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Keep up to date on the latest vision-related news and events from Fox Chase Family Eye Care in Northeast Philadelphia, serving Rockledge and Cheltenham (PA).

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

2015 Award

Fox Chase Family Eye Care wins 2015 Patients

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

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Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

Fox Chase Family Eye Care Food Drive

Holiday Food Drive Collects 22 lbs of Food for Philabundance

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Check out our latest Newsletter!

Here's a link to the latest edition of our Philadelphia, PA optometrists newsletter: Eyesights and Insights Winter 2014/2015 Let Fox Chase Family Eye Care know what you think!...

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Myopia Prevention

Halting the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) could impact the lives of about 42 million children in the U.S.

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

Floaters. We all get them, sometimes!

One of the most common complaints in eye care is the “floater.”

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

Why PureCoat by Zeiss?

Why PureCoat® by ZEISS? Eyeglass lenses are designed to correct your vision so you can see more clearly. But without a superior coating on your lenses, everyday occurrences may keep your from experiencing your best vision possible. PureCoat® by ZEISS can help. Crisp, clear vision all day, all night. Everything...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

Are allergies affecting your eyes?

Find out what you can do to help aleviate your allergy suffering.

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Protecting Eyes From Blue Light

Exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs could permanently damage your eye site.

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

Our Winter Newsletter is Out Now!

Check out our latest newsletter with information on why your eyes need protection from UV rays in the winter as well, the lastest on daily disposable lenses and more. To see the newsletter online just click below:...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

September Holiday Schedule

Our office will be closed several days in September. Please note that we will be closed for business on the following days: September 2                      Closed September 3                      9 AM to 8 PM September 4                      9 AM to 5PM September 5-6                 Closed September 18                   9AM to 5PM September 19-20             Closed...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

Fox Chase Family Eye Care been recognized by Nicox, Inc. as a part of their national Diagnostic Leadership Program

We are happy to announce that our practice has recently been recognized by Nicox, Inc. as a part of their national Diagnostic Leadership Program.  This recognition is the result of our practice’s commitment to the latest technology available in eye care to enhance our patient’s experience.     Additionally, we...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

Our Summer 2013 Newsletter is Now Out!

Be sure to check out our latest newsletter for Summer 2013, full of great tips on keeping your eyes safe and comfortable this summer. Click on the image below to view the pdf newsletter.              ...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

How Gunnar Eyewear Eases Eyestrain

How Gunnar Eyeware Eases Eyestrain infographic by rxleeds.  ...

A Recipe for Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

Diabetes and Your Eyesight

Even many individuals with the disease are not aware that diabetes can lead to vision threatening eye damage. Diabetes is the main cause of loss of sight in people between the ages of 20 and 74 according to recent studies by the NIH. One of the risks of diabetes is...

Eyeglasses are more popular than ever!

 For a long time many individuals who have vision problems have turned to contacts to help their eyesight. However with all the new advances in both lenses and frames, eyeglasses have become really popular again. Not only do many people find eyeglasses more comfortable to wear than contacts but they...

Astigmatism Doesn’t Rule Out Contact Lenses

Have you ever wondered about contact lenses as a method of correcting your astigmatism? Firstly, what's astigmatism, anyway? An eye with astigmatism has an irregularly shaped cornea (it's shaped like a football, unlike a normal cornea, which is round), which changes how light enters the eye. The light doesn't hit...

Shedding Light on Retinoscopy

Sometimes, particularly when performing an eye exam on small children the optometrist will direct a beam of light in the eye. But what does this do? Firstly, this test is known as a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to determine the refractive error of your eye. Whether you're...

Closed Due to Hurricane Sandy

Due to the extreme weather from Hurricane Sandy, we will be closed today (Mon. the 29th) and tomorrow (Tues. the 30th) as well. We will be open on Wednesday from 9am - 5pm and on Thursday from 9am-8pm. If there are any further changes in schedule we'll keep you posted here...

Eye Safety and Mobile Devices

Lately, it seems difficult to find someone who isn't on a smartphone. Tablets and smartphones are extremely handy when it comes to being in touch when we're on the go. However most people have a habit of holding their handheld devices right in front of their eyes. Reading like this...

What are Multifocal Lenses?

Are you having trouble reading small print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. It's one of the negative aspects of aging, but it's good to know that having presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you need to start switching between multiple pairs...

Helping Lazy Eyes Get Active

Does your child have a lazy eye? A lazy eye develops when the brain switches off or suppresses sight in one eye. This may happen if someone isn't able to see as well with one of their eyes because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In...

Eye Exam: Come Prepared

Is it time for your next eye exam? There are several things you should inform us of to help make sure your exam is a useful one. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, it's pretty important that you let us know about any differences you might...

Paraoptometric Staff Appreciation Week

We're taking advantage of Paraoptometric Staff Recognition Week to say thanks to our amazing and hardworking staff here at Fox Chase Family Eye Care. We've had an especially fantastic year, including winning the Power Practice of the Year Award, and we really and truly couldn't have done it without each...

Night Vision: How Does it Work?

Sometimes you get ready for bed and turn off the light, but you just can't seem to doze off. You open your eyes and all you see is black. It takes a few minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark. This process, ''dark adaptation,'' allows people to adjust...

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

Having trouble with reading is a commonly occurring problem if you're hitting middle age. Here's why: With age, your eye's lens becomes more rigid, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. Those with untreated presbyopia may hold printed text at arm's length...

Playing Safe

It's of paramount importance for parents to know what sorts of toys are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Infants don't have a fully developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Few things stimulate a child's visual development more easily than playing, which...

Start the School Year With Good Vision

As you might have guessed, a lot of progress at school is accomplished visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this strong correlation between sight and learning, a lot of people don't seem to be aware of just how frequently occurring vision problems are, and don't include eye exams as part...

We are the 2012 Power Practice of the Year!

Fox Chase Family Eye Care was recently named “Practice of the Year for 2012” by The Power Practice, one of the top optometric consulting companies in the country. This highly sought after award is given each year at the Power Practice's annual national client meeting and is awarded to practices...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

Too often, children are incorrectly diagnosed with all sorts of behavioral issues, when the real issue actually is something else completely. You may be relieved to know that he or she may have a hidden vision problem, which hinders learning, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

We've all run into the terms visual acuity and 20/20 vision. As frequently used as these terms may be, do most people actually grasp their meaning? When you understand them, you will get why an eye care professional asks you to do more than simply read an eye chart. 20/20...

A Fresh Look at Color Contact Lenses

How would you like an updated look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a vast range of colored contact lenses, which allow you to subtly boost or distinctly transform your eye color. This cutting edge range of contact lenses has such a large number of options, that you're sure...

Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty...

Keeping Your Contacts

Do you ever end up leaving your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days extra? It's a basic fact that lots of things are just plain better when they are fresh. Well, the same applies to your lenses. You should never keep them in for longer than you've...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the main cause of deteriorating vision among adults aged 55 and older? Actually, more than half of all North Americans who are 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development. So what exactly is a...

What You Need To Know About UV Rays

It's a fact that basically everybody is exposed to UV rays. But the risks related to many years of exposure to these harmful rays aren't really considered, and the majority of people take little action to guard their eyes, even if they're expecting to be exposed to the sun for...

How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined periodically is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your vision remains healthy. During this session, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your eyes, making sure you're clear of commonly...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has announced a new addition to their extensive range- the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has added a great new feature to their popular light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Light that...

Keeping An Eye On Poor Vision

A decline in strong vision is usually due to a few conditions including anatomical changes or defects in the eye or visual system, eye diseases, side effects due to medication or eye injuries. Many people also report visual abnormalities resulting from aging or eye strain. Aging and stress can lead...

Women and Eye Care

April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. It's no surprise that the various stages of a woman's life could have a strong impact on her eye health and vision. Eye disease among the female population is increasingly common, particularly in middle-aged women. In fact, studies indicate that large numbers...

This month we acknowledge Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater chance to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the risk of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every year, far too many children and adults sustain eye injuries as a result of sport play that could easily be prevented with suitable...

Eye Care on The Go

Road safety depends largely on proper eyesight. If you think about it, safety on the road relies on a number of visual capabilities - for example, being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just...

Your Vision in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this directive is to educate companies and their employees about the relevance of eye health, with advice on how to prevent vision-endangering eye accidents. Every day, workers are inflicted by job related...

What is Astigmatism?

Surrounding your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under perfect circumstances, spherical. As light hits your eye from all angles, part of the role of your cornea is to focus that light, directing it at your retina, which is in the anterior portion of your eye. What does...

Pink Eye: Don’t Let it Go Untreated

Conjunctivitis, informally referred to as pink eye, is a frequently encountered eye infection, particularly when it comes to kids. This condition can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even sensitivities to chlorine in pools, ingredients in cosmetics, and pollen, or other substances, which touch your eyes. Many types of...

Aging and Your Eyes: (AMD)

We are currently in the middle of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision month. Did you know that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary reasons for loss of vision in individuals aged 65 and over? AMD is a condition that affects the macula of...

OD Advice: The Right Way to Care For Your Contact Lenses

Contact lens wearers know the importance of proper eye care. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that many adults are using dangerous lubricants in place of lens solution to wet their lenses. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to petroleum jelly was reportedly used as...

Safeguard Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

The winter brings an increase in instances of dry eyes as a result of the cold, dry air.

The Winter Sun

Winter is officially here, which means in some places biting winds and cold rain, snow and sleet are also on the horizon. The majority of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in cooler climates; nevertheless unfortunately, many people leave their sunglasses at...

Increase Your Glaucoma Awareness this January

Since this month is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of recognizing the threat of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a group of progressive eye diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which may lead to loss of central vision and...

How Age Affects Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

Visit your Philadelphia, PA Eye Doctor to Learn More About Treatment Options Many adults at some point experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see things at a close range, as they get older. As people around the world are reaching older ages, more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which...

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This Month is Holiday Toys and Eye Safety Month

Holiday season is upon us and that means dolls, radio controlled airplanes, and Leapster Explorers. Well intentioned family members love treating the children to the newest toys to start off the New Year. The American Optometric Association advises that parents learn and relay to relatives some restrictions when it comes...

A Differently Colored Life: A Look at Color Blindness

Color blindness is typically a hereditary disability which impairs one's ability to distinguish between shades of color. Color blindness is a result of a deficiency in the cones in the macular area, commonly diminishing a viewer's ability to distinguish between shades of red or green, but possibly affecting the perception...

Diabetic Retinopathy: A Leading Cause of Blindness

Are you aware that diabetes is the chief causal agent of blindness of men and women aged 20-74 years? If not, you are not alone. In just the last four years, over 4 million individuals in North America afflicted with diabetes were found to have diabetic retinopathy. Of this group,...

What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in Philadelphia, PA

Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye is the deficiency in central vision development due to the failure of the two eyes to work together. In the majority of instances of lazy eye the actual eyes are usually in good health however visual acuity cannot be achieved by just lenses. If...

Philadelphia, PA Eye Exams: What Does 20/20 Eyesight Really Mean?

  Ever question what 20/20 eyesight really represents? The term 20/20 eyesight expresses normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. That is to say that an individual with 20/20 vision will be able to see an object clearly at a distance of 20 feet that most individuals are expected to...

Fall Eye Allergy Relief in Philadelphia, PA

  While seasonal allergies are most frequently associated with the spring, a large number of people endure symptoms during the autumn as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions. Eye allergy symptoms...

Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Decorative Contacts Can Damage Your Eyes

  Halloween is a time for fun, parties and dressing up but you don't want the fun to lead to some scary eye damage. A popular costume prop in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and the trend is alarming optometrists. Contact lenses are a medical device regulated...

Philadelphia, PA Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)

  The American Optometric Association (AOA) reports that over seven out of 10 of workers that sit daily on a computer (over 140 million ) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Excessive periods of working in front of the computer can cause eye stress and effect...

Maintaining Safety for Your Eyes at Home

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to focus on ways to keep your house eye safe specifically in purchasing toys that are safe for your kid's eyes. It's important to be proactive to make sure your home environment is safe for your kids' eyes. Naturally,...

Contacts and Makeup: Suggestions from your Philadelphia, PA Eye Care Practitioner

For those who wear contacts a number of guidelines should be followed when applying makeup. Below are some basic pointers on ways to be sure your eyes stay looking great and safe. Buying Cosmetics First and foremost, eye care professionals recommend that you purchase only brands that are oil free...

Sunblock and your Eyes

Those who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware just how much it can hurt. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim can...

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Scheduled Your next Eye Examination in Philadelphia, PA?

Many adults aren't aware that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In truth, over 50% of senior citizens have some degree of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. The clouding prevents the passage of light that...

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for the Classroom? Don’t Forget to Schedule Philadelphia Children’s Eye Exams

Children across the country are getting ready for a new school year. Now's the time to make sure your kids' vision is okay. Healthy eyesight is key to the thinking process and accomplishments in school. There are numerous tasks that require visual skills, such as reading, writing and computer assignments,...

New genetic test for AMD

AMD genetic testing now offered in our office.  Don't let the #1 cause of vision loss rob you of your eyesight.  This highly specialized genetic test can determine your risk level for developing AMD, allowing your doctor to catch the disease as early as possible.  This test is covered by insurance and done in our office during your visit. 

Choose Contacts: The Benefits of Lenses for Young Adults

Requiring eyeglasses is often difficult for a teen. The mere thought of wearing glasses can send a teenager panicking. Compared to glasses, kids and teens who wear lenses feel a significant improvement in their looks, says a newly released study. The research report indicates that starting at the age of...

Treating Some Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, some more serious than others. Some might necessitate emergency action and immediate care by an optician, while others can be treated at home. Follow this guide to common eye injuries, to plan out your next move following an eye emergency. Don't forget...

Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late – Book an Eye Exam!

For those of us blessed with healthy eyes, we might forget about the importance of taking preemptive steps namely, an eye exam. Nevertheless, timely diagnosis of any eye or vision problems is crucial to keeping your eyes healthy. And all it takes is an eye exam. A significant number of...

Safeguarding Your Eyes This Summer

It’s officially summer and it’s time to ensure you keep your eyes protected from the risks of UV exposure and other summertime dangers. Here are some tips to keep your eyes safe in the sun: Buy glasses with 100% UV protection. If your sunglasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to...

What Parents Need to Know About Children’s Eye Protection

Are you aware that each year around 40,000 sports-related eye injuries are serious enough to require emergency room treatment? That's one eye trauma every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals believe that 90% of the damage would have been easily prevented by using protective eyewear. More often than not injuries take...

The Reason Carrots are a Recipe for Healthy Vision

Do carrots really enhance vision? While eye care professionals admit that the orange root vegetables contain significant quantities of a beta-carotene which is known to be very good for your eyes, ingesting enormous quantities of the healthy vegetable will not substitute for visual aids. Beta-carotene is an orange colored pigment...

UV Awareness Month – Protect Your Vision

  As a result of ongoing efforts to create awareness of the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer), most are familiar with the importance of applying sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun when spending time in the sun. But how many...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Caring for Your Contacts

  Contact lenses need careful handling to be considered a safe and effective choice for those requiring a vision aid. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or even worse, eye infections or scratches, which rarely but sometimes results in blindness. Children and adults that are not responsible enough to...

Rigid Lenses: Are You a Candidate?

  While soft contact lenses are most common, a second, less familiar kind of contact lens materials exists: gas permeable (GP) contact lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, GP lenses are a more modern technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, offer finer vision quality, and provide better...

Spring is Eye Allergy Season

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many, spring is eye allergy season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due to...

Is it Wise to Buy Glasses Online?

Though many people have become accustomed to buying anything and everything on the Web, glasses are one product that needs to be cautiously reviewed prior to clicking that purchase button. Why? Even though you may find reduced prices on the Web, the advantages of going to an optical store far...

Winter Dry Eyes… No Need to Suffer

Even though you may refer to winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the air is actually more dry during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become irritated easily. Our staff is available to assist you in selecting the most effective...

Are You Informed About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision? Become Informed This February

This month is dedicated to increasing awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness for individuals age 65 and over. AMD often results in low vision, a term optometrists use to categorize substantial vision loss that is also called “legal blindness” or almost...

Be In the Know About Glaucoma

To create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading source of blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of complete vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Because the disease has no...

Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses aren't only an essential accessory in the sunny season. Although most people are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes in the summertime, how many of us recognize that we need to take precautions during the winter months as well? In reality, the...

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