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What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

Loads of patients find it challenging to wrap their mind around the difference between optometry and ophthalmology. Both terms sound awkward yet somehow similar. They both mean ‘Eye Doctor” so, speaking loosely, the terms are similar, though they are not really synonyms. Your local optometrist …
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Am I a candidate for contact lenses?

Eye doctors get asked about contact lenses on a regular basis. We hear things like: ‘Are contact lenses safe?’ ‘Can you sleep in contact lenses?’ ‘Can people with astigmatism wear contacts?’ ‘How do I learn how to put contacts in?’ ‘Can patients who need bifocals …
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Why should I get my eyes dilated?

Many of our new patients at Cannon EyeCare seem surprised when we bring up dilation at their routine eye exams. Often they have never had their eyes dilated in the past, or it has been a very long time. This blog post will let you …
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Do you have Pink Eye?

This eye looks really painful, and kind of scary. If you went to work looking like this, your boss would probably send you to the eye doctor to make sure it is not PINK EYE. ‘Pink Eye’ is not a medical diagnosis though, and this …
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How Do Multifocal Contacts Work – Multifocal Lenses Pros & Cons

Lots of contact lens patients start to lose interest in contacts when Presbyopia (a loss of ability to focus the eyes on near objects) starts to take away their up-close vision. But wait! There are now excellent MULTIFOCAL CONTACTS available that allow patients over age …
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Top-7 tips to prepare for your next eye exam

Top-seven tips to prepare for your next eye exam appointment: As with a visit to see any physician, it is a good plan to arrive prepared so that you can get the most out of your next visit with your local eye doctor. Whether you …
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Why Safety Glasses Matter

We all know that you need to wear safety glasses to protect the eyes in chemistry lab or when doing dangerous stuff like running a Jackhammer or Circular Saw. It is common knowledge that it is important to protect the eyes when they are vulnerable …
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Contact lens safety when traveling

Think about your eyes and contact lens safety as your next adventure. If I had the opportunity to advise my patients who wear contacts how to prepare for travel, I would ask them more about the trip. If a patient were going on a long …
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Wait, smoking is bad for your eyes?

News flash: Smoking affects your eyes, and cigarettes are bad for you. Sure, the image below makes the habit look sexy, but truth be told, smoking tobacco causes wrinkles, premature aging, and a long list of diseases. Everybody knows this. Yet most smokers do not …
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How to find a great local eye doctor

Finding a new doctor of any type can be a daunting task. When you go to the dentist, you want to be sure they take their time and get it right. If you see a chiropractor, you definitely want to find somebody you feel like …
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