The Coronavirus continues to spread across our country. We at FECC feel the health of our patients and our employees are our first priority.
We feel it is necessary to implement the following guidelines to protect the health of all of our patients, especially the sick & elderly.
If you have been out of the country within 14 days or your appointment OR you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please call our office to reschedule your appointment. If you, or anyone with you, comes in to the office showing signs of illness, we will ask you to reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for helping slow the spread of this virus! We wish you good health and 2020 Vision!
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. In the effort to help educate patients about the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options for this disease among older Americans.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration, also known as AMD, affects millions of Americans 50 years of age and older. AMD is a disease that affects the part of the back of the eye called the macula. The disease occurs when the macula, the part of the retina that lets you see color and fine detail becomes damaged. This can cause the center part of your vision to become blurry or wavy. It could also cause a blind spot in the center of your vision.
If you are 50 years of age or older, make sure that you:
Visit your eye doctor regularly. An eye doctor can check for signs of AMD by doing a dilated eye exam. This allows the doctor to get a better look at the back of your eye to check for diseases such as AMD.
Learn about the signs and symptoms of AMD. In the early stages, AMD doesn’t have any symptoms. However, there are complications that a patient should be aware of that become noticeable as the condition progresses. These include:• Straight lines begin to appear out of shape
• Dark or white blurry areas appear in the center of vision
• Change or decline color perception
Wear UV protection sunglasses rated 99% to 100% UVA and UVB
Take good care of your health overall.
Remember that awareness makes a difference. With no cure for Age-related Macular Degeneration, the best defense against the eye disease is early detection. If you know the signs and symptoms of AMD and get regular eye exams, you may be able to prevent vision loss. For more information, make sure to talk to an eye doctor.
It’s easy to forget to have an eye exam. After all, if you can see, there’s nothing that can be wrong, right? Not quite.
Regardless of your age or physical health, an annual comprehensive eye exam will help to detect any eye problems at their early stages when they’re most treatable.
A comprehensive eye exam will not only determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, but will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.
Who should get their eyes examined?
Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults should have their eyes tested yearly to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease. For children, eye exams can play an important role in normal development and learning.
Vision is closely linked to the learning process. Children who have trouble seeing or interpreting what they see will often have trouble with their schoolwork. Many times, children will not complain of vision problems simply because they don’t know what “normal” vision looks like. If your child performs poorly at school or exhibits a reading or learning problem, be sure to schedule an eye examination to rule out an underlying visual cause.
Keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.
Call and schedule your annual eye exam with Dr. Furman or Dr. Jackson.
If you participate in Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your employer’s “Cafeteria Plan” benefits program, time may be running out. Some plans require the money you have contributed to be spent by December 31st, or you may risk loosing it.
Here is a list of vision related services and expenses that may qualify for reimbursements:
Eye Health Examination
iLux Dry eye treatment
NOTE: Check with you plan to determine to specific requirements of your plan.
Stop in and check out our selection of glasses and sunglasses. Don’t let your hard earned money go to waste!
ANYONE WHO WEARS GLASSES KNOWS THE STRUGGLE OF SLIPPERY SPECS!
If it’s hot, your sunglasses will slip down your greasy nose. If it’s cold, your prescription specs will slide down your dry nose. Is there no relief? Actually, now there is – in the form of a lip-balm sized tube of wax.
Nerdwax is a little tube of all-natural, organic ingredients designed to create a layer of friction between your skin and glasses.
Wax is beneficial to skin thanks to organic ingredients, and will mean that sensitive skin won’t break out from usage.
SO, HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK?
Step 1: Wipe any residue or facial oil from your glasses
Step 2: Apply Nerdwax to the bridge, behind the ears or nosepads of the glasses
With the fall sport season kicking off, does your children have all the protective gear they need to play safely? Did you know 90% of eye injuries are preventable with appropriate protective eye wear. For the month of August we are offering an amazing deal on all sports protective prescription eye wear.
For all age groups, sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently and protective eyewear with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for sports such as basketball, baseball, racquet sports, soccer and field hockey. Choose eye wear that has been tested to meet safety standards.
A couple of things you can do to protect your eyes while playing sports:
1. Never play sports with your regular prescription glasses. These tend to be fragile and can shatter on impact, sending glass shards into your eyes.2. Pick sports eyewear that has padding around the eyes, brow and the bridge of the nose to prevent any skin cuts.3. See your optometrist in order to have the appropriate type of sports eyewear chosen and fitted specifically for you.4. If you have reduced vision in one eye, consider the risks of injuring the stronger eye before participating in high risk sports. Check with your optometrist to see if appropriate eye protection is available and whether or not participation is advised.
Some of the sports injuries sustained by eyes include:
The Family Eye Care Center would like to invite you to our 1st annual Summer Sale-A-Bration! Join us for an evening of FUN and BIG savings on all eye wear. We will be celebrating with refreshments and a chance to win several prizes including a 2017 summer family pool pass! Join us Thursday, June 1st from 3:00-7:00pm at out Forest City Location, 139 E. K. Street. Stop by and SEE THE DIFFERENCE!