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Ask the Optician: How Can I Protect My Eyes This Summer?

Posted on: June 29th, 2018

Outdoor activities increase during summer months, especially after a snowy winter and spring. Whether you’re spending time by the water or doing yardwork, it’s important to protect against increased exposure to the sun and elements. We’ve asked Gordon Sage, managing optician at Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare, to help us answer one of the most
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Are You Eating for Your Eye Health?

Posted on: June 5th, 2018

Nutrition plays an important role in a variety of health factors, including vision and the development of eye health. As we age, visual acuity, or the sharpness of vision, can change due to a variety of eye-related conditions. Eating a healthy diet full of vitamins to benefit the eyes can assist in healthy aging and
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What You Need to Know About Cataracts

Posted on: May 16th, 2018

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, with approximately 4 million procedures performed annually. The surgeons at Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare have performed over 100,000 cataract surgeries to date. While cataracts are a natural part of aging, many people don’t feel well-informed about the signs, risks, and
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An Alternative to LASIK: Shawn Buffum’s Story

Posted on: April 6th, 2018

Vision changes as we age. At some point, everyone notices a difference in their vision. Sometimes, this change is miniscule and doesn’t require assistance from more than over-the-counter reading glasses. Other times, the change affects daily life to the point where an optometrist comes into the picture. Whether your near vision or distance vision is
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What Does 20/20 Vision Really Mean?

Posted on: March 28th, 2018

During an eye exam, your optometrist tells you your visual acuity or the sharpness and clarity of your vision. You hear numbers like 20/20, 20/40, or even 20/80—but do you know what those numbers mean? Everyone wants 20/20 vision. People opt for glasses, contacts, and even procedures to enhance vision for 20/20 efficacy. So, what
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How a Giraffe Opened My Eyes: A Raindrop® Testimonial

Posted on: January 16th, 2018

Choosing to undergo an elective procedure like Raindrop® Near Vision Inlay can take thoughtful consideration—but for Vanessa Miller, it was a no-brainer. What’s the Story? Vanessa Miller had been a patient of Dr. Elmer’s for only three months before she elected to undergo the Raindrop® Inlay procedure. “When I hit forty, I went to the
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Why Wait Until 2020 to get 20/20 Vision?

Posted on: December 14th, 2017

Many consider LASIK and ask, “Is it worth it?” The answer is yes. Imagine looking at the world without glasses or contact lenses and seeing clearly after LASIK. You’d no longer need to worry about misplacing your eyeglasses or taking out your contacts. If achieving 20/20 vision isn’t enough reason to toss out your glasses,
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6 Reasons to Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam

Posted on: November 27th, 2017

Annual eye exams often don’t get the credit they deserve. Even if you were once told you had 20/20 vision and have not noticed any significant changes in your ability to see, it is important to visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist annually. From detecting the early signs of a variety of health conditions to maintaining
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8 Ways the Holidays are Better Without Eyeglasses

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

Holiday season is quickly approaching. While Thanksgiving and Christmas can be wonderful times of the year, the holidays can also be stressful, making it easy to let the reason for the season fall out of focus. Don’t let your eyeglasses be an added stressor. Eyeglasses can become a hassle during the hustle and bustle of
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Tips for Healthy Vision While You Age

Posted on: September 12th, 2017

September is  National Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance month designed to inspire adults to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being. Practicing healthy aging can help reduce your risk for many health concerns, including eye diseases and vision problems, which can increase with age. Here are our tips for maintaining healthy vision while
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