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How good is your color vision?

February 28th, 2015

Color vision is a hot topic these days with a social war being waged involving team white/gold vs blue/black. How good is your color vision? Take this fun test to see:

Color Vision Test

Cool Vision Test

October 22nd, 2014

Blind People and Dreaming

October 8th, 2014

Very interesting study regarding the content of people’s dreams. Specifically, the difference between people born without sight vs. those who lost their sight during life vs. people with sight.

Blind People and Their Dreams

September 23rd, 2014

Happy fall! We got some great sunglasses to get you into the fall spirit!

National Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19th, 2014

Avast, ye mateys. It be National Talk Like a Pirate Day and here at Scenic City Eye Care we’re ready. We’ve changed every letter on the eye chart to “R” and are ready for some scallywags.

Cataracts

September 13th, 2014

Most people have heard the word “cataracts” but many people don’t know what they are. Cataracts are something that happens to everyone. I’m gettin ’em. You’re gettin’ em. Everyone’s gettin ’em. It’s kinda like gray hair: if you live long enough, you’re gettin it. But what are they?

There is a lens in the middle of the eye that’s shaped about like an M&M. It’s crystal clear when we’re born and we just look right through it. As we age, this lens just gets yellowish and hazy and eventually gets to the point where it affects our vision. So a 30 year old’s lens is hazier than a new born’s and a 60 year old’s lens is hazier than a 30 year old’s and so on and so forth.

So you don’t just wake up one day with cataracts. It’s a slow process that’s very difficult to notice yourself. It’s like dimming the room lights down real slowly and before you know it, it’s dark without you being completely aware of the change unless someone points it out to you. That’s where your family optometrist comes in. Since it’s difficult to notice the vision changes as they’re so slow, your optometrist will be able to objectively note subtle changes to your vision. Two years ago, maybe you saw a perfect, brisk 20/20 but today, while you still see 20/20, it’s a little more difficult to make out the letters and you may miss one or two. That’s the cataract making things a smudge more difficult to see. And on top of the visual affects, your optometrist will be able to view the cataract directly.

This is where dilation comes into play. I know everyone just loves being dilated and feeling like the sun is melting your retina (it isn’t, trust me), but it’s really the only way to effectively evaluate the health of the internal eye And this is exactly where the cataracts rear their ugly head; along with a multitude of other ocular health abnormalities we’ll go over later.

So you have cataracts. And now we’ve learned that’s not scary or a big deal. It puts you in great company. But now what? How do we get rid of these dadgum things? Surgery? Oh no! But there’s no need to fret. Cataract surgery is just about the easiest surgery you could ever have. You’re in and out in no time with very little down time, to boot. You’ll spend more time filling out the paperwork than you will actually under the needle (or laser as technology progresses). You may be a little groggy from the anesthesia, but otherwise no worse for the wear. You simply need to lay off any heavy lifting or prolonged bending over for small time as you heal. So no bar fights or handstands for a little while. There will also be several eye drops that you’ll become best friends with for a week, but that’s not so bad.

During the surgery, the surgeon will remove the old, yellow lens and replace it with a brand new, crystal clear, synthetic lens. Another cool thing about cataract surgery is that it’s kinda like cataract and LASIK combined. The synthetic lens that replaces your old lens will have your prescription etched into it so you’ll no longer be as reliant on glasses anymore. That’s pretty cool. You still need a pair of reading glasses, but for a large portion of people, full-time glasses isn’t necessary anymore.

So really, cataracts aren’t the end of the world after all. And cataract surgery isn’t scary at all – it’s actually pretty cool. You’ll see better and be less reliant on your glasses. And now you’ll be able to say this:

9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You’re Making

August 21st, 2014

You rely on them from the moment you wake up to when you turn off the lights at night. But are you really giving your eyes the care they deserve? We talked to Deeba Chaudri, OD, a New York City-based optometrist, about her patients’ biggest bloopers when it comes to taking care of their baby blues (or browns, greens, or hazels).

Here’s what not to do to make sure your vision stays healthy well into your golden years.

9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You’re Making

Print vs Digital

August 13th, 2014

As Kindles and iPads have come to dominate the world of literature, many people still prefer to use the traditional medium over the more convenient and technologically savvy means of reading. I love my Kindle and almost exclusively use my phone or computer to gather my news, but I must admit that there’s still something about holding a physical book that makes reading a novel on dead trees just a little more enjoyable than on its digital counterpart. Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but a new study says maybe there’s more to it than that.

Does the medium by which we consume information affect our mind’s ability to process that information?

A Price for Convenience

Google Glass

August 5th, 2014

Google Glass looks like it very well could be the future. It’s only in its infancy, but it could be the next step in the evolution of the mobile device – hands-free and eventually, will be completely inconspicuous as if it were nothing more than a pair of glasses. Will this lead to a ubiquitous adoption of glasses by the general public or is it a fad that’s merely a stepping stone for us to further integrate with the technology upon which many of us rely? Either way, it’s a fascinating device and it’s exciting to entertain the potential of fitting patients into a frame that not only provides them with excellent vision, but also with the ability to access nearly every bit of data one could possibly imagine.

Learn more about Google Glass

Proof That Everyone Looks Better in Glasses

August 4th, 2014

17 people (and a Corgi) that prove everyone looks better with glasses!