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What Are the Benefits of Polarized Sunglasses?

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For all the benefits we receive from the sun, its light can pose some serious health concerns. Sunlight reflecting off smooth water, snow or flat roads can create glare which is not only annoying but can have a long-term impact on your vision such as causing cataracts. Blinding glare from the sun and snow blindness Read More »

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How Do I Avoid Getting a Stye in My Eye?

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Styes (or sties) can be incredibly uncomfortable. That’s why it’s no surprise so many are asking what they can do to not only get rid of them but also prevent them altogether. Our #AskAnEyeDoc series puts your questions in front of VSP network eye doctors for an opportunity to learn more about eye health. Our Read More »

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Why Can’t I See at Night?

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Ever notice that the same route you take every day suddenly becomes a little bit harder to navigate while driving at night? You’re not alone. It can be hard to see at night. Why is it so much harder to see at night than during the day? “Yes, it’s dark at night, but you’re operating Read More »

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Why do my dry eyes water?

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Harsh weather conditions like cold temperatures and wind, mixed with hot air blasting from your heater, can be a recipe for dry eyes in the winter months. Symptoms of dry eyes can include burning and itchy eyes, blurred vision, and as odd as it may sound, watery eyes. If I have dry eyes, but they Read More »

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Do Halloween Costume Contacts Affect Your Vision?

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Costume contacts can transform your Halloween look, but there are several things to consider before you take your costume to the next level. Can costume contacts affect my vision? According to Meghan Riegel, OD, costume contacts can affect your vision because they change the shape of your pupil. “Let’s say you have cat eye contacts Read More »

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What Are the Benefits of a Retinal Screening?

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Getting an annual eye exam is about more than checking your vision. An eye doctor will examine everything from visual acuity to the pressure of your eyes to signs of any infections or diseases. They are looking at the overall health of your eyes. That’s why it’s so important they look at not just what’s Read More »

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How often should you go to the eye doctor?

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Veronica and Anthony want to know, “How often should you go to the eye doctor?” Dr. Kirschbaum, VSP network eye doctor, recommends people get their vision checked every year, starting when they are very young. Children should have their first eye exam at six months old, then at three years old, before starting school and Read More »

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Why do people have two different colored eyes?

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It’s pretty rare, but as Mei Fleming, OD tells us, less than 1 percent of the population are born with two different colored eyes, known as heterochromia. Each year on July 12, we celebrate this unique trait with National Different Colored Eyes Day. Why do people have two different colored eyes? “Most causes of heterochromia Read More »

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