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8 Ways to Prevent Common Eye Drop Mistakes

Are you using your eye drops the right way? If not used properly, drops may not only lose their effectiveness, but could also damage your...

Did You Know That 20% of People Sleep With Their Eyes Open?

1 in 5 people sleep with their eyes open. Known as nocturnal lagophthalmos, this condition can interfere with sleep and cause people to wake up...

When Routine Eye Exams Return 

Optometrists are slowly reopening their practices to offer routine services like eye exams for contact lenses, glasses, and eye surgery. This time around they will...

4 Eye Hygiene Practices That Reduce the Risk of Infection 

With the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in full-swing, it's important to practice good eye hygiene because eyes are a portal for infectious diseases. Implement these...

The Power of Tears

Tears flush out toxins, provide vital oxygen and nutrients to our eyes, and, among countless other benefits, ensure that our eyes remain lubricated and healthy....

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

We all instinctively rub our eyes, whether we're tired, our eyes are itchy or when something gets stuck in them. However, did you know that...

Fun Home-Based Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Vision

Did you know kids can keep developing visual functions from the comfort of their home? In this text, we outline various fun and engaging exercises...

COVID-19 –  What Constitutes an Eye Care Emergency? 

An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.

COVID-19 Update March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020 To our patients, an update on the current situation at Vision Care Specialists. First and foremost, we hope this finds you all...

Coronavirus and Your Eyes – What You Should Know

As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, health professionals are demanding that people limit their personal risk of contracting the virus by thoroughly washing their...

COVID-19 UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020

Per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists and in alignment with Governor Baker's Declaration of a State of...

This Contact Lens Can Actually Treat Dry Eye Syndrome!

Wearing traditional contact lenses is particularly uncomfortable when you have dry eye syndrome as it can further exacerbate itchy and irritated eyes. Fortunately, there is...

COVID-19 UPDATED INFORMATION 3/16/2020

COVID-19 INFORMATION (UPDATED March 16, 2020) To Our Patients: Your safety is our top priority and we are writing to update you on our current...

Dizziness and Balance: How Vision Plays a Vital Role

While vision may not seem to be the most important factor in maintaining balance, the brain relies on visual input to keep your world appearing...

How Safe Are Overnight Contact Lenses?

Wearing lenses overnight has been shown to be safe and effective in slowing down myopia progression in children. That said, many parents believe orthokeratology involves...

What Is the Shape of a Healthy Eye and How Does It Affect Vision?

Your vision depends on your eyeball shape. A perfectly shaped eye will provide crystal vision, whereas any deviation in size or irregularity in contour will...

8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes at the Office

Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your...

Treating Your Non-Reader With Vision Therapy

Are you frustrated your bright child is not reading at the level you think they should be? They may actually be suffering from an issue...

Use Your Benefits in 2020 for Ortho-K

Use your new benefits to make 2020 your year of perfect vision. Ortho-k overnight lenses, which are particularly advantageous for myopic patients,  can be eligible...

Building Your Child’s Confidence Through Vision Therapy

Vision therapy helps children with poor visual skills perform daily tasks more efficiently and with ease. This can lead to more success with school-work and...

What’s Worse For Your Vision: High Myopia (Nearsightedness) or Smoking?

Though many wouldn’t place “smoking” and “myopia” in the same sentence, the harmful effects they have on vision are comparable, as children with rapidly progressing...

Football Trivia: How Can An Eye Doctor Help Athletes After a Head Injury?

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries are common in high-impact sports —such as football — and can have drastic effects on visual function. Fortunately, neuro-optometrists...

Sunburned Eyes? Beware of Snow Blindness!

Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether...

A Short History of Vision Therapy

Vision therapy, practiced for over 150 years, has been helping patients with visual problems strengthen the eye-brain connection. Over the years, it has developed and...

3 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision and Eyes

Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye...

Ever Wonder How People See Following a Corneal Transplant?

It is not uncommon for patients to experience post-surgery refractive errors, particularly following a corneal transplant. To achieve clear and comfortable vision, scleral lenses are...

Does Your Child Have Myopia? Send Them Outside!

Children who spend a considerable amount of time playing outside are less likely to develop myopia than children who spend most of their time indoors...

Tips to Avoid a Concussion or TBI

The complexity of the brain is truly fascinating; any slight change in its chemistry or structural integrity can result in a multitude of health problems,...

Can Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Help Stroke Patients With Vision Problems?

Though not always evident, a stroke almost inevitably affects vision. Neuro-optometric rehabilitation can treat the resulting vision deficiencies and improve the person’s functionality and quality...

On Thin Ice: The Dangers of Concussions in Hockey

A hockey match can be fun and invigorating, but it can also be dangerous. Hockey players suffer a high rate of concussions, like football players....

5 Things About TBIs You Never Knew

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can lead to severe health problems, and in 90% of cases, vision problems. Here are 5 things about TBI that you...

Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses,...

Perfect Vision is The Perfect Gift: Ortho-K

This holiday season, offer the gift of perfect vision that will have your loved one thanking you every day. If you or anyone in your...

3 Reasons Why You Should Kickstart the New Year With Vision Therapy

Whether you’re a pro-athlete or a 4th grader struggling to read, improved vision skills can boost confidence and success in life. Consider vision therapy this...

Safe Driving in the Winter

In  Southborough, getting behind the wheel in the colder months comes with challenges that driving in the summer does not present. Besides the dangers of...

How Smoking Impacts Vision

Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes.  Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such...

 Why a New Pair of Glasses Is NOT the Best Holiday Gift for Your Child

If your child is nearsighted (myopic), it may seem like a great idea to get him or her a new pair of glasses. They will...

November 10 is World Keratoconus Day

November 10 will be the fourth annual World Keratoconus Day. Keratoconus is an eye disease in which the eye bulges and its shape becomes less...

Blinking and Dry Eye: The Clear Connection

Your vision is dependent on the quality of your tears, any imbalance will tend to disrupt the way your eyes can focus and receive light....

Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Dr. Abbondanza & Dr. Levine and Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of...

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of...

Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in...

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect...

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer Vacation

This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a...

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences...

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type...

Is My Child Too Young for Vision Therapy?

Those with excellent visual acuity may experience difficulty with visual processing or focus, which can impact various aspects of a child’s development, learning ability, and...

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come...

Welcome to our New Website

We invite you to take a look around our new site to get to know our practice and learn about eye and vision health. You...

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or...

5 Reasons Why Sclerals Are the Top-Performing Contact Lenses for Keratoconus

When it comes to providing sharp visual acuity, comfortable wearing, and healthy eyes, scleral lenses rank at the top of the charts.

How Can I Tell If My Child Needs Glasses?

What’s this secret method for helping kids to excel?... Schedule a pediatric eye exam to see if they need glasses!

Will I Need Glasses After Cataract Surgery?

Following cataract surgery, a number of options are available to provide you with clear vision.

What Happens If Cataracts Are Left Untreated?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye, which leads to loss of vision. Cataracts are part of the aging process and are very...

Progressive Frames or LASIK: Which Would You Choose?

Eye doctors today can help most patients who have vision problems stemming from presbyopia. Glasses and laser surgery are both options that are available to...

Safety and Sports Glasses

Each year, thousands of individuals sustain eye injuries due to sports and other accidents, many causing permanent damage and vision loss. Over 98% of these injuries can...

Sunglasses: High Style with High-Level Protection against Skin Cancer and Vision Loss

It’s common knowledge that ultraviolet sun rays are harmful to skin, and too much exposure will put you at a greater risk of skin cancer....

Macular Degeneration: Who is at risk?

There are many risk factors for Macular Degeneration. Some of these risk factors are things that you cannot control, and some are things that you...

How is AMD Detected?

Unfortunately, the early and intermediate stages of macular degeneration do not have any symptoms.  If you suspect you have macular degeneration, or if you have...

6 Habits that Cause Dry Eyes

Whether it’s summer or winter, extreme weather can stress your eyes so that they can’t produce enough tears to keep your eyes lubricated well.

Do You Know if Your Child Has Myopia?

Eye exams to check children for myopia are an essential part of responsible family eye care! Don’t wait until your child’s vision condition advances and...

What Are the Differences Between Daily vs. Monthly Contact Lenses?

Monthly lenses were the gold standard when contact lenses were first released into the consumer market. We offer a wide selection of dailies and monthlies are...

Keratoconus: Living with the Struggle

Living with Keratoconus has left many individuals searching for an eye care specialist with the right solution for their unique vision needs. Keratoconus is a...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

In an effort to educate corporations and their employees on the importance of vision health, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents,...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger...

Women’s Eye and Vision Health

(U.S.) April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month. The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Women are...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of...

Warning Signs of Poor Vision

Poor vision in adults or children can be the result of a number of conditions including anatomical changes or abnormalities in the eye or visual...

Vision and Road Safety

Good vision is essential for road safety. In fact, safe driving requires a combination of a number of different visual abilities including distance and near...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and...

Sports Eye Safety

For USA only : April is Sports Eye Safety Month For US & Canada: As the spring arrives, along with a greater opportunity to participate...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection. Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective...

Signs of Eye Problems in Adults

As we age, our bodies and our eyes begin to change. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between normal aging and signs of problems that...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know that certain toys and games can pose a serious risk to...

Why Do You Need Glasses?

The most well-known part of a comprehensive eye exam is the basic vision test. When you have a general vision test, one of the main...

The Importance of UV Protection

We are all exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. Even on a cloudy day, high levels of UVA and UVB damaging rays penetrate...

Sports Eye Safety Month

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a growing health crisis in North America as an estimated 29 million Americans and 3.4 million Canadians are currently living with the disease....

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year by knowing the risks and signs of glaucoma. As the leading cause of blindness worldwide, glaucoma has...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

(IN US add- August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month) It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary...

How Do Our Eyes Work?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? Seeing is an incredible gift made possible by a system in which the eye and the brain...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear...

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

Nerf guns or blasters come in a remarkable number of shapes and sizes and have become incredibly popular for use in the home and even...

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma and take steps...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

U.S. only: February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully...

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens....

Why Are My Eyes So Dry?

Do you experience dry, scratchy, burning eyes, redness or pain, a gritty feeling like something is in your eye? Or perhaps, excessive tearing, blurred vision,...

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...these symptoms are a clear indication that allergy season has arrived....

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light....

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Eye Complications of Diabetes It's true. Diabetics have a higher risk of blindness than those without the disease. That fact coupled with the superior prognosis...

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red,...

Convergence Insufficiency

Is your child smart in everything except school? He or she might be struggling with a hidden vision problem that impacts learning called Convergence Insufficiency...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Healthy Vision

It's that time of year again. Children across the country are gearing up for the new school year with new bags, new books and loads...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s...

Be serious about home eye safety

The home can be a dangerous place if you aren't aware of the risks that surround you.  This is particularly true for your eyes and...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn’t necessarily mean that he...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and...

Living With Low Vision

(U.S. only:) February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month. Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual...

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. You're more than likely...

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes work for you day in and out, playing a vital role as you navigate through the day. As May is healthy vision month,...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware...

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