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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:



When the temperature is bitter and the air is crisp, you may feel like your eyelids blinking rarely bring the tears you expect. As winter progresses into early spring, you may feel like you never stop scratching your eyes. Without relief, dry, itchy eyes can affect your life and your mood. There may be more to your dry eyes than just weather, pollen, and mountain air. In this article, we will discuss common causes of dry eyes, how to prevent or treat those causes, and how to determine when it is time to see an optometrist.



You’re busy! There is always something on your to-do list: work, meetings to attend, football games and school plays to watch, children to cheer on, dinner to make, bills to pay, family to visit… the list goes on and on! But have you been too busy to schedule an eye exam?

How often do you need to have your vision checked, and should you clear some space on your schedule soon for this important appointment?



They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. When you live near Asheville, those windows let in plenty of pollen. Adding dust, molds, and pet dander to the mix can make for a long spring… and summer… and fall.

While the region offers endless beauty and stunning scenery, nature can take a toll on our eyes. Our fair state can seem unfair if you’re prone to allergies and sensitive to irritants! In fact, North Carolina is one of the “worst” states when it comes to allergies — and staring at screens for work and entertainment only stresses our eyes more.

How do our eyes respond to these attacks — and what can you do if common allergens and irritants cause more than common discomfort and trouble?



  • Sunscreen ✓
  • Cold Drinks ✓
  • Frisbees and volleyballs ✓
  • Burgers and dogs for the BBQ ✓
  • A trashy novel to read at the beach ✓

You’re almost ready for a day of fun in the sun. Just don’t forget your sunglasses!