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Did you know your age affects your eyes just as much as the rest of your body? If you’re over 40, you’re probably thinking, “Duh,” as you turn on your phone’s flashlight in a dimly-lit, fancy restaurant. And you would be right!


As you age, the internal lenses in your eyes become less flexible and your close-up vision worsens – it’s a condition called presbyopia. This is not to be confused with farsightedness. While both conditions cause vision to be blurred at a close distance, farsightedness is the result of a misshaped eyeball that causes light rays to focus incorrectly once they have entered the eye.

Presbyopia is totally normal as you age, and there is a simple solution to the problem – r...

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I can probably guess what you’re thinking right this second. Okay, that may be an exaggeration, but your eyes are a huge indicator of what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling, and someone who is trained in recognizing those eye cues can definitely guess your current thoughts.
Here are a few eye signals that you can easily catch onto.

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We’re all guilty of it – shopping the cheap sunglasses at your local convenience store (yes, even I have been known to stop by Target when I’ve misplaced my Ray Bans). But those sunglasses aren’t actually doing your eyes any good.

Why do you wear sunglasses? Your first thought is probably, “Because I don’t want to be blinded by the brightness when I walk outside,” or maybe, “That 5:00 sun setting on my way home from work kills me!”

Well, I’m here to tell you that while these are great reasons (wrecking your car just because you weren’t wearing your sunglasses wouldn’t be stellar), but those are just minor compared to the protection that good quality sunglasses can p...

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Do you have a cell phone? If so (and I'm guessing you answered "yes"), there’s a large chance your eyes are straining more and more every day because of it! The perfect solution would be to use digital devices less, but we know that’s not realistic. We want you to function in our digitally-advanced world in a more comfortable way. Instead, Coley & Coley offers the ZEISS Digital Lens, which makes the use of digital devices less straining on your eyes.

Let me explain.

First of all, 90% of American adults have a cell phone. Even worse, 60% of them use that phone and other digital devices more than six hours a day! As a result, 70% of American adults suffer from Digital Eye Strain.

The simple use of digital devices is challenging...

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Tomorrow is World Sight Day, a global event created to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment. This year, Optometry Giving Sight is raising funds in support of children’s eye health. According to Optometry Giving Sight, there are millions of children worldwide whose futures depend on having an eye exam and a pair of glasses. This is a great opportunity for us all to celebrate our blessing of the ability to have good vision, and also to share that opportunity with others around the globe.

Beginning tomorrow, October 12, and running through November 12, we will donate a portion of each pair of frames (glasses and sunglasses) to World Sight Day. We have also made a donation in the name of Coley & Coley Family Eyecare which O...

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Dry eye is a condition that is sweeping the whole world, and still people know little about it. In fact, over 30 million people in the United States suffer from dry eye, and 300 million people suffer worldwide.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a condition in which a person does not have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish his or her eyes. Tears are essential to protect and maintain the health of the front surface of the eye and for clear vision. This most commonly occurs in older adults.

What are the symptoms?

Do you notice you often have:

• Burning, scratchy eyes

• Stringy mucus in or around your eyes

• Increased eye irritation from smoke or wind

• Eye fatigue after short periods of reading

• Sensitivity to light

&...

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Here at Coley & Coley, we care most about three things:

1. Keeping your eyes healthy,

2. Making sure you are seeing the best you can see,

3. Giving you a great experience from the moment you walk in our door.

Today, I’m going to talk about the first one. You may come to see us once a year, or maybe you haven’t even stopped by in a few years (if that’s the case, we’d love to see you!). But did you know there are things you can be doing every day to ensure your eyes stay healthy and strong? Your eyes are affected by just about everything – what you eat, what you look at, what you wear over them, and more. Here are a few tips to keep those eyes healthy, happy, and beautiful.

Eat for better vision!

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January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is actually a group of eye disorders that lead to progressive damage to the optic nerve, resulting in vision loss.

What causes glaucoma?

The most common form of glaucoma is primary open-angle glaucoma, which causes increased pressure inside the eye. This increase in pressure may cause progressive damage to the optic nerve, which can lead to blindness.

Not everyone with high eye pressure will develop glaucoma, and some people with normal eye pressure will develop glaucoma. When the pressure inside a person's eye is too high for a particular optic nerve, whatever that pressure measurement may be, glaucoma will develop.

What are the risk factors for glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the U.S. It most often occurs in people over age 40, those with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans, and those taking certain medications which can increase the pressures of the eyes.

Although this pressure causes damage to the optic nerves, it has no symptoms until very advanced. The pressure damages small areas of peripheral vision, slowly narrowing the field of vision.

Glaucoma cannot currently be prevented, but if it is diagnosed and treated early, it can usually be controlled. Medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss, but vision already lost can’t be restored.

How is glaucoma diagnosed?

During a comprehensive eye examination, including dilation or Optomap photos, Dr.s Greg and Ginger Coley will evaluate your pressures, your optic nerves, your family history, and your side vision screening. If these are suspicious, Dr. Coley will perform specific testing, including extensive testing of the peripheral vision, measuring the thickness of the cornea, and OCT, which measures the depth and thickness of the optic nerve.

What is the treatment for glaucoma?

There is no cure for glaucoma. Patients with glaucoma need to continue treatment for the rest of their lives. Because the disease can progress or change without warning, compliance with eye prescription eye drops to lower the pressure and undergoing eye examinations are essential; treatment may need to be adjusted periodically.

Early detection, prompt treatment and regular monitoring can help to control glaucoma and reduce the chances for vision loss.

Call us at 615-893-8847 or visit our web-site at www.coleyandcoleyeyecare.com to schedule an appointment.


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