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Sports-Related Eye Injuries

September Is Sports Eye Safety Month! Ocular sports trauma is among the leading causes of permanent vision loss in North America. Tens of thousands of...

Summer Heat Wave and Your Eyes

This summer, heat waves with scorching temperatures have hit communities nationwide, making an already hot summer even hotter. With high temps and heat waves in...

UV Safety Awareness Month

July is UV Safety Awareness Month, and no wonder! With the summer sun out in full force, it’s now more important than ever to protect...

Top 4 Eyecare Tips for Summer Vacation

This summer, whether you're headed across state lines on a family road trip, flying off to Europe, grabbing a quick weekend getaway, or taking a...

Cataract Awareness Month

June is Cataract Awareness Month. During this important time, people living with cataracts (and their loved ones) are encouraged to talk about their personal experiences...

Help! My Child Doesn’t Want to Wear Glasses!

Do your kids need glasses in order to see clearly? Maybe they have a strong case of nearsightedness, perhaps they have astigmatism, or another type...

Mental Health and Your Vision

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA; in Canada, Mental Health week is May 6th to 12th. Since 1949, it has been observed...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Your Vision

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family members, friends, and community come...

Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors....

Women’s Health and Your Vision

March 8th is International Women's Day, a day when women are honored and their accomplishments celebrated worldwide. From medicine to law, entrepreneurship to corporate leadership,...

What’s in Your Household Cleaning Supplies?

Most of us have the basics: bleach, oven cleaner, air freshener, furniture polish, and window spray. Did you know that chemicals found in these kinds...

School and Vision: 2 Important Partners

It’s February and that means we’re smack in the middle of winter, which is also the middle of the school year. It’s the season when...

What You Need to Know About Glaucoma – The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. What is Glaucoma? Glaucoma, a silent eye disease, is the most common form of irreversible blindness in the world....

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible...

Are Nerf Guns a Dangerous Holiday Present?

Nerf Guns: Popular, Projectile... Safe? With the newest Nerf guns and blasters reigning at the top of lists for the most popular toys this holiday season,...

8 Tips to Relieve Winter Dry Eyes

Whether you live in a climate with cold winter weather or you are planning a ski trip up north, winter can be a challenge if...

Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes is becoming much more prevalent around the globe. According to the International Diabetes Federation, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes in the...

Melissa’s Success with Gentle Vision Shaping

Melissa is a teacher in Gaston County Schools and has been a patient of Complete Eye Care in Belmont for years. She had dry eyes...

Have an Eye Safe Halloween

Brush Up Before You Dress Up Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year for children and adults alike. When else do...

Exercise and Your Eye Health

Regular exercise is an essential component of overall health and wellness. It is proven that exercise reduces sickness and disease; it increases strength, immunity, and...

The best contact lenses for dancers & athletes

Kaitlyn is a high school student who is very nearsighted and is on her school dance team. She can’t perform her dance routines with her...

Is Too Much Screen Time Dangerous For Your Kids?

Screen Time Pros and Cons Whether it is homework, email, gaming, chatting with friends, searching the web or watching Youtube, kids these days seem to...

Healthy Aging for the Eyes

Getting old doesn’t have to be synonymous with vision loss. There is a lot you can do to keep your eyes and vision healthy and...

Post Lasik Complications? Scleral Contacts Can Help

LASIK left Lori with poor vision Lori lives in Mount Holly, North Carolina, and she had Lasik surgery in Charlotte, N.C. several years ago. Her...

Elaine Enjoys Being Glasses & Contact Free During The Day

Elaine is from Huntersville, North Carolina. She is now in high school at Lake Norman Charter School. Elaine has been a patient at Complete Eye...

Amy’s Glasses Made Things Look Too Small

Amy lives in Gastonia, North Carolina and she works at Holy Angels. She was seen for an eye exam at Complete Eye Care and needed...

Progressive Myopia: When Your Child’s Vision Keeps Getting Worse

What Is Progressive Myopia? Nearsightedness or myopia is one of the most prevalent eye disorders worldwide and its incidence is increasing. In fact by 2050,...

Ava’s Eye’s Have Not Changed Prescription Since Starting Ortho K

Ava is from Belmont, North Carolina and she was diagnosed with nearsightedness when she was thirteen years old. Her parents did not want to watch...

The Dangers of An Online Eye Test

An online eye test may seem like a convenient way to check your vision or get an eyeglass prescription but beware, these tests aren’t all...

Signs That Your Child Has a Vision Problem

Healthy eyes and good vision are essential for your child’s growth and development. In fact, learning is 80% visual, which means a child’s success in...

Eye Dangers in the Dorm – Eye Health for College Students

It’s almost back to school time for college students and whether this is your first time away from home or you are already a pro,...

Ortho K Night Contacts Help Noah’s Nearsightedness

For 7 years, Noah has worn nighttime Ortho K contact lenses (also called CRT or GVSS). They have helped his nearsightedness, and he loves being able to go all day without glasses or contact lenses.

Robby’s Scleral Lenses Are Covered By Insurance

Robby came in with significant vision problems including a "lazy eye' that he could not see from. Dr. Vaher fit him with Sclerals, which were covered by his insurance company. Robby is enjoying his ability to use his right eye again.

Poor Handwriting, Poor Grades, & Headaches Are No Longer

Marin was 10 when her mother brought her in for a Vision therapy evaluation.   Marin  was not  performing well  in school, her grades were...

Chloe had Trouble Distinguishing Left & Right

Chloe was a 9 yr old with trouble in math, was clumsy, often running into things.  She also had trouble with distinguishing Left & Right. ...

After A Car Accident, Vision Therapy Helped Austin

Austin is a 33 year old male who came to us after a head injury from a car accident.  Austin had typical symptoms of someone...

Why You Shouldn’t Rub Your Eyes

While it may seem like a harmless action, rubbing your eyes can actually cause a lot of damage. There are a number of different reasons...

Ocular Migraines

Migraine Awareness Month: An ocular migraine is any migraine headache that involves a visual disturbance such as flashes of light, seeing stars or zigzags or...

Sharon No Longer Experiences Dryness or Discomfort

Sharon has astigmatism and it was making contact lenses uncomfortable. She was fit with Scleral lenses and loves the crisp vision, and that she no longer feels any discomfort or dryness.

Tadan Likes To Read After Vision Therapy

Tadan now reads for fun, and has less headaches. Vision Therapy also helped Tadan become a better baseball player.

Addison Shines After Vision Therapy

Addison overcomes headaches, clumsiness, and problem keeping his place while reading due to Lazy Eye.

How-to Guide for Buying Sunglasses

Sure, sunglasses might add the final touches to your chic ensemble, but the real reason to purchase your shades is to protect your eyes from...

Piper Aged 11-Glasses Free and Loving It!

Piper's parents new that they had found a great solution for Piper's nearsightedness that was getting worse every year. With GVSS or Ortho K Piper is glasses and contact lens free during the day, and slowing down her nearsightedness as well.

Sports Vision Deconstructed

Vision is a critical component to succeed as an athlete and this doesn’t just mean having 20/20 vision. There are a number of visual processes...

Gabi See’s Clearer With Custom Contact Lenses

Gabi is a seven year old girl who cannot believe her vision and comfort with Scleral lenses

How Amniotic Membrane Helped Peggy and Her Eye Discomfort

Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a chronic condition that can develop when your eyes do not produce and maintain enough tears to keep the eyes...

After Corneal Transplant, Scleral Lenses Help Pam Drive

Pam is from Gastonia, N.C and she was diagnosed with Keratoconus when she was a teenager. Keratoconus is a disease of the cornea which results...

7 Eye Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

While we all know that regular eye exams can help detect warning signs of disease and prevent vision loss, many people fail to seek medical...

Women’s Eye Health – 7 Tips for Optimal Vision for Life

April is Women’s Eye Health Month in the USA and May is Healthy Vision month in Canada too, so let’s take the opportunity to look...

Vision Therapy Helps Jacobs Double Vision and Reading

Read about Jaccob who came in with vision issues that affected his learning, self-esteem and posture.

Vision Therapy helped Drayton’s Amblyopia

Drayton underwent patching for amblyopia (lazy eye) for 5 years, now vision therapy has helped him see the smart board and see 3D.

Jennifer Gets comfortable Scleral Lenses for Keratoconus

Jennifer has Keratoconus, and being fit with Scleral c0ntact lenses has made all the difference.

Baylee’s confidence soared with Vision Therapy

Baylee is a 9 year old girl that has difficulty with her eyes converging and diverging, vision therapy has helped her with double vision, tracking, rereading, making up words, and skipping words.

Susan’s transition from soft contacts to GVSS custom night contacts

Susan loves her GVSS contacts worn while she sleeps, switching from soft contact lenses has helped her dry eye and eye allergies.

Ultraviolet Light and your Eyes

If you want strong, healthy eyes and clear vision for life, a major step you can take is to protect your eyes from UV radiation. ...

Should I Be Concerned When My Eyelid Twitches?

We all experience the occasional eyelid twitch, which is when the muscle of the eyelid spasms involuntarily. Usually, it comes and goes without intervention and...

Hannah No Longer Loses Her Place While Reading

Hannah is a happy, spunky 7-year old girl who lives in Mt. Holly, North Carolina.  When we first met Hannah at Complete Eye Care for...

Alex Now Reads At Grade Level Thanks To Vision Therapy

Alex lives in Gastonia, North Carolina, and is in the 5th grade.  A shy Alex had his annual pediatric eye exam at Complete Eye Care...

GVSS Helps Xiaomeng Treat Nearsightedness Without Glasses

Xiaomeng is from Charlotte, N.C. She was seen for an eye exam in Charlotte, N.C and was found to be nearsighted. She stated she had trouble...

Signs of Eye and Vision Problems in Infants

Infant Eyesight Despite nine months of growth in utero, babies are not born with fully developed eyes and vision - just like they can't walk...

Scleral Lenses After A Corneal Graft Transplant

John Nesto is from Charlotte, N.C. He came to Complete Eye Care in Belmont, N.C. because he needed a solution due to complicated vision issues....

AMD Awareness Could Save Your Vision

It’s that time of the year again. Each February, the optometric community bands together to create awareness about age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a...

Trouble Seeing at Night? All About Night Blindness

At this time of year when the sun sets early, many people are affected by night blindness. Night blindness or nyctalopia refers to difficulty seeing at...

Emily’s Vision Therapy Story

Reading Problems in Charlotte Emily lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and initially complained of having trouble with reading and reading comprehension. She also complained of making...

The Sneak Thief of Sight

It’s that time of year again. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, a time set aside each year to create awareness about this potentially devastating...

Don’t Let Snow Blindness Ruin Your Winter Vacation

While most people have sunglasses high on their packing list for a tropical vacation, many people don’t consider it as much of a priority for...

6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

As the season to deck the halls arrives, make sure that you aren’t one of the many people who find themselves celebrating in the urgent...

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat This Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss...

Women and Diabetes – World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. This year, the theme of World Diabetes Day is women and diabetes - our right to a healthy future....

What You Need to Know to Help World Blindness

October is World Blindness Awareness Month, an initiative started to help the public to understand the realities of visual impairment and how it affects the...

Halloween Eye Safety

October has arrived and that means many people are already starting to plan for upcoming costume parties and trick-or-treating for the Halloween season. This is...

Trouble Seeing the Fine Print? Here are Your Options…

Every good pair of eyes eventually gets old and with age comes a condition called presbyopia. Presbyopia, which usually begins to set in some time...

Aging Eyes and Driving Safety 

Even if you don’t have any eye or vision problems, the natural process of aging affects your ability to see and react to visual stimuli....

Is Your Teen Ready for Contacts?

Many teens who wear glasses are eager to try out contact lenses for convenience, fashion or to just provide another option for vision correction.

Finding Clear, Comfortable Vision All Day: Tonja’s Story

Tonja was seen by an optometrist in Charlotte, North Carolina and she was found to have Keratoconus.  She has undergone a corneal transplant in each...

Scleral Contacts for Keratoconus: Annette’s Story

Annette is a travel nurse from Gastonia, NC and came to Complete Eye Care in Belmont, NC for an eye exam.  Annette wore glasses and...

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...

Corneal Molding Works Long-Term: Emily’s Story

Emily, a native to Mount Holly, NC, still remembers coming to Complete Eye Care when she was nine years old.  She did a lot of...

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...

Life with Keratoconus is better with Scleral Contact Lenses: Pam’s Story

Pam is from Gastonia, NC and had been diagnosed with keratoconus when she was a child.  Pam’s vision slowly decreased as she grew into a...

Alternative Solution to Sleeping in Soft Contacts: John’s Story

John is 49 years old, lives in Kannapolis, North Carolina, and had worn soft contacts for years.  He was like many people and sometimes forgot...

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,...

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...

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...

Scleral Lenses for Bifocal Wearers: Tracie’s Story

Tracie H. from Dallas, North Carolina was seen at Complete Eye Care for her routine eye exam.  She wanted to wear contact lenses, however, she...

Scleral Lenses are a Great Alternative to Uncomfortable RGP Contact Lenses: Robert’s Story

Robert is a 46 year old who lives in Gastonia, North Carolina. He has keratoconus and had undergone a corneal transplant in his left eye...

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...

Scleral Lenses Help to Improve Vision after LASIK surgeries: Monica’s Story

After LASIK surgery Monica found comfort for her eyes with Scleral contact lenses.

Scleral Contact Lenses Improve Vision and Lives: David’s Story

David lives in Gastonia, North Carolina and took his father to an ophthalmologist in Gastonia. While David was there, he mentioned to the doctor 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...

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...

Vision Therapy can help to Improve Reading Comprehension

We first met Asher at Complete Eye Care when his parents brought him in for his first eye exam last fall.  Our office was likely...

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...

Vision Therapy Improves Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)

Henry was referred to Dr. Gesford by his primary care optometrist in Gastonia for vision therapy.  Henry is a sweet 8 year old boy who...

The Dangers of Diabetic Retinopathy

Annual eye exams are essential for diabetics as eye damage can occur before any symptoms appear.  The main reason why people with diabetes are encouraged...

Glaucoma: Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States today.  Our doctors have been treating patients for glaucoma in the Charlotte-metro area as...

Solutions for Computer Eye Strain

People are on the computer much longer than we have ever been before.  Often, people are on a computer for at least part of their...

Children’s Vision Tips for Summer

Summer is Here! When I was a kid, the last day of school consisted of cleaning out my desk and cubby area, saying goodbye to...

Sleep Apnea can Affect your Eyes

Over 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, according to the National Sleep Foundation.  It is a disorder that involves an involuntary cessation of breathing while...

Daily Bifocal Contact Lenses

Many people ask, “Can I have the healthier, more convenient way to wear contact lenses if I need bifocals?” The answer is yes!  There are...

Maximizing Your Insurance Benefits

Understanding how your health insurance works is a vital component of being prepared. Follow these simple guidelines to fully utilize your benefits: 1.  Know your...

Sjogren’s Disease Can Cause Dry Eyes, Easily Treated by Scleral Contacts

Kevin, who lives in Gaston County, came to Complete Eye Care after researching doctors who specialize in scleral contact lenses near Charlotte.  He has Sjogren’s...

Vision Therapy can Help with Academics as Well as Vision

Ansley Kate is one of our young patients from Gastonia, NC.  Her mother brought her to Complete Eye Care for an eye exam the summer...

Computer Use Causes Dry Eye

Dry eye is a common condition for many people and the number of people suffering from dry eyes is continuing to rise.  One reason dry...

Clear Vision with Scleral Contact Lenses after Corneal Transplants: Robert’s Story

Robert is a school administrator in Clover, South Carolina and he has keratoconus.  This condition led to him needing to have a corneal transplant in...

Katelin’s Story: Dr. Harald Vaher and Dr. Barbara Marcussen share their personal experience with Ortho-K (GVSS) on their daughter

We have been able to experience GVSS as both parents and optometrists.  Our 8 year-old daughter, Katelin, has inherited her daddy’s eyes.  She had a...

Bifocal Scleral Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes and Astigmatism

Brian, who lives in Gastonia, NC, was recently seen at Complete Eye Care to have his eyes examined.  Brian works at the newly built Publix...

Scleral Contact Lenses after Corneal Transplant Surgery: Charity’s Story

Charity's pain from Keratoconus is gone thanks to Scleral lenses!

Decorative Contact Lenses: Is fashion really worth the pain?

We’ve all seen the funky, cool contact lenses that you can buy throughout the year, especially around Halloween.  That cat-eye contact would match your kitty...

Improve Your Eyesight Overnight!

The Gentle Vision Shaping System (known as GVSS) has allowed hundreds of our previously nearsighted patients to see clearly without any surgery or daytime glasses...

Can Simple Eye Exercises Really Improve the Health of Your Eyes?

Many studies have been conducted to find out if eye exercises can improve your physical vision, making it possible to see again without glasses or...

Q& A with a Vision Therapist

Our media specialist sat down with one of our newest vision therapists, Janet, and discussed her passion for vision therapy and the patients she works...

Dr. Gesford’s Vision Therapy Inspiration

When I was 4 years old, my preschool teacher told my mom that she noticed one of my eyes turning outward and had noticed me...

What You Should Know if Your Child is Nearsighted

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All About Scleral Contacts with Dr. Marcussen

We sat down last week with Dr. Marcussen and asked her several questions about her specialty, scleral contacts and the Gentle Vision Shaping System: Why...