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December 12, 2018

5 Essential Apps for Anyone Considering a Career in Optometry or With a Curiosity About Vision and Eyes

Curious About Your Vision and Eyes? Your Phone Can Help

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One of the great things about modern technology is the availability of the new, fantastic apps that anyone is able to download to their Smartphone, quickly and easily. The sheer convenience and depth of information available through digital apps is truly remarkable, and this is just as true in the area of optometry and eye care as anywhere else.

If you are thinking about getting into optometry, are already in the optometry business, or are just curious about eyes and your vision, here are five apps you have to check out.

  1. OptiCalc Contact Lens Calculator

The OptiCalc Contact Lens Calculator for iOS isn’t free, but at $3.99, many eye care professionals who prescribe and sell contact lenses find it to be quite worthwhile. This app makes calculating your soft contact lens requirements incredibly easy, recommending contact lens power based on data you provide such as spherocylindrical refraction, over-refraction, and lens rotation.

  1. Epocrates

These days, everyone in the medical community seems to be using Epocrates, and not just eye care professionals. This popular and free app allows you to nearly instantly access any drug information you need, whether your drug is prescription or non-prescription. This includes pediatric and adult dosage recommendations, formulary information, possible side effects, approximate pricing information, photographs, and more.

  1. Optics Clinical Calculator

If you find it difficult and inconvenient to have a good optical calculator on hand, then you’ll definitely love this app. Reasonably priced at $4.99 and available for iOS, the Optics Clinical Calculator makes prescribing lenses a snap, with an easy-to-use optical calculator that allows you to simply handle base curves, slab-off, obliquely crossed cylinders, and more.

  1. Park’s 3 Step

Having to do a Park’s 3 Step Test may have been frustrating in the past, but no longer after you download this app. The Park’s 3 Step free app actually allows your phone to predict the underacting muscle.

Just tell the app which eye is showing the hypertropia in primary gaze, rotate the device from a vertical position either to the left or right depending upon the turning of the patient’s head that exacerbates the hypertropia, then, from a vertical position, tilt the device clockwise or counterclockwise according to the patient’s head tilt that worsens the hypertropia. Once complete, you will see the paretic muscle displayed right on your phone!

  1. SmartOptometry

If you’re looking for an App for Android and iOS that can give you a quick and easy interactive eye screening and diagnosis, check out SmartOptometry. This fun and easy-to-use app can help you determine strabismus, calculate visual acuity, test color vision, examine a patient’s visual field, test amblyopia, and much more!

Hi-Tech for the Eyes Can Help, But Nothing Is Better Than Your Optometrist

While apps can enable us to do incredible things in the field of eye care, there is no substitute for a complete eye examination from a qualified professional. If you live in or around the Portland, OR area, then the perfect place to have that examination is Beaumont Vision.

We have a team of qualified optometric physicians who can provide you with full optometric care in a comfortable environment. We also have a wide selection of fashionable frames should you need new eyeglasses for your corrective lenses.

To make an appointment or for more information on quality eye care, call us at 503-331-3937 or contact us online today.

November 21, 2018

What to do When Your Vision Begins to Fade: A Guide to Eye Care in Your 40s and Beyond

Protecting Your Eyesight as You Age

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Getting old, as the saying goes, isn’t for the faint of heart. And, of all the things that happen to us as we get older, they also say that eyesight is the first to go. Whether or not that’s true, some diminished visual acuity as we age is just a fact of life for most if not all people. But, there are many things you can do to ward off potential age-related eye issues.

In this post, we’ll talk about the importance of making regular trips to your eye doctor. We’ll go over some of the major issues and vision problems you may face as you approach retirement age, and we’ll investigate what options you may have to ward off these issues.

Annual Eye Exams

You’ve probably heard somewhere that getting your eyes checked somewhat regularly is important. But, if you’ve never had any issues with your vision, you may not realize just how important it really is. Yes, an optometrist can examine your eyes, helping you to find a solution to blurred near vision, lack of distance vision and other problems.

But an eye doctor actually does much more than this during a routine eye examination. Often optometrists serve as the first line of defense, not only for eye-related problems, but also for issues that are more systemic in nature and affect much more than just your eyesight.

For these reasons, it is very important that you visit an optometrist once a year for an exam, especially as you get older.

Potential Age-Related Eye Issues

Not everyone experiences issues with their eyesight as they get older. But for some, serious eye conditions arise as they age. Here are a few of the common issues that you may encounter as you move through middle age and into your elder years:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration or AMD, is a condition that affects your ability to see things clearly, especially at the center of your field of vision. While there is no cure for AMD, some research has indicated that it can be slowed by taking certain vitamins and supplements.

  • Cataracts

Cataract is a condition characterized by a clouding of the lens of the eye. Cataracts will lead to blurry or blocked vision, and are caused by aging; they affect as much as half of all elderly people and can often be treated with surgery.

  • Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a very common condition that affects the optic nerve and compromises peripheral vision in those experiencing it. It can be treated with eye drops, if they are taken according to an optometrist’s directions.

Changes to Vision Are a Natural Part of Aging

Once you hit your forties, you are bound to notice some changes in your vision. For starters, you will begin to have less ability to distinguish subtle differences in colors. You may need corrective lenses to help you see up close. And, you may have some problems adjusting to glare that you did not have as a younger person.

Beyond these issues exists a host of potential eye problems and other health issues that express themselves through changes in your eyes. An annual visit to an optometrist is your best defense when it comes to protecting your sight.

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