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Keep up to date on the latest vision related news and events from Coventry EyeCare Associates in Crystal Lake, also serving McHenry, Barrington and the surrounding areas.

Best of the Fox

Please support us again this year by voting us "Best of the Fox"! Vote here...

Frame Fashion Trends

Glasses go through fashion trends just like any other industry. Here’s a few current trends: • Modern Round frame - Round glasses have been gaining popularity and are here to stay. • Vintage Square frame - ‪Frames‬ with a timeless appeal. • Browline - This trend emphasizes the browline with an exaggerated...

Why Kids Need Sunglasses

Did you know 75% of UV radiation is transmitted through the lenses of children under 10? That is because the crystalline lenses inside a child’s eye does not yet have the natural chemical blockers that absorb UV radiation. At birth the lens is 100% transparent. For those under 10 about...

Smart Blue Filter

Smart Blue Filter is embedded in the Varilux digital design, Eyezen + lenses and transition lenses at no additional cost and does not affect the color. The connection between blue-light and retinal disease, such as age-related macular degeneration, suggests that reducing exposure to blue light would be beneficial....

NEW Kids Sunwear

NEW Children’s Sunwear For ages 0-7+ Features: Sunglass wrap and traditional styling Special bridge to accommodate children’s flatter nose features Curved temples keep sunglasses perfectly in place Nylon construction with a soft inner skin for added comfort Colorful frame Polarized lenses UV protectant Microfibre pouch $30.00 Precious One 0-6mos Little...

Multifocal Day

August 11th we are having another Multifocal Day with our rep, Marcus. We will have our new Total One Multifocal contact lenses for patients wishing to wear daily multifocal contacts. Marcus will be here all day seeing patients who have had a comprehensive eye exam within the past year. If...

Best of the Fox

We are so excited to announce we have been voted "Best of the Fox"! Thank you for your support two years in a row....

National Sunglass Day

Monday is National Sunglass Day and we are celebrating by giving you 30% off sunwear! Come in Monday, June 27th and find a new, fun pair of sunglasses for the summer. Some exclusions may apply....

Transitions for Kids

Kids spend a lot of time outdoors and rarely protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.  Did you know the eyes of our children under 10 are exposed to six times the amount of UV light as adults? Transition lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays...

UV Rays & Children’s Eye Health

Kids spend a lot of time outdoors and rarely protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun.  Did you know the eyes of our children under 10 are exposed to six times the amount of UV light as adults? Transition lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB rays...

Best of the Fox Voting

Thank you for supporting us last year! Best of the Fox voting begins April 1st! We would love your support - you can vote oncer per day April 1st-24th at the following link: Click here to vote!...

Raise Your Glaucoma Awareness this Month

As January has been designated National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to stress the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a class of progressive ocular diseases that damage the optic nerve, which can be a precursor to a loss of vision. When not...

Sunglass Tips from Cindy

Select a lens color that improves clarity and reduces glare. Different colors and tints work in different ways. • BROWN/AMBER/COPPER lenses reduce glare and improve contrast and visibility for effectively filtering blue light. Great for golfing, water and snow sports. • GREY/GREEN-GREY lenses are general-purpose tints that reduce glare while...

The Gift that Keeps Giving

If you are looking for the perfect gift for someone special this holiday season, come in to our office and ask about our TOMS collection. With every pair of TOMS eyewear or sunwear you purchase, someone in need will be given the gift of sight! This may be through surgery,...

Holiday Gifts

We're ready for the holiday season. Are you? Come in to our office for stocking stuffers and gifts for your loved ones! EyePromise Restore vitamins, contact lenses, designer sunwear and so much more. You can even come in and get yourself a new pair of prescription Maui Jim sunglasses while...

New Frame Collections

Introducing our NEW Rem Eyewear collections! Come see John Varvatos, Spine, Converse and Lucky Brand frames at our Trunk Show November 3rd & 4th...

Outside Prescriptions Welcome Here

Yes, we accept outside prescriptions! If you have already had your annual eye exam and would like to purchase a pair of our frames or order contacts from us, come in during any office hours or call us at (815) 459-5433 for any questions. We have a wide selection of...

Frames of the Month | July 2015

Cindy's Pick: AR18429 This Aristar frame is a contemporary flair of color on a classic design; the perfect frame with a dash of fun color while still looking professional.   Bret's Pick: Miyagi 1476 1476 - or "Luke" as it is more commonly known as - from the Los Angeles...

Frames of the Month | June 2015

Bret’s pick: Rudy Project Deewhy Summer is here! Whether you spend your time poolside, working in the yard, out on the lake or simply driving to and from work, nothing beats a great pair of sunglasses. Deewhy by Rudy Project offers a sporty look and comes in brown or grey...

Frames of the Month | May 2015

Bret's Pick | Tag Heuer 0531 Cindy's pick | TOMS Isa...

TOMS | Giving Sight

When you purchase TOMS Eyewear or Sunwear, someone in need will receive the gift of sight! In 13 countries, TOMS and their 14 Giving Partners are helping give sight to people through prescription glasses, sight-saving surgery and medical treatment. You are not only helping give sight to a person in...

Acuvue 1-Day Define

Acuvue define contact lenses help enhance the natural beauty of your eyes. The clean edge amplifies contrast between your iris and the white of your eye, making you appear more awake and refreshed! The translucent highlights blend with the natural iris without disrupting your vision. These are available with and...

Xperio

Xperio UV lenses eliminate glare, give you sharper vision with your sunwear, are scratch resistant and have maximum UV protection! One wearer says ... “I am no longer dazzled when I drive. I  can  see  very  clear  and  they  work great in the car. Driving with them is the greatest difference”...

Crizal Avance

Can't stand cleaning your glasses and then noticing a smudge only a few minutes later? Come in to our offfice and ask about Crizal Avance lenses! These lenses reduce glare, resist scratches, repel dust and water, resist smudges and have UV protection!...

Presbyopia: Managing the Inevitable

As you approach your 40s, you might start to notice that you have some trouble with reading. Why does this happen? With age, your eye's lens grows more rigid, which makes it more difficult to focus on near objects. The clinical term for this is presbyopia. And it's universal. Often,...

An Eye on Toy Safety

Sometimes it's a challenge to choose toys that are not harmful for our kids' eyes. Infants are born with a partially developed visual system which forms throughout their early years with the correct stimulation. Few things stimulate a child's visual development better than toys that involve hand-eye coordination and a...

A Strong School Year Starts With Good Vision

It's been a wonderful summer and it's difficult to believe it's almost over. Moms and dads everywhere are going shopping for bags and books, making sure their children have all the gear they need to ensure a good upcoming school year. It's also the perfect time to take your child...

What is Convergence Insufficiency?

When your child has a hard time at school, it's not always a learning disability. He or she could have a particular vision problem, which impacts learning. It's known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a near vision problem that negatively affects one's ability to see things at...

Understanding Visual Acuity

It's likely that you have come across the expressions visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. As frequently used as these terms may be, do most people really grasp what they mean? Really understanding them will help you appreciate how your eye care professional evaluates your vision during an eye exam. The...

See The World With A Fresh Look

Do you want an updated look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a vast palette of colored contact lenses, allowing you to just enhance or totally transform your natural eye color. This cutting edge range of lenses boasts such an extensive amount of choices, that you'll be sure to leave with...

Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes. Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your...

Keeping Your Contacts

Do you ever leave your disposable contact lenses in for longer than you're supposed to? Everyone knows that generally, things are in their best condition when they're new. Well, the same idea applies to your contacts. It's not a good idea to keep your contacts in longer than necessary. Despite...

Cataracts: Common but Treatable

June is Cataract Awareness month. Have you been informed that cataracts are the most common reason behind vision loss among patients who are over 55 years old? In fact, more than half of the population aged 65 or older have at the very least, partial cataract development. According to the...

How To Protect Yourself from UV Rays

Virtually everyone is exposed to UV rays on a daily basis. Even though this is the case, the potential risks related to many years of exposure to these unsafe rays are not often considered, to a point where the majority of people barely take enough action to shield their eyes,...

How Do I Know When I Need a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

It's May, and that means that it's Healthy Vision Month. When was your last comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested periodically is one of the best things you can do to make sure your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During your session, your eye care professional examines your eyes...

Introducing Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Transitions® Optical, manufacturers of variable tint lenses, have just launched the newest addition to their extensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. They've created an even better version of their highly regarded light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Sunlight reflecting off surfaces like water or glass...

Recognizing When to Get Your Vision Checked

Poor vision in adults or children can be the result of several possible conditions including anatomical changes or irregularities in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medicine or injuries to the eye. Many people also suffer from visual disturbances due to aging or eye strain. These experiences...

Women’s Eye Health

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 women is increasingly common, especially in older women. Actually, studies show that most women aged 40 and above experience...

This Month is National Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, along with a greater opportunity to engage in outdoor sports, comes an increase in the danger of eye injuries caused by sports accidents. Each year, many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could be avoided with suitable safety measures and awareness. Protecting your eyes...

On the Road with Good Vision

Proper eyesight is required for safe driving. Actually, safe driving depends on several different visual abilities like being able to see both far ahead as well as your immediate surroundings, side or peripheral vision, night vision and color vision, plus many others. Strong distance vision is very important because of...

Vision at Work

In order to educate companies and their employees about the relevance of eye wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to avoid vision-impairing eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. Each day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that require...

Astigmatism: Facts and Answers

Surrounding your pupil and iris is your cornea, which is, under normal conditions, spherical. When light hits your eye from all angles, part of the job of your cornea is to help project that light, directing it to your retina, in the rear part of your eye. What does it...

Pink Eye: Don’t Let it Go Untreated

Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pink eye, is a frequently encountered eye illness, particularly with kids. This condition can be caused by a virus, bacteria or allergies to pollen, chlorine in pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other products that penetrate the eyes. Some types of pink eye might be...

What is Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?

This month is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the foremost causes of vision loss in those over the age of 65. AMD is a condition that affects the macula of the retina which functions to allow clear...

The In’s and Out’s of Contact Lens Care

Contact lens wearers practice proper eye hygiene. Research conducted by Bausch & Lomb this past summer showed that an alarming number of people regularly use dangerous chemicals in place of contact solution to clean their lenses. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, Vaseline, lemonade, fruit juice, butter as well...

A Tearless Winter

The winter brings an increase in cases of dry eye syndrome as a result of the presence of cold, dry air.

Guarding Your Eyes Against Winter Sun Exposure

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Aging and Your Eyesight – Presbyopia

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Fun and Safe Toys for the Holidays

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Don’t Throw Away Your FSA Dollars!

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Living With Color Blindness

Visit our Crystal Lake, IL Optometrist for a consultation

Diabetes: A Leading Cause of Blindness

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What is Lazy Eye? Treatment in Crystal Lake, IL

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Crystal Lake, IL Eye Tests: Examining the Vision Exam

  Ever ask why 20/20 is the standard for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it truly stands for? 20/20 vision is a phrase to express normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. In other words someone with such eyesight can clearly see an object at a distance of 20 feet that...

Autumn Ocular Allergy Relief in Crystal Lake, IL

  As the end of summer approaches, many individuals begin to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can be the greatest causes of discomfort. When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, puffy, and...

This Halloween Watch Out for Decorative Lenses

  Halloween is a time for getting out and dressing up but you should take some precautions so it doesn't end in some scary eye damage. Over the past few years, special effect contact lenses have been increasingly becoming popular particularly with teenagers and young adults and the trend is...

Computer Vision Syndrome Treatment in Crystal Lake, IL

  The American Optometric Association (AOA) reports that above seven out of 10 of the Americans that sit daily on a computer screen (close to 143 million ) experience computer vision syndrome or eye fatigue. Excessive computer use can cause eye stress and impact normal vision processes in kids and...

September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

As September marks Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, this post will highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly when selecting toys that are safe for your child's eyes. It's important to be proactive to make sure your home environment is an eye-safe zone. Naturally, children enter the...

Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Crystal Lake, IL Eye Doctor

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Sunblock in the Eyes- OUCH!

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Cataracts Awareness Month: Have You Scheduled Your next Eye Examination in Crystal Lake, IL?

A surprising number of aren't aware that cataracts affect approximately 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older. In reality, over half of senior citizens have some amount of cataract development. What are cataracts? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's clear lens. The clouding prevents the passage of light...

Make a Crystal Lake, IL Eye Exam Part of the Back to School Routine

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Why Contact Lenses Are a Great Option for Teens

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Spotting and Handling Some Common Eye Injuries

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Don’t Wait – Book an Eye Exam!

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10 Steps to Healthy Eyes This Summer

Now that summer is here it’s time to guard your eyes from summertime hazards. Here are some pointers on keeping safe in the sun: Only wear sunglasses that have proper protection from UV rays. If your shades don’t have 100% UV protection to guard your eyes from harmful UV damage,...

Prevent Children’s Eye Damage with Safety Glasses

Studies show that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. This is an eye trauma every 13 minutes! Eye Care professionals report that the vast majority of the reported accidents would have been easily avoided by using protective eyewear. The majority of eye damaging accidents occur...

Do Carrots Really Improve your Eye Health?

You may have heard that carrots improve your vision, but is it really true? Eye care professionals will tell you that regardless of how many carrots you eat, they can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is very good for your...

Ultraviolet Awareness Month – The Sun and Your Eyes

  By now, most Americans are familiar with the threats of Ultraviolet (UV) light to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for using sunscreen and using other forms of sun protection during outdoor activities. What is less known is that UV and other types of radiation...

The In’s and Out’s of Caring for Your Contacts

  Contact lens wearers need to be sure to care for their contact lenses properly. Improper care can lead to damaged lenses, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which rarely but sometimes results in vision loss. People of all ages that are not responsible enough to take care...

The Benefits of Rigid Contact Lenses

  While soft contact lenses are most often used, another lesser-known brand of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses, sometimes called oxygen permeable lenses. Actually, GP lenses are a newer technology than soft lenses, which last longer, offer better vision quality, and provide increased durability and resistance to...

Eye Allergy Season is on the Way – Are You Prepared?

Do you have red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For many of us, spring is eye allergy time, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye allergies are often...

Is it Smart to Buy Eyeglasses on the Internet?

Though many Internet users are used to buying more and more products on the Web, glasses are one item that should be cautiously reviewed before you click that purchase button. Here's why. Although online e-commerce sites often promote cheap rates, the advantages of going to an optician far overshadow the...

Dry Eyes Getting To You? Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Moist This Winter

While it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive. Our optometry team is here to help you find the best options to...

This February Be Aware About Age-related Macular Degeneration and Low Vision

February has been announced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the number one source of vision loss for individuals age 65 and over. AMD often leads to low vision, a term eye doctors use to describe substantial visual impairment that is also called “legal blindness”...

January Has Been Declared National Glaucoma Awareness Month

In an effort to create awareness about the ''silent blinding diseases,'' this month has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading source of avoidable blindness, responsible for 9%-12% of all cases of blindness in the United States and effecting nearly 70 million people around the world. Since...

Winter Eye Care Tips… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

You read correctly. Sunglasses are not just an essential accessory in the sunny season. Although many people are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summertime, we don't all realize that we need to take extra care in the wintertime as well. In reality, the...

Eyeglasses Are Back!

New Options to Look Good and See Better

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