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How to Protect Yourself from Macular Degeneration Complications Aug 3rd, 2022

It’s always important to make and keep eye doctor visits, but it’s especially important as you age. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the number one reason for loss of vision in people 50 or older.  Significant vision loss usually changes your life in dramatic ways. Driving may no longer be a...

Does Everyone Need Glasses as They Age? Jul 7th, 2022

You may have never needed glasses before, but now you’re having trouble reading fine print on prescription drug bottles and books printed in a small font size. You need reading glasses. Eye experts say that most people in their 40s and 50s reach a point where reading glasses become a...

What Red Eyes Tell You About Your Health Jun 1st, 2022

When you look in the mirror, the whites of your eyes look red. What’s going on? Red eyes can be a symptom of a minor problem or a major health issue. That’s why it’s important to have your eyes checked by an eye specialist if you’re having problems.  Our board-certified...

Questions You Should Ask at Your Next Eye Exam May 1st, 2022

Eye exams can be mysterious. You get drops in your eyes that dilate your pupils. Then the doctor looks in your eyes with a bright light. He asks you to move your eyes in different ways.  What does it all mean?  At Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, we take the mystery...

3 Things Every Senior Should Know About Their Eye Health Apr 1st, 2022

While vision issues can happen at any age, getting older does come with its own eye and vision risks. The good news is that you can preserve your vision and keep your eyes healthy throughout your senior years. At Wolchok Eye Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, ophthalmologist Stephen Wolchok, MD, provides...

Eye Health Habits You Can Embrace Today Mar 2nd, 2022

It’s estimated that 11 million Americans over the age of 12 need vision correction. Sadly, many Americans don’t know how easy it is to miss signs of vision loss, and don’t get eye exams as often as they should. At Wolchok Eye Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Stephen Wolchok and...

10 Tips to Prevent Digital Eye Strain From Ruining Your Vision Feb 1st, 2022

Next month is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, an ideal time to discuss one of the most common work-related eye problems: Digital Eye Strain.  In this blog, Stephen Wolchok, MD of Wolchok Eye Associates, PA in Jacksonville, Florida, explains digital eye strain symptoms and preventive measures. Digital eye strain, also known...

Are Cataracts Curable? Jan 1st, 2022

Nearly 25 million Americans have cataracts, which is a clouding of the eye’s lens that causes a gradual loss of vision. The good news is they can be treated in a very common, safe surgical procedure that’s performed on an outpatient basis.  Wolchok Eye Associates, PA, is a leading provider...

7 Tips for First-Time Contact Lens Wearers Dec 1st, 2021

Whether you’ve been wearing eyeglasses for years, or you just received your first prescription, you might wonder if you’re ready for contact lenses. There’s no doubt that contact lenses provide many benefits: they’re convenient, they don’t fog up, and you can continue to wear your favorite pair of sunglasses 一...

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Your Eyes Nov 1st, 2021

At least 18% of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop eye disease. And when you consider the most common problem, dry eyes, the number may be as high as 44% of all rheumatoid arthritis patients. Dry eyes and other eye diseases that commonly develop as a result of rheumatoid arthritis can...

Why You Should Wear Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses Oct 4th, 2021

If you’re like the average adult, you spend at least six hours a day staring at one type of digital screen or another. If you’re a teen, it’s probably more. You may have heard that staring down at smartphones and tablets can cause issues such as “tech neck” and pain....

Reduce Your Risk for Macular Degeneration Sep 1st, 2021

Do you enjoy reading, driving your car, and gazing into your loved one’s eyes? If so, you can thank your macula, the inner part of your retina that is responsible for clear central vision. Unfortunately, your macula is susceptible to progressive damage called macular degeneration.  If this condition develops, your...

Understanding Eye Pressure Aug 5th, 2021

Most of us never think about the pressure inside our eyes (intraocular pressure, or IOP) because unless there’s a problem, we’re not even aware of it. But eye pressure is something that needs to be checked on a regular basis, especially as we age.  That’s because an increase in intraocular...

What Causes Flashers and Floaters? Jul 27th, 2021

It’s hard not to think the worst when you start noticing changes in your health. This is especially true when your vision is suddenly under attack from strange shapes and spots.  But what’s causing them, and what do they say about your eye health? Our team of expert ophthalmologists at...

Common Vision Problems Facing Seniors Jun 9th, 2021

By the time you reach the age of 60, the eye diseases that cause vision problems have been developing for years without causing symptoms. But it’s never too late to intervene, and Wolchok Eye Associates, PA is here to help in Jacksonville, Florida.  We offer compassionate and comprehensive eye care...

Choosing the Right Frames for Your Face May 17th, 2021

It’s not just kids and teenagers — many adults are a bit bummed when they hear that they have to wear glasses. From foggy lenses to a slipping nosepiece, glasses can seem like a real nuisance. While wearing glasses can take some getting used to, seeing yourself in the right...

Coping With Chronic Dry Eye Apr 13th, 2021

A lot of different factors can make a difference in how your eyes feel. Things like staying up late, exposure to harmful indoor or outdoor light sources, and going for a swim have the potential to leave your eyes itchy and dry. However, dealing with these causes is usually easy,...

Should I Get Glasses or Contacts or Both? Mar 8th, 2021

There are more choices available than ever for eyewear that fits your fashion sense and provides the visual acuity you desire. But with so many options to choose from, a final decision about glasses versus contacts can get confusing. Is one option better than the other, and how do you...

What to Do for Red Eyes Feb 9th, 2021

If the whites of your eyes, known as the scleras, occasionally take on a pink or reddish hue, you aren’t alone. It’s a common occurrence that affects nearly everyone to some degree at some point in their lifetime.  Although red eyes are often merely reactions to harmless stimuli, the discoloration...

Why Am I Seeing Spots? Jan 1st, 2021

You’re sitting comfortably at home, relaxing in your recliner, staring at the ceiling, and you see a speck move across your field of vision. You look away from the ceiling but the speck remains, floating in your line of sight. You rub your eye, but the speck remains. This is...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

How Macular Degeneration Develops Dec 4th, 2020

The central part of your retina, called the macula, records images you see and transmits them to your brain through the optic nerve. This is the part of your eye that allows you to read, recognize family and friends, and drive your car, so if it’s damaged, you stand to...

Everything You Need to Know About an Eye Exam Nov 5th, 2020

Your schedule is packed, work is stressful, and the holidays are just around the corner — who has time for an eye exam? We get it; it’s tough to carve out time for the essential things on your to-do list, so why would you add to the chaos and go...

Flashes and Floaters in Your Eyes: When to See Your Doctor Oct 7th, 2020

Even if you’ve had perfect 20/20 vision your entire life, things can still go wrong with your eyesight as the years go by. Floaters and flashes are a telltale sign that your eye is going through some anatomical changes.  You might be able to rub your eyes and clear your...

Dealing With Chronic Dry Eye Sep 1st, 2020

Your eyes depend on tears to maintain their overall health and clear vision. Tears keep the surfaces of your eyes moist, remove debris, and protect your eyes from bacteria and other infections. When you have chronic dry eye, your eyes don’t produce enough tears to perform these tasks. You can...

How Is Glaucoma Diagnosed? Aug 12th, 2020

Like a thief in the night, glaucoma robs you of your eyesight without warning. That’s what makes regular eye exams so critical. You can outsmart glaucoma by taking a proactive approach, especially if it runs in your family, you already have vision problems, or you’re over 40, since these factors...

Cataract Surgery: What to Expect Before, During, and Afterwards Jul 28th, 2020

When you develop a cataract, the lens of your eye (which is normally clear) becomes cloudy. Cataracts can develop slowly, but eventually, the cloudiness interferes with your ability to see clearly. According to the National Eye Institute, cataracts are very common in older adults. The risk of developing a cataract...