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Answering Some of the Most Common Questions Regarding LASIK

Laser vision surgery options like LASIK help patients correct vision issues and can reduce the need to wear glasses or contact lenses. If you are considering this procedure, keep reading to learn some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

A lot of people ask their optometrists if they make good candidates for the procedure. The optimal patient is at least 18, has good eye and overall health, and some kind of refractive issue that affects their vision but has stabilized. Once you know you are a good candidate, you might start to wonder about the recovery after the procedure. Healing time for refractive surgery is usually 48-72 hours with limited restrictions for one week.

Talk to the optometrists at Schaeffer Eye Center about your eye issues and whether or not LASIK is the right solution for you. Free consultations are available and we utilize cutting edge technology to determine if your eyes qualify for surgery. We offer some of the best eye care in all of Birmingham so you can improve your vision and your ocular health. To learn more about our vision care options, visit us online or call (888) 789-0554.

Dealing with Dry Eye [INFOGRAPHIC]

Have you noticed that your eyes feel scratchy, gritty, itchy, or burning? If so, you may be suffering from dry eye. Dry eye can be caused by a number of factors, including age, medical conditions, environmental conditions, and side effects from medications. If you are experiencing dry eye, it means that you are either not producing enough tears, or the quality of the tears you are producing is poor. Don’t ignore the symptoms of dry eye, as it can become more severe and lead to eye damage as well as vision impairment. Your eye doctor in Hoover can diagnose your dry eye and come up with a treatment plan that addresses the underlying causes as well as the symptoms. Check out this infographic to see what causes dry eye, and the treatment options available to you. Please share with your friends and family!

Why Sunglasses Are More Than Just a Fashion Statement

Celebrities around the world wear sunglasses to movie premieres, music concerts, and other high-profile events, making them a major fashion accessory. However, the function of sunglasses is just as important as their style. In fact, sunglasses can prevent blinding and even deadly health conditions.

Research points to a strong connection between eye diseases and sun exposure. Strong evidence exists between the UV exposure and the progression of macular degeneration. Cataracts gradually cause vision to become cloudy and when untreated, leads to blindness. Wearing proper UV-blocking sunglasses drastically lowers the amount of harmful light that can cause cataracts to reach the eyes. Like cataracts, melanomas can arise as the result of too much sun, and not only the area around the eye but also inside the eye is vulnerable to overexposure to sunlight. With consistent sunglasses use, you can minimize your risk of skin cancer around the eye area.

Just like you wouldn’t go to the beach or lake without your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring your shades!

Schaeffer Eye Center offers a wide selection of protective and fashionable sunglasses for Birmingham area residents. To view our sunglasses, visit our office today! You can also call us at (888) 987-2020 to learn more about our glasses or to make an eye exam appointment.

Spotlight on Oakley Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an integral element of your eye care. Protecting your eyes from the sun can prevent cataracts caused by UV rays and lower the risk for serious issues like macular degeneration and skin cancer. They also reduce glare and help your eyes adjust to the dark, which improves your vision outdoors. Commonly seen on the top athletes competing at the highest level, Oakley Sunglasses are some of the best on the market because they offer the following:

High Definition Optics

The Oakley Company continuously works to create newer, better products that enhance a user's overall experience. Their High Definition Optics were created to offer athletes the chance to optimize their performance. These lenses allow you to have some of the clearest and sharpest vision out of any sunglasses on the market. They also offer 100 percent UV filtering. The wide variety of lens tints are catered to every possible lighting condition from bright sun to low-light to deep waters.

Impact Protection

Oakley Sunglasses are built to help the top athletes make the most of their active lifestyles. Their superior impact protection can stand up to collisions of all sorts. Oakley lenses will even stay intact when hit by small, fast-moving objects. With strength that works for professional athletes, these sunglasses will fit nicely into your lifestyle.

Quality Prescription Options

If you need to add a prescription to your sunglasses, you can get lenses that offer some of the best peripheral vision on the market. Both the frames and the lenses are designed to offer you the ideal fit and vision correction while offering all of the benefits of the traditional sunglasses.

Oakley is set to launch 20 new styles to bring you an even bigger variety for your eye care needs. To learn more about our products or to schedule an eye exam, visit us online or call (888) 987-2020.

Examining the Causes of Dry Eyes

Dry eye is a common eye condition where patients feel a variety of symptoms: burning, itching, gritty/scratchy feeling, a foreign body sensation, dryness, blurry vision or even a watery eye (doesn't that seem like the opposite of what should happen?). There are many causes for dry eye and may include some of the following (and you can have more than one!):

-Natural aging process

-Environmental (overuse on the computer causes the eyes not to blink as much)

-Medications like anti-histamines

-Auto-immune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Thyroid Disease

-History of LASIK or other eye surgeries

-Use of Ceiling fans

If you think you have dry eyes or have any of the above symptoms, the team at Birmingham's Schaeffer Eye Center can help. As one of the top optometrists in the area, Dr. Jack Schaeffer is here to optimize your eye care so you can enjoy improved vision and eye health. To learn more about our range of services or to schedule an initial appointment, visit us online or call (888) 987-2020.

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