Posted by & filed under General Vision, Glasses.

Patients of Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit have always been fashion trend setters.

 

Do you ever say to yourself, “I hate my glasses?” If so you are not alone. Today’s blog is thanks to Jonathan Darman who writes about former President Ronald Reagan. Reagan would remove one contact lens before speeches so he could see at near. Today we call that monovision and it works very well for many patients.

We at Eyecare Associates of Lee’s Summit also think you should never hate your glasses. That is why we send our most talented and trendy buyers to the big frame shows to bring us the very best in hip and cool designs. Come check us out today. Ask to see our new SALT line. Or take a look at the SALT Collection on line.  You owe it to yourself to look and see your very best.

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Posted by & filed under Childrens Vision, Pediatric Exams.

This infant is already due for his first eye exam.

Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit Stresses Importance Of Full Vision Exams For Babies, Toddlers

A recent article in the Pittsburg Tribune Review by Kellie Gormley reports that more and more younger children are being diagnosed with vision problems, “medical professionals and parents are catching the problems earlier then they did in previous generations.” Dr. Julie Anderson with Eyecare Associates of Lees Summit notes that the American Optometric Association “recommends babies get a full vision exam when they are 6 to 12 months old, then periodically after that.” That is because “basic vision screenings, like those done at schools and pediatrician well visits don’t give a complete picture of the eyes health and functioning.”

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Laser toys pose risk to children’s vision

The Food and Drug Administration is issuing new safety recommendations for laser toys to protect children and their vision.

Many a kid (and parent) who has seen Luke Skywalker battle Darth Vader with a lightsaber thinks lasers are cool.

What they may not know is this: When operated unsafely, or without certain controls, the highly-concentrated light from lasers—even those in toys—can be dangerous, causing serious eye injuries and even blindness. And not just to the person using a laser, but to anyone within range of the laser beam.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is particularly concerned about this potential danger to children and those around them, and has issued a guidance document on the safety of toy laser products.

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A recent Canadian research report (Canadian Journal of Cardiology, December 2014) showed that taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts.

Statin medications such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke. They may raise the odds of developing the vision problems by 27 percent, the researchers report.

But the risk of developing cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye, is insignificant compared with the benefits of these drugs, said lead researcher Dr. G.B. John Mancini.

“The benefits of statins are far outweighed by any small risk for cataract surgery,” said Mancini, a professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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