure your child’s eyes remain healthy.
If you’ve ever wondered why some medical professionals don’t mention vision therapy as a treatment for visual problems caused by a concussion and other medical conditions, you’ll want to read this. Here’s why we think vision therapy is often overlooked.
Unfortunately, glaucoma doesn't show any symptoms until its advanced stages. Read on to learn what you can to preserve your vision and live your best life.
Here are 5 eye symptoms that you should never ignore. Call Associates in Eye Care without delay if you or a loved one experiences any of these eye or vision problems.
Worried about how summer weather affects your contact lenses? Don’t be! Just follow these simple guidelines to keep your eyes safe and healthy in warm weather.
Before you head outdoors, grab your UV-blocking sunglasses and sun hat to protect your eyes from these 4 eye conditions.
Every child should have a comprehensive eye exam before the start of the new school year. Just as you wouldn’t consider sending them to school without a backpack or a lunch box, make sure their eyes and vision are ready for the challenges ahead.
In the market for stylish new shades but aren’t sure which lens tint to choose? We’re here to help.
Tired of switching between regular glasses and sunglasses? Photochromic lenses darken when you’re outside and lighten when you’re indoors—all the while providing full UV protection. Here are 5 reasons why we at Associates in Eye Care love photochromic lenses.
If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you're at risk of developing certain eye diseases. Read on to find out how to protect your vision.
Children with ADHD commonly have visual problems, such as convergence insufficiency, tracking difficulties, and others. Fortunately, vision therapy is an effective treatment for these and other lagging visual skills. Read on to learn more!
Did you know that Nerf® guns, a supposedly safe children’s toy, have been shown to cause eye injury in certain cases? What makes them so dangerous?
Sunglasses aren’t just for grown-ups. Babies need them too. Shield your baby’s developing eyes and sensitive eyelids from the sun with protective sunglasses.
Getting your contact lens stuck in your eye is a common occurrence. Fortunately, contact lenses cannot permanently get lost behind your eyes, so no need to worry. Read on to learn how to safely remove contacts and prevent them from getting stuck in the first place.
Hyperopia affects near vision in children and young adults. Want to know more about hyperopia? Here we explain ways to recognize the condition and help your child if they have it.
In this article, we explore the various ways a stroke can negatively affect a person’s vision and explain how a neuro-optometrist can help rehabilitate vision.
Here are 6 habits to help your child keep their eyes and vision healthy.
Blood vessels in your eyes can tell your eye doctor a lot about your cardiovascular health. That’s why regular comprehensive eye exams and medical exams are so important.
Children with IEPs — individualizedsupport in school — are more likely to experience problems with their eyes’ ability to track, team and focus, but these problems are rarely detected in a standard school screening. A comprehensive developmental vision exam can detect these and other problems with your child’s visual system.
Do you know where to go and what to do in case of an eye emergency? Here you’ll learn why a trip to the eye doctor may be more useful than rushing to an urgent care center.
Cataract surgery not only improves vision. Research suggests that cataract surgery may also prevent cognitive decline.
Accidents happen, but an estimated 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with a durable pair of safety glasses or goggles.
Here’s how you can celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27.
With age comes a greater risk of eye disease, which is why regular eye exams are so important. If you’re over 60 and haven’t had your eyes checked recently, contact Associates in Eye Care in Somerset today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.
If you spend much of your day staring at a screen, you may be paying a price. Digital devices emit blue light, which can cause eye strain that can impact your work performance and affect your sleep. The good news is, blue light glasses can make screen time more comfortable for your eyes.
If you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury, you might still be experiencing some visual problems. Schedule an appointment with a neuro-optometrist, who can diagnose and treat visual problems resulting from your head injury.
Working at home has many benefits, but it can also trigger computer-related eye strain. Here are some proven ways to reduce digital eye strain, whether at home or in the office.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is about more than just poor eyesight. It can also pose a long-term threat to your kid’s vision and eye health.
Is your vision blurred, or do you experience other vision problems following your head injury? A Neuro-Optometrist near you will tailor a treatment program to help you see clearly again.
Here’s what you need to know about why visual problems can go undetected, and how vision therapy can help your child develop healthy vision.
Prescription reading glasses prescribed by your eye doctor are more expensive than the ones you’d find at your local drugstore. But here’s why you may want to spend a little bit more on reading glasses that meet your specific needs.
Choosing a new pair of glasses is a lot like shopping for a new pair of shoes. They need to be stylish and comfortable. Here are some tips to find the perfect pair of glasses.
At some point in our lives, we've all had our eyes examined using an eye chart – whether during a school screening or at the optometrist's office. But what exactly is the chart and what does it measure? Read on to find out!
It’s spring! Here are 5 tips to keep your eyes safe and comfortable as the warm weather sets in.
Covid-19 patients have a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes than people who haven’t had the virus. Diabetes-related diseases can cause severe vision loss, so anyone who has recovered from Covid should have regular comprehensive eye exams.
A growing body of research suggests that emotional stress can negatively affect your eye health and vision. Learn how to recognize the signs of visual stress and what you can do to get some relief.
Bloodshot eyes can be harmless, but may also be a sign of an underlying eye condition.
Your child's eyesight may be excellent but have subpar visual skills that keep them from reaching their potential. Vision therapy can improve visual skills and boost your child’s performance in school and in sports.
Macular degeneration is a major cause of vision loss. Here are 6 ways to help lower your risk of developing this sight-threatening condition.
A blow to the head can badly disrupt the connection between your brain and your eyes and cause problems like blurry or double vision and sensitivity to light. Fortunately, a neuro-optometrist can treat your concussion-related visual symptoms.
Even small daily habits can impact the health of our eyes. Avoiding the following behaviors can help preserve your vision.
If your glasses don’t fit well, it’s not just uncomfortable. Glasses that are too tight, too loose or don’t sit properly can also affect your vision. One of the great things about ordering glasses from your local eye doctor is the ability to have them fitted and adjusted.
Sunglasses can pull your look together and shield your eyes from hazardous UV rays. Take the time to choose shades that mesh with your look and lifestyle while they protect your vision.
Spending time each day on a digital device puts you at risk of computer vision syndrome (CVS), a condition that causes eye strain, eye fatigue, headaches and other uncomfortable symptoms. Here are the most effective ways to prevent CVS and make screen time more comfortable.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness, but its symptoms usually aren’t noticeable until vision is already compromised. Here are 5 things you should know about this serious eye disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cataracts, your optometrist will monitor its progression and manage your symptoms. Once you need surgery, your optometrist can direct you to an eye surgeon.
A head tilt or turn isn’t just a physical quirk. It can be a sign of a vision problem that may have a neurological basis. If turning or tilting your head helps you see better, schedule an eye exam with a neuro-optometrist to identify the underlying cause.
Prolonged exposure to blue light, especially before bedtime, can interfere with your natural sleep cycle and impact your quality of sleep. Find out how wearing blue light glasses can help you feel more rested in the morning.
Trendy sunglass styles for men range from cutting edge to classic. Whatever style you choose, be sure that your sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
This March, in honor of National Save Your Vision Month, we’ve compiled a list of 5 essential ways to help you keep your eyes healthy and strong.
Vision therapy trains the eyes to move and focus properly. It is especially suitable for children, whose visual problems can often be resolved when diagnosed and treated early on.
Are you using your vision plan to your best advantage? Find out how your vision plan can help you and your family protect your eye health.
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. To guard your eyes against glare, UV rays, wind and debris, remember to wear your sunglasses in the winter too.
There are many reasons why your eyes may feel itchy and sore. However, new research suggests that these symptoms can also be linked to COVID-19.
Face masks are an important line of defense against COVID-19, but they can play a role in dry eye syndrome. Finding the right fit for your mask and taking other protective measures can keep your eyes hydrated.
Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts. Usually, it is better to have cataract surgery early so the patient can see clearly and resume the activities they enjoy.
Don’t forget to wear sunglasses in the winter, especially while playing sports. UV rays, wind and glare can affect your eyes, particularly around snow and ice.
Does your child struggle at school or with reading? The following toys and games can help develop important visual skills to help your child thrive in school and in life.
Vision problems in children are easy to miss. Children don’t always notice problems themselves, and may not have the words to describe them. Here are 9 subtle signs that your child may need glasses.
Colored contact lenses can dramatically or subtly change the appearance of your eyes. Some types are only for cosmetic purposes while others also correct vision.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to give your eyes some love. Here are 10 ways you can give your eyes the attention they deserve, to protect them both now and in the future.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on eye health, even for those who haven’t contracted the virus. We’ve put together a list of our top 7 tips to keep your eyes healthy during the pandemic.
There are many reasons why eyes can become dry and itchy, ranging from allergies to infections. If your symptoms don’t disappear on their own, schedule an eye exam to get to the root cause of the problem.
Eyelid cellulitis is an infection of the eyelid and surrounding soft tissue. Luckily, it won’t affect your vision and there are ways to treat it
3D vision plays a key role in our ability to safely and securely navigate many facets of our everyday lives. We’ve compiled our top 4 reasons why 3D vision is so important.
After brain surgery, patients may experience double vision (diplopia) resulting from a disruption of the ocular muscles or nerves. Prism glasses and neuro-optometric rehabilitation can help correct post-surgery diplopia.
An eyelid twitch can develop for a number of reasons, and most of the time it’s not a cause for concern. Find out what may be causing your eye to twitch and what can relieve it.
Myths and misinformation about glaucoma symptoms, treatments and detection can cause people to wait to see their eye doctor only once they’ve suffered vision loss. In this article, we debunk 6 common glaucoma myths.
The eyes, like the rest of the body, experience noticeable changes as we age. Here are some useful tips to keep your eyes healthy after the age of 40.
Too much sleep or a lack of sleep can increase the risks of developing glaucoma. It is important to be aware of risk factors and symptoms of glaucoma and to get regular eye exams.
Trendy sunglass styles for men range from innovative to classic. Choose sunglasses that not only look terrific but also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Do your eyes feel dry, itchy and uncomfortable as soon as you get up in the morning? Your eye doctor can determine the underlying cause and provide relief.
Your children's vision is their primary window into the world around them. Keeping their eyesight healthy is an important part of allowing them to experience life to the fullest. Read these 5 tips!
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases caused by the buildup of pressure in the eye. There is no cure, but there are a few treatment options. Fortunately, a new treatment option is being worked on as we speak.
Not sure what it means to have 20/20 vision? Read on to learn how eyesight is measured, and what an optometrist can do to help you correct vision.
During cataract surgery, your natural clouded lens is removed and replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). Learn about multifocal intraocular lenses and how you can benefit from these lenses.
With an increase in online learning comes an increase in digital eye strain and convergence insufficiency, two conditions that can be effectively treated with vision therapy.
Did you know that pregnancy hormones can affect your vision? Read on to learn about the possible visual changes that some women may experience while expecting, and what warning signs to look out for.
Collisions are a fact of life for many amateur and professional athletes. Unfortunately, head injuries raise their risk of developing sometimes incapacitating conditions and diseases in the future. Here are 6 conditions associated with sustaining multiple concussions.
If you wear contact lenses (other than daily disposable lenses), remember to rinse, disinfect and replace them regularly to prevent eye infections. Schedule a contact lens exam and fitting to ensure your lenses are right for you.
Don't be fooled—though it's winter, it doesn't mean that UV rays can’t damage your eyes. Moreover, cold winds and indoor heating can render your eyes more prone to certain conditions. Find out what you can do to protect your eyes this winter.
Hurry, the funds in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) expire at the end of the year! There's no better time to get your eye exam, and/or buy new glasses, prescription sunglasses and contact lenses.
For many children, learning via a digital device has become routine, and their eyes are paying the price. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize digital eye strain while your child is studying.
Before you head to the toy store for some holiday shopping, learn about what makes a toy or game a hazard for eye injuries. By selecting the appropriate toy, you can help prevent a child from sustaining a serious eye injury, and even blindness.
A torn retina is a serious problem that makes your vision blurry. If not treated early on, it can lead to retinal detachment, a sight-robbing eye disease. Learn what causes a retinal tear and find out what you can do about it.
Children whose visual skills aren’t fully developed find it difficult and frustrating to read. Learn why your child may not want to read, and how vision therapy can help.
A blow to the head may result in a blow to one’s self-esteem. Read on to learn why and how a neuro-optometrist can help.
Creating healthy living habits is a great way to preserve your vision throughout your lifetime. These can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
Concerned that your child might need glasses? Here are 7 warning signs that parents and educators should look out for that may indicate problems with a child’s eyesight.
While the days may be getting shorter and the weather cooler, it doesn’t mean the sun has stopped emitting harmful UV rays. Wearing sunglasses year round can protect your eyes from the sun and protect you from getting certain eye diseases.
If you wear progressive glasses or have more than one prescription, you may want to consider switching to multifocal contact lenses. Read on to learn what multifocal contacts have to offer and if they could be right for you.
Diabetics have a significantly higher risk of developing serious eye diseases than non-diabetics. Find out how diabetes can affect your eyes and what you can do to prevent vision loss.
If you've noticed that your vision turns hazy after enjoying a meal, you may have an early stage of diabetes mellitus. Here's how your optometrist can help.
People with autism have trouble processing and responding to sensory input, including visual input. What many don’t realize is that visual problems may be causing or contributing to the visual sensory issues some autistic people experience. When this is the case, vision therapy can often help.
Eye care is just as important for children as it is for adults. The sooner you teach your children how to care for their eyes, the more likely they will be to ingrain these habits for life. Here are some tips for kids!
Do your eyes become irritated and itchy when you wear contact lenses? Could be dry eye syndrome, allergies or the contact lenses themselves. Read on to find out what to do if you experience contact lens discomfort.
While purchasing a new pair of glasses online may seem more convenient, there are many advantages to purchasing them from a local eye care store. Here are 3 reasons to get your glasses from your neighborhood optometrist.
Poor visual skills can impact a child's self-esteem and confidence levels. Find out how vision therapy can unlock your child’s hidden potential and offer them the confidence and happiness they deserve.
Mosquito bites are annoying but on the eyelid they can be particularly uncomfortable and even impact your vision. Find out what you can do to treat the bite at home, and when it's a good idea to contact your optometrist.
Healthy eyes extend far beyond healthy vision. Read on to learn how vision problems can impact you, and how having your eyes checked regularly can lower your risks.
You can’t force kids to wear their glasses, but you can help make it easier. Here are our top 5 tips to help convince your child to wear their glasses.
Lyme disease, an infection caused by a tick bite, can affect many parts of your body, including your eyes. Learn how Lyme disease can harm your eyes if not treated promptly.
Eye drops are a great way to give your itchy, red, dry eyes relief. But if you use them too much you may be covering up a more serious eye condition. Learn the risks of overusing eye drops and what eye conditions you may have.
Post traumatic vision syndrome is a group of visual deficits caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Fortunately, neuro-optometric rehabilitation can improve your functional vision post-TBI so that you can get back to doing the things you love most.
It's important to understand that vision and learning are intertwined. Make sure your child’s vision isn’t holding them back from succeeding in school by scheduling a comprehensive eye evaluation today!
As we age our eyes start to change, but that doesn’t mean you have to struggle with declining vision. Find out what you can do to maintain eye health after the age of 50.
The last thing you want your child to experience while playing sports is an eye injury. Save their vision with protective eyewear.
Although COVID is still present in our lives, we are slowly returning to a semi-normal life. With so many disruptions this past year, the one thing that should be consistent is your child's back-to-school eye evaluations.
Is your child showing signs of a vision problem? Discover the different signs and symptoms that can indicate a vision problem, and learn what you can do to help your child thrive.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can impact your vision, making it difficult to do simple tasks like reading and driving. Here are a few things you can do to avoid getting a TBI.
Choosing the right eye drops to relieve dry eye syndrome can be a real challenge, as there are several brands and products on the market. Learn all about the types of artificial tears available and start feeling better today.
Shopping for a new pair of frames isn’t easy. We can help you choose frames that not only feel good but are most suited to your facial features.
In most cases, a stroke leaves survivors with lasting visual symptoms that can make it hard to function. Thankfully, a neuro-optometrist can help by identifying any overt and nuanced visual dysfunction and providing neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Lazy eye (amblyopia) affects the vision of the affected eye, causing blurry vision even with corrective eyewear. Learn what may be causing your child’s lazy eye and how vision therapy can help.
Since blue eyes contain very little melanin — a pigment that helps block out light, including the sun’s harmful UV rays and blue light — they often feel more sensitive to bright light. Find out more.
More and more children are being diagnosed with myopia, a common refractive error associated with developing serious eye diseases later in life, such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. Find out what myopia is and how to prevent it from progressing
It’s important to get the facts straight. Here are 5 myths — and truths — about vision therapy.
Most stroke survivors experience some degree of visual dysfunction following a stroke. Here are the 4 main types of visual complications that may result from a stroke and ways neuro-optometry can help.
Dilated eye exams make it possible for eye doctors to better assess your eye health and are the only way to detect certain eye diseases.
Multifocal contact lenses can help people with presbyopia (age-related farsightedness) see clearly, whether focusing on close or distant objects.
How is sleep apnea, concussion, and vision connected? They share many symptoms and can impact each other adversely. Read on to learn more!
Ever wonder why rock superstar Bono wears sunglasses, even when indoors? It's not due to his "look", but rather is related to managing his glaucoma.
Are you frustrated your bright child is not reading at the level you think they should be? They may actually be suffering from an issue in their visual system. Our practice can assess more than just 20/20 vision and use vision therapy to treat any vision-related learning issues that could be affecting your child.
Vision therapy is the ideal treatment for strabismus and offers long-term results because it targets the root of the issue — the brain.
Concussion or TBI patients can sometimes suffer from symptoms long after the injury occurred, but this doesn’t have to be the case. A neuro-optometrist can help relieve visual and non-visual symptoms with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
While vision may not seem to be the most important factor in maintaining balance, the brain relies on visual input to keep your world appearing both stable and leveled. Visual problems related to balance issues or dizziness can be effectively treated with neuro-optometric rehabilitation therapy.
Though not always evident, a stroke almost inevitably affects vision. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can treat the resulting vision deficiencies and improve the person’s functionality and quality of life as part of an integrative treatment plan.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to severe health problems, and in 90% of cases, vision problems. Here are 5 things about TBI that you probably didn’t know.
Whether you’re a pro-athlete or a 4th grader struggling to read, improved vision skills can boost confidence and success in life. Consider vision therapy this year and see the change for yourself!
Those with excellent visual acuity may experience difficulty with visual processing or focus, which can impact various aspects of a child’s development, learning ability, and daily functioning. Fortunately, visual skills can be trained through vision therapy. Question is: how young is too young for your child to begin vision therapy?
Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.
Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.
Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.