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Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Enjoy Going Greener?

TotalVision Eyecare of Glastonbury is going greener! We recently completed renovations to our office lighting, switching to brighter, more power efficient light fixtures. These LED fixtures use a fraction of the power of our old fluorescent bulbs, and look better too. Since they last 5-10 times longer, we won’t have to...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

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...

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...

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...

Office closed Tuesday, January 27

Due to the impending blizzard, the office will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. We will be closed Wednesday as usual, and will open Thursday at 10am. Stay safe!

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...

2014 Holiday season hours

Dr. Lindower will be out, and we will be closed some days in late December.

“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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 lenses from your eyes and clean them before soaking them overnight (if you...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

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...

Keep An Eye Out For Diabetic Retinopathy

Are you aware that being diabetic puts you at risk for serious eye damage? Research by the National Institute of Health (NIH) indicates that diabetes is the number one cause of complete vision loss in individuals aged 20 to 74 years old. One of the risks of diabetes is when...

Focusing on Astigmatism and Contact Lenses

Many people with astigmatism think they can't wear contact lenses. But there's actually a special sort of contact lens made just to correct astigmatism. Generally, the cornea is round, but the cornea of an eye with astigmatism is more elliptical. This ostensibly small detail actually changes the way light hits...

What is Retinoscopy?

On occasion, especially when doing an eye exam on a small child the eye doctor will direct a light in the eyes. But why? This test is called a retinoscopy examination, which is a preliminary way to assess the refractive error of your eye. By examining the way light reflects...

Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

It's official - we're totally dependent on our mobile devices. We can't deny that these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want almost always. However because these devices are made with small screens, most users tend to hold their smartphones much closer...

Multifocal Lenses and You

Are you over 40 and struggling to read small print? You might be developing presbyopia, a condition that affects many of those reaching their 40s. But, this doesn't mean that individuals who already have glasses to tend to their problems with distance vision need to carry around two pairs of...

A Closer Look at Eye Patches

Amblyopia, which is also called lazy eye, is a condition commonly seen in children. A lazy eye develops when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This may happen if a child can't see properly through one eye due to nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, or something that's limiting clear...

Why Eye Doctors Take a Complete History

Ladies and gentlemen with eye exams coming up in the near future, may we have your attention please? If you want to guarantee that your exam is thorough and productive, there are a number of bits of information we'll need to know. Because your eyes can be affected by seemingly...

Focusing on Night Vision

It's happened to all of us: there's a blackout and suddenly, you need to hunt around for a flashlight or the fuse box. A number of minutes pass before you can see again. This remarkable process is ''dark adaptation'' and it's what lets our eyes see in low light settings....

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

Did you ever wonder why people around 50 need to wear reading glasses? Because as you age, the lens of your eye is likely to become less flexible, decreasing your ability to focus on handheld objects. That, in a nutshell, is presbyopia. And it's universal. People with undiagnosed presbyopia tend...

Safety at Play

It's of paramount importance for parents to know what sorts of toys are the safest and the most beneficial for kids. Babies don't have a properly developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development better than toys and activities that...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

Roughly 80% of progress at school is accomplished visually. Yet interestingly, in spite of this strong correlation between vision and learning, a lot of parents don't realize how profoundly vision problems affect education, and as a result, don't include comprehensive eye exams as part of their child's back to school...

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Under the Radar: Convergence Insufficiency

Too often, kids are incorrectly diagnosed with all kinds of behavioral problems, when the issue is something else completely. It's important to be aware that the child may have a hidden vision problem, which effects learning at school. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). CI is a problem that interferes with...

So What IS 20/20 Vision?

You have most likely heard the expressions twenty-twenty vision and visual acuity. But do people understand what these terms actually mean? When you understand what they imply, you will see why an optometrist asks you to do more than simply read from the eye chart. 20/20 vision is used to...

A Fresh Look At Colored Contacts

Don't you think it's time for a brand new look for your eyes? Introducing FreshLook®. They offer a large range of color contact lenses, which let you just boost or noticeably alter your natural eye color. This cutting edge range of contact lenses includes such an extensive amount of choices,...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the...

Fresh Lenses, Clear Eyes

Are you someone who leaves your disposable contact lenses in for just a few days longer than your optometrist instructs? Everyone knows that lots of things are in their best condition when they haven't been used too much. It's important to know that the same idea also applies to your...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

It's June, which means it's Cataract Awareness Month. Did you know that cataracts are the leading culprit of loss of vision among those 55 and older? In fact, more than half of those 65 and older have at least some cataract development. As stated by the National Eye Institute, by...

Quality Protection from UV Rays

It's safe to assume that almost everybody is exposed to UV rays on a regular basis. But the potential risks of long-term exposure to these harsh rays are not often considered, and most people take little action to protect their eyes, even when they're planning on being out in the...

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

Each May, eye care professionals throughout country participate in Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Checking your eyes regularly is one of the most important things you can do to guarantee your vision remains strong and healthy. During this session, your optometrist examines your eyes to...

New From Transitions® Optical: The Transitions® Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just launched a new addition to their comprehensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has created an even better version of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization. Glare reflecting off surfaces like water or...

Super-comfortable 1-Day Astigmatism contacts!

We now have Acuvue 1-Day Moist Contacts for Astigmatism! 

Poor Vision: Know The Signs

A decline in strong vision is usually the result of a few factors such as anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, eye diseases, side effects due to medication or injury. Lots of people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or eye stress. This can result in changes...

A Look Inside Women’s Eye and Vision Health and Safety

In April, Prevent Blindness America addresses eye health issues specific to women. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease in women is being diagnosed in increasing numbers, particularly in aging women. In fact, studies show that the majority of women...

April we acknowledge Sports Eye Safety Month

When the spring comes, along with a greater chance to be involved in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the danger of sports related eye injuries. Each year, far too many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could be avoided with the right defense...

Eye Care on The Go

One of the greatest necessities for road safety is, undeniably, good vision. As a matter of fact, road safety needs several different visual abilities - for example, being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, plus...

Vision Wellness in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this directive is to educate companies and their employees about the importance of eye health, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-impairing eye incidents. Every day, employees sustain job related eye...

Focusing on Astigmatism

The part of the eye that surrounds your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under usual conditions, round. When light hits the eye from all angles, the cornea's role is to focus that light, aiming it to the retina, right in the back of your eye. But what...

All About Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is a common eye infection, particularly with kids. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even irritants, for example chlorine in swimming pools, ingredients in cosmetics, and pollen, or other substances that touch the eyes. Certain kinds of pink eye can be very...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

February is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. How many of us are aware that age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of loss of vision in adults over 65? AMD is a condition that causes a breakdown of the macula of...

Contact Solution Only!

Contact lens wearers practice proper eye hygiene. A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past August revealed that many people regularly use dangerous lubricants in place of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Everything from baby oil, to lemonade to butter was reportedly used as a substitute to...

Safeguard Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

Winter time often causes an increase in patients suffering from dry eyes as a result of cold and dry air conditions.

The Dangers of the Sun to Your Eyes – In the Winter

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country whipping winds and cold rain, snow and sleet aren't far behind. The majority of us would never even conceive of leaving the house without a jacket in cooler conditions; nevertheless surprisingly, many people leave their sunglasses behind....

Heighten Your Awareness of Glaucoma this January

Since January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to emphasize the importance of recognizing the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the term for a category of ocular diseases that cause damage to the eye's optic nerve, which can cause a permanent loss of vision. If uncontrolled, the...

Presbyopia and Getting Older

Contact your Glastonbury, CT Optometrist to Learn More About Treatment Options Many adults at some point begin to experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to see objects that are close, as they get older. As people around the world are living longer, more and more individuals develop presbyopia, which currently...

Fun and Safe Toys for the Holiday Season

Holiday season is upon us and we all know what that means, presents. Adoring aunts and uncles delight in treating the children to the newest toys for the holiday season. It is necessary for family members teach others the rules about safe and age appropriate toys. Mishaps involving toys do...

The New Year Is Approaching! Don’t Lose Your FSA Dollars

Looking for new eye glasses? Guessing your contact lens prescription has changed? Considering Lasik? The time has arrived to take care of your eye and vision needs. As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of your flex spending credits. If you haven't heard of the term...

Color Blindness: An Overview

Contact our Glastonbury, CT Optometrist for a vision test

Diabetes and Vision

Did you know that diabetes is the chief causal factor of blindness of adults of all ages? In the past four years alone, over four million men and women in North America living with diabetes were subsequently diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. Of this group, 70,000 had advanced diabetic retinopathy, which...

All About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Glastonbury, CT

In order to have proper vision, the eyes and the brain must function in unison. When this does not happen, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can result. In most instances of lazy eye the eyes themselves are typically healthy yet the condition cannot be corrected by just the...

Glastonbury, CT Vision Exams: Exploring the Eye Exam

  Have you ever wondered why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' vision and what it actually represents? 20/20 vision is a phrase used to describe a normal level of sharpness of vision also known as visual acuity assessed from 20 feet away from the object. That is to say...

Glastonbury, CT Relief for Autumn Eye Allergies

  At the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies are often the primary source of discomfort. Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Vision...

This Halloween Watch Out for Decorative Contacts

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, dressing up. It's important to know of certain dangers to your eyes and vision that sometimes accompany with the fun and games. Over the past few years, decorative contact lenses have been increasingly becoming popular particularly with teenagers and young adults...

Computer Vision Syndrome Management in Glastonbury, CT

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that over seventy percent of the Americans that sit each day on a computer (which is over 140 million individuals) suffer the affects of computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Prolonged periods of working in front of the computer can cause eye...

Protecting your Children’s Eyes in the Home

In recognition of Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to highlight ways to keep your home safe for your eyes particularly when it comes to children. Don't wait until it's too late to ensure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. In general, kids...

Cosmetics Tips for Contact Wearers from your Glastonbury, CT Optometrist

For those who wear contacts there are a number of guidelines that should be followed when it comes to the use of makeup. Here are a few basic tips on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and safe. Buying Makeup First and foremost, eye care professionals recommend that...

How to Get Sunblock Out of Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just how painful it can be. A real strong rub in the eye can even cause stinging that lasts for hours. It can take hours until the victim can open his eyes, particularly in the glaring sun. Needless...

This Month is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Examination in Glastonbury Today

Many aren't aware that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In truth, over half of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. The clouding prohibits the transmission of light that is essential...

Back to the Classroom Eye Care Tips: Schedule Children’s Eye Exam in Glastonbury

Many doctors stress that approximately 80 percent of learning occurs through a child's eyes. Because a child's eyesight may change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom performance. Unfortunately, most parents don't include vision tests as part of their child's back-to-school doctor's appointment line-up. In...

Boosting Your Teen’s Self-Esteem with Contact Lenses

No adolescent wants to be seen in something that makes them stand out, and in the case of a lot of adolescents, eyeglasses sometimes seem that way. Adolescents sometimes cringe at the thought of being seen in eyeglasses and coming across ''dorky''. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who...

A Guide to Handling Commonly Reported 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. Read these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to determine the next step following an accident. Don't forget that general...

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

For those of us with eyes that are in good condition, it's easy to forget about the importance of a routine eye examination. However, early detection of any eye or vision problems is crucial to maintaining healthy eyes. And all it takes is an eye exam. Numerous eye and vision...

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

Now that the summertime has arrived it’s time to make sure you keep your eyes protected from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun: Buy glasses with proper UV protection. If your glasses don’t guard against 100% of UV rays,...

Protective Glasses for Kids

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. This is the equivalent of an eye trauma every 780 seconds! Eye Care experts agree that the vast majority of the accidents would have been easily prevented by wearing proper eye protection. The majority of injuries...

True or False: Can Carrots Really Improve your Eyesight?

Can carrots really enhance eyesight? While eye care professionals affirm that the orange root vegetables are made up of large amounts of a beta-carotene that has proven to be very good for the eyes, carrots can not take the place of suitable corrective eye care. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or...

Know the Dangers of UV to Your Eyes

  The majority of Americans are familiar with the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (such as sunburn and skin cancer) and the necessity of applying sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. But how many of us know that ultraviolet...

Are You Caring for Your Contacts Properly?

  It can be somewhat confusing navigating the eye care aisle of some supermarkets. Nevertheless as daunting as it is, it's crucial to understand proper lens care. Those who aren't suitably caring for their contact lenses, risk developing a variety of eye infections including some that may result in vision...

The Benefits of Rigid Lenses

  While you may be most accustomed to soft contact lenses, another less familiar kind of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also referred to oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, hard lenses are a newer technology than soft lenses, and they are longer-lasting, allow better vision quality,...

A Guide to Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from pollen-induced eye allergies. For some, spring is eye allergy time, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due to...

Reasons You Should Stop and Think About Buying Eyeglasses on the Web

Though many of us have become used to buying more and more products online, eyeglasses are an item that you are better off buying in person. Why? Although you may encounter reduced prices online, the advantages of going to an optical store far outweigh the ''deals'' you might find on...

Winter Dry Eyes… Some Simple Tips

Even though you may think of winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer during the colder months, causing your eyes to become irritated more easily. Our optometry team is available to assist you in choosing the most...

In February Spread Awareness About AMD and Low Vision

February is dedicated to spreading awareness of macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision. AMD is the leading cause of blindness for senior citizens. Macular degeneration can result in low vision, a phrase optometrists use to refer to substantial vision loss that cannot be helped by standard measures such as regular...

Closing early Feb 1

Closing at 1 pm due to inclement weather.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

To increase awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January has been declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of permanent vision loss, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people worldwide. Due to the...

Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read it correctly. Sunglasses are not just a vital accessory in the sunny season. While most people are informed of the damage the sun presents to our eyes in the summer, we don't all realize that we need to take extra care in the winter months as well. In...

Holiday Season Hours

Here are our office hours for Christmas and New Years: Friday, December 24, 2010 8:30am - 2pm Saturday, December 25 Closed Monday, December 27, Tuesday December 28 8:30am - 5:00pm Wednesday, December 29 Closed (as usual!) Thursday, December 30 10:00am - 7:00pm Friday, December 31 8:30am - 2pm (please call...

Our incredible RT-Vue Retina scanner

TotalVision Eyecare of Glastonbury is one of the first eye care practices in the area to offer our patients the Optovue RT-Vue OCT retina scanner.

Your Diet and Cataracts

A Boston Study Says Better Diet May Cut Chance Of Cataracts

Have A Cold? Switch To Glasses!

Experts advise those who catch a virus to avoid wearing contact lenses.

Greater Risks For Online Contact Lens Buyers

Purchasing contact lenses online may save time, but could cause more problems in the long run.

TotalVision Eyecare is open!

TotalVision Eyecare of Glastonbury, the optometry practice of Dr. Martin Lindower, has opened August 1, 2006

Request Your Next Appointment Online!

You can now request your next appointment online. Find out how...

Eyeglasses Are Back in Fashion!

New Options to Look Great and See Your Best