Welcome To Five Points Eye Care!
Five Points Eye Care Center is the best place in the Athens area to keep your eyes healthy while also helping you achieve the finest possible vision. We offer specialized care for people who have lost vision from eye diseases (our low vision rehabilitation clinic), children with vision and visual processing problems (our vision therapy and pediatric clinic) and patients with a challenging contact lens or glasses needs.
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Eye Health Matters More Than a Tan!
You might have heard that indoor tanning is a safe alternative to sunbathing, but that is false.
Eyes and High Levels of UV Exposure
The harm to our cells from UV radiation is cumulative over the course of our entire lives and damage builds up over time the more we are exposed to it. What makes tanning beds especially dangerous is that they can expose us to 100 times the amount of UV light that we would get by being outside on a sunny day. It’s not just bad for our skin; it can do serious damage to the eyes and eyelids.
But Can’t I Just Close My Eyes While I Tan?
Unfortunately, even closing our eyes during a tanning session isn’t enough to protect them from UV rays that strong. Some of the eye problems linked to indoor tanning are macular degeneration, cataracts, sunburn, blurry vision, and dry eye. Sight-threatening conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts are usually associated with old age, but indoor tanning can speed up the process considerably.
Even the temporary effects of indoor tanning aren’t fun. Our skin isn’t the only part of us that can sunburn. Photokeratitis is the fancy name for a sunburned cornea, which has symptoms like burning, redness, a gritty feeling beneath the eyelids, and watering. No matter how popular it is to have bronze skin, if it comes at the expense of UV damage, it’s not worth it. So don’t forget your protective goggles when tanning!
Vision Therapy Success Story
Our Five Points Eye Care Vision Therapy Clinic helps kids who are struggling to read and have problems with their schoolwork. We also work to give them back their confidence. Lily is one such success story.
Lily was failing school, had poor hand writing and struggled to sit and read for long periods. Her eyes had trouble working together and tracking words as she was reading. After beginning Vision Therapy, Lily now has a new gained confidence and is excelling at school and reading! Teachers have even noticed the great improvement! Her family feels that Noemi is a wonderful therapist who is encouraging and very uplifting and has already recommended Vision Therapy to others.
The Fred Award
Every month, we have our employees nominate another employee for our “Fred Award.” A “Fred” is someone who goes out of their way to uphold our practice core values of Excellence in Eye Care, Patients Come First, and Lead by Example. As a practice, we not only want our employees to come to work to get the day’s job done, but to strive to work harder each and every day for the sake of the practice as a whole.
The Fred Award for the month of May goes to…Tracey Williams!
Tracey is always quick and willing to lend a helping hand around the office. Tracey exemplifies what teamwork should look like: helping others out for the greater good of the practice, often without them knowing since they make it look easy. Tracey, we appreciate everything you do!
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