Costume Contact Lens Dos And Don’ts

A pair of colored contact lenses can be the perfect final touch to a great Halloween costume. Our eyes are often the first things people notice about us, so they can play a huge role when we dress up as someone (or something) else. Costume contact lenses could make you a much more convincing zombie or vampire, or they could …

Home Eye Safety Tips

Eye protection is easy to remember at work or when we play sports, but what about when we’re at home? Over a million eye injuries occur in people’s homes every year. That might sound scary, but the good news is that 90 percent of these injuries are preventable as long as we follow proper safety instructions and use eye protection. Be …

Seasonal Allergies And Your Eyes

Spring is in the air…and that means so are allergies. Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year, and they can be particularly hard on our eyes, leaving them red, itchy, and watery. Why does this happen and what can we do about it? Why Do We Get Seasonal Allergies? While there are plenty of allergens that can make our …

Protecting Your Eyes From Snow Blindness

Protecting Your Eyes from Snow Blindness If this sounds familiar to you, you may have been exposed to high levels of UV rays from light reflections while boating, hiking at high elevation, or participating in snow sports like skiing and snowboarding. This condition, formally called photokeratitis, is particularly common in winter, and you might have heard of it by the name “snow …

A Quick Guide To Glasses Care

How to Clean Your Glasses There are times when it’s tempting to just reach for the hem of your shirt, but if you want those lenses to last as long as they should, it’s important to clean them the right way. That’s why we’ve put together a list of glasses cleaning dos and don’ts for you to use! How NOT …

Contact Lenses: More Than Meets The Eye

The Evolution of Contact Lenses It’s true that they’ve only become popular in recent decades, but you might be surprised to learn that Leonardo da Vinci first sketched the concept of contact lenses way back in 1508! His version involved submerging one’s head in a glass bowl of water, so it definitely needed work, but how did we get from there to …

Presbyopia And Progressive Lenses

Presbyopia, or farsightedness caused by reduced elasticity of the eye’s lens, affects nearly everyone older than 65. About 42 percent of Americans who are in their prime are nearsighted. For them, a simple pair of reading glasses can’t solve the problem of presbyopia, and that’s where bifocals, trifocals, and progressive lenses come in. Options For Correcting Presbyopia Bifocals are simply glasses with lenses …

Glaucoma: The Basics

Glaucoma Treatment in Austin, TX When the optic nerve is damaged, our vision suffers. A group of conditions that threaten the optic nerve is glaucoma. In the United States, glaucoma is the second most common cause of vision loss and blindness, affecting three million people. Because January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, we wanted to give our patients a basic …

Underwater Eye Safety

How to Protect Your Eyes While Swimming Whether you love river rafting, surfing, water-skiing, deep sea diving, synchronized swimming, or just enjoying a leisurely swim at the local pool, you’re probably going to end up underwater at some point. Here are some tips to make sure your eyes stay safe and healthy when that happens. Swimming Without Goggles Is Risky …

Westlake Eyecare is Growing!

Westlake Eyecare Opens New Downtown Location We are so excited to announce the opening of our new Downtown location!  Please come visit us in the 360 Building or give us a call at 512-643-2020!