By Linsey EyeCare
September 10, 2018
Category: Optometry
Tags: Eye Exams  

Everyone should get their eyes checked. Here’s what to expect from your visit.

Optometry Check UpDuring your eye exam, you will undergo a series of tests to check your vision while also evaluating the health of your eyes. As with any health problem, the sooner our Wyomissing optometrist detects a disorder or issue with the eyes the easier it often is to treat. By coming in for regular eye exams you give us the opportunity to correct problems as soon as possible to improve your vision and the health of your eyes for the future.

Who should get an eye exam?

Even children as young as three years old will have their vision tested to look for issues such as a lazy eye or crossed eyes, which are rather common. In some instances, you can start bringing your child in for routine eye exams in Wyomissing, PA, between the ages of three and five.

It’s important that your child has their vision checked before they start school. If there are no issues, our Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor will determine whether they should come in for eye exams once a year or once every two years.

If you are an adult who doesn’t have any eye problems then you won’t have to come in as often as someone who does. A good schedule to follow when it comes to eye exams includes,

  • Coming in every 5-10 years for patients in their 20s and 30s
  • Coming in every 2-4 years for patients 40 to 54 years of age
  • Coming in every 1-3 years for patients between the ages of 55 to 64
  • Coming in every 1-2 years for patients over the age of 65

Of course, if you have a family history of eye disease, if you have certain health conditions that could also affect the health of your eyes (e.g. diabetes) or if you wear glasses or contact lenses, then you will need to come in more frequently (usually once a year).

What is involved in a routine eye exam?

You will undergo a series of different tests and exams to check the health of your eyes. Certain tests include:

  • Eye muscle test
  • Visual acuity test
  • Refraction assessment
  • Visual field test
  • Color vision testing
  • Slit-lamp exam
  • Retinal exam
  • Glaucoma screening

Is it time to schedule a routine eye exam for you or a member of your family? Are you experiencing any changes in your vision or other symptoms? If you said “yes” to either of these questions then it’s the perfect time to call Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, to schedule an appointment.

By Linsey EyeCare
May 29, 2018
Category: Optometry
Tags: Contact Lenses  

Are you tired of wearing glasses? Your Wyomissing, PA, optometrist has the solution: contact lenses. You don't have to worry about wearing glasses, or prescription sunglasses. This solution is great for different types of eyes. There are thousands of contacts in stock available to treat problems such as:

  • Dry eyes
  • Astigmatism
  • Difficulty reading
  • Other eye diseases

Contact lenses are comfortable and come in two forms: soft lenses and hard lenses. The professionals at Linsey EyeCare can help clarify the difference between both lenses. Just ask your Wyomissing eye doctor which is the best option for you.

Hard Lenses

Hard lenses are breathable, reducing the chances of infections occurring. You can put them in early in the morning before school or work, and they'll provide you with the crisp, clear sight you need for a full day. At night, before bed, be sure to remove them. You'll need to submerge them in a special solution to disinfect them throughout the night. Hard lenses are usually used by people who have tried soft lenses and were uncomfortable with them. They can also last for up to two to three years if your prescription doesn't change and you take proper care of them.

Soft Lenses

Soft contact lenses are made of materials such as silicone-hydrogels, which give the lenses their distinct soft and flexible characteristic. The plastic allows the passage of oxygen to your cornea and takes the shape of your eye to add comfort. They are easily adjusted, which means they will stay in place while you're going about your regular day typing at the computer screen or playing basketball. Depending on the type you choose, you will need to submerge your contact lenses in a disinfectant solution before bed every night.

There are several types of soft lenses:

  • Single vision
  • Astigmatism/toric
  • Bifocal/multifocal
  • Disposable daily
  • Disposable biweekly
  • Disposable monthly

If you have any questions or concerns about eye exams, glasses, or which contact lenses would work best for you, then call your Wyomissing, PA, optometrist's office at (610) 373-2300 today!

By Linsey EyeCare
March 08, 2018
Category: Optometry
Tags: Eye Exams  

The list is long: see your dentist twice a year, get an annual check-up with your primary care physician, go to the audiologist when over 50, eye examsee the eye doctor in Wyomissing, PA annually. Oh, can't you eliminate something? Well, really, you can't if you want to stay healthy and alert to any problems. At Linsey Eye Care, our professional team urges you to keep that checklist current, including your visit with us. Your eye exams are important because your good vision depends on them.

Why see an eye doctor in Wyomissing

As an adult, you should come to Linsey Eye Care for a dilated eye examination by our staff optometrist. With it, you'll receive assurance that your eye movement, eye alignment, visual acuity, depth perception and more are in normal range. You'll also be screened for glaucoma if you're over 40, and for those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism (blurring due to a misshapen cornea), your Wyomissing eye doctor will prescribe the glasses or contacts to properly correct your vision.

Beyond that, your eye examination is critical if you are:

  • Diabetic, because you may have retinopathy, a major cause of vision loss
  • Over 60 years old
  • Have cataracts (a clouding of the natural lenses of the eyes)
  • Are elderly and at risk for macular degeneration, a deterioration of central vision and of the eye's ability to see light
  • Are a child between the ages of three and five to look for amblyopia, a vision loss related to the nerve pathways to the brain
  • Have a family history of glaucoma

Additionally, young children benefit from eye exams because catching and correcting problems with vision helps avoid learning and behavioral problems. Regarding adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta reports that a full 50 percent of American adults thought to be at risk for vision loss and eye disease have not seen an eye doctor--either optometrist or ophthalmologist--within the past year. This is a worrisome statistic because so many eye problems, left undiagnosed, lead to blindness. Caught early and treated, however, there is hope.

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Don't miss out on all that life offers. Be vigilant about your eye examinations. At Linsey Eye Care in Wyomissing, PA, we care about your vision and your overall health. Check your eye exam off your list by calling us today for an appointment: (610) 373-2300.

By Linsey EyeCare
December 12, 2017
Category: Optometry
Tags: Optometrist  

Is it time you schedule a vision appointment for your little one?optometrist

There is so much you want your child to see and experience in the world around them, which is why it’s so important that they are able to see everything clearly. There are many reasons a child should have a Wyomissing, PA, optometrist at their disposal.

I think every parent can agree that their child’s vision is vitally important to their health and wellbeing. Having vision problems can quickly impact your child’s day-to-day lives, whether in school or playing sports. While many pediatricians can often perform a vision screening on your newborn or school-age child, it’s a good idea to still turn to an eye doctor for your child’s eye care needs.

“Why choose an eye doctor?” You may be wondering, particularly if a pediatrician can easily perform this same screening. Of course, if amblyopia (“lazy eye”), astigmatism or other eye issues are detected during your child’s first vision screening, they will be referred by a pediatrician to a Wyomissing eye doctor for further evaluation and to correct the issue as soon as possible.

If children have vision problems then they should come in once a year for a routine eye exam. If your child does not have any issues, they may be able to come in only once every two years for an eye exam to make sure that everything is healthy.

One of the best things about having an optometrist to which you and your child can turn is that you will have a medical professional that can provide routine and also immediate eye care when your little one needs it most. Whether your child scratched a cornea while playing soccer or they are having trouble reading the chalkboard in class, there are many scenarios in which it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with us. We can easily correct your child’s vision with glasses or contact lenses to make seeing (and life) just a little bit easier.

There are many benefits to having an optometrist to which your child can always turn to keep their eyes feeling their best. If it’s time for your child’s annual eye exam, then call the eye specialists at Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA, to schedule an appointment today.

By Linsey EyeCare
September 06, 2017
Category: Optometry
Tags: Glasses  

Are things a little blurry recently? It may be time to change your eyeglass prescription or get glasses for the first time. The optometrists at glassesLinsey Eyecare & Dental Health Services in Wyomissing, PA, and serving the Reading area, share a few reasons that you may need glasses.

You're nearsighted

Nearsightedness, or myopia, affects 30 percent of people in the U.S., according to the American Optometric Association. If you're nearsighted, you can see close objects clearly, but objects in the distance look blurry. Reading probably won't be a problem if you're myopic, but when you attempt to view a distant street sign, you may not be able to make out the words. Myopia can occur if your eyeball is a little too long, or your cornea curves too much. In some cases, your vision problem may caused by a combination of these two issues.

Nearsightedness is often diagnosed in childhood and tends to be inherited. If your child reports difficulties seeing the whiteboard at school or complains of eyestrain, it's a good idea to schedule an examination in our Reading area office. Although many cases of myopia develop in childhood, adults can also be diagnosed with it.

You're farsighted

Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is the opposite condition of myopia. Objects close to you are blurry, while those far away are clear if you're farsighted. Hyperopia is caused by a short eyeball or a flat cornea. If farsightedness develops during childhood, it may be possible to outgrow it eventually, unlike nearsightedness.

Signs of hyperopia including difficulty reading or viewing close objects, eyestrain and headaches. If your child is farsighted, you may notice that he or she squints often.

You have astigmatism

Astigmatism causes blurry vision whether you look at items nearby or in the distance. It's caused by a cornea that isn't perfectly rounded. It's not unusual to have astigmatism and either nearsightedness or farsightedness.

You're over 40 and suddenly having trouble seeing things close up

Aging doesn't just cause wrinkles and aching joints, but can also affect your ability to see close objects. The problem can occur whether you have myopia, hyperopia or perfect vision. Presbyopia symptoms occur when the clear lens inside your eye becomes stiff, which affects your ability to focus. In addition to difficulty reading the small print, you may also notice eyestrain, headaches and fatigue when you try to read.

No matter what type of vision problem you have, eyeglasses can help you see more clearly. If you or your children have been experiencing vision difficulties, the call optometrists at Linsey Eyecare in Wyomissing, PA, and serving the Reading area, at (610) 373-2300 to schedule an appointment.

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