Linsey EyeCare Blog
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.

By Linsey EyeCare
May 19, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eye Examination  

Hindsight is 20/20 but what if you kept your eye on preventative medicine instead of treating an issue or disease. At Linsey Eyecare, your Wyomissing, PA, optometrist, also serving Reading, PA, offers a variety of preventative services, one of which includes eye examinations.

What are eye exams?

An eye exam evaluates your vision and checks for eye diseases. The actual exam tests different aspects of your vision and eye health. It requires your eye doctor to use various instruments. They shine a bright light at your eyes and request that you look through an array of lenses.

Your Wyomissing, PA, optometrist, also serving Reading, PA, determines if you need glasses and your unique prescription. If you prefer contact lenses and are old enough to manage caring for them, your doctor can also help you out with this alternative.

Other than glasses and lenses, eye exams can detect a number of diseases like :

  1. Aneurysm, a bubble in the wall of a blood vessel that may leak or rupture.
  2. A brain tumor that increases pressure in the brain is detected because of swelling near the back of the eyes, loss of side vision, double vision, or changes in the size of a pupil.
  3. Diabetes can be detected because tiny blood vessels in the retina leak yellow fluid.
  4. High blood pressure causes unusual bends, kinks, or bleeding from blood vessels in the back of the eye.
  5. High cholesterol creates a yellow or blue ring around the cornea, especially if someone is less than 40 years old.
  6. Lupus causes swelling in the eye or the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.
  7. Lyme disease, an infection spread by ticks, causes inflammation throughout the body, including the optic nerve.
  8. Multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system, causes inflammation of the optic nerve, blurred vision, and painful eye movement.

Would you like to schedule an appointment with an optometrist?

If you'd like to schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Linsey Eyecare, then call our Wyomissing, PA, office also serving Reading, PA, at (610) 373-2300.

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