EyeCare Specialties provides state-of-the-art optometric care in Lincoln and Beatrice.
Our core values -- integrity, compassion, competence and commitment are translated daily to our patients. Everyday, our twelve unique and talented optometrists and our highly trained employees offer compassionate and innovative optometric care. From comprehensive eye health exams to the best lifestyle choices in eyewear, we are committed to providing professional and personalized care to our patients.
Importance of Back-to-School Eye Exams
It is easy to become overwhelmed with the flurry of back-to-school activities, but making sure your child's eyes are healthy is extremely important to his/her success in school and overall health.
According the the Nebraska Optometrics Association, 80% of what a child learns in school is acquired through vision. Children often don't know they have a vision problem because they get used to not seeing well.
Information for Moms
EyeCare Specialties, a full service optometric center, announced today that it is the first in Lincoln to introduce a new treatment for patients who suffer from Evaporative Dry Eye disease.(Full Story)
Learn Your Macular Degeneration Risk at EyeCare Specialties(Full Story)
Growing eyes need attention and a child’s sight can change dramatically from one year to the next.(Full Story)
Important factors to consider when choosing your sunglasses(Full Story)
Sports eyewear is an extremely important, and an often overlooked, necessity when it comes to playing your favorite games.(Full Story)
EyeCare Specialties FAQ
Q: When should I schedule my child's first eye exam?
We recommend your child have his/her first exam at 3 years of age providing there are no obvious problems at a younger age. Then we advise parents to have their children examined by their optometrist every year after that.
Q: Does my child need sunglasses?
Yes, we recommend that all children wear sunglasses when outdoors. Exposure to the sun’s rays can lead to a greater risk of developing eye disorders such as cataracts and macular degeneration as adults. Since it is not clear how much exposure to solar radiation will cause damage, the American Optometric Association and EyeCare Specialties recommends wearing quality sunglasses that offer UV protection and wearing a hat or cap with a wide brim whenever your child spends time outdoors.
Q: My child covers an eye when she reads and often complains of headaches. Should I be concerned?
The symptoms your child is experiencing indicate the possibility of a visual disorder and should be discussed with your optometrist. Symptoms of students who may be suffering from a vision disorder include those who are easily distracted, cover an eye when reading, experience frequent headaches or avoid close-up work. When undiagnosed, vision disorders may prevent the student from learning and processing information accurately. Most vision disorders can be improved through EyeCare Specialties individualized Vision Therapy Program. Our program has improved conditions such as crossed or lazy eye, focusing problems, eye tracking difficulties, eye coordination and visual processing.
Q: Does my child need to wear eye protection when participating in sports?
Don’t overlook the importance of safety eyewear when playing sports. Each year, thousands of people suffer eye injuries while playing sports. Our doctors advise their patients to wear protective eyewear whenever they are engaged in a sports activity. EyeCare Specialties recommends that children's protective lenses be made of polycarbonate or Trivex for their increased safety features, including impact resistance and durability.
Q: Why does my child need an eye exam before he is even able to read?
EyeCare Specialties recommends that children begin regular eye exams at the age of 3, providing there are no obvious problems prior to that age. According to the May 2004 issue of Annals of Family Medicine, vision impairment occurs in 5 percent to 10 percent of all pre-school age children. The American Optometric Association (AOA) says 25 percent of all school-age children have vision problems. With most eye disorders, the earlier they are detected the more successful treatment will be, especially in children.