Okaloosa Eye Care Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Annual Eye Exam, Comprehensive Eye Exam, home, Homepage, Uncategorized

Okaloosa Eye Care is proud to announce our 20th anniversary this month!

Dr. Wanda Batson originally opened the doors of her practice at 207 North Main Street on April 9, 1997. Dr. Batson and her husband, Chuck Batson, completely renovated the space and brought back much of the character of our beautiful building on historic Main Street in Crestview. Here are some pictures showing the original renovation process and the opening of Dr. Wanda Cook Batson’s office, which would ultimately become Okaloosa Eye Care.

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Eye Care Technology

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Annual Eye Exam, Diabetic Eye Disease, Eye Conditions, Eye Diseases, home, Homepage, Technology

At Okaloosa Eye Care, we strive to keep up to date with the latest technology to ensure quality care for our patients. Here is an example of some of the computerized technology that we have in our office as well as information on how each piece of equipment can enhance your eye care experience.

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2013: A Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Annual Eye Exam, home, Homepage, OEC Staff, Uncategorized

2013: A Year in Review Thanks to our wonderful patients and staff, Okaloosa Eye Care has had another great year.  We want to share our top 13 office highlights from 2013 with you.   1.  Dr. Wanda Cook Batson was sworn in as Honorary Commander of Eglin’s 96th Medical Group on February 7, 2013.   As Honorary Commander, she was invited to participate in numerous tours, events and training throughout the year.      2.  We held our first Okaloosa Eye Care Scavenger Hunt on our facebook page.  The scavenger hunt included clues about historic Crestview and a fabulous prize of Ray-Ban sunglasses and Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience CD.    3. Dr. Amy Riggs had twin boys, Caleb and Hudson, on October 4, 2013.  Caleb weighed 5 lb, 10 oz and Hudson weighed 6 lb, 7 oz.     4.   Medical advancements now enabled us to offer genetic testing for macular degeneration.  This testing allows us to detect patients who are at a higher risk for advanced macular degeneration so we can adjust our management and treatment regimen to provide the best possible care for our patients.   5.  Dr. Lea Spears’s son, Myles, turned 1 on Halloween!  Dr. Spears was also one of the first optometrists to become certified to prescribe oral drugs in the state of Florida after the bill was finally passed this year.     6.  This spring we had our always popular Spring Sunglass Showcase with great discounts and a wide array of sunglasses to get our patients ready for summer.    7. We welcomed another optometrist, Dr. Wes Mayes, into our practice.  Dr. Mayes has proven to be a wonderful addition to Okaloosa Eye Care, and we are so glad he has joined our team.   8.  We worked to increase the ease of scheduling an appointment with our office by adding an appointment scheduler to our website and to our facebook page.   9.  This fall we had our fourth annual Tailgate and Trunk Show.  The evening was a great success featuring wonderful discounts, an expanded selection of frames, great food, and a lot of fun.   10.  One of our ophthalmic technicians, Janice Easterling, passed the CPOA (Certified Paraoptometric Assistant) exam.  We  are  proud of Janice and the excellent care she and the rest of our staff provide for our patients.   11.  Our office participated in several races this year.  Our own Dr. Wes Mayes placed 12th out of over 600 participants in the Race for Lace event this fall.   12.  We expanded our optical line and brought in a lot of new frame lines as well as lens options.   We now offer Amphibia, floating polarized sunglasses, that are great for the avid fisherman or  boater.   We increased our Vera Bradley frame line with an even larger selection of beautiful frames.   We are proud to now offer a personalized ultra digital progressive lens.  These lenses are patient specific, made for the patient’s eyes and their eyes alone.  They are no-glare lenses that offer the best clarity and peripheral vision of any progressive.   For single vision...

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Glaucoma ‘Steals’ Your Vision

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Annual Eye Exam, Blog, Cloudy Spots, Cloudy Vision, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Diabetes, Diabetic Eye Disease, Dilated Eye Exam, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Diseases, Featured, Glaucoma, Homepage, Undetected Vision Problems, Undiagnosed Vision Problem, Vision Problems

Ready for a wild stat? Sometimes, a person’s vision can be lost up to 40% without even being noticed. If this is the case, Glaucoma is usually the reason. It is an eye disease that does this without a warning. What is so frustrating about glaucoma is it begins with your peripheral vision. In most instances, the person affected with this disease doesn’t even notice the vision loss. The vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. Yet there are virtually no symptoms. The leading cause of blindness right now is glaucoma. 4 million in the US of A and 60 million people globally are affected by glaucoma. Some say that 50% of them without even knowing it. And the real kicker of glaucoma is that it develops slowly and sometimes without noticeable sight loss for many years. By the time a person is aware of vision loss, the disease is usually quite advanced. Without proper treatment, glaucoma can lead to blindness. Who is at Risk? People of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent People over 60 Family members of those already diagnosed Diabetics People who are severely nearsighted Currently, there is no cure for glaucoma. Medication and/or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma a person has. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease. Who Should Getting Tested? The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, the eye doctor should use these five tests, each of which check different factors in order to make an accurate glaucoma diagnosis: Tonometry – Examines inner eye pressure Ophthalmoscopy – Also known as a dilated eye exam, this test checks the shape and color of the optic nerve Perimetry – This visual field test checks the complete field of vision Gonioscopy – Examines the angle in the eye where the iris meets the cornea Pachymetry – Test the thickness of the cornea If you or anyone you know is in the category of those at risk, please come in to be seen. One of our optometrists will perform a thorough and comprehensive eye exam. And of course, annual eye exam is the best way to detect vision problems. (850)...

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When Should My Child Get an Eye Exam?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Annual Eye Exam, Blog, Child's Eyewear, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children’s Sunglasses, Common Signs for Vision Problems, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Diseases, Eye Exam, Eyeglasses, Eyestrain, Farsightedness, Featured, Homepage, Prescription Eyeglasses, Prescription Sunglasses, Undetected Vision Problems, Vision Problems

A question we often get – “At what age should my child see an eye doctor?” We say it’s never too early. In fact, newborns should get their eyes checked before leaving the hospital and going home. As someone once said, “You’re never too young, you’re too old to have an eye exam.” It is paramount for early detection of vision problems that children have proper and thorough vision screenings. Let’s take a walk through the ages and what you can expect for that age’s eye exam. Ages 0 to 5 Proper vision screenings and examinations are essential for early detection and intervention of vision problems in children. Newborns should have their eyes checked before leaving the hospital. The examination in the nursery is for general eye health and includes a red reflex test. The exam can help detect several congenital eye problems, some of which may lead to blindness. Well Checks, From 0 to 2: Your pediatrician will use history and perform a visual exam to determine if vision problems exist. Well Checks, From ages 3 to 10: These exams should include vision screenings to assess visual acuity and ocular alignment. During your well check, if there is some type of concern during a vision screening, your child should be seen by an optometrist for a comprehensive eye examination. Follow-up screenings, regardless of vision concerns: 6 months; 3 years; 5 years for all children. School-Age Children During the school age years, your child’s vision can and probably will change frequently, hence the importance of the annual eye exam. As we’ve often said, more than 80% of early learning is visual. If your child isn’t doing well in school, before you think that it is a lack of interest or laziness, please note that the problem could be visually related. We’ve noticed that the most common vision problem is nearsightedness (myopia) in which the child cannot see images clearly from a distance. Other children may have the opposite impairment, which is farsightedness. This condition prohibits people from seeing objects up close. Other common vision problems that may affect school performance: Eye Focusing; Eye Tracking; Eye Coordination. Speaking from personal experience, if a child is unable to see well in the classroom, it is not only difficult to concentrate, but to excel. Many doctors have concluded that when children don’t understand that their inability to process information or see the chalkboard is related to their vision, they may develop poor self esteem. They may also become frustrated with formalized education or act out. According to the AOA, many children are mislabeled as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when, in reality, they actually have an undiagnosed vision problem. Without good vision, a child’s ability to learn and comprehend the world around them suffers. Since many vision impairments begin at an early age, proper care and early detection is key to ensuring a lifetime of success and independence for children. Ensure early detection by scheduling an annual eye exam. If you notice the following problems with your child, do not wait for your annual eye exam – come see us right away. Your child frequently...

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Understanding Your Child’s Vision

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Annual Eye Exam, Blog, Child's Eyewear, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children’s Sunglasses, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Exam, Featured, Homepage, Undetected Vision Problems, Vision Problems

Having a baby? A munchkin? A rugrat? A drool machine? Whatever nickname you have for your little person, his or her vision will gradually change throughout the early years. Let’s break it down:   0 – 3 Months Your baby is not born with full vision. Babies can see objects best that are about 12 inches away that are attracted brightly colored or highly-contrasted. Their field of vision is around 90 degrees. 3 Months When your little one turns three months old, he will develop coordination between both eyes. Depth perception & spatial relationships develop and most infants can track moving objects. Your munchkin will be fascinated by a colorful mobile that spins around and around. You should see him reach for toys in their field of vision. 3 to 6 Months During the three to six months of age, the retina in the eye should be well defined as depth perception continues to develop. 6 Months to 1 Year From six months to a year, your infant’s eye is about 2/3 the size of an adult eye. By now, both eyes are working harmoniously and depth perception is continuing to get dialed in. 1 Year Old As the earth circles the sun one time, your child’s hand-eye coordination is getting fine tuned and can be enhanced by games involving pointing, grasping, tossing, placing and catching. 2 to 5 Years Old Your preschooler is now becoming a little artist as he will loves to draw and look at pictures. Baby books help the child become engaged and helps coordinate vision and hearing. Five Plus As your child progresses through school, print in the textbooks will decrease in size. Also, they may need to begin utilizing the chalkboard/whiteboard or a computer monitor for some assignments. As your baby grows, it’s very important that you keep tabs on his or her vision. As you take the little in for Well Checks, be sure to bring the little tyke in to see us as well....

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