Amblyopia, or more commonly referred to as lazy eye syndrome, is a condition where one eye has reduced visual acuity, even with optical care. It occurs when the brain suppresses information from the affected eye and affects three out of 100 children making it one of the most common eye conditions. But despite it being common, there are many misconceptions surrounding lazy eye. In today’s article, we try to debunk a few of the most widespread ones.[Read more…]
Ask any optometrist and they will tell you that too much UV exposure from the sun can have many negative effects on our eyes, and therefore, our vision. A day at the beach, walking your dog on a bright day, or laying out at the pool are all fun activities to do under the sun. Unfortunately, these daytime activities are also exposing your eyes to harmful UV rays.[Read more…]
If you’ve ever heard of the term “eye dominance” then it probably left you wondering which one of your eyes is the dominant one. Fortunately, you do not need an eye doctor to find out. In today’s blog post, your friends over at Alderwood Optical & Canyon Park Vision Clinic explains what ocular dominance is and shares an easy test you can try yourself to find out which one of your eyes is more dominant.[Read more…]
An optometrist can help your child choose the right pair of prescription eyeglasses to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness). However, it’s not uncommon for a child to refuse to wear glasses. What should you do if this is your child? Here are some suggestions.[Read more…]
One of the newest treatment options for myopia or nearsightedness is orthokeratology, or more popularly known as ortho-k. It is also used to treat other refractive eye conditions.[Read more…]
March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Employers and employees are encouraged to observe this month as an opportunity to improve working conditions relative to eye health and safety. As an employer, what can you do for your employees to make sure their eyes do not suffer injuries at work?[Read more…]
A retinal exam is an evaluation of the back of your eye, allowing your eye doctor to thoroughly examine the condition of your retina, optic disk and underlying blood vessels. Here at Alderwood Optical, a trusted eye-care specialty clinic in Washington, we also offer Optos high-resolution retinal imaging, along with traditional retinal exams. Keep reading to learn more about its importance.[Read more…]
As you age, the lenses of your eyes become less flexible, making it difficult to focus close objects and small texts. When the time comes to purchase reading glasses, you may wonder if it’s worth going through the entire process of visiting an optometrist and paying for prescription glasses or if opting for the more affordable over-the-counter glasses will do. Keep reading to learn more about the matter.
Many things run in the family, such as eye color and hair type. But what about poor eyesight? Do all vision problems that require you to regularly see an eye doctor and don prescription glasses at an early age come down to bad genes? It seems like a simple question, but the answer is actually surprisingly complex.
Contact lenses are a convenient, highly effective vision correction method for people who don’t want to deal with eyeglasses. Now, scleral lenses are available for patients that aren’t able to wear traditional contact lenses. These larger and gas-permeable lenses are designed to sit right on top of the sclera, or the white of your eyes. [Read more…]