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Reclaim Your Vision With Corneal Transplant Surgery

November 15, 2023

Healthy and clear vision is a precious aspect of one's being that is often taken for granted as it is so fundamental to people's day-to-day lives that it's hard to imagine life without it. Even more unfortunate is the fact that the eyes themselves are susceptible to numerous issues that can impact an individual's vision—turning...  Read More

What Are the Benefits of Oculoplastic Surgery

October 15, 2023

Oculoplastic surgery is a procedure that is used to correct various vision problems. Unlike other surgeries used to address vision problems, this surgery does not involve surgery on the eye itself. Instead, this surgery is performed on the tear ducts, the orbit of the eye, or the eyelids. Patients who receive this surgery find that it...  Read More

How You Can Benefit From Macular Hole Treatment

September 15, 2023

A macular hole can result in declining central vision. This can result in distortion and even blurred vision. Some people with this condition may see a dark spot in their central vision. Individuals with this condition can benefit from macular hole treatment. What Causes a Macular Hole? A macular hole can form as the vitreous shrinks in...  Read More

The Importance of Pediatric Eye Exams

August 15, 2023

As adults, we know the importance of eye exams, but it is important to note that children need the same care and attention when it comes to their vision. Pediatric eye exams support your child’s lifelong ocular health while addressing any issues they may develop as they grow. Here is what you need to know...  Read More

What You Need To Know About LASIK Eye Surgery

July 15, 2023

For many years, the available choices for improving eyesight were glasses and then eye contact. With the advancements of technology came a new option for LASIK eye surgery. A LASIK procedure can help significantly improve eyesight without the use of contact lenses and glasses. While this procedure may not be suitable for everyone, here is...  Read More

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun This Summer

June 15, 2023

As a child, your parents and teachers may have warned you about staring at the sun. You were told not to stare at the sun because the sun emits ultraviolet rays that break down the corneas, retinas, and nerves of your eyes. Not to mention, the ultraviolet light from the sun can trigger the onset...  Read More

Are Your Allergies Affecting Your Eyes?

May 15, 2023

It’s that time of year again – but you might not even need a calendar to tell you that it’s springtime. You may already know because of the sneezing, congestion, and itchy, watery, red eyes. Is there anything that can be done about your allergies and how they are affecting your eyes? And when should...  Read More

What To Expect at Your Child’s First Eye Exam

April 15, 2023

Your child’s first eye exam is the first of many rites of passage as they grow. Are you wondering what your child’s first eye exam is going to be like? The First Exam Technically, your child’s first eye exam will take place soon after they are born, as part of their well-baby exam. It is recommended that...  Read More

Can Cataracts Be Prevented?

March 15, 2023

Fortunately, cataracts are easily treated. But it would be nice if we could do something to prevent them from ever happening in the first place! Is there anything we can do to avoid getting cataracts? What Are Cataracts? Cataracts develop when proteins and fibers in the eye start to break down, then clump together. This creates...  Read More

Is There a Cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa?

February 14, 2023

Retinitis pigmentosa affects about 1 in 4,000 people, and although it is rare it is something you should be aware of if someone in your family has had vision loss. Here is some more information about this disease and what can be done about it. What Is Retinitis Pigmentosa? Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) are a group of eye...  Read More

Resolve To Take Care of Your Eyes in the New Year!

January 15, 2023

Having healthy eyes and good vision are precious things, but all too often we do things that may be dangerous for our eyes, or we just plain don’t take care of them like we should. Making an extra effort to take care of your eyes doesn't take a lot of time, but it can make...  Read More

Fighting Macular Degeneration

December 15, 2022

Are you having difficulty seeing as well as you used to? You may think you are just getting older, but what if it is something more serious than that? The problem could be macular degeneration – read on for information on what causes this disease and how you can fight it. What is macular degeneration? The...  Read More

Your Eye Health When You Have Diabetes

November 15, 2022

Diabetes affects all aspects of your life and health, as you have probably realized if you or a loved one has the disease. You need to pay special attention to any signs of problems with your health – here are some ways that diabetes can affect your eye health and your vision. Diabetes can result in these...  Read More

How does having high blood pressure affect vision?

October 15, 2022

If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, you have probably had to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle. You’ve probably had to make some changes to your diet, and you’ve probably been told to begin an exercise regimen. You’ve probably also been told that you should see your doctor often so that...  Read More

The Importance of a Dilated Eye Exam

September 15, 2022

Having your eyes dilated may just feel like one more inconvenience, and you may just be wondering if you can skip it. But what exactly is this part of the eye exam for, and is it so important that you should have it done at every eye appointment? Why does the eye doctor dilate my eyes? Dilating...  Read More

Signs Your Child May Need Glasses

August 15, 2022

It might sound odd to people who have always had perfect vision, but for those of us with vision problems it can be difficult to recognize that you aren’t seeing as well as you should be. Worsening vision can happen very gradually, and you may not think much about it when objects that are far...  Read More

Tips for Adjusting to Your New Bifocals

July 15, 2022

There are many changes to adjust to as we get older – and for most of us, that includes changes to vision. You may have trouble seeing far away – but you also may have trouble seeing up close. The good news is that there is help available from your eye doctor. There are different solutions...  Read More

Sunglasses Are for More Than Just Looking Cool

June 15, 2022

Everyone looks cool in sunglasses – that’s just a fact. But sunglasses also serve an important purpose. They give your eyes the protection they need from harsh sun and wind. Read on for some more information about the importance of wearing sunglasses. When should you wear sunglasses? The answer is: all the time! Even on cloudy days,...  Read More

Premature Babies and Eye Problems

May 15, 2022

If you are the parent of a premature baby, you no doubt know that there are some health conditions your little one is more likely to suffer from. Along with these, of course, are problems with the eyes and seeing properly. It is important to know that pediatric eye exams can catch problems early, which can lead...  Read More

6+ Things You Don’t Know About Oculoplastic Surgery

April 15, 2022

OK, so the odds are you don’t know anything at all about oculoplastic surgery! But to start with, you should know that this important procedure can help you to see and feel better, and it even has some cosmetic benefits! Read on for some information about oculoplastic surgery and how it may be able to help you....  Read More

The Importance of Eye Protection

March 15, 2022

Taking care of your eyes is an important thing to do every day, but it is especially important if you work around dangerous materials, whether during work or for a hobby such as woodworking. Here is some information about proper eye protection and how important it is! What kind of eye protection do you need? There...  Read More

What You Need to Know About Pink Eye

February 14, 2022

If your kid has never had pink eye, count yourself lucky! It is very common and spreads very easily. But it doesn’t just affect kids – adults can get it too. Here are some other things you might not know about pink eye, when to see a doctor, and what you can do if you or...  Read More

Does your child have a lazy eye?

January 15, 2022

It can be a bit difficult to tell if your child has a lazy eye, but this is definitely something you want to watch out for. A lazy eye can result in long-term problems if it is left untreated. Fortunately, it is very easily treatable. Read on for some more information about this condition and how your...  Read More

When should your child have their first eye exam?

December 15, 2021

When you are a new parent, suddenly the to-do list expands exponentially. Now you have a whole new person to take care of, and that, of course, includes taking care of their health. You no doubt take them to the doctor for regular checkups – but when should they go see the eye doctor for their first...  Read More

6 Things You Should Know About LASIK

November 15, 2021

LASIK has been around for a long time, and millions of people have had this life-changing procedure. Maybe you’ve been considering LASIK, but you’ve had some doubts. Read on for 6 facts about LASIK that may help you decide if it’s finally time to get rid of your glasses and contacts!  It is very safe....  Read More

Eat These Foods for Healthy Eyes!

October 15, 2021

Having a nutritious diet is important for many reasons – and one of these is that eating the right foods can help you to have healthy eyes, have good vision, and also can lower your risk of eye diseases. If you are interested in some easy, delicious ways to keep your eyes healthy, read on! ...  Read More

Why are my eyes always dry?

September 15, 2021

Having dry eyes can be very annoying and uncomfortable – but is it something you should see a doctor about? Here are some things you should know if you have dry eyes.  What causes dry eyes? Dry eyes can be caused by many different things, including aging and certain medications and medical conditions. Medications such...  Read More

Can I Sleep With My Contacts in?

August 15, 2021

When you have worn contacts for a long time, it starts to get annoying taking them out every night and then putting them back in again every morning. Sure, it really doesn’t take a lot of time, but you may start to wonder if it would really hurt to sleep with them in and if...  Read More

Pediatric eye care solutions at Marion Eye Center and Optical

July 15, 2021

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we service patients of all ages, including children. We understand that many children experience similar vision issues as adults. Additionally, there are certain conditions that may develop that are better treated early on for successful intervention. In addition to comprehensive eye examinations, our doctors also provide the diagnosis and...  Read More

How often do I need an eye examination?

June 15, 2021

Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to your overall health and wellness. That’s why routine visits to professionals such as ophthalmologists are highly recommended to monitor the body for certain problems. Just as you go to a doctor for an annual physical, you also will need to take care to schedule routine...  Read More

Understanding retinal vascular occlusion

May 15, 2021

There are many working parts to the eye that allow it to function properly and provide you with the vision you need to be a participant in your active lifestyle. However, there are a wide range of conditions and disease that can put your clear vision at risk. Eye health and vision health should be...  Read More

What are flashes and floaters, and are they a concern?

April 15, 2021

Any change in one’s vision should be evaluated by a medical professional. This is especially true if patients are experiencing symptoms such as flashes and floaters. In some instances, floaters can be distracting but not an actual health concern, while in other situations, it may be a symptom of a more serious condition. At Marion...  Read More

How to know if a corneal transplant is right for you

March 15, 2021

Your eye health is important, especially when it comes to maintaining your vision. Vision is important for many aspects of a patient’s life, including certain activities such as driving, reading, and in many cases, remaining employed. Patients who are dealing with certain conditions may find that they are a good candidate to undergo surgical procedures...  Read More

Marion Eye Center and Optical offers pediatric eye care

February 14, 2021

Your child’s health and wellness is important, and one aspect of their overall health is that of healthy eyes and vision. A pediatric eye exam performed regularly to assess a child’s vision acuity and health is vital. At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we offer eye examination and vision services to patients of all ages,...  Read More

What is a macular hole?

January 15, 2021

Do you experience blurry or distorted central vision? Are you finding that your vision is impacted to the point where you cannot see fine detail or read? Changes in your vision can happen for a variety of different reasons, which is why patients are encouraged to have routine eye evaluations performed to monitor their vision...  Read More

How PRK can reduce your dependency on prescription vision correction

December 15, 2020

Patients who want to eliminate the need for prescription eyeglasses and contacts due to astigmatism, hyperopia, or myopia may want to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to learn more about a procedure called PRK, or “photorefractive keratectomy.” PRK is a surgery used to reshape the surface of the cornea using a specialized excimer...  Read More

What is oculoplastic surgery?

November 15, 2020

The providers at Marion Eye Center and Optical have a wide range of services available for patients throughout the areas of Illinois and Missouri with 36 locations across the states. One of many services is that of oculoplastic surgery, or oculoplastics. This is a specialized area of ophthalmology that handles: Common eyelid disorders Orbits (bones...  Read More

Pediatric eye care services with Marion Eye Center and Optical

October 15, 2020

Many of us take our vision health for granted. It isn’t until problems arise that we really start to take our vision health seriously. That is why it is so important for parents to bring their children into a pediatric eye care professional for routine evaluations and comprehensive screenings to ensure their eyes are healthy...  Read More

What is diabetic retinopathy?

September 15, 2020

Patients who have been diagnosed with conditions such as diabetes will find that the management of their condition is of utmost importance. Diabetes can significantly impact many areas of one’s life, including their vision. Conditions such as diabetic retinopathy should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible to manage the maintenance of one’s vision...  Read More

Pediatric eye care services available at Marion Eye Center and Optical

August 15, 2020

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we help patients in the areas of IL and MO with their eyecare needs. Additionally, we have a unique focus on helping children with vision concerns. We offer pediatric eyecare for new and current children, and work with the entire family to offer specialized care. What services are available...  Read More

How to care for contact lenses

July 15, 2020

There are many types of contact lenses on the market today, and some of them can be used for extended periods of time. However, if patients do not properly care for their contact lenses, they may experience a wide range of problems. The doctors of Marion Eye Center and Optical encourage patients to take care...  Read More

June is cataract awareness month

June 15, 2020

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we want our patients to visit us for any of their eyecare needs. During the month of June, patients can learn about cataracts, as this month has been designated as Cataract Awareness Month. What are cataracts? Cataracts occur when the lens of the eye becomes clouded. This haziness will...  Read More

What is oculoplastic surgery?

May 15, 2020

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we offer a wide range of services to patients who are concerned about their eye health or vision. Our team also includes several oculoplastic surgeons who are specialized ophthalmologists who have extensive training in reconstruction and plastic surgery of the periorbital and facial tissues. These professionals have the experience...  Read More

Pediatric eye care available for children at Marion Eye Center and Optical

April 15, 2020

Children often see their pediatrician on a regular basis to monitor their growth and development. The dentist visits with a child routinely to monitor their oral health. So shouldn’t your child see a professional at regular intervals to monitor their vision health? At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we offer pediatric eye care as a...  Read More

What is PRK and how can it improve my vision?

March 15, 2020

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, our doctors are dedicated to helping patients feel good about themselves while improving their vision health. While many patients who wear corrective prescription eyeglasses and contacts would like to eliminate them from their daily routine, not everyone is a proper candidate for laser eye surgery such as LASIK. In...  Read More

Will I See Clearer After Cataract Surgery?

February 14, 2020

Patients who are noticing a progression of clouding and fogginess in their line of vision may be dealing with a condition known as cataracts. Cataracts can form at any age, but typically impact aging patients over the age of 40. This clouding can impact vision acuity and, over time, cause patients to become legally blind....  Read More

What is a macular hole and how can it be treated?

January 15, 2020

There are several age-related conditions that can impact the eyes, including glaucoma and cataracts. Another concern for patients is that of a macular hole. Understanding the macular hole A macular hole is a condition that impacts the retina. The macula is what provides patients with the sharp, centralized vision they need to see fine details...  Read More

Understanding tear duct surgery

December 15, 2019

At Marion Eye Center and Optical, we provide a wide range of treatments and services, including oculoplastic surgeries. Oculoplastic surgeries focus on the eyes, and may include treatments such as tear duct surgery. What are the tear ducts? The tear ducts are a special system in the eye that provides for proper drainage of tears...  Read More

What Can a Child Expect During a Pediatric Eye Examination?

November 15, 2019

The dedicated team at Marion Eye Center and Optical services patients in 36 locations among the areas of Illinois and Missouri. The doctors provide not only treatment for adults, but children. With pediatric eye care solutions for children of all ages, parents can trust and rely on our team to spot eye health problems early...  Read More

Am I at Risk of Developing Optic Neuropathy?

October 15, 2019

The optic nerve is the pathway between the eyes and the brain. The retina intakes information about what we see and translates it to the brain through the optic nerve. This includes the color, contract, and brightness of the world around us. However, when something goes wrong with the optic nerve, it can impact one’s...  Read More

Typical Causes of Low Vision

September 15, 2019

One of the most important sensory organs in the body is that of the eyes. Taking in our surroundings with visual inputs can help us navigate the world around us. When problems occurs with the human eye, it can be extremely detrimental to our overall quality of life. Vision loss that occurs and cannot be...  Read More

Learn About the Various Types of Corneal Disease That May Be Diagnosed

August 15, 2019

The cornea is one of many parts of the eye that is used to help us see clearly. This part of the eye is where light passes in. It is responsible for providing the ability to focus. However, when problems such as corneal disease occur, it can greatly impact the health of the eye and...  Read More

What Can Be Done for Patients with Chronic Dry Eye?

July 15, 2019

The team of Marion Eye Center and Optical work with a number of patients every day who may have concerns regarding their vision. Patients who struggle with chronic dry eye may also want to speak to our professionals to determine the best course of action for treatment. Treatment of dry eye will vary from patient...  Read More

Eye Care for Summer

June 15, 2019

Before you tell us you’re just going to laze about all summer, let us stop you right there. Summer is no time to sit on the couch and stare at the TV, eating junk food, and ignoring your health. The weather is great and there’s so much to do. Granted, you probably feel like you...  Read More

Opthamologist or Optometrist?

May 15, 2019

There are so many types of physicians and specialists that it can be hard to know exactly who will be the most helpful for you and the specific situation you’re in. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between ophthalmologists and optometrists. Optometrists An optometrist is an eye doctor who is trained to examine...  Read More

Get Sunglasses For Spring

April 15, 2019

We are in spring mode and there’s so much to do. We’re spring cleaning, shopping for warmer weather, and planning fun summer vacations. But, there’s one thing you need to check on before you go off camping or vacationing this summer: sunglasses. And, now is a great time to get used to bringing them with...  Read More

LASIK for Warmer Weather

March 15, 2019

LASIK can help you ditch the glasses just in time to start being more active, and spending more time outside this summer. Keep reading to learn more about LASIK surgery and why now may be the best time to get your LASIK appointment on the books. Allergies With spring comes allergies, and allergies and hayfever...  Read More

Eye Care for Diabetics

February 15, 2019

Adjusting your exercise, managing sugar intake, and eating right are important when it comes to managing your diabetes. If you have been living with diabetes for a while, then you probably know everything you need to do. But, if you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you may still be learning about all the ways...  Read More

Why Would I Need Eye Exercises?

January 15, 2019

Many people utilize eye exercises to support their eye health. And though you may not have ever heard of eye exercises, you may know people who are very familiar with them. For example, did you know that snipers in the military often utilize a small set of exercises that help them focus on objects far...  Read More

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy This Winter

December 15, 2018

When winter comes, we’re ready. We know exactly what we need to do to keep ourselves warm. If it’s your first year here, you may not know all the tips and tricks to keep yourself happy this winter. And, you may not even realize how harsh winter can be for your eyes. Keep reading to...  Read More

Night Driving: Staying Safe

November 15, 2018

As we age, our eyes change. If you have glasses or contacts, you probably understand that the need for them came when you were old enough to read the board at school (or not read the board, for some of us). Though everyone is different, there are larger trends that can inform us of what...  Read More

What Are The Risks Of Buying Glasses Online?

October 15, 2018

We always recommend having a pair of glasses as a backup in case of an emergency. Essentially, this is our thinking: you might not have time to put your contacts in if an emergency comes up in the middle of the night. Glasses are easy to grab and put on, and those saved few seconds...  Read More

What is Computer Vision Syndrome?

September 15, 2018

Can you imagine what life was like just fifty years ago? If you remember what it was like, doesn’t it seem like everything has changed? Technology has gifted us so many tremendous things in just the last fifty years. We can hop on a plane and fly across the world, talk to anyone at anytime...  Read More

Keratitis: A Serious Eye Infection

August 15, 2018

Unfortunately, even the most clean people can forget to dump out their nightly contact solution or accidentally rub their eye after touching money, computer keyboards, or worse. If you’ve recently developed an eye infection, we feel for you. Keep reading to learn about Keratitis, a particularly troublesome issue that you may be at increased risk...  Read More

What Causes Styes?

July 15, 2018

Though some eye conditions occur naturally, we really hate the ones that could have been avoided. Nothing is worse than an eye injury from not wearing safety goggles during racquetball or while using power tools. Thankfully, not all preventable problems are serious, though they can definitely be annoying. Keep reading to learn about one of...  Read More

Keeping Your Eyes Safe This Summer

June 15, 2018

Summer is here to stay–we hope. We’re ready for warm summer nights, barbeques, and days spent fishing on the river. We know those lazy summer days are calling to all of us, but that doesn’t mean you need to be lazy about your eye safety this summer. Keep reading to learn all the basics of...  Read More

Understanding Retinal Detachment

May 15, 2018

The retina in the back of your eye may seem well protected from injury, but retinal detachment does occur. This serious condition requires immediate medical attention and may lead to vision loss if left untreated. What is the Retina? The retina is a thin membrane at the back of your eye that receives light that enters...  Read More

Are You Seeing Spots?

April 15, 2018

We have all had it happen at one time or another. We suddenly see colorful dots in our vision move in odd directions as soon as we try to look at them. What are these strange little spots, and do we need to schedule an eye exam? Flashes and Floaters People may experience two types...  Read More

Replacing Your Cornea

March 15, 2018

As spring arrives, so does allergy season. One common method that people use to combat itching, watering, irritated eyes is rubbing. Although it may give some short-term relief, you could scratch your cornea and expose your eye to infections and even reduced vision. Treatment for corneal injuries may involve antibiotic drops, but in the most...  Read More

Why Children Need Regular Eye Exams

February 15, 2018

If your child has a family history of vision problems or exhibits symptoms of eye issues, she or he may require regular official eye exams. Even in cases where no genetic risk factors are present, children need regular vision check-ups at 6 months, 3 years, and before first grade. Depending on your child’s specific situation,...  Read More

How to Heal your Dry Eyes

January 15, 2018

Dry eye is generally the result of the tear ducts not working properly. Tears are an incredible combination of water, mucus, antibodies, and oil that make your eyes feel comfortable. When your tear ducts are not working right, dry eye can result. If your tears aren’t creating enough lubrication for your eyes, you may notice...  Read More

How to Choose the Right Style of Eyeglasses

December 15, 2017

Eyeglasses are an accessory that have the ability to make a great first impression. With all of the sizes, styles, and colors available, knowing what eyeglasses to choose can be overwhelming. When choosing your next pair of frames, here are three important questions to ask yourself during the process. What type of personality do I...  Read More

How Keratoconus is Hurting your Eyes

November 15, 2017

If streaking lights, seeing double, and blurred vision sound familiar, you may need to get your eyes checked out. Sometimes these symptoms point to a larger problem like keratoconus. Keratoconus is an eye disease that occurs when small protein fibers, called collagen, lack the strength to hold the structure of the cornea together. The result...  Read More

Why Women Need to Keep a Watchful Eye on Eye Health

October 15, 2017

Eye health. It is as important to our long-term quality of life as is our blood pressure or overall ability to maintain physical comfort. Most of us value our eyesight; and yet, the awareness about eye disease, and the potential for eye conditions that could impede our vision tends to simmer on the back burner,...  Read More

Rejuvenating the Eyes with Surgery

September 15, 2017

Oculoplastic surgery is a popular subspecialty for experienced ophthalmologists. This area of practice gives us the opportunity to help patients feel better about the appearance of their eyes. Eyelid surgery is also sometimes warranted for functional purposes. Due to genetic, lifestyle, and age-related factors, some people experience such severe hooding of the upper eyelids that...  Read More

Whom do you Trust?

August 15, 2017

We’re so ingrained in the culture of the information age that it has become easy to put our trust in services and content found online. The internet has improved the methods used for research; this cannot be denied. However, there are certain questions that must also be asked. One that we want to pose here...  Read More

What a Dilated Eye Exam is All About

July 15, 2017

A dilated eye exam is an integral part of your regular eye exam. Your doctor will administer special eye drops that will dilate (widen) your pupils. This will allow them to have access to various features of your retina that can reveal your current vision health. At your eye exam, remember to inform your doctor...  Read More

3 common eye issues and what they mean

June 15, 2017

Our eyes can reveal a lot about our current well being. Eye strain, eye redness, eye twitch, and dry eye are typically minor problems, but important factors in helping us feel at our best. If you are experiencing any of these issues, consider what you can do to alleviate it today: Eye strain: If you...  Read More

Are you Putting your Eyes at Risk?

May 15, 2017

As summer quickly approaches, more people are thinking about skin cancer and their personal risk for this frightening but common disease. Consumers are strolling the aisles looking for high SPF products to carry with them throughout their busy summer; they may even purchase a hat to wear on long days at the pool. But is...  Read More

Top Reasons for Eye Pain

April 15, 2017

It’s not uncommon to have sore eyes at some stage of your life. Eye pain can happen on its own, but sometimes eye pain is paired with one of the following: Blurry vision Gritty eye or the feeling like something is in the eye Sensitivity to light Headache Excessive tearing Red eye Nausea Vomiting Discharge...  Read More

Top Tips for Treating Dry Eyes

March 15, 2017

One of the most frequent complaints eye doctors hear from patients is dry eyes, a condition that is generally caused when your tears are not the correct consistency and quickly evaporate. The result is eye pain and redness, blurred vision, eye fatigue, or the feeling that something is in your eye. The good news is...  Read More

Astigmatism Explained

February 15, 2017

Like nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatism is not a disease of the eye but a problem in the way the eye focuses light. This is called a refractive error. Refraction is the bending of light as it passes through one object to another, ultimately converting the light rays into messages that are sent to your brain,...  Read More

Ring in 2017 with Regular Eye Exams

January 15, 2017

Losing weight, quitting smoking, spending less money. These are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While these definitely benefit your body (and your pocket book), there are other things you can commit to as you ring in the New Year that are just as good for you. How about caring for your eyes?...  Read More

Macular Degeneration: Can it be Prevented?

December 15, 2016

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly population. AMD occurs when your central vision begins to diminish over time, eventually making it impossible drive, read or recognize familiar faces. While there isn’t currently a cure for AMD, there are several tips to consider to slow the progression of...  Read More

Lens Replacement Options for Cataracts

November 15, 2016

Cataracts, a clouding of the lenses of the eyes, is a common condition, especially among those over age 60. Their care is an important part of our services at Marion Eye Center. And that care keeps getting better as new replacements lenses come on the market. There are many factors that can cause a patient...  Read More

Cataracts: Who is at Risk?

October 15, 2016

A cataract refers to a cloudy area in the lens of your eye that prohibits light from passing to the retina or nerve layer at the back of your eye. Because a cataract interferes with light, it can cause vision problems. You may see glare from lamps or the sun, and it may be difficult...  Read More

Eye Allergies in the Fall

September 15, 2016

Summer is over and fall is upon us. And with the change in the air comes a new crop of allergens. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the fall months are actually just as bad as the springtime for people who suffer from allergies. To make sure you enjoy this brisk, colorful...  Read More

Why Does Your Eye Twitch?

August 15, 2016

Eye twitches usually happen in the lower eyelid, but sometimes the upper eyelid is involved. While they can be annoying, these spasms are pretty common. But why do they happen? There are several reasons: Too much caffeine. Excessive caffeine intake is a major factor for eye twitches. To see if this is the cause of...  Read More

Vision Over 40: How to Improve Your Night Driving

July 15, 2016

As we age, our vision inevitably changes. And for many, that means increased difficulty perceiving and reacting to unexpected events when driving, especially at night. To make sure you’re staying safe on the nighttime roads, here are some simple precautions to take. -          Drive on streets you know. Driving at night can be risky when...  Read More

What to do About Pink Eye

June 15, 2016

Pink eye (or conjunctivitis) is a common eye condition that typically affects grade school-aged children. It’s also prevalent among teachers and day care works due to their close contact with children in a classroom environment. That being said, pink eye can affect anyone. A highly contagious infection, pink eye develops when the thin, clear covering...  Read More

Understanding Dry Eye Syndrome

May 15, 2016

Do your eyes feel sore and dry? Do they burn and get red? If you said yes, you could be suffering from dry eye disease (or dry eye syndrome), a common condition that develops when your eyes don’t produce enough tears. These symptoms may also be accompanied by periodic blurriness that goes away when you...  Read More

5 Signs Your Child May Need Glasses

April 15, 2016

Knowing that your child is struggling with their vision can be difficult. They may not even know it themselves. Nearly 80% of what a child learns is obtained visually. That’s why it’s important for your child to have a vision screening or comprehensive exam by age five. This helps to promote early detection and intervention...  Read More

5 Tips to Prepare for LASIK Eye Surgery

March 15, 2016

LASIK eye surgery is a type of refractive surgery that effectively corrects common eye problems and lessens the need for prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. It’s also the most popular refractive surgery performed in the United States. If you’re looking to improve your vision with LASIK, here are five tips to help you prepare: 1....  Read More

Tips for Choosing the Best Pair of Ski Goggles

February 15, 2016

Protecting your eyes during the wintry months is just as important as it is in the summertime. And if you’re a winter outdoor enthusiast – whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling – it’s important to have the right goggles for your type of activity. Here are some things to consider in order to achieve optimal...  Read More

UV Protection and Your Eyes

January 15, 2016

When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it’s perfectly natural to sport your favorite accessory – sunglasses. Besides looking good, you’re protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays. But did you know that even when it’s overcast and freezing cold, you’re still exposed to UV radiation? In fact, because of the glare...  Read More

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