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    We are creating something worth creating, that will endure the test of time. We do this by relentlessly focusing on the success of our employees and customers. We’re grounded by humility and driven by ambition and expect our employees to be too.
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    Make It Fun

    We believe in celebrating our successes, milestones and hard work, through recognition, appreciation and rewards
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    We want to be at the forefront of change and growth; there is always something we can learn.
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    Live The Golden Rule

    We are empathetic and respectful of each other, customers and the communities we serve. We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another and respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.
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    Integrity

    We believe in honesty, openness, trust, respect and reliability in all that we do.
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    Focused Teams

    Working together on a project is more important than who gets credit. We put trust in our teams and watch the incredible accomplishments happen when ego takes a backseat.
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    You Are Unique

    We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to help us succeed.
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    “We train our people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to” (Richard Branson)
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The impact of screen time on dry eye: tips for prevention
According to a recent study, people who spend more than 2 hours a day on digital devices are 2.5 times more likely to develop dry eye. This statistic is driving the increased incidence of dry eye since the average American spends over 6 hours a day on digital devices.

What is dry eye?

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or when the tears evaporate too quickly. This can cause discomfort, redness, and even vision problems. One of the most significant contributors to dry eye is prolonged screen time. With the increasing use of digital devices, more people are experiencing dry eye symptoms than ever before. In this article, we will discuss the impact of screen time on dry eye and tips for prevention.

What is the impact of screen time on dry eye?

Prolonged use of cellphones, tablets, computers, and TV’s can lead to increased discomfort and dry eye due to the following reasons: 

Digital devices cause us to blink less frequently

Prolonged use of digital devices can cause the eyes to blink less frequently, leading to a decrease in tear production. 

Digital devices decrease the fullness of our blinks 

When we use digital devices we tend to blink less fully, which then leads to our eyes not getting the required amount of tears lubricating the surface of our eyes. 

Blue light exposure may exacerbate dry eye symptoms

There is no scientific consensus on the long term impact of blue light on our eyes and dry eye. What we do know is that screens increase our exposure to High Energy blue light. In the visible spectrum, short-wave blue light with wavelength between 415 nm and 455 nm has been cited in studies as being closely related to eye light damage. This high energy blue light passes through the cornea and lens to the retina which may exacerbate symptoms of dry eye and inflammation. Due to the relative small amount of blue light exposure in digital devices it is hard to show a direct impact on eye health in the short term, however caution may be warranted as we currently lack long term studies on the impact of exposure. 

Digital eye strain and eye fatigue 

Staring at a screen for extended periods can lead to eye strain, fatigue, and headaches, which can exacerbate dry eye symptoms. Viewing a digital device for extended periods of time places an unusual amount of stress on our visual system, this can cause a variety of symptoms which the American Optometric Association labels as Computer Vision Syndrome or Digital Eye Strain.  Digital eye strain may be caused by a variety of factors including:  These symptoms may be caused by:
  • Poor lighting
  • Glare from a digital screen
  • Improper or irregular viewing distances.
  • Poor seating posture or poor angle of the digital device
  • Uncorrected vision problems which are stressed by the demands of a digital device

What can be done to prevent dry eyes caused by too much screen time?

  • One of the most effective ways to prevent digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome which exacerbates dry eye symptoms is to take frequent breaks. The "20-20-20" rule is a good guideline to follow. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and improve tear production.
  • It's also important to adjust the settings on your digital devices to reduce the amount of blue light they emit. Many devices have a "night mode" or "blue light filter" that can be activated. This can help reduce inflammation and improve sleep quality. If you are concerned about blue light we encourage you to speak with our optometrist about the options for filtering out blue light such as special lens coatings. 
  • Another tip is to make sure to blink frequently while using digital devices. Blinking not only helps to lubricate the eyes but also helps prevent the eyes from drying out.
  • Practice full blinks so that your eyes are getting the proper lubrication. 
  • It's important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water can help keep the eyes moist and reduce dryness.
  • Schedule a dry eye evaluation to assess the root causes of your dry eye symptoms and receive guidance on the steps that you can take to ensure eye health and comfort. 

Take our online dry eye assessment 

Take our dry eye assessment to see if your symptoms indicate that you are suffering from treatable dry eye disease Dry Eye Quiz

Schedule a dry eye exam in Hixson

Don't let dry eye caused by screen time affect your daily life any longer. Take control of your eye health by scheduling a dry eye evaluation with our optometrist today. With our in depth diagnosis and personalized treatment options, you can say goodbye to dry eye symptoms and hello to clear, comfortable vision. Don't wait, call us now at (423) 710 3965 or visit /appointment-request-form/ to book your appointment. Your eyes deserve the best, trust our team to provide the care you need. Patients with dry eye visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of dry eye services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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Chattanooga pediatric eye doctor shares how children with vision problems can struggle academically
Many people believe that good eyesight is simply the ability to read the "20/20" line on an eye chart, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, there are over 17 visual skills that are necessary for academic success. It's important to remember that approximately 80% of learning is visual, so having good vision is crucial for a child to excel academically. Don't just rely on the 20/20 measure of eyesight, make sure your child or student has all the visual skills they need to succeed in school.

What are the different symptoms children can experience that indicate underlying vision problems?

There are several physical symptoms that may indicate that a child has an underlying vision problem. These symptoms are often most pronounced after extended periods of reading or other near visual tasks. Common examples include:
  • Headaches
  • Eye strain, eye fatigue, or rubbing of the eyes
  • Nausea or feeling sick while reading
  • Fatigue after school or after reading for a long period of time
If your child is experiencing these symptoms, especially while reading small print, it could be a sign of issues with eye teaming or focusing. It's important to bring these symptoms to the attention of a professional, as addressing vision issues early on can help your child succeed academically and avoid discomfort or strain on the eyes.  Take our online visual skills assessment to help identify if you or your child has a potential visual deficit that may be interfering with success in the classroom, work, or sports https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/

Why may your child need to see our pediatric eye doctor if they are struggling academically?

Unfortunately, many children may have undiagnosed vision problems that can affect their learning. It's estimated that around 60% of individuals with learning difficulties also have an underlying vision issue. This is why it's so important for teachers and parents to be aware of any vision-related challenges a child may be experiencing. If your child is struggling in a classroom setting, it might be helpful to complete our symptom checklist below and bring it to our pediatric optometrist for review. After reviewing the checklist, our pediatric optometrist can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Take our online visual skills assessment to help identify if you or your child has a potential visual deficit that may be interfering with success in the classroom, work, or sports https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/   Don't let your child's vision hold them back in their academic journey. If you have concerns about your child's eyesight and how it may be impacting their learning, consider reaching out to our pediatric optometrist for guidance by calling (423) 710 3965.

Schedule a pediatric developmental eye exam in Chattanooga for your child to help them succeed in school

Schedule a pediatric eye exam today to ensure that your child has all the visual skills necessary for academic achievement. Early detection and treatment of vision problems can make a big difference in your child's ability to learn and succeed in the classroom. Don't wait, contact us at (423) 710 3965 now to schedule an appointment and give your child the best chance at academic success. Parents who want a more thorough evaluation of their child's vision or are concerned about a potential underlying vision problem, visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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Is there a difference between a scratched eye and a scratched cornea?
Corneal abrasions, or scratched corneas, are a common occurrence and make up a significant portion of eye injury cases. In fact, around 10% of emergency eye care is related to corneal abrasions. A scratched eye, is another name for a corneal abrasion, it is a common and usually minor injury that occurs when something scratches the clear, protective layer that covers the front of the eye.  Although a corneal abrasion is generally a minor injury it is important to get it seen right away in order to prevent infection. This is because the cornea is extremely important to our vision, the cornea is a  transparent layer at the front of the eye that helps focus light, and if it is damaged it can cause distorted vision.  The cornea is one of the most sensitive parts of our body and you can usually tell if you scratched the cornea because of pain. A scratched eye or scratched cornea can cause pain, redness, and sensitivity to light. 

What causes a scratched eye?

A scratched eye can happen from a variety of causes, one of the most common causes is by a foreign object, such as a piece of dirt or a contact lens, getting into the eye and scratching the cornea. It can also be caused by rubbing the eye too hard or by accidentally poking the eye with a finger or other object. While most cases of scratches to the eye heal on their own it is always a good idea to visit our optometrist so that they can examine the scratch under a microscope and if needed provide treatment.  Treatment may include antibiotics, special eye drops or ointments, specialized bandage contact lenses, and in rare cases, surgery.

Can a scratched eye or scratched cornea heal on its own?

In most cases, a scratched eye will heal on its own within a few days with proper treatment. If the pain is not subsiding, your vision is impacted, or you have symptoms that persist, you should schedule an emergency eye exam by calling us at (423) 710 3965. While most cases do not lead to any long term damage, it is important to make sure that the wound heals properly and does not cause infection or scarring, this is especially true if the scratch is deep. In the case of severe eye pain or vision impairment, visit our eye doctor as soon as possible.

Visit us at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga for an eye emergency

If you think you may have a scratched eye or scratched cornea, it is important to see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Our eye doctor in Hixson can diagnose and treat a scratched eye and scratched cornea, and help you preserve your vision. Call us at (423) 710 3965 if you suspect you have a scratched eye or a scratched cornea. Patients with eye emergencies like a scratched eye or a scratched cornea visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medical eye care for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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Keratoconus and sports: tips for athletes
Athletes with keratoconus may face challenges in participating in sports, as their vision may be impaired. However, with proper management and the right protective eyewear, individuals with keratoconus can continue to play sports and lead active lifestyles. According to the National Eye Institute, it is estimated that keratoconus affects approximately 1 in every 2,000 people in the United States. Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the normally round cornea becomes thin  and cone-shaped. This can cause distorted vision and may require the use of special contact lenses or glasses to correct it. Keratoconus is more common in individuals with certain genetic and environmental risk factors, such as a family history of the condition and prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Tips for playing sports with keratoconus 

Here are some tips for athletes with keratoconus: Wear protective eyewear It is important for all athletes, but especially those with keratoconus, to wear appropriate protective eyewear during sports activities. If you are using specialty contact lenses such as RGP or scleral lenses, make sure to wear protective goggles during contact sports to prevent eye injuries. This can help prevent eye injuries and further vision loss. Use specialized contact lenses If you have keratoconus, you may need to use specialized contact lenses to correct your vision. One of the best options for athletes is scleral lenses. These are custom designed hard contact lenses that vault over your eye creating a new optical surface, which leads to a dramatic improvement in vision for athletes with keratoconus. In addition to the improved vision, these medically necessary contact lenses have a distinct advantage for athletes. Due to their extremely large design they don’t move around or fall out during sports, which makes them a great option for athletes.  It is important to discuss your options with our eye doctor and find the best solution for your needs. Have regular eye exams It is important for athletes with keratoconus to have regular eye exams to monitor the progression of the condition and ensure that their vision correction is up to date. Communicate with your coach and teammates It is important to let your coach and teammates know about your keratoconus and any limitations it may cause. This can help ensure that accommodations are made and that you are able to safely participate in sports activities.

Do any famous athletes have keratoconus? 

There are many professional and amateur athletes that have adapted to living and thriving with keratoconus.  Defensive tackle Brandon Williams received FDA approved corneal crosslinking in 2018 and played for the Baltimore Ravens until 2021 before moving to the Kansas City Chiefs. Even with Keratoconus he shined on the field, signing a $54 million dollar 5 year contract with the Ravens in 2017. NBA star Steph Curry is considered one of the all time best basketball stars in the NBA. Among his many achievements, he is an eight-time NBA All-Star and eight-time All-NBA selection, two-time NBA MVP, a four-time NBA championship winner, and NBA Finals MVP. Steph was able to continue as a superstar using customized scleral lens contacts to improve his vision which was impacted by Keratoconus.  MLB star Tommy Pham is well known as an outspoken ambassador for patients with Keratoconus. He successfully underwent corneal cross linking which stabilized his vision, and has had the most success with rigid gas permeable contact lenses to correct his vision. 

Can keratoconus be cured?

Currently, there is no cure for keratoconus. However, there are several treatment options available to manage the condition and improve vision. These may include the use of specialized contact lenses such as scleral lenses or RGP lenses, non-surgical procedures such as crosslinking, or surgical options such as corneal transplantation. It is important to discuss your treatment options with our eye doctor to determine the best course of action for your specific needs.

Schedule an eye exam for keratoconus near you at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

If you don’t already have a trusted optometrist, you might begin your search online by entering “eye doctor for keratoconus near me”. Alternatively you can visit our specialty contact lens center in  Hixson. Our team of experienced eye doctors and staff are dedicated to providing top-quality care for patients with keratoconus and other eye conditions. Patients with keratoconus visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of medically necessary contact lenses for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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Scientific studies on lazy eye
Amblyopia, also known as lazy eye, affects approximately 2-3% of American children. It is the leading cause of vision loss in children in one eye. Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition in which both eyes do not work together with the brain, therefore the vision in the weaker eye is suppressed by the brain and only the stronger eye achieves clear vision. The Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) is a group that is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) responsible for performing really important research on amblyopia.

Appropriate optical correction for lazy eye

Among the most important studies they conduct is the amblyopia treatment study (ATS). A few important conclusions were drawn from that study. First, it is important to ensure the child is receiving the appropriate type of optical correction. This means our eye doctor will prescribe the most appropriate glasses prescription for the child and they should wear them for approximately six to eight weeks, and then return to the office for a follow-up exam. At that time, our eye doctor will be able to determine if the glasses alone were sufficient to treat the lazy eye, or if the child needs additional treatment.

How long should a child wear a patch for lazy eye? 

Another treatment they researched was patching. It was determined through the studies that for children who had a moderate amount of amblyopia, patching two hours a day while performing near tasks was just as effective as them wearing a patch for six hours a day. In children with severe amblyopia, patching six hours a day was determined to be just as effective as patching for the entire day. In these children, the researchers also saw significant improvement even with just two hours of patching a day.

Atropine drops for amblyopia

Atropine drops were found to be as effective as 2 and 6 hours of patching in cases of moderate and severe amblyopia. This makes it an excellent first line treatment or an alternative to patching. They also found that atropine drops do not have to be administered everyday, two times per week is also effective.  Atropine drops were found to be effective at treating moderate and severe amblyopia when administered on weekends.

Are there studies showing the efficacy of Vision Therapy for the treatment of Lazy Eye? 

There are multiple studies that show the efficacy of in office vision therapy as part of the treatment of amblyopia (lazy eye). In office therapy is especially effective when combined with some form of occlusion such as patching or atropine. Rationale for refractive correction, occlusion and active vision therapy for amblyopia treatment. J Behavioral Optom. 1995;6(1):14, 18-19, demonstrated that vision therapy is more effective than occlusion (patching or atropine) alone.  The following studies showed that the focus of vision therapy on the binocular vision system (not just reconnecting the brain to the visual information from the amblyopic eye) improved the patient's overall vision and prevented regression after treatment for lazy eye. 
  • Rouse MW, Cooper JS, Cotter SA, et al. Optometric clinical practice guideline: care of the patient with amblyopia. American Optometric Association. 1994. 
  • Wick B, Wingard M, Cotter S, Scheiman M. Anisometropic amblyopia: is the patient ever too old to treat? Optom Vis Sci. 1992;69(11):866-78.
  • Frantz KA. Rationale for refractive correction, occlusion and active vision therapy for amblyopia treatment. J Behavioral Optom. 1995;6(1):14, 18-19.
  • Fitzgerald DE, Krumholtz I. Maintenance of improvement gains in refractive amblyopia: a comparison of treatment modalities. Optometry. 2002;73(3):153-9.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam for your child in Chattanooga, TN

Please schedule a pediatric eye exam with Dr. McBryar if you suspect your child has amblyopia. To schedule an appointment, please call (423) 710 3965. Patients who need a pediatric eye exam visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley. Under the guidance of Dr. Heather McBryar FCOVD, we are a leading provider of lazy eye treatment for children and adults in Chattanooga. 
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The dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses
Storing your contact lenses properly is essential for maintaining the health of your eyes and ensuring that your lenses last as long as possible. In this blog, we'll go over the dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses to help you get the most out of your lenses. According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 70% of contact lens wearers reported at least one behavior that increases their risk of eye infections. Don't be part of this statistic! By following these dos and don'ts of storing your contact lenses, you can help protect the health of your eyes and keep your lenses in good condition. Note that one of the advantages of daily lenses is that they do not need to be stored or cleaned, they are simply used once then thrown away. 

How you should and should not store your contact lenses?

 

Do store your contact lenses in a proper storage case

It's important to store your contact lenses in a clean contact lens case fully submerged in contact lens solution when they are not being worn. This helps to prevent contamination and ensure that your lenses remain moist and ready to use. Make sure to rinse out your storage case with contact lens solution (not water) and allow it to air dry before putting your lenses back in.

Don't store your contact lenses in water

It might be tempting to store your contact lenses in a glass of water when you're not wearing them, but this is a big no-no. Water can contain bacteria and other contaminants that can cause serious eye infections, and may even result in permanent vision loss in extreme cases. Make sure to always store your contact lenses in a proper storage case filled with contact lens solution.

Do replace your storage case regularly

Your contact lens storage case should be replaced every 3-6 months, or sooner if it becomes damaged or discolored. Using an old or damaged storage case can increase the risk of eye infections and make it more difficult to properly clean and store your lenses.

Don't leave your contact lenses in the case for extended periods of time

If you're not planning on wearing your contact lenses for an extended period of time (e.g. more than a week), it's best to store them in a special lens storage solution designed for long-term storage. Leaving your contact lenses in the storage case for too long can cause them to dry out or get damaged.

Do follow the instructions on your contact lens solution

Different contact lens solutions have different instructions for use, so it's important to follow the directions on the bottle. For example, some solutions need to be discarded after a certain number of uses, while others can be reused for a period of time. Make sure to follow the instructions on your solution to get the most out of it and keep your contact lenses clean and healthy.

Do ask our optometrist for guidance if you are unsure about anything 

Contact lenses are first and foremost a medical device, therefore it is a good idea to speak with our optometrist during your eye exam or contact lens fitting to discuss any questions or concerns that you may have. For example our optometrist may recommend a specific solution or give advice on how to care for your contact lenses based on your prescription, lifestyle, or contact lens modality.  

How can I schedule a contact lens exam near me?

If you're in need of a contact lens exam or have any questions about your contact lens care routine, be sure to visit our Hixson optometrist. Remember, regular contact lens exams are an important part of maintaining the health of your eyes and ensuring that your contact lenses are the right fit for you.

Schedule a contact lens exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, the leading provider of contact lens services in Hixson

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your contact lens care routine, don't hesitate to consult with our eye doctor. Our optometrists can provide personalized advice and help you develop a care routine that works best for you. To schedule a contact lens exam, please call (423) 710 3965. Patients looking for a contact lens exam or medically necessary contact lenses visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading contact lens practice for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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The importance of regular pediatric eye exams for children with special needs
Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, and they are especially important for children with special needs or difficulty in the classroom. Children with special needs may have unique vision challenges that require specialized care and treatment.

What is a pediatric eye exam?

A pediatric eye exam is a comprehensive evaluation of a child's visual system, including their eyes and vision. The purpose of a pediatric eye exam is to detect any vision problems or eye health issues in children and to provide appropriate treatment. During a pediatric eye exam, the eye doctor will check the child's visual acuity, which is their ability to see clearly at different distances. The eye doctor will also check the child's eye alignment and eye movements, eye focusing and tracking, as well as the health of the eyes and surrounding tissues. In addition to these basic tests, the eye doctor may also perform other specialized tests depending on the child's needs and age. For example, the eye doctor may use eye drops to dilate the pupils to get a better view of the back of the eye. The eye doctor may also use special instruments to check the child's eye pressure and to examine the front and back of the eye in more detail.

Why is it important to schedule a pediatric eye exam if your child is struggling with reading? 

There are a variety of visual skills that are used for reading. It is estimated that one out of every five children has an undetected vision problem that impacts their ability to read. When a child starts reading they require new visual skills such as tracking the eyes smoothly across a sentence and from one line to the next. They need to be able to maintain focus for extended periods of time with both eyes. And they need to be able to easily change their focus from reading material to the teacher or board. All of these visual skills are developed differently by each child, and any trouble with reading should be checked out by a pediatric eye doctor to determine if there is an underlying visual problem that is impacting the child's success in the classroom. 

Why is there a need for pediatric eye exams for children with special needs?

Here are a few reasons why pediatric eye exams are important for children with special needs:

Early detection and treatment of vision problems

Children with special needs may be more prone to vision problems due to their underlying medical conditions and development. By having regular eye exams, any vision problems can be detected and treated early, which can help improve their quality of life.

Improved learning and development

Good vision is essential for learning and development. Children with special needs may have difficulty learning if they have untreated vision problems. By having regular eye exams, vision problems can be corrected, which can help improve their learning and development.

Better communication and socialization

Children with special needs may have difficulty communicating and socializing with others. Good vision is important for reading facial expressions and body language, which can help children with special needs communicate and socialize more effectively.

Safety

Children with special needs may be more prone to accidents and injuries due to their underlying medical conditions and developmental delays. Good vision can help improve their safety by allowing them to see potential hazards more clearly.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

Regular pediatric eye exams are important for all children, but it is especially important for any child that is struggling with reading. It is also extremely important that children who are special needs have a pediatric eye exam as they can help detect and treat vision problems, improve learning and development, improve communication and socialization, and enhance safety. If your child struggles with reading or has special needs, it is important to make sure they receive regular pediatric eye exams to ensure that any vision problems are detected and treated as soon as possible. To schedule a pediatric eye exam, please call (423) 710 3965. Patients looking for a pediatric eye exam visit our clinic from all over Tennessee and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric eye care for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.  
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The effects of smoking on dry eye symptoms
It is estimated that up to 49 million Americans suffer from dry eyes, and this trend is only expected to continue. Dry eye is a common eye condition that occurs when the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can cause discomfort, inflammation, and vision problems. Many factors can contribute to dry eye, including age, gender, medications, and certain medical conditions. One factor that can significantly increase the risk of dry eye is smoking.

How does smoking cause dry eye?

Smoking has a negative impact on many parts of the body, including the eyes. It damages the blood vessels and tissues, including those in the eye. This can lead to decreased tear production, as well as inflammation and irritation of the eye. In addition to the direct effects of smoking on the eyes, it can also contribute to dry eye indirectly. For example, smoking can decrease the effectiveness of some dry eye treatments, such as artificial tears. It can also increase the risk of other conditions that can cause dry eye, such as allergies and autoimmune disorders.

Symptoms of dry eye caused by smoking

The symptoms of dry eye caused by smoking may include:
  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Discomfort or irritation when wearing contact lenses
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred or fluctuating vision
  • Excessive tearing (in some cases)
If you are a smoker and are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see our doctor to determine the cause and receive proper treatment. To schedule an eye exam, please call (423) 710 3965.

Treatment options for dry eye caused by smoking

If you are a smoker and are experiencing dry eye symptoms, quitting smoking is the most effective way to improve your symptoms and overall eye health. However, quitting smoking can be challenging, and it is important to have a plan in place and seek support from friends, family, or a healthcare provider. In addition to quitting smoking, there are several other treatment options that can help manage dry eye caused by smoking: Artificial tears: These can help lubricate the eyes and provide temporary relief from dry eye symptoms. Prescription eye drops: Some eye drops contain medications that can help improve tear production or reduce inflammation. Punctal plugs: These small plugs can be inserted into the tear ducts to help keep tears in the eye longer. Meibomian gland expression: This procedure involves gently massaging the glands that produce tears to improve their function. Lifestyle changes: Making certain lifestyle changes, such as using a humidifier, taking breaks from screens, and blinking more frequently, can also help manage dry eye symptoms.

Schedule a dry eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

Smoking is a major risk factor for dry eye, and it can have a negative impact on the health of the eyes. If you are a smoker and are experiencing dry eye symptoms, quitting smoking is the most effective way to improve your symptoms and overall eye health. In addition, there are several treatment options that can help manage dry eye caused by smoking. It is important to see our eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are experiencing dry eye, we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from Hixson and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (423) 710 3965 or Book an Appointment .
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The benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction
An eye exam is an important part of maintaining good eye health, but it can also provide valuable information about a person's overall health and well-being. In fact, an eye exam can detect a wide range of health conditions that may not be apparent during other types of medical exams. Here are some of the benefits of an eye exam beyond vision correction:

Early detection of chronic conditions

An eye exam can help detect and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These conditions often have no symptoms in the early stages, but can cause serious health problems if left unchecked. An eye exam can help identify these conditions early on, allowing for timely treatment and better management of the condition. If you would like to schedule a comprehensive eye exam, call us today at (423) 710 3965. We are proud to be a leading provider of advanced eye care conveniently located in Hixson.

Detection of eye injuries and emergencies

An eye exam can help detect and manage eye injuries and emergencies, such as a detached retina or a foreign object in the eye. Early detection and treatment of these conditions can help prevent serious vision loss.

Detection of brain tumors

An eye exam can sometimes detect brain tumors and other neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or stroke. This is because the eye is connected to the brain through a series of nerves and blood vessels, and changes in the eye can be an early sign of a problem in the brain.

Detection of other health conditions

An eye exam can also detect other health conditions such as thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, and even certain types of cancer. For example, an eye exam can detect changes in the blood vessels in the eye that may indicate the presence of cancer. In addition to these benefits, an eye exam can also help identify vision problems that may be affecting a person's daily life, such as difficulty reading or driving at night. By identifying and addressing these problems early on, an eye exam can help improve a person's quality of life and overall well-being.

How often should you have an eye exam?

It is recommended that adults have an eye exam every two to four years, depending on their age, overall health, and risk factors for vision problems. Children should have their eyes examined at least once between the ages of three and five, and again before starting school. By scheduling regular eye exams, people can take an important step towards maintaining good eye health and overall well-being.

Schedule an eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga 

If you would like a thorough evaluation of your eye health and its function, we welcome you to schedule an evaluation at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga. Our optometrists have extensive experience, advanced technology, and provide caring service to patients from Hixson and the surrounding communities. To schedule an eye exam call us at (423) 710 3965 or Book an Appointment .
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Monocular fixation in a binocular field (MFBF), the gold standard for treating amblyopia and an alternative to patching for amblyopia
2 to 3 out of every 100 children suffer from amblyopia, one of the most common causes of vision problems in children. For a long time, patching was considered the mainstream treatment for lazy eye or amblyopia. In the event that a patient's right or left eye cannot be corrected to 20/20, then a patch is recommended to put over the better seeing eye. During that time, the brain is forced to pay attention to the weaker eye.  In theory, the brain would develop a better connection with the weaker eye over time, and once the patch was removed, both eyes would again be able to work together as a team. One of the challenges with patching was and is compliance, meaning getting a child to wear the patch for extended periods of time. Another challenge of patching was the ability to achieve the best results with patching alone, which while effective at reconnecting the weaker eyes connection to the brain, was not as effective at integrating the weaker eye into the binocular (two eyes) visual system.  However, based on the findings of many studies on amblyopia, we now know that there is a more effective treatment option besides patching alone. In the vision therapy room, we often use this concept, known as monocular fixation in a binocular field (MFBF).

What is monocular fixation in a binocular field (MFBF)? How is it used for children with amblyopia (lazy eye)?

Monocular fixation in a binocular field basically means training one eye at a time while both eyes are open. In vision therapy, we may be able to train the amblyopic eye through the use of filters or polarization, while the other eye is still open and receiving visual information. An example of a vision therapy activity involves a child wearing red and green filters, also known as anaglyph glasses, and completing a maze that is designed using red ink. Consequently, the amblyopic eye is being trained and it will be able to see the maze while the other eye will be able to see the hand and the marker as you trace along the mace. It is a great alternative as children who are non-compliant with patching find it more fun. Furthermore, it does not require parents to constantly monitor their children like patching does. Additionally this treatment by its nature trains the brain to integrate the weaker eye in coordination with the stronger eye, this is the crucial aspect, and the aspect that was most missing from traditional approaches that used patching alone. 

What are the different symptoms of lazy eye?

A child with amblyopia may:
  • Frequently bump into something on a particular side.
  • Experience a large difference between your farsighted and nearsighted vision.
  • Give preference to one side of the body.
  • Have droopy eyelids.
  • Squint a lot or close one eye.
  • Tilt their head to one side.

Schedule a pediatric functional eye exam in Chattanooga with our pediatric optometrist

If your child has been diagnosed with amblyopia also known as lazy eye, and it's affecting their academic performance, but they're reluctant to wear a patch or not getting the best results from patching, they may be able to benefit from monocular fixation in a binocular field (MFBF). To schedule a pediatric functional eye exam, please call (423) 710 3965. Parents who want a thorough evaluation of their child's vision or are concerned about a potential underlying vision problem, visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley. If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms of a vision problem take our visual skills assessment https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/ At our pediatric and specialty eye center in Hixson TN, under the leadership of Dr. Heather McBryar FCOVD, we provide children and adults with life changing treatment for amblyopia (lazy eye). 
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Misdiagnosed lazy eye
There are cases in which a patient may be suggested to have a lazy eye just based on their inability to read 20/20 on the eye chart during their exam. However, they do not exhibit any amblyogenic risk factors such as strabismus, wandering eyes, or unequal refractive errors between the two eyes. In some cases, a patient may exhibit milder symptoms of a binocular vision disorder such as convergence insufficiency. But in fact, the patient has strabismus and  poor depth perception subsequent to that.

What are the different types of binocular vision disorders?

There are many binocular disorders which occur when both eyes are not working properly together. Some of the main ones include:
  • Amblyopia
  • Strabismus
  • Convergence insufficiency
  • Double vision

What is a lazy eye?

Amblyopia, or lazy eye, is a condition where the brain ignores the visual input from the weaker eye and chooses to only accept the visual information gathered by the stronger eye. This is caused by improper or uneven development of the visual system, whereas one of the eyes is performing better than the other eye, which in turn leads to the brain ignoring the weaker eye. . A lazy eye occurs in one eye, whereas the other eye is the dominant one that allows the person to see. However there are rare cases when both eyes can be amblyopic.

Treatment of lazy eye in adults

A misdiagnosis or a partial diagnosis can occur at times, but one of the other things that can happen is not receiving the appropriate treatment recommendation. A patient who has not been diagnosed with a lazy eye until they are 12 years old may be misinformed and told they cannot be treated because they are over the age of eight. Fortunately, a lazy eye can be effectively treated well into adulthood. Plasticity is an incredible feature of the human brain that allows it to continually adapt and be trained to strengthen/perform new functions. Amblyopia can be treated in this manner since the brain and visual pathways can be trained to work together without suppressing the lazy eye. The concept of plasticity does not only apply to childhood, but also to adulthood, yielding results for both young and old patients.

Why is it important to visit a functional or developmental optometrist if you think you have a lazy eye? 

Most optometrists are focused on the visual performance of the eye but there is a specialty in optometry which focuses on more than just the eye’s impact on vision but also all elements that relate to visual function. These eye doctors are sometimes referred to as functional optometrists, developmental optometrists, neuro optometrists, vision therapy doctor, or behavioral optometrists. Often they will have advanced training such as being a fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) or being a fellow in Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (FNORA). Dr. Heather McBryar is FCOVD and a candidate for fellowship in the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association. Her focus on all aspects of visual performance and developmental vision enable her to help patients that have been misdiagnosed or have been told that nothing more can be done. 

Schedule a developmental eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga

There are several types of binocular vision disorders that can be mistaken for amblyopia. An optometrist who is well trained in developmental or functional optometry can accurately diagnose a lazy eye or any other binocular disorder. It is strongly recommended that you schedule an appointment with a developmental optometrist and speak with them about what options there are if you believe there may be a misdiagnosis or told that there was nothing more that can be done to improve your vision. You can schedule a functional or developmental eye exam by calling at (423) 710 3965. Patients with lazy eye visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of lazy eye treatment for children and adults from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley. If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms of a vision problem take our visual skills assessment https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/
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Chattanooga Pediatric Optometrist: Parent’s checklist of visual problems
An estimated 25% of children have an underlying vision problem that goes undiagnosed. Approximately six children in a classroom are likely to be struggling because of an underlying vision problem. Take our visual symptoms assessment to identify if your child indicates signs that they have a vision problem https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/

Why is it important to talk to your child if you suspect they have a vision problem?

If you suspect that your child may have a vision problem, one of the most helpful things you can do as a parent is to speak to them about the things that they may be experiencing and struggling with. A few years ago, Dr. McBryar gave a lecture at a school, and one of the teachers who attended went home and talked to her family about the lecture and double vision. Her son told her that sometimes he doesn't know which football to catch, which indicates that he had double vision and was seeing two footballs at once on the field. He had just assumed the rest of the world saw things the same way as him, unaware that there was a problem. This is why Dr. McBryar recommends communicating with your kids first and understanding what symptoms to look out for. It is also a good idea to speak with the teachers as well since they are in a unique position to observe your children doing different things during the day that involve vision, which you may not see at home.

Checklist of visual problems

Answers to the following questions will provide you with a valuable insight into how your child perceives, understands, and processes the world around them. This checklist can help determine what's really happening, because being able to function well at home and at school is the key to future success in any environment.  Many of the following reading tasks indicate nearsightedness or overall vision problems. If your child seems to:
  • Rub their eyes after reading or working with something up close
  • Tilt their head or lean in when reading or writing
  • Get tired easily
  • Use a pointer or finger to keep their place
  • Holds material too close to their eyes
  • Close one eye or squint
  • Read below grade level
  • Read the same line over and over in order to understand it
  • Avoid doing projects or homework
  • Frequently lose the place when reading
  • Bump into things and break them
  • Feel as though the words are moving or dancing across the page
Vision problems are frequently associated with the following behaviors. Have you noticed if your child:
  • Frequently tilts their head to either side or consistently has one shoulder raised higher than the other
  • Often bumps into things or has “butterfingers”
  • Blinks or squints excessively
  • Reads with one eye closed or nearly closed
  • Repositions their head while reading, playing, or participating in athletics
  • Has one eye that moves differently or out of sync with the other
  • Finds it difficult to gauge distance between objects when walking through any space
  • Demonstrates poor hand-eye coordination
  • Often misplaces or loses things
If you think that your child or student may have an underlying vision problem, take our vision assessment https://amplifyeyecarechatt.com/about-us-practice-page/our-specialty/vision-therapy-specialty/vision-and-learning-quiz/ 

What you should do with the completed checklist

Once you get their input, you can use that to complete a symptom checklist. The next step is to take that checklist to one of our developmental optometrists in Chattanooga, TN, who can help review the checklist and conduct a pediatric eye exam or an in depth developmental vision evaluation to determine if your child has a vision problem that could benefit from a vision therapy program.

Schedule a pediatric eye exam at Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, the leading provider of pediatric eye care services in the Chattanooga area 

If your child exhibits one or more of the above listed visual symptoms, they might be suffering from a visual problem. We invite you to schedule a pediatric eye exam with our pediatric eye doctor, so that we can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the appropriate treatment and management plan for your child. You can schedule a pediatric eye exam by calling (423) 710 3965. Patients looking for pediatric eye exam visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of pediatric eye care services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.
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Testimonials


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.


Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.


Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!


Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!


Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!


Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!


Alice M.
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