Concussion Vision

Concussions and Vision Problems

With most of the United States fast approaching winter or already in the throes of freak snowstorms, ice is going to become an ever-present annoyance from day to day, especially in our state of Minnesota. With ice comes the danger of slips, falls, and injury, including concussions. Concussions are injuries to the brain that come…

Seeing Stars in Vision Phosphene

Seeing Stars in Vision | Rubbing Eyes: Phosphene Phenomenon

Did you ever close your eyes and push on them with your fingers as a child to see waves and patterns of color float across your eyelids? Perhaps more commonly for adults, have you ever stood up suddenly from reclining or laying down and seen spots swimming across your vision? Or maybe you suffer from migraines that begin as flashes and spots of light crossing the visual field. Hopefully you have never been knocked on the head hard enough to cause flashes of light, but that is another way that you may see strange spots that don’t actually exist. This phenomenon of “seeing stars in vision” is called a “phosphene,” and is the experience of seeing light when no light is actually entering the eye.

Paraoptometric of the Year Award

Paraoptometric of the Year Award

All of us at Uptown Eye Care would like to congratulate our Optical Team Leader, LaRae F. on being chosen as the Paraoptometric of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association. Each year the Minnesota Optometric Association presents this award to a paraoptometric that has made outstanding contributions to the paraoptometric profession. We think LaRae…

Paraoptometric Recognition Week at Uptown Eye Care

What is a Paraoptometric? Paraoptometrics are allied health professionals who assist optometrists in providing their highest level of vision care to patients. They extend the optometrist’s capabilities by assuming routine and technical aspects of vision care services. Paraoptometrics are to optometrists what paralegals are to lawyers. Paraoptometrics perform a variety of duties in the optometric…

Healthy Eye Care Tips for College Students

Healthy Eye Care Tips for College Students

The start of the college semester is just around the corner, and right now most college-bound students are busy packing boxes, preparing schedules, and cringing at the price of textbooks. For those students’ eyes, college means sleep deprivation, lots of close-up work, screen time galore, and close contact with other germs. This can lead to eye fatigue, dry eyes and conjunctivitis or other eye diseases. To help keep your eyes in top shape for the course load ahead, put the following tips into practice.

nutrition for cataract prevention

Cataract Prevention | Sunglasses, Nutrition and Eye Exams

Cataracts occur when the natural lens of the eye, located behind the pupil and iris, becomes cloudy. This can result in cause blurriness, sensitivity to light and vision loss. Cataracts are a leading cause of blindness and affect millions of people in the United States, especially those over the age of 40. The only way to treat cataracts is to remove the clouded lens through surgery. The good news is that cataracts are preventable to a certain extent. Follow our tips to ensure that you are doing your part to prevent cataracts.