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Gift Certificates are now available.

The perfect gift for the hard to please person. Gift Certificates can be used for any product or service available at Roberts Eyecare Associates.  Certificates are available for any amount and do not expire.  (Owner is responsible if lost.) Please stop by either of our offices today to purchase yours, before they are all gone.


Experience the safety and comfort of Wiley X Eyewear, a leading provider of protective eyewear for the U.S. military, outdoor sports enthusiasts and the safety industry. Wiley X is the provider of sunglasses to NASCARs Kevin Harvick.

 


 Now available in our Optical department, REVO sun glasses, the clearest and most advanced polarized sunglasses in the world.


Feel good on us with a discount on Swarovski eyewear in the "Summer all about me" promotion.  For a limited time, receive a 35% discount on all Swarovski eyewear purchased from stock at our Vestal location.  Stop in and ask one of our Opticians for details


  Tory Burch, blend of timeless and classic design elements - - with modern fashion sensibilities.  Now available at Roberts Eyecare Associates.


Roberts Eyecare Associates now carries Dolce & Gabbana eyewear.  Stop in and see the brand that has become a symbol of Italian fashion throughout the world.

 

 

 


Roberts Eyecare Associates now has Bearcats Oakleys.  Come in and see the newest sports eyewear and support your Bearcats.

 


   Roberts Eyecare Associates Welcomes Ametek Aerospace & Defense

 

Roberts Eyecare Associates welcomes Ametek Aerospace & Defense employees and their new Employee Eyeglass Safety Program.


 Introducing the new Zeiss Individual Progressive Lens. 

 Eyeglass lenses precisely personalized for you.


Coming in January 2009, Roberts Eyecare Associates will be the first optometric practice in the region to introduce the new Zeiss Individual Progressive Lens.  Eyeglass lenses precisely personalized for you.  Zeiss Individual is the first progressive lens to precisely integrate each persons frame style, facial characteristics and prescription with a patented fabrication process providing a level of personalization never before possible.

Clearer Vision
The Zeiss Individual is the first lens that uses precise measurements of how your lenses are actually worn to deliver the best vision possible. The result is improved visual acuity for clearer, sharper vision.

Unlimited Frame Choices
Because Zeiss Individual lenses are custom designed and built for your specific frame, they can deliver the best possible vision without limiting your choice of styles.


Wider Viewing Zones
Zeiss Individual lenses are personalized for you so every part of your lens is optimized for how you alone see.  This process ensures that your Zeiss Individual lenses provide the widest clearest viewing zones possible, with up to 50%* larger fields of clear vision, optimized for even for the most intricate prescriptions.


Personalized Patient Engravings
Each Zeiss Individual lens bears a discreet laser micro etching that can be customized for the patients name or initials (up to three letters).

Carl Zeiss Vision is a worldwide leader in developing eyeglass lens designs, coatings and materials.  Through intensive research and development, Carl Zeiss Vision continually creates innovative new products that bring better vision to people in all aspects of their lives all around the globe.
 


Roberts Eyecare Associates Awarded Marchon Five Star Diamond Award

 

Roberts Eyecare Associates was recently awarded the prestigious Marchon Five Diamond Award.  The award recognizes a select and distinguished group of United States and International eye care professionals as leaders in their fields.

 


    Show Us Your Eyewear!


Roberts Eyecare Associates has added a new page to our web site to help you showoff your eyewear.  Called the Patient Cam, this new web page provides an opportunity to display your pictures and for us present images from sponsored events.


To submit your photographs, please send your pictures in BMP or JPEG format to with Patient Cam in the subject line.  Submission of pictures waives your rights for display of the images on our web site.
 

 

Click here to view some of our favorite entries!


  Group recommends eye protection for yard chores, gardening.

HealthDay (9/12, McKeever) reported that nearly "40 percent of eye injuries happen to people doing yard work or gardening at home, yet few people think about wearing eye protection during these times." In fact, "half of all eye injuries occur doing everyday chores, including cleaning, cooking, yard and garage work," a doctors' group found. Dubbing September "Home Eye Safety Awareness Month," the group Prevent Blindness America "recommends that every household purchase from their local hardware store at least one pair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved eyewear (it should have a Z-87 logo stamped on the frames)." People should "wear safety glasses with side protection or goggles when mowing, or using a weed eater or power cutting tools, like saws or trimmers." The group also urges people to "turn off power tools when near an unprotected bystander, especially young children. Bystanders and helpers should have eye protection when tools are in use." In addition, people should "wear goggles to protect" their "eyes from fertilizers, pesticides, and other yard chemicals."


  Doctor emphasizes use of face guards, face protectors for young athletes.

HealthDay (9/14, Preidt) reported that youngsters "who play school sports need to wear proper safety gear to reduce their risk of injuries." Jon Devine, M.D., director of sports medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, recommends that "young athletes" participating in "all contact and collision sports" wear mouth guards to "protect the mouth, teeth, cheeks, and tongue by cushioning blows that cause lost or broken teeth, concussions, or jaw fractures." In addition, "face guards and face protectors (polycarbonate lenses)" can help prevent "tens of thousands of injuries each year in contact/collision sports," including eye injuries. Helmets help "prevent concussion and other serious head injuries" for kids who play baseball, football, or softball. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "concussion is the most common type of sports-related brain injury," with nearly "300,000 sports-related concussions" occurring in the U.S. annually.

 


 Getting Beyond the "Cool" Factor

Reprinted from the July 2008 Eyefinity Advisor NewsletterA Message from Eyefinity's President, Steve Baker 

 Weve all heard that for children under 10, the eye lens absorbs more ultraviolet light than the adult lens at age 30.

 It's true and it's cause for concern. As long as they pass their eye exams, we don't always think about their need for eyewear. We take them to the park, to the State Fair, to the rodeo, and we let them rip and run, often without protective eyewear.

 More than 43% of ball sports-related injuries occur under age 15. Statistics show that 90% of our children's ocular injuries can be avoided with the use of protective sports eyewear. These are well-documented statistics and we should all pay attention to what these numbers mean for our children. It is imperative to ensure that your patients are well-educated on how to protect their children's eyes from not only sun damage, but also from sports-related injuries. Their kids may reject the whole idea of protective eyewear because it just doesn't sound cool. The term "protective" leads the kids to picture those vintage plastic glasses that covered half of your face - cool factor zero! That's not the case with today's protective eyewear. Eyefinity's frame partners are generations ahead of the old technology. The protection is in the impact resistance of the lenses and the frames, and they have excellent cool factors!

 Protective eyewear for athletes no longer resembles a welder's safety glasses. You can get cool safety lenses in just about any frame or style; just make sure they are ANSI certified and impact-resistant; the cool factor comes with it.

 With smaller children it is difficult enough for them to keep track of one pair of lenses, let alone two. The Cool Factor comes in with a pair of photo chromic lenses. Kids love the fact that the lenses get darker when outside and lighter when inside and their friends will think their glasses are cool!

 It's fairly easy to pinpoint the cool factor with teenagers. They like trendy. They want to wear the same frames that Madonna or Jonas Brothers wears.

 


 Selecting the Best Lenses for Sports

Reprinted from the July 2008 Eyefinity Advisor Newsletter

Eyewear can affect performance in various sports. It doesn't matter if it's a child engaged in organized sports, a weekend warrior or a daily athlete - if they are participating in sports, you should know that the color of lenses can impact the athlete's visual acuity.

 Many sports activities involve a ball moving at speeds from moderate to very fast, depending on the age and skill of your children, their teammates and their opponents. And quite a few sports such as soccer, basketball and field hockey, also involve physical contact between opposing players. Balls traveling at fast speeds and with lots of force - combined with physical contact - creates situations where a player can get hit in the eye and/or suffer blunt force trauma. Whether children wear prescription eyewear or not, eyewear protection should be considered.

 When choosing colors for sunglass lenses, the key factors involve the need for seeing true colors versus enhancing depth perception and contrast. Because gray lenses maintain color integrity more than any other color, they are the best all around choice for any outdoor activity. Gray lenses also flatten light, which helps the wearer maintain normal depth perception. They are the best choice when true color perception is most important.

 Green lenses have very similar qualities to gray lenses, in that colors remain true.

 Brown lenses will heighten depth and contrast in variable light conditions. (This could be very helpful to soccer players who generally play on grassy fields.)

 Amber or yellow colors are intended for use in flat to hazy light conditions, and offer the high contrast necessary for high-speed, high-altitude sports such as skiing, by filtering out blue light which makes focusing difficult. They provide greater clarity in low light or foggy conditions. However, yellow lenses are known to cause color distortion.

 Blue and purple lenses are not recommended for any use, other than as a fashion accessory. The blue/purple colors increase the contrast-destroying characteristics of blue light.


 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.

Click here to more about these new sunglasses.

 


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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!

Sincerely,

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


 

 
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