Linsey EyeCare Blog
By Linsey EyeCare
September 16, 2022
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Exam  

Scheduling regular eye exams is an effective way to maintain better eye health. Regular visits enable the optometrist to more closely monitor your vision and eye health so potential issues can be addressed promptly before becoming more serious. Dr. Rachel Simpson, Dr. Darryl Greenwood, and Dr. Mervet Hachem, the experienced optometrists at Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, provide eye exams and other services to help you enjoy better vision and eye health. They proudly serve residents of Wyomissing, and Reading, PA.

Regular Eye Exams

Eye exams are used to evaluate eye health and vision. An exam helps reveal when prescription eyewear is needed to improve vision. Eye exams are also used to determine if changes are needed to an existing prescription.

Eye exams can involve several different tests, such as:

  • Eye focus and tracking
  • Peripheral vision and depth perception
  • Color vision deficiencies
  • Tonometry glaucoma test
  • Retinal evaluation
  • Pupil dilation
  • Refraction

Individuals with prescription eyewear should see an optometrist for an eye exam annually, or more often as directed by the doctor. Regular exams are important for determining if the current prescription needs to be adjusted. Healthy adults without prescription glasses or contacts should schedule an eye exam every two to three years.

Eye and Vision Conditions

The skilled optometrists who perform eye exams at our Wyomissing, Reading, PA, area practice diagnose and treat many different eye conditions and vision issues. Examples of the different types of conditions we treat include:

  • Astigmatism
  • Presbyopia
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes related eye problems
  • Age related macular degeneration
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Eye infections
  • Pink eye
  • Styes

We also offer emergency eye care services. It is crucial that you see an optometrist right away if you sustain an eye injury or are experiencing a loss of vision. It is also important to visit the eye doctor as soon as possible if you develop unusual symptoms, such as seeing spots or light flashes in the eye.

Regular eye exams are one of the best things you can do to protect your vision and eye health. To schedule an eye exam with Dr. Simpson, Dr. Greenwood, or Dr. Hachem, call Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, and serving the Reading area at (610) 373-2300.

By Linsey EyeCare
March 11, 2022
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

How contact lenses from your eye doctors in Wyomissing, PA, can help you see better.

Are you tired of wearing glasses? If so, have you thought about contact lenses? They are very portable and convenient, and give you another option in addition to glasses.

Drs. Darryl Greenwood, Mervet Hachem, and Rachel Simpson at Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, provide comprehensive eyecare services. They proudly serve residents of Wyomissing, and Reading, PA, and they can help you see better too.

Contact lenses have come a long way. You now have several options to choose from, and your ophthalmologist at Linsey Eyecare can help you choose contact lenses that are right for you.

Contact lenses can be selected to help with specific eye problems, including:

  • Dry eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Reading issues

At Linsey Eyecare, you can choose from:

Soft contact lenses, which offer increased comfort and oxygen flow through the cornea of your eye. They fit well because they adapt to the shape of your eye and are a great choice for active people.

Hard contact lenses, which come in rigid gas permeable or hard versions. They give you clear vision and are breathable, producing less risk of eye infections. Hard contact lenses are durable and can be used for as long as 2 to 3 years.

Scleral contact lenses, which are larger than conventional hard lenses and fit over more of your eye. They do not touch the cornea, and rest on the whites of your eyes.

Soft, multifocal lenses, which are an excellent choice for management of near-sightedness, or myopia in children.

Soft, prosthetic lenses, which are colored and made of a breathable material. They reduce glare and sensitivity to light.

Contact lenses provide an excellent alternative to glasses. They can help you see clearly again. To learn more about the types of contact lenses and how they can help you see better, call Drs. Darryl Greenwood, Mervet Hachem, and Rachel Simpson at Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, serving residents to Wyomissing and Reading, PA. You can reach them in the office by calling (610) 373-2300, so call today.

By Linsey EyeCare
January 25, 2022
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

If you’re in need of contact lenses but aren’t sure which kind would be right for you, visit Dr. Darryl Greenwood, Dr. Mervet Hachem, or Dr. Rachel Simpson at Linsey Eye Care in Wyomissing, Reading, PA. 

What are the Different Kinds of Contact Lenses?

Contact lenses are a type of corrective lenses that go directly on the eye, but depending on the prescription and the eyes’ sensitivities, there are different kinds to suit the individual’s needs.

Some of the types of contact lenses include:

  • Soft contact lenses - Much more comfortable than hard lenses, soft contacts are great for first-time contact wearers, those with sensitive eyes, and long wear. Soft lenses aren’t as great at providing oxygen to the eye as RGP lenses.
  • Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) lenses - A harder, more durable lens, RGP contacts give a crisper image, last longer (and are therefore cheaper). RGP contacts are great for people whose astigmatism isn’t adequately corrected with soft lenses and people with presbyopia or keratoconus. These also provide better oxygen to the eyes to keep them healthy.
  • Extended Wear lenses - Can be worn overnight or for up to 30 days straight. Great for people who have difficulty remembering to take their lenses out and prefer soft lenses.
  • Disposable lenses - The wearer replaces the lenses on a schedule, sometimes daily. Disposables are great for people concerned with the health of their eyes but they prefer soft lenses.

Finding the right lens for you can be a difficult process, especially if you have a unique eye shape or a condition that requires special care and correction. Visiting Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Mervet, or Dr. Simpson at Linsey Eye Care in Wyomissing, Reading, PA can help you figure out which lens will be best for your eye shape, schedule, and comfort.

How Are Contact Lenses Fitted To You?

Getting a prescription for contacts looks a little bit different than for glasses. Having the lens sit directly on your eye changes the way light refracts and the image is translated, so the eye exam may be more comprehensive, and the prescription will look different.

When deciding on the type of lens, your optometrist will also consider the shape of your eye and additional conditions that might affect the way you see or the way the lens fits. For example, RGP lenses can be custom-made to fit your eyes’ unique curvatures, creating a better fit and a clearer image.

To schedule an appointment with your Wyomissing, Reading, PA optometrist, Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Hachem, or Dr. Simpson, to see which type of contact would be best for you, call Linsey Eyecare at (610) 373-2300.

By Linsey EyeCare
November 19, 2021
Category: Optometry
Tags: Presbyopia  

As we age, parts of our bodies become weaker than they once were. This includes your eyes and vision. After the age of 40, it’s common that you might notice you have an issue focusing clearly on certain objects. Presbyopia is the condition in which it becomes hard to clearly see things and you might first notice that things like fine print are hard to read. Dr. Rachel Simpson, Dr. Darryl Greenwood, and Dr. Mervet Hachem, your eye doctors at Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, can help explain what presbyopia is and how bifocals can help this issue.

What is Presbyopia?

If you start noticing that your eyes get tired and strained after trying to read a computer screen or reading a book, it might be a sign that you’re dealing with presbyopia. Presbyopia is extremely common and it’s a normal process that almost everyone deals with at some point in their life. Your eye doctors in Wyomissing, PA, will be able to detect if presbyopia is affecting you with a simple eye test and refraction.

This issue can be combatted, and you can start learning how to deal with it and read fine print normally again. Depending on if you already have a prescription, your eye doctor will assess this and determine what form of treatment will work best for you. Your doctor may recommend reading glasses or bifocal glasses to help you reduce the struggle of having to switch out glasses to change your vision from near to far. Your doctor may also suggest refractive surgery to help adjust your eyes, one for distance and one for reading.

Contact Your Eye Doctor Today!

If you’ve noticed that reading has become harder and you may have to hold your book far away to be able to make out what the pages say, you may be dealing with presbyopia. Contact Dr. Rachel Simpson, Dr. Darryl Greenwood, and Dr. Mervet Hachem, your eye doctors at Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, to learn more about presbyopia and if it may be affecting you. Call today at (610) 373-2300.

By Linsey EyeCare
June 11, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Replacing your glasses periodically will help you continue to enjoy clear vision. Your Wyomissing, PA, optometrists, also serving Reading, PA, Dr. Darryl Greenwood, Dr. Mervet Hachem, and Dr. Rachel Simpson of Linsey Eyecare, can help you decide if it's time for a new pair of eyeglasses.

When you should replace your eyeglasses

Eyeglasses should usually be replaced every one to three years. Your personal replacement schedule will depend on several factors, including:

  • Prescription Changes: Even small changes in your prescription can make a big difference if you're nearsighted, farsighted, or have astigmatism. If things aren't quite as crisp and clear as they once were, or you've noticed that you've started to squint when reading, it's time to pay a visit to your Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor. During yearly comprehensive eye examinations, your eye doctor will check your vision and give you a prescription for new eyeglasses if needed.
  • Comfort: Wear and tear may have an impact on the way your eyeglasses fit and feel. If you're glasses no longer feel comfortable, you might avoid wearing them, which can lead to headaches and eyestrain. Choosing a new pair of frames that fit your face perfectly will make wearing glasses a much more pleasant experience.
  • Lifestyle: If you spend a lot of time in the sun, it may make sense to upgrade to transition lenses. The lenses darken outdoors and lighten when you return indoors. Computer glasses may make working on the computer more comfortable. The glasses reduce glare, improve contrast, and are designed to offer clear vision at 22" to 26", the recommended distance between the eyes and a computer screen.
  • Changing Styles or Tastes: Frame styles change quickly. In fact, frames that were trendy just a year or two ago could quickly become unpopular. Whether your frames are outdated or you're ready for a change, replacing your eyeglasses can help you enhance your appearance.

Do you need a new pair of eyeglasses? Call your Reading area optometrists, Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Hachem, and Dr. Simpson of Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, at (610) 373-2300 to schedule your appointment.

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