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The health of our patients and our employees are our first priority!

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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 (AMD) Age-related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month.

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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.

 

 

Use It Before You Loose It!

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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
  • Contact Lenses
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Computer Eyeglasses
  • 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!

 

 

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetes is a disease that can affect just about every part of the human body. Over time, diabetes can cause the blood vessels in the body to stop functioning. The vessels may become leaky or may stop functioning all together. When this occurs in the retina of the eye, it’s called Diabetic Retinopathy.

The eye is the only part of the human body where the blood vessels can be directly examined. Which makes it very important that all diabetics have a complete dilated eye exam every year. What we see occurring inside the eye during an exam, we know is also occurring to other vessels within the body, and therefore how the diabetes is being managed. When there is leakage or damage to the blood vessels in the eye, there are likely similar findings in the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys. Early diagnosis and treatment of problems is very important to help preserve vision.

Diabetic eye disease, a group of eye problems that affects those with diabetes, includes diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. The most common of these is diabetic retinopathy, which affects 5.3 million Americans age 18 and older. Diabetic retinopathy is a potentially blinding condition in which the blood vessels inside the retina become damaged from the high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes. This leads to fluids leaking into the retina and obstructing blood flow. Both may cause severe vision loss.

Early diagnosis of diabetes and, most importantly, maintaining control of blood sugar and hypertension through diet, exercise and medication, can help reduce your risk of developing eye disease associated with diabetes.

If you have diabetes and have been putting off an eye exam, use this month as your reason to have one.

Children’s Vision and Learning Month

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It’s August and school is right around the corner, and that means the school supply shopping frenzy is about to begin. New clothes, shoes, pencils and book bags are on most students must have lists, but what about an eye exam? Crisp vision is the single most important ‘back to school supply’ students need for their education, yet it is often the most overlooked.

One in four children having an undiagnosed vision problem, the goal is to educate about the relationship between vision and learning. Did you know there are 17 Visual skills required for academic success and seeing 20/20 is just one of those visual skills.

Trouble in school? Maybe it’s a learning-related vision problem.

If your child has difficulty in school, it’s very possible he/she just can’t see the blackboard or the book in front of her. Experts estimate roughly 80% of what a child learns in school is information presented visually, so visual problems are often confused as laziness, a learning disability, or even ADHD. Simply put, if children are unable to see well, they will have a hard time following along and concentrating. This starts the chain reaction of poor performance leading to poor self-esteem and eventually behavior problems.

20/20 is not always a clear answer

Many parents incorrectly assume when their child passes a school vision screening, there is no vision problem. However, a child can have 20/20 vision but still have trouble seeing. Although the most common vision problem is nearsightedness (myopia), some children have trouble with eye focusing, eye tracking, and eye coordination. The only way to be sure your child can see clearly is a comprehensive vision exam.

Common signs of learning-related vision problems

Vision can change frequently during the school year, so keep an eye out for the following between appointments:

  • Headaches, particularly eye strain
  • Short attention span
  • Excessive blinking or eye rubbing
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Difficulty remembering what was read
  • Holding reading materials close to the face
  • Covering one eye

Between getting school supplies and new clothes, consider also getting a complete eye exam for your children and get them started off right for the new year.

 

June 27th is National Sunglasses Day

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National Sunglasses Day, annually on June 27th. It is not only an observance but a reminder that our shades are a healthy necessity to prevent UV-related eye damage, sunglasses should become part of each day’s “out-the-door” routine. It is important to wear sunglasses or other UV- protective eye wear everyday to ensure long term eye health. Make UV protection a family affair. UV damage is cumulative, occurring over a lifetime of exposure. Children are extra vulnerable, so get them in the habit of wearing sunglasses early!

UV radiation is often recognized as the culprit for sunburns and sun cancer but most people are oblivious to the damaging impact on your eyes and vision. The problem originates with the suns UV rays. Just as these rays can harm unprotected skin cells, they can also harm unprotected eyes. A full day outside without protection can cause immediate, temporary issues such as swollen or red eyes and hypersensitivity to light. Years of cumulative exposure can cause age-related macular degeneration.

Need to update your sun wear? Stop into any of our 3 locations, we can show you how a pair of polarized sunglasses can change the way you see the world!

Happy Holidays

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Our Office’s will be CLOSED

Monday Dec. 25th and Tuesday Dec. 26th

& Monday Jan. 1st

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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October is Breast Cancer awareness month.

This month means much more to us at Family Eye Care Center as we support one of our own as she fights her own battle with breast cancer.

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Exciting News, we are now carrying NERDWAX!

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.

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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

Step 3: Wear your specs with confidence and joy