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Welcome to the IlluminEyes Vision Care Eye Health Library, our comprehensive collection of vision and eye health information. As you browse through this section, you'll find dozens of helpful articles about eye diseases, vision problems, eye wear and contact lenses. If you have any questions about something you read here, contact us or come by for an appointment. We are happy to discuss any vision care topic with you.

  • Vision is arguably the most important of the five senses; it plays a crucial role throughout childhood and beyond. Yet many parents don't understand how vision helps their children develop appropriately. Use these articles to proactively care for your child’s eyes, spot potential trouble, and maximize the opportunity for crisp, convenient and healthy vision.
  • Today there are more convenient and healthy contact lens choices than ever before. Whatever your vision challenge, it can probably be met with an array of specialty contact lenses for individual vision needs.
  • Whether or not you require vision correction, sunglasses can add an element of comfort and enhanced performance to your activities, while helping you look great.
  • Seeing clearly is just one part of your overall eye health. It’s important to have regular eye exams at our Nashu practice whether or not you wear glasses or contacts, and even if your vision is sharp. The articles below explain what problems can be spotted with an eye exam, what’s involved in a comprehensive exam, and special considerations for kids and contacts.
  • Tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses? Today, several surgical methods can correct your eyesight and, in most cases, give you the freedom of seeing well without corrective lenses.
  • The struggle between fashion and function is officially declared a tie! Never before have eyeglass frames been offered in so many stylish choices. Yet, you'll be amazed at how many options are at your fingertips to help you see well, and protect your vision.
  • Eye problems can range from mild to severe; some are chronic, while others may resolve on their own, never to appear again. The articles below will give you a basic understanding of some of these problems and their implications. The cardinal rule is if your eyes don't look good, feel good or see well, you should visit your doctor.
  • If you are among the 85 million Baby Boomers in the United States and Canada (born between 1946 and 1964), you've probably noticed your eyes have changed. Most notably, presbyopia - the normal, age-related loss of near focusing ability - usually becomes a problem in our 40's, requiring new vision correction solutions. Learn about measures you can take to keep seeing clearly for years to come.
  • Just as our physical strength decreases with age, our eyes also exhibit an age-related decline in performance - particularly as we reach our 60's and beyond. Some age-related eye changes are perfectly normal, but others may signal a disease process. It's important to recognize signs and symptoms, and perhaps even more important to mitigate the effects of aging with some simple and common-sense strategies.
  • Sports eyewear can give you the performance edge you're seeking for just about any sport. But make sure you get the eye protection you need as well. And after you're fit for the right eyewear, you might want to take your game up a notch with the same kind of vision training used by professional athletes.
  • It's not true insurance that protects you against unexpected or overwhelming financial obligations. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost. Learn about types of vision plans, and how they work.
  • The cornea, the clear, round tissue that is in front of your iris and pupil, is usually spherical in shape. As light enters your eye from all angles, your cornea focuses that light, directing through your eye to your retina, which is at the back of your eye.  Often, our cornea isn't perfectly spherical in shape, which causes light to not focus at one point on the retina (at the fovea).  This condition is called astigmatism, and it causes our vision to be blurred at all distances, near to far. Unfortunately, astigmatism is common.  Small amounts of astigmatism cause little blur, but large amounts result in more blur and distortion.  Astigmatism also often accompanies other refractive issues, such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism in childhood can cause eye fatigue, headaches and squinting when undiagnosed or untreated. In children, it may cause difficulty in the classroom, making reading and writing more difficult to learn.  Adults who work with small parts, paperwork, or spend long hours driving or working on a computer often experience eyestrain and headaches as well. Astigmatism is detected, measured, and corrected as the result of having an eye exam by an optometrist.  The condition can be corrected by the use of eye glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery such as LASIK. People who choose contact lenses are usually fitted with toric lenses, and are designed to orient in the eye in a specific way in order to bring light back into a sharp focal point on the retina. In the past several years, great improvements have been made in vision correction of all types.  There is absolutely no reason to live with blurry vision or eye strain, as new contact lenses and extremely lightweight eye glasses are available from your eye care professional.  Annual eye examinations are an easy way to ensure that your eyes remain healthy and your vision remains clear and sharp.