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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, you want to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible to live safely on your own. This knowledge includes eye and vision safety, as...
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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.
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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 poor, even though she was bright.  Her hand writing was poor.  She also reported headaches that she just accepted as part of life.   A vision...

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.  A vision therapy exam revealed that Chloe's eyes were not aligning when moving, especially when trying to look at objects close to her.  She also ...

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 post concussion. He felt dizzy, had headaches & was nauseated when watching moving objects. His headaches were severe & debilitating. His right eye was not...

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 that people rub their eyes and for the most part, it does more harm than good. While rubbing your eyes might feel really good in...

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 the appearance of blind spots in the visual field. Ocular migraines can interfere with your ability to go about your daily tasks such as driving,...
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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 the sun. Not only does glare from the sun make it difficult to see, but the UV rays it reflects can cause permanent damage to...
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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 that are involved in optimal sports performance, whether you are playing a weekly little league game or competing in professional sports.   The eyes and the...
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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 surface lubricated. This can lead to multiple symptoms that range from person to person. DES affects different parts of the eye, but mainly the cornea,...

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 in irregular astigmatism due to a steepening of the cornea. People with keratoconus have a slowly progressive decrease in their vision which cannot be corrected...

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 attention when there is an acute problem with the eye. In fact, only about half of Americans that are at risk for serious vision loss...

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 at some tips for maintaining eye and vision health, with a special focus on women.  Statistically, women are more at risk than men for eye...
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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.
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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.
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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.  Wearing proper eye protection from the sun reduces the risk of a number of eye diseases and other conditions that are caused or worsened by...

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 while sure, it can be irritating, is a twitching eyelid ever something to be concerned about? An eyelid twitch, also known as a myokymia, can...

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 her annual pediatric eye exam, both Hannah and her mom complained that Hannah lost her place frequently when reading, even when using a guide such...

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 in April 2017 where he complained of headaches, double vision and blurry vision at distance.  It was found that his eyes were healthy and that...

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 seeing at a distance and noticed things were blurry when driving or watching television. Ziaomeng wanted an option to treat her nearsightedness with something other than glasses. Xiaomeng also...

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 or talk yet. Over the first few months of life, their visual systems continue to progress, stimulated by their surroundings. Babies will develop the ability...

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. John had Keratoconus in both eyes and he had a corneal graft done in his left eye to try to treat the Keratoconus. John was...

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 leading cause of vision loss for people 50 years and older; early detection plays a key role in the outcome of the disease. That’s why...

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 night or in poor or dim lighting situations. It can be caused by a number of underlying conditions, sometimes completely benign and sometimes as a...

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 errors when copying from the board, trouble with spelling and tired eyes. This left Emily frustrated when it came to reading and other school-related work....

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 disease. The reason awareness about glaucoma is so important is because as its nickname, The Sneak Thief of Sight, describes, the disease often causes permanent...

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 colder climate getaways. But they should, and here’s why: Wintertime vacations often include activities that involve snow and ice and in general, conditions that can...

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 care clinic due to an eye injury. The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with...

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 and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and...

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. The goal of this campaign is to promote awareness of the importance of equal and affordable access for all women, whether they are at risk...

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 world population. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of millions of individuals around the world who are unnecessarily blind or visually impaired due to causes that are...

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 why now is the time to remind the public about some very important precautions about eye safety since there are some common costume props and...

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 around 40, occurs when the lens of the eye begins to stiffen, making near vision (such as reading books, menus, and computer screens) blurry. You...

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. It’s important to know the impact the aging can have on your eyes and vision so you can take the necessary precautions to stay safe...

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 eye and reported having decreased vision in both eyes.  Tonja was referred to Dr. Barbara Marcussen at Complete Eye Care because she specialized in fitting...

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...
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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 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...
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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 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...