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The Winter 2018 Issue Of Consumer Connection Magazine Is A Knockout

The winter 2018 issue of Consumer Connection magazine is out now! In our last issue of the year, we cover the modifications that can help seniors stay in their homes longer, the best time of year to have solar installed on your home, treating children with concussions, how to reduce your exposure to blue light…

Kids Eye Health Is Not Child’s Play

Do you know at what age your child should have their first comprehensive eye exam? Chances are­­ it’s earlier than you think. A basic eye exam or vision screening may be helpful, but without a comprehensive eye exam, several eye and vision conditions may go unnoticed. To address this–the California State Board of Optometry created…

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Nearly 3 million Americans have glaucoma and half of them don’t know it. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Our eyes are made of fluid, delicate tissues and nerves.  If clear eye fluid drains too slowly this can place pressure on the optic nerve (the part of the…

Copy That: Your Eye Prescription Belongs to You

Did you know that if you have an eye exam or a fitting for contact lenses, the eye doctor must give you a copy of your prescription—without you having to ask for it—free of charge? It’s your right—and it’s enforced by the Federal Trade Commission via the Eyeglass Rule and the Contact Lens Rule. Having…

A Clear Look at Contact Lenses

Contact lenses can be liberating. You don’t have to deal with the discomfort of eyeglasses resting on your face and ears, your peripheral view is generally better, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they can even improve the progression of nearsightedness in children and teenagers. However, despite their benefits, if…

April is an Ideal Time to Focus on Health

The weather is warming up, making it an ideal time to get healthy by getting active outdoors and taking advantage of the in-season fruits and vegetables. As further inspiration, a slew of campaigns focusing on health management through exercise, diet, and regular health care are happening this month. Here are a few to get you…

Glaucoma Awareness Month: Guard Your Vision

Glaucoma. It’s called the “sneak thief of sight” because it can strike without symptoms and lead to permanent blindness. The good news is that blindness from the disease is preventable. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month—a time to understand the disease and take important steps to guard yourself from its serious effects. Although there is no cure for glaucoma, if…

June: Child Vision Awareness Month and Cataract Awareness Month

This month—and every month—the State Board of Optometry (Board) reminds consumers about the importance of children receiving early eye care, and how critical regular comprehensive eye exams are for Californians of all ages. Nearly 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems that can cause them to struggle in school. Undetected and untreated vision problems can also…

Children’s Vision Coalition: Comprehensive Eye Exam Requirement for School-Age Kids

One in four school-age children suffers from vision problems. Although vision screenings done at schools help identify those kids, the screenings miss one in three with significant vision and eye health problems, according to the National Commission on Vision and Health. Also, 40 percent of the kids identified with vision problems do not receive follow-up…

Online Refractive Tests: Not the Same as Comprehensive Eye Exams

At first it sounds convenient and cost-effective—go online, get your eyes tested, and in exchange for a fee, you receive a prescription. You take that prescription wherever you want and get your glasses or contacts. No appointments, no fuss. Over and done. However, be aware that perfect vision doesn’t necessarily mean healthy eyes. Substituting an online refractive test…

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