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5900 Heckert Rd.
P.O. Box 324
Bakerstown, PA 15007
724-443-6767 Phone
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Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-226-0444 Phone
724-226-0744 Fax

 

Fireworks Safety and Backyard Celebrations

We are starting to see displays of fireworks in local retail stores. Families are beginning to plan for Fourth of July celebrations. While these shows bring joy and excitement, it’s important to remember that fireworks can pose a risk to our eyes. In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of fireworks safety, the dangers of sparklers for young children, and practical tips to protect your eyes during celebrations.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology “Fireworks caused 11 deaths and 10,200 injuries in 2022, according to the U.S. Consumer Product… Continue reading

Are Your Sunglasses Protecting Your Eyes from UV Rays?

As the days get sunnier and warmer, many of us reach for our favorite sunglasses, not just as a fashion statement but as a way to protect our eyes. While sunglasses can be stylish, their primary role is far more significant: shielding your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. At Bissell Eye Care we’re committed to educating our patients about eye health and want to share how to choose the right pair of sunglasses for optimal protection.

Why UV Protection is important.

The sun emits UV radiation,… Continue reading

Insight into Women’s Eye Health: Risks, Prevention, and Care

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, shining a spotlight on women’s overall well-being. Often the ones managing their family’s healthcare, women sometimes overlook their own needs. According to the National Eye Institute, two out of every three people living with blindness or vision problems are women. This important initiative aims to increase awareness about eye diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect women.

Research indicates that women are more prone to certain eye issues, especially as they age and undergo hormonal changes. For example, dry eye syndrome, a… Continue reading

SPRING CLEAN UP AND EYE PROTECTION

Spring brings with it the urge to throw open the windows, let in the fresh air, and tackle those long-neglected chores. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up our living spaces; it’s also an opportunity to refresh and revitalize our outdoor surroundings. From decluttering closets to scrubbing floors and clearing winter debris from flowerbeds, we throw ourselves into tasks with gusto. But amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook the importance of eye safety.

The Hazards of Cleaning Chemicals

Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that can be… Continue reading

The Great North American Eclipse: A Viewer’s Guide to Eye-Safe Skywatching

Get ready, skywatchers! Something super cool is about to happen in the sky on April 8, 2024. It’s called “The Great North American Eclipse.” Imagine a game of cosmic peek-a-boo where the moon covers up the sun for a little while, creating a magical show in the sky. It’s like nature’s own big screen event, and everyone’s invited to watch. But wait, before participating there’s an important rule: you need to keep your eyes safe! Let’s chat about how to enjoy the eclipse without hurting our eyes.

Understanding the Solar… Continue reading

Preschool Registration and the ABCs of Your Child’s Eye Exams

Preschool registration marks a significant milestone in a child’s educational journey, opening the doors to a world of learning and discovery. Children are introduced to a structured learning environment, but they also build social and cognitive skills. In this environment, young minds take their first steps toward independence, creativity, and cooperation. Preschool offers opportunities for growth, as children prepare to immerse themselves in a nurturing environment designed to foster curiosity and a love for learning.

Did you know that 5-10% of preschoolers and 25% of school-aged children may face vision… Continue reading

Parent Tips to Manage Eye Strain

Although we’ve had a mild winter, the cold weather and long winter nights keep many indoors. It’s no surprise that technology has become a trusty companion for both kids and parents combating cabin fever. Smartphones, iPads, computers, and gaming systems provide entertainment, but recent studies suggest that this increased screen time might be contributing to eye strain in children. Recognizing the symptoms and implementing preventive measures is important for safeguarding eye health.

The Impact of Winter Screen Time:

The winter season often confines families indoors, prompting an uptick in screen… Continue reading

Vision Matters: A Closer Look at February’s AMD Awareness Initiatives

This month is designated as National Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month. Millions of people in the United States are living with a visual impairment that can significantly impact the quality of life for millions of Americans aged 60 and above. Current statistics reveal that an alarming 1.6 million Americans are grappling with the effects of AMD.

AMD is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision you need for straight-ahead activities and tasks such as reading and driving. The disease affects the macula; the part of… Continue reading

Understanding Glaucoma & the Value of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

Are you ready for the New Year? Resolutions for better health often include eating better, exercising, and 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 and an annual eye exam. 

Vision, a priceless gift often taken for granted, can be threatened by silent conditions like glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, often leading to irreversible vision loss and is often referred to as… Continue reading

Is it Pink Eye?

Flu season is in full swing with the flu and conjunctivitis often referred to as pink eye often goes hand in hand with a cold or flu. While it might sound like a minor inconvenience, pink eye can be uncomfortable and, in some cases, highly contagious. Nonetheless, proper handwashing can be the key to not spreading those nasty germs.

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps to keep the eyelid and eyeball moist… Continue reading

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