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San Diego - Book Your Child's Optametry Appointment Before School Starts

San Diego - Book Your Child's Optametry Appointment Before School Starts

If your child is squinting or complaining of headaches, it may be a sign of early vision problems.

At Newport Avenue Optometry, come visit one of our optometrists today and get your child's eyes checked before the 2017/18 school year starts. We make child eye exams easy and a fun experience!

 

 

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Take a Photobooth Pic in July & We'll Donate to the Vision of Children Foundation

Take a picture in our Photobooth this month, load your pic to Facebook & and tag Newport Avenue Optometry, and we'll donate $5 to the Vision of Children Foundation! To learn more about the Vision of Children Foundation, click here --> http://www.visionofchildren.org/

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts

10 Things You Might Not Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens, which should be clear. This results is blurry vision or what’s often described as looking through a fogged-up window. With more than 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States, it’s a prevalent but also often misunderstood condition.

During Cataract Awareness Month, here are 10 things you might not know about cataracts.

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June 27th is National Sunglass Day! Gifts with Purchase!

June 27th is National Sunglass Day! Gifts with Purchase!

June 27th is National Sunglass Day! Come join us at Newport Avenue Optometry and see all of our styles from Maui Jim - Ask about our Mahalo Gifts!

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 Get the facts about Cataracts

 Get the facts about Cataracts

 

cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon its size and location, it can interfere with normal vision. Most cataracts develop in people over age 55, but they occasionally occur in infants and young children. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other.

The lens is located inside the eye behind the iris, the colored part of the eye. Normally, the lens focuses light on the retina, which sends the image through the optic nerve to the brain. 

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 Do Your Sunglasses Really Protect Your Eyes from the Sun?

Do Your Sunglasses Really Protect Your Eyes from the Sun?

As Americans are planning spring and summer vacations, many may be contemplating buying a new pair of stylish sunglasses.

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Photobooth Contest June 2017 - Win a Ray-Ban Gift Pack!

Photobooth Contest June 2017 - Win a Ray-Ban Gift Pack!

Photobooth Selfie Contest! Win a Ray-Ban Summer Gift Pack! 

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The Importance of Vitamin C in Eye Health

The Importance of Vitamin C in Eye Health

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. Scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts. Risk factors for cataracts include smoking, diabetes and steroid use, which deplete the eye's lens of vitamin C.

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How To Boost Your Diet And  Nutrition To Protect Aging Eyes

How To Boost Your Diet And Nutrition To Protect Aging Eyes

Age-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts commonly cause impaired vision and blindness in older adults. But lifestyle changes, including good nutrition, could help delay or prevent certain eye problems.

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San Diego May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.

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San Diego Eye Allergies

Are you suffering from allergies due to the recent windy Spring weather here in San Diego? Check out these handy tips that may offer some relief for itchy eyes & also consider switching to a daily contact lens.

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New Photobooth for Newport Avenue Optometry Customers

Come Use Our Photobooth!

Newport Avenue Optometry in Ocean Beach, San Diego has a new photobooth that you can use when you stop by!  What a great way to try on some new frames styles and check them out with a fun picture! 

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Close-Up Vision, Hard time reading, San Diego Optometrist

How's Your Close-Up Vision?

Many of our 40 to 45 year old patients notice that their eyes have lost the ability to focus up close, especially in low light. Stretching their arms away from their eyes to read a book or restaurant menu is a typical sign of presbyopia.

 

Presbyopia affects nearly everyone. It happens because as we age the eye's crystalline lens loses its elasticity, making it more difficult to focus. Fortunately, presbyopia is a very treatable condition.

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Lutein and Zeaxanthin rich tasty Salad That Helps the Macular Pigments

Here is a recipe with many of the essential suplements required for good eye health.

The oxygen-containing xanthophylls lutein (L), and zeaxanthin (Z), are two of more than 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids. Synthesized by plants, these yellow, orange and red carotenoid pigments act to absorb light energy for photosynthesis and to protect the plant from high energy UV light. These xanthophyll pigments serve a similar role in protecting the eye from photo-oxidative stress. The yellow from carotenoid accumulation gives the posterior polar region of the retina its name: Macula Lutea or "yellow spot."

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Anti-reflective Coatings

Depending on the material used to make a lens, between 4-16% of light striking the lens surface is ordinarily reflected back or "lost" by the lens. A multi-layercoating of metal oxides, just a few microns thick can significantly increase the amount of light transmitted through the lens by decreasing the percentage of light lost to reflection.

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Contact Lens Basics

Contact lenses are an excellent vision correction option for people of all ages. According to data provided by The Vision Council in September 2014, approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population (roughly 39.3 million adults) report wearing contact lenses at least part time.

Recent advances in lens materials and care products have made contact lenses more comfortable than ever. Even people who have had problems wearing contacts in the past often are good candidates for contact lenses today.

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Is My Child Old Enough to Wear Contact Lenses?

Two common questions we hear in our office from parents are, "Can kids wear contact lenses?" and "How old does my child need to be to wear contacts?"

You may be surprised to discover that contact lenses are often prescribed to correct vision problems in very young children–even infants. However, while physically there may not be a minimum or recommended minimum age for wearing contact lenses, it's important to ask whether contacts are appropriate for your child.

The following questions and tips can help you evaluate whether your child is a candidate for contact lenses.

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Presbyopia

Over 40 and Having Trouble With Your Near Vision? There Are Contact Lenses Designed for You

Over 100 million people around the world enjoy the convenience and freedom of contact lenses. Although the majority of contact lens wearers in the U.S. are female and under 40, more recently, contact lenses are being chosen by a wider range of age groups for their greater convenience in certain situations such as sports and recreation. In these cases, they are often used interchangeably with glasses, giving people the flexibility to use the most suitable option for the activity at hand.

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Progressive Lenses

Progressive Lenses

Progressive lens "Zones"

Progressive lenses, sometimes referred to as "no-line" bifocals, provide vision correction for the three basic vision zones - distance vision, intermediate vision, and near vision. Because they provide vision in these three zones, they are often thought of as a type of trifocal.

In reality, progressive lenses are neither a type of bifocal or trifocal - they are "aspheric" in design, which means the curvature (and focusing power) gradually changes from the top of the lens to the bottom. It is this gradual change or "progression" in power from top to bottom that gives rise to the name "progressive."

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Important Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

hether you're new to contact lenses, or you've been wearing them for years, it's important to put the following tips into practice.

Putting in and Removing Your Contact Lenses

First, wash and dry your hands thoroughly.

Whatever is on your hands when you touch your contact lenses could end up in your eyes. That's why it's important to thoroughly wash your hands with antimicrobial soap. Then dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel before handling your contact lenses.

Also, avoid using cream or oil-based soaps and lotions before touching your contacts, as these can contaminate your lenses or leave an oily film.

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