Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular DegenerationThese symptoms can be the early tell-tale signs of the leading cause of serious vision loss and blindness in the United States – Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Particularly affecting the 65 and older age group, it is a disease that is progressing exponentially. Today, about 1.75 million Americans have been diagnosed with this disease and the numbers are expected to grow to about 3 million in 2020.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration, or AMD, is a degenerative eye disease that robs a person of their central vision while typically leaving their peripheral vision unaffected. AMD breaks down the macula, the part of the retina responsible for the vision needed for daily tasks such as writing, reading and driving. This disease can affect either one or both eyes. There are two types of AMD:

  • Dry AMD: When the light-sensitive cells in the macula start to break down, a person will begin to notice a blurred spot in the center of their vision. This is known as dry AMD.
  • Wet AMD: In this late-stage type, abnormal blood vessels grow behind the retina. When fluid leaks from these fragile vessels, massive damage is inflicted upon the retina. A person with AMD would see straight lines as wavy. Wet AMD progresses more rapidly than dry AMD, and a person with dry AMD may later develop into wet AMD.

AMD is the leading cause for serious vision loss and blindness in America for people ages 65 years and older/2

How is AMD diagnosed? 

AMD is painless and incurable, so early detection is key to catching the disease before extensive damage is done to a person’s central vision. Since AMD targets the senior population, eye examinations are especially important to people over the age of 60 so that the disease can be diagnosed in its earliest stages.

During a comprehensive eye examination, eye drops would be administered to dilate the eye so that the doctor would be able to examine the retina and look for any signs of AMD such as drusen or leaking blood vessels.

How is AMD treated?

Once AMD has reached its most advanced stages, there is no treatment that will stem the loss of vision. However, early treatment can help and possibly even prevent AMD from progressing.

We hope this article has inspired you to visit your local optometrist. Your vision is priceless and a thirty minute appointment once a year is certainly something you should be able to commit too. Getting your eyes tested regularly will help you stay on top of your general health, eye diseases and even headaches!

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Looking good while seeing clearly

Looking good while seeing clearly is easy with all of the available lenses and coatings out there

Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, we help thousands of Orlando, Melbourne City and Orange City residents purchase eyeglasses, contact lenses and sunglasses every day. We know purchasing new eyeglasses can be a challenge. Today we’re discussing frequently asked questions.How Frame Sizes Work

You found them. Created by your favorite designer. In the perfect shape. And they are just the right color. You have spent days searching for the most spectacular eyeglass frames ever to come into existence. Then your dreams shatter. Your doctor tells you they just won’t work with your prescription lenses and now you have to start all over again.

Even though fashion may be in the forefront of your mind when selecting frames, remember that form does indeed follow function. Certain lenses just won’t fit into certain frames. Maybe your lenses are too thick or too small to work with a particular frame. Keeping your prescription lenses in mind when selecting your frames will save you a lot of time, and maybe even some heartbreak.

Looking good while seeing clearly is easy with all of the available lenses and coatings out there. Just talk to your doctor about your options and then picking out that dream frame will be simple. After all, your eyeglasses are just another expression of your individuality, right?

There are many neat looks to choose from for your eyeglasses including nautical, vintage, ombre fading, metallic and vibrant colors. If you’re interested in purchasing new frames for your winter wardrobe, check out our savings section for great deals. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!
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Surviving Allergy Season

Do you ever step outside, take a deep breath—and begin to sneeze uncontrollably as your eyes start to itch and swell?

You are not alone. Many adults and children suffer from seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there is more help than ever before for seasonal allergy victims.

Allergic conjunctivitis is the most common seasonal allergy that affects the eyes. Its symptoms—itchy, watery, red and swollen eyes—are usually caused by exposure to pollen. Contact lens wearers may experience additional discomfort from the collection of pollen and allergy-related eye secretions that can bind to their lenses.

How do you know if your symptoms are caused by an allergy or by another condition or disease? Both allergies and colds cause symptoms of sneezing, congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, fatigue and headaches. Pay close attention to the following, more subtle signs to learn whether you have a cold or
an allergy:

  • Cold symptoms often appear one at a time. Allergy symptoms occur all at once.
  • Cold symptoms usually last from 7 to 10 days, whereas allergy symptoms continue only as long as a person is exposed to the allergy-causing agent.
  • Allergies generally cause clear, thin, watery mucous discharge. Colds may bring on a yellowish nasal discharge, suggesting an infectious disease.
  • Sneezing is a symptom more common to allergies, especially when it occurs multiple times in a row.
  • If you have a fever, it’s not allergy.
  • Colds are more common during the winter months, whereas allergies are typically triggered in the spring, summer and fall, when plants are pollinating.
  • Pay special attention to your eye symptoms. Generally, if your eyes itch, you have an allergy. If your eyes only burn or sting, you may have dry eye. If there is a thick discharge from your eye, you could have an infection. See your eye care provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment if you are experiencing any eye discomfort.

If you suffer from those unpleasant eye symptoms, you may also experience seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. This is your nose’s reaction to the same pollen: sneezing, congestion, postnasal drip, runny nose and itchy throat. In fact, pollen can travel through connecting ducts from the eyes into the nose.

Surviving Allergy SeasonThe Best Treatment: Avoidance

Doctors agree that the best way to control seasonal allergy symptoms is to avoid the pollen that triggers them. That means staying indoors when pollen counts are highest. A good rule of thumb is to try to stay indoors as much as possible on hot, dry, windy days, and on any day between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

When you are outdoors, follow these guidelines:

  • Minimize walks in wooded areas or gardens.
  • Wear a mask while you mow the lawn or garden. Keep grass cut low—no more than 2 inches high— to help prevent pollen from reaching high into the wind.
  • Keep hedges in your yard pruned and thin to limit collection of pollen on their branches.
  • Dry your clothes and linens in a dryer instead of hanging them outdoors.

Medical Remedies

If your symptoms are mild, some doctors recommend placing cold compresses directly on your closed eyes for 10 to 20 minutes. If that is not effective, visit your local pharmacy and buy an over-the-counter tear substitute, which can lubricate your eyes and help wash the pollen out.

Your vision is priceless and it is important that you maintain your visual wellness by scheduling a yearly comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your child’s vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.

If over-the-counter medicine is ineffective, or if you are not sure that your symptoms are caused by an allergy, see your eye doctor. There are a number of very effective anti-allergy prescription eye drops today that are commonly prescribed by optometrists and ophthalmologists.

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Common Eye Problems

Common Eye ProblemsThe human eye is an amazing organ that most of us rely on every waking moment of the day.  From morning till night, our vision allows us to see beautiful Florida sunsets, our beloved family and much more.  Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, our main goal is to keep you up-to-date on everything related to eye care and eye health. Today, we’re sharing some common eye problem.

There are several eye problems that are more common among people as they age, although they can affect anyone at any age. They include:

  • Presbyopia. This is the loss of the ability to clearly see close objects or small print. It is a normal process that happens slowly over a lifetime, but you may not notice any change until after age 40.
  • Floaters. These are tiny spots or specks that float across the field of vision. Most people notice them in well-lit rooms or outdoors on a bright day.
  • Dry eyes. Dry eyes can be uncomfortable, causing itching, burning, or rarely some loss of vision.
  • Tearing. Having too many tears can come from being sensitive to light, wind, or temperature changes.
  • Cataracts. Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens.
  • Glaucoma. Glaucoma is often associated with an increased pressure of the eye. The eye is like a tire that generally has a normal and safe pressure. When this pressure is increased, it can be associated with damage to the optic nerve; this is called primary open angle glaucoma.

Glaucoma is less common and can be caused by other factors such as injury to the eye, severe eye infection, blockage of blood vessels, or inflammatory disorders of the eye. Because most people with primary glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain, it is very important to get your eyes checked by an eye doctor regularly. Treatment may include prescription eye drops or surgery.

  • Retinal disorders. The retina is a thin lining on the back of the eye made up of cells that collect visual images and pass them on to the brain. Retinal disorders interrupt this transfer of images.
  • Conjunctivitis. This is a condition in which the tissue that lines the eyelids and covers the cornea becomes inflamed. It is sometimes called “pink eye” or “red eye.” It can cause redness, itching, burning, tearing, discharge, or a feeling of something in the eye.
  • Corneal diseases. Disease, infection, injury, and exposure to toxic agents can damage the cornea causing eye redness, watery eyes, pain, reduced vision, or a halo effect.

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Getting Your Eye Examined

Your eyes are incredibly important and 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore is here to assist you with taking care of them.  A routine eye exam can help diagnose potential eye issues and possibly ward off a more serious situation such as Glaucoma.  According to CNN, there are no early symptoms pointing to Glaucoma, and the only way to screen for it is in a routine eye examination. If you’re looking to find a cheap eye exam in Orlando, schedule an appointment today with our in-house optometrist.
Eye Exam Frequency

Here at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore we’re here to help you find a cheap eye exam in Orlando.  We offer all of our customers competitive prices, thousands of frames to choose from and superior customer service.  Our main goal is to become your trusted source for everything related to eye care. If you have any questions about where to find a cheap eye exam in Orlando, please make sure to contact us anytime. We look forward to hearing from you.

Different Types of Contact Lenses

When it comes to eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses, we know our Florida clients do not fit a one-size-fits-all model.

Several different types of contact lenses are available to treat vision problems. Consult an eye doctor who is willing to work with you to select the best type of lens for your needs and lifestyle.Types-Of-Contact-Lenses

Hard contact lenses

  • Conventional hard lenses (PMMA): Conventional hard contact lenses are made of a fairly stiff plastic (polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA), which does not mold to the shape of the eye
  • Rigid gas-permeable (RGP) lenses: Gas-permeable lenses cost more than conventional hard lenses and are somewhat less durable, but they are more comfortable than conventional hard lenses.

Soft contact lenses

  • Daily-wear lenses: Daily-wear soft lenses are removed and cleaned at night and reinserted in the morning.
  • Extended-wear lenses: Extended-wear lenses can be worn day and night. After several days, you take them out, clean them, and wear them again.
  • Disposable lenses: Disposable soft lenses were designed to be worn for up to several weeks and then discarded.

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We hope you enjoyed our blog post.  There are many neat looks to choose from for your eyeglasses including nautical, vintage, ombre fading, metallic and vibrant colors. If you’re interested in purchasing new frames or contact lenses for your winter wardrobe, check out our savings section for great deals. We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

Care for Your Contact Lenses and Your Eyes

A contact lens is a thin curved glass or plastic lens designed to fit over the cornea in Care for your Contact Lensesorder to correct vision or deliver medication. Interestingly, contact lenses have been around for over a century. They provide a safe and effective way to correct vision problems when used with care and proper supervision. They also offer a good alternative to eyeglasses depending on your eyes and lifestyle.

Keep Lenses Clean

The type of lens you have determines how you care for it. Disposable extended-wear soft lenses need the least care, and conventional soft lenses need extensive care. To avoid vision-threatening complications, you must carefully follow directions for lens care. If you have a hard time following the cleaning steps, tell your eye care professional. You may be able to simplify the steps, or you may want to switch to disposable lenses.

  1. Before handling contact lenses, wash and rinse hands. Use a mild non-cosmetic soap.
  2. Dry hands with a clean, lint-free towel.
  3. If you use hair spray, use it before you put in your contacts.
  4. After your contacts are in your eyes, put on makeup so you don’t get any on your lenses.
  5. Different types of contact lenses require special care and certain types of products. Always use the disinfecting solution, eye drops, and enzymatic cleaners your eye care professional recommended.
  6. Never use tap water directly on lenses, and never put contact lenses in your mouth to “rinse” them. Microorganisms can live in even distilled water, causing infection or sight damage.
  7. Clean each contact by rubbing it gently with your index finger in the palm of your other hand. Most multipurpose solutions don’t have “No Rub” on their labels anymore.
  8. Clean your contact lens case every time you use it with either sterile solution or hot tap water. Let it air dry. Replace the contact lens storage case every three months.
  9. If you develop any eye irritation, remove your contact lenses and don’t use them again until you talk with your eye care professional. Wearing a contaminated pair of lenses invites the infection to stay. When you get back to wearing contacts, closely follow your doctor’s instructions to prevent eye infections.
  10. Visit your eye doctor immediately if you have any sudden vision loss, persistent blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, infection, swelling, unusual redness, or irritation.

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Contact Lenses are used to correct the same vision problems that eyeglasses correct. 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore, Florida shares tips on how to properly care for your contact lenses. You should also heck out the coupons section if you’re looking for new eyeglasses, sunglasses and/or contact lenses.

Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

Protect your eye from the sunYour vision is priceless and it is important that you maintain your visual wellness by scheduling a yearly comprehensive eye exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your child’s vision. Walk-in’s are welcome but we ask that you come 15 minutes prior to your desired appointment time.

The Value of Safety Eyewear: At Work, At Home and At Play

Every year, approximately 2.4 million eye injuries occur in the U.S., both in and outside the workplace. It’s estimated that nearly 50,000 of those victims lost some degree of their eyesight. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), ninety (90%) of eye injuries could have been prevented by safety eyewear. Eye injuries can happen anywhere – at work, at home or at play. Safety eyewear is the first and foremost form of protection against them

At Work

Eye hazards exist within many workplace settings and the most common eye injuries are caused by particles or objects, such as glass or dust, striking or scraping the eye. While 61 percent of eye injuries occur in manufacturing, construction or trade jobs, they are also common in offices, hospitals and laboratories.

  • Non-prescription and prescription safety glasses: These are mostly used for protection from dust, chips or flying particles. Side shields and wraparound-style safety glasses provide additional protection from dangers in the periphery.
  • Goggles: These provide a protective shield around the eyes to secure against many hazards, including impact, dust and chemical splashes.
  • Face shields and helmets: Usually for welding or working with molten materials, face shields and helmets protect from heat, chemical or blood borne pathogens should be used in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles.

If a need for safety eyewear exists, employers must provide individually sized and fitted safety eyeglasses to each employee. They should also enforce its use.

At Home

The majority of eye injuries happen at home, often during lawn work or in the kitchen, resulting in abrasions, lacerations, or other eye irritations.

At Play

Eye injuries can occur in most any sport but are common in baseball and racquet sports, which involve flying objects at high speeds. Many eye injuries also occur during contact sports like basketball and ice hockey. Safety eyewear is especially important in paintball.

Choose the Right Eyeglasses

20/20 Eyeglass Superstore’s eye care professional is well versed in the safety eyewear options. Drop into 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore for all your child’s eye care needs. We have a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have Independent Optometrists located on site who will be happy to examine your vision.

  • All safety eyewear should be made of polycarbonate lenses which provide the highest level of impact protection (as well as ultraviolet protection, which is a plus on the sports field).
  • Safety eyewear used in sports.
  • Allow time to adjust to your safety eyewear.
  • Keep the eyewear on at all times during the activity.

Your eyes are complex and delicate organs. We don’t always notice the risks that many day-to-day activities pose. Using safety eyewear can significantly decrease your risks of suffering a devastating eye injury.

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Eye Facts vs Myths

Eye Facts VS Myths

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