Linsey EyeCare Blog
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.

By Linsey EyeCare
January 19, 2021
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Contact Lenses  

You only have one pair of eyes, so it's time to take care of them. At Linsey EyeCare, we can help you achieve the clear vision you desire, whether it be with eye frames or contact lenses. The latter, also known as ocular prosthetic devices, help those who are nearsighted, farsighted, have astigmatism (blurred vision due to cornea shape) or presbyopia (the inability to see close-up). Not everyone is a candidate, including those who develop frequent eye infections or suffer from allergies and dry eye. If you're considering contact lenses, give us a call.

Benefits of Contact Lenses

Compared to wearing glasses, our Wyomissing, PA contact lenses wearers report many advantages. For example, contact lenses don't steam up when you enter a warm space (or put on a mask), don't bounce or slip off, and provide a fashionable look without frames. Eligible candidates also have options that include disposable or decorative lenses, as well as ones that are made of silicone-hydrogel.

Getting Evaluated for Contact Lenses

Choosing contact lenses comes down to the decision of you and your eye doctor at Linsey EyeCare. Many deciding factors require a complete eye examination for approval. During the initial visit to our Wyomissing, PA office, one of our optometrists will conduct a series of tests to evaluate ocular health in addition to taking measurements to ensure a proper fit. Once this is over, he or she will give you a trial pair of lenses. But first, you'll get instructed on how to insert, remove, and clean them.

If contact lenses sound like something of interest or you're sight isn't up to par, schedule a consultation with one of our optometrists to optimize your vision. The preservation of eye health is a top priority at Linsey EyeCare, and each of them is equipped to meet your individual needs. For more information about contact lenses and other services provided in our Wyomissing, PA office, visit our website. Please call (610) 373-2300 for appointment scheduling.

By Linsey EyeCare
December 11, 2020
Category: Eye Care
Tags: Eyeglasses  

Once you have your prescription for eyeglasses, how do choose the ones right for you? Today's options are so numerous. At Linsey EyeCare in Reading, PA, our three optometrists, Dr. Greenwood, Dr. Simpson, and Dr. Hachem, perform comprehensive exams to evaluate your ocular health and write you the proper lens prescription. Our design team will help you choose the perfect frame. Here's more.

The right eyeglasses for vision, purpose, and appearance

You wear eyeglasses so you can see properly. Whether your vision needs correction for distance (hyperopia), close-up (myopia), reading (presbyopia), astigmatism (corneal distortions), or something else, the experts at Linsey Eyecare in Reading, PA, will help.

Our state of the art lab is on-site, and our technicians create most prescriptions, including bifocals and progressive lenses, in about an hour. Plus, our design consultants guide you through the amazing range of designer frames, helping you maximize your appearance and the functionality of your eyeglasses.

Factors to consider

Modern eyeglasses feature lenses custom-crafted from high-tech materials. Gone are the days when the average person wore heavy, glass lenses. Today's materials include:

  • Very lightweight plastic
  • Polycarbonate, also lightweight and impact-resistant, making it the material of choice for sports glasses and certain occupational applications, says the American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Trivex, known for its clarity and durability
  • High index, appropriate for more extensive vision correction

Also, our lenses feature UV and scratch-resistance coatings, and for maximum sun protection, we offer sunglasses and photochromatic lenses which darken and lighten according to available light.

What about frames?

Our design experts understand which frames complement facial shape, eye color, and hair color. Whether you have blue eyes or brown, a heart-shaped or round face, or dark, medium to light skin tone, we can recommend a variety of frames you'll love and other people will really notice.

Let us help you

Your vision is important, and so are the right eyeglasses. In Reading, PA, why not stop by Linsey Eyecare for an eye exam with Drs. Greenwood, Simpson, or Hachem? You'll get an accurate prescription. Plus, you'll receive eyeglasses that optimize your eyesight and make you look--and feel--great. Make an appointment today by calling (610) 373-2300.

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