Dr. John Bissell
February is national age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the leading cause of low vision and blindness in Americans age 60 years and older and affects 1.6 million Americans. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the rates of AMD are expected to reach “epidemic proportions”. 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 the eye that allows you to see fine detail.
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Do you find yourself spending more time in front of your computer? Working from home, remote learning for your kids, texting, social media, TV – we never seem to be able to take a break from technology. All that blue light can cause a number of symptoms. The artificial blue light emitted from our smart devices is high-energy and can have some long term effects on our vision.
Blue light is all around us, there are both natural blue light and artificial blue light. Natural blue… Continue reading
As the 2020–2021 school year begins parents and school districts alike are making decisions on in-person, hybrid, or remote learning. Regardless of how your children will be learning, this is a great time to schedule your kids’ annual eye exams.
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. As a good rule of thumb, you should have your children’s eye examined by an eye care professional during their well visits starting around the age of three and also before the start of each school year. If your… Continue reading
As toddlers grow, some of the first things they learn are colors and shapes. When you think about early children’s games such as Candyland, Go Fish, and Uno – they all depend on recognizing colors. Children that have color blindness will have trouble distinguishing between colors, or not be able to recognize color at all. Color vision deficiency, or color blindness, is a hereditary trait that has a 50% chance to be genetically passed down.
As children enter school the problem continues as most grade schools focus… Continue reading
Our bodies produce tears to keep our eyes lubricated, and to help remove any foreign bodies. But when the body doesn’t produce enough tears or tear drainage is affected, the result is dry eyes. Dry eyes can be troublesome and irritating. Thankfully, this condition can usually be treated quickly and effectively.
Tears are a mixture of oils, water, mucus, antibodies, and protein that form to keep your eyes comfortable. Watery eyes are characterized by an excess of tears, which can give the eyes a glassy look, and may result… Continue reading
With the changes in outdoor gatherings this year, many large fireworks displays have been cancelled. So that leaves families bringing the fireworks celebrations closer to home releasing fireworks in their own backyards. Each year, thousands of people are injured by fireworks in June and July and almost half of those injured are children and teenagers. Over a thousand of those are eye injuries.
There are certain precautions you can take to prevent eye injury or at least decrease the risk. Even when using sparklers, make sure that… Continue reading
June is Cataract Awareness Month. Most people will develop a cataract at some point in their life. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision impairment of loss in this country. Did you know by the age of 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery?
What happens when you have a cataract?
Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eye, which prevents the passage of light into the eye. Seeing with cataracts is like looking through a frosty or… Continue reading
Bifocal contact lenses have been around for many years, but until recently they weren’t very popular. Today, new technology has produced more successful and a greater variety of designs. So if one design or brand doesn’t work for you, another might.
Often after the age of 40 people develop presbyopia, a condition that affects our ability to focus on objects that are near. Think about it. Do you have a separate pair of glasses for reading? Or do you need to wear bifocals to see both… Continue reading
No matter what age you are, taking care of your eyes should in your game plan for optimal health. Often patients take their eyesight for granted until they begin having problems with their vision. Keeping up with annual checkups is as important as your annual physical.
When day-to-day activities become challenging, that will trigger a call for an eye appointment. Having good vision and healthy eyes may determine your ability to remain independent and self-sufficient. Here are some tips to maintain optimal eye health.
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Eye Emergencies are often accompanied by pain. When should you act and seek emergency eye care? At Bissell Eye Care, we have invested in state of the art technology that can look into the back of the eye to determine what steps should be taken to best treat your injury.
Situations like being hit in the eye, a chemical burn, sudden onset of blurry or loss of vision, eye scratches, flashes of light or floaters, and abrupt headaches with or without visual impacts would qualify as an emergency and should… Continue reading