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Affordable Eye Care: How to Afford Laser Eye Surgery

Posted on: October 26th, 2018

Surgical costs are a common concern among medical patients, and eye care is no exception. According to recent studies by All About Vision, the average annual cost of contact lenses was $220 in 2017. The average cost of LASIK was $2,088 per eye, and the average cost of cataract surgery was $3,600 per eye without
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Giving Back: Free Cataract Surgery for National Sight Week

Posted on: September 5th, 2018

Thousands of Americans develop cataracts every year. Four million cataract procedures are performed annually in the United States, but this doesn’t begin to cover the number of people with cataracts in our nation. Hundreds of Americans cannot afford cataract surgery, putting them at risk of permanent vision loss. Fichte Endl & Elmer Eyecare is partnering
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What You Need to Know About Astigmatism

Posted on: July 20th, 2018

Astigmatism is one of the most common vision problems. In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology® states that one in three people in the United States has some level of astigmatism. Despite its prevalence, many are unaware of the basics of the condition. We’ve compiled our expertise to explain everything you need to know about
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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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