Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in children's glasses, Eyeglasses, Glasses, Uncategorized

Happy Valentine’s Day! Show your eyes some love with XOXO frames by McGee.  We just received a new shipment with lots of cute frames!       If candy is more your style, how about a little eye candy with Candies frames by Marcolin?  We carry a wide selection for both ladies and tweens.   We look forward to seeing you in our optical!  Stop by any time Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm!  Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Okaloosa Eye...

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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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Veteran’s Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Eyeglasses, Homepage, Uncategorized, Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran’s Day!  Thank you to the men and women who have served and are currently serving in all branches of our military.  We greatly appreciate the sacrifices you make to allow us our freedom. In order to show our appreciation to our military and their families throughout the year, Okaloosa Eye Care provides a 20% discount on glasses to military and their immediate families. Okaloosa Eye Care is a Tricare and Tricare PRIME provider.  Tricare PRIME covers routine eye examinations on a regular basis.  For more details or to schedule an eye examination, please call our office at (850)...

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4th Annual Tailgate and Trunk Show

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Comprehensive Eye Exam, Eyeglasses, home, Homepage, Sunglasses, Tailgate Party, Trunk Show, Uncategorized

  Fall and football season are officially here!  That means it is time for our 4th annual Tailgate and Trunk Show.  This year we will have a Viva International representative at our show featuring frames from Harley-Davidson, Candies, Skechers and more! This night only, we will have incredible discounts including FREE non-glare treatment ($105 value) and 20% off your complete eyewear order*.  We will also have food, drinks, and fabulous door prizes including progressive lenses and Crizal Kids UV lenses! You don’t want to miss out on this fun night of amazing deals!  See you there! *Cannot be combined with insurance or other discounts.  ...

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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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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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