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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Earn a quick $20

    Prior to the new year, Eye Care Associates owners of made a decision to better help its patrons and visitors of eye care products by creating 2 separate YouTube Channels to provide product reviews, updates on discontinued & new products and in depth “how to” product information videos relating to eye care products to better help our current patients as well as potential customers.

    As a visitor, we’d like to thank you by offering $20 off any order you place on either of our websites.

    In order to receive your $20 simply visit our YouTube channels by clicking on the link below and become a subscriber of each channel.

    Visit and become a subscriber and you’ll get a $10 voucher good for any of our products on any of our sites, anytime –

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    Once we discover that you have subscribed to our YouTube Channel’s, we will email you a coupon code(s).

    Subscribe to both and you just made $20. It’s that simple. So head on over to our YouTube channels now and have a look at our most recent face shape series of videos which help you determine which frames work best for your face shape.

    Thank you for your time and we hope you enjoy our informative videos.

  • Spring Is Here And So Are Allergies

    allergy-seasonNow that Spring time is here, we can all enjoy the outdoors a little more thanks to more hours of daylight along with warmer temperatures. Whether you find yourself hiking, gardening or enjoying a nice bike ride, most will be effected by the change of season in an unpleasant way.

    The down side to spring time is the rise in seasonal allergies. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due to the release of tree and flower pollen into the atmosphere and can cause a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that experience them. It is these types of allergies that cause the eyes to become red, itchy or watery.

    How can you defend your eyes during pollen season? Well the immediate answer would be to decrease contact with pollen which means staying indoors, particularly on days with a high pollen count. Keeping windows closed and wearing sunglasses may also help to protect your eyes from irritants in the atmosphere.
    Now if you do become effected by these allergens especially for people that do not wear contact lenses, this nuisance can be solved with over-the-counter rewetting drop is sufficient to moisturize and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and cleanse the eye of irritants. Medicines containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers can alleviate irritation of the eyes and treat other symptoms such as cold-like symptoms. Eye drops often work better than pills or liquid medications to treat eye problems.

    As for people that wear contact lenses, this issue is a little more severe as well as costly. It is believed that contact lens wearers suffer more during eye allergy season due to the fact that irritants are more likely to enter the eye and stick to the exterior of the lens, bringing irritation. This is made worse when oral antihistamines are taken which have a drying effect on the eyes. Those who wear contact lenses are advised to ensure their eyes are moist and replace lenses as directed. Many optometrists recommend switching to daily disposable contacts, since changing your contact lenses daily greatly diminishes the chances of buildup and inflammation.

    During the Spring time contact lens wearers find themselves using more contact lens solution and or wetting & cleaning drops to help prevent their lenses from becoming damaged.

    A key point to remember for anyone is, don't rub your eyes. Doing so can only intensify the irritation. Because often products that work to alleviate symptoms do require a prescription, if over-the-counter options do not help, see your eye doctor.

    To help contact lens wearers this allergy season, we are offering free shipping on all orders $99 and more beginning today and lasting until this Friday. To make things even easier no coupon code is needed in order to take advantage of this offer.

    So go ahead and enjoy the fresh air of spring time.

  • April Is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

    women-eye-health-monthIt is safe to say that everyone has a special woman in their life whether it is your mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt or significant other; we here at are helping spread the word that the month of April is Women's Eye Health and Safety Month.

    In an effort to education women about sight preservation, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has again designated April has Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month. According to PBA, women are more susceptible than men to vision impairment, comprising 2.6 of the 4.1 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind.

    In a recent study conducted by PBA, Vision Problems in the U.S., data showed that more women than men experience age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which are the four most prevalent eye diseases in the U.S. Reasons for the gender discrepancy, according to the National Eye Institute, include longevity and hormonal factors.

    “The first thing every woman should do, especially those ages 40 and older, is get a dilated eye exam," said Hugh R. Parry, PBA president and CEO. "Through early detection and treatment, vision loss can be lessened.”

    In addition to having eyes examined, PBA recommends that women eat healthy, quit smoking, take supplements approved by a medical professional and protect eyes from the sun with UV-blocking sunglasses and headwear, as well as educate themselves on any possible family history of eye disease.

    If anyone is experiencing any of the following symptoms, an appointment with an eyecare professional should be made immediately:

    • Unusual trouble adjusting to dark rooms;
    • Difficulty focusing on near or distant objects;
    • Squinting or blinking due to unusual sensitivity to light or glare;
    • Change in color of iris;
    • Red-rimmed, encrusted or swollen lids;
    • Recurrent pain in or around eyes;
    • Double vision;
    • Dark spot at the center of viewing;
    • Lines and edges appear distorted or wavy;
    • Excess tearing or "watery eyes";
    • Dry eyes with itching or burning; and
    • Seeing spots, ghost-like images.

    The FDA has also created an article on how to Use Eye Cosmetics Safely.  The article mentioned the following points:

    • Keep everything clean - Dangerous bacteria or fungi can grow in some cosmetic products, as well as their containers. Cleanliness can help prevent eye infections.
    • Always wash your hands before applying eye cosmetics, and be sure that any instrument you place near your eyes is clean. Be especially careful not to contaminate cosmetics by introducing microorganisms. For example, don't lay an eyelash wand on a countertop where it can pick up bacteria. Keep containers clean, since these may also be a source of contamination.
    • Don't moisten cosmetic products. Don't add saliva or water to moisten eye cosmetics. Doing so can introduce bacteria. Problems can arise if you overpower a product's preservative capability.
    • Don't share or swap - People can be harmed by others' germs when they share eye makeup. Keep this in mind when you come across "testers" at retail stores. If you do sample cosmetics at a store, be sure to use single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs.
    • Don't apply or remove eye makeup in a moving vehicle. Any bump or sudden stop can cause injury to your eye with a mascara wand or other applicator.
    • Check ingredients, including color additives. As with any cosmetic product sold to consumers, eye cosmetics are required to have an ingredient declaration on the label. If they don't, they are considered misbranded and illegal.
    • Use only cosmetics intended for the eyes on the eyes - Don't use a lip liner as an eye liner, for example. You may expose eyes either to contamination from your mouth or to color additives that are not approved for use near the eyes.
    • Don't dye eyelashes and eyebrows -  No color additives are approved by FDA for permanent dyeing or tinting of eyelashes and eyebrows. Permanent eyelash and eyebrow tints and dyes have been known to cause serious eye injuries.
    • Use care with false eyelashes or extensions - False eyelashes and extensions, as well as their adhesives, must meet the safety and labeling requirements for cosmetics. Since the eyelids are delicate, an allergic reaction, irritation, or injury in the eye area can occur. Check the ingredients to make sure you are not allergic to the adhesives.
    • Don't use eye cosmetics that cause irritation. Stop using a product immediately if irritation occurs. See a doctor if irritation persists.
    • Avoid using eye cosmetics if you have an eye infection. Discard any eye cosmetics you were using when you got the infection. Also, don't use eye cosmetics if the skin around the eye is inflamed.
    • Don't use old eye cosmetics. Manufacturers usually recommend discarding mascara two to four months after purchase. Discard dried-up mascara.
    • Don't store cosmetics at temperatures above 85° F. Preservatives that keep bacteria or fungi from growing can lose their effectiveness, for example, in cosmetics kept for long periods in hot cars.

    For more information on women’s eye health, including fact sheets on eye diseases, pregnancy & vision and the safe use of cosmetic contact lenses, visit

    In honor of Women's Eye Health and Safety Month we are offering 3% Off + Free Shipping – valid Saturday and Sunday when you use the following coupon code at checkout: 782611928

    Please help spread the word too all of the lovely ladies in your life to help them preserve their vision, so that they can continue to enjoy seeing us as much as we enjoy seeing them.

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