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FREE LASIK Consultation Event in Fall 2018

INTERESTED IN LASER VISION CORRECTION?

Laser vision correction (LASIK) is a popular alternative to glasses and contact lenses. Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare has partnered with TLC Laser Eye Centers®, North America’s largest provider of LASIK to offer a:

FREE LASIK Consultation on
September 26th, 2018 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Attendees will be eligible for $600* in LASIK savings!

Schedule now, space is limited. Call 425-788-2990

It is important when selecting a LASIK provider to look for proven experience and to beware of quick assessments and overblown promises. TLC is a provider who is careful, unhurried and is as demanding about safety and results as we here at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare.

Our office partners with TLC Laser Eye Centers® to provide quality pre and post-operative care for patients. Through this team based approach, a surgeon performs your procedure at TLC, and we continue your follow up care here, close to home.

Your eyes are as unique as your fingerprints. A free consultation allows you to find out if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.

Schedule now, space is limited
Call 425-788-2990

*$600 discount ($300 per eye) valid on bladeless custom LASIK at participating TLC locations only. Patient must complete their procedure by 11/26/18. Discount cannot be used if a procedure is already scheduled at a TLC location. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or special offers, previous surgery, insurance or vision care plan savings. LASIK, like any other surgical procedure has risks of complications and should be discussed with your eyecare provider. Additional info at tlcvision.com

The Importance of a Back to School Eye Exam

The Importance of a Back to School Eye ExamEyesight is a critical component for school work. If a child’s eyesight is impaired, he or she will have a much harder time in the classroom. New educational technology, such as the use of interactive whiteboards, can even exaggerate previously hidden vision problems. Without good vision and visual skills, students may suffer not just in the classroom, but also mentally, physically, socially and emotionally. Remember that the earlier a vision problem is identified and treated, the greater the chances for successful treatment.

School vision screening tests just check for near sightedness. No tests are done to determine if both eyes are working together or if they focus on near targets easily. Generally color vision, which is important to the use of color coded learning materials, is not tested during school screenings. During a yearly comprehensive eye exam our doctors evaluate the health of the eyes, vision for distance and near, color vision, near focus and eye muscle coordination.

Good vision and eye coordination is also essential for success in sports.With the advent of daily disposable contact lenses children can be fit at a very early age. Our doctors can evaluate your children on their yearly eye exam to see if they are ready for contacts.

We offer a wide variety of frame brands and styles, such as Nike, Dragon, Lucky Brand, Converse, Kate Spade, Kensie, and many more. We also offer a wide selection of styles and colors of protective prescription eyewear for sports.

Schedule your child’s eye exam now to beat the back-to-school rush!

Local Road Closure This Week

57A17C52 D506 45C5 B59B B0C47E94D0BFThis week there will be a full closure of the Woodinville-Duvall road. The full closure is between West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE and West Snoqualmie River Road NE with no emergency access beginning Saturday, June 23 at 8 a.m. to Friday, June 29 at 6 p.m. Intermittent one lane closures will also take place from West Snoqualmie River Road to State Route 203 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from June 23 through June 25.

Closed: Jun 23, 2018 at 8:00 am

Anticipated opening date: Jun 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Full county info at https://gismaps.kingcounty.gov/MyCommute/?basemap=basemapKC&clid=1092

It’s time for our Annual Frame Sale!

It’s that time of year again!

This year we are offering 40% off of a complete pair of Kate Spade or Banana Republic glasses and 30% off a complete pair of glasses of any other brand.

We are also having a drawing to win a free pair of prescription sunglasses!

Stop by on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 between 2-5pm to take advantage of these great deals!

Full scoop at duvalleye.com/2018sale

New Medicare Cards to be Issued in 2018

Medicare/CMS will be removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. Policyholders who live in Washington state will have their new cards mailed to them between June 2018 through April 2019.

“We’re taking this step to protect our seniors from fraudulent use of Social Security numbers which can lead to identity theft and illegal use of Medicare benefits.

“We want to be sure that Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare providers know about these changes well in advance and have the information they need to make a seamless transition.”

– CMS Administrator Seema Verma

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about?

An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can affect the upper or lower lid and usually lasts for at least a few seconds and then may continue off and on for a few minutes. Usually unpredictable, twitching episodes can last several days and sometimes they may go away and then return weeks or months later. 

Causes of Eyelid Twitching

Although they may be bothersome, most eyelid twitches are nothing to cause concern and usually resolve on their own. However, in some rare cases, they may be a sign of a more serious problem, especially if they are accompanied by other symptoms – we will discuss this further below. 

Some known causes of eyelid twitches include:

 

  • Fatigue or lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Eye irritation or dry eyes
  • Medications
  • Alcohol or caffeine
  • Physical exertion
  • Allergies
  • Eye strain (such as with extended digital device use)
  • Poor nutrition

 

Preventing and Treating Eyelid Twitching

Usually eyelid twitching will resolve itself within a couple of days or weeks but if it persists try to determine the cause in order to speed up the process. Consider going to bed a little earlier, cutting out caffeine or alcohol or finding ways to reduce or manage your stress. You can also try lubricating eye drops to add moisture to your eyes. If you take notice of when the spasms are happening and what else is going on in your life at that time (time of day, food intake, stress level, exhaustion) you can make some changes that will stop or prevent eye twitching from occuring. 

If you notice eye twitching in addition to vision disturbances or eye strain, contact your doctor for a vision assessment as it could be a sign of a refractive change. 

When is Eyelid Twitching a Concern?

If the eyelid spasms don’t pass and become chronic it may be a sign that you have a condition called benign essential blepharospasm. This condition is when the eye muscles blink uncontrollably and it usually affects both eyes. While the cause of blepharospasm is not known, it is more common in middle age women and there are a number of conditions that can exacerbate symptoms including: 

  • Eye inflammation (blepharitis) or infection (pink eye)
  • Dry eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Alcohol, caffeine or tobacco
  • Irritants or allergens in the environment

Blepharospasm is usually a progressive condition that can eventually lead to spasms in other muscles in the face, blurred vision and light sensitivity. The condition is sometimes treated with medication or Botox (botulinum toxin) to temporarily reduce the spasms and in severe cases, surgery may be performed to remove some of the muscles that are affected. 

On very rare occasions eye twitching can be a symptom of a more serious disorder affecting the brain or nervous system, however, usually it will be accompanied by other symptoms. Examples of such conditions include: glaucoma, hemifacial spasms, Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s palsy, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and Tourette’s. A corneal scratch or abrasion can also be a cause of the eyelid muscle spasm. 

If you experience any of the following symptoms along with your eye twitching, see your doctor as soon as possible: 

  • Twitching that continues for more than a few weeks
  • Twitching that spreads to other areas of the face
  • A drooping upper eyelid
  • Red, irritated or swollen eyes 
  • Discharge coming from the eye
  • Spasms that cause the eyelid to close completely or difficulty opening the eyelid. 

In most cases, eye twitching is not something to worry about, but when you do experience a spasm it is worthwhile to take note of the circumstances so you know when your body is trying to tell you that something is out of balance. 

FREE LASIK Consultation Event

INTERESTED IN LASER VISION CORRECTION?

Laser vision correction (LASIK) is a popular alternative to glasses and contact lenses. Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare has partnered with TLC Laser Eye Centers®, North America’s largest provider of LASIK to offer a:

FREE LASIK Consultation on

March 14th, 2018 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Attendees will be eligible for $600* in LASIK savings!

Schedule now, space is limited. Call 425-788-2990

It is important when selecting a LASIK provider to look for proven experience and to beware of quick assessments and overblown promises. TLC is a provider who is careful, unhurried and is as demanding about safety and results as we here at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare.

Our office partners with TLC Laser Eye Centers® to provide quality pre and post-operative care for patients. Through this team based approach, a surgeon performs your procedure at TLC, and we continue your follow up care here, close to home.

Your eyes are as unique as your fingerprints. A free consultation allows you to find out if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.

Schedule now, space is limited

Call 425-788-2990

*$600 discount ($300 per eye) valid on bladeless custom LASIK at participating TLC locations only. Patient must complete their procedure by 5/14/18. Discount cannot be used if a procedure is already scheduled at a TLC location. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or special offers, previous surgery, insurance or vision care plan savings. LASIK, like any other surgical procedure has risks of complications and should be discussed with your eyecare provider. Additional info at tlcvision.com

FREE Laser Vision Correction Consultation Event

INTERESTED IN LASER VISION CORRECTION?

Laser vision correction (LASIK) is a popular alternative to glasses and contact lenses. Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare has partnered with TLC Laser Eye Centers®, North America’s largest provider of LASIK to offer a:

FREE LASIK Consultation on

October 25th, 2017 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Attendees will be eligible for $600* in LASIK savings!

Schedule now, space is limited. Call 425-788-2990

It is important when selecting a LASIK provider to look for proven experience and to beware of quick assessments and overblown promises. TLC is a provider who is careful, unhurried and is as demanding about safety and results as we here at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare.

Our office partners with TLC Laser Eye Centers® to provide quality pre and post-operative care for patients. Through this team based approach, a surgeon performs your procedure at TLC, and we continue your follow up care here, close to home.

Your eyes are as unique as your fingerprints. A free consultation allows you to find out if you are a good candidate for laser vision correction.

Schedule now, space is limited

Call 425-788-2990

*$600 discount ($300 per eye) valid on bladeless custom LASIK at participating TLC locations only. Patient must complete their procedure by 12/25/17. Discount cannot be used if a procedure is already scheduled at a TLC location. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or special offers, previous surgery, insurance or vision care plan savings. LASIK, like any other surgical procedure has risks of complications and should be discussed with your eyecare provider. Additional info at tlcvision.com

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health

We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking has been directly linked to an increase in the risks of both cataracts and macular degeneration, two leading causes of vision loss, and it is believed to be a factor in a number of other eye and vision issues. 

Smoking and Cataracts

Studies show that smoking doubles the risk of cataracts and with heavy smoking, the risk triples. In fact, there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of smoking and the likelihood of cataracts. Cataracts are characterised by the clouding of the lens of the eye and it is believed that smoking affects the cells of the lens, accelerating this process. 

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss worldwide, however they can be treated surgically by removing the clouded lens and replacing it with an artificial one. Symptoms include: 

    • Blurred, cloudy or dim vision 
    • Sensitivity to light and glare
    • Presence of halos around lights
    • Increasingly poor night vision
    • Fading color vision
    • Double vision
    • and frequent prescription changes with minimal improvement in vision 

Smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

According to medical research, smoking increases the likelihood of developing age-related macular degeneration between two and four times the normal risk – the more you smoke, the greater the risk. Unfortunately, there is also an increased risk for those exposed to cigarette smoke for extended periods of time. 

Age-related macular degeneration or AMD is a condition in which the macula, which is the center of the retina, begins to to deteriorate, reducing central vision and the eye’s ability to see fine details. The disease is characterized by blurred and distorted eyesight and blind spots in the central vision. With time, the disease can progress to leave the person with low vision, which is significant vision loss that cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery. 

Other Eye and Vision Risks of Smoking

Smoking has also been linked to dry eyes, optic nerve damage and diabetic retinopathy (for those with diabetes). 

“Eye Vitamins” are often used without doctor’s recommendations. Smokers are cautioned not to take beta-carotene supplements, specifically, (or multi-vitamins containing this ingredient) as studies indicate there is increased risk of cancer even in people who quit smoking.

What to Do?

Even if you have been smoking for years, quitting will reduce the risks of developing these conditions, for yourself and those around you. If you do smoke, make sure to schedule a comprehensive eye exam every year to catch any developing disease early. Early diagnosis and treatment can be the key to saving your vision and preventing permanent vision loss. 

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease.

Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious symptoms include chronic fatigue and pain, specifically in the joints, as well as major organ dysfunction. The syndrome also increases chances of neuropathies and lymphomas. 

The severity of the disease varies greatly, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating symptoms that can seriously impair normal functioning in everyday life. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent serious complications and improve quality of life. There is currently no cure for Sjogren’s, yet there are treatments for many of the individual symptoms. On average patients are prescribed upwards of 8 medications to treat the wide range of symptoms. 

Women are nine times more likely to develop Sjogren’s than men and diagnosis usually occurs around the age of 40. Unfortunately, because the symptoms vary from person to person, and the disease often occurs in the presence of or mimics other diseases (such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, menopause, allergies or multiple sclerosis) the disease is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Further, because the symptoms can affect different parts of the body system such as the teeth, eyes or musculoskeletal system, various health professionals are sought to diagnose or treat specific symptoms (such as rheumatologists, dentists or eye doctors) while the big picture is often missed. On average it takes almost three years to obtain a Sjogren’s diagnosis once symptoms are noticed.  

Since dry eye is one of the most common early symptoms of the disease, there has been an effort to educate eye care providers to recognize and to be aware to look for symptoms of the disease. Patients also need to be aware and proactive about speaking to their health care providers about potential diagnosis and treatment. Knowing the risk factors and symptoms can be imperative to a faster diagnosis. 

Your eye doctor may be able to detect and diagnose Sjogren’s syndrome from dry eye symptoms as well as other diagnostic tests and review of symptoms. With this diagnosis the treatment will be different from typical dry eye disease. Since it is an autoimmune disease, lubricating eye drops may provide temporary relief but will not address the source of the problem. Your doctor may prescribe newer cyclosporine drops as well to treat the inflammatory response. If you have dry eyes and typical treatments aren’t working, it may be worthwhile to ask about Sjogren’s. 

Sjogren’s patients often feel misunderstood because most of the debilitating symptoms are not visible to others and the disease is often not recognized largely due to a lack of awareness. By increasing both public and professional awareness, the goal is to reduce diagnosis time and to advance research on the cure for this disorder.

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