Mild Winter Brings Early Allergy Season And Eye Infections
The mild winter and early spring in Pittsburgh have been one for the record books. While this might sound like a welcome change for many, it’s also resulted in an early high allergy season and an uptick in cases of conjunctivitis, or pink eye.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear layer of tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including viruses, bacteria, allergens, and irritants.
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Why Your Preschooler Should Have an Annual Eye Exam
As a parent, one of the many important decisions you will make is choosing the right preschool for your child. However, before you send your child off to school, it’s important to also have their vision checked. A comprehensive eye exam will help in preparing them for school and can identify vision problems that could hinder their learning and development. In this blog, we’ll explore the importance of a comprehensive eye exam and how it differs from a basic eye screening.
According to the American Optometric Association, one in four… Continue reading
Signs And Treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
February is national Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) awareness month and we want to share with you the signs, symptoms, and treatments of the eye disease. Know what to look for and how you can treat AMD.
According to Hopkins Medicine, AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people above the age of 50. AMD causes damage to the macula, a spot near the center of the retina. This disease blurs the sharp, central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. AMD affects… Continue reading
Spring Into Fashion with New Eyeglass Frames
You don’t need to be a fashion expert to find eyeglass frames that look great on you. Our trained optical staff are here to help. Bissell Eyecare is excited to announce a new eyeglass frame line – Superdry from Tura. These contemporary frames will be sure to turn heads and make a fashion statement with layered attention to detail and bold hues.
Eyeglasses can help create the image you want. Eyewear-styling experts recommend you start by considering the different aspects of your life. Ask yourself, “What are the… Continue reading
Glaucoma Awareness – Screen, Protect & Cure
More than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is caused by the eye’s failure to maintain the balance of pressure between the internal fluid and the amount of fluid it drains away. High eye pressure caused by this imbalance causes pressure to build up against the optic nerve causing nerve damage.
Damage typically starts in the outside peripheral vision and is often not recognized by patients. A dilated eye… Continue reading
Eye Care And New Year’s Resolutions
Your eyesight holds the key to your independence. As we turn the page to a new year, taking care of your eyesight should be on your “To Do” list. Resolutions for better health often include, eating better, exercising, or cutting down on sugar intake. While many people have resolutions to improve their health, they tend to not include an annual medical physical, 6-month dental visits, a hearing evaluation, and an annual eye exam.
3 Tips for Optimal Eye Health & Eye Care
Schedule A Check-up
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The Correlation Between Diabetes And Eyesight
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. For the millions of us who are at risk for diabetes, it’s a time to get educated, find resources, and make sure all those around us are aware of their risk as well. Through advocacy, program development, and education the American Diabetes Organization “aims to improve the quality of life for the over 133 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. New technologies to manage diabetes, better resources to educate ourselves, and a community that’s stronger than ever.”
Just as annual physicals are important to… Continue reading
Inflation and FSA Adjustments
The main purpose and benefit of contributing and using an FSA are that any contributions made are pre-tax dollars. However, any qualified medical expenses paid for using the FSA are tax-free dollars. So you effectively pay no taxes on those expenses, by reducing your taxable income.
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), can help you to spend less on your health care while experiencing the maximum tax benefit. However, you must use monies within the current calendar year to reap the rewards. By spending all of the money in your account before… Continue reading
Have A Ghoulish Halloween
Although it has been a warm October, the signs of fall are here and Halloween celebrations are certainly around us. The leaves on the trees are turning and haunted houses are popping up. There is a nip in the air, pumpkin patches are in full swing and Halloween costumes are being planned. Trick-or-Treating can be a fun time for children and families and there are a few tips we would like to share to keep everyone safe. Regardless if you are planning your own costume for an adult party or… Continue reading
National Eye Injury Prevention Month
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month. According to Discovery Eye Foundation, “You may be surprised to learn that more than 1 million people suffer an eye injury every year in the United States. You may be even more surprised to learn that most of these eye injuries happen at home and can be avoided.
Unfortunately, only about three out of ten people wear protective eyewear during home projects that can cause an injury to their eyes. Wearing protective eye wear will reduce your risk for eye injury by 90… Continue reading