Gordy EyeCare Conversations | Gordy EyeCare | Phenix City, Smiths Station, Columbus

Gordy EyeCare Conversations

The Best Ways To Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Monday, November 13, 2017
You'd like to keep your eyesight in your later years right? We think that we all do and of course we know there isn't a cookie cutter formula that is fool proof, but there are things we can do to improve the chances of keeping our eyesight as we age. Let's look at a few: Sunglasses - Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays that can impact your eyes. The Right Diet - Eating a balanced diet that is rich in vitamins and nutrients that can benefit your eyes is important. Healthy Blood Pressure - When your blood pressure is elevated to unhealthy levels it places strain on the eyes by narrowing blood vessels in the eyes and the optic nerve. Diabetes - Mismanagement of your diabetes could impact your eye health. Minimizing Eye Strain - Being too close to electronics can strain your eyes and over time they can impact your eye health. Paying attention to these areas are opportunities for impact your eye health for the long term. As always, we remind you . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Women Deal With Eye Diseases More Than Men
Monday, November 06, 2017
According to the National Health Institute, women make up two-thirds of the people who are blind or visually impaired in the world. In the case of dry eye, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says that 3 million US woman have the disease while only 1.7 million men. The question of why what scientists and doctors are trying to determine. Currently, there is no specific reason as to why women are impacted by eye disease more than men, but it is statistically proven that women are more impacted. One supporting reason as to why women deal with eye disease more is life span. On average, living longer than men and the fact that eye disease becomes more prevalent with age. In most cases these diseases are treatable and their most harmful effects can be eliminated if they are caught early enough.  It serves as another reminder of the importance of routine eye  exams. For more questions about your eye health, contact our team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Beware Of Costume Contact Lenses
Monday, October 23, 2017
If you love Halloween like many people do, then you like to dress in costume. The more creative and authentic, the better. One of the ways that people look to up their costume is with decorative or costume contact lenses, but those who do, it's not without a serious risk. Wearing these contact lenses can cause infections or even blindness in some cases. The truth is that these contact lenses are not medically safe. Many or most of them are not regulated by the FDA. So, if this Halloween you're considering buying a pair to add to your costume, we encourage you not to. It's not worth the health risk. For more questions, contact our team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Four Reasons You May Need To Get Your Eyes Checked
Monday, October 16, 2017
We talk often about the importance of routine eye exams to determine your eye health. However, today we are presenting some additions symptoms, that if persistent, could mean you need to get to an eye specialist soon. Eye pain - If your eyes are hurting, but alone, not as the cause of illness, you should look to have your eyes checked. It could be something little like dry eye, but it could be more serious. Watery, irritated eyes - Again, it could just be dry eye or a minor irritation, but it could also be a symptom of something more serious. Bloodshot eyes - Aging or eye fatigue can be a reason, but it could be more like a corneal ulcer. Temporary visual disturbances - Instances like brief partial or complete blindness are causes to have your eyes properly diagnosed. Delaying evaluation of your symptoms could result in more serious health concerns. It's always better to play it safe than be sorry. For questions on your eye health, contact our team. CLICK HERE TO CO . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Foods For Eye Health
Monday, October 09, 2017
It's important that you eat a balanced diet rich is foods designed to boost your eye health. Eating these foods are not just good for your overall health, but they can help keep your eyes healthy while, even in some cases, prevent some eye diseases. Foods you should eat in moderation include carrots, leafy greens, eggs, citrus and berries, almonds, and fatty fish. All of these types of items are filled with vitamins and nutrients like vitamin A and C, lutein and zeaxanthin, and omega fatty acids. If you have questions about your current diet or are looking for help maintain your eye health, contact our office. We're here for you! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Possible Causes For Your Eye Problems
Monday, October 02, 2017
Many people know they have eye health or vision problems when they are struggling to see or battling chronic irritations, but it's important to know what could be at the room of your eye problems. Here are several main causes of eye health problems: High Cholesterol - Having high cholesterol can impair your vision, so it's important to have healthy cholesterol levels. Thyroid Problems - Controlling your hormones and metabolism, thyroid problems can cause your eyes to swell and can even cause double vision. Diabetes - Having diabetes can make your macula, the part of the retina that controls your central vision, swell or retain fluid. Stroke - Vision changes may occur as an early sign of a stroke. Any sudden changes of vision should prompt you to call 911. Autoimmune Diseases - When your body incorrectly starts to attack itself, like MS or lupus. It can cause blurry vision, double vision or even loss of vision. If you have more questions about common eye problems, . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Combating Red Eye
Monday, September 25, 2017
Whether it's contact lenses or allergies or an eye infection, red eye can be bothersome. It can impact our vision and even our daily lives. So, how do we combat red eye? Depending on the cause of your red eye, it may be important to contact your eye doctor for further diagnosis and treatment. However, if it's a minor irritation, there are several ways you can gain relief: Rest Cool compresses OTC eye drops If you have questions regarding your red eye, contact our team. We're glad to help! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Top Brands In Eyeglasses
Monday, September 18, 2017
If you need vision correction, you at least want to make sure that you look your best, right? There are so many stylish and attractive frames available to complement everyone, it's a great time to be wearing glasses. When you come to Gordy EyeCare, you don't have to walk out and head to a retail store or go online to find the perfect frames for you. We have all the top designers and styles available for you to shop in-house. So the next time you're in the market for some killer frames, stop by your Phenix City eye doctor and let us take care of you! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Child Friendly Eye Care
Monday, September 11, 2017
As your Phenix City eye doctor, we're proud of the fact that we take just as good care of your children as we do for you.  Our attention and care with your children will put them at ease. We take time during their eye exam to make sure they feel comfortable. And if they require vision correction, we provide the best possible method while making sure they feel great throughout whole process. If you are looking for "the" eye doctor for your children, give us a try. We think you'll be happy you do! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Routine Eye Exams Matter
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
As an adult, you may think it's not as important for your to get yearly eye exams, especially if you do not notice a major change in your vision. That is one of the main reasons that people provide for why they neglect eye exams. However, that that is a bad decision giving the many benefits of routine eye exams. Eye exams allow us to not only correct your vision, but diagnose the potential eye diseases and complications as well as other health conditions within your body. If you have not had an eye exam in over two years, we recommend that you contact our team and schedule an appointment. We care about your health! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: National Eye Institute CONTINUE READING . . .
Phenix City's Family Friendly Eye Doctor
Monday, August 28, 2017
We're proud to take care of our patients and we're even more proud when we can look out into our office and see entire families who have entrusted us with the care of their eye health. We want our practice to be more than just taking care of adults or children. We want you to feel comfortable bringing anyone of your family, regardless of their age into our practice. We take pride in treating you like family and we thank our loyal patients who do. If you're looking for an eye doctor in the Phenix City, Smiths Station, or Columbus areas that is perfect for your family. Please give us a try! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Kat Grigg on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Water And Contacts Don't Mix
Monday, August 21, 2017
The CDC, Centers For Disease Control, is reporting in a new study that almost one-third of adults and teenagers report wearing their contacts while either showering or swimming. The problem with trend is that contact lenses can absorb bacteria and germs from the water and transfer them directly to the eye, significantly increasing your chance for an eye infection. The recommendation is that prior to showering or swimming that you remove your contact lenses. If you have questions about your contact use, contact our team. We're happy to help! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Teen Develops App To Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy
Monday, August 14, 2017
Don't you love to see the awesome? We do, and awesome has come in the form of 16 year-old Kavya Kopparapu, who has developed an app, and a 3-D printed device, for the smartphone that can diagnose diabetic retinopathy. How amazing is that! Typically this eye disease is only diagnosable via a two-hour exam where a special camera takes pictures of the retina. Kopparapu and her team trained and AI system to identify the disease in photos, cutting down the time for a diagnosis. Her motivation was her grandfather who lives in a small city in East India and the challenges of so many patients in the slums with so few ophthalmologists. To learn more on Kopparapu's invention, click here. Congratulations to Kavya on her accomplishment. The future is bright with many like her at the helm. We're excited to see what is next in the world of eye health. If you have questions about your eye health, contact our team. We're here to help! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image cre . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Vitamin Rich Foods Improve Vision
Monday, August 07, 2017
What are the foods that you can eat to keep your eyes healthy? Most common knowledge tells us that carrots are good for our eye sight. Our mothers and mother's mothers and on and on have told us for decades that carrots are the "thing" for eyesight. But there are more foods that benefit you and we'll share some with you below: Bell peppers - They are full of vitamin A and C and they are great fighters against age-related macular degeneration Leafy greens -  Spinach and kale and anything in that family is packed with vitamin C, beta carotene, and lutein and zeaxanthin. Blueberries - Chock full of antioxidants, they also have the ability to fight many eye diseases. Sweet potatoes - The healthier spud, they are packed with beta carotene. Chia seeds - Filled with more Omega 3s than flax seeds or salmon, and they have more calcium than milk and they have more antioxidants than blueberries. They're wonder food for sure. These are just some of the foods, including carrot . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Detecting Eye Problems Early Key For Children's Academic Success
Monday, July 31, 2017
A recent study report released by the National Center For Children's Vision & Eye Health states that 1 in 20 preschool age children and 1 in 4 school age children have a vision disorder. That is significant because visual functioning is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children. To complicate the matters, generally, children do not complain about problems with their vision, but the good news is that many of the vision problems children may have can be treated is diagnosed early. Routine eye exams are critical for your children's eye development and their performance in school. If you have not already booked and back to school eye exam for your child, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Routine Eye Exams For Children
Monday, July 24, 2017
When it comes to our eye health, we know, or should know, that it's important for adults to have routine eye exams. Not only do they allow for proper vision correction, but it can help to diagnose health issues. The same is true for children, even young children. Eye exams can help to better understand your child's health as well as meet their vision needs. If you have questions about your child's eye health or a child's eye exam, contact our team! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE  CONTINUE READING . . .
Too Much Eye Makeup Can Be Bad For Your Eyes
Monday, July 17, 2017
As much of a benefit that makeup can be to help you feel and look your best, there are ways that you can use too much makeup or use it incorrectly and impact your eye health. We're going to take a look what can be problematic for your eyes so that hopefully you don't end up with a problem. Some of the common pitfalls of wearing makeup include: Checking for the makeup expiration date - Most wearers don't know how long you should keep your mascara on for daily, let alone the fact that there is expiration information. Using older mascara can increase the chances for bacteria to spread into your eye. Wash your brushes - Makeup brushes over time will gather bacteria and if you do not clean them regularly, you increase your chance of spreading bacteria to your eyes. Don't apply make up on the move - We get it, some times you're in a rush, but applying make on the move, at the minimum, can increase your chance for a corneal abrasion. Cleaning your face at night - failing to was . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
What Are Cataracts?
Monday, July 10, 2017
When the normally clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy, then you have cataracts. Cataracts are common in the United States, with over 200,000 cases each year and the good news is that they are treatable. Symptoms of cataracts may be blurred vision, light may seem too bright or glaring, and colors may not seem as bright as they once were. The exact symptoms can vary based on the particular type of cataracts that you have. Treatment can range from surgery to stronger bifocals and proper lighting. The type and severity of the disease will determine the treatment necessary, but the good news, like we said earlier, is that they are treatable.. If you have questions about your cataracts or you think you might have them, contact our team. We're here to help! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: community eye health on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
What Your Eyes Tell Us
Monday, June 26, 2017
When we place a priority on routine eye exams, it's because your eyes can tell us so much more than just how healthy your eyes are. Over 30 conditions have symptoms in the eyes and that makes routine exams critical. A recent article details some of the conditions that are visible: Red spots - Caused by blood in the eye, can be a sign of diabetes. Bloodshot eyes - Can be symptomatic of fungal infections or pink eye. Itchy, swollen, red eyes - Can be signs of allergies. White rings around the eyes - Can be caused by high cholesterol. Of course, some cancers, tumors and other invisible conditions can be diagnosed in routine eye exams. If you have more questions about your eyes and what they can tell us, contact our team. We're here to answer your questions! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Benefits Of Routine Eye Exams
Monday, June 19, 2017
We talk often about the importance and benefit of routine eye exams. We do so because for some people, eye exams are only a necessity when they notice a change in their vision. However, routine eye exams do more than just help us provide updated vision correction. The benefits of routine eye exams are found when we are able to dilate the eyes to access, not just, the eye health but your overall health as well. There many symptoms/issues that can be revealed by looking at someone's eyes. So, if you haven't been in for an eye exam lately, contact our team to schedule one today. It's important! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Family-focused Eye Care For Phenix City Residents
Monday, June 12, 2017
We take pride in being a family-focused eye practice that makes you feel comfortable. Our team provides personal and attentive care for mom, dad, and all the kids. No matter who you are, or how old you are, you'll feel welcome and appreciated at Gordy EyeCare. Ask any of our current patients from around the Phenix City, Smiths Station or Columbus areas and they'll tell you why they prefer Gordy EyeCare. We are grateful for our fabulous patients and we hope that you'll become one too! Make an appointment today! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Women's Eye Health
Monday, June 05, 2017
Since women, historically, outlive men, it is more common for women to develop more age related eye disease. Age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy are the most common age related eye diseases that affect men and women as they get older. However, women are also more prone to having refractive errors like near/far sightedness and astigmatism. Another difference between men and women is that women are more likely to develop dry eye as well. This can result from a decline in vision, in addition to irritation redness and pain. More research is showing that tear production, from the glands in around the eyes and eyelids, is impacted by hormones, which could be amplified by the hormonal imbalance of menopause. As always, it is recommended that everyone have routine eye exams, but it is especially important for women as they become older to make sure that they are getting the proper treatment and maintaining the right vision correction for their eye . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Avoiding The Knock-off Designer Sunglasses
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
We talked recently about avoiding cheap sunglasses, even though they may be affordable and allow you more customization with your wardrobe, because they, more often than not, do not provide the necessary UV protection for your eyes. Well, an article by a British paper stated that their research indicated that 40% of Brits are forgoing proper sunglass eye protection to buy knock-off designer eyeglasses. The article states that the desire to have the popular sunglasses was most important and if they could not afford the real deal, they would settle for the replica, even if it meant, unknowingly, harming their eyes. If you have questions about your sunglasses and which are the right ones for you, contact our team. We're here to help you! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE Image credit: Ramesh Ram on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
What Causes Eye Floaters?
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Have you ever noticed "specks" or "cobwebs" in your field of vision? Then you may have floaters. They are small, dark, shadowy shapes that can look like spots, thread-like strands or even squiggly lines. Floaters happen when the vitreous, a gel-like substance in the eye, that fills a majority of the eye, and helps it maintain it's round shape, slowly shrinks. As it shrinks, it can cast a shadow on the retina, those are the floaters. In most cases, floaters are just a part of life and are just an annoyance. However, floaters can be caused by more serious conditions like infections or detached retina. If you notice more floaters than you previously have or are concerned about their presence, a routine eye exam is the way to determine what is exactly going on with your eye. For more questions on floaters, contact the Gordy EyeCare team and let us help you Phenix City. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: eek the cat on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Blue Light A Concern With Electronics
Monday, May 08, 2017
We've talked about digital eye strain in the past and a recent article on health.com has drawn to light a new concern with spending too much time in and around electronic devices. Blue light, which is the high energy, short wave-length light, is emitted from electronic devices and it passes straight through the cornea to the back of the eye. Scientists and doctors are concerned that over time, this high level of light could have serious, long-term, health effects on our eyes. Unfortunately, at this time there is insufficient real life data to back this up, as electronics have burst on the scene in the last 15-20 years. If you spend a lot of time in front of electronics, the best practice is to build in frequent breaks from looking at a screen.  You can find more tips on combating digital eye strain here. For more on the article from health.com, click here. If you have questions about blue light or digital eye strain and your lifestyle today, contact the Gordy EyeCare te . . . CONTINUE READING . . .