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Eye Health: Some eye-opening insight into what the definition of perfect eyesight is

By Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward 20/20 Vision: What is it exactly? It’s likely you’ve heard the expression 20/20 vision. You may think 20/20 vision means you have perfect eyesight, so this post will be eye-opening for you. Here are some facts to help clarify what 20/20 truly is: When you step into your eye doctor’s office, the first thing you can expect is to look at a chart. The chart...

Eyes on J. Galt: New artisan eyewear boutique opens in Chevy Chase, sales lead to donations

In a state known for small-batch bourbon, it’s appropriate that small-batch eyewear will soon be covering the eyes of fashion-forward Kentuckians. Unique, hand-crafted, artisan eyewear from around the world is new to Lexington’s Chevy Chase area with the opening of J. Galt. Longstanding partners in optometry, Drs. Dawn Stratton, Heechung Ko and Richard Mangan, are J. Galt’s owners. Situated...

Eye Health: Five ways to keep your eyes safe in the summer sun

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward From bike rides and hikes, to beach vacations, and time at the pool or ballpark, our eyes experience an abundant amount of sun exposure during the summertime. You can protect your skin with sunscreen on these bright days, but how can you protect your eyes? In the first of a two-part series on summer eye care, five ways to keep your eyes safe in the sun: —...

Eye Health: What are the main factors to consider when shopping for a pair of glasses?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward Shopping for eyeglasses can be fun and frustrating at the same time. To streamline the process, I have a new business coming to Central Kentucky this summer… more to come in a future column! In the meantime, there are two main things to consider when shopping for glasses: your face shape and coloring. With some help from Cosmopolitan.com, here’s a basic...

Eye Health: Spring is the season of splashy colors, unfortunately many see them through red, itchy eyes

By Dr. Dawn Stratton Special to KyForward As beautiful as this spring is in Kentucky, it leaves many people with red, itchy, watery eyes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates 50 million people in the United States have seasonal allergies. Living in the Ohio Valley, which is an area known for containing a lot of allergens, many of my clients suffer from seasonal allergies....

Eye Health: How often should you schedule an eye exam and who should you see?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist When was the last time you had your eyes examined? I recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years, depending on your age, risk factors and whether you currently wear corrective lenses. Sometimes, annual exams are recommended. Those who advise annual exams do so because eyes can change very quickly, and in ways that only an eye doctor may detect....

Eye Health: Answering common questions, beginning with — Can your eyes have freckles?

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist I hope 2016 is going well for all of you. I’m planning a lot of new ventures this year that I’ll tell you about soon. In the meantime, as a way to answer questions you may have about eye care, I plan to write about common questions we hear from patients. Beginning with: can my eyes have freckles? Yes. Like a raised freckle on the skin, nevi can also occur...

Eye Health: New research points to visual connection for those suffering from case of winter blues

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season. With winter officially beginning, I thought you would be interested in new research on how our color perception changes between seasons. Scientists at England’s University of York have shed new light on how humans process color that reveals we see things differently in winter compared with summer. We identify...

Eye Health: New eye drops show promise, offer hope for people who have cataracts

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist One more reason to be thankful this holiday season: New research shows promise for people who have cataracts. A team of researchers from the University of Michigan and University of California, San Francisco has helped discover a new eye drop that could cure cataracts. Magnified view of a cataract seen on examination with a slit lamp (Wikimedia Commons photo) According...

Eye Health: Visit your eye doctor, improve diet, sunglasses among tips for healthier eyes

Among the tips for healthier eyes in 2015: see your eye doctor (Creative Commons Photo)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Happy holidays! I am sure you are rushing around taking care of gifts, decorating and baking. I hope you plan to take some time off during the season to focus not only on those you love, but also on yourself.   In that downtime, here are a few things to...

Eye Health: Optometrists already ahead of game when it comes to sports concussions

Half of the brain is taken up with vision so concussions during football games can seriously affect players’ vision. (Photo from UK Football/Facebook)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   It’s an exciting football season with University of Kentucky being much improved over previous years. This enhanced interest in football is a great reminder that while it’s a favorite sport...

Eye Health: Research shows optometrists
may play a vital role in detecting ADHD

  By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   I recently read some new research that is very interesting and is of particular interest to parents of children who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. Based on new research from Israel, optometrists may have a vital role to play in detecting the commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder.   The new study...

Eye Health: Children are more susceptible
to damage from UV rays; protection is a must

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   It seems as if I was just writing about the beginning of summer and now I’m talking about back-to-school eye exams. A lot of parents are bringing their children in for those exams, which is a good time to discuss the importance of protecting eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.   Up to half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation...

Eye Health: With Kentucky cities top of the
allergens list, take precautions to protect eyes

The yellow spots on the honey bee are pollen grains from the dandelion. In Kentucky, pollen is everywhere! (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Summertime … finally!   If your family is anything like mine, you are spending a lot of time outside. From sitting out at ball fields, to attending camps and working in the garden, we all love to be...

Eye Health: A summer of sports can be fun, but dangerous without protective eyewear

Even though there are no flying objects involved, swimming can also be dangerous for the eyes without proper protective goggles. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   With just a few weeks left in the school year, do you have visions of ballparks in your future? With two young sons, we basically spend the summer months watching baseball. While I enjoy...

Eye Health: Not happy with your eyelashes? Seven natural ways to help lengthen them

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   My sons have the longest, thickest eyelashes and I’m not sure they fully appreciate how much their lashes accentuate their eyes. How do you feel about your lashes? A lot of women, in particular, don’t love theirs. Don’t give up, though, there are natural ways to enhance lashes.   (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) Here are seven tips:   1....

Eye Health: Pain-free LASIK surgery is often best, most common solution for poor vision

LASIK surgery involves a tiny laser cut of the cornea to create a flap that is then repositioned changing the curvature of the eye. In the top image the cornea before LASIK is rounded which distorts the image the eye sees. In the bottom image, the corneal flap is flattened so there is less distortion of image. (Photo from U.S. National Library of Medicine)   By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Are...

Eye Health: Dreaded pink eye is contagious, but it’s also easy to treat – and even avoid

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   An eye with conjunctivitis (Photo from Wikimedia Commons) If you have children, there’s hardly anything more dreaded than hearing there’s a case of pink eye in their classroom. Pink eye is highly contagious and is most common in preschoolers, schoolchildren, students, teachers and daycare workers. However, pink eye is easily treated and can be avoided...

Eye Health: Don’t get so carried away by the spring sunshine that you forget eye protection

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   With the winter that’s being experienced across the U.S., there’s no doubt we are eager to spend time outside this spring and summer. While the sun will be a welcome sight, I want you to be sure to protect your eyes from UV rays.   The sun can cause many eye issues, one of which is Pinguecula. Pinguecula is a yellowish, slightly raised thickening...

Eye Health: New toys from Santa? Here are a few eye safety tips every parent should know

By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   Is your house filled with new toys after Christmas? As a mom of two young sons, my living room is a combination of guns, balls, cars and Legos. While all of these are fun and can keep kids occupied for hours, some toys pose a serious risk for eye injuries.   Aerosol string is one of several toys that can cause eye injuries. (Photo from AllAboutVision.com) According...