August is Children's Vision and Learning Month
The College of Optometrists in Vision Development's (COVD) "August is Children's Vision and Learning Month" campaign is working to raise awareness about the important connection between vision and learning. According to the COVD, current research shows that vision problems afflict millions of American children and thereby impact their ability to learn:
- One in four school-age children have vision problems, according to the American Foundation in Vision Awareness;
- 18 million children will not have had eye examinations by a vision care professional prior to entering school;
- 60 percent of students identified as "problem learners" have undetected vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.
"Vision disorders are one of the leading impediments to successful learning in children," said Dr. Drusilla Grant, Immediate Past President of the COVD. "Many vision problems go undetected because a child is told he or she has 20/20 vision and healthy eyes. This can be misleading because their visual skills like tracking, eye teaming, and focusing may not have been evaluated and this is really where the problem lies."
The COVD is urging parents and teachers to make a comprehensive eye examination part of their preparations for the new school year and to look for the following indications that vision problems may be contributing to learning challenges of their children and students: frequent loss of place when reading, poor reading comprehension, sloppy handwriting, confusing similar looking words, failure to recognize the same word in sequential sentences, complaints of eyes hurting or headaches after reading, avoidance of close work (such as reading) and attention problems. For more information visit www.covd.org.
Roberts Eyecare Associates Newest Optometry Interns
Roberts Eyecare Associates is please to continue its tradition of supporting higher education through an internship program.
Since the programs inception, more than 40 students have become Doctors of Optometry.
The students above (left to right) Raj Singh, Kathleen May, Samantha House, and Derek Edwards will be entering Optometry school.
Oakley Major League Baseball Sunglasses available at Roberts Eyecare Associates.
Roberts Eyecare Associates now carries the full line of Oakley Major League Baseball Sunglasses. The new sunglasses are now available in the colors of your favorite Major League Baseball team, complete with laser-etched team logo at the corner of the lens.
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Computer Vision Syndrome Related to Improper Work Habits.
Computer Vision Syndrome is a condition often experienced by people who use computer terminals frequently. This condition can lead to light sensitivity, eyestrain, fatigue and neck and back strain. The condition can be related to poor workstation conditions, prior vision problems, and improper work habits. To learn more about this condition and options available , please click on the link below.
Click here to learn more about eyestrain and proper workstation ergonomics.
Roberts Eyecare Associates Gives Back to the Profession
Roberts Eyecare Associates is pleased to "graduate" 4 new students who are pursuing studies in Optometry. The students (left to right) Kim Rosati, Eileen Howard, Julie Ingolia, and Matt Della Bell, will be attending Pennsylvania College of Optometry or SUNY College of Optometry in the fall. We wish them success in their studies, as they become assets to the profession.
Roberts Eyecare Associates has a tradition of supporting higher education through its internship program. Since its inception, more than 40 students have completed our program and have become Doctors of Optometry.
Sports Related Eye Injuries
At least 42,000 sports related eye injuries occur each year requiring a visit to an emergency room. Many of these injuries can be avoided with the proper sports eyewear.
Click on this link to learn more about proper sports eyewear protection.
May is UV Awareness Month
Prevent Blindness America has dedicated May as UV Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public on the best ways to protect their eyes from UV damage. The national non-profit group has established a web resource, "Prevent Blindness America UV Learning Center," sponsored by Transitions Optical, Inc.. The web site provides free information on UV exposure, purchasing the best eye protection and a quiz to test your UV knowledge.
Click here to learn more about UV exposure.
March is Save Your Vision Month
"Each year the American Optometric Association (AOA) dedicates the month of March to raising Americans awareness of the importance of regular eye care. Optometrists encourage individuals to consider eye and vision care an integral part of their regular health care routines before print gets blurry or a problem develops.
AOA created the American Eye-Q survey to determine how informed Americans were on a range of eye care topics. Survey results revealed that while Americans are most worried about losing their sense of sight, their knowledge about ways to preserve eyesight is in need of improvement."
Click here to take the interactive 'American Eye-Q' survey from the American Optometric Association!
Checklist for Healthy Vision
An eye examination provides doctors of optometry with information about the health of the eyes, and also offers indications about an individuals overall health. In some cases, diseases that affect the whole body, like diabetes and hypertension, can be detected with an eye exam. In the case of glaucoma, vision damage and blindness may occur without ever experiencing any symptoms.
Transition Lenses VI
Because you only have one pair of eyes...Transitions lenses, the most convenient way to see better today and tomorrow!
Transitions lenses are clear indoors and at night but automatically adjust their level of tint to changing light conditions outdoors. They provide visual comfort and quality at any and every moment, helping you to see better today. And just like sunblock protects your skin, Transitions lenses help preserve the health and wellness of your eyes for the future by blocking 100% of harmful UV rays, so you can see better tomorrow too.
Transitions VI lenses offer several improvements over the previous generation of technology. They are darker outdoors, are clearer indoors, and are faster to transition. The new lenses also block 100% of UVA and UVB radiation, provide UV 400 protection, and are compatible with anti-reflective (AR) coatings from all major manufacturers.
To learn more about Tranistions lenses, please click here.
Featured Eye Wear: Roberts Eyecare Associates works closely with many of the top eye wear manufacturers in the world. Each month we will feature some of the newest eye wear fashions. Starting in March, frames from Luxottica will be featured. Luxottica frames include Adrienne Vittadini, Anne Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, DKNY, Polo, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Ray-Ban, and Vogue. Please be sure to stop back each month to see our featured eye wear.
Technology: Roberts Eyecare Associates again offers a highly advanced technology to diagnose a wide range of eye diseases. The breakthrough imaging of scanning laser tomography provides detailed x-ray like images of the structures affected by glaucoma and other abnormalities of the retina, including detached retina and macular degeneration. This scan system is the first and only instrument that can see below the surface of the retina to examine retinal layers. Early detection will assist our doctors to diagnose and control retinal problems.
High Definition Contact Lenses: This new, innovative contact lens design not only delivers high oxygen transmissibility for exceptional comfort and ocular health, but also it's optical design offers 20/20 enhanced visual quality especially in low light situations.
Allergies: Allergy season has arrived. Our doctors are utilizing the most recent advances in prescription allergy eye drops to aid in the treatment of red, watery, itchy eyes. With this new technology, we can reduce the symptoms caused by ocular allergies and improve your quality of life. Your major medical insurance or Medicare usually covers these office visits.
Dry Eye Syndrome: Millions of us over the age of 40 suffer from this disorder that is characterized by blurry, red, watery, burning eyes especially after prolonged reading or computer use. If left untreated, this condition may cause permanent ocular damage. We have improved the vision and comfort of thousands of our patients suffering from this condition using the most advanced techniques and medications.
OPTOMAP: Roberts Eyecare Associates was the first practice in Upstate New York to acquire the OPTOMAP 200. This instrument, in most cases eliminates the need for the discomfort associated with pupil dilation. This technology has revealed on a daily basis, countless retinal disorders that may otherwise have gone undetected, including four cases of malignant eye cancer. This amazing technology is very affordable at only $25. This maintains a computerized analysis for year-to-year comparison.
Optical Dispensary: Our twelve licensed and board certified opticians look forward to serving you and your family. They are proud to have available several new frame lines and styles with the latest technology (titanium, light weight, with magnetic or custom sun glass clips). In addition, they can assist you in determining the correct lens style(s) to meet your visual needs from work to play to sports to computers. You name it, we can provide it!
Online Patient Education: With the release of our revamped website, Roberts Eyecare Associates is pleased to announce the addition of the EyeMotion Education Center. This patient resource offers a series of animations for better understanding how the eye works and the different conditions and diseases that affect how we see. It also explains common eye procedures such as LASIK and cataract surgery. Please click on the EyeMotion icon at the top-right of your screen to view the animations!
SAME DAY EMERGENCY MEDICAL EYE APPOINTMENTS are usually available. Such as red eyes, flashes and floaters, eye pain, conjunctivitis, ocular migraines, temporary blindness, abrasions, foreign bodies, red eye due to over wear of contacts. THESE VISITS ARE USUALLY BILLED TO YOUR MAJOR MEDICAL INSURANCE. These visits are not covered by your routine eye care insurance (exam, glasses and/or contacts).
We look forward to seeing you. Call today for your eye health examination!
Dr. George T. Roberts
Dr. Edward G. Bryant IV
Dr. Subadra Arun - Director of Dry Eye Clinic
Dr. Angela Marx
Dr. Kristy Dean
Dr. Kara Pulsfus
Dr. Kendall Willden
The Baby Boomers Checklist for Healthy Vision offers a variety of visual symptoms and scenarios when being able to see well is especially important.
Click here for more information and to view the checklist!
Roberts Eyecare Associate's New Vestal Location