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May is Healthy Vision Month

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What does that mean for you? It means that now is the time to schedule a comprehensive eye exam.

While these are one of the exams we may often let fall by the wayside, they are extremely important to maintain our eye health. Comprehensive eye exams serve several purposes. During these exams, pupils, the circular black area in the center of the eye where light enters, are widened with eye drops or viewed without dilation through a special camera. This allows your Eye Doctor to check for vision problems and eye diseases, verify what stage of diseases your eyes may be in, and helps determine if you need glasses, contacts or other treatments.

Comprehensive eye exams are crucial for all ages, here’s why:

Pediatric exams test for visual acuity, lazy eye, color vision, ocular health, and more. These are extremely important to test for the school years ahead.

For older children and teenagers, myopia (nearsightedness) is one of the biggest concerns that comprehensive eye exams detect. Myopia affects the eye’s ability to see distant images clearly. It is important to identify and treat early with glasses or contacts as children and teens begin to learn in larger spaces, play sports, and drive.

Adult exams are recommended at least every two years, or as recommended by your eye care specialist. Exams for adults are necessary to catch eye conditions that can cause vision loss and even lead to blindness. Some of these conditions are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration.

There are several other conditions that comprehensive eye exams can expose that may not be found without a visit to your optometrist.

Outside of eye exams, here are 5 ways you can help protect your vision:

  1. Healthy eating. You know this! Healthy eating helps every part of your body. For your eyes, make sure to add dark, leafy greens and seafood that is high in omega-3 fatty acids to your plate. A great excuse to treat yourself to sushi! We’re adding a spicy sake maki roll to our cart… for delivery. 
  2. Protective eyewear. Whether you’re chopping wood for the bonfire pit, mowing the lawn, painting your bedroom walls, or riding your motorcycle around town, protective eyewear is key. Blue-light protection glasses should also be considered to protect your eyes from all the time spent in front of computer screens.
  3. Sunglasses. Much like protective eyewear, sunglasses help protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation delivered by sun. Not all sunglasses provide the same level of protection. Let us help you pick the best pair!
  4. Clean hands. Wash your hands before putting your contacts in and before taking your contacts out, simply to avoid infection.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking is known to cause several diseases, but it can also lead to vision loss. It can increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and more. Mark your calendar for your comprehensive eye exam and mark it as the day to stop smoking.

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Happy healthy vision month! Get your appointment in the books with us today.

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Starting 12/29/2020, we are seeing patients for Exams, Repairs, and Pickups by appointment only. Please call ahead.

Dear Patients,

After over 40 years of great memories in our beautiful office we are sad to tell you Gramercy Park Optical will be permanently closing our doors on June 30, 2021.

Medical records will continue to be available for the period of time required by law at Kips Bay Optical, located at 608 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10016. You may obtain a copy of your medical records or request your current eyewear prescriptions by contacting the team there at 212-686-1653 or info@kipsbayoptical.com.

It is important for you to make arrangements to continue to receive quality eye care. If you wish to continue your care with Kips Bay Optical’s caring optometrist Dr. Samuel Choi, you may call 212-686-1653 or schedule an appointment online.

Alternatively, if you need assistance finding an optometrist or ophthalmologist, you may contact your health plan and request a list of providers specializing in this type of care in your plan’s network. You may of course have your records transferred to the eye care professional of your choice.

We have loved being part of this community, and we wish you the best in the future. We hope you continue to see life to its fullest!