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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 could only correct to 20/100- with her glasses.  She stated that she struggled to see while driving and could not drive at night at all...

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 color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD...

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 dance and wanted a way to correct her nearsightedness that would not involve daytime contact lenses or glasses.  Emily and her mom were excited to...

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 will also be the first time an eclipse will be visible across the continent, from coast to coast, since 1918. If you want to bear...

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 teenager and she had to undergo a corneal transplant in each eye in her early teens.  Pam was then fit for glasses but was not...

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 to take his contact lenses out and replace them as regularly as he should. He came to Complete Eye Care in Belmont, North Carolina for...

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, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience...

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 is why it is called “periorbital”- around the eye). It typically occurs when there is an injury to the face or the eye socket 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 is preventable with treatment. In fact, research shows that in industrialized countries about 50% of individuals over the age of 70 have had a cataract...

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 was concerned she would not be able to because she needed bifocals.  Tracie also had moderate astigmatism and significant dry eyes.  Tracie had tried soft...

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 many years ago. He also had a scar on his right cornea from keratoconus. Robert had 20/70 vision best corrected with his glasses. He needed...

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 that have these symptoms just go on with their lives until the symptoms become unbearable. What they don’t realize is that these are signs that...

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

Monica lives in Candler, North Carolina and had Lasik eye surgery on both eyes. She did not get the results she wanted from her Lasik surgery so she had a couple of enhancement surgeries as well. Monica was left with decreased vision in both eyes after her Lasik eye surgery...

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 he had keratoconus. The ophthalmologist told David that he should see Dr. Barbara Marcussen at Complete Eye Care in Belmont, North Carolina because she specialized...

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 it poses to your heart and lungs. What many people do not know is that cigarette smoke negatively affects your eyes and vision too. Smoking...

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 systemic autoimmune disorder that can affect the whole body. One of the primary symptoms is excessive dryness particularly in the eyes and mouth. Other serious...

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 the most convenient office for his family, considering they live in Belmont, NC.  Asher’s parents were particularly concerned with his reading performance and wanted Dr....

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 men? Well 91% of the women surveyed recently didn’t know that, which means that many of them aren’t taking the necessary precautions to prevent eye...

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 was having difficulty seeing well out of his right eye.  Henry had been wearing glasses since 6 years old; however, his current visual acuity was...

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 to have annual eye exams is to examine any changes that may have occurred in the blood vessels of the retina, indicating diabetic retinopathy.  This...

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 well as Gaston County, Clover, and Lake Wylie, South Carolina for over 20 years. One reason that glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness is...

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 work day and then go home and look at Facebook or check emails.  Sometimes this screen time is done on even smaller handheld devices like...

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 teachers and friends, and heading home to enjoy months of freedom!  Even though I enjoyed school, I enjoyed being at the pool, staying up late,...

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 a person sleeps.  This condition can have serious and life-threatening consequences if it is not treated.  Sleep apnea can also cause floppy eyelid syndrome and...

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 many new contact lenses that have recently been available that allow people who need help at a distance and up close see clearly and comfortably. ...

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 insurance carriers – your medical insurance carriers could be different than your vision insurance carriers.  For example, you may have Blue Cross and Blue Shield...

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 disease, which causes him to have severely dry eyes and mouth.  He was fit at Ohio State University Medical Center with a scleral contact lens...

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 before 2nd grade.  She brought Ansley Kate to Dr. Gesford to see if her vision was creating problems with reading.  Ansley’s reading comprehension had dropped...

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 eyes are on the rise is the number of hours people spend on computers, iPads, cell phones, and other electronic devices.  There have been studies...

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 1979 & 1980.  Prior to corneal transplants, Robert could wear contact lenses to treat his keratoconus.  Once he had the corneal transplants, his eyes could...

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 complete exam in April of 2015 and her vision was 20/20.  In December of 2015, she was in the office again one day after school...

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 in Lake Wylie, SC and happens to have a high prescription in both eyes.  He has a lot of astigmatism so he had to wear...

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

Charity is a project manager in Charlotte, NC and was seen at our office for the first time for an eye exam and reported suffering from keratoconus.  She said she had a corneal transplant on her right eye several years ago and had not seen out of that eye in...

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 costume perfect! Want to have blue eyes for the day?  How easy it is to pick up a cheap pair of lenses and pop them...

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 or contacts. The best advantage of this system is its ability to stop the eyes of patients from getting worse and worse every year. The...

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 contact lenses. However, these studies have disproved this myth. Though your eye muscles can be strengthened, your vision will not be improved enough to lose...

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 with.  Here is just a snippet of her interview: What do you enjoy most about vision therapy? I love helping patients overcome visual problem that...

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 squinting a lot.  My mom took me to a pediatric optometrist who confirmed I had an alternating exotropia (each eye took turns going outward).  The...

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 fit scleral contact lenses? Scleral contacts have been shown to be the best option for people with high amounts of astigmatism, keratoconus, or any irregular...