When deciding on a healthcare provider most people consider how that doctor will be able to care for your entire family. Why should your eye doctor be any different?

We know that it’s very important for you to be able to bring your entire family to one eye doctor and have them feel comfortable in a welcome environment and also a place where children’s eye care is a priority. That’s why we work hard to make sure that your experience at Royal Oak Eye Care is everything you need it to be. From our caring and knowledgeable staff, to our facilities, we believe your like family and you should be at home.

So, if you’re looking to make a change in eye care, contact our team to find our more about why we should be your new eye doctor!


Most of us have heard of pink eye and most of us know that it is contagious and easy to spread, but do you know exactly what pink eye is? Do you know how to treat it?

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by allergies, bacteria or viral infection. It can be highly contagious and is spread by contact with eye secretions from someone who is infected. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes. It can also create discharge or crusting around the eyes.

If you find yourself with pink eye, it’s important to stop wearing your contacts. Conjunctivitis can resolve on its own, but allergy triggered pink eye can be treated with antihistamines and bacterial pink eye can be treated with antibiotic eye drops.

To learn more about pink eye contact our team. We’re here to help!


With Halloween just around the corner, we felt it was important to remind everyone that wearing colored contacts or costume contacts can be dangerous for your eyes. These contacts are not FDA approved and when worn can cause corneal abrasions, eye infections or even blindness in some cases. This risk to your eye health is too great for the minor reward of making your costume look more realistic.

The risk for injury or damage is more than sixteen times greater than those who wear medically prescribed contact lenses. So, this Halloween go out and have fun, but be safe, draw the line at costume contact lenses. Happy Halloween!


There are some common eye risks that we tend to overlook when it comes to the health of our eyes. It’s understandable, but it is also important that we be on the lookout for these risks.

  • Ignoring regular eye exams – It’s common to feel like eye exams are not important if you can not discern a noticeable change in your eyes, but exams are important in diagnosing issues more than eye sight.
  • Ignoring eye irritation – When you’re eyes are itching and burning, it’s important to determine the cause. Time is of the essence when it comes to eye health. Prolonged symptoms can result in permanent damage.
  • Not going to the eye doctor because of insurance – Insurance is a reason many give as to why they don’t go to the eye doctor. There are many options out there to help you have your eyes routinely checked.
  • Avoiding routine eye exams for your children – They may seem like they can see just fine, but their eyes change a lot in growth and development and undiagnosed issues may interfere with development.
  • Wearing contact lenses too long – Many are guilty of this. You can see out of them, so why change them. It’s a understandable thought, but it’s important for many reasons. Eye infections are the chief culprit of wearing contact lenses too long. It’s important to change them as prescribed.

If you have questions about this list, we’d enjoy to the opportunity to speak with you. We believe in healthy eyes and want to do what we can to help.

Happy Holidays!


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Overexposing your eyes to your contact lenses can create problems. Many of us wear our contact lenses for 10+ hours a day and most contact lenses are designed to be worn that long, but when we stretch into the entire day or multiple days, we are overusing them.

A good rule of thumb to follow is the “18 Hour Rule”. This means that your eyes need at least 18 hours a week without contact lenses in them. If you are not giving your eyes at least 18 hours of rest per week, you are over wearing them. Also, making sure you are using the right contact lens solution and using clean solution each day is important. The solution helps to remove the bacteria other irritants that can damage your eyes.

If you have questions about how to best wear your contact lenses, feel free to contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to keep your eyes healthy.


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We find many Marion residents that like to stretch the limits when it comes to wearing their contact lenses. We often counsel them that contact lens hygiene is critical and so is making sure you’re not overwearing them.

Contact lens overwear syndrome comes from over-extending their contact lens wearing time or by wearing their lenses while they sleep. If you’re one of the many who do this, you need to make sure your lenses are approved for sleeping and that your hygiene is consistent. You should always look to control the time your have your contact lenses in as it is important for your eyes to have rest from them.

If you have questions about contact lens overwear syndrome, contact Marion’s eye doctor, Royal Oak Eye Care. We’re here to help!


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We all go swimming in pools and most of us think nothing of it. We know that chlorine is present and it really becomes more of an irritant to our skin afterwards than anything else. But we wanted to take the opportunity to let you know that chlorine can impact your eyes and it may not be in a way you think.

Chlorine is used in swimming pools as a great way to control bacteria and to prevent pathogens and disease from spreading. However, when your eyes are submerged in a chlorinated pool, the film of tear across your eyes to protect it is washed away. This means that your eyes are no longer protected from dirt of bacteria. This is important because chlorine cannot entirely eliminate all bacteria or dirt from a pool.

The result, if you’re a pool swimmer, you could possibly be exposed to eye infections like pink eye. Chlorine can also dry your eyes out and leave them red and itchy. Using eye drops can help to restore the tear film needed to protect them. If you wear contacts, make sure to remove them before you swim, but if you do not, make sure to take them out and rinse them immediately following your swim. Goggles are also a great way to protect your eyes if you’re going to be in the pool for some time.

If you have more questions about eye health and chlorine, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help protect your eyes!


During an eye exam a doctor is doing much more than determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Doctors will check for disease and assess how well your eyes work as a team.

Eye exams are important for all ages. Adults should have their eyes tested for prescriptions and to check for diseases. Children should be checked to insure normal development of their eyes.

Don’t let time slip by, keep yourself informed by making an appointment with your eye doctor today.


source: allaboutvision.com