Customer Appreciation Month 2016

In Honor of Customer Appreciation Month – 50% Off Frames!

September is customer appreciation month at Performance Eyecare, and to show how much we really do appreciate you we’re offering an incredible 50% off frames! That means you can get a complete pair of glasses for a whole lot less all this month!

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Come in and browse our great selection of frames from names like Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Jones New York, Lucky Brand, Converse and many more. And for the rest of September, enjoy a whopping 50% discount on the frame of your choice!

It’s an opportunity that definitely doesn’t come along every day, so don’t waste a single moment. Need an eye exam? Our Optometrists use the latest digital technology for a complete and comprehensive vision and eye-health exam, including “puff-free” Glaucoma testing that’s state-of-the-art accurate. Bring the kids, even the little ones — we see kids as young as three years old, and we have all the necessary equipment and eye charts to give them a complete and thorough exam as well. We’re also famous for our revolutionary vision retainer shaping system, a non-surgical vision corrector that prevents kids who are near-sighted from worsening as they grow. (Ask us about how it works!)

We have three convenient locations in Creve Coeur, Swansea and Alton, and every one on our staff at all three locations is psyched up for this special event and ready to show you a little customer appreciation! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get the best care possible for you and your family, and save some serious money in the process! If we can answer any questions or be of service before your visit, please contact us.

Find The Best In Style And Eye Protection With Etnia Sunglasses

Most prescription sunglasses are the only way to get the much-needed protection the eyes need. With prescription lenses, one can get polarized lenses to provide the best vision and performance, as well as protection from the sun. Prescription lenses provide UV protection to prevent damage to the eyes. In addition, polarized lenses reduce glare to provide crystal clear vision. You can opt for the pinnacle of style found only in Etnia Barcelona Sunglasses. Etnia Barcelona combines the best styles and colors to provide the most fashionable options available. The color schemes are chosen based on each season’s trends in the fashion and art world. The styles of the frames are inspired by many of the most fashionable people throughout the history of fashion trends. This can allow anyone to find the perfect style to complement their personality and fashion sense.

Once the right lenses are chosen to suit any personal needs or lifestyle, the right frames need to be chosen. Etnia Barcelona Sunglasses are always the best option. Our eye care specialists can assist in providing the best lenses for your sunglasses possible based on your personal lifestyle & your overall preference. Depending on the type of activity or planned use of the sunglasses when you wear them, our eye care specialists can find the right lenses to not only protect the eyes, but also provide the best lenses to allow for top performance and vision during their use. To find the best sunglasses for your personal fashion statement, as well as the best protection for your specific lifestyle, contact us today or schedule an appointment at any of our locations! We are now accepting appointments at our newest location located in Alton, Illinois.

Month Encouraging Parents to Protect Their Children’s Sight

Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

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With the new school year right around the corner, parents like you are busily preparing themselves and their children to head back to school. However, among the throng of enrollment forms, doctor checkups, and back-to-school shopping, you might not even think to schedule an eye exam for your children. The importance of regular eye check-ups for children cannot be stated enough. Not only can a child’s academic performance suffer due to untreated vision problems, some serious eye problems may lead to blindness.

Because most eye problems are invisible or produce vague symptoms, it’s important that children receive an annual eye exam. Your child’s pediatrician can examine their eyes during regularly scheduled appointments; however, regular vision testing should be conducted starting when a child is about three years old. Regular eye exams can not only catch physiological eye problems that show outward signs, they can also help catch refractive vision errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism) while they are still easily corrected.  If your child is diagnosed with an eye problem, their pediatrician can refer you to an eye health professional who can provide them with the appropriate treatment.

When it comes to your child’s vision health, you shouldn’t only worry about physiological disorders. According to Prevent Blindness, 125,000 eye injuries are caused by common household products every year, and a sports-related eye injury is treated in an emergency room every 13 minutes.  Because these injuries can result in permanent blindness, it’s important to ensure your children’s eyes are protected.  Around the house, secure hazardous objects and chemicals which can cause serious harm if children were to get into them, and make sure your children only play with age-appropriate toys to reduce the risks of play-related eye injuries. If your children are active in sports or other outdoor activities, make sure they wear the appropriate protective eye-wear to guard against injury.

Before sending your kids off on the school bus this year, remember that August is Children’s eye & Safety Month and schedule an appointment to have their eyes checked.  At Performance Eyecare our highly trained optometry staff is able to assist you and your child with everything from vision exams to glasses and contact lenses.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

What to Know About Children’s Eyecare

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Your children are one of the most precious things to you, and making sure their eyes are healthy is a top priority for parents and caregivers. Some parents don’t know that both young children and babies should have comprehensive eye exams to make sure their eyes are working properly and don’t need correction.

Since infants and young children may have vision problems you can’t see, an eye exam by a certified optometrist is the best option. Children respond better to treatment and correction during these developing years as their brain is learning how to use their eyes to see.

What to Know About Children’s Eyecare

Children’s Eyecare & First Eye Exam. A baby should receive their first eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). During this examination an optometrist will check for excessive nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. The optometrist will also make sure the eyes move in a coordinated way to rule out Amblyopia, commonly called “lazy eye”. They will also make sure your baby’s eyes aren’t overly sensitive to light, can follow an object’s movements and don’t have other health issues.

A Screening Is Not The Same As An Eye Exam. As your child grows, it’s important that they continue getting eye exams each year or at least at ages 3 and 5 and every year after that. Many preschools give vision screenings that may give parents a false sense of security that their child’s vision is fine. Unfortunately these screenings only assess one or two areas of vision and are really meant to indicate if further testing is necessary. A comprehensive vision exam by an optometrist is the only way to ensure proper diagnosis and care for your child’s eyes.

You Can Help Your Child’s Eyes Develop. As a parent or caregiver there are many things you can do to help your child’s eyes develop properly. The AOA recommends that you use a nightlight in their room as a baby, talk to them as you walk around the room, give them plenty of time to explore on the floor, play patty-cake and hide and seek games with them, and roll a ball back and forth with them as they get older. There are many other recommendations on their site for what to do as they grow.

Infant and Child Glasses Options Are Fun! Glasses have come a long way and recent innovations make them more user friendly and fashionable than ever. Many frames are made of flexible materials that fit children well and come in catchy colors and styles to fit any little face. Several styles also come with a band that goes around your baby or child’s head to keep the glasses on and in place.

At Performance Eyecare we take your child’s vision seriously. We work with you to make sure your infant or child gets the best care possible in a friendly, welcoming environment. Contact us for more information about how we can serve you and your children in the St. Louis, MO, Alton, IL or Swansea, IL areas.

New Office Location: Alton, Illinois

Performance Eyecare is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Alton, Illinois on July 01, 2016.

With the addition of this new office to our eye care practice, Performance Eyecare can provide expert eye care services in three primary locations with a wide variety of hours to afford patients with maximum scheduling flexibility.

  • Alton, Illinois Office | 2865 Homer Adams Parkway,, Alton IL, 62002 | 618-465-1654
  • St. Louis, Missouri Office | 12536-B Olive Blvd. Creve Coeur, MO, 63141 | 314-878-1377
  • Swansea, Illinois Office | 4111 North Illinois St., Swansea, IL, 62226 | 618-234-3053

We will offer the same quality products and services at our new Alton office which are also provided in our St. Louis, Alton and Swansea offices:

High Tech Exams

Our services include high-tech exams which use digital cameras to view interior eye tissue to detect potential disease and evaluate the condition of the eye. Our doctors also use advanced glaucoma testing by instilling eye drops to determine eye pressure rather than less effective air puff examinations.

Children’s Eye Care

Performance Eyecare offers children’s eye examinations and has a wide selection of frame to select from. In addition to eye glasses, we also offer contact lens fittings for children as early as seven or eight years of age.

Vision Retainer Shaping System

One of the premier services that we offer is the Vision Retainer Shaping System, or VRSS. The VRSS consists of a procedure where near-sighted patients are fitted with a retainer which is worn at night to gently and incrementally reshape the cornea to eliminate or reduce nearsightedness or astigmatism. With consistent, nightly use, proper fitting and care patients will not require the use of contact lenses nor eyeglasses during waking hours.

Eyeglasses, Designer Frames, and Contact Lenses

We offer high quality, designer frames such as: Kate Spade, Oakley, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Tom Davies, OGA, Tom Ford, Maui Jim and OGI. In addition to high quality frames, Performance Eyecare maintains a state-of-the-art laboratory to enable patients to enjoy same day service for many eyeglass frames, lenses and contact lenses.
We look forward to offering you our signature, quality products and eye care services consisting of: experience professionals at multiple locations, high-tech, eye examinations, designer frames, contact lenses, and same-day service for frames and lenses. Contact us today at a location nearest you to obtain optimum eye care services from Performance Eyecare.

3 Reasons You Might Need Contact Lenses

As you consider whether to make the switch to contact lenses, you may be wondering if they’re right for you. There are many aspects to take into consideration, and the choice is not an easy one to make. These facts about lenses might just help you see the best option for your personal eye care.

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  • While glasses may be easier to put on, contact lenses allow for ease of use throughout the day; they don’t smudge, fall down, or break. Because of this, they are useful for anyone who plays sports, exercises, or performs moderate to high physical activity throughout the day. Furthermore, contacts aren’t usually affected by weather; no more foggy lenses!
  • Contact lenses, unlike traditional glasses, can temporarily change the appearance of your eye color. With the use of colored contacts, you can change the color or shape of your eye for parties, celebrations, or casual wear: cat eyes, zombie effects, and even solid color contacts are popular in costume during festive holidays, such as Halloween.
  • Contacts can also provide the wearer with a wider range of vision than traditional glasses can. Peripheral vision is not affected by contacts the way glasses are, and distortion is less likely to occur.

There are many advantages to contact lenses, and new advances are being made every day. In the future, there may be smart contact lenses that provide wearers with a virtual reality experience, aside from and more discreetly than the popular headset. It may well be time to trade in those old lenses for some new, improved, stylish contact lenses.

For more information or any questions or concerns you may have, feel free to contact us.

Three Different Eye Diseases Diabetics Need to Watch Out For

People with diabetes are at a greater risk for eye disease.

High glucose levels can damage the blood vessels in the eye, which can lead to vision loss or blindness; many eye diseases have no symptoms in the early stages, so regular eye exams are a must for diabetics.

There are many different eye diseases that can plague the diabetic; the list is long, however; this article will focus on three particularly serious eye problems: cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy.

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Cataracts

Diabetics are 60% more likely to get cataracts; and at a younger age than people without diabetes. Poor control of blood sugar speeds it up so tight control over your blood sugar and regular eye doctor visits are most important.

Cataracts are cloudy areas that develop within the eye lens, thereby blocking light to the retina where images are processed, and making it harder to see. They don’t cause symptoms like pain, redness or tearing, and some might stay small enough to not affect your eyesight at all.

Large, thick cataracts are generally removed via surgery.

Glaucoma

People with diabetes are 40% more likely to get glaucoma, and the longer you have diabetes, your chances become greater. Glaucoma usually has no symptoms, but it can cause bright halos or colored rings around lights. Left untreated, it can cause an increase in eye pressure damaging the optic nerve and resulting in vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma can be diagnosed by your ophthalmologist performing these five exams: tonometry (measuring the pressure in your eye), gonioscopy (inspecting your eye’s drainage angle), ophthalmoscopy (inspecting the optic nerve), a field vision test which tests your peripheral vision, and pachymetry, which measures the thickness of your cornea.

Treatment may include eye drops, pills, laser surgery, traditional surgery or a combination of these methods.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is damage to blood vessels inside the retina caused by blood sugar buildup. During the early stages there is no pain and vision is not likely to change until the disease increases in severity. Over time, however; the walls of your blood vessels may leak fluid, and after having diabetes for a while, blood vessels can form scar tissue and pull the retina away from the back of your eye, leading to severe vision loss and possibly even blindness.

Retinopathy is diagnosed during a thorough eye exam using a special dye to find leaking blood vessels.

Treatment in early stages is a laser surgery that seals the blood vessels and stops them from leaking and growing. It can’t restore lost vision, but combined with follow-up care, it can lower the chance of blindness by as much as 90%. Later stage treatment may consist of surgery to remove scar tissue, blood and cloudy fluid from inside the eye, improving vision.

As you can see from these three different eye diseases, keeping control of your blood sugar is most important if you wish to keep your eyesight. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help.

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Vacation Excursions and Eye Protection

Your summer getaway may be a romantic excursion to Venice or a family vacation to the Ozarks. Regardless of the nature, exotic or conventional, any excursion risks ruin when eyes don’t get the protection they need. During warm weather, it’s the wind and the sun that fatigues the eyes and increases the chances for foreign bodies and corneal abrasions. There is a solution, and it’s probably already in your bag, but did you consider the quality of the sunglasses you packed?

Designer sunglasses are fashionable and stylish, but they aren’t all equal. Your typical Gucci or Dolce & Gabanna frame will get admiration, but the functionality of these brands ends with fashion. Maui Jim provides fashion and function in lenses that are lightweight and designed for a premium optical experience.

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PolarizedPlus2 technology eliminates 100% of UV rays and 99.9% of glare, perfect for outdoor land or water sports. Maui Jim also offers four colors in their lenses meant for different uses, such as increasing contrast and color to cut a few swings off your best golf score. They also have multiple mirror applications from which you may choose to create lenses that fit your personal style.

The lenses are lightweight and shatter resistant, which provides comfort and safety during a time when the thought of eye protection shouldn’t cloud your ability to let loose and create lifelong memories.

Be sure to pack your designer sunglasses when you’re planning your summer vacation this year, but be prepared for them to stay in your suitcase. Your Maui Jims are unlikely to leave your face.

If you are interested in a superior sunglasses experience contact us. We’ll help you match your style to your sunglasses needs.

Protection and Quality

Summer is just around the corner: protect yourself with sunglasses

Our eyes, like our skin, need protection from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

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According to the National Eye Institute, sunglasses protect eyes from UV rays and can lessen the incidence of the following health conditions:

  • Cataracts, a clouding of the eyes’ lens which can blur vision. (An estimated 20% of cataracts cases are caused by extended UV exposure).
  • Macular degeneration, a disease resulting from damage to the retina which destroys central vision or our ability to focus straight ahead with acute detail. (Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States).

Eye care protection

Sunglasses are the simplest and single-most effective method of eye protection; coupled with polarized lenses which contain reflective surfaces can offer many of the following benefits:

  • Elimination of glare
  • Neutralization and blocking of most UV rays
  • Stylish comfort and quality frames
  • Protection of sensitive eye tissue

Quality Sunglass Frames and Lenses

Sunglasses containing polarized lenses can block multiple ultraviolet rays and help shield sensitive eye tissue from the sun. At Performance Eyecare, we offer a wide selection of designer sunglass frames including Maui Jim. Maui Jim developed PolarizedPlus2®, a special lens technology which provides nearly 100% protection from harmful UV rays. Maui Jim sunglasses offer waterproof, anti-reflective lenses with an option of four, color polarizing lenses that block light reflection and glare to produce a crisper, sharper view. Maui Jim sunglasses are available in prescription and non-prescription lenses as well as four, distinct lens material types to provide individuals with maximum flexibility to select lenses for high performance sports or everyday wear.

Quality Eye care Services

At Performance Eyecare, we supplement the benefits of sunglass ownership by providing patients with digital imaging exams to carefully monitor the condition and health of their eyes. Further, our experienced team of eye care professionals work closely with each patient to develop custom lenses in our state-of-the-art, on-site, Specialty Eyeglass Lens Creation office.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for quality eye care services and to view our selection of frames from designers like Maui Jim.

LASIK Eye Surgery: Safe and Effective

If you’re an eyeglass or contact lens wearer, you may have experienced a desire at one time or another to permanently discard your glasses or contact lens. However, despite that desire, fear is one of the primary reasons why many eyeglass and contact lens wearers have not elected to use LASIK eye surgery to correct their vision.

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Fortunately, in 2014, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a study and affirmed that LASIK eye surgery is not only safe but effective.

Specifically, the FDA LASIK Quality of Life Collaboration Project (Project) revealed that over 95% of survey respondents achieved 20/20 or better binocular vision. The Project’s study also indicated that the prevalence of symptoms such as ghosting, glare, halos, and starburst did not increase postoperatively after LASIK. In fact, according to Lance Kugler, MD, President of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, “Patients with ghosting actually decreased from 33% before surgery to 6% after surgery.”

LASIK eye surgery is an easy and simple procedure which has helped millions achieve improved vision without the aid of glasses or contact lenses. So let’s walk through the basics of LASIK eye surgery to demonstrate the efficacy and safety of this procedure.

What is LASIK Eye Surgery?

LASIK eye surgery is a laser-assisted procedure which reshapes the cornea or the clear dome in the front of the eye to improve how the eye focuses on light rays and corrects vision.

Prime candidates for LASIK eye surgery

LASIK eye surgery is safe and there are a few criterion if met that may facilitate the process and identify prime LASIK candidates. For instance, good LASIK eye surgery candidates should generally possess the following attributes:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Healthy eyes are preferable
  • Good general health
  • No history of dry eyes

The Surgical Procedure

LASIK eye surgery is an outpatient, surgical procedure where an eye drop of anesthetic numbs the eye surface. The surgery requires 10 to 15 minutes for each eye and both cornea are often reshaped during the same procedure. Healing usually occurs within a few days with minimal recovery time.

Performance Eye Care Commitment

Performance Eye Care, through a partnership with TLC LASIK Eye Center provides premium LASIK eye surgical services. Dr. Stephen Wexler and Dr. Massies of the TLC LASIK Eye Center possess a commitment to ensure superior, post operative care and follow-up exams. TLC LASIK Eye Center also provides a Lifetime Commitment to Clear Vision which ensures satisfied customers by offering lifetime enhancements to clear their newfound LASIK vision upon request at no additional charge. Contact us online or call us at (314) 380-4129 for our St. Louis location or (618) 223-6281 for the Swansea location to schedule a consultation and discuss the benefits of LASIK vision.