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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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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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 you’ve driven by our office recently, you have noticed our street sign has been transformed. We work with our advertising agency, JASE Group, to design this great looking new sign that we think is eye catching!

Next time you’re in the office, let us know what you think. We’d love your feedback.

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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 are square in the digital age. Almost everything we do is on a screen of some sort and while we, as adults, can look up and take a break, our children might need some help. One of the major concerns about children’s eye health is combating digital eye strain. Our children are spending too much time in front of electronic devices and it can be problematic.

The encouragement is to limit your child’s time in front of electronic devices and much as possible. If you can balance electronic time with play time outside, it will help their eyes. If they must be in front of a device, making them take required breaks ever 15-20 minutes will help too.

If you have questions about digital eye strain and your child, don’t hesitate to contact 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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