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What You Need To Know About High-Risk Medications

Most medication ads tend to start off the same way: stock footage of someone in obvious pain or discomfort, set in grayscale, with a voice-over describing asking if you have ever experienced such and such symptoms of such and such issue. When they introduce whatever life-changing medication the ad is really about, it comes paired with a laundry list of side effects which can sometimes sound scarier than the issue in the first place.

Learning about Age-related Macular Degeneration

Our bodies change in all sorts of ways as we get older. You swear you could have jumped higher yesterday or run a marathon a month ago, but today you know one bad twist of your neck and you’re out for the season. It’s a normal part of life, but it’s an annoying part of life and one that requires constant upkeep. Your eyes are no different. As we age, our eyes change over time and we often find ourselves reaching out for our bifocals just to see the day through.

Feasting For Your Eyes

Parades, football, naps, food… what’s not to love about Thanksgiving? The foodiest of the holidays, Thanksgiving has a little bit of something for everybody. It’s also the perfect time of year for us to share our favorite eye-healthy eating tips! Believe it or not, your diet can affect more than just your weight. From joints to skin, hair, and your eyes, the things you eat can impact every aspect of your life.

Costume Contacts — Hauntingly Harmless or Devilishly Dangerous?

Halloween is just around the corner, and as we start to wrap up production for our costumes this year, we decided to do a deep dive on everyone’s favorite costume accessory. Yes, of course we’re talking about costume contacts. We’ll be the first to admit: they are just as cool as they are creepy. Whether you need red and orange for that vampire look or foggy and white for that convincing undead look, costume contacts are a next-level way to achieve ultimate spookiness.

The Roaring Twenties and Eyewear: your guide to glasses in the early 20th Century

Today, we take eyewear a little bit for granted. Endless styles, futuristic technology, and availability to everyone. Glasses are a common commodity, and the world can see better because of it. But for the next few minutes, let us transport you to the 1910s and 1920s, where optometry innovations made glasses mainstream and fashionable. With Downton Abbey releasing this Friday, we thought it was only appropriate to turn the dials on our time machine and learn about optometry of the era, the technology behind eyeglasses at the time, and then style of the age.

Making First Contact with Contact Lenses

Here at Downtown Vision, we give a lot of love for the four-eye world. With so many styles of frames to choose from and customizable lens options like transitions, not to mention using the latest high-tech instrumentation for eyewear, it’s no secret: we’re Reno’s go-to spot for glasses. But our passion for eyes goes much further than just glasses. We specialize in contact lens fittings and use the same high-tech methods to not only get your contacts just right, but also to have a wide selection of contact types to find that perfect look, from multifocal lenses to transition lenses.

Marking “Eye Exam” Off Your Back-to-School Shopping List

Friends. It is OFFICIALLY back-to-school season. For kids, teenagers, and college students alike, August marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It’s also coincidentally Children’s Eye Health Month, which brings us to today’s topic: children’s eye health. Having happy and healthy eyes is universal, no matter what age you are. In fact, getting in the habit of regular eye examinations and eye care can be very beneficial for your eyes later on in life.

UV: The Science Behind the Light

It surrounds us; it flows through us; it binds the galaxy together… okay, maybe not that last one. And no, we’re not talking about the Force today. What this is referring to is the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)! Yes, our good friend from our HEV article from long ago and far, far away. As you may know by reading our last article on the importance of sunglasses, UV light makes up a portion of the EMS, sitting just past violet on the visible light spectrum.

Staying Shady in the Summertime

They’re everywhere. Every time you step outside, if you don’t have them on, chances are you’ll see someone with them on. They’re at your favorite lunch spot and your favorite café. You’ll see them everywhere you go. And they’re here to help. Sunglasses are a part of everyday life, as widespread and common as any other part of an outfit. But they’re much more than a fashion piece or a symbol of looking cool.

Everything You Need To Know About Cataracts

One of the most common and talked about ocular disease is cataracts. Affecting millions of people each year, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness across the world. June is Cataracts Awareness Month, and as a result we’re going to deep dive into what cataracts are, how they form, how they’re treated, and how they can be prevented. Image from: What Are Cataracts?, American Academy of Ophthalmology Cataracts are essentially cloudiness in our natural lens.

Putting Online Eyeglass Retailers on Sight

While online eyeglass retailers might mean well, a lot of inquiries are surfacing about the reliability and trustworthiness of their eyeglasses and eye “exams”. Convenient to the new age consumer who would rather stay inside and order from their computer, the convenience comes with some caveats that every consumer needs to consider before purchase. The main cause for concern is whether the convenience of online retailers matches the quality of physical optometry offices (the short answer is: no, it doesn’t even come close).

I Got Blue Light Reflecting Glasses And Yes, The Sky's Still Blue

When I first got glasses at age 7, my mom made it a point to tell me (constantly) not to wear them in front of the computer, because it would strain my eyes. On top of the classic “moms-know-best” tactic, she’s a nurse, so I took her advice seriously. 18 years later, and I still find myself habitually taking off my glasses before I sit down at my desk. But, annoyingly, I put my glasses back on as soon as I get up and take them off as soon as I sit down, performing a series of tasks without ever really knowing the reason behind why I was doing it.

Vision Savings Plan versus Medical Insurance for Eye Care: Understanding the Difference

By Troy Ogden, DO Not surprisingly, many of our patients are confused about their medical and vision benefits. Not only are health plans complicated and hard to understand, but customer service representatives and brokers have been known to provide incomplete or bad information about benefits. The two most used vision plans are Eyemed and VSP. Eyemed is accepted at both commercial and private optometry and offices. VSP is accepted only at private offices, such as Downtown Vision.

What is the Difference Between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists?

By Troy Ogden, OD Both optometrists and ophthalmologists are eye care professionals, but they do not perform the same functions. So, what’s the difference? This is a question we hear often from our patients. Both optometrists and ophthalmologists are highly trained eye doctors. Optometrists go through an undergraduate program, then four years of optometry school. Ophthalmologists go through an undergraduate program, then medical school, followed by a residency to specialize in ophthalmology.

Who Can Wear Contact Lenses?

By Troy Ogden, OD Technically speaking, anyone can wear contact lenses. The better question is, who should wear them? As a contact lens prescriber, there are several criteria I look for when a patient comes to me for an eye exam: eye health, prescription, maturity, motivation and most importantly, expectations. The oldest patient I have prescribed contact lenses for was 74 and the youngest was 7. In pediatric practices, I know doctors who routinely prescribe contact lenses for toddlers and preschoolers.