Dry Eye Awareness

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Have you heard? July is dry eye disease awareness month! Dry eye disease is one of the most common ocular problems affecting the general population today. In fact, more than 40 million people in the USA suffer from the sometimes debilitating problem. Additionally, less than 5% of the dry eye disease patient population has been properly diagnosed and treated, according to HealthCare Maintenance Organizations data.

Depending on the causes of dry eye, we may use various approaches to relieve the symptoms.

Dry eye can be managed as an ongoing condition. The first priority is to determine if a disease is the underlying cause of the dry eye (such as Sjögren’s syndrome or lacrimal and meibomian gland dysfunction). If it is, then the underlying disease needs to be treated.

If dry eye results from taking a medication, we may recommend switching to a medication that does not cause the dry eye side effect.

If contact lens wear is the problem, we may recommend another type of lens or reducing the number of hours you wear your lenses. In the case of severe dry eye, we may advise you not to wear contact lenses at all.

Some patients also have the option to plug the drainage holes, small circular openings at the inner corners of the eyelids where tears drain from the eye into the nose. Lacrimal plugs, also called punctal plugs, can be inserted painlessly by an eye care professional. The patient usually does not feel them. These plugs are made of silicone or collagen, are reversible, and are a temporary measure. In severe cases, permanent plugs may be considered.

Many patients that suffer from dry eye benefit from supplements or dietary sources (such as tuna fish) or omega-3 fatty acids (especially DHA and EPA) which may decrease symptoms of irritation. The use and dosage of nutritional supplements and vitamins should be discussed with us and your primary care physician.

There is a lot of innovation currently in dry eye care including the use of infrared imaging to evaluate the health of the oil glands in the eyelids.  Check out this video we recently made of a machine we're trying out.

 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye disease, such as dryness, soreness, burning, grittiness or eye fatigue, schedule a medical evaluation to discuss your options. Call us anytime at (901) 821-8337


We look forward to seeing you! 

May is Healthy Vision Month

Helping you keep your eyes healthy is our mission here at Clearview, so we're excited that May is Healthy Vision Month!

To keep your eyes as healthy as possible follow these proactive recommendations:

Have a comprehensive dilat­ed eye exam

This is more than just a vision screening. Dr Salley places drops in each eye to dilate, or widen, the pupil. This allows him to examine the back of the eyes so that he can see early signs of damage or disease.

Know your history

Eye diseases are often inherited, so it’s important to know if anyone in your family has been diagnosed or lost vision to a disease. This information will help determine your risk level and establish how frequently you should be examined.

Eat well

Everybody knows carrots are good for your eyes, but did you know that green leafy vegetables are too?  We also need fatty fish like salmon and tuna for their omega-3 fatty acids.

Stop smoking

Smoking is linked to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degenera­tion, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can cause blindness. 

Give your eyes a break

When using a phone, computer or any elec­tronic device, reduce eyestrain with the 20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to blink slowly and intentionally

Wear sunglasses

Choose sun­glasses that block out both UVA and UVB radiation.

Our annual Sunglass Sale starts June 5th and ends June 23rd, all sunglasses will be 20% -70% off!  

So schedule an appointment and/or come by during the sale to pick up a new pair of sunglasses! 

Sports Vision Safety Month

April is Sports Vision Safety Month.  So lets talk sports vision safety for a minute.  

  1. We always recommend polycarbonate lenses for our eyewear because its much more shatter resistant than the old standard ophthalmic lens material.
  2. For most sports, a frame that wraps around your face is the safest and highest-performing visually.  When you're out there being active dust, debris and balls/rackets/fishing lures can come at you from any direction.  That's why the main sporting eyewear we carry (Costa del Mar) is designed to wrap around your eyes.  In fact they were created by four fisherman.  We think they're the best.
  3. Contact lenses may be the best solution for sporting vision correction.  The only thing worse than getting hit in the face is getting hit in the face with glasses on, right?  
  4. If your sport is swimming, you should remove your contact lenses so they don't soak up certain kinds of bacteria and parasites that could cause vision threatening infections.  Read more about swimming in contact lenses here.
  5. There are some specific lens designs and prescription modifications available for certain sports.  So schedule an appointment and let us help you see your best!

Also, we're having an eyewear trunk show May 2 from 4-7 PM, so mark your calendars!  More details to come in the next few weeks, including the new eyewear frame line we'll be introducing.  We're very excited about it and know you will be too!
 

First Anniversary Party


Wow! I can't believe its been a year already! 

It seems like only yesterday we were having our grand opening party. Thanks to our wonderful patients its truly been an amazing first year! So it’s only right that we throw a giant party for our current and future patients. We want you to feel as good as you've made us feel this year, so we'll have on-site massages, mini-manicures and tasty appetizers. All completely free! And best of all, ALL of our eyeglass frames will be on sale from 20-70% off! So come by and say hi, eat some treats, get those tense shoulders loosened up, have the nails spruced up and try on every pair of glasses we have. This party is about you! Thursday, February 2nd from 4-7PM.

Fall Trunk Show

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You're Invited to Clearview's Fall Trunk Show!

We're excited to invite you to our fall trunk show at Clearview Family Eyecare October 25th from 4-7pm!  The entire range of some of our best lines will be on display.  We can't typically carry this many glasses but we'll have them here for one evening.  A visiting frame expert will also be here giving free consultations regarding the best eyewear based on facial structure and lifestyle demands. 


Also, everything will be on SALE! 

We've decided to make a party of it so we invited Gloss Nail Bar to do mini-manicures, Topsy Turvy Boutique to show and sell some of their hottest looks and a local jewelry maker to display their beautiful work!

Come and bring your friends! 

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Contact Lens Health Awareness Week

Contact Lens Health Week

Yep, theres an official week for contact lens health awareness.  Exciting?  Maybe not.  Important?  Yes!  A recent study by the CDC found that 1 in 5 contact lens-related eye infections reported to a federal database involved a patient who experienced eye damage.  Our mission at Clearview Family Eyecare is to promote a lifetime of healthy vision.  Fortunately, advances in contact lens technology have made safe and comfortable contact lens use possible for more people than ever before.  Come see us to find out if contact lenses are right for you!

Featured Testimonial"The last time I got my eyes dilated I fainted and have had bad anxiety about the optometrist ever since. I can say Dr Seth Salley and his staff took great care of me (no fainting this time) and got me in the day after I called and needed an appointment. If you're looking for an optometrist go here!"
Amanda Hill

Overheard at Clearview (FAQ)Q: Why is the contact lens evaluation separate from the routine exam? 
A: Not everyone wears contact lenses. So there is a routine exam, which involves all of the refractive and health tests for the eyes and body, then there is a separate contact lens portion. This part of the exam involves putting contacts on the eye, checking the fit and health of the eye related to the lenses, the trial lenses and sample solutions and any follow up care that may be needed. There is a separate fee for this portion of the exam.

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For newcomers and established Memphians there’s always more to discover in our city. Our clinic's neighborhood, East Memphis, offers a wide variety of attractions to realize more enjoyment from those precious hours set aside for relaxation and fun. Come and explore my top 5 East Memphis spots!