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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Your children’s eyes are important too. It’s one of the reasons why our practice has a commitment to be family friendly. We know that you want to make sure that your children are taken care of and that you want a trusted resource to answer questions you have in an environment where your children are comfortable.

Royal Oak Eye Care is that choice for Marion families. Our desire to help is only exceeded by our commitment to care. If you’re looking for the right eye doctor for your family, we ask that you give us a try!

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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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When our children are young, it can often be difficult to determine when to take them to the eye doctor. But it is important to make sure they are see by an eye doctor to make sure that any potential issues can be addressed. For this, we’ve compiled a list of tips so you’ll know when it’s time to take your child to the eye doctor.

When To Take Your Child To The Eye Doctor
  • When your child’s eyes don’t line up, eyes appear crossed, or one looks out
  • Eyelids are red-rimmed, crusted or swollen
  • Eyes are water or inflammed
  • When your child rubs their eyes a lot, closes or covers one eye, tilts or thrusts head forward
  • If your child squints or complains of things being blurry
  • If your child says their eyes itch or after doing close-up work they complain of dizziness or nausea

Children don’t always understand what’s going on with their bodies, so it’s important that we help them where we can. If you have questions about your child’s eyesight, contact Marion’s Royal Oak Eye Care team, we’d love to speak with you.

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