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Take care of your eyes this summer- Fun in the sun!

These tips will help your eyes over the summer. The best thing you can do to care for your eyes in the summer is to wear protective eyewear and a hat for any outdoor activities. While you follow this advice for prevention, you can make sure your children do the same. By taking a proactive approach to eye care during the hot summer months, you can minimize the amount of time you need professional eye care. When you are looking for a specialist for general eye health, Plymouth Family Optometry is ready to help you. Take a few extra steps to protect your eyes to help you maintain great vision for many more summers to come!

1. Wear sunglasses.

2. Wear goggles in the pool.

3. Wash your hands & avoid rubbing eyes.

4. Wear a hat.

5. Eat healthy & drink plenty of water.

6. Use eye drops.

7. Get adequate sleep.

The Truth About Night Driving Glasses.

Many people of all ages have reduced vision in low light but especially older people. It is not unusual to need twice as much light at the age of 50 to see well than at the age of 30.

Night driving glasses are usually yellow tinted and do not necessarily need to be prescription. They often have an anti-reflective coating. Some night driving glasses are also polarized. These special glasses may or may not help you see better at night.

Conditions That Make Night Driving Difficult

Nyctalopia. This is also known as night blindness. With this condition, you’re not fully blind at night, but you may have a harder time seeing when there is less light. Nyctalopiais sometimes a sign of a different medical condition.

Myopia. Another name for this condition is nearsightedness. With this condition you have difficulty seeing things far away which results in having difficulty seeing at night. A variation of myopia is referred to as night myopia. This type of nearsightedness occurs only at night.

Glaucoma. Glaucoma reduces peripheral vision and can make it harder to see at night. Glaucoma occurs when fluid builds up in the eye and damages the optic nerve.

Cataracts. Cataracts cause the lens of your eye to be cloudy, making it harder to see. This condition affects your vision both during the day and at night.

Deficiency of Vitamin A. Lack of this important nutrient can cause blindness. Foods that are high in vitamin A include…

  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Leafy greens
  • Eggs

In its early stages of vitamin A deficiency, you might notice that you have difficulty seeing at night and in low light. If your doctor diagnoses this deficiency soon enough, your symptoms can be reversed.

Retinitis Pigmentosa. This genetic disorder is rare. It reduces night vision and peripheral vision because it causes the cells in the retina to degrade. These cells are sensitive to light and help you to see at night.

Can Night Driving Glasses Help?

Some experts believe that night driving glasses may hinder your ability to see at night while driving. The yellow lenses actually make less light reach your eye, making it harder to see. They are better for helping you see during the day because hey filter out blue light, creating greater contrast in daylight conditions. These glasses were originally created for hunters. They allow hunters to see birds against the sky more easily during the day. One study from 2019 showed that people wearing night driving glasses had a harder time seeing pedestrians in their path than people who were not wearing night driving glasses. Those wearing the night driving glasses sometimes took up to 1.5 seconds longer to see pedestrians while driving.

How to See Better at Night

Although night driving glasses may actually hinder your ability to see in low-light conditions, there are several things you can do to see better at night, including:

  • Clean your windshield.
  • Clean your headlights.
  • Maintain your windshield wipers.
  • Clean your glasses.
  • Dim the dashboard lights.
  • Visit your eye doctor often. Keep your glasses or contacts prescription up-to-date,
  • Use an anti-reflective coating on your glasses. The coating reduces glare from lights at night.

Picking the Right Lenses. Helpful Tips.

As technology advances, so do lenses. In the past, they were made exclusively of glass. Today, most are made of high-tech plastics. These new ones are lighter, don’t break as easily as glass, and can be treated with a filter to shield your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) light. The following lenses are lighter, thinner, and more scratch-resistant than glass or the older plastic types.

Polycarbonate. These impact-resistant lenses are a good choice if you play sports, work where your eyeglasses could easily get damaged, or have kids who are tough on their specs. They also have built-in UV protection.

Trivex. They’re made from a newer plastic that’s similar to polycarbonate lenses. They’re lightweight, thin, and impact-resistant. They may also correct vision better for some people.

High-index plastic. If you need a strong prescription, these lenses are lighter and thinner than the old-school super-thick ones you may have had in the past.

Aspheric. These have various degrees of curvature. That means they can be thinner and flatter so you can use a much larger portion of the surface.

Photochromic. Sunlight changes these from clear to tinted. You may no longer need sunglasses, although they may not darken in your car if the windshield blocks UV rays. They can be either glass or plastic.

Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses

If you’re in your mid-40s or older, you probably have glasses with multifocal lenses, like bifocals or trifocals. These have two or more prescriptions to correct your vision. In the past, you could spot this type of lens by the line between the two sections. But today’s products often look seamless.

Bifocals. The most common type of multifocal. The lens is split into two sections. The upper part helps with distance vision. The lower half is for near vision. They’re usually prescribed for people over 40 who can’t focus well anymore. That’s due to presbyopia, an age-related change that affects your eye’s lens.

Trifocals. These are bifocals with a third section. It sits above the bifocal portion of the lens. You look through it to see objects within arm’s reach, like a computer screen.

There are also progressive lenses, which have no line, and start with your distance prescription at the top and progressively move toward your full reading prescription at the very bottom.

So don’t get upset if contact lenses don’t work for you. This day and age eyeglasses are fashion accessories, just like purses and belts. So get excited to choose from the latest frames to give your face a fresh new look.

Blue Light- Reducing The Effects

Getting rid of our digital devices is not a realistic option for any of us. However, there are ways one can ward off the damaging effects of blue light.


Every 20 minutes look away from the screen and focus on an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will rest your eyes and limit blue light exposure. This is known as the 20-20-20 rule.


Whenever possible power down your devices especially at night. Blue light affects your body’s ability to release melatonin, the sleep hormone. Powering down three hours before you go to bed will help protect your eyes and should result in a better night’s sleep.


Getting lenses that filter blue light and ease digital strain can be of great benefit. One study found that people using blue light filtering lenses had less eye strain, blurred vision and dry eyes after long periods of screen time.


Using a screen filter on your phone, tablet and computer can cut down on the amount of blue light a screen gives off.


Lutein & Zeaxanthin are antioxidants that accumulate in the lens and retina of your eyes. One study showed that people who consumed healthy amounts of these two antioxidants for 6 months straight had less eye strain, headaches, and improved quality of sleep. Diet-related loss of lutein & zeaxanthin enhanced phototoxic damage to the human eye. A diet rich in lutein & zeaxanthin not only protects your eyes but also potentially improves cognitive function in the elderly.

No Interest Payment Plans

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As a service to our patients, we are pleased to offer the CareCredit card, the nation’s leading patient payment program. You can use CareCredit immediately in our office—then pay for it over time with low monthly payments that are easy to fit into your monthly budget. So, you can begin your vision care today and conveniently pay with low, monthly payments. CareCredit offers a comprehensive range of No Interest and Extended Payment Plans.

No Interest Payment Plans

  • No interest if the balance is paid within the specified time period
  • Low minimum monthly payments

Payment Plans

  • 24, 36, 48 & 60 month plan options [Click for Details]
  • 24, 36 and 48 financing terms are for purchases of $1,000 or more with a 14.9% APR
  • Purchases of $2,500 or more qualify for the 60-month offer with a 16.9% APR

With CareCredit, you pay no up-front costs, no pre-payment penalties and no fees. Plus, CareCredit is a revolving credit line for additional treatment or add-on charges, without the need to re-apply. It only takes a few minutes to apply for CareCredit and you may receive an online decision in seconds!

Apply now or see our staff for more details.

Can Dehydration Affect Your Eyes?

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As a critical element of the body, water is needed for various organs to function properly. Dehydration occurs when the body does not get enough fluid and when this happens organs including the eyes suffer....

When more water leaves the body than enters the body, dehydration occurs. Fluid loss occurs in daily bodily functions such as sweating, urination and bowel movements. Vomiting, diarrhea, diabetes and alcohol can also increase the risk of dehydration. When more water leaves the body than enters the body, dehydration occurs.

The body's response to fluid loss is to preserve the amount of fluid still in the body by conserving it. This causes symptoms of dehydration including thirst and dry mouth, muscle cramps, headaches, lightheadedness, sleepiness and a lack of tear production. When the eyes stop producing tears, they are no longer properly lubricated. This can lead to dry eye, eyestrain and vision problems.

When there are not sufficient tears to nourish the eye dry eye occurs. Tears are necessary for providing clear vision because they wash away foreign matter in the eye and help reduce the risk of eye infections. If you are experiencing irritation, excess watering, blurred vision, or have the feeling of a foreign body in the eye, it may be the result of dry eyes from dehydration. Rehydrating by drinking plenty of water is one of the best treatments for dry eyes. Lubricating eye drops can also relieve symptoms by washing away foreign materials.

Eye strain such as tired eyes, blurred vision, headaches and double vision can also be caused by dehydration and result when the eye is not properly lubricated. Drinking plenty of water will help flush out salt in the body and properly hydrate your eyes to help reduce eyestrain.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can help to keep your body properly hydrated. It is important to take in fluids before, during and after exercise to replenish what the body loses through sweating. By keeping your body properly hydrated you are helping all of your organs to work properly, including your eyes!


For many, the beginning of a new year means making resolutions to improve their lives with healthy new habits. Here are six simple eye-healthy resolutions to consider adding to your list. They will help you take care of your eyes and vision and can possibly lower your risk of developing many eye diseases.


Have you had an eye exam over the last year? Whether you are experiencing any eye issues or not you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam soon. An eye doctor can spot signs of other potential health issues by checking your eyes, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and many eye illnesses.


Everybody knows that smoking is bad for your health, but smoking can also lead to vision loss and blindness. Smokers are twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration and up to three times more likely to develop cataracts compared with nonsmokers.


When it comes to contact lens hygiene, laziness can have severe consequences. The CDC states that 6 in 7 American contact lens wearers admit to at least one risky practice that could cause a serious eye infection.


There are changes you can make in your diet that specifically benefit your vision. A diet rich in essential nutrients can boost your eyes’ health and help reduce the risk of certain eye conditions as you age.


The sun’s UV rays are not just harmful to your skin. UV-A and UV-B rays have also been shown to be major contributing factors in the development of many potentially devastating eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, pterygium and more. Resolve to wear UV-blocking sunglasses whenever you are outside during the day in the new year.


If your job involves many hours of looking at a computer screen, you may have experienced the effects of computer vision syndrome. Eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision and dry eyes are just some of the symptoms that can result from prolonged periods of digital screen use. Resolve to give your eyes some regular relief, by following the 20/ 20/20 rule. Take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Resolve to take care of your vision in 2022 & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Buying Glasses Online May Be No Bargain & May Be Dangerous!

Online shopping touts savings and convenience, but when it comes to making an investment in one’s health, consumers should not leave their eyesight up to a few clicks. Here is why…

  • 44.8% had incorrect prescriptions or safety issues;
  • 29% had at least one lens fail to meet required prescription;
  • 19% of adult lenses failed impact resistance testing; and,
  • 25% of children’s lenses failed impact resistance testing

For more information, please refer to “A Closer Look at Ordering Eyeglasses Online,” a helpful PDF provided by the American Optometric Association (AOA).

Genetic testing for macular degeneration is a powerful tool for managing treatment options.

Please use below for when they click through… Understanding your unique AMD genetic profile could help your doctor guide you to the right supplement options, ensuring you are not harmed by the zinc in most eye supplements. The Macula Risk genetic test provides this information.

Approximately six million people in the U.S. take an AREDS or AREDS2-based formulation.

Current research indicates that approximately 900,000 people taking the AREDS formulation are at risk for supplement-induced vision loss. Learn more about Macula Risk® here… And schedule your appointment with Plymouth Family Optometry today.