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We have all heard the phrase “20/20 vision.” But what exactly does it mean? Is it perfect vision? Does it mean you do not need a corrective prescription or that your eyes are in top health? There is a great deal of confusion around this term and what it means for the vision and eye health of individuals. Let’s clear it up! 



A little-known fact is that diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults. People without diabetes are often surprised by this, and it even comes as a shock to many with diabetes. There are many ways in which diabetes can cause serious vision problems. How does this happen, and what can you do to prevent them?



Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye infection. In fact, about 10% of us will deal with at some point in our lives. What do you need to know if you, or your child, is showing the signs of this uncomfortable condition?



We all know there are tremendous benefits of sports, including improving our fitness, building strength, boosting confidence, and working hard as an individual or team. We also know that there are risks: we can be injured. So here come the helmets, the pads, the mouthguards… this is great! It helps protect us from unnecessary damage. But what about our eyes? Sports eye safety is crucial. What do you need to know?



It has been a beautiful, warm summer here in Asheville. There is more to see and do while the kids are out of school than you could possibly do in one break from school. Parents and children are busy throughout the area trying to spend a few more moments together, hike one more trail, tube the river one last time, or sneak in one last beach trip before school is back in session.

While families are frantically fulfilling their final summer activities, while also shopping for school supplies and trying to get the kids back onto regular bedtime and morning routines, one of the most important things to do before classes begin is schedule a back-to-school eye exam. In this article, we will discuss # reasons to see the eye doctor before the first day of school:



Understanding how we see the world is something everyone should know. After all, caring for your own eyes is more difficult if you don't know how they work. Our eyes take up 65-percent of your brainpower. That's more than any other part of your body. Most people are overwhelmingly dependent on vision to perceive the world, above all other senses.



Eye strain at the office can be stressful. You feel yourself risking discomfort because you have work to do. If you address the eye strain, you reduce your ability to get work done productively. If you blaze ahead with spreadsheets, reports, calculations, or other tasks, you can make the eye strain worse. Repeated eye strain can often be addressed with a few adjustments to your space, and an eye exam may also be needed.

Here's what to do to help minimize office eye strain:



Are online eye exams effective? They can be in some ways, but they fall very short of the mark in others. There are things that simply can't be done online. They have to be done by a licensed eye doctor. It's actually pretty remarkable that online eye exams exist at all, but it's also very important to recognize exactly what their limitations are. They are of less quality and they are less capable than an in-person exam. Let's talk about what online eye exams do before talking about what they can't do.



Folks don't usually think of eye exams as regular appointments. Eye exams are usually less frequent than doctor's check-ups and visits to the dentist, and people already forget these last two all the time! That means it's no surprise when you let an eye exam get delayed - perhaps year after year. This can be dangerous, though.



People are passionate about their eyes. In our thirty years of serving Asheville, we have received many unique questions and heard countless concerns related to vision, eye care, glasses and contacts, corrective surgeries, dry eyes, allergies, and many other eye-related topics. The most important way you can find answers for your concerns is by asking your trusted optometrist; nevertheless, we will begin addressing some of the most common questions through our blog. In this article, we will address six common eye concerns: