Merry Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Comprehensive Eye Exam, Homepage

Christmas is almost here! If anyone needs any awesome last minute Christmas stocking stuffers or gift ideas, we have you covered.  Here are just a few ideas….     Sunglasses are a wonderful gift that can be enjoyed every day!  Come check out our great selection of sunglasses, including Salt Life.       Costa Cords are always welcome gifts for any Costa fan.         Nordic Naturals ProOmega supplements are a great gift for those suffering from dry eye syndrome or macular degeneration.       Keychain Glasses are a great gift for the family member or loved one who is always misplacing their reading glasses!       Contact lens wearers would love some contact lens solution or rewetting drops in their stockings!       All of us at Okaloosa Eye Care want to wish you a…….   We hope all of our patients and their families have a wonderful holiday filled with peace and joy!...

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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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2016: A Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in children's glasses, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Contact Lenses, Cornea, Eye Care Professional, Uncategorized

We can’t believe 2016 is almost over! Thanks to our amazing patients and staff, Okaloosa Eye Care had another wonderful year in 2016. Here are some of the highlights:

1. We added two new optometrists to our practice, Dr. Chelsea Evans and Dr. Jane Purdy. To learn more about these doctors and view their impressive resumes, click here.

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Save Your Vision Month

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Comprehensive Eye Exam, Eye Diseases, home, Homepage, Save your vision month, Uncategorized

SAVE YOUR VISION MONTH The American Optometric Association has named March as Save Your Vision Month.  In honor of this month, we want to give you a list of ten important ways to help you save your vision. 1.  Have an annual eye examination with dilation.  Annual exams help to keep your prescription up-to-date and provide you with the best possible vision.  In addition, dilated eye examinations can detect many diseases, both within the eye as well as the rest of the body.  Early detection and treatment of disease can help prevent permanent vision loss, and even blindness. 2.  Eat your veggies.  Recent research has found that a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables (especially leafy greens, like spinach and kale) can delay the progression of many diseases including macular degeneration and cataracts. 3.  Protect your eyes from the sun.  Ultraviolet damage from the sun can cause pinguecula and pterygium (growths on the white portion of the eyes), cataracts, macular degeneration, and skin cancer along the eyelids.  Make sure to protect your eyes from this damage by wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. 4.  Stay active.  Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active can help prevent diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure which can cause significant eye disease.  Staying active has also shown to be beneficial for glaucoma and macular degeneration patients as well, so get moving now! 5.  Take visual breaks from computer and handheld devices.  Long hours on the computer or handheld devices can cause eye strain and dryness so make sure to take frequent breaks.  We often recommend the 20/20/20 rule.  Every 20 minutes, take a break and look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  This rule applies to kids and teens too so make sure to limit their screen use. 6.  See your primary care provider on a regular basis.  Many diseases that affect the body can affect the eyes as well so make sure to see your primary care doctor on a regular basis and to follow his or her advice. 7.  Don’t smoke.  In addition to the known effects on the body, smoking also damages the eyes.  Smoking increases dry eye disease, worsens glaucoma, and can double the rate of progression of macular degeneration.  If you already smoke, talk to your primary care doctor about options to help you quit. 8.  Follow safety protection guidelines.  If you are working with potential eye hazards around the house or work, make sure to wear the appropriate eye safety protection.  Don’t forget eye safety for sports too.  Eye injuries can cause blindness and most eye injuries can be prevented with the proper protection. 9.  Don’t overwear or abuse your contact lenses.  Many contact lens wearers have a bad habit of overwearing their lenses.  Don’t wait until your contacts get uncomfortable to remove them or replace them.  Wearing your contacts longer hours than recommended or not replacing them on the recommended schedule can significantly increase your risk for vision-threatening infections. 10.  Don’t ignore warning signs.  If you experience a sudden change in vision, visual distortion, or floaters or flashing lights,...

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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Blindness, Blog, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Glaucoma, home, Homepage, Uncategorized

    Routine comprehensive eye examinations are crucial to prevent vision loss from glaucoma.  If you or a loved one has not had a comprehensive eye examination within the past year, call our office at (850) 683-0221 to schedule an appointment...

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Use It. Don’t Lose It.

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Comprehensive Eye Exam, Eye Exam, Eyeglasses, FSA, FSA – Flexible Spending Account, home, Homepage, Uncategorized

  What is a Flexible Spending Account? A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-favored program offered by employers that allows their employees to pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. By using pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses, an FSA gives you an immediate discount on these expenses that equals the taxes you would otherwise pay on that money. Therefore, with an FSA, you can both reduce your taxes and get more for your money by saving from 20% to 40% of what you would normally pay for out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with after-tax (as opposed to taxed) dollars. (information provided by FSAFEDS)   To schedule an appointment for an eye exam, call our office at (850) 683-0221 or use our online appointment scheduler.  If you have already had an eye exam this year, remember that you can use your FSA benefits on a second pair of glasses, computer glasses, or prescription sunglasses.  Stop by our office during regular business hours to let our friendly staff help you....

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