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What You Need to Know About Cataracts Dec 1st, 2020

The lenses of your eyes are normally perfectly clear, permitting the efficient collection and focusing of light. When you develop cataracts, the lens becomes increasingly cloudy, making images blurry and interfering with the normal function of your eyes.  As many as 70% of people develop cataracts by the age of...

Why Are My Eyes Staying Red? Nov 20th, 2020

Red eye is very common and mostly a temporary problem that resolves itself in a day or two. You may not even be aware your eyes are red if you’re not standing in front of a mirror.  There are many reasons for red eye and, though most are harmless, there...

Finding the Right Specialty Contact Lenses Oct 1st, 2020

Many people would list their sight as their most precious sense, the one they couldn’t give up if they had to choose one to sacrifice. After all, your eyes allow you to experience art and color, play sports, look at loved ones’ faces, read, and more.  If you’re one of...

Tips for Contact Use When You Have Seasonal Allergies Sep 6th, 2020

Contact lenses provide accurate vision correction for a wide range of problems without changing your appearance or interfering with activities. However, allergens cause eye pain and irritation for more than 75% of contact lens wearers, offsetting the benefits of this type of eyewear. Allergy season causes problems for contact lens...

3 Potential Causes of Lumps on Your Eyelids Aug 14th, 2020

You wake up in the morning and stumble into the bathroom, still only half awake. As you brush your teeth, you raise your head to look in the mirror, and you’re surprised to see a lump on your eyelid. You aren’t sure what it is or where it came from,...

Am I a Candidate for LASIK Surgery? Jul 15th, 2020

If you wear contact lenses or glasses, you’ve probably thought about how much simpler life would be without them. You may want to consider quick and convenient LASIK surgery to correct your vision. Dr. Dwight Thibodeaux and Dr. Paul Tachau at Accent Vision Specialists can answer all your questions and...

5 Tips for Transitioning From Glasses to Contacts Jun 18th, 2020

Wearing prescription glasses daily to correct your vision comes with some unique annoyances. Sometimes glasses slip down, break, or get foggy in bad weather.  Glasses provide great vision correction, but they can be impractical if you want to play sports, swim, or run. Here in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico,...

Determining the Best Sunglasses for Your Eye Health May 18th, 2020

With summer fast approaching, you may be searching for a new pair of sunglasses. Though style is always an important factor when it comes to finding the right shades to fit your look, it shouldn’t be your only consideration. You may enjoy the warmer weather and greener lawns, but the...

Preventing Computer Vision Syndrome Apr 14th, 2020

Between work and home, you may spend seven or more hours every day staring at a computerscreen. Though computers, smartphones, and tablets have made it much easier for people to stay connected, all that time spent staring at your digital screen isn’t so good for your eyes, and may place...

5 Tips to Avoid Contact Lens Related Eye Infections Mar 13th, 2020

If you don’t like the idea of having to wear glasses to see clearly, you’re not alone: about 45 million Americans prefer to use contact lenses to correct vision, according to the American Optometric Association. Contact lenses are a safe, effective, and convenient way to remedy a variety of common...

How to Choose the Most Flattering Frames for Your Face Feb 29th, 2020

Choosing new frames for your eyeglasses can feel overwhelming. After all, you wear them every day, so you want them to be flattering and demonstrate your style. With so many brands, shapes, and colors to consider, where do you even start? Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has...

Do You Know the Risk Factors For Developing Glaucoma? Jan 15th, 2020

Glaucoma is a common cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States. The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that 3 million American adults have glaucoma, with a 58% projected increase in cases by 2030. At Accent Vision Specialists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, we’re happy to join the nationwide effort...

Say Goodbye to Winter Dry Eye With Our Advanced Treatments Dec 6th, 2019

Winter creates a perfect environment for dry eyes. Between cold wind, low humidity, and warm air blowing into your rooms at home, your risk of developing dry eye skyrockets in the wintertime. And if you already struggle with dry eyes, chances are your symptoms will get worse in winter. As...

Have Diabetes? Follow These 5 Steps to Help Prevent Vision Problems Nov 1st, 2019

Diabetes is a group of conditions — including Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes — in which your body either does not make enough insulin or does not use insulin the right way. Diabetes is a common condition that affects as many as 422 million individuals across the globe,...

What Causes Flashers and Floaters and What Can Be Done About Them Oct 1st, 2019

Have you seen something drifting across your eyes? Or have you experienced flashes in your eyes that closely resemble a camera flash? If so, you may have experienced either a floater, flashes or both. While floaters or flashes may turn out to be harmless, you should be aware of the...

The Importance of Having Regular Eye Exams Even If You Have Perfect Vision Sep 4th, 2019

If you have 20/20 vision, you might think you don't need to have eye exams — they're just for people who need glasses, right? In reality, that isn't the case. Routine eye exams are a critical preventive health service, just like your annual checkup with your primary care provider.  Why...

Low Vision Care & Vision Aids Aug 1st, 2019

Low Vision Care & Vision Aids Having Low Vision means being visually impaired and usually refers to a visual condition that cannot be fully corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Conditions that can cause low vision include: trauma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment and retinitis pigmentosa. Fortunately,...

What are Cataracts? Sep 4th, 2018

What are Cataracts? The medical term “cataract” derives from the feeling that you are looking through a waterfall. In outdated common language, a cataract was a waterfall. Think of Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River in Utah, known for its many waterfalls. A clouding of the eye’s own internal crystalline...

What causes ‘Pink Eye’ or red eyes? Sep 4th, 2018

What causes ‘Pink Eye’ or red eyes? Conjunctivitis is a common condition resulting in red eyes or ‘Pink Eye.’ While most people associate conjunctivitis with an eye infection, it can also be due to toxins, blunt injury, dryness, allergies, UV radiation, embedded foreign objects and environmental conditions. A focal dark...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Aug 5th, 2018

An eye health issue that has become more common since the baby boomer generation reached their 60s, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is a hot topic these days. The macula, or central retina, is responsible for our central vision and important for reading, driving and seeing anything straight ahead. Aging is...

Eyelid Lumps, Bumps & Mites – Oh My! Aug 4th, 2018

Eyelid Lumps, Bumps & Mites – Oh My! Do you have lumps or bumps on your eyelid? Did you know that tiny mites living in eyelash follicles could be causing inflammation in your eyes? Don’t be alarmed, these are somewhat common occurrences, and Accent Vision Specialists are here to help!...

Can’t wear contacts? These could be perfect for you! May 5th, 2018

Can’t wear contacts? These could be perfect for you! Contact lens research and development has made progress by leaps and bounds in designing lenses that are comfortable and provide even clearer vision than the choices of the past. For those who have had a hard time wearing contacts or have...

Causes of Dry Eye Apr 3rd, 2018

Causes of Dry Eye The main causes of dry eye stem from Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), Evaporative Dry Eye (EDE), Aqueous Deficiency and Sjogren’s Syndrome. To learn more about each of these and how they relate to Dry Eye Syndrome, please keep reading for a thorough description below. Meibomian Gland Dysfunction...

Dry Eyes Demystified Sep 4th, 2017

Having practiced in Santa Fe for over thirty years, the doctors at Accent Vision Specialists have made dry eye diagnosis and treatment a major focus of their practice. The changing climate, aging of the population and ever more common digital device use have drastically increased the incidence of this ocular...

Do I have Dry Eye Syndrome? Sep 4th, 2015

Do I have Dry Eye Syndrome? When dry eyes persist and cause problems with vision or comfort, you may have Dry Eye Syndrome, which is diagnosed by your eye care physician. Dry Eye Syndrome is a chronic and progressive disorder without a cure…but it can be successfully managed and controlled....

Is your child nearsighted? Sep 4th, 2014

Is your child nearsighted? Myopia, or being nearsighted, is now found in over 40% of the US population and causes blur of objects far away. Many more children and young adults are developing myopia due to less outdoor play, more computer work and constant smart phone use. Also, having one...

Glaucoma: Latest management and treatment options Sep 4th, 2014

Glaucoma: Latest management and treatment options New developments in the treatment of glaucoma provide even more options for managing and living with this eye disease. Here are some of the latest treatment options to be aware of and consider. Glaucoma Just about everyone knows that glaucoma is an eye disease,...

Amniotic Membrane Placement May 5th, 2014

In cases of severe, unresponsive dry eye or a non-healing defect on the corneal surface, the temporary placement of either a wet or dry amniotic membrane over the cornea may help solve the problem. Taken and processed after a full-term delivery, this material has tissue growth factors and anti-inflammatory components...