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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 . . .
Recent Study Shows Age-Related Macular Degeneration Diagnosis Is Being Missed In Seniors
Monday, May 01, 2017
A new JAMA Ophthalmology reveals that 1 in 4 seniors are not being diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration when the signs were present in the dilated eye exam. Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham reexamined almost 650 patients, average age of 69, who had a dilated eye exam and determined that 25% had AMD undiagnosed. This is a major concern given that AMD is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in adults over 50 years old.  The best tool in the fight against AMD is knowledge. Knowing the risk factors include age over 60, farsightedness, being female, a history of sunlight exposure, lighter colored iris, smoking and a family history of the disease. If you meet any of these criteria, make sure that you contact the Gordy EyeCare team to get you in for an eye exam. For more information, contact our team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Beware Of Cheap Sunglasses
Monday, April 24, 2017
Having the perfect pair of sunglasses to match your outfit is understandable, but beware if they do not offer any UV protection. Wearing sunglasses that do not offer UV protection could be putting your eyes at risk. When buying sunglasses, even if it's for one-time use, if you are going to be wearing them in the sun, make sure they have a UV rating so that your eyes are protected. For more information about protecting your eyes, contact the Gordy EyeCare Team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Ron Lute on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Fighting Digital Eye Strain
Monday, April 17, 2017
Technology rules the world, but unfortunately it's having and impact on our eyes. In children and adults, staring at a screen, whether it's a computer, tv, or mobile device is causing digital eye strain. Eye fatigue, decreased productivity, eye twitching and red eyes are just some of the symptoms. To combat digital eye strain, there are several ways to fight: Limiting use of digital devices - Where possible, limit your use of screen based devices. Take breaks frequently if you need to use them by looking away from screen at something with some distance. Reduce glare on the screen  - The screen you're looking at is difficult enough for your eyes, minimize glare to reduce the work your eyes have to do. Adjust your screen - Regardless of the screen, it should be in front of your face and slightly below eye level. These are just a few tips to combat digital eye strain. For more information, contact your Phenix City eye doctor, Gordy Eye Care. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORD . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Managing Glaucoma
Monday, April 10, 2017
So, you've been diagnosed with glaucoma, what's next? When we talk with glaucoma patients in the Phenix City area, we try to help them understand their diagnosis and what they can do to help themselves. Here's a small list of tips: Know your medications - Make your all your doctors know that you have glaucoma and the medications that you are taking for glaucoma, so that they will not prescribe medicines that will interfere with your glaucoma medicine. Medication routine - Make sure that you are taking your medications as prescribed. Managing your routine is critical, so having set times daily to take your meds is a good way to make sure that you don't miss a dose. Alarms are your friend! Organization - Knowing what, how much and when you are supposed to take your medicines is important. Write it down, keep it on your cell phone, but make sure you know. Stay healthy - Keeping your eyes free of irritants, not rubbing your eyes, protective eye equipment, rest and a health . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Your Child's Eye Health Is Critical
Monday, April 03, 2017
When it comes to maintaining your children's eye health there are many challenges, but it should remain a priority to ensure that your child has the tools and resources necessary to succeed. One of the main challenges parents face in helping their children maintain their eye health is recognizing when there is an issue. If your child is squinting, complaining of headaches, or struggling in their schoolwork, it could be a result of correctable vision problems. Routine eye exams are the main way to make sure your children have the help they need. It also helps if there can be control of exposure to screens/electronic devices. Incorporating a leafy greens, vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids into your child's diet can help put them on a great path. Phenix City parents, we're here for you. We can answer any questions you may have. Let our team help you! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: WiLPrZ on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Facts About Dry Eye
Monday, March 27, 2017
Many Phenix City residents have heard of dry eye, but do you know what it is? Dry eye occurs when the eye does not produce tears properly, or when the tears are not the correct consistency and evaporate too quickly.  Dealing with dry eye can make it more difficult to perform certain activities like, using computers or mobile devices, or reading for a long time. Many people suffer with dry eye in some form. Typically, it is either in the form of a lack of tears or that the tears produced are not the right consistency and dry too quickly and can be the result of many different factors like medicine, surgery, thyroid or even inflammation of the eye. Some of the symptoms of dry eye include: Stinging or burning of the eyes A sandy or gritty feeling in the eye Episodes of excess tears followed by very dry periods A stringy discharge from the eye Pain and redness in the eye If you suspect that you are dealing with dry eye, make sure to contact the Gordy EyeCare tea . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Designer Frames From Phenix City's Eye Doctor
Monday, March 20, 2017
Looking for some new frames? Have you come into our optical shop lately? We have all the brand name frames with the latest designs to have you looking your best! Our team can work with you to make sure that the frames you want have the perfect fit and feel. So, not only can you see great, you look great! Come in today and let us help you pick out your next pair of frames. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Top Foods For Eye Health
Monday, March 13, 2017
Fight dirty when it comes to your eye health. According to the AAO, American Academy of Ophthalmology, these four foods are the best to make part of your diet in the fight to maintain healthy eyes. Kale - It is high in lutein and zeaxanthin which is believed to lower the risk for age-related macular degeneration. Other leafy greens are a good source too. Salmon - Rich in omega-3 fatty acid, these fish, and other cold water fish help prevent eye disease. Oranges - Vitamin C is critical to eye health. Oranges and all the citrus family are great sources of Vitamin C. Black-eyed Peas - All legumes contain high levels of Zinc, which can help protect eyes from sunlight. To read more from the AAO, click here. Your diet is critical for so many areas in your overall health and your eyes are different. If you have questions about your diet, as it relates to your eyes, contact the Gordy EyeCare team. We'd love to speak with you. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Family Friendly Eye Care From Your Phenix City Eye Doctor
Monday, March 06, 2017
We take pride in treating all our patients like family. Young or not so young, we value you and appreciate your trust in us to maintain your eye health. We also know that it's important for you to feel like you can bring your whole family to us. Because of that, we work hard to make our practice family friendly to your entire family. We have a space for your children, an open and inviting waiting room, and a top-notch team that cares about you. If you haven't experience Gordy EyeCare and are looking for an eye doctor for you and your family to call home, make an appointment with us. We'd be happy to see you! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
New Study Shows Vitamin B3 May Protect Against Glaucoma
Monday, February 27, 2017
Researchers in Maine at the Jackson Laboratory have recently completed a recent study that shows the addition of Vitamin B3 to your diet may help to increase eye health and even protect against glaucoma. The study, conducted on mice that were genetically predisposed to glaucoma, showed that adding B3 to the mice's water helped to increase their ability to protect against glaucoma. The doctors were also able to determine that a single gene therapy with the enzyme was just as effective in preventing glaucoma. Read more here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4235222/Adding-vitamin-B3-water-prevent-glaucoma.html While this is new information, we are excited to see what is around the corner in glaucoma treatment and prevention. If you have questions about glaucoma, contact Gordy EyeCare. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Community Eye Health on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Rare Eye Disease Affecting Teenage Boys
Monday, February 20, 2017
There's a very rare eye disease called Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) that can cause sudden vision loss in one eye, with rapid vision loss in the other eye. This vision loss can result in legal blindness and can affect men and women, but it is most common in teenage boys/young men. There are two recent incidences in Florida and Texas where high school age boys were hit with, what the their eye doctors believe, is this rare disease. In both cases, the boys were completely healthy. Read more on the recent cases here: http://abc13.com/health/rare-eye-disease-causing-teens-to-go-blind/1756024/ To read more on Lebers Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, click here. For parents, it's important to be aware of your children's health. With LHON affecting less than 100 people per year, having these two recent cases is reminder of the importance of routine eye exams. If you have questions about your children's eye health, contact our team. We're here to help. CLICK HERE . . . CONTINUE READING . . .
Top Factors That Put Your At Risk For Cataracts
Monday, February 13, 2017
Phenix City residents, if you are unfamiliar with cataracts and the factors that can increase your risk of getting them, we'd like to offer this refresher. Cataracts are when the lens of your eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Factors that increase the risk of cataracts: Increasing age Diabetes Excessive exposure to sunlight Smoking Obesity High blood pressure Previous eye injury or inflammation Previous eye surgery These are just some of the factors that can contribute to cataracts. Many of these factors can be controlled or eliminated, but it's important to take action now and wait until you have a diagnosis. If you have questions about these factors or options for you in dealing with cataracts, contact Gordy EyeCare. We're here to help! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Community Eye Health on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Age-related Macular Degeneration Leading Cause Of Blindness In Seniors
Monday, February 06, 2017
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in seniors. It affects nearly 2.1 million people and that number is expected to double to 5.4 million by 2050. The main reason that AMD is so prevalent in seniors is the fact that they neglect their routine eye exams. With routine eye exams, AMD is able to be caught and treated. It is recommended that people over the age of 65 should have eye exams every 1 to 2 years, even if there are no symptoms of eye problems. If you or someone you know is dealing with age-related macular degeneration and you have questions, we'd be happy to answer them for you. Just contact our team to set an appointment. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE CONTINUE READING . . .
Sunlight May Help Prevent Nearsightedness
Monday, January 30, 2017
A recent study is showing that people who spend more time outdoors in the sunlight have a smaller chance of developing myopia or nearsightedness. The study says that people who do not get enough sunlight may cause their eyes to reshape involuntarily  and impair their vision. Another fact from the research states that 25% of children ages 14-19 are more likely to develop myopia because they do not get enough exposure to sunlight. So, while spending more time in the sunlight is good for your eyes, there are also concerns for over exposure to sunlight leading to skin cancer and cataracts. Make sure you're consulting your eye doctor regarding the right amount of daily sunlight that is healthy for your eyes. Phenix City, we're here to help. We'd love to answer your questions and help you maintain your eye health. Talk with us soon! CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Ken Teegardin on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
Eye Imaging: A Break Through For Glaucoma
Monday, January 23, 2017
Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and Rochester Medical Center have developed a new technique for viewing the cells that, when they degenerate, cause vision loss to those with glaucoma. Retinal ganglion cells are transparent cells in the eye but the multi-camera form of imaging allows these cells to become visible for study. Read more here: http://pittnews.com/article/115627/featured/eye-imaging-helps-eye-disease-patients/ This is exciting news for the future of treating glaucoma as it is one of the most undetectable vision loss diseases. We will be keeping an eye on future developments with this study. For more questions on your glaucoma, contact the Gordy EyeCare team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE image credit: Sarah Cartwright on flickr CONTINUE READING . . .
What Is Glaucoma?
Monday, January 16, 2017
Glaucoma is the little known thief of eye sight. It is the second leading cause of loss of eye sight in the United States, impacting over 2.7 million Americans, and not many people know what they are looking for. Glaucoma has no early warning signs or symptoms. People who get Glaucoma don't know they have it until it's too late. If you are unfamiliar with Glaucoma, it is a group of eye disorders that can damage the optic nerve and impair peripheral vision. Factors that contribute to increased likelihood of getting the disease are race, family history, personal history of diabetes, hypothyroidism, or severe eye trauma. There are treatments available for Glaucoma, but the best way to make sure that you are on the lookout for the disease is routine yearly eye exams. For more questions about Glaucoma, contact the Gordy EyeCare team. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT GORDY EYECARE  image credit: Community Eye Health CONTINUE READING . . .