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By O’Donnell Eye Institute
March 29, 2022
Category: Eye Exam
Tags: Eye Exam  

How an eye exam from your eye doctor in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, can help protect your vision

Your vision is precious, and you want to protect it. There are many great ways to take care of your eyes, and one of the best is to have regular eye exams with your eye doctor

Dr. Lan O’Donnell at O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, provides a wide range of vision services, including regular eye exams to help protect your vision.

So, how often should you get an eye exam? Once each year is a great idea. You may need them more often if you suffer from eye conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Your vision can change and seeing your eye doctor once each year can help you keep current if you need vision correction.

The annual eye exam is also an excellent time to find out about all the latest trends in eyewear and contact lenses.

During your eye exam, your eye doctor performs several tests and vision exercises to determine if you are having problems with:

  • Depth perception
  • Peripheral vision
  • Distinguishing color
  • Eye muscle imbalances
  • Tracking and focusing
  • Eye pressure
  • Structural issues with your eyes

There are many great ways to take care of your eyes, and regular eye exams are just the start. In addition, you should:

  • Stop smoking
  • Wear sunglasses outside
  • Avoid harmful chemicals
  • Wash your hands often
  • Try not to touch your eyes
  • Keep your contact lenses and glasses clean

Remember to wear eye protection when you play sports or are exposed to harmful substances which can damage your eyes.

O’Donnell Eye Institute offers many other services, including diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Dry eyes
  • Pink eye
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

To learn more about the importance of eye exams and how they can protect your vision, call Dr. Lan O’Donnell at O’Donnell Eye Institute in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. You can reach her in the office by calling (850) 622-4000. Protect your vision by calling right now.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
July 23, 2020
Category: Eye Exam
Tags: Eyeglasses   Lenses  

The decisions don't end once you select a pair of eyeglass frames. You'll also need to consider the type of lenses that will best fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, optometrists, Drs. Lan O'Donnell and Heidi Gonzalez of O'Donnell Eye Institute can offer a little guidance that will help you choose your next pair of eyeglasses.

Single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressives? Which is right for you?

Single vision lenses can improve your vision if you have myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). They also provide clear vision if you have astigmatism, which causes blurred vision at any distance due to an abnormal curvature of the cornea. (The cornea is the clear tissue that covers your iris and pupil.) Single vision lenses only have one lens power throughout the entire lens.

Bifocals and trifocals have two or three different lens powers in one lens. Each power is separated by a visible line on the lens. People of ages in Santa Rosa Beach use bifocals and trifocals, but they're most often prescribed when presbyopia becomes a problem.

Presbyopia makes it hard to see near objects and usually occurs around age 40 when the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. Bifocals or trifocals provide a separate lens power for near vision that makes it possible to read the small print on a prescription bottle or thread a needle.

Progressive lenses contain two or three lens powers in a single lens just like bifocals or trifocals. Unlike these types of lenses, progressives have no lines separating each power.

Other lens choices

After deciding whether you want single vision lenses, bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, you'll also need to consider the materials used to make the lenses. They include:

  • Plastic: Break-resistant and good for everyday wear, plastic lenses are also the least expensive choice.
  • High-Index Plastic: These lenses are thinner, making them fit your frames better if you have a high prescription.
  • Polycarbonate: Shatter-proof polycarbonate lenses are lighter and thinner than plastic lenses and are also used in safety glasses and sports goggles.
  • Trivex: Trivex lenses offer the sharpest vision and are lighter than either polycarbonate or plastic lenses.

Is it time to replace your eyeglasses? Whether your vision has gotten a little blurry or you want to try a new style, you'll find plenty of frame and lens styles at O'Donnell Eye Institute. Call your optometrists in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Drs. O'Donnell and Gonzalez, at (850) 622-4000 to schedule your appointment.

By O’Donnell Eye Institute
September 16, 2019
Category: Eye Exam

Eye Doctor Santa Rosa Beach, FLHaving trouble seeing what’s in front of your face? It might be time to see an eye doctor.

Everyone, no matter how great their eyesight is, should still visit our Santa Rose Beach, FL eye doctor every year for a checkup. After all, you may be surprised to discover how drastically your vision can change from year-to-year! However, there are a number of telltale signs that it’s time to schedule an eye exam, regardless of when your last one was. Some of these include:

Your night vision has changed

If you suddenly notice that it isn’t as easy to see certain road signs or cars at night, then it’s time to see your eye doctor. Often time, it isn’t until someone notices increased difficulty driving at night that they realize their vision has changed.

Signs of an infection

Another reason to visit an eye doctor may have nothing to do with your vision but more to do with certain other symptoms you are experiencing. If you are noticing redness, itching, or discharge emitting from your eye, you could be dealing with an infection. Don’t wait out an eye infection to clear up on its own—see your Santa Rosa Beach, FL, eye doctor as soon as possible for treatment.

Your eyes often feel tired

When you aren’t wearing the proper corrective vision, your eyes have to strain throughout the day to be able to read and process information. If you notice that your eyes feel fatigued for more than four days straight, there could be something more going on that requires immediate attention.

Things look fuzzy

This is probably the most obvious sign that your vision isn’t what it used to be. If you find yourself having trouble suddenly reading the words on a menu or in a book, it might be time for a new prescription.

Concerned? Schedule an appointment

If you are squinting to read signs and make out objects, then it’s certainly time to schedule your eye exam in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Call O’Donnell Eye Institute today at (850) 622-4000 to book your next vision checkup.