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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? 



What foods actually help our vision? Is it a myth that carrots are good for our eyesight? The best foods for eyesight are high in particular nutrients or vitamins. A diet that's full of healthy foods for our eyes won't give you superhuman vision or cure eye conditions, but it can help our eyes' overall health. That can have a big impact down the road.



Asheville is an area known for the great outdoors; however, many of the jobs that make up our strong economy are related to computers and technology. We might spend as much as 8 to 10 hours staring at a computer screen each day. We may be spending even more time in front of screens as we continue practicing social distancing to flatten the coronavirus (COVID-19) curve. Families are working and educating at home, often utilizing teleconferencing tools much longer than they would ordinarily. 



To Our Valued Patients:

Asheville Vision and Wellness has always been committed to the health and safety of our patients, our staff, and our community.

Due to the current spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that it has been our commitment for years to sanitize each piece of equipment both immediately before and immediately after each use to prevent the spread of germs from one patient to another. We have always been proud of this commitment.



Headaches can be caused by any number of issues, from changes in sleep and skipping meals to poor posture and stress. But they can also be related to undetected or uncorrected problems with your vision. To find out what is causing your headaches or to rule out eye issues, make an appointment with your optometrist. Relief may be closer than you think!