What Is The Leading Cause Of Blindness?

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Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a condition which is the leading cause of blindness among Americans. People diagnosed with diabetes should get regular eye exams. Early stages of DR need detection to prevent more serious eye problems. These conditions could lead to complete blindness.

DR affects the retina. The retina is tissue in the back of the eyeball. Through the retina, light turns into electrical currents which translates into the images we perceive. Hence, damage to the retina adversely affects vision.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there is a high prevalence of DR. One third of Americans over the age of 40 have a diagnosis of DR. One third of these cases occur among African-Americans and Mexican-Americans. Overall, 4.2 million Americans were recently diagnosed with DR and 655,000 of these cases led to severe eye-damage.

As a diabetic, regular testing of blood sugar is important to maintain good control. A diabetic ideally tests his or her blood sugar before and after every meal. It is necessary to have A1c tests every three months. This tests glucose levels over an extended period of time. For diabetics, an A1c level of 7 is preferable. Insulin injections and medication also help control diabetes.

Along with regular diabetic maintenance, It is vital that DR be detected early to prevent the onset of severe eye damage. If an ophthalmologist diagnoses somebody with DR, prompt medical treatment will prevent further damage. Though it is preventable, it is potentially treatable with proper self-care.

To learn more about common eye conditions, please contact us on our website.

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.

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.

Vision over 40 – Reading Glasses Make Life Easier

Most people have natural vision changes after they reach age 40.

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The main issue with vision over 40 is presbyopia, which means that you find yourself holding that restaurant menu at arm’s length to see it better. When you begin to see blurry text and have trouble with computer glare it is time to get a good pair of prescription reading glasses.

Presbyopia is normal but progressive. The lens of your eye becomes less flexible and cannot focus on close objects. This is why you are suddenly holding books at a distance. Other issues can be glare or color shade distinction. Presbyopia continues to decline through your 40s and 50s but slows down by age 60.

While it is tempting to buy reading glasses at the dollar store, you will use them daily and need a comfortably fitting frame with a prescription tailored to your eyesight. Also, after age 40 it is best to have a licensed optometrist examine your eyes every two years. They are trained to look for many different kinds of eye problems, not blurry vision. Diabetes, high blood pressure and medications for various other health issues are all linked to vision changes.

Some people who wear single vision glasses balk at the idea of switching to dowdy bifocals. Consider progressive lenses, which look better than bifocals and hide the need to use reading glasses. The lens is made with a seamless integration of distance, middle and near visions. Progressive lenses fit your natural gaze with no jump in vision as you look up and down.

We’d love to talk to you about how to adapt to vision changes after age 40. Contact us to set up an appointment and explore our wide range of eyecare services.

What You Need To Know About Colored Contacts

Colored Contacts are all the rage these days, giving people the option to change the look of their eyes in an instant. Even if you don’t need contacts to correct your vision, you can purchase them for cosmetic reasons, just like you can purchase glasses with non-prescription lenses. There are 3 types of colored contact lenses that can change your eye color and look.

Enhancement contacts change light-colored eyes into different shades of blues, greens and grays. Each will look different depending on your original eye color, as the two blend together uniquely. These contacts do not change eye colors that are originally darker.

Opaque contact lenses are very popular because they totally change the color of your eyes whether you have light or dark eyes. They can give you a dramatic new look.

Special effects lenses are used to add flair and reality to Halloween costumes and for stage performances, such as to look more like a vampire or zombie and the like. They can create a special effect or simply be a bold fashion statement. Some companies are making new types of lenses called circle lenses that widen the look of the iris by adding a black circle around the outside of the lens. This is especially popular in Korea.

What You Need to Know About Colored Contacts

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Unfortunately, there are companies selling contacts that are non-prescription and are not approved by the FDA. This is against the law and very dangerous to the health of your eyes. If you are considering purchasing colored contacts it is very important to have a vision exam with a certified optometrist to make sure the prescription is correct, as well as to obtain the proper fit. Our eyes are all unique and even if you have 20/20 vision, you will need to be professionally fitted for contacts.

Purchasing contacts without a prescription can lead to problems such as infections, a scratched cornea, pink eye, decreased vision, and blindness. This can be due to the wrong prescription, poor fit, poor care of the lenses, and improperly made lenses. According to FDA optometrist Bernard P. Lepri, O.D., M.S., M.Ed., “Bacterial infections can be extremely rapid, result in corneal ulcers, and cause blindness–sometimes within as little as 24 hours if not diagnosed and treated promptly.”

There are colored contacts to fit most eyes including those with vision correction. They can be purchased from our clinics in Creve Coeur, MO; Swansea, IL; and Alton, IL, in long-wearing styles, daily disposables, or gas permeable. We specialize in fitting even the most difficult to fit contact lens wearer. Contact us today to find out more about the vision exams and colored contacts we offer.

We Answer Common Questions Our Patients Have About Contact Lenses

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Q:  How can I be certain that I can wear contact lenses?
A: The optometrist doctors at Performance Eyecare are located in both Swansea, Illinois and Creve Coeur, Missouri. We can assure you that you are a great candidate for contact lenses, especially with the advanced technology that our office utilizes. For example, did you know there are bifocal contact lenses for those with presbyopia and lenses for our patients who suffer from astigmatism?

Q: Will the contact lens get lost or stuck behind my eye?
A: Believe it or not, we get this question all the time and the quick answer is no! It is going to take time to adjust to wearing your new contacts, but most people do not even realize or remember that they are wearing them; that is how comfortable they are. And, if you do experience discomfort, we can recommend several remedies for you once we are able to pinpoint the cause of irritation.

Q: Are contact lenses comfortable to wear?
A: For almost everyone, the answer is yes! We use a soft contact lens on most patients which can stick to the lens of your eye when your eye or contact lens is dry, however; simple re-moisturizing by applying saline solution or contact lens solution will bring you back to a comfortable state of vision.

Q: Are they hard to take care of?
A: It does take a responsible patient to take care of their contact lenses, just as it does someone who is wearing glasses with frames. Cleaning & disinfecting your lenses is quick, painless and easy! Or, Performance Eyecare also offers disposable lenses that you can toss out at the end of your day; never having to worry about cleaning them.

Q: Will I experience other eye problems once using contact lenses?
A: If you follow the instructions of contact lens care that our optometrist will give you, then you are less likely to develop any eye problems or infections. Before you leave our eye care offices, we will be sure you are sure how long you are to wear your prescribed lenses, how frequently you should replace them and how to care for them when they are not being used.

Q: What if I can’t get them into my eye?
A: It is going to seem difficult at first, as this is your first time placing something into your eye. Rest assured, our eye care professionals will make sure you feel comfortable knowing how to place and remove your lens before leaving the office.

Q: Is it more expensive to get contact lenses than glasses?
A: Surprisingly, contact lenses can be less expensive than some of our leading brand name eyeglasses. If money is your concern, do not hesitate to talk with our eye care staff as we will make sure you understand the wonderful and cost effective investment you are making for your vision.

Q: Am I too old for them?
A: How old is too old? All of our patients are applicable recipients to wearing contact lenses at the authorization of the Performance Eyecare optometrists. The answer may surprise you, but on your next visit just ask your eye care doctor if you are a good candidate for contact lenses.
For more questions you may have about contact lenses, or the type of services we offer, please contact us online or call us at the location nearest you! If you are interested in getting a jump start to clearer vision, please call to schedule an appointment (314-380-4129) or (618-223-6281) or make an online appointment from the convenience of your own chair.

Ready to refill your prescription? Order your contacts online.

Visual Freedom Starts Here

Non-Surgical Vision Correction

Available in Creve Coeur, MO & St. Louis, MO

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Lasik Eye Surgery is available at our eye care customers under the care & professionalism of Dr. Stephan Wexler. However, if you are worried about whether you are the perfect candidate for this vision correction surgery you may want to consider our alternate, non-surgical visual correction surgery which is also known as the vision retainer shaping system. This is the process of utilizing retainer contact lens that corrects your overall vision while you are asleep!

You may be asking yourself, “what is the difference between lasik eye surgery, and non-surgical vision correction?” And the answer is this:

  1. Vision Retainer Shaping System is less than half the cost of a laser vision eye surgery.
  2. Good news! The non-surgical method involves zero post pain.
  3. You will not experience any hazy or blurred vision once complete.
  4. Both of your eyes can be corrected in the same visit!
  5. No use, or need for steroid or other drugs as there are with laser surgery patients.
  6. We saved the best for last! This retainer contact lens is reversible, whereas surgical correction is not!

Dr. Massie can help you determine if you are a candidate. We also offer a free consultation! All you need to do to get started is contact our Performance Eyecare Creve Coeur, or St. Louis office. It is important to keep in mind that VRSS is not suitable for everyone, and needs to be performed by a qualified & licensed eye care expert, like Dr. Massie. This non-surgical vision repair is safe for all ages, including children and older adults. To see a list of the eye health insurance plans we accept, please visit our website or call our nearby office today! The road to visual freedom is only an appointment away!

If you have recently undergone VRSS under our care, we would love to know how we did. Leave us a review on our Google Plus Page!

 

Flexible Spending Deadline

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Don’t delay in making your eye appointment!

Take advantage of your flexible spending accounts

Your flexible spending deadline is most likely fast approaching, so be sure to spend your flex dollars wisely.Many flexible spending plans have a deadline of December 31st, so be sure and check with your plan administrator to determine the specific requirements of your FSA plan so that you can make sure you are utilizing it before it is gone and the new year begins.

Did you know that virtually ALL of your eye health costs qualify for your FSA?

8 smart ways to use your health benefit dollars, so you don’t have to kiss them goodbye!

  1. Set up an eye exam
  2. Order new contact lenses
  3. Eyeglasses
  4. Computer glasses
  5. Prescription sunglasses
  6. Laser vision correction
  7. Reading glasses
  8. Contact lens solution & supplies

If you are ready to put your flexible spending dollars to use on high quality care at Performance Eyecare, contact our St. Louis or Swansea office today to request an appointment. Your family’s eye heath is our number one priority. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.

We Are Hiring!

Nowhiring

If you enjoy helping others, are an energetic individual, then you have come to the right place. The position we are hiring for entails assisting the doctor(s) with performing eye exams: using hi-tech instruments, computers, and working at a fast pace. No experience necessary as we provide exceptional training. Great hours Monday-Friday. Hourly pay of $10-$14/hour + bonus and benefits. Apply in person or email resume to performanceeyecare@gmail.com.

Diabetic Retinopathy

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If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to have regular eye exams, at least once per year. Diabetes increases your risk of eye problems, so it is important to not delay in caring for your eyes.  However, you are also at risk for diabetic retinopathy: damage to the blood vessels located in your retina.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

This disease is the most common among those suffering from diabetes – both type 1 and 2; is the leading cause in America for blindness. In some people, the blood vessels in the retina may swell and leak fluid, however in other people you may develop new vessels on the surface of your retina. This eye disease typically affects both eyes, not just one.

If you are diagnosed by Dr. Massie to have diabetic retinopathy, he will also recommend a treatment to help the progression of this disease which may include more than one visit to the doctor per year. Do not let this go untreated.

To find out how to treat this eye disease, or to make an appointment for your annual checkup, please schedule your appointment with Dr. Massie or Dr. Cuff. Appointments can be made online or by calling:

  1. Creve Coeur, MO Location: 314-878-1377
  2. Swansea, IL Location: 618-234-3053
  3. Alton, IL Location: 618-465-8652