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There are a million ways to kill time these days. You can turn on your smart T.V. and choose from dozens of streaming services, each with thousands of shows and movies. You can unlock your phone and scroll social media or play one of the many available smartphone games. Otherwise, you can have your smart assistant of choice play your favorite tunes or podcasts. Nevertheless, many people continue to pass the time the way we always have, by reading our favorite books. If you enjoy reading, you may be discouraged when it seems like your eyes and vision is no longer working the way it once did. In this article, we want to give you some signs it is time to try reading glasses. 



We have had a long winter here in western North Carolina. There have been multiple rounds of snow and ice. Many residents of the area were excited to wake up to a White Christmas at the beginning of winter. However, at this point, we are ready for spring. Mild temperatures mean the mountains and valleys will come to life with color. Longer days mean more time outside with our families, which we desperately need while we are still practicing social distancing. Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore all of what makes western North Carolina so special.



At the beginning of each new year, people throughout the country commit themselves to resolutions or goals to grow and improve. Many resolve to read more, learn something new, watch less television, and spend more time with their families. Almost everyone set some kind of goals related to diet, exercise, and wellness. Gyms are busiest in January; however, their popularity wanes through the remainder of the year. Nevertheless, this season is always abuzz with talk of improving health and wellness. 



People in western North Carolina are ready to start fresh with a new year. It has been more challenging than ever navigating all the difficulties we have faced. Asheville residents have taken on the challenges and persevered.

The new year, however, represents an opportunity to make resolutions that promote self-improvement. What kind of resolutions will you make? Many will set goals to improve their fitness, change their diets, and lose weight. However, have you thought about what kind of new year’s resolutions you might make for your eyes?



Winter can be a magical time of year and western North Carolina. Homes and businesses are decorated for the holiday season, with lights and ornaments that remind you of simpler times. Temperatures can remain relatively mild; however, most residents expect to see at least a few snowflakes each winter. While we only receive about a foot of snow each year, it is more than many other southern cities and often plenty to go sledding or in which to build a snowman. 

As pleasant as the season can be, the cold months can also be difficult on your eyes.



This has been a challenging year for western North Carolina residents. That is probably an understatement. How difficult has it been to juggle furloughs and working remotely with online learning and ever-changing school schedules? When you add quarantines and holiday tradition changes to that mix, it is easy to feel like your entire schedule is off forever. 

When schedules are rearranged and lives are hectic, it is possible for events such as eye exams to slip through the cracks. You and your family may have even been rescheduled in the interest of safety and caution. Whether you have missed an exam due to the pandemic, or it has just been a while since your eyes were checked, we want to walk you through what you can expect during an appointment at Asheville Vision Associates.



After a long, hot, humid summer, many of us look forward to the softer, cooler days of autumn - and all of those gorgeous colors as the trees put on their annual fall festival. But this time of year can be tough on the eyes, and you may start experiencing some issues related to dryness, allergies, and other factors. How can you enjoy the season and protect your eyes during fall? Read on for some expert tips.



Most people don't know that lighting can contribute to eye strain. Constantly looking at a screen all day can put stress on your eyes. What if you have to do this for your job? More people than ever are telecommuting, and that means eight hours a day of looking at a screen. How do you make the stress on your eyes easier?



There are many factors that can produce eye strain. One of the biggest is computer use. Staring at a screen regularly can cause eye strain or make strain that's already there much worse. This doesn't mean you have to stop using computers. There are small habits you can change that make it much easier to look at a screen for hours on end. Chances are you'll need to adopt more than one of them to see an improvement. Remember that a vision check-up with an optometrist is the best way to tackle any potential health or recurring eye strain problems.



Men often have unique issues in the health of their eyesight. It's important to know what these are. Men actually process visual information differently than women. This can lead to various issues that may need correction and treatment. 

Bottom line: Men and women both need regular check-ups and prompt intervention when it comes to issues. What should men be on the lookout for when it comes to their vision health?