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May
15
LOOKING FOR NEW SUNGLASSES?

We aren’t the only ones who feel the need to protect our eyes from the damaging UV rays of the sun. In ancient prehistoric times, Inuit people who were around the very bright and harmful rays of the sun created “sunglasses” from walrus tusks so they could see better. But it was not until the 1930s when sunglasses came into popularity with the emphasis of sun protection and many eye doctors started realizing that sunglasses could protect our precious eyes. As we know, not protecting our eyes from those harsh UV rays can cause a series of problems leading to cataracts, blindness, cancer, and macular degeneration. But just what should we keep in mind when picking out sunglasses? Follow our simple guide for picking out sung...


May
07
DONATE TO WAVI – ENTER TO WIN FREE GIFT BASKET

We are excited to announce we will be doing a Donation Drive for Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI). WAVI is an amazing organization in our area that provides shelter services to those who have been in violent situations. We are taking items on their wishlist such as women’s clothing, personal grooming items, children’s toys, and more. Drop off any donated items to our Rapid City Downtown location and for a full wishlist of items needed visit http://wavi.org/wishlist/. When you drop off items you are entered to win a gift basket worth $500 filled with things such as a $100 VSS gift card, eye drops, vitamins, eye masks, $100 women’s sunglasses, and more! We will take donations through May 31st.

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Apr
08
THE VALUE OF EYE EXAMS : MORE THAN JUST EYE HEALTH

Whether you are simply noticing a difference in your vision while wearing your glasses, perhaps suffering from an eye condition such as “dry eye”, looking for an updated eyeglasses frame, or it is time for your yearly eye exam — going to the eye doctor not only should be easy, but one where you were given the best service and patient care. Your eyes and vision should be considered priceless, so from investing time to have your eyes have a comprehensive exam with a licensed optometrists, to having a licensed and skilled optician talk about lens and frame options best for your needs and your prescription, to having the best materials used for your lenses to enhance the quality of your vision –your eye care is import...


Apr
02
WOMEN’S EYE HEALTH AND SAFETY MONTH: PREVENT VISION LOSS

With April being Women’s Eye Health and Safety month, many are often surprised to learn the scary facts that exist between the sexes and the health of their eyes. Women’s Eye Health Task Force reported in 2014 that nearly, “2/3 of all visually impaired and blind people in the world are women.” While this statistic is staggering, research has also shown that women are more likely to suffer from vision and eye conditions and risks such as macular degeneration or cataracts. These facts are not only alarming but they are tragic, as your eyes must last you your entire life.

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Mar
07
DIGITAL EYE PROBLEMS WITH CHILDREN

In today’s world many of us are guilty for being attached to our technology. Whether it be our smart phones, computers, tablets, or video games; many people spend countless minutes looking at digitized screens daily. With the use of digital screens comes different problems that may arise such as dry eye and eye fatigue. This is due to digital screens using blue light (which is similar to harmful rays you are exposed to from the sun).

While blue light from tablets or screens is much smaller compared to the sun, studies show that there are long term effects of blue light because of the closeness that people look at screens and also the amount of time we spend using the screens. In addition, recent studies also show that children&rsquo...


Mar
02
IMPORTANCE OF POLARIZED SUNGLASSES IN THE WINTER

Popping a pair of sunglasses on should be second nature when you step outside, no matter the time of year. For many, summer time means sunglasses. But what about winter? Wearing polarized sunglasses is just as important year-round. Some may say it is even more important to remember your sunglasses during the cold winter months.


Why Pick Polarized Sunglasses?

Sunglasses can be a great accessory to your style or sense of fashion, but more importantly sunglasses serve a functional purpose: they protect your eyes. Just what do sunglasses protect your eyes from? Harmful ultra violet rays which can damage your eyes and even impair your vision. According to the American Ophthalmic Association harmful UV rays can cause cataracts, cancer of the eye...


Feb
21
AMD AWARENESS RAISES QUESTIONS: AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

AMD Awareness Raises Questions

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month, common questions

An estimated 10 million Americans show evidence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a progressive eye condition that can destroy “straight-ahead” vision, according to Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer.

“February is AMD Awareness Month and we encourage all people, especially those at higher risk for this disease, to familiarize themselves with the potential symptoms and need for regular eye examinations,” Dr. Jared Pearson said. “To help people better understand this disease, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions.”

Q: What is AMD and who is at risk?

A: AMD stands for age-related macular degeneration, a...


Jan
22
GLAUCOMA AND WHAT VISION SOURCE SPECIALISTS CAN DO

*Blog Written By Dr.Dawn WattenhoferWhy is Prevention and Detection of Glaucoma so vital?Early detection and treatment of glaucoma gives patients a chance to maintain vision and avoid more invasive treatments, like surgery, in the future. So, early detection allows for the best outcome and the least vision loss.TreatmentInitial glaucoma treatment involves instilling medicated eye drops in the eye(s) every day. We may be able to control glaucoma with one drop, but some patients require more. Laser treatments can reduce eye pressure for a temporary time, possibly up to two years. Patients can have tiny drainage tubes (to lower eye fluid pressure) placed in their eyes during routine cataract procedures. More aggressive forms of surgery are ...


Dec
05
TOY SAFETY MONTH : KEEPING EYE SAFETY #1 DURING THE HOLIDAYS

‘Tis the season for giving and joy, especially for children during the holidays. But did you know that so often the very toys or gifts that children receive can not only injure them, but potentially impair their vision? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “roughly 1 in 10 children’s eye injuries that end up in the ER are caused by toys” and the majority of these injuries are preventable. That is why the month of December has been made Safe Toy and Gift Month, to help ensure that we can keep children safe during these gift giving days.

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Dr. David G. Hunter a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology stated, “Many toys have the potential to cause eye injuries. Being aware and thoughtful about what you are putting in your children’s hands is the best preventative medicine…choose toys that are appropriate for their child’s age and abilities, as well as the parent’s willingness to supervise use of the toys.” Like Dr. David G. Hunter pointed out, prevention is the key when keeping your children safe this holiday season. Keep in mind the following tips for precaution when giving gifts to children during the holidays.


Dec
05
USE IT. DON’T LOSE IT: INSURANCE BENEFITS AND FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS

Do you have vision benefits or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) money that needs to be used before December 31st? Use your benefits this year and don’t lose them!

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Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.