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Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

Ever wonder why your eyes tear up when you chop an onion? Here’s why these savory bulbs make you cry, and how you can reduce discomfort when cooking with them.

15 Things You Do That Can Harm Your Eyes

Here are 15 common things you might be doing that can increase your risk of suffering with vision loss or an eye disease. Read on to learn what they are, and what behaviors you may want to consider adjusting.

Ask Our Eye Doctor About Scleral Lenses

Have you been living with disappointment after being told you can’t wear contact lenses? Cheer up! Scleral lenses may be the solution you’re looking for. A scleral lens is a contact lens that’s a bit bigger than a soft contact lens, and it’s—surprisingly—more comfortable. Instead of resting on your cornea,...

The Surge In Cosmetic Procedures During COVID Raises Eye Health Concerns

The increased use of video conferencing due to COVID-19 has had a surprising impact: A boom in cosmetic procedures. Here’s why eye doctors are concerned about the eye health risks these procedures pose.

Do Your Contact Lenses Get Stuck in Your Eyes?

Although rare, a stuck contact lens can be very uncomfortable, if not downright painful. Getting it out of your eye can also be a tricky task, leading to additional eye irritation. Why do contacts get stuck, and what’s the best way to remove them? Our Plainview eye doctor explains. Why...

Over 40? Time for a Close Look at Reading Glasses

No matter what age group you look at, eyeglasses are the most common type of vision correction. While there are different types of lenses that can be fit into eyeglasses frames, lenses for distance and lenses for reading are the two most common kinds. Who wears them? People with nearsightedness...

Beware of Blue Light and Eye Disease – Part 1

Scientists have studied the long term effects of all forms of light, both visible and invisible, on the skin and eyes for many years.

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

Myopia or nearsightedness is most commonly corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses. As children grow, their prescription often gets stronger, what we call “progressive myopia”. Our eye doctors can help.

Top 8 LASIK Myths

In recent years, more and more people have chosen to undergo LASIK. However, as the popularity of this procedure rose – so did the number of myths circulating about it. We think it’s high time to set the record straight about LASIK! LASIK is a relatively simple laser eye surgery...

Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

Eye floaters are usually normal. But what causes them and when do they indicate a serious eye problem that needs emergency eye care?

What is a Contact Lens Specialist? Do You Need One?

Hard-to-fit with contact lenses? Consult with our eye doctor in Plainview In just about every field of healthcare, there are specialists with expertise in treating specific conditions – and eye care is no exception. When it comes to vision, certain ocular conditions are better treated by a specialist than by...

Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Driving long distances, prolonged screen time and even reading can cause eye strain symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Here are some eye exercises that can help you relax your eyes and find relief.

Can Your Eye Doctor See Floaters?

Eye floaters look like little specks or shapes that glide Eye Care Clinic across your visual field. They can resemble dark specks, outlined strings, or fragments of cobwebs – all of which are actually little pieces of debris or clumps of cells floating in your vitreous gel. When they cast...

How Long Does It Take to Get Used to New Glasses?

Adjusting to new eyeglasses can take time, but persistent visual or eyestrain symptoms that accompany your new eyewear could warrant a call to your optometrist.

Why Does Your Eye Doctor Dilate Your Pupils for an Eye Exam?

If you’ve been following the guideline to have regular eye exams, then you’re probably familiar with having your pupils dilated. Why does your eye doctor do this? By dilating your pupils, the eye doctor can get a better view of your inner eye structures – so the eye exam is...

Can I Protect My Eyes From Computer Use?

In today’s world, we are surrounded by computers and smart devices everywhere we turn. Most of us utilize these devices on a daily basis. Some of us use them in excess, whether for work, study, or when playing games. So, how can we protect our eyes from the digital world? One...

Why Does My Eye Twitch?

Eye twitching can be a very irritating sensation. Eye twitching, also known as myokymia, is involuntary contractions of the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eye. Myokymia is usually unilateral, and comes and goes on its own. Stress is probably the leading causes of the twitching, along with lack of sleep,...

Can Lasik Correct Astigmatism?

The “perfect” eyeball would be a smooth sphere with optical lenses that function at their best. But in the real world, this rarely happens. Usually, eyes are not shaped perfectly and visual acuity is therefore compromised. When you have astigmatism, the eye is elliptical – similar to a football shape....

A Tribute To The Best Team

Caring for people is our occupation We do it best without complication A pleasure to work with – much motivation It is nice to see such exhilaration Our team is thoughtful and full of conversation Attentive, considerate, without deviation A patient’s visit is without palpitation It’s our job to always...

Pink Eye? It Could Be Coronavirus

How to prevent conjunctivitis and protect your eyes When you have a virus, especially one that causes a hacking cough, runny nose, and other symptoms of a common cold or flu, it’s typical for your eyes to also get puffy and red. You may be suffering from viral conjunctivitis, also...

Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient. Despite the many...

What Will Optometry Practices Look Like Post-COVID?

COVID-19’s rapid sweep across the country has forced optical practices to make rapid clinical management decisions. Some optometrists temporarily shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic, while others began to offer emergency appointment services and telehealth.    As mandatory restrictions begin to lift in many locations, optometrists are beginning to...

Why You Shouldn’t Visit the ER for Eye Emergencies During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been going above and beyond to ensure that people are receiving emergency eye care. If you're having an eye emergency call your Plainview optometrist first.

What Services Can I Get Using Tele-Optometry?

Tele-optometry is a branch of telemedicine that can cover a wide range of problems and treatments related to vision and ocular health. Tele-medicine delivers medical care through digital medical equipment and telecommunications technology, such as online videos accessible through smart phones and tablets. This allows patients to easily receive screenings,...

Our Donations to Northwell, Plainview & Syosset Hospitals

Optix has recently made donations to our community hospitals: Northwell, Plainview & Syosset Hospitals. We put together a gift bag with eyeglass cleaner, cloth, and a thank you for our front line healthcare workers. The eyeglass cleaner will be of good use for their shields and goggles, as well as...

COVID-19: Protect Your Eyes From Too Much Screen Time

You and your children are likely spending more time on mobile devices and computer screens than ever before. Too much time spent staring at screens can cause computer vision syndrome, or digital eye strain, in certain people. While not serious, this condition can be very uncomfortable, potentially causing: Headaches Eyestrain...

How to Disinfect Glasses to Help Prevent COVID-19

Coronavirus and Your Eyeglasses Did you know that our glasses (this includes the lenses and the frame) can potentially transfer viruses, such as COVID-19, to our eyes, nose, and mouth? This is because viruses — as well as bacteria —  are easily transferred from our surroundings to our hands and...

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 hands, practicing social distancing, and not touching their nose, mouth, or eyes. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that the eyes play an...

Visiting Your Optometrist During COVID-19

Is your eye doctor's appointment coming up? Are you worried about going to the eye clinic during the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? Rest assured, keeping our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our...

The Road To Optometry School

The process of applying and getting accepted into Optometry School is a long and extensive process that requires months of effort and dedication. Many individuals do not realize that all Optometry Schools require the OAT (Optometry Admissions Test) exam to be taken as part of the application. The OAT exam...

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 eyes can cause a condition called "digital eye strain" (DES) or "computer vision syndrome" (CVS). Symptoms include eye fatigue, dry eyes, blurred vision, headaches, neck...

Pregnancy and Vision

There are a lot of changes happening to a pregnant woman’s body while she’s pregnant. Fluctuations in hormones and changes in fluid retention, metabolism, and blood circulation can sometimes affect the future mother’s eyes. Many women commonly feel changes in their distance vision, but usually they are very minor. It...

Nutrition For Your Eyes

Our eyes have been called the windows to our soul. They are one of the five senses we use and depend on every day, yet we do not take care of them correctly. Good nutrition and yearly eye health exams will assist in keeping your vision sharp at any age....

Are Smart Devices Harming My Eyes?

For those of us spending multiple hours looking at smart devices and flat screen computers on a daily basis, its important to ask how these devices are affecting our eyes. Evidence has revealed that flat screen devices such as iPads, smart phones, computers, TVs, as well as LED light bulbs...

Does Obesity Impact Eye Health?

Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign shining a spotlight on the importance of fitness and good nutrition. However, despite the public’s knowledge of obesity’s effects on...

Hawaii Without Sunglasses – and other Mishaps

The long planned trip to Hawaii was finally underway. Bags were packed and ready to go. First stop…. San Diego to see my son. It all started off well with an on-time flight and a relatively smooth trip. The weather in San Diego was a balmy 55 degrees and raining....

Are Eyelash Extensions Safe?

Last week a patient came into the office with swollen eyelids and very red eyes. Apparently she had a makeup trial, including false eyelash application, in anticipation of her daughters upcoming wedding. Her symptoms could be caused by a bacterial, viral or fungal infection or possibly an allergic reaction to...

First Impressions

I was recently at a party with a bunch of my friends and ran into an acquaintance.  I had not seen her for a few years.   The first thing I noticed when I looked at her was her face and of course her eyeglasses.  I know I am in the business...

Nutrition For Your Eyes “Let The Sun Shine…”

Although Long Island is having a mild winter, we are not out and about as much. We are therefore not soaking up as much sunshine as in the warmer months of the year. The sun is the body’s best source of vitamin D. Just 15 minutes a day in the...

Is 20/20 Vision the Best Eyesight?

A recent patient case revealed the importance of a routine eye exam. Blurry Vision in Eyes – Case Study A 58 year old female patient first noticed blurry vision in the right eye about two weeks prior to her exam. Although the blurry vision was very slight, our patient was bothered by the change...

Doctor’s Corner – Case Presentation

Recently, a longtime Optix patient arrived for his routine eye exam and contact lens evaluation. Our patient is a 51 year old male who often works long and non-traditional hours as a firefighter. Needless to say, that also means he is exposed to smoky conditions.  The combination of tired eyes...

The Ocular Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Did you know fat is an essential nutrient our body needs daily to function properly? Without the proper kind of fat in our diet eye health maybe compromised. Omega Fatty acids are the nutrients that help our cells,muscles, nervous system and organs function properly. There are two types of fatty...

Eye Exam – Detect Eye diseases early – iWellness

iWellness – Eye Exam Here at Optix Family Eyecare Center an iWellness scan using Spectral-Domain OCT technology is recommended for all of our patients. This special screening test and eye exam helps to detect early structural changes or damage to the inside of the eye that is not yet visible...

The Cost of Convenience

The other day I was at the gym watching TV and there was a segment about getting an eye exam using your iPad or other tablet. You were then able to order frames and lenses through a website and the completed pair was then sent directly to your home. Sound...

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 conditions that diabetics are at risk for developing: cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. To prevent these sight-threatening diseases, it's important to control your blood sugar...

One Eye Appears Larger Than the Other

Nobody is perfect. I always thought I was until my wife set me straight……. but that’s another story. The closest that anyone has ever come to being cosmetically perfect, at least according to the media, was Sophia Loren and Cary Grant back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. For the rest...

How to Choose a Good Eye Exam Center

At Optix, we strive to provide the very best eye care to our patients. For over 30 years, that has included keeping up with the newest technology in the eye care industry. Capturing a photographic image of a patient’s retina is not new technology. We have been photo-documenting retinal pathology...

Are Online Eye Exams Accurate?

A new era of health care is emerging, referred to as telemedicine. It is no surprise that in medicine, as in most fields, the convenience of the internet is changing traditional healthcare.

Can I Wear Contact Lenses at My Wedding?

It is really important to give some good thought and consideration to your eyewear for this important day ahead of time so you will be prepared.

Eye Make-up VS. Your Eyes

A new beauty technique that is very popular is eyelash extensions. Now anyone can have long, dark eyelashes but sometimes it is not always as glamorous. Eyelashes are not just there for beauty, their main function is to protect our eyes from harmful particles like dust, sand or debris from the environment.

Why buy a 2nd pair of eyeglasses?

Our optical store has a fantastic collection of frames for all your visual needs! A second pair of eyeglasses is not a luxury, it’s a true to life accessory! Besides the problem that you always forget where you put them, there’s a variety of reasons that make a strong case...

Plainview eye exam – It’s time for your regular eye exam!

Before you respond that you don’t need an eye exam because your eyes and vision are good, read on! Many common age-related eye diseases can have absolutely no symptoms during the early stages, including macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. That means you can walk around for a...

Plainview LASIK, Who is the Ideal LASIK Candidate?

Optix Family Eyecare Eye Clinic in Plainview, New York LASIK may fulfill your dream of seeing clearly without glasses or contacts! Many people are good candidates for this vision correction surgery. Stop dreaming and look into your eligibility for LASIK. Consult with our eye doctor for more information Many eye...

Plainview Cataract treatment – All About Cataract Surgery

Cataract treatment in Plainview, New York In a normal, healthy eye, the lens is transparent. When there is a cataract, the lens becomes cloudy. Consequently, cataracts can cause blurred vision, poor night vision, muted color vision, and increased glare around lights. Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed...

Plainview contact lenses, Are contact lenses better than glasses?

Optix Family Eyecare Eye Clinic in Plainview, New York Do contacts make your vision worse? You have just visited our eye care clinic for an eye exam in Plainview, New York and you received a new vision prescription. Now it is time to purchase new eyewear – should you buy...

Plainview, What is Pink eye?

Optix Family Eyecare Eye Doctor in Plainview, New York What are pink eye symptoms? Think you have pink eye? Contact our Plainview eye doctor for diagnosis & treatment Pink eye is pretty common, but there’s nothing pretty about this condition! Not only do pink eyes look ghoulish, but they can...

Plainview Eye Doctor – Where can I find an emergency eye doctor?

Optix Family Eyecare Eye Doctor in Plainview, New York   Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam, pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry...

Plainview eye exam – Why the Cheapest Eye Exam is Not the Best

See the Benefits of Our Eye Exam in Plainview, New York No matter how you look at it, eye care is an expense. Yet that doesn’t mean it’s always worthwhile to chase after the lowest price for your eye exam! When it comes to the health of your eyesight, you...

Plainview LASIK – Does LASIK eye surgery hurt?

Your eyes are extremely sensitive – the smallest particle of sand or thinnest eyelash stuck in your eye can lead to intense pain. With this in mind, you may be wondering how do people tolerate LASIK eye surgery? The concept of a laser eye specialist cutting your corneal tissue sounds...

Do I Need Eye Exams?

Do you wait until you notice a problem before visiting your eye doctor for an eye exam? Or do you schedule routine check-ups? Many people are not aware of how important it is to have regular eye exams. In fact, it is the most dependable way to preserve your long-lasting...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

Eye Care Center near me 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 together to raise awareness and share helpful information. People with Parkinson's Disease (PD) and their loved ones are encouraged to...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Eye allergy relief near you Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers,...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the year 2017 and 352 million more people were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. By 2045 the number of people diagnosed is expected to...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Chances are it affects you or someone you know. November has been dedicated as a time to spread awareness about the disease, its risk factors and the effects it has on your body, your daily life and the lives of your loved ones.

Comprehensive Eye Exam Guide

Check out one of the most comprehensive guide on Eye exams by our optometrists. Remember to get your and your Family's Eye exams this August to avoid any eye diseases or eye problems in the future!...

Optix Ojos Issue 2

Check out the latest issue of OPTIX OJOS! Tour our new office and take a virtual tour of the new Optix!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Voted as the “Eyecare Center For Excellence”

We are very excited to have been recently voted as the “Eyecare Center For Excellence.” Optix is building a larger and more sophisticated office to improve patient care and comfort. In the fall, we will be moving right next door and therefore have little or no interruption at all. Our...

Fake Eyelashes

False eyelashes are a popular trend for those who want longer, fuller, more prominent lashes. They are easily available at many stores for fairly reasonable pricing, or you can go to a fancy salon and have a professional apply them on you. Some people use them only for special occasions...

The Gift of Reading

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of reading aloud to Mrs. Kirsch’s 2nd grade class at a local elementary school here in Plainview, NY. I was invited as a guest speaker through the PARP program – Parents As Reading Partners. PARP is a statewide PTA administered program that asks parents to...

Do You Have Trouble Driving at Night?

A common complaint from many patients is increased difficulty with night vision. This problem is often intensified when driving at night. Glare from oncoming headlights can make night driving very troublesome. There are several reasons that night vision may become problematic to our patients. Some reasons include: Needing a prescription...

A Vision For Investment In Your Future

What do all of the following have in common? 1. Participating in a 401K 2. Investing in an IRA 3. Employer sponsored profit sharing or a pension plan? 4. Life Insurance 5. Disability insurance 6. Any insurance…….. 7. Sunglasses 8. BluTech Lenses The answer is they are all investments in...

Special Lenses for Special Needs

Eyeglasses are not helpful if they do not do the intended job.  Contact lenses are not helpful if they don’t correct the vision to an acceptable level or they cause dry Eyeglasses are not helpful if they do not do the intended job.  Contact lenses are not helpful if they don’t correct the...

What is the Best Contact Lens?

I often get asked, “What is the best contact lens?”  Unfortunately, there is no one correct answer.  Contact lenses are almost as individual as people.  That is to say, there are many types of contact lens materials, sizes, curves, shapes, water content, stiffness, edge designs, and more. There are soft...

The Aging Eye: When Is It Time to Stop Driving?

This is a very sensitive subject.  Most people view driving as a form of independence. Giving up driving means that these people could not do simple things like going to the grocery store, bank or drugstore without asking someone else to drive them there. But this is a matter of...

Mission trip to the Dominican Republic

On October 9, 2014 ten doctors and approximately twenty ancillary personnel from the United States and Canada were selected to participate in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. The doctors were selected from over 750 applicants and I was fortunate to be one of them. This is my first...

Onions: The Real Tear-Jerker

Ever wonder why we start crying when chopping up onions?

Beware of Blue Light and Eye Disease Part 2

Adult onset macular degeneration, or AMD, causes a reduction or loss of central vision..

Use Flex Spending to Benefit Your Eye Health

Our whole team at Optix wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season.

Beware of Blue Light and Eye Disease-Part 1

What is blue light and why is it a problem all of a sudden?

How Does Diabetes Affect the Eyes?

November is American Diabetes Month.

World Sight Day Challenge – No More Avoidable Blindness

The World Sight Day Challenge, slated to take place on October 9, 2014 is an annual awareness day that aims to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment worldwide. The day aims to create awareness that blindness can be avoided if there is universal access to quality vision and...