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Is Surgery Inevitable With Cataracts? May 14th, 2024

Your once-clear vision is starting to become a little cloudier, and you’re having trouble with glare and night vision. These are some of the telltale signs of cataracts, which affect about 17% of the global population. Closer to home, more than half of Americans age 80 and older have cataracts,...

How Eye Exams Are Different When You Have Diabetes Apr 8th, 2024

When it comes to casting a wide net over your life, diabetes certainly qualifies. More than 38 million Americans have this chronic condition, which heightens their risks for some very unwelcome health complications. From lower limb ulcers to vision loss, diabetes can affect many different areas of your health, which...

6 Tips for Protecting Your Eyes This Spring Mar 1st, 2024

You look forward to spring when the temps warm up and the world goes from gray to green. Unfortunately, this time of year can also wreak havoc on your eyes, especially if you’re one of the more than 81 million people in the United States who have seasonal allergies.  To...

4 Signs of Keratoconus Feb 1st, 2024

To call your vision important is an understatement as you rely on this sense to make your way safely through the world. While vision issues such as being nearsighted or farsighted are common and easily correctable, we want to discuss a more serious eye condition in this month’s blog post...

How Your Eyes Change as You Get Older (and What to Do About It) Jan 16th, 2024

Getting out of your chair doesn’t come without a grunt these days and, when you want to take some medicine to relieve the ache in your knees, you can’t read the label. Aging can certainly cast a wide net and includes your eye health and vision. Not that we want...

I Think I'm Nearsighted— What Should I Do Now? Dec 12th, 2023

Did you know that 30% of the population in the United States is nearsighted? Also called myopia, this vision issue is one that can affect people from an early age, or it can develop later in life due to diabetes or excessive screen use. If you find yourself unable to...

The Link Between Diabetes and Eye Problems Nov 1st, 2023

November is National Diabetes Month in the United States, so Dr. Curtis Frank and the team here at Vision and Ortho-K Center want to discuss the close and problematic association between this chronic condition and your vision. Not to put too fine a point on it, but diabetes is more...

When Dry Eye Flares During Fall Oct 1st, 2023

When fall rolls around each year, you want to get out and enjoy the beautiful colors, but your dry eye flares up. Instead of hiding inside, you want solutions that will help remedy your itchy, scratchy, burning, or blurry eyes so you can appreciate this time of year again. Dr....

Is It Time for LASIK? Sep 1st, 2023

Mornings are hectic as you get ready for the day, but imagine if you can meet them without having to fumble for glasses or get your contacts in. Instead, you jump out of bed and the world around you is clear and focused, helping you to be the same. If...

4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Prescription Sunglasses Aug 1st, 2023

Slightly more than 200 million adults in the United States (nearly 80%) use some sort of vision correction, such as glasses, contact lenses, or readers. Included in this number are prescription sunglasses, which go far beyond being a cool accessory. Prescription sunglasses can play an important role in safeguarding your...

How Ortho-K Lenses Help You See Better Jul 12th, 2023

Nearly 42% of people in the United States have trouble seeing things at a distance, a condition known as myopia, or nearsightedness. By the year 2050, researchers predict that about half of the world’s population will have myopia. If you or a member of your family is part of this...

5 Tips for Preserving Your Vision as You Age May 31st, 2023

You need to use your phone’s flashlight to make out the menu in a restaurant, not to mention a pair of readers. Or, perhaps you joke that your arms need to be longer in order to read. These are perfectly natural signs of aging eyes. More seriously, more than 3.4...

Getting the Right Glasses for Your Needs May 11th, 2023

You’ve got a great pair of wire-frame glasses that help you to see clearly throughout the day, but when you head to the gym, these glasses don’t perform so well and slip and slide on your face. Or, you head out to play some golf or tennis with friends and...

Can I Prevent Cataracts with Lifestyle Changes? Mar 31st, 2023

Cataracts affect nearly 25 million people aged 40 and older in the United States, not to mention half of people by the time they reach the age of 75. If you conclude from these numbers that age plays a large role in this vision-robbing condition, you’d be correct. While age...

5 Signs You Need to Change Your Glasses or Contact Lenses Mar 9th, 2023

Do you remember the first time you put your glasses on or put your contact lenses in? The world around you snapped into focus and you could finally see what you were missing with your less-than-perfect vision. More than 150 million people in the United States use corrective lenses and what they, and you,...

4 Tips to Improve Dry Eyes Feb 10th, 2023

Itching, burning, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, redness — these common symptoms of dry eyes have a way of making your life miserable. If you’re among the nearly 16 million people in the United States who have dry eyes, the good news is that there are effective treatments and lifestyle tweaks that...

Sensitivity to Light? It Could Be Keratoconus Jan 2nd, 2023

You used to feel perfectly comfortable driving at night, but now you struggle because of glaring lights and halos around lights. And you’re in your 20s, so age has nothing to do with it. If this sounds familiar, an uncommon condition called keratoconus may be to blame. At Vision and...

Evaluating Your Options When You Have Astigmatism Dec 8th, 2022

A whopping 150 million Americans are unable to see clearly thanks to a refractive error, and astigmatism is the most common. If your eyesight is less than perfect because of astigmatism and you want to achieve better vision, the good news is that this condition is highly treatable and you...

Your Options for Achieving 20/20 Vision Nov 3rd, 2022

We talk a great deal about 20/20 vision, but what does this really mean? Do you have it? If not, how can you achieve it? As experienced optometrists, Dr. Curtis Frank and the team here at Vision and Ortho-K have devoted our practice to helping people to achieve great vision....

Four Causes of Cataracts and How They're Treated Oct 7th, 2022

When it comes to eye disease, cataracts are the most common, affecting more than 24 million people age 40 or older in the United States. In fact, by the time Americans reach the age of 75, about half have cataracts. To give you a better idea about what cataracts are...

The Many Roles of Contact Lenses Sep 6th, 2022

About 45 million people in the United States rely on contact lenses for a number of different reasons — from correcting vision to reshaping their corneas. We understand the power and versatility of contact lenses here at Vision and Ortho-K Center, which is why Dr. Curtis Frank and our team...

Five Reasons to Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays Aug 4th, 2022

While we experience four distinct seasons here in the Northeast, the sun can be out and about in each. Just as you take steps to protect your skin against the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, we urge you to extend this protection to your eyes, which can also be damaged...

How to Care for Your Ortho-K Lenses Jul 6th, 2022

Approximately 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, and a portion of these users are turning to ortho-K lenses to correct issues with myopia and astigmatism.  If you’ve opted for ortho-K lenses for you or your child, taking good care of them is paramount, which is why Dr. Curtis Frank and our team...

Is Losing Near Vision Inevitable After 40? Jun 6th, 2022

Age-related degenerative processes in your body can be felt almost everywhere, from your joints to your eyesight. In the United States, 128 million people have some degree of presbyopia, which comes from the Greek words “old eyes,” sending them for reading glasses any time they want to view something up close. At...

Warning Signs of Astigmatism May 3rd, 2022

Refractive errors, which include astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness, are what send millions of people in the United States searching for solutions to improve their vision. Of the three, astigmatism is the most common, affecting 1 in 3 Americans. To help you figure out whether you might have astigmatism, Dr. Curtis Frank and the team...

Myths and Facts About Cataracts Apr 5th, 2022

Cataracts are one of the most common visual-impairment issues in the United States, affecting nearly 25 million people aged 40 and over. While cataracts are prevalent, there’s still some misinformation out there about the eye disease, and we want to present you with the facts. At Vision and Ortho-K Center, our...

Why Protecting Your Eyes Against the Sun Is Important Mar 9th, 2022

As winter slowly gives way to spring, we’re starting to enjoy longer days with more abundant sunshine, and we’re reveling in the warmth. While we encourage you to get outdoors and soak it all in, we caution you against leaving your eyes unprotected. Here at Vision and Ortho-K Center, Dr. Curtis...

Are Contacts Right for You? Feb 6th, 2022

Your vision has deteriorated to a point where you acknowledge you need corrective lenses, and you’re deciding which option is best for you — glasses or contacts. Or, you’ve been wearing glasses for some time and you’re tired of hiding your eyes behind frames. Whatever your reasons for considering contact...

Here's What Happens During an Eye Exam Jan 1st, 2022

As we ring in a new year, it’s always a good time to take stock of your health. If you want to see more clearly in the new year, and beyond, a comprehensive eye exam is a great place to start. At Vision and Ortho-K Center, we offer eye exams...

What You Should Know About Myopia Control Dec 16th, 2021

The prevalence of myopia — or nearsightedness — in the United States and around the world is eye-opening. Nearly one-third of the global population has myopia and this number is expected to rise to 50% by 2050. In the US, the prevalence of myopia has nearly doubled over the last...

Why You Should Finally Get LASIK Nov 9th, 2021

There’s a good reason why more than 10 million people in the United States have opted for LASIK surgery — it’s a highly effective procedure that can improve your vision and eliminate your need for corrective lenses. If you’re on the fence as to whether or not you should have...

Help for Your Dry Eyes Oct 10th, 2021

Your eyes are overly dry, overly teary, scratchy, and irritated, and you’re tired of these symptoms interfering with your ability to see clearly. Nearly five million adults over the age of 50 in the United States have dry eye syndrome, and many have found relief. Dr. Curtis Frank and the...

Lifestyle Adjustments to Support Your Eye Health Sep 14th, 2021

From the moment your eyelids flutter open in the morning, you rely on your eyes to help you navigate the world around you. To help them serve you well for years to come, your eyes can benefit from a few lifestyle adjustments that support their health. To give you an...

Five Contact Lens Mistakes to Avoid Aug 15th, 2021

You’ve decided that contact lenses are the best option for your lifestyle, and you want to enjoy your ability to see the world more clearly. To accomplish this, it’s important that you steer clear of some common mistakes that both contact lens newcomers and veterans often make. At Vision and...

How to Choose Your Ideal Eyeglass Frames Jul 18th, 2021

Whether you need to update your current prescription or you’re entering the world of eyeglasses for the first time, choosing the right frames for your face and your lifestyle is important. To help you get the most out of your glasses, Dr. Curtis Frank and the rest of our optometry...

Can You Correct Astigmatism? Jun 16th, 2021

To say that astigmatism is common would be an understatement, as it affects about one-third of Americans. Thanks to this high prevalence, much headway has been made in treating the problem. From corrective lenses to surgery, the good news is that we can help you see more clearly despite your...

Early Signs of Cataracts May 25th, 2021

Cataract is a very common eye disease — it’s the leading cause of blindness around the world and affects approximately 22 million Americans over the age of 40. In fact, cataracts rob more people of their vision than macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy put together. Since next month (June)...

Keratoconus: Signs and Treatment Apr 21st, 2021

Your eyes are complex structures that receive and refract light so that your brain can form images, which means each component needs to do its part to help you see clearly. With keratoconus, your normally dome-shaped corneas become thin and cone-shaped, which distorts the light as it enters, leaving you...

Are There Alternatives to Reading Glasses? Mar 17th, 2021

Nearly two billion people around the globe suffer from presbyopia, which is the inability to focus on things that are close to you, such as printed words. The reason for these large numbers is that presbyopia is an age-related condition that occurs when the lenses in your eyes become less...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Dry Eyes Feb 16th, 2021

Nearly five million people over the age of 50 have dry eyes, with women outpacing men by almost two to one. While some view this problem as a nuisance, the fact is that chronic dry eyes can lead to larger problems if left untreated. Dr. Curtis Frank and our team...

Is Staring at a Computer Screen Bad for Your Eyes? Jan 13th, 2021

You may have grown up with a parent telling you, “Turn off that TV or you’ll wreck your eyes.” While this turns out to be mostly myth (though it did get you to turn off the TV), gone are the days of only watching an hour or two of TV...

Wintertime Tips for Dry Eyes Dec 1st, 2020

If you’re among the millions of people who struggle with dry eyes, you know that winter presents some unique challenges, especially here in the Boston area. The freezing temperatures and drier air are enough to make even those with healthy eyes experience what it’s like to have dry eyes. To...

The Benefits of Speciality Contact Lenses Nov 1st, 2020

The human eye may seem simple enough — it’s simply small and round. The reality is that eyeballs come in many different shapes and sizes, along with a host of different functional issues. Thankfully, specialty contact lenses can address these variations for many people. As optometry specialists, Dr. Curtis Frank...

Am I a Good Candidate for Ortho K? Oct 14th, 2020

More than 150 million people in the United States rely on corrective lenses to help them see their way more clearly. While effective, wearing glasses or contact lenses on a daily basis can present challenges. Now, imagine waking up each morning with great vision that serves you throughout the day,...

Top Treatments for Nearsightedness Sep 3rd, 2020

Nearsightedness, which is medically known as myopia, is a refractive error that occurs in 30-40% of adults in the United States. These numbers are on the rise, and experts predict that by the year 2050, half of the world’s population will have issues with nearsightedness. At Vision and Ortho-K Center,...

How Astigmatism Causes Headaches Aug 4th, 2020

Headaches can crop up for any number of reasons, from problems with spring allergies to stress and tension. In fact, there are more than 150 different types of headaches, including headaches that are related to vision problems like astigmatism. At Vision and Ortho-K Center, our optometrist Dr. Curtis Frank specializes...

Experiencing Digital Eye Strain? Blue Protection Coating May Help Jul 24th, 2020

Americans spend a whopping 11 hours or more looking at screens each day, which is wreaking havoc on our bodies — from tech neck to digital eye strain. While there are many ways to combat some of this added strain that comes with office work or school, our focus is...

OVITZ xwave Scleral Contact Lenses Deliver Optimal Vision Jun 23rd, 2020

For patients who’ve developed relatively routine refractive errors, contact lenses offer an ideal solution, restoring their vision to as close to 20/20 as possible. If, however, you’re among those who have higher order aberrations because of irregularly shaped corneas, severe astigmatism, or other eye problems, your road to better vision...

5 Nutrients that Promote Optic Health May 6th, 2020

It’s no mystery that what you put into your body directly impacts your health — after all, you are what you eat. Just as you can increase your intake of certain nutrients to improve your heart health, there are some foods that are better than others when it comes to...

Myths and Facts About LASIK Surgery Apr 24th, 2020

You wake each morning to a world that’s fuzzy, one that only snaps into focus once you don your glasses or put in your contact lenses. Each year, 700,000 people in the United States turn to laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) surgery to put an end to their vision problems, allowing...

Tips for Managing Chronic Dry Eyes Mar 3rd, 2020

Everyone gets dry eyes from time to time, but chronically dry eyes often signal a larger problem to do with the health of your eyes. If you find yourself with red, itchy, dry eyes, identifying the underlying cause and finding a treatment protocol that works is important, which is where...

5 Tips to Help You Adjust to Life with Scleral Contact Lenses Feb 17th, 2020

Contact lenses offer millions of people the opportunity to see more clearly without the hassles and change in appearance that come with glasses. If you’re among those who require scleral contact lenses because of problems with an irregular cornea or another issue, you still need to make a few adjustments...

Everything You Need to Know About Myopia Control Jan 9th, 2020

The prevalence of myopia has been on the rise in the United States over the past 40 years — increasing by 25% — and there’s no end in sight. In fact, myopia rates among both children and adults continue their upward trend, preventing a large chunk of the population from...