Many people find themselves in the predicament of not having been to the eye doctor in years. For many, it’s an out of sight, out of mind situation. They don’t notice a change in their eyesight, they don’t have issues with their eyes, like dry eyes, and so they simply forget about it. Or, given todays healthcare climate, maybe not having vision insurance keeps people away.

It’s understandable and we totally get it. However, we want to state the importance of routine eye exams not only for the health of your eyes, but for the overall health of your body. When you have a routine eye exam, including dilation of the eyes, it allows us to evaluate your overall health.

If you have not had a comprehensive eye exam recently, contact our team. We can work with you, whatever your current situation, to help you. We’re here for you!


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Many people have heard the word “glaucoma”, but do you know about glaucoma? Did you know that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States? Many people don’t. Many don’t know that over 2.7 million Americans are impacted by glaucoma.

Glaucoma is a group of eye disorders that can damage the optic nerve and impact peripheral vision and there are no warning signs until it is too late. Factors that determine your risk for glaucoma are related to race, family history, personal history of diabetes, hypothyroidism, or severe eye trauma.

To learn more about glaucoma, click here.

There are treatments available for glaucoma, but one of the best prevention methods will continue to be routine eye exams to be able to fully access the health of your eyes. If you have questions about glaucoma, don’t hesitate to contact our team. We’re here to help!


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We love our patients. We have the best patients in all of Marion and Glade Spring. One of the ways we want to thank you for your loyalty is to give you a $10 off coupon for your next visit. All you have to do is refer a new patient to our practice, either office and you’ll automatically be eligible for the coupon.

Again, you must be an existing patient and refer a new patient to us and you will receive the coupon.

At Royal Oak Eye Care, everyone is family. We work hard to treat you that way. We want your experience to be a pleasant one and one that you will tell your friends and family about. To all those that do, again we say, thank you!


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As Marion residents, we know the power of community and relationship. At Royal Oak Eye Care we work to bring those same values into our practice. Simply put, we care about your eyes. We care about the concerns and vision needs. We care about the challenges you face with your eye health and we work to create practical and effective ways to help you live your life with the highest quality possible.

We know that you don’t want to be treated as a number or another transaction. You want a doctor who knows you and can help you when you need it. So, if you are looking for a better eye doctor experience, we say give us a chance. We hope that you’ll see that we care.


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If we could tell the residents of Marion one thing, it would be importance of routine eye exams. Many people across this country go years and years without eye exams because they see little or no change to their vision, but routine eye exams are so much more important that just correcting vision.

Routine eye exams can help us diagnose any vision correction needs, but we can also detect future eye diseases as well as other health conditions. The importance of the eye exams being routine is that we can track these vitals year over year which can help us protect your eye health and overall well being.

Our team will take the necessary time and discuss your vision needs and concerns. Feel free to elaborate on any special visual needs with respect to your occupation, recreational activities, and hobbies. We’re here to help and we hope to see you soon!


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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!