Amniotic Membranes to Treat Corneal Trauma and Disease

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Acid Burns, Alkali Burns, Amniotic membrane, Chemical Burn, Cornea, Eye Diseases, Eye Injuries, Homepage

Amniotic Membranes to Treat Corneal Trauma and Disease

Most people recognize the term amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a fetus while in the womb during pregnancy. For over a hundred years, scientists have been aware of the healing properties existent within this fluid; however, it is only within the past few years that these healing properties have been made available to help treat ocular conditions in the form of sutureless amniotic membranes.

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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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The Importance of Your Child’s Vision!

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Astigmatism, Blog, Child's Eyewear, Children's Eye Emergencies, Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Children’s Sunglasses, Common Signs for Vision Problems, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Computer Eyeglasses, Cornea, Dilated Eye Exam, Dry Eye Syndrome, Dry Eyes, Eye Allergies, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Diseases, Eye Emergencies, Eye Emergency, Eye Exam, Eye Injuries, Eye Injury, Eyeglasses, Farsightedness, Featured, Glasses, Homepage, Myopia, Nearsightedness, Pink Eye, Prescription Eyeglasses, Prescription Sunglasses, Protective Eye, Reading, Retro Banz, September: Children's Eye Health & Safety Month, Sunglasses, Sunglasses for Kids, Swollen Eye, Vision Problems

  Okaloosa Eye Care wants you to know that your children’s vision is very important to us. We are dedicated to helping you detect and treat any type of vision problem your child may have. It is important for us to help educate you on the importance of healthy vision for your children. Answer this question honestly: When was the last time you had your child’s vision checked? Did you know that having a child’s vision tested by an optometrist can lead to greater success in the classroom? This is due to the fact that most of a child’s learning occurs visually. Did you also know that some students that were diagnosed with a learning disability may actually have vision problems instead? “More than 80% of the information they receive at school comes through their eyes.” The top three children’s vision problems are: 1. Myopia (Near-Sightedness) 2. Hyperopia (Far-Sightedness) 3. Astigmatism (Football-Shaped Cornea) The ideal way for parents to know whether their children have vision problems is to come in and have a comprehensive eye exam. However, there are also some signs and behaviors parents can watch for that may indicate a child is struggling with his or her vision that OEC wants you to know about. Look at Your Child’s Eyes . . . Does he or she have one that doesn’t line up? Does one eye appears crossed or looks outward? Are their eyelids are red-rimmed? Crusted? Swollen? Do they have watery eyes or red eyes (do the eyes appear to be inflamed)? Look at Your Child’s Actions . . . Does he rub his eyes frequently? Does she close or cover one eye? Does she tilt head or thrust her head forward to see? Does he have trouble reading or doing other close-up work? Does he hold objects close to eyes to see? How about blinking? More than usual? Does he or she seems cranky when doing close-up work? Does your child squint eyes or frown to see? Listen to What Your Child Says . . . “My eyes itch.” “My eyes burn.” “I can’t see very well.” When doing some close-up work, does your child ever say: “I feel dizzy.” “I have a headache.” “I feel sick.” “Everything looks blurry.” Our optometrists encourage parents to be proactive with their children’s vision. It can make a real difference in their lives. (850)...

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Umm, Do You Think I Need Glasses?

Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Astigmatism, Blog, Children’s Sunglasses, Comprehensive Eye Exam, Computer Eyeglasses, Cornea, Dilated Eye Exam, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Exam, Eyeglasses, Farsightedness, Homepage, Medical Forms, Medical History, Nearsightedness, Online Patient Forms, Patient Forms, Presbyopia, Prescription Eyeglasses, Prescription Sunglasses, Protective Eyewear, Refraction, Vision Problems

How does a person know if he or she needs glasses? Well, if you can’t see 100% clearly, that’s clue number one. Maybe you can’t see objects far away, or maybe you can’t see things close up. Either way, you need our help. Here is a personal story that started when I was in 4th grade. I come from a time of chalkboards & overhead machines with an endless supply of transparencies. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Some of you are wondering where the iPod plugs into the SmartBoard. But for me, in 4th grade, whenever Mrs. Johnson said for us to get our notebooks out, that was my cue to grab my notebook, pencil box and head to empty spot up front so I could see what she was writing on the chalkboard. For whatever the reason, I thought this was natural and was just the way it would be for me. From the 4th grade to the 6th, I thought this was normal. Once in 6th grade, my teacher called home to my parents to discuss the fact that I had to do this on a daily basis. The following week, I found myself in a chair with a strange looking device staring back at me. When the op-to-something-a-trist was done when me, I had a new pair of glasses and for the first time in as long I could remember, I could see. My whole world had just changed. Do you have a story like that? Have you gone a while without seeing the op-to-something-a-trist. Well, seeing an OPTOMETRIST can change your world too. The ability to see, or not see, can directly affect your daily life – your job, driving, your family and everything else. How the Eye Works You know how a clock has hundreds of different parts and if one of those parts is broken, it will not keep time properly? Maybe the second hand goes too fast or too slow. Maybe the pendulum swings only half way and the clock runs slow. Well, it is working, but not ‘working’. The same principle applies here. Your eyeball includes the following parts: The Cornea: That’s the clear tissue that helps the eye focus; The Iris: This is the colored part that everyone compliments you on; The Pupal: The black part in the center of your eye. It lets the light in; The Lens: Focusing happens here; The Retina: The back wall of the eye. Now, when all of these are working harmoniously, you can see near, far & everywhere in in between. Think of your eye kind of like a camera. The image it captures is sent to your brain and then your brain says to you, “Hey! That’s a football!” When one of these parts is not working, you have vision problems. Our eyes are so miraculous in the way they were designed, that they ‘bend’ light (what our optometrists call ‘Refracting’) so the object you’re looking at comes into focus. Refracting is just a big word that means that our eyeballs bending light rays. “Do I need glasses?” The...

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Educational Videos are Now Available

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Astigmatism, Cataract, Contact Lenses, Cornea, Diabetic Retinopathy, Eye Care Professional, Eye Conditions, Eye Exam, Eyeglasses, Glaucoma, Homepage, Macular Degeneration, Retina

Ever wonder what your Cornea is or looks like? Have you heard the term Macular Degeneration and not quite sure what it is? Do you have Dry Eyes but not sure what to do about it? Well, we have the answer for you! We have, in our collection, no less than 120 videos for you to view at your leisure. Some of the topics covered: The Eye Glaucoma The Iris Macula Contact Lenses Eye Surgery Cataracts Eye issues Diabetes Dry Eye Issues See all of the videos...

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Cataract Awareness Month

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Annual Eye Exam, August: Cataract Awareness Month, Cataract, Cataracts, Children's Eye Injuries, Cornea, Eye Care Professional, Eye Exam, Eye Injuries, Homepage, Prescription Sunglasses, Protective Eyewear, Sunglasses, Sunglasses for Kids

We here on the Gulf of Mexico love and I mean LOVE our beach. How can we not – sugar white sand & emerald green water. If you’re not jealous of our beaches, you should be. But, with our beautiful beaches come just a few drawbacks. Our white sandy beaches that you love to lie on during the day can actually damage your body. The sun’s rays are magnified when the light reflects off the white sand and the crystal clear water. However, we are wonderfully designed with our bodies having the ability to warn you of damage – your skin begins to burn, freckles appear, your mouth gets dry, the urge to drink becomes overwhelming, and your head gets dizzy. Your eyes, on the other hand, have no such ability. Obviously, the longer you stay in the sun, the worse the damage can be. August is Cataract Awareness Month. Oh sure, you’ve heard of it. Maybe you even know someone who has it. If you’re a bit older, you may even have been tested for it. But you’re not quite sure what it is. Over the next few days, we will break down what cataracts are, how they are developed, the kind of tests we have to detect them and the different types of treatment plans we offer. The main thing you need to know is this: UVA & UVB rays are not your friends – they can cause serious damage to your eyes.  With running the risk of sounding like your mom – You need your sunglasses. We recommend a few different kind, all of which block the UV rays, hence saving your precious eyeballs. Costas, Ray-Bans, Maui Jims,  & many other brands – we have tons of sunglasses. Come in and check out our...

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