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 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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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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Attention Smyth County residents: Are you or a loved one getting ready to have cataract surgery? One of the keys to a successful surgery is the right pre and post operative care. Dr. Burnop and his team can handle your surgery care and help you get back to normal.

With offices in Marion and Glade Spring, we’re nearby and our practice treats you like family. We will walk you through what you need to do before surgery, what to expect from the surgery and all the care and attention you need afterwards.

If you or a loved one are scheduled for upcoming surgery, please contact our office, we’d love to help.

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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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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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