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Combat Autumnal Eye Allergies

autumn-leaves-03A lot of people get eye allergies in the spring, but autumn eye allergies are also quite common. Check out this article from All About Vision about how to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies.

Sexton Vision Group is Open Late!

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We know – everyone has VERY busy lives, and it’s hard to do all the stuff that you need to when everything closes at the exact same time that you are finishing work.

We’re here to help!

All Sexton Vision Group locations are open until at least 6pm during the week and our Spokane location is open until 7:30pm!

Eye exams generally take about 30 minutes and your glasses can be made by LensCrafters in about an hour, so you could even squeeze an exam in over lunch.

Head on over here to conveniently schedule an appointment online!

The Science of Color Blindness

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What do Bill Clinton, Keanu Reeves, Mr. Rogers and Mark Zuckerberg have in common? They all experience a form of color blindness!

Color blindness is a genetic condition that affects about 10 million Americans, causing those affected to have trouble distinguishing red from green or blue from yellow.

The condition is often misunderstood, with many believing that the color blind cannot see any color, a much more rare occurrence.

Check out this article to find out what causes color blindness, who has it, and what the world looks like for those who can’t see certain colors.

 

Supplement Your Vision

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What can you do to protect your eye health and eyesight using vision supplements?

First look at the multivitamin you are taking. The ideal multivitamin would contain the following nutrients for healthy eyes:
Vitamin C, 250 mg
Vitamin E, 200 mg
Beta-carotene, 5,000 IU
Zinc, 25 mg
Zeaxanthin, 500 mcg
Selenium, 100 mcg
Lutein, 10 mg
Calcium, 500 mg
Thiamin, 2 mg
Folic acid, 800 mcg
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flaxseed oil), 2,000-3,000 mg
N-acetyl cysteine, 100 mg
Alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg

According to studies done by the the National Eye Institute, high doses of antioxidants vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 IU), and beta-carotene (15 mg/25,000 IU), along with zinc (8 mg), reduced the risk of vision loss from advanced age-related macular degeneration in some, but not all, people with this disease. The only patients who benefited were those with Intermediate AMD or Advanced AMD in just one eye.

In another example, studies have shown that deficiencies of antioxidants contribute to the development of chronic dry eye syndrome. Nutritional supplements containing the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 are available to help restore and maintain tear formation and eye lubrication.

And keep this in mind: Supplements are called that because they supplement your overall nutrition; they don’t take the place of it. So to get the full benefits of vision supplements, be sure to eat a balanced diet of healthy foods.

Your doctor is your first resource for information about your health. Regardless of dosage, supplements are not a cure for health problems or a substitute for medication your doctor has recommended. Always check with your doctor before beginning to take any dietary supplement, including vision supplements.

50% Off Lenses at LensCrafters!

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All three Sexton Vision Group locations are conveniently located within LensCrafters, allowing our patients the convenience of purchasing high quality eyeglasses and contact lenses immediately following their eye exam appointments.

Prescription eyeglasses are done in about an hour, and LensCrafters is currently running a sale on lenses – 50% off with the purchase of frames! So if you’ve been wanting to get some new glasses, the time is now! Call us today to schedule an eye exam.

Sexton Vision Group | Puyallup
South Hill Mall
3500 S. Meridian
Puyallup, WA 98373
253-864-9350

Sexton Vision Group | Spokane
NorthTown Mall
4750 N. Division St.
Spokane, WA 99207
509-483-0161

Sexton Vision Group | Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley Mall
14700 E. Indiana
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
509-924-8517

Happy 4th of July!

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Sexton Vision Group wishes all our patients a very Happy 4th of July!

However, we feel obligated to remind you to protect your peepers! Did you know that each year there are about 1500 eye injuries caused by fireworks? Some of the most commonly experienced eye injuries from fireworks are burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachment and optic nerve damage.

As you prepare to celebrate America’s birthday, please keep these safety tips in mind:

Contact your local fire department if a firework does not explode to properly handle it.

Never let children play with fireworks. Even sparklers can be very dangerous to young children.

ALWAYS wear approved protective eyewear if you plan on detonating fireworks.

Abide by ALL safety barricades and give yourself extra room well behind them at least 500-1000 feet away!

Leave building and launching professional grade fireworks to the professionals.

If you are injured from fireworks, seek medical attention immediately. Be sure to follow these safety tips to help prevent making the injuries worse:

Do not remove any objects that are stuck in or protruding from your eye.

Do not rinse or add solution to your eye.

Do not rub your eyes.

If any foreign objects enter the eye do not take any painkillers that will cause your blood to thin such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Have fun and be careful out there!!

 

 

Color Vision Test

Do people say that you are blind as a bat?

Or do they call you hawkeye? 

If you want to find out how good your color vision is, take this eye test to find out. It’s a challenge! http://wvw.igame.com/eye-test/

 

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Optometry Humor!

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Just a reminder that Sexton Vision Group features no-air-puff eye exams! If you like this comic as much as we do, check out “Sight Gags”  by Scott Lee, O.D.

Now Open in NorthTown Mall, Spokane

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Sexton Vision Group is now open at the NorthTown Mall in Spokane! We are really looking forward to meeting all out new patients and getting to know the community.

For the ease of our patients, our NorthTown location is open 7 days a week. We are part of Lenscrafters, where your prescription glasses can be made in 1 hour.

To visit us, come in through the mall entrance next to Barnes and Noble. We are located on the first floor next to Marshall’s. Now is a good time to schedule that eye exam you’ve been meaning to come in for!

SEXTON VISION GROUP
NorthTown Mall
4750 N. Division St.
Spokane, WA 99207
509-483-0161

Yep, It’s Allergy Season

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Along with spring flowers and sunshine come allergens like pollen, spores and grasses that can cause irritating eye allergies. Take these steps to keep eye allergies at bay!

Check the pollen counts
Many news and weather stations report the pollen count and there’s a pollen count app!

Wear sunglasses
Not only do sunglasses protect retinas from UV radiation, they also serve as a great barrier between eyes and airborne allergens.

Wash your hands often
Frequent hand washing will prevent the pollen and spores transfer from your hands to your sensitive eyes.

Control your symptoms
A cool compress can soothe irritated eyes and saline eye drops can help flush out allergens. Decongestant eye drops are made specially for allergies and can provide significant relief. Oral antihistamines can reduce symptoms, but may cause dry eyes.

Carefully treating your eye allergies should lessen or eliminate symptoms for most people; contact your nearest Sexton Vision Group if you have severe or prolonged symptoms.

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