Everyone loves a good optical illusion. From magicians to pictures and video, using the eyes to trick the mind has been around for centuries. Visual or optical illusions tend to show us how our mind perceives what it sees. We came across a website that we wanted to share with our Marion and Glade Spring friends.

Check out the interactive website from BBC and let us know what you think.

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Spring time in Glade Spring and Marion, pretty much anywhere in Virginia, means pollen! And while pollen isn’t the sole cause of dry eye, allergies and reactions to allergy medicines can cause dry eye.

Now, we figure that when most hear about dry eyes, they immediately think about Ben Stein and the legendary commercials, but most of us don’t know what dry eye is and what causes it.

Dry eye is when your tears are unable to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes. It can be that not enough tears are produced, but also that the tears that your eyes produce may not be the right consistency. Environmental conditions can create dry eye, as well as allergies and medicines. There are also medical conditions that cause dry eye.

The most prominent symptoms include stinging or burning of the eyes, redness of the eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vision or eye fatigue.

If you find yourself with any of these symptoms, contact Royal Oak Eye Care and schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!

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Your diet is a key part to your overall health and well being, but did you know that adding certain foods to your diet can actually help improve your eyesight?

We all know about carrots a great source of vitamin C. Our mothers have told us to eat them for years, but there are many other nutrient rich foods to add to our diets that can help us. Many of them you may already eat.

Powerful Antioxidants And Nutrient Rich Foods
  • Lutein & Zeaxanthin – Found in green leafy vegetables, as well as eggs, they help reduce the risk of chronic eye disease.
  • Vitamin C – Found in fruits and vegetables, evidence suggests that vitamin C lowers the risk cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
  • Vitamin E – Found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes, research suggests it protects the cells in the eyes.
  • Essential Fatty Acids – Like omega-3 fatty acids, they are essential to the diet and fuel cells and boost the immune system.
  • Zinc – It’s a helper molecule that brings vitamin A from the liver to the retina.

Make sure these foods are balanced in your diet and you’ll go a long way to helping your eyes fight against many diseases and overall health. If you have questions about your diet and its impact on your eye health, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team. We’re here to help!

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Many of us battle eye allergies and it can be a frustrating problem for some. Eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, present themselves in the form of itchy or red eyes and tearing or burning eyes. We often think of treating nasal allergies but ignore our eye allergies.

There are many different allergy triggers, like pollen, grass, pet dander, mold or dust mites. Even cigarette smoke or diesel exhaust can trigger eye allergies. So, when it comes to treating your eye allergies, what can you do?

Tips for managing your eye allergies
  • Keep your windows closed during high pollen periods
  • Use air conditioning in your home and car
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors to help protect your eyes
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding to help limit exposure to dust mites
  • Wash your hands after petting an animal
  • Use artificial tears, decongestant eye drops and oral antihistamines

If these tips are not able to control your eye allergies, it may be time to see an allergist for a prescription medication. If you have more questions about maintaining your health, contact Marion’s eye doctor. Our team would be happy to speak with you.

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To start off 2017, one of the topics we want to stress to Marion residents is the importance of routine eye exams if you are diabetic. With diabetes, you are four times more likely to suffer from retinopathy than those who do not have diabetes.

Retinopathy is an eye disease where damage is caused to the small blood vessels in the retina and vision loss can occur. Diabetes patients can also suffer from increased chances of glaucoma.

Routine eye exams can help to maintain your eye health and catch retinopathy, as well as many other health symptoms. Make sure you are seeing an optometrist or ophthalmologist for dilated eye exams every 1 to 2 years.

For more questions about eye health and diabetes, contact our team.

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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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A new study is looking into the idea that some UVB light could be good for the fight against myopia in children and adults. In essence, being outdoors more could help combat nearsightedness.

The study is new and more research is needed, but it appears that it will be interesting to track the progress of this study.

You can read more about the study here: Increased UVB exposure associated with reduced risk of nearsightedness, particularly in teens, young

For more questions about myopia, don’t hesitate to contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team.

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August is “Children’s Eye Health & Safety Awareness” month and we thought it might be good, before we go back to school, to promote the foods that are beneficial to your child’s eye health.

Here are five foods to include in your child’s diet:

  • Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are packed with Vitamin C and that is great for eye health.
  • Nuts and seeds – Healthy snack options should include nuts and seeds. Especially ones rich in omega-3 fatty acids like raw almonds, English walnuts, flax seed and sunflower seeds.
  • Eggs – lutein, B 12, and Vitamin D are all found in eggs. Some brands have more than other, but it’s all good for your eyes.
  • Dark green vegetables – Kale, the superfood, and spinach and broccoli are all stuffed with lutein and zeaxanthin, which help your eyes.
  • Citrus fruit – Great snacks options for children and they’re full of Vitamin C.

As always, you should consult your child’s primary care physician before wholesale changing their diet. Moderation is key with everything and mixing in these foods will help make sure your children’s eyes get the nutrients they need.

For more questions about your child’s eye health, contact Marion’s eye doctor, Royal Oak Eye Care. We’re here to help!

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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that every day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. We at Royal Oak Eye Care want to make sure we educate the Marion community about the importance of wearing protective eye equipment at work.

These injuries happen because of two major reasons:

  1. They weren’t wearing any eye protection.
  2. They were wearing the wrong eye protection for the job.

If you work around projectiles, chemicals, radiation, or bloodborne pathogens, you need to make sure you are wearing the proper eye protection. You also need to make sure you know the eye safety dangers at your job, while eliminating hazards before starting work.

If you have questions about the proper protection for your eyes, contact the Royal Oak Eye Care team, we’re happy to help you stay safer.

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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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