A study, released in the August issue of Neurology, shows researchers in Seoul, Korea have possibly determined a correlation between the thinning of the retina and Parkinson’s disease. The study, which evaluated 50 people with the average age of 69 were able to determine that those with Parkinson’s had an average innermost retina thickness of 35 micrometers while those without had an average thickness of 37 micrometers.

The scan was completed with a high resolution scan that takes light waves of each layer of the retina. From there, they were able to measure the thickness of the retina layer. Larger studies are needed to confirm the finding, but the results are both interesting and promising.

Being able to a long-range test that can determine Parkinson’s would be amazing as it would allow for treatment to slow the progression. As always, your eye health is a critical indicator of your overall health. For more questions about your eyes, contact our team.

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According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one in three Americans will have a vision impairing disease. The leading causes of adult blindness and low vision can be attributed to four diseases: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. The problem with all four of these diseases is that they do not cause pain or have other early warning symptoms that would prompt someone to go to the eye doctor.

However, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing an eye disease:

  • Get a comprehensive medical exam at age 40 – At this age some early symptoms could begin to present.
  • Know your family history – Some diseases can be inherited and knowing your heritage can help the doctor evaluate your risk.
  • Eating healthy foods – Healthy foods, like leafy greens and many fruits and vegetables give your eyes the vitamins and nutrients that they need.
  • Stop smoking – If you’re a smoker, it does increase your chance of developing an eye disease.
  • Wear sunglasses – Wearing sun glasses blocks the harmful UV rays of the sun that can increase risk of eye disease.

Of course, everything is dependent specifically on you and your health factors and family history. Keeping a routine eye exam on the books is important to helping track changes in your eye health. For more questions, contact our team. We’re happy to help!

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Children posess so much wonder and creativity. They’re smart and intelligent and with the right encouragement and support environment they can achieve anything. But, if they struggle to see well, that can dim their bright future. That’s why routine eye exams are key to your children’s future.

Having your child’s eyes routinely checked can help make sure they are developing correctly as well as helping them to see clearly. When they can see clearly, they are more engaged in the classroom and typically perform better. Also, it can allow us to get a general sense of your child’s overall health as there are many indicators in the eyes.

We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining routine exams and the proper diet for their eye health. If you have questions, contact our team today!

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What makes the perfect experience for you at the doctor’s office?

For many people, they want a friendly and courteous staff and a clean facility. If they are given those, they will be happy with their experience. And that matters to us a great deal, but part of our passion as your eye doctor is to create an environment that is right for everyone. We want to be the eye doctor that yo can bring your whole family to. We take pride in our facilities and staffs that allow us to treat everyone from young children to the elderly.

So, if you’re looking to make the switch to a new eye doctor and one of your concerns is an eye doctor where your whole family can be seen, then give us a call. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer all your questions. Talk with you soon!

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Even when you don’t notice a change to your eyesight, you should still have regular eye exams. Many people only resort to having an eye exam when they notice that something in their vision or that something is obviously wrong, however many eye problems can be prevented with routine eye exams.

Having a routine eye exam gives us the ability to diagnose the overall health of your eyes and your overall health in general, but more importantly, it can give us an opportunity to cut problems off at the pass. If you wait until symptoms are present, it could be too late.

So, if it’s been a while since your last exam, contact our team and schedule an appointment today. Your eyes will thank you!

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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!

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Researchers in Los Angeles are saying that they have developed an eye that is as reliable for detecting Alzheimer’s as early as two decades before symptoms present.

The test was completed on 16 candidates, but the results matched the traditional brain test. The doctor were excited as this represents a huge breakthrough in testing due to the cost effectiveness and non-invasive test.

To read more on the study, click here.

We talk often of the importance of routine eye exams because of their ability to be a key indicator for your overall health. For more questions about diagnosing health issues with eye exams, contact our team.

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Many people may be familiar with the word “cataract” and may even know some details about them, but we want to take an opportunity to share what a cataract is and how it impacts people and what can be done to help treat.

Cataracts are when the natural lens in our eye becomes clouded and does not refract the light the way it should. So a person with cataracts vision becomes blurry, like looking through a dirty window. This can make it hard to see as well as sometimes creating double vision, being sensitive to light, and having trouble seeing at night.

People at risk for cataracts, other then those who are advanced in age, are those with family members with cataracts. Also, people with diabetes, eye injuries, or spent a lot of time in the sun with out proper eye protection are all at increased chance for contracting cataracts.

So to help treat cataracts, people can wear sunglasses that provide UV protection. They can also have annual eye exams if they are over 65 and for people under 65, they can have them every two years. If a person smokes, they should stop immediately. They should use brighter lights for reading and avoid driving at night if halos become problematic.

Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts if they are too severe. Lesser diagnosis may be treated with a change in vision correction until surgery is needed.

If you have questions about your cataracts, contact Royal Oak Eye Care and let our team help!

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Routine eye tests or chart screenings, from the school or yearly physicals, are great for evaluating your child’s vision needs. However, they do not evaluate developmental eye movements like how well the eyes work together. A child suffering with visual deficits, where their eyes are not functioning properly, can be severely impeded in their performance of daily activities. School can become increasingly difficult and home-life tasks, like dressing themselves, can also become a struggle.

This further supports the need for routine comprehensive eye exams for children so that we can properly evaluate their eye development as well as look for other health concerns that are visible in the eyes. If your child has not had a comprehensive eye exam, please contact our team as we’d like to speak with you about setting up an appointment. We’re here for you!

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If you’re a patient of Royal Oak Eye Care that means you are family. Whether it’s you, your children, your elderly parents, we’re here to help. We have worked hard to create a practice that makes you feel right at home. We want to be a help to you and your family, not a hinderance.

Our team with work closely with you and your family to accommodate your needs and address your concerns, so that you get the help you need. If you’re looking for an eye doctor that cares about you in Marion or Glade Spring, check us out. We hope you’ll be happy!

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