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We are Ready to See You Safely.

We are Ready to See You Safely.

We are happy to announce that we are now open for Routine EyeCare Services. Call 810-231-5800 to schedule an appointment.

Your Safety is our Top Priority!

For your safety, all visits are By Appointment Only, including eyeglass repairs and adjustments.

PLEASE WAIT IN YOUR CAR in order to maintain social distancing and minimize contact between patients. Please call us to let us know you have arrived. We will call you when we are ready to help you.

All patients and visitors are required to wear a surgical mask, pass a temperature check and a COVID-19 Screening. Adults who do not need assistance are required to enter alone. Minors and adults who need assistance will be limited to one visitor.

Need more contacts during COVID-19?

3/30/2020

Do you need more contact lenses to get through the COVID-19 crisis?

If you are in need of more contact lenses, you can now order them on our website.  Click the “Order Contacts Online” button on our home page to get started. It’s fast and easy. If you need help, let us know.

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Visit our Virtual Eye Clinic

3/27/2020,

In light of the growing concern around coronavirus, we’d like to share what we are doing to keep our patients healthy while still providing the best eyecare around.  We are now offering an alternative to in office visits. You can schedule a virtual visit with Livingston EyeCare using the EyecareLive app.

Here’s what you need to know about scheduling your virtual visit:

What does a virtual visit mean? You can save a trip into the office and have a video call with our optometrist, Dr. Gallatin  via the EyecareLive App

Which appointments qualify for a virtual visit? Urgent needs like red eye, pink eye, remote monitoring, and follow-up care.

Which appointments are excluded from a virtual visit? Comprehensive eye exams, special in office testing.

*If you are unsure, just ask us? You can send messages to us via EyecareLive too!

How much does it cost? Like our many other services, it will depend on the level of care that you need.  Virtual visits will range from $0 to $75. Please select the payment option labeled credit card.

When are appointments available?Virtual visits will be scheduled on a case by case basis.  Submit a consultation to get started..

How do I schedule a virtual visit? Download the EyecareLive app using the link below. Select Dr. Gallatin as your preferred provider under "Find My Doctor" (in the app menu).  Send a message to Dr. Gallatin to get started.

What happens next? Once Dr. Gallatin receives your message and some preliminary information about your problem, he will tell you which type of consultation to use.  You will then click Schedule a Consultation. You’ll describe your reason for the visit and take pictures of your eyes if needed. **Be sure to follow the instructions in the app.  If necessary, Dr. Gallatin will schedule a video call with you via EyecareLive which looks a lot like a Facetime call.

To download the EyecareLive App: 

App Store: 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/eyecarelive/id1082966035

Google Play Store: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cooldoctors.cdeye&hl=en_IN

EyeCare Emergency Hotline: (810) 545-8896

Due to the historic COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis, the Centers for Disease Control, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association have issued new guidlines which limit us to providing emergency eye care services only.  These guidelines officially became law under Executive Order 2020-17  Therefore, all routine eye care has been suspended until further notice.

We will continue to be available for emergency eye care.  If you have an eye care emergency, if you have a problem with your eyeglasses or if you need more contact lenses, please call our EyeCare Emergency Hotline at 810-545-8896.  We will return your call as soon as we are able to.

How Vision Affects Road Safety

One of the greatest necessities for road safety is, undeniably, good vision. Actually, safety on the road relies on several different visual capabilities including the ability to see both near and far ahead, side or peripheral vision, seeing at night and color vision, just to name some examples.

Strong distance vision is vital because of how it lets you observe the stretch of road ahead of you and become aware of any risks that might appear. Most importantly, it gives you the opportunity to act fast and stop any accidents that might have otherwise taken place. Alternatively, if you lack strong distance vision you may not be able to see the hazards in time to stop an accident.

Distance vision is also affected by the state of your glasses and windshield, so make sure both are kept consistently clean and scratch-free which can negatively affect your vision, specifically when it’s dark or sunny.

You also need peripheral vision, which allows you to see the sides of your car, which is crucial to see pedestrians, animals and cross traffic without having to even glance away from the road ahead. Being able to see peripherally is also important when you’re switching lanes and making turns. Use your side and rearview mirrors. Check they’re well-positioned, to help your side vision.

Additionally, good depth perception is important for road safety. It lets you judge distances accurately in busy traffic, switch lanes and overtake other vehicles on the road. Accurate depth perception requires proper vision in both eyes. If you’ve lost visual acuity in one eye, it’s advised to consult with your optometrist to see if it is okay for you to drive. You may have to refrain from driving until your vision is corrected to achieve proper depth perception.

Accommodation also plays an important role on the road. This is the ability to shift your focus from a view far to something in front of you, such as from the road to the speedometer. If you’re over the age of 45 you may have increasing difficulty with near vision, and it might be helpful for you to get reading glasses or another vision correction solution to help you see your dashboard. Make an appointment with your optometrist to talk about the best option.

Being able to see color is also pretty important while driving. Drivers must be able to instantly identify traffic lights, road signs and hazard lights. For those with color blindness, your reaction time could be slower than people with regular vision. If this sounds familiar, it’s best not to wear medium or dark blue sunglasses, as these can restrict your ability to discern colors.

At the first sign of a vision problem, consider how it affects your ability to drive. You can’t afford to endanger your own life or the lives of other people on the road! If you think your vision isn’t adequate, see your eye doctor, and get a proper eye exam as soon as you can.

April is Sports Eye Safety Month

With the spring, as well as often better weather, comes an increase in the risk of sports related eye injuries. Every year, many children and adults suffer sports related eye injuries that could easily be averted with proper safety measures and information. Wearing proper eye protection while playing sports is important especially in contact sports or those that expose you to the sun such as basketball, baseball, lacrosse, tennis, wrestling, soccer, or golf.

You can prevent the majority of sports related eye injuries by wearing the correct protective eyewear best suited for the sport you’re participating in. This will keep you out of harm’s way and will often also have lenses that minimize your exposure to UV light for when you’re outdoors. This sort of eye wear is made to prepare you for common accidents. Everyday frames and lenses usually don’t meet the minimum requirements for preventing impact, which means that a small tumble can turn into a serious eye injury that could potentially threaten your eyesight.

Sports and eye safety is more than just using the appropriate eyewear. Your vision is an essential factor of how well you play sports, so you need to have clear eyesight. For people who normally require eyeglasses, you can get protective sports glasses with a prescription to make it easier to be safe. For contact lens wearers, you might need a different lens than the ones you wear on a daily basis. Contact your eye care professional regarding the options that are right for you.

All sports have a range of dangers and demands, so it’s important to let your eye care professional determine your specific needs and fit you with the right glasses or lenses to maximize your vision. This will help you give you the boost you need to excel and enjoy sports safety.

All sports have different needs and risks, so it’s important to allow your eye care professional to identify your unique needs and provide the correct glasses or lenses to maximize your visual skills. This will help you give you the boost you need to excel and have fun and be safe when you play sports.

Enjoying sports and exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. Nevertheless remember never to overlook your eye safety. Making sure you take these additional precautions will only allow you to enjoy more years of playing sports and healthy vision.

In the Middle of the Night: Seeing in the Dark

Everyone’s found themselves in the dark, at one time or another. At first you can’t see, but gradually the things in the room begin become visible. This impressive process is ”dark adaptation”.

Night vision involves a number of biochemical, physical and neural mechanisms – for granted. But how does this work? The retina is a layer of cells at the back of the eye. The area of the retina directly behind the pupil that is responsible for sharp focused vision is called the fovea. The retina is made up of rod-shaped and cone-shaped cells. The rod cells are able to function better than cone cells in low light conditions but they are not found in the fovea. What’s the difference between rods and cones? In short, details and colors we see are detected by cone cells, and the rods are sensitive to light.

This information is significant because, when looking at an object in the dark, like the dresser in a darkened room, instead of looking directly at it, try to use your peripheral vision. Since there no rods in the fovea, you’ll see better if you avoid using it when it’s dim.

Another process your eye undergoes is pupil dilation. It takes less than a minute for your pupil to fully enlarge; however, it takes about 30 minutes for the eye to achieve full light sensitivity and, as you’ve experienced, during this time, your ability to see in the dark will increase greatly.

Here’s an example of dark adaptation: when you leave a bright area and enter a dim one, for instance, when you go inside after spending time in the sun. It’ll always take a few moments until you begin to adjust to regular indoor light. Then if you walk back out outside, those changes will be lost in a flash.

This is why many people have trouble driving their cars at night. When you look right at the headlights of opposing traffic, you are momentarily unable to see, until that car passes and your eyes readjust to the night light. A good way to prevent this sort of temporary blindness is to avoid looking directly at the car’s lights, and instead, try to allow your peripheral vision to guide you.

There are several things that could, hypothetically lead to difficulty with night vision. These include diet-related vitamin deficiencies, cataracts, glaucoma, or some other visual obstruction. Should you begin to suspect that you experience trouble in the dark, call to make an appointment with one of our eye care professionals who will be able to identify and rectify it.

Struggling with Convergence Insufficiency

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Is your child smart when it comes to all kinds of things, but cannot cope well with school? You may be relieved to know that he or she may have a particular condition, which hinders learning, which eye doctors call Convergence Insufficiency (CI).

Here's the breakdown: CI is a near vision issue that gets in the way of a child's capability to see, read, learn and work at close distances. A person with CI struggles to, or is more or less unable to coordinate his/her eyes at close range, which impairs things like reading. To prevent double vision, CI sufferers try harder to make their eyes converge, or turn back in. And this extra work often leads to a whole lot of prohibitive side effects like headaches from eye strain, blurred vision, double vision, sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and reduced comprehension even after relatively short reading periods. Additional symptoms include challenges with doing computer work, desk work, using digital readers or cell phones, or doing art work. With severe instances of CI, the eyes can often turn outwards. This is referred to as strabismus.

You may have also noticed that your son or daughter often loses his or her place while reading, squints or tends to shut one eye, has trouble remembering what was read, or says that words appear to move, jump, swim or float.

Unfortunately, CI is often misdiagnosed as dyslexia, ADD or ADHD or even an anxiety disorder. And furthermore, this vision problem is easily missed during school eye screenings or standard eye exams using only an eye chart. Anyone can have 20/20 vision, while having CI, and lack the visual skills we all need for reading.

But it's important to know that CI can be expected to respond well to treatment, which involves either supervised vision therapy in a clinical office with home reinforcement, or prismatic (prism) eyeglasses prescribed to decrease some of the symptoms. The bad news is that because of considerable lack of testing for CI, many sufferers are not finding the help they need early in life. So if your child is battling to read and concentrate, call us to discuss having that loved one tested for CI.

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