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The shape of your eyes and lens plays a significant role in how your brain perceives the light that enters your eyes. A general deviation in the shape of the lens can alter the clarity of your vision. This condition, which is known as an astigmatism, can come in two different forms and varying degrees of severity.

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, means that you can see close objects clearly but you struggle to distinguish details at a distance.

Hyperopia, also known as farsightedness, is the complete opposite. People with this type of astigmatism can see clearly at a reasonable distance yet they struggle to distinguish the fine details of close-up objects. People with hyperopia might struggle with reading books with small fonts.

Fortunately, the specialist at Best Care Vision in O’Fallon, Missouri, can help address both versions of astigmatism. After a thorough examination to determine the severity of your astigmatism, we can help you find the corrective lenses needed to give you 20/20 vision. This could come in the form of glasses or contact lenses.

If you live in the O’Fallon, Missouri, area and you are struggling with nearsightedness or farsightedness, you should call 636-614-3911 to schedule a vision exam with Best Care Vision.

 

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Each person is unique, and this is equally true for people who need glasses to address a specific vision or eye health issue. Here at Best Care Vision, we are proud to offer a wide range of frames, lenses, and coatings to customize your new pair of glasses.

If you do a lot of driving at night, or if you work in front of a computer screen all day, you might be interested in having an anti-reflective coating applied to your glasses. This increases the light transmission through the lenses up to 99.5 percent. This helps eliminate glare and reflections from alternative light sources. It also helps others see your eyes.

We also offer polarized lenses, which are very beneficial for people who are frequently in the sun. This type of lens helps reduce glare and eyestrain in bright conditions.

Bifocal and trifocal lenses are important for people who need help seeing things up close as well as far away. This helps change from one view to the other, allowing your eyes to adjust seamlessly.

If you live in the O’Fallon, Missouri, area and you need glasses to address a vision problem or other specific vision need, you should call 636-614-3911 to schedule an appointment with Best Care Vision.

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It can be tempting sometimes to put off your annual vision exam under the guise that you might not need glasses. Vision changes resulting from age tend to happen gradually and some people don’t notice the difference until they have suffered a significant amount of vision loss. In some cases, this could even be related to an undiagnosed eye disease or underlying medical condition.

Here at Best Care Vision, Dr. Sameh Boules recommends having a routine eye exam performed at our O’Fallon, Missouri clinic each year. During the exam, he will check the power of your eyes to determine if you are far sighted, near sighted, or if there are any signs of an astigmatism. In many cases, these types of vision changes can be related to aging.

Your eye specialist can then examine your binocular vision to determine how well your eyes work together. This also includes your perception of color and depth while also screening the overall health of your eyes.

If we detect a problem, our eye care specialist can present you with an array of potential solutions. This might come in the form of glasses or contact lenses. If he detects an eye disease, we can help you understand your treatment options.

If you live in the O’Fallon, Missouri, area and you are in need of a routine eye exam, you should call 636-614-3911 to schedule an appointment with Best Care Vision.

 

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These days, just about everyone spends their work day in front of a computer screen. While it’s great to have this technology so readily available, it also presents some health problems. We’re all aware of the increased obesity, but did you know that staring for too long at a computer screen can cause severe eye strain?

Luckily, there are a few ways you can mitigate eye strain and still be productive when working. Let’s take a look at a few of the recommendations Dr. Sameh Boules has for doing just that.

Take frequent breaks

It’s recommended by nearly every vision specialist that you employ the 20-20-20 rule when working on computers all day. This consists of taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet away. This helps your eyes relax from dealing with the light from your computer screen.

Bright monitor

The brighter your monitor, the less your eyes have to work to help you read what’s on the screen. It also reduces the amount of flickering screens you’ll have to deal with, which can really strain your eyes.

Your eyes are one of the most important tools you have, and if you don’t take care of them you’ll regret it later on. If you need more tips, or have other questions regarding eye health, call us today at 636-614-3911.

 

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Contact lenses are great. They’re convenient, great for people who spend a lot of time in outdoor recreation or playing sports, or those who just can’t stand wearing glasses.

However, contact lenses do present a few potential issues that you should be aware of. One of those is what impact the lenses will have on your eyes if you sleep with them in. To help answer this question, let’s see what Dr. Sameh Boules at Best Care Vision in O'Fallon, Missouri, has to say about sleeping in contact lenses.

Infection risk
The number-one reason to not sleep in your contacts is the infection risk. Your eyes get their oxygen largely from your cornea – the transparent membrane just over your eye. When wearing contacts, the cornea doesn’t breathe as much due to the lens in place. Your eyes also don’t oxygenate as well when your eyes are closed – like when you’re sleeping. Combine the two, and it creates an environment in which infection can run rampant.

The other thing to take into account is the fact that if you do sleep in your contacts for more than a day, your lenses become like a Petri dish for bacteria. The last thing you want is an eye infection, but leaving your contacts in for too long significantly open you up to such a problem.

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to call our team at 636-614-3911.

 

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Your eyes are obviously one of the most important items you have to take care of. Without the ability to see, life is drastically different and much more difficult. That’s why if you have healthy eyes, you need to do everything you can to keep them as healthy as possible.

Let’s see what the staff here at Best Care Vision in O'Fallon, Missouri, recommends you do to help your eyes be healthier than ever.

The right diet

Your diet has a huge impact on the health of your eyes. We all know that carrots contain the right vitamins that spruce up your vision, but did you know that omega-3 fatty acids also contribute to great eye health? So if you’re a fish lover, keep it up – your eyes are thanking you!

Rest your eyes

If you’re like almost every working adult, you spend a good portion of your day staring at a screen. This causes serious fatigue in your eyes, although almost no one takes the time to properly rest their eyes from this strain.

Every 20 minutes, try and focus on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will help your eyes rest and reduce fatigue, keeping them healthy and strong.

Your eyes are important and taking care of them should be a top priority. If you need more tips, advice, or to schedule an exam, call us today at 636-614-3911.

 

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If you have to come visit Dr. Sameh Boules at Best Care Vision in O'Fallon, Missouri, for an eye exam, chances are that he will find out that you’re either near or far sighted. The recommended corrective lenses will be based off of these findings.

But what does it mean to be near or far sighted? Let’s look at that differences between the two.

What are they?

To start, it’s important to note that these vision problems are actually refractive issues, which means that your eyes don’t properly process light. That inability to process light creates the vision problems we refer to as being nearsighted or farsighted.

What is nearsightedness?

When you’re nearsighted, it means that with uncorrected vision (no contact lenses, glasses, or laser eye surgery) you can see great up-close, but the further out your eye tries to focus, the blurrier your vision becomes.

What is farsightedness?

This is the exact opposite of being nearsighted. Far away, objects are crisp and clear, and you have no problem reading the words on billboards or other road signs. Up close, though? That’s when your vision gets blurry and causes problems.

Both of these vision issues are able to be corrected with the right contact or glasses lens. If you’re ready to change your vision for the better, call 636-614-3911 today to make an appointment.

 

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You may have heard about a problem some people have with their vision – a condition known as “astigmatism.” It’s likely the most misunderstood vision problem in existence, and hopefully the post our team here at Best Care Vision in O'Fallon, Missouri, can clear up any questions or misconceptions you may have about the problem.

What is it?

In the most technical sense, astigmatism is a refractive error. This means that your eye isn’t infected or diseased, but simply has a problem with how it focuses on incoming light. So in the end, astigmatism is really just like being nearsighted or farsighted.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of astigmatism vary, but the most common include blurry vision at all distances, in addition to headaches and eye fatigue.

How is it treated?

Astigmatism is treated with either contact lenses, glasses, or refractive surgery (also known as LASIK). The treatments help correct the problem that causes astigmatism in the first place (an irregularly shaped cornea) and gives you the vision you need and deserve. Once you get treated for your astigmatism, you’ll wonder how you ever lived with it in the first place!

If you’re looking for new astigmatism treatment, or suspect you have it, call 636-614-3911 today to see how we can help.

 

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When you have to get contacts, you’ll have the choice between daily or monthly lenses. Daily lenses are worn just once and discarded at the end of every day, while monthly lenses are either removed nightly or left in for longer periods of time. This all depends on what lens you choose to use.

In this post we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each option and why one may be a better fit for your than the other.

Daily disposables

Daily disposable lenses are regarded by eye doctors and patients alike as a great option. You don’t have to clean the lenses at night (setting them in a solution after removing them) like you do with monthly lenses. There’s also no day-to-day buildup of junk which could potentially harm your eyes.

However, daily disposable contacts generally cost a bit more than monthly contacts, so that’s something to take into account when looking at deciding between the two options.

Monthly contacts

Monthly contacts are designed for consistent use for a 30-day period, when they’re thrown away. Some brands are actually designed to be able to sleep in, while others you’ll still have to remove nightly. They’re generally cheaper and can offer some comfort advantages daily disposables can’t.

To make the best choice you need to visit with Dr. Sameh Boules in O'Fallon, Missouri, to see what’s going to be most beneficial for you in the long run. Call 636-614-3911 today to schedule an appointment.

 

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If you deal with dry eyes on a regular basis, this is something you need to bring up to our team on your next visit to Best Care Vision in O'Fallon, Missouri. Dry eyes, if they occur on a regular basis, are usually chronic and you’ll have to treat the symptoms for quite a while, as most causes of dry eyes usually aren’t curable.

With that in mind, let’s look at some treatment options.

Diagnose the issue

When you come to see Dr. Sameh Boules, he can use the Tearlab machine here in our office to determine exactly what’s causing your dry eyes, as well as the best course of treatment. Depending on what he finds, you may be recommended to try the following options.

Artificial tears

These are one of the more popular treatments for dry eyes and they work well if your dry eyes are caused by extensive computer use, reading, or other activities during which your eyes are focused on one item for a long time.

Prescription eye drops

The other option is to use prescription eye drops to help reduce inflammation in your eyes. Reducing this inflammation is a key step towards mitigating the symptoms of dry eye syndrome and helping you to have healthier, fresher-feeling eyes on a regular basis.

If you think you need help, call us today at 636-614-3911.

 

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