Home » News and Events

News and Events

Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Carolina Forest Family Eyecare in Myrtle Beach, serving Conway and Socastee (SC).

Dr. Weshefsky to appear on Channel 10’s Live at 5:00 News.

Danner Evans and Dr. Weshefsky will discuss Gentle Vision Shaping.

Tentative air date Wednesday, November 12 between 5:00 and 5:30.

Are You Ignoring Your Dry Eyes?

You Don’t Have to Live With Dry Eyes Have you noticed that your eyes feel chronically dry, itchy, scratchy or even sometimes watery? Many people that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

Does Smoking Affect Vision?

Eye Doctors Weigh In: How Smoking Can Harm Your Vision & Eye Health We all know that smoking is bad for you, especially the risks that it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

Sjogren’s Awareness Month – Understanding The Invisible Disease 

In honor of Sjogren’s Awareness month, eye care providers are helping to spread the word to increase awareness about this hard-to-diagnose disease. Sjogren’s is a systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Hey women! Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from vision problems and are at higher risk of permanent vision loss than men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of us are tempted to grab the corner of our shirt and wipe it off, but resist the temptation - this is actually not a good...

It’s Time to Talk About Blue Light

Workplace Eye Safety Month Blue light. Do you know what it is? Do you know where it comes from, or how it can be harmful to your eyes? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, you are not alone, yet it is important that you become aware to...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of the eye is based on the pigments in the iris, which is a colored ring of muscle located at the center of the eye (around...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the retina called the macula which is responsible for focused vision, the disease gradually reduces your central vision. This affects the ability to see fine details,...

Are You Missing Your Child’s Hidden Vision Problem?

Your toddler may show every sign of good eyesight including the ability to see objects in the distance, however that doesn't necessarily mean that he or she doesn’t have a vision problem.

“The Sneak Thief of Sight” Is On Our Minds This January

Make your resolution for healthy vision this year with increased awareness of the leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Holiday Season Shopping: Are Nerf Guns Safe for the Eyes?

This is the one way you can be sure that you or your child’s eyes are truly safe during Nerf shooting:

Dry Eye Syndrome Causes and Cures

Despite the fact that it is one of the most common eye problems, a surprisingly large percentage of patients are not aware of it.

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.

Don’t Let Fall Eye Allergies Get You Down

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)...

How Contact Lenses Can be a Danger to your Eyes

Most people wouldn’t consider contact lenses dangerous. In fact, they are a great alternative to glasses, offering convenience and great vision for those who wear them. However, when not obtained and used according to an eye doctor’s instructions, the consequences can be devastating.   Contact Lenses Need to Fit Like...

An Active and Eye Safe Lifestyle

90%! That’s the number of sports eye injuries that studies show can be prevented using proper eye protection.  Yet most sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear as part of their uniform or safety requirements.  This leaves it up to athletes, parents and coaches to ensure that proper measures are taken...

10 Tips to Teach Children About Eye Safety

It is important to teach your children about eye health and safety from a young age.  This includes awareness about how your overall health habits affect your eyes and vision as well as how to keep your eyes safe from injury and infection.  Starting off with good eye habits at...

When 20/20 Vision isn’t Enough For Your Child

Since studies show that learning is 80% visual, children with untreated vision problems can really suffer when it comes to school. Most people think that good “vision” means 20/20 acuity but in reality, vision is much more complex.  Your brain is actually what completes the processing of the visual world...

Cutting Edge Eye-dentification

We have all seen the futuristic thrillers that use high-tech eye scanning identification systems but nowadays the technology does exist to use them in real life. A greater number of high security establishments have begun to use iris recognition for identification and security systems.   How does it work? The...

Innovations in Color Blindness

There have been a lot of videos going viral lately of color blind people “seeing color” for the first time using specialized glasses. The emotional reactions of amazement, shock and joy even lead some to break down into tears. The glasses provide these individuals a way to view the world...

Poolside Eye Safety

Whether it is the sea, the sand, the sun or the softball field, summer brings people outside and this creates exposure to a multitude of potential dangers to the eyes.  One risk that is possibly the least obvious is the swimming pool. Swimming pools are the culprit for multitudes of...

Cataract Awareness Month: What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

After the age of 50 most people will eventually be diagnosed with cataracts. Cataracts are when the natural crystalline lens of the eyes become clouded, causing vision impairment that can not be corrected by glasses or contact lenses. While commonly an age-related condition, occasionally there are infants born with a...

Sunwear for a Bright Future

According to the Vision Council’s 2016 UV (Ultraviolet Radiation) Protection report, parents are more likely to wear sunglasses (56%) than their children (only 29%!). Yet children, who spend much more time outside, are typically exposed to three times the amount of sunlight and UV radiation that adults get. This early...

How UV Damages Your Eyes

UV Awareness Month: This article might scare you, and we hope it does - just enough to motivate you to wear proper eye protection against the sun. Most people are aware of the dangers ultraviolet (UV)  light from the sun pose to your skin, while the long-term effects of sun...

What is a stye anyway?

A stye (known by eye doctors as a hordeolum) is an infection of an oil gland which forms a pimple-like bump on the base of the eyelid or within the eyelid itself. Styes can be uncomfortable, causing swelling, pain, redness, discomfort and sometimes excessive tearing or blurred vision if it...

Eye Allergies

Along with congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, individuals with allergies often suffer from eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis resulting in red, watery, itchy and sometimes swollen eyes. Just as irritants cause an allergic response in your nasal and respiratory system, your eyes also react with an...

Bifocal and Multifocal Contact Lenses 

If you are over 40 and have difficulty seeing close up, you probably have a common age-related condition called presbyopia which is when the eye’s natural lens loses the ability to focus on close objects. Presbyopia is a natural process that occurs as the eye ages and affects the majority of...

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

Workplace Eye Wellness: The Dangers of Blue Light

When people think of workplace dangers to the eyes, it is usually machinery, chemicals or construction materials that come to mind.  However, a growing danger to the eyes is one that may be less obvious - exposure to blue light from digital devices, television and computer screens and artificial lighting....

How to Find the Right Pair of Glasses for your Child

Whether you are looking for regular prescription glasses, sunwear or protective sports eyewear, it can be tough choosing the best eyewear for children and teens. On the one hand, they need to be comfortable and provide the optimal fit for improved vision and protection. At the same time, they also...

Preventing Age-related Macular Degeneration

February is AMD and Low Vision Awareness Month in the United States, and it’s White Cane Week in Canada. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in adults aged 50 and older. Awareness about the disease, the risk factors and prevention are critical, even for younger...

Ortho-k Lenses

Wondering inf Ortho-k lenses are right for you?

Resolve to Prevent Glaucoma in 2016

This year, make healthy eyes and vision your resolution. Find out if you or a loved one is at risk for glaucoma, and take steps for prevention. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading...

Why Do We Need Glasses?

Refractive errors including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know how to choose toys and games that protect children’s health and eyesight.

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? It's an incredible system and process!

How to Prevent Diabetic Vision Loss

Prevention and treatment for eye complications associated with Diabetes

Decorative Lenses Could Cost You Your Vision

Beware this Halloween and think before you blink (in decorative contact lenses that is)! Sure, decorative contact lenses can enhance any Halloween costume, but if not taken seriously, they can also cost you your vision. Whether they are sold as cosmetic lenses, colored lenses or fashion lenses, they are anything...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

6 Common Eye Myths Debunked

Over the centuries there have been a lot of old-wives tales circulating about eyes and vision. You know, like the one that if someone hits you on the back while your eyes are crossed they will stay that way. Unlike this example, some of these myths do have roots in...

Protective Sports Eyewear is a Serious Matter

There are thousands of eye injuries a year related to sports. According to the National Eye Institute eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in North America and most injuries occurring in school-aged children are sports-related. Further 99% of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented simply by...

How Pregnancy Affects Vision

The hormonal fluctuations experienced during pregnancy can cause many unexpected changes in your body, including your eyes and vision. Most of these changes are temporary and will return to normal once you give birth.  It’s important to know which vision changes are normal for an expecting mother and which could...

Is Your Baby’s EyeSight Developing Normally?

A baby’s visual system develops gradually over the first few months of life. They have to learn to focus and move their eyes, and use them together as a team.  The brain also needs to learn how to process the visual information from the eyes to understand and interact with...

Preventing Contact Lens Overuse

Contact Lens Overuse Contact lens overuse is an increasingly common eye condition that has significant potential to do serious damage to your eyes, and lead to major eye and vision issues in the future. Dr. Weshefsky, who provides eyecare services in Conway and Myrtle Beach, SC, comments “Contact lenses represent a...

Guidelines For Picking the Right Pair of Shades

There is a lot more that goes into finding the right pair of sunglasses than just fit and fashion.  While it’s important to look and feel great in your shades, sunglasses also have the very important job of properly protecting your eyes from the sun.  Here are a few facts...

6 Things You Need To Know About Cataracts

Cataracts are a leading cause of vision loss in the United States and Canada. Here are 6 things you need to know. 1. Chances are you will develop a cataract!  Cataracts are considered part of the natural aging process so if you live long enough, you will likely eventually develop...

What You Need to Know About Firework Eye Safety

Independence Day may have passed but fireworks season is still in full swing and fireworks-related injury and death is a real and serious danger.  According to the 2014 Annual Fireworks Report, compiled by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were at least 11 deaths and 10,500 injuries due to...

5 Ways to Ensure Healthy Vision

Your eyes are constantly at work for you, playing a vital role as you navigate through each day. As May is healthy vision month, here are some things to keep in mind: Know your genes While your eyes may be the same color as your father’s eyes, you may have...

What Women Need to Know About Eye Health

According to Women’sEyeHealth.org, ⅔ of blindness and visual impairment occurs in women. Additionally, an estimated 75% of visual impairment is preventable or correctable with proper education and care. With the increased risks for women it’s critical for women to know about the risks and prevention to effectively protect their eyes...

Enjoying Life During Eye Allergy Season

Spring is in the air. But along with the beauty of the blooming flowers and budding trees, comes allergy season. The high pollen count and allergens floating in the fresh spring air can certainly wreak havoc on the comfort level of those suffering from allergies, causing an otherwise nature-loving individual...

Can you Really Go Blind from Looking at a Solar Eclipse?

Last week, people in South America, Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia and the Middle East saw a solar eclipse. As you may have heard, looking directly at a solar eclipse is very dangerous for your eyes and vision. Nevertheless, this rare event is something that many people want...

10 Steps to Prevent Vision Loss

March is Save Your Vision Month, a time to raise public awareness about how to protect your eyes and your vision. Most people aren’t aware that 75% of potential vision loss can be prevented or treated. This largely depends on patients being proactive and educated about their eye health. Here...

Refocus on the Digital Age with Computer Glasses

Digital devices have impacted our world in so many positive ways, allowing us to connect, work, play and get information at the speed of light. But all of this good brings with it a measure of concern: Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. Focusing on your vision on digital...

Living With Low Vision

February is Low Vision and Age-Related Macular Degeneration awareness month.   Low vision describes a set of conditions in which there is significant visual impairment which can not be corrected with traditional means such as glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.   Low vision includes a loss of visual acuity...

Under Pressure: Are you at Risk for Glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Glaucoma is a serious, vision threatening disease. You can save your eyesight, by knowing the facts. Are you at risk of developing glaucoma? The short answer is yes. Anyone can get glaucoma and because of this it is important for every person, young and old...

Know How and When to Treat an Eye Infection

It’s that time of year again…coughs, sneezing, running noses and itchy, red eyes.  How do you know when an eye irritation is something that needs medical attention? First of all, any time an eye infection is accompanied by fever, excessive discharge or pain, you should see your eye doctor immediately....

8 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates, cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort.  Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer...

“Eye” Am Home for the Holidays – 7 Eye Tips for College Students

Winter break is in a few weeks and, with college students finding their way home for the holidays, it is a good time for parents to check in and make sure their independent kids are taking care of themselves properly.Vision plays a key role in learning as well as extra-curricular activities...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Do you know the facts?

7 Things You Should Know About Eyelid Twitches

You may have experienced this before. Out of nowhere, your eyelid starts twitching uncontrollably. While this can be a cause of aggravation, eyelid twitches, spasms or tics are actually quite common. Here are 7 things you should know about this eye condition: Eye twitches are generally caused by a repetitive,...

October is…

October is 'Eye Injury Prevention Month' in the USA and 'Eye Health Month' in Canada. There are about 285 million people living with blindness and low vision all around the world. Children account for some 19 million of them. The vast majority of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or preventable....

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...

Protect Children’s Eyes During Sports

The new school year has kicked off and you can tick off purchasing all that back to school equipment. Now, it's time to think about what your child will need for after school sports and hobby activities. Making sure they have the right protective eyewear for their sporting or athletic...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

A futuristic, yet simplistic, eye implant paired with a smartphone app may change the way eye doctors treat glaucoma.

Comfortable Vision for Back-to-school Reading

School is starting: Do you know how to set up your child’s homework and reading spot? Reading and writing are some of the most fundamental skills that your child to facilitate learning in school, so it is important to make sure that your child's eyes are comfortable when they are...

Be on the Lookout for Vision Problems this Summer Break

Summer vacation is well under way, but did you know that even when your child is out of the classroom, vision problems can have an impact on his/her daily activities? Look out for these 4 warning signs during the summer months – they could be a sign of vision difficulties...

Should You Be Worried About Eye Floaters?

Eye floaters are actually more common that you may think. Many people notice specks or cobweb-like images moving around in their line of vision, at some point. Some even report experiencing a "snow globe effect" as if they are swatting at many imaginary bugs. Floaters may be an annoyance, but...

Keeping an Eye on Cataracts

Cataracts affect millions of people nationwide and as the population continues to age, the numbers keep increasing. The good news is, cataracts are often manageable and treatable. As June is Cataract Awareness Month, here are some facts you should know to help you recognize cataracts and prevent permanent vision loss. ...

A Look Behind Sleeping Eyes

Have you ever wondered what your eyes do when you finally close them after a long day of visual processing and stimulation? Let's take a closer look at what happens behind your closed lids when your head hits the pillow. Firstly, once your eyes are closed, they do continue to...

6 Things You Should Know about UV Radiation and Your Eyes

The heat of long summer days is nearly upon us. As the sun's rays intensify and people spend more time outdoors in the sunshine it is very important to be aware of the potential damage exposure to the sun can have on your eyes. May is UV Awareness month. Here...

Dealing with Your Tween’s and Teen’s Eyesight

It can be devastating for a tween or teen to be told he or she needs to wear glasses, especially if it is sudden. Many tweens and teenagers are concerned about how glasses will affect their appearance, whether they will be made fun of (which unfortunately is a legitimate concern...

9 Tips for Coping With Eye Allergy Season

Spring is on the way. Soon the sun will be shining, the flowers blooming and allergy season will be upon us. If you have allergies, your eyes are often affected by the high pollen count along with other allergens floating in the fresh spring air. Tree pollens in April and...

How Your Eyes Convey Emotion

Your eyes communicate much more than you may realize, in fact they play a huge role in your non-verbal communication. Consciously or not, the way you move your eyes, look at someone, blink or make eye contact can say a lot about what you are thinking and feeling. Here's a...

Protecting Your Eyes From The Desk Job

There are so many people who spend hours a day, if not most of the day working on a computer or mobile device. They usually do so without taking notice of the effect this has on their bodies. Using a computer or handheld device for extended amounts of time can...

New Study Shows How Your Eyes Shed Light on Your Health

It's been said that your eyes are the window to your soul. Well, research is showing that your eyes are a window to a lot more than your thoughts and emotions; it can be an indicator of your overall health.  A study by UnitedHealthcare entitled, “Impact of Eye Exams in...

Hope in Sight for Low Vision

February is low vision awareness month. Low vision is a condition in which an individual suffers significant vision loss that can't be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, and requires significant adjustments...

How to Encourage Young Kids to Wear their First Pair of Glasses

Your child's first pair of glasses will make an important difference in his or her ability to see and interact with the surrounding world. However, a new pair of glasses can also present a big adjustment for both parents and kids as you get used to a new look and...

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma

7 Facts You Should Know About Glaucoma Glaucoma, which refers to a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, is often called 'the silent thief of sight'. This nickname evolved because the disease creeps up unnoticed in its early stages, causing no pain and few, if any symptoms....

New Year’s Resolutions for An Eye Healthy 2014

The New Year is a time to start fresh and renew our commitment to health, happiness and success. It’s important to include eye and vision health and safety in these resolutions. Here are the top six ways you can make your eyes and vision a priority this year. Schedule a...

Fun Holiday Gifts That Are GOOD for Children’s Vision

The holiday season is on our doorstep. With technology so much a part of our lives, the easy go-to gifts for kids often include an enormous array of hand-held video devices and home gaming systems. Did you know that after extensive use these games can be harmful to children’s eyes...

What You Should Know about Diabetes and Your Vision

Diabetes affects people of all ages, races and genders.  An estimated 25.8 million Americans or 8.3 percent of the population suffer from the disease, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. In fact, diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of new cases...

Keeping Your Contact Lenses Clean

If you wear contact lenses, you probably know the hygiene routine you should follow when removing your lenses: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry them on a clean, lint free cloth. Remove the lens from your eye and clean the lens immediately (if you wear multi-use...

10 Tips to Protect Your Vision

Did you forget to put on your sunglasses today? Are you constantly sitting in front of a computer screen without taking breaks to look away? Maybe you also skipped your yearly eye exam, again. These are just some of the things we tend to overlook when it comes to our...

This Halloween Be Wary of Costume Contact Lenses

As Halloween approaches and costume planning gets more serious, many consider the use of novelty or costume contact lenses as a way to add that extra flair. Whether you are dressing up as a cat, a vampire, or looking for something fun that glows in the dark, dressing up your...

How to Prevent Dry Eyes During Air Travel

Many travelers experience dry eyes after extended travel by air. The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled air plane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travelers’ dry...

Does Chlorine Hurt your Eyes?

Just because the summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean that we have to say goodbye to the swimming pool. Whether it means a nice refreshing dip on a warm fall afternoon or a winter swim in an indoor pool, swimming is a great activity for both fun and...

Technology in the Classroom and the Eyes

The use of technology has become commonplace in the classroom. So much so that today’s generation of students, from kindergarten to university, navigates computers, smartphones and tablets all the time.  Many schools have even implemented the use of smart boards and bring your own device (BOYD) programs. However, as amazing...

Treating Vision Problems Lowers Risk of Falling in Seniors

For adults over the age of 65, the right pair of vision correcting glasses can literally be a life saver. Seniors aged 65 and up are at increased risk of falling, which is the leading cause of injury, injury-related death, and hospitalization for this age group. According to the Centers...

The Great Glasses Play Day 2013

The first weekend of August (August 3rd and 4th) has been marked as the 2nd annual Great Glasses Play Day. The event, which first launched in 2012 was created for parents, eye care professionals, educators and children who wear glasses or have other vision challenges to celebrate and create awareness...

First Aid for Eye Injuries

To ensure that your eyes remain healthy, it is essential to protect them from injury and to take proper care measures if an injury has occurred. As July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, here are a number of practical first aid tips to remember if you or anyone you know...

Understanding the Eye Chart

Eye charts of different variations have become a standard in vision screenings and eye exams. One of the most familiar charts associated with vision is the Snellen eye chart, designed by Dutch ophthalmologist Hermann Snellen in 1862 to measure visual acuity- how well you can see at various distances. Although...

June is Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts, one of the most common causes of blindness, develop when the lens of the eye, located behind the iris and pupil, becomes opaque or cloudy. A cataract can result in loss of vision as it prevents light from passing into your eye and focusing on the retina. While cataracts...

Age Related Macular Degeneration and Your Central Vision

Did you know that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness among adults aged 50 and above? AMD occurs when the part of the retina responsible for your sharp central vision, the macula, begins to deteriorate. Central vision is the visual field...

How to Choose the Right Sunglasses

Do your sunglasses have what it takes to protect your eyes? As the summer heats up and people spend more time outdoors, it is very important to wear UV blocking eyewear to protect against exposure to ultraviolet rays that can cause damage to your eyes. Damage caused by UV from...

Women’s Eye Health Month: An Eye on Cosmetics

Women's eyes are regularly exposed to potential irritants through the use of cosmetics. As eye shadow, mascara and eye liner can breed unseen dirt and bacteria, it is vital to ensure that the products you use to apply and remove your makeup are hygienic to prevent irritation that can cause...

A Recipe For Eye Health

Did you know that your dietary choices have an impact on your eye health and vision? Opting for appetizing food that at the same time provides you with all the nutrients that are essential for preserving your vision, is taking a major step towards minimizing the risk of eye disease...

Spring Eye Allergies

Spring is right around the corner, as the winter begins to wind down and the fresh, warmer air begins to rear its head. Unfortunately for many, it's often hard to enjoy nature's blooming beauty as the warmer weather also brings about the onset of itchy, watery eyes that come with...

The Right Way to Clean Your Eyeglasses

We all know how frustrating it can be trying to see clearly through a smudged pair of glasses; clean lenses can really make a world of difference. While it may not be something that you pay much attention to, the way you clean your lenses can also make a difference,...

Dry Eye Syndrome: When Dry Eyes are Chronic

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals particularly during the winter months when exposure to dry air and whipping wind is increased. However, if you are suffering from dry eyes that just won't go away, you may have what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome - a condition...

Ski Goggles: How to Choose the Best Winter Sports Eyewear

Ski Goggles are an essential part of proper eye protection when participating in winter sports. In order to choose the best winter sports eyewear for your needs it is first important to know what risks are in the first place. UV protection UV danger is just as much a problem...

Keeping Tabs on Your Diabetes

These days, diabetes is extremely common. So many people aren't aware of how just much it can affect sufferers. For instance, diabetes can easily lead to ending up with several eye-related diseases. These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, as well as several other conditions that may impact your vision....

The Eye and Diabetes

Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the impact diabetes can have on your eyes. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in increased levels of blood sugar either due to insufficient production of insulin or because the body does not efficiently utilize the insulin it produces. There are a...

Focusing on Retinoscopy

There may be a few assessments that you have experienced at an eye exam and questioned how they work. Having a bright light shined into your eyes may be an example. This is one way eye doctors determine the refractive error of your eye, and it's called a retinoscopy exam....

Staying Safe with Your Smartphone

Let's face the facts - we're addicted to smartphones. Smart phones, tablets and handheld devices guarantee our constant access to our friends, family and work wherever we find ourselves. However as handheld devices are made with small screens, a lot of users tend to hold their smartphones a lot closer...

Multifocal Lenses and You

Are you over 40 and finding it more of a challenge to read small print? You might have presbyopia, a common condition affecting those who are approaching middle age. But having presbyopia when you already need glasses for near sightedness doesn't mean you now need two pairs of specs. Multifocal...

Patches: Not Just For Pirates

Lots of our younger patients exhibit the symptoms of a lazy eye. It comes about when vision is suppressed, but only in one eye. This can happen if a child struggles to see well through one eye because of issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism, or something...

What To Tell Our Eye Doctor

If you've got an eye exam penciled in for some time soon, there are a few things you can do to be extra prepared for it. If you want to make sure your exam is effective and productive, there are a few bits of information we will need from you....

Night Vision

You're all ready for a good night's sleep, so you flick the light switch, but you can't sleep. You open your eyes and all you see is black. At first you can't see, but gradually the things in the room begin become visible. This process is known as ''dark adaptation''....

Are You Suffering From Presbyopia?

Ever wonder why many people over 40 usually wear reading glasses? As time passes, your eye's lens is likely to become more and more inflexible, decreasing your ability to focus on close objects. This is known as presbyopia. Those with untreated presbyopia tend to hold books, magazines, newspapers, and menus...

Kids and Eye Safety

Selecting the right toys with eye safety in mind is something all parents worry about. How can parents make sure they choose toys that keep kids' eyes in mind? Babies are born with an only partially developed visual system. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more easily than toys and...

Back-to-School Success Starts with Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's just about over. Children throughout the country are getting pumped for the new school year, with backpacks, notepads and loads of energy. This is the perfect opportunity to take your son or daughter for an eye exam, if you haven't already. As you might...

Convergence Insufficiency

So many children are diagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities when in fact, that's not the problem at all. He or she could be suffering from a hidden but very real condition that effects learning. It's called Convergence Insufficiency (CI). To explain, CI is a near vision problem that interferes...

Understanding 20/20 Vision

You have most likely heard the terms 20/20 vision and visual acuity. Yet, what do these terms really mean? When you understand what they imply, you will know why an eye care professional asks to assess more than just how well you read an eye chart. 20/20 vision refers to...

A Fresh Look At Contact Lenses

This year, how about trying a brand new look for your eyes? Then let's talk about FreshLook®, a line offering a large assortment of colored contact lenses, which just enhance or totally transform your eye color. This great range of lenses includes so many choices, that you're sure to leave...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms. Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye,...

Change Your Lenses – Your Eyes Depend On It!

Do you ever leave your soft contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? It's a pretty accepted fact that things are at their best when they're new. You won't be surprised to hear that the same can be used to understand the importance of changing your contacts. As...

Focusing on Cataracts

Every June, optometrists in America commit to raising awareness about cataracts. Are you aware that cataracts are the most commonly occurring cause of vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? Actually, more than fifty percent of those who are 65 and older have some degree of cataract...

Protecting Yourself from UV Rays

Everyone is regularly exposed to UV rays. Even though this is the case, the possible dangers related to years of exposure to these harsh rays are rarely thought about, to a point where the majority of people barely take enough action to protect their eyes, even when they're planning on...

The Importance of a Comprehensive Eye Exam

May is healthy vision month. When was the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam? Having your eyes examined regularly is one of the most effective steps you can take to guarantee your eyes remain strong and healthy. During the procedure, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your eyes,...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

We're excited to tell you that one of our favorite lens makers, Transitions® Optical, have just announced an exciting product as part of their popular range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. Transitions® Optical has increased the features of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of revolutionary variable polarization....

Knowing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Poor vision in adults or children can be the result of several possible conditions including changes in the body or in the eye, eye diseases, side effects due to medicine or injuries to the eye. Many people also suffer from visual disturbances resulting from aging or eye stress. Aging and...

Some Tips All Women Should Know About Safe and Healthy Eyes

This month, Prevent Blindness America is focusing on Women's Eye Health and Safety. Women go through many changes during their lifetime. Each change could affect her vision differently. Eye disease among the female population is becoming more common, especially in older women. Actually, studies indicate that the majority of women...

This month is national Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as a greater opportunity to be involved in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the prevalence of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Every season, many children and adults incur sports related eye injuries that could easily be avoided with proper defense and awareness. Using...

On the Road with Good Vision

Proper vision is essential for road safety. As a matter of fact, safe driving relies on a number of visual capabilities like distance and near vision, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, plus many others. Strong distance vision is crucial because of how it helps you to observe...

Vision and Health at Work

To enlighten companies and their workers about the importance of vision wellness, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Every day, employees are inflicted by job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety...

Things to Know About Astigmatism

The part of the eye that surrounds your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under usual conditions, round. When light enters your eye from all angles, part of the role of your cornea is to help project that light, directing it to your retina, right in the anterior...

Treating Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, informally referred to as pink eye, is a frequently encountered eye infection, especially in kids. Conjunctivitis can be caused by bacteria, a virus or even allergies to chlorine in swimming pools, pollen, and ingredients found in cosmetics, or other irritants, which penetrate your eyes. Some types of conjunctivitis can...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

We are currently in the middle of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a foremost cause of loss of vision in individuals over 65. AMD is characterized by a deterioration of the macula in the eye which functions to allow...

How Do You Disinfect Your Contacts?

When it comes to contacts, it is of utmost importance to practice proper eye hygiene. A study performed by Bausch & Lomb this past summer revealed that an alarming number of individuals are using strange lubricants rather than lens solution to moisten their lenses. Products including baby oil, beer, coke,...

Protect Your Eyes From Dry Eyes This Winter

The winter brings an increase in patients suffering from dry eye syndrome due to the circulation of cold, dry air.

The Winter Sun and Your Eyes

Winter is officially here, which means in some locations whipping winds and cold precipitation aren't far behind. You wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a coat in freezing conditions, however unfortunately, many people don't think to take their sunglasses. While many of us don't think about the shining...

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Since this month marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to review the importance of knowing about the indications of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a category of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, which can be a precursor to irreversible blindness. If not treated, the damage often first...

All About Presbyopia

Visit your Myrtle Beach, SC Eye Doctor to Find Out About Treatment Options Many adults eventually begin to experience presbyopia or an impaired ability to focus on objects that are close, as they age. As people worldwide are living longer a significant number of individuals develop the condition, which currently...

A Guide to Selecting Children’s Gifts that are Eye Safe

The holidays are right around the corner and that means new toys for the kiddies. Adoring grandparents enjoy treating the little ones to the newest toys to start off the New Year. It is crucial that parents learn and relay to others the guidelines about eye safety and choosing toys....

Use Your Flex Spending Account Credits Before You Lose Them!

Need new glasses for the kids? Time for an eye examination? Considering Lasik? The time has arrived to take care of your eye and vision needs. The New Year is fast approaching which means that your annual flex plan will soon expire. If flex spending doesn't sound familiar to you,...

How We Perceive Color: What is Color Blindness?

Visit our Myrtle Beach, SC Optometry Practice for an evaluation

Learn About Diabetic Retinopathy and Loss of Eyesight During National Diabetes Month

Diabetes is the number one causal agent of vision loss in men and women aged 20-74 years. In the past four years alone, over 4 million people in North America afflicted with diabetes were diagnosed with blindness caused by diabetes. Of this group, seventy thousand suffered from severe diabetic retinopathy,...

What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in Myrtle Beach, SC

To achieve adequate sight, it is necessary for the eyes to operate in cooperation with each other and with the brain. When this process doesn’t function properly, a condition called amblyopia, or lazy eye, can occur. In most instances of lazy eye the eyes themselves are usually in good health...

Myrtle Beach, SC Eye Tests: Examining the Eye Chart

  Have you ever wondered what 20/20 eyesight actually means? 20/20 vision is a term used to express a normal level of sharpness of eyesight also known as visual acuity determined from 20 feet away from the object. In other words someone with 20/20 vision will be able to clearly...

Myrtle Beach, SC Treatment for Fall Eye Allergies

  At the end of the summer, many individuals begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can significantly impair one's ability to function normally. When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy,...

This Halloween Watch Out for Special Effect Lenses

  With the autumn comes Halloween and with that, dressing up. As a consumer, you want to be aware of certain hazards to your eyes and vision that could accompany with the Halloween spirit. A popular costume addition as of late has been special effect contact lenses and the trend...

Myrtle Beach, SC Management for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Eye Strain

  The American Optometric Association reports that above 70 percent of the Americans that work daily from a computer (about 143 million people) experience computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Prolonged periods of sitting in front of the computer can result in eye fatigue and impact eyesight in kids and...

Be Aware of Household Eye Safety This Month

As September marks Home & Sports Eye Safety Month, we've chosen to focus on ways to keep your house safe for your eyes specifically when it comes to children. It's important to be proactive to ensure your house doesn't pose any series dangers to your children's eyes. Naturally, babies enter...

Cosmetics Advice for Lens Wearers from your Myrtle Beach, SC Eye Care Practitioner

For those who wear contacts there are a number of precautions that should be taken in regard to using makeup. Here are a few basic tips for ways to ensure your eyes remain looking great and healthy. Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes? First and foremost, eye care professionals...

Sunscreen and your Eyes

If you have ever gotten sunscreen in your eyes, you know firsthand just how painful it can be. In fact, someone who has experienced a severe case may say that it is a good alternative to carrying around mace or pepper spray. It can be a while before the victim...

Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Scheduled Your next Eye Exam in Myrtle Beach, SC?

A surprising number of people aren't aware that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In fact, over half of individuals over age sixty-five have some amount of cataract development. What are cataracts? Cataracts occur when the ocular lens, the part of the eye that focuses light...

Are Your Child’s Eyes Ready for School? Don’t Forget to Book Myrtle Beach Kids’ Eye Exams

Many professionals emphasize that almost 80 percent of learning comes through a child's eyes. Because a child's vision can change frequently, regular eye and vision care is crucial to a student's classroom success. Surprisingly, most parents are not including eye exams as part of their child's back-to-school health check-up. Furthermore...

Why Contact Lenses Are a Good Option for Teens

No teen likes to be caught wearing something out of style, and in the case of some teens, eyeglasses can often feel that way. Just the thought of wearing glasses can make a teen panic. In comparison with glasses, children and teenagers who opt for contact lenses feel a significant...

Help! How to Handle Frequently Encountered Eye Injuries

There are many different types of eye injuries that can take place, with varying degrees of severity. Some may require emergency treatment and immediate care by an optometrist, while others can be taken care of at home. Read these guidelines for typical eye injuries, to determine your next step in...

The Importance of Comprehensive Eye Exams

For those of us blessed with healthy eyes, we sometimes miss the importance of a routine eye test. However, early detection of eye disease is critical to keeping your eyes healthy. And all it requires is an eye test. Numerous eye and vision ailments are a-symptomatic. Therefore, individuals are often...

Summer Eye Care Tips

Now that summer has finally arrived it’s time to guard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some tips to safe in the sun: Only wear sunglasses that block all UV rays. If your glasses don’t offer 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from...

Averting Children’s Eye Accidents with Protective Glasses

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room a year. This is an injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals report that 90% of the reported damage would have been easily avoided by using proper eye protection. The majority of eye damaging accidents take place...

True or False: Can Carrots Really Improve Eyesight?

We have all heard that carrots help you see better, but is it the truth? Eye care professionals know that carrots can't actually improve your eyesight. However, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for the health of your eyes and therefore consuming foods rich in...

Do You Know the Dangers of Ultraviolet Light to Your Eyes?

  The majority of Americans are aware of the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (particularly sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for using UV blocking sunscreen and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. But how many are aware that ultraviolet...

A Guide to Caring for Contact Lenses

  Contact lens wearers need to be sure to treat their contact lenses properly. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or abrasions, which on occasion results in vision loss. People of all ages that are not capable of properly taking care...

Gas Permeable Lenses: Do They Make Sense for You?

  While you may be most familiar with soft contact lenses, another less familiar type of contact lens materials exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, also known as oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, RGP lenses involve more modern technology than soft lenses, which are longer-lasting, can be more effective in...

A Guide to Preventing Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from seasonal eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due to an...

Should You Purchase Your Next Pair of Glasses on the Web?

In today's world, where more and more consumers are used to buying more and more products on the Web, glasses are an item that you are better off purchasing in person. Here's why. Although Internet e-commerce sites often offer cheap rates, the benefits of purchasing glasses at an optician far...

Dry Eyes Getting To You? Suggestions on Guarding Your Eyes This Cold Season

While many people refer to winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, which often causes your eyes to become more sensitive. Our eye care team can help you find the best options to hydrate...

This Month Pronounced Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision Awareness Month

February has been announced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one source of vision loss for seniors. Macular degeneration can result in low vision, a term eye care professionals use to describe substantial vision loss that cannot be corrected by...

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

To increase awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of permanent vision loss, accounting for 9%-12% of all cases of total vision loss in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Due...

Winter Eye Care Advice… It’s Time for Sunglasses

Yep, it's true. Sunglasses are not only a vital accessory in the summer. While most of us are informed of the damage the sun poses to our eyes in the summertime, we don't all recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well. In truth, those UV...

New News Item

Dr. Weshefsky's appearance on Channel 10's Live at 5:00 News.

Michael Maely and Dr. Weshefsky discuss Gentle Vision Shaping.

 

New Digital Retinal Imaging System Added

We have added Digital Retinal Imaging

Eyeglasses Are Back!

New Options to Look Good and See Better

Online Registration Forms

Fill in your patient history online, before your next appointment. Find out how...

Request Your Next Appointment Online

You can now request your next appointment online. Find out how...