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5900 Heckert Rd.
P.O. Box 324
Bakerstown, PA 15007
724-443-6767 Phone
724-443-6730 Fax

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Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-226-0444 Phone
724-226-0744 Fax


Children’s Eye Exams

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

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

Back To School Eye Exams

Backpacks, lunch boxes, clothes shopping – it’s back to school time! When you mark off items on your ‘Back-To- School’ checklist, don’t forget to make an eye exam appointment for your child. Have you been bombarded with all of the health forms and documents that need to be filled out for your little one to either go back to school or start a new adventure in attending school for the first time? With all of the hustle and bustle of buying new clothes, school supplies, getting immunizations, and reviewing schedules,… Continue reading

Back To School Eye Exams

For parents of school age children, that Staples commercial of “it’s the most wonderful time of the year back to school sale” comes to mind. As your child prepares for another year, it’s a great time to schedule their annual eye exams.

August is children’s eye health and safety month. As a good rule of thumb, you should have your child’s eyes examined by an eye care professional in their first year of life as an infantSEE exam and then they should have regular eye exams starting around preschool age… Continue reading

Distance Learning and Vision Problems

There are a number of changes that occurred during the past year as a result of the pandemic and distant learning. Many young students spent more time than ever staring at their computer screens, tablets and phones. Between school and social interaction and play, electronic devices seemed to be attached to kids and adults alike.

Because many kids spent last year learning from home, the vision screenings that typically occurred during the school year were delayed or not given at all. This has created a perfect storm for issues regarding… Continue reading

Eye Exams and Learning – A Winning Combo

When should you schedule your child’s first eye exam? We know 2020 was quite a different year for kids and school. For some children, spending multiple hours in virtual classrooms has taken a toll on their vision. Parents have turned to computer glasses that help reflect the UV lights from the blue screen. Children may be experiencing eye strain, headaches or you see them squinting. This could be a sign they need glasses.

Many preschools were on hold this past year, but there are signs of change as you may… Continue reading

What to Expect at My Child’s First Eye Exam

American Optometric Association (AOA), states “infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age.” Did you know that Bissell Eye Care provides eye examinations for free to children as young as 6 months up to one year old? As children enter preschool around 3 years of age they should be rechecked and then again right before kindergarten. Experts say 5 -10 % of preschoolers and 25 % of school-aged children have vision problems.

During a child’s eye exam, we will perform three assessments, including a vision… Continue reading

Childhood Dreams Become Reality

Who says childhood dreams don’t come true?  For Dr. Bissell, he knew at an early age he wanted to become an optometrist.  Dr. Roger Johnson, a local optometrist became a mentor and longtime friend watching Dr. Bissell grow personally and professionally.  Dr. Johnson has since retired and Dr. Bissell purchased the practice in 2013.  Since that time, the practice has grown and most recently relocated to their own space located at 4001 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights.

With state-of the-art equipment, new merchandise and an elite staff… Continue reading

Back To School Checklist

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Backpacks, lunch boxes, clothes shopping – it’s back to school time! When you mark off items on your ‘Back-To- School’ checklist, don’t forget to make an eye exam appointment for your child. August is National Children’s Vision Month and the perfect time to talk about the importance of providing the best vision and eye health for your kids. Whether it’s the first time attending preschool or kindergarten or your child’s high school years, it’s important to make eye exams a back-to-school tradition.

Young children with vision problems are unlikely to… Continue reading