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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.

April 14, 2020
Category: Optometry
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Here are some helpful tips for how to handle and care for eyeglasses.

You just spent a pretty penny to get a beautiful new set of prescription eyeglasses, and our Reading, PA, optometrists know that you want to get the most wear out of them. The last thing you want to deal with is a broken frame or cracked lenses. Here are some easy, everyday habits and tips for how to protect, clean and preserve your cool, new specs.

Cleaning Them

Just as you shower daily and brush your teeth every day you should also clean your glasses every day. Keeping them clean can cut down on wear and tear as your glasses age. In order to clean your lenses here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Whenever you are cleaning or handling your glasses always make sure it is with clean hands. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling or cleaning your glasses.
  • Use lukewarm water to rinse off your glasses and remove any grim or debris.
  • Apply a very small drop of dishwashing liquid to your lenses and lather the lenses with the soap and warm water.
  • Dry each lens off with a soft, clean cloth (never use paper towels or your t-shirt).

You can also talk to our Reading, PA, optometrists to find out what special lens cleaners or microfiber cloths may work best for your eyeglasses. We are happy to offer recommendations and suggestions.

Handling Them

Yes, we work very hard to create glasses from long-lasting and resilient material, but that doesn’t mean that they are impervious to damage. Everything from lying your glasses down lens-first on a table to taking them off with one hand can misalign them or scratch the lenses. When you aren’t wearing your glasses, they don’t belong out and about (where they can easily get knocked off a countertop or table); they should be safely stored in their appropriate case.

Has your vision started to get a bit blurry? Is your prescription a year old (or more)? You should be visiting your Reading, PA, every year to make sure your eyeglasses prescription is up to date. Call Linsey EyeCare at (610) 373-2300 to schedule your next eye exam.

By Linsey EyeCare
March 19, 2020
Category: Optometry
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Do you need new eyeglasses but aren't sure which type is right for you? Drs. Darryl Greenwood, Merret Hachem and Rachel Simpson, your optometrists at Linsey Eye Care in Wyomissing, PA, can help you find the perfect pair.

Narrowing your frame choices

With so many frames to choose from, selecting new eyeglasses can be overwhelming. Luckily, it's easy to streamline the process by:

  • Considering Color: Which colors complement your complexion and hair?
  • Choosing a Frame Style and Material: Do you want plastic or metal frames? Would you prefer small or large styles? Do certain shapes look better than others?
  • Thinking About Comfort: It doesn't matter what type of eyeglasses are popular if they're not comfortable. Choose frames that don't pinch or slip when you bend or move your head.
  • Evaluating Price: Cost is an important consideration for most people. Fortunately, your optometrist's office offers attractive frames in a variety of price ranges.

You'll need to decide what type of lenses to add to your new frames. Lens types include:

  • Single Vision: The lenses contain a single prescription and are used to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
  • Bifocals: Bifocals contain two different prescriptions separated by a visible line. The bottom half of the lens provides clear vision close up while the upper half contains the prescription you need to see objects in the distance clearly.
  • Trifocals: Similar to bifocals, trifocals contain three different prescriptions separated by visible lines.
  • Progressive Lenses: Progressive lenses contain two or three prescriptions but eliminate the lines.
  • Photochromic Lenses: It can be a hassle to constantly switch between prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Luckily, photochromic lenses offer a simple solution. The prescription lenses darken when you're in the sunlight and become lighter when you return indoors.

Thanks to our in-office eye lab, you can have brand new glasses in just about an hour.

Are you ready for a new pair of eyeglasses? If your vision has become blurry, or it's been a year or more since you've visited Drs. Greenwood, Hachem and Simpson at Linsey Eye Care, call the Wyomissing, PA, office at (610) 373-2300 to schedule your appointment.

By Linsey EyeCare
September 05, 2019
Category: Optometry
Tags: Eye Exam  

Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Wyomissing, PA, optometrist every year for a checkup. After all, you may be surprised to discover how drastically your vision can change from year-to-year! However, there are a number of telltale signs that it’s time to schedule an eye exam, regardless of when your last one was. Some of these include:

Your night vision has changed

If you suddenly notice that it isn’t as easy to see certain road signs or cars at night, then it’s time to see your eye doctor. Often time, it isn’t until someone notices increased difficulty driving at night that they realize their vision has changed.

Signs of an infection

Another reason to visit an eye doctor may have nothing to do with your vision but more to do with certain other symptoms you are experiencing. If you are noticing redness, itching, or discharge emitting from your eye, you could be dealing with an infection. Don’t wait out an eye infection to clear up on its own—see your Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

Your eyes often feel tired

When you aren’t wearing the proper corrective vision, your eyes have to strain throughout the day to be able to read and process information. If you notice that your eyes feel fatigued for more than four days straight, there could be something more going on that requires immediate attention.

Things look fuzzy

This is probably the most obvious sign that your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you find yourself having trouble suddenly reading the words on a menu or in a book, it might be time for a new prescription.

Concerned? Schedule an appointment

If you are squinting to read signs and make out objects, then it’s certainly time to schedule your eye exam in Wyomissing, PA. Call Linsey Eyecare today at (919) 787-0266 to book your next vision checkup.

By Linsey EyeCare
July 17, 2019
Category: Optometry
Tags: Astigmatism  

Dealing with blurry vision? You could have astigmatism.

Astigmatism is a common problem that leads to blurry vision. Astigmatism is not serious and it does not mean that there is a disease or eyeproblem with your eye. It’s simply a condition that affects how your eye focuses light. When you visit one of our Wyomissing, PA, eye doctors, a simple eye exam is all that’s needed to determine whether you have astigmatism.


What are the symptoms of astigmatism?

Astigmatism may be congenital or it may develop gradually over time. It often occurs with other vision problems such as nearsightedness (myopia) and farsightedness (hyperopia). Along with blurry vision, you may find that you need to squint in order to see things properly, which can lead to headaches and eye strain. It’s important to see a Wyomissing, PA, eye doctor if you or your child is dealing with vision problems.


What causes astigmatism?

A misshapen cornea is often the cause of astigmatism. Instead of being round in shape it’s more oval. This is known as a corneal astigmatism. In some cases, the lens inside the eye is distorted, which can also lead to astigmatism. This is known as a lenticular astigmatism.


How is astigmatism treated?

More often than not, we can easily correct astigmatism the same way we do other vision problems, with contact lenses or glasses. While this won’t repair the problem it will correct your vision so you can see better. Surgery is less common; however, refractive laser surgery can be used to reshape the eye and fix the problem altogether.

Again, it is important to correct any vision problems as soon as possible. Once you’ve been diagnosed we can determine the proper way to correct your vision. It’s also important that you visit the eye doctor once a year to make sure your prescription hasn’t changed. It is possible for astigmatism to change over time, which will require a new prescription.

If you are dealing with blurry or changing vision it’s time to schedule your next eye appointment to figure out what’s going on. While blurry vision doesn’t necessarily mean that you have astigmatism it’s still necessary to correct the problem to prevent further issues with your vision. Enjoy clearer vision thanks to Linsey EyeCare in Wyomissing, PA.

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