July is UV Safety Month!

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by clvc

Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular-degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis, that can cause temporary vision loss.

To protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, sunglasses and a hat are recommended, in addition to minimizing sun exposure during the peak times of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sunglasses with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your sunglass lenses and help to protect the delicate skin around your eyes as well.

Risks from exposure change from day to day and depend on a number of factors, including:

-♦ Geographic location. UV levels are greater in tropical areas near the earth’s equator. The farther you are from the equator, the smaller your risk.

-♦ Altitude. UV levels are greater at higher altitudes.

-♦ Time of day. UV and HEV levels are greater when the sun is high in the sky, typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-♦ Setting. UV and HEV levels are greater in wide-open spaces, especially when highly reflective surfaces are present, like snow and sand. In fact, UV exposure can nearly double when UV rays are reflected from the snow. UV exposure is less likely in urban settings, where tall buildings shade the streets.

-♦ Medications. Certain medications, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers, can increase your body’s sensitivity to UV and HEV radiation.

Surprisingly, cloud cover doesn’t affect UV levels significantly. Your risk of UV exposure can be quite high even on hazy or overcast days. This is because UV is invisible radiation, not visible light, and can penetrate clouds.

Kids Need UV Protection Even More Than Adults

The risk of damage to our eyes and skin from solar UV radiation is cumulative, meaning the danger continues to grow as we spend time in the sun throughout our lifetime. Children are more susceptible to retinal damage and generally spend much more time outdoors than adults making it especially important for kids to protect their eyes from the sun.

Our Eyewear Gallery is open weekdays at 8:00 a.m., let our staff help you and your family select the eye protection best suited for you.

May is Healthy Vision Month!

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by clvc

Make Your Vision Last a Lifetime.

When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.  Be sure to make your eye health a priority.

Get a dilated eye exam or an OPTOS Retinal Exam. A thorough screening of the retina is the only way to detect eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs. Talk to your eye care professional about how often you should have one.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, managing chronic conditions, and not smoking can lower your risk of eye disease.

Know your family history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease, since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease yourself.

Use protective eyewear. Protect your eyes when doing chores around the house, playing sports, or on the job to prevent eye injuries from happening. This includes wearing safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards that are made of polycarbonate.

Wear sunglasses. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your eyes healthy. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk for getting an eye disease. A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection, too! We have a great selection of eyewear to choose from in our Eyewear Gallery.

These steps can help you keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss and blindness from eye disease.

Spring/Summer 2017 Eyewear Trends

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by clvc

Spring is just around the corner and you can expect the unexpected for this season’s eyewear trends. Contrast is the name of the game.

  • Oversized sunglasses will continue to make an appearance for a few more seasons
  • Futuristic influence
  • Sunglasses featuring a double wire
  • Blue, yellow and other colored lenses
  • The perfect statement sunglasses…including funky colors and shapes, big, bold and chunky
  • Sensational designs with rims and lenses that seem to be melded together
  • Updated aviator and updated cat eye shapes
  • Butterfly wing lenses
  • Perfectly round shapes in all different colors and sizes

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by clvc

Are you experiencing any of the following vision problems?

• Blurry or double vision

• Floaters or dark patches in your vision

• Difficulty seeing well at night

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.  It’s important to keep blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible to prevent retina damage.

Don’t wait for symptoms. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, nor is there any pain.  Be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.  If you notice any changes in your vision, call your eye doctor immediately.

Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center 817-329-2700

Look for our article in Society Life Magazine!

Posted on August 16th, 2016 by clvc

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by clvc

Thank you so much for the honor; we appreciate everyone who voted for us!

Clearview won Best Lasik Surgeon in Keller/Ft. Worth and Northeast Tarrant County editions of Living Magazine and Best Ophthalmologist in Keller/Ft. Worth edition.

It’s National Safety Month!

Posted on June 15th, 2016 by clvc

National Safety Month is observed in June. To support this, the National Safety Council is providing resources to inform and educate Americans about the often hidden dangers and ways to improve safety at work, on the road and at home. According to the organization, about 107,000 preventable injuries occur across America that could have been avoided with proper measures.

At Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center, we want to emphasize the importance of wearing safety-rated protective eyewear during National Safety Month and year-round. Whether you are skiing, riding a motorcycle, mountain biking, playing any kind of sports, fishing, or simply mowing your lawn, you are at risk of an eye injury in the blink of an eye.

Be sure to ask any of our doctors or staff during your next visit if you have any questions or would like any suggestions for finding the proper eyewear.

Social Media Review

Posted on June 13th, 2016 by clvc

Understanding Vision Changes During Our 60s and Beyond

Posted on May 10th, 2016 by clvc

As you reach your 60s and beyond, a number of eye diseases may develop that can change your vision permanently. The earlier these problems are detected and treated, the more likely you will be able to retain your good vision and overall eye health.
The following are a few of the vision concerns to be aware of:
• Cataracts
• Glaucoma
• Age-Related Macular Degeneration
• Retinal Detachment
• Diabetic Retinopathy
• Dry Eye
These changes don’t have to compromise your lifestyle; just keep in mind that yearly comprehensive eye exams are even more important as you reach your senior years.

The Importance of Eye Exams

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by clvc

You might think that it’s unnecessary to see your eye doctor if you aren’t experiencing vision problems or in need of an updated prescription. However, since many eye issues have nothing to do with the symptom of poor vision, and early detection of a variety of eye diseases is essential for a full recovery, it’s smart to rethink skipping your annual appointment.  Routine eye exams are important regardless of your age or your physical health.

During a comprehensive eye exam at Clearview, our doctors will do much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses; they will evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. A few of the common diseases that you will be evaluated for include:

Glaucoma – This is a very serious disease that if it goes untreated, could result in blindness, making early diagnosis and treatment crucial. Glaucoma is a disease that causes pressure in the eye. It cannot be felt and oftentimes goes unnoticed for 5 to 10 years in many patients.

Cataracts – This very common disease can cause some symptoms including hazy vision, halos or glare around lights or double vision to name a few. If a cataract is diagnosed during your exam, several other tests will be performed.

Hypertension – While you might be familiar with hypertension with your physical health, it also plays a vital role in your eye health. Only a comprehensive eye exam can diagnose this ailment.

Diabetic Retinopathy – This vision-threatening damage to the retina caused by diabetes can cause symptoms such as: fluctuating vision, eye floaters, spots, double vision or eye pain among other symptoms.

The Exam

Just as you see your regular doctor for wellness checkups, the same is necessary for the health of your eyes and your vision. Vision screenings are no substitute for a complete comprehensive eye exam. Even if your vision seems perfect, our eye doctors can perform a baseline and detect any changes that occur in your vision that can cause difficulty for you in the future. The earlier that vision problems are detected and corrected, the fewer problems that you will experience in the future.

In addition to comprehensive eye examinations; we provide contact lenses, Intralase (blade-free LASIK), “No shot, No stitch, No patch” cataract surgery, lens implants, implants, implantable contact lens (ICL), eyeglasses, glaucoma diagnosis and management, and diabetic retinopathy evaluations.

At Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center we offer complete family, medical and surgical eyecare in our Southlake facility. You can schedule an appointment by calling 817-329-2700 or visiting us online at www.clearviewlaservision.com