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Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse of 2017

On August 21st, for the first time since 1979, a solar eclipse will be visible across North America. What's even more historic is that it will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light - either natural sunlight or artificial light -  can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

Got a Shiner!

What Exactly Is a Black Eye? A black eye, also known as a periorbital hematoma, is usually not an injury of the actual eye (which is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket which...

Cataract Awareness and Prevention

It's National Cataract Awareness Month According to the World Health Organization, cataracts are responsible for 51% of cases of blindness worldwide - although this blindness is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

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...

Dr. Galbrecht Talks About Children’s Vision

Question: How often should children have an eye exam? Dr. Galbrecht: Every child should have a comprehensive eye exam to determine if they have normal vision or if they need glasses, and also to see if they need help with any of the learning processes in school. If they can't see normally...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dr. Galbrecht Answers Your Pediatric Eye Care Questions

1. Why is it important for children to have their eyes examined? It is important for children to have the eyes examined by an optometrist in order to evaluate and manage any eye conditions a child may have with or without the parent noticing so that they may develop and...

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...

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...

A bit About Vision Therapy

As an optometrist with many years of experience, I have seen the benefits that vision therapy can have on my patients. This non-surgical program can correct certain vision problem and improve visual skills over time and can be beneficial for patients of all ages and backgrounds. While contact lenses and...

What is Myopia?

Myopia is on the the fastest growing ocular disorders in the country and all over the world. It has risen from an estimated 25% of the population to 40% of the population in the United States as of the latest statistical estimations. Myopia is the medical term used to denote...

Eye Safe Toys and Gifts for This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for giving, and parents, grandparents, family and friends need to know which toys and games to leave off the list because they can pose a risk to children’s health and eyesight. Last year nearly 252,000 emergency visits were due to toy-related injuries, almost half of which were...

Dyslexia

As a professional optometrist with years of experience and hundreds of patients, it's fair to say that I am very familiar with dyslexia. A misunderstood condition that is often misdiagnosed, dyslexia can be very hard to identify and recognise, especially in children. Dyslexia is essentially a learning difficulty, which affects...

How Do We See?

Have you ever thought about how vision works? Seeing is an incredible gift made possible by a system in which the eye and the brain process visual information from the outside world. If any step of that process does not function properly, vision will be impaired. Similar to a camera,...

Color Vision Deficiency

As an optometrist, I always get many people asking me what is color vision deficiency? Well, color vision deficiency is a condition that deprives an individual the ability to distinguish certain color shades. In some severe cases, the patient might not be able to see colors at all.  Many people...

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...

Request Your Next Appointment Online

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Infant Vision: Birth to 24 months of Age

Babies learn to see over a period of time, much like they learn to walk and talk. They are not born with all the visual abilities they need in life. The ability to focus their eyes, move them accurately, and use them together as a team must be learned. Also,...

Know How to Keep Your Eyes Safe This Summer

It’s official - summer has arrived and it’s time to make sure you safeguard your eyes from the sun and other warm weather dangers. Here are some tips to stay safe in the sun: Get sunglasses with 100% UV Protection – and try to wear them every time you go...

The Importance of Early Eye Disease Diagnosis

For those of us blessed with eyes that are in good condition, we sometimes forget about the importance of a routine eye exam. However, timely diagnosis of any eye or vision problems is crucial to maintaining healthy vision and eyes. And all it requires is a yearly eye test. Numerous...

Identifying and Handling the Most Common Eye Injuries

Eye injuries come in many shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of severity. Some may require emergency treatment and immediate care by an eye care practitioner, while others can be treated at home. Follow these guidelines for routine eye injuries, to plan out the next move in case of an...

A Look Inside Women’s Eye Health

In April, Prevent Blindness America addresses eye health issues specific to women. The many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision. Eye disease among the female population is becoming more common, especially in middle-aged women. In fact, studies indicate that the majority of women over...

Keeping An Eye On Poor Vision

Poor vision in adults or children can be due to a few conditions including changes in the body or in the eye, diseases affecting the eye, side effects of medication or injuries to the eye. Many people also experience visual disturbances due to aging or eye strain. These experiences can...

Playing Safe

Sometimes it's a challenge to choose toys that will not be harmful for our children's eyes. Children don't have an entirely developed visual system at birth, but it becomes more refined over time. Nothing stimulates a child's visual development more efficiently than toys that involve hand-eye coordination and learning about...

Night Vision: How Does it Work?

We've all experienced this; you get all ready for bed, and you turn the lights off, but you just can't seem to doze off. You open your eyes and find yourself enveloped in darkness. After a few moments you are able to distinguish between the objects in the room and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Contact Lenses are the Best for Allergies?

If I have allergies, either seasonal or year round, what are the best contacts for me? Millions of Americans suffer seasonal and year round allergies. If you’re one of them and a contact lens wearer, here are some ideas to reduce your suffering. Unfortunately, allergens have a special attraction to...

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...

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...

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...

Cutting Edge Glaucoma Technology

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

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....

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Insurance Accepted at Galbrecht Eyecare

We take many different insurance plans...check to see if we accept yours.  If we don't, call and ask.

On Driving: Issues Faced by the Low Vision Driver

In a world of instant gratification where people can just hop in the car and everything is at their fingertips, the loss of America's primary mobility tool can be devastating.  Many people are unable to drive to work or continue living in an area without public transportation.  People who have...

Winter Eye Care Advice… Don’t Forget your Sunglasses

Yep, that's right. Sunglasses aren't only a vital accessory in the sunny season. Although most of us are informed of the dangers the sun poses to our eyes during the summer, how many recognize that we need to take precautions in the wintertime as well? Actually, those UV rays that...

Be Informed About Glaucoma

In order to increase awareness about the ''sneak thief of sight,'' January has been named National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause 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 glaucoma...

This February Spread the Word About AMD and Low Vision

February is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision awareness month. AMD is the number one cause of visual impairment for seniors. Macular degeneration is one of the causes of low vision, a phrase eye doctors use to describe major visual impairment that cannot be corrected by typical measures such...

Preschool Vision: 2 to 5 Years of Age

Every experience a preschooler has is an opportunity for growth and development. They use their vision to guide other learning experiences. From ages 2 to 5, a child will be fine-tuning the visual abilities gained during infancy and developing new ones. Stacking building blocks, rolling a ball back and forth,...

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School-Aged Vision: 6 to 18 Years of Age

A child needs many abilities to succeed in school. Good vision is a key. It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, chalkboard work, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily....

Adult Vision: 19 to 40 Years of Age

Most adults, aged 19 to 40, enjoy healthy eyes and good vision. The most common eye and vision problems experienced by people in this age group are due to visual stress and eye injuries. By taking proper steps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and protect your eyes from stress and...

Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

If you are over 40 years of age, you've probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start...

Adult Vision: Over 60 Years of Age

It's a fact of life that vision changes occur as you get older. But these changes don't have to compromise your lifestyle. Knowing what to expect and when to seek professional care are important steps to safeguarding your vision. As you reach your 60s and beyond, you need to be...

Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… No Need to Suffer

Even though it is common to refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the rain and snow, the air is really more dry during the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive. Our staff is available to help you find the most effective...

Why You Should Stop and Think About Purchasing Glasses on the Web

In today's world, where more and more consumers have become accustomed to shopping for anything and everything on the Web, glasses are a product that you should consider purchasing in person. Why? Although online stores often promote cheap rates, the benefits of going to an optician far outweigh the ''deals''...

A Guide to Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to pollen-induced eye allergies. For some of us, spring is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due...

The Advantages of Rigid Lenses

  Although you may be more accustomed to soft contact lenses, a second, lesser-known type of contact lenses exists: rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses, also known as oxygen permeable lenses. In reality, RGP lenses are a newer technology than soft contacts, which are longer-lasting, allow better vision quality, and...

Caring for Contact Lenses

  Contact lenses necessitate proper treatment and care in order to be a safe and feasible option for those requiring corrective eye wear. Improper care can lead to ripped or torn contacts, or or even serious eye infections or scratches, which on occasion results in vision loss. Children and adults...

This May is UV Awareness Month

  By now, most Americans are familiar with the hazards of Ultraviolet (UV) exposure to your skin, (including sunburn and skin cancer) and the need for applying sunblock and avoiding direct contact with the sun particularly during the blazing summer months. What is less known is that UV and other...

The Facts About the Eye Health Benefits of Eating Carrots

We have all heard that carrots help you see better, but is this the truth? Optometrists will tell you that the orange vegetable can't prevent you from needing eye glasses. However, they are rich in beta-carotene, a vitamin that is beneficial for your eye health and therefore ingesting foods rich...

Protecting Your Children’s Eyes

Research shows that eye injuries account for 40,000 trips to the emergency room annually. That's equal to an eye injury every 780 seconds! Eye Care professionals believe that 90% of the reported damage could be easily avoided by wearing protective eyewear. More often than not eye damaging accidents happen when...

Improving Your Adolescent’s Self-Esteem with Contact Lenses

The need to buy glasses is often difficult for a teenager. Teenagers may cringe at the very idea of having to wear eyeglasses and appearing ''uncool''. As opposed to glasses, children and teenagers who switch to lenses report a significant enhancement in their appearance, a newly published report shows. The...

Add Eye Exams to Your Back to School Schedule: Olathe Children’s Eye Exams

Back to school season is in full swing. Before heading back to school, the American Optometric Association (AOA) suggests a visit to the eye doctor. Proper vision is critical to the thinking processes and a child's success in the classroom. There are numerous subjects that depend on optical skills, such...

August is Cataracts Awareness Month: Book your Eye Exam in Monona Today

Many people don't know that cataracts affect over 20.5 million Americans over the age of 40. In reality, more than half of the population above age sixty-five has some degree of cataracts. What is a cataract? A cataract is a clouding of the eye's natural lens. This prohibits the transmission...

Sunscreen and your Eyes

Individuals who have regrettably gotten sunblock in their eyes are aware how much it can sting. A real strong rub in the eye can even result in stinging that lasts for hours. It can take a long time until the victim can feel comfortable enough to open his eyes, particularly...

Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Olathe, KS Optometrist

If you wear contact lenses there are some guidelines that should be followed in regard to using makeup. Below are a few basic tips on how to make sure you keep your eyes attractive and safe. Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes? First of all, eye care professionals recommend...

September is Home and Sports Eye Safety Month

In honor of Home and Sports Eye Safety Month, we're going to highlight ways to keep your house eye safe particularly in selecting toys that are safe for your child's eyes. Don't wait until it's too late to guarantee your home environment is an eye-safe zone. Naturally, kids enter the...

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) Management in Olathe, KS

  Findings from the American Optometric Association show that above seven out of 10 of employed persons that work each day at a computer screen (around 143 million individuals) experience computer vision syndrome or eye strain. Excessive computer use can cause eye strain and impact eyesight in kids and adults....

Keep Your Eyes Halloween Safe: Decorative Contact Lenses Can Harm Your Eyes

  With the fall comes Halloween and with that, costumes. As a consumer, you want to know of certain hazards to your eyes and vision that sometimes put a damper on the fun and games. A popular costume accessory in recent years has been special effect contact lenses and this...

Olathe, KS Relief for Fall Eye Allergies

  Toward the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions. Symptoms of eye allergies include...

Olathe, KS Vision Exams: Exploring the Vision Exam

  Ever ask why 20/20 is the benchmark for ''perfect'' eyesight and what it really represents? 20/20 vision is a phrase used to express normal visual acuity or clarity of vision. In other words someone with such visual acuity can clearly see an object from 20 feet away which is...

All You Need to Know About Amblyopia (Lazy Eye). Treatment in Olathe, KS

Amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye is the deficiency in central vision development caused by the failure of both eyes to work in unison. With most cases of lazy eye the eyes themselves are typically in good health however the condition cannot be corrected by just the use of prescription...

Diabetic Retinopathy: A Leading Cause of Blindness

Diabetes is the dominant precursor to blindness for men and women between age twenty and seventy-four. In just the last four years, over 4 million adults in North America living with diabetes were found to have diabetic retinopathy. Of this group, 70,000 suffered from advanced diabetic retinopathy, which, if left...

A Different Perspective: What is Color Blindness?

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Don’t Lose Your Flex Spending Account Dollars!

As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of your flex spending credits. If flex spending doesn't strike a familiar chord you probably don't have a flex spending account but you might want to check your insurance plan to clarify. If you have an FSA with a...

This Holiday Season Choose Children’s Gifts that are Eye Safe

Holiday season is right around the corner and that means toys and presents. Adoring mothers and fathers love surprising the kids with the newest toys to start off the New Year. It is important that family members explain to others the rules when it comes to eye-safe toys. Injuries with...

January Special!!!

Donate $5 towards the polar plunge at Galbrecht Eyecare January 2nd through January 21st and receive two extra pairs of contacts for FREE with a contact lens order!

All About Presbyopia

Contact your Olathe, KS Optometrist to Learn More About Treatment Options Many adults experience presbyopia or a reduced ability to focus on objects that are close, as they age. With the growing international population reaching older ages, a significant number of people develop the condition, which is an unavoidable result...

Heighten Your Awareness of Glaucoma this Month

As January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, this post is intended to spread the word about the importance of early diagnosis of this vision threatening disease. Glaucoma is a class of progressive eye disorders that cause damage to the optic nerve, which may lead to blindness. If not treated, glaucoma...

You Need to Wear Shades in the Wintertime too!

It's official! Winter is here, which means in some parts of the country biting winds and frigid rains and sometimes snow aren't far behind. Most of us wouldn't ever contemplate of leaving the house without a heavy sweater or coat in icy conditions, but unfortunately, a lot of people don't...

Dry, Burning Eyes? Could Be Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is often more prevalent in the cold season as a result of the cold, dry air.

How Do You Clean Your Contact Lenses?

A study conducted by Bausch & Lomb in August revealed that many people are using dangerous chemicals in place of contact solution to keep their lenses moist. Substances such as baby oil, beer, coke, petroleum jelly, fruit juices, butter and others were all listed as occasional substitutes, by 20% of...

The Aging Eye: Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

February is age related macular degeneration (AMD) and low vision recognition month. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the primary causes of vision loss in individuals aged 65 and over. AMD is a condition that causes a breakdown of the macula in the eye which functions to allow...

Pink, Stinging Eyes? It Could Be Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis, informally referred to as pink eye, is a frequently seen eye infection, especially with kids. Conjunctivitis can be caused by a virus, bacteria or even irritation from ingredients in cosmetics, pollen, and chlorine in swimming pools, or other chemicals, which touch your eyes. Some forms of pink eye may...

Focusing on Astigmatism

Around your iris and pupil is your cornea, which is, under usual circumstances, round. As light hits the eye, the cornea's role is to help focus that light, directing it at your retina, right in the rear part of your eye. But what happens when the cornea isn't perfectly spherical?...

Workplace Vision Wellness Month

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this initiative is to educate businesses and their employees about the relevance of eye health, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye accidents. Every day, people sustain workplace related eye...

On the Road with Good Vision

Proper vision is necessary for safe driving. As a matter of fact, safe driving needs a number of visual capabilities like the ability to see both near and far ahead, peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name a few. Strong distance vision is highly necessary because...

This month is Sports Eye Safety Month

As the spring comes, as well as more chance to participate in a new set of sports, comes a rise in the number of sports related eye injuries. Each season, far too many children and adults sustain sports related eye injuries that could be averted with the right defense and...

See Clearly with Transitions® Optical’s Vantage™ Lens

Great news for anyone in the market for dependable variable tint lenses: Transitions® Optical has just put out the newest addition to their comprehensive range. Introducing the Transitions® Vantage™ lens. The company has increased the features of their impressive light adapting lens with the addition of groundbreaking variable polarization. Light...

When Did You Last Have a Comprehensive Eye Exam?

May is healthy vision month. When did you last have a comprehensive eye exam? Getting your eyes tested regularly is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your eyesight remains strong and healthy. During the session, your eye care professional thoroughly examines your eyes to look...

The Best Protection from UV Rays

It's safe to assume that almost everybody is exposed to UV rays on a regular basis. However, the possible dangers of many years of exposure to these unsafe rays aren't really thought about, and most people take little action to protect their eyes, even if they're planning to be out...

Treating Cataracts

June is Cataract Awareness month. Did you know that cataracts are the leading source of loss of vision among those 55 and older? Actually, more than 50% of the population aged 65 and older have at the very least, partial cataract development. A cataract is like a veil in front...

Focusing on Contact Lens Care

Have there been times when you've left your disposable contact lenses in for just a bit too long? It's a basic fact that things are in their best condition when they are fresh. It's no surprise that the same idea applies to your lenses. You should never leave your lenses...

Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes. Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling...

A Fresh Look Just For You

How would you like an updated look for your eyes? FreshLook® provides a large assortment of colored contact lenses, which subtly boost or distinctly alter the color of your eyes. This cutting edge range of contact lenses has such an extensive amount of choices, that you'll be sure to find...

Seeing 20/20

You have most likely run into the terms visual acuity and twenty-twenty vision. Yet, do people know what these terms actually mean? Understanding them will help you appreciate how an eye specialist evaluates your vision during an eye exam. 20/20 is used to indicate the accuracy of vision from 20...

Learning Disability or Convergence Insufficiency?

Does your child have a tough time with school? You may be relieved to know that he or she might have a particular vision issue, which effects learning, known as Convergence Insufficiency (CI). In short, CI is a near vision issue that impacts a child's capability to see things at...

Back To School With Good Vision

It's hard to believe that summer's almost over. Boys and girls everywhere are getting pumped for the new academic year, with school bags, textbooks and a whole lot of enthusiasm. It's also the perfect time to take your child in for a proper eye exam. Proper vision is essential for...

Focusing on Presbyopia

Alas, experiencing difficulty reading is an extremely common occurrence in middle aged people. Having the ability to see things that are up close is an age related function of your vision which gets weaker as you become older. Here's why: As time passes, your eye's lens becomes less flexible, decreasing...

Treating Lazy Eyes in Children

Are you worried your child has a lazy eye? Amblyopia comes about when sight is suppressed, but only in one eye. This might happen if a child can't see as well with one eye due to issues with distance vision, and in some cases, astigmatism. In most cases, eye patches...

What Our Eye Doctors Need to Know

How can you make your next eye exam even more productive? In order for us to guarantee that your exam is effective and worthwhile, there are a number of bits of information we will need from you. Because vision can be affected by seemingly unrelated health conditions, you'll need to...

Seeing Clearly with Multifocals

Are you having difficulty when reading fine print? If you're close to middle-age, you might have presbyopia. If you already struggle with distance vision, and develop presbyopia, you don't need to start carrying and switching between two pairs of glasses. This is because of multifocal lenses, which correct both problems,...

Mobile Devices and Your Eyes

These days, it would be challenging to find someone who doesn't own a mobile device. In truth, these devices are wonderful, because they allow us to be in touch with whoever we want no matter where we are. However as handheld devices are made with small screens, a lot of...

Retino-what? What Happens During your Eye Exam

There are some tests that you have seen at an eye exam and asked yourself what they measure. Having beams of light shined into your eye could be one of them. Firstly, this test is a retinoscopy examination, and it's a basic way to determine the refractive error of your...

Are you Aware of the Risks of Diabetes to your Eyes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in increased blood glucose (sugar) levels either due to insufficient production of insulin or because the body's mechanism to utilize insulin is disrupted. Diabetes can damage your eyes in a number of ways, especially when the disease is not being treated. The most...

Know the Risks and Symptoms of Diabetic Eye Disease

Unfortunately, diabetes is all too common. So many people aren't aware of how just much it can affect patients. For example, diabetes can easily lead to developing a number of eye-related diseases. These conditions include cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, as well as a number of other conditions that, even though...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Why Will I Likely Need Reading Glasses After I Turn 40?

While we all age differently, one of things most people can count on is some type of vision support (contacts or glasses) for some portion of your visual field after you are forty years old.  This condition is call age-related Presbyopia (because it is part of the natural course of...

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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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....

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,...

Do You Know the Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease?

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

“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...

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...

Olathe Award Program Honors the Achievement

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Galbrecht!

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Galbrecht Eyecare has been awarded with the 2015 Patients

We're proud to announce that once again Galbrecht Eyecare has been awarded with the 2015 Patients’ Choice Award by https://www.opencare.com." Include HTML badge : Galbrecht Eyecare has been recognized as a top Olathe Optometry practice in 2015. Congratulations to the entire team! Verified by Opencare.com...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

It’s Time to Be Serious About Home Eye Safety

Home Eye Injury Awareness and Prevention

What is Amblyopia?

What is Amblyopia? In most children, the brain processes images coming in from the eyes without any problems. However, in some children the brain can't interpret the messages from one or both of the eyes -- which is one way to define amblyopia. Also known as "lazy eye," amblyopia basically...