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Labor Day

Enjoy your relaxing Labor Day weekend!

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day. We will resume our normal hours on Tuesday, September 7th at 9:30 AM.

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Back-to-school season is a flurry of activity: buying school clothes, stocking up on pencils and erasers and getting a checkup with the pediatrician. But be sure to add another item to the back-to-school checklist, a comprehensive eye exam.

A child’s eyes go through rapid changes, especially in the first six years of life. But fewer than 15% of preschool children receive an eye exam by a professional, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while vision screenings have become ubiquitous in schools across the country, they aren’t enough. School vision screenings miss up to 75% of children with vision problems. And 61% of the children found to have eye problems through screenings never visit the doctor or get help.

Vision problems are very common among school-age children. These issues are often easy to treat, sometimes requiring little more than a pair of prescription glasses. But if vision problems aren’t addressed, it can have lasting effects on your child’s success in school, personal relationships, and confidence in engaging in normal activities.

Refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism are the most common causes of vision problems among school-age kids. These refractive errors can usually be corrected with a pair of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Refractive errors change the way light registers inside the eye, but other childhood eye conditions can affect the way the eyes move together.

Between 5% and 10% of school-age children are thought to have eye teaming or focusing problems.

Between 5% and 15% of school-age children are affected by a learning disorder. About 80% of these are reading disorders, like dyslexia. Nearly 1 in 10 school-age children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

These conditions are not vision disorders themselves, but they can coexist with certain eye problems.

Convergence insufficiency is one of these problems. It’s notorious for causing attention problems that are easy to mistake for ADHD, and is three times more common in people with ADHD than those without.

In addition to visual symptoms like blurry or double vision, convergence insufficiency can cause attention problems that include:

  • Difficulty holding concentration
  • Difficulty keeping place while reading
  • Reading slowly

Fortunately, treatment for convergence insufficiency is usually very effective and can help a child regain their attention.

For all of these reasons the American Optometric Association recommends children receive comprehensive eye exams on a regular schedule that begins in infancy:

  • A comprehensive baseline eye exam between the ages of 6 months and 12 months
  • At least one comprehensive eye exam between the ages of 3 and 5 to check for any conditions that could have long-term effects
  • An annual, comprehensive eye exam starting before first grade

 

COVID-19 Mask Update

coronavirus virus mask corona pandemic outbreak disease epidemic sars cov 2Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on March 2, 2021 the lifting of some statewide COVID-19 mandates which will go into effect on March 10, 2021. The most important of these being the mask mandate.

 

As we know, although vaccines are being distributed statewide, COVID-19 remains a serious concern in Texas and new cases are still being confirmed daily. The Texas Board of Optometry released a statement for Texas Optometrists on March 2, 2021,stating that Optometrists should continue to follow infection control guidelines for healthcare workers as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control.

 

In the continued effort to keep our community safe, we will still require the use of masks while in our office. We are committed to ensuring the safety of both our staff and our patients during the ongoing pandemic.

 

In addition to mask use, our office will continue practicing all COVID-19 safety protocols, including constant sanitation of the office, and social distancing where possible.

 

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. The safety of our staff and patients is as always our top priority.

Winter Weather Closure

IciclesDue to the inclement weather and unsafe road conditions, our office will be closed Monday, February 15th, Tuesday, February 16th, Wednesday, February 17th, and Thursday, February 18th. Stay safe and feel free to contact us at innovativeeyecare.com.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Innovative Eyecare! We will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1st. We will reopen on Saturday, January 2nd at 9:30 AM.

Holiday Hours

We will be closed for the Christmas Holiday on December 24th and 25th. We will reopen on December 26th at 9:30 AM.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

 

Covid-19 Update

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As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, we are developing new protocols with your safety and convenience in mind. In order to protect our patients and staff, we are limiting the number of patients that may be present in our office at any one time. Appointments are now required for all services including those in our optical (e.g., frame selection, dispenses, and repairs). We request that no more than one person accompany any patient to our facility. Families with multiple appointments will be allowed into the office in groups of two. All visitors are required to wear a mask.

We will be screening everyone who comes into the office with a non-contact thermometer. We would ask that those with temperatures over 99.6, have a cough, or loss of taste or smell to reschedule any non-emergent appointments they may have. Please call our office at 512-328-0015 if you require aid during this difficult and trying time.

We are masking, disinfecting, and washing our hands more aggressively than ever. As well, our staff is being screened daily for illness. If you feel uncomfortable making a trip to our office, we will be happy to arrange to have your glasses or contact lenses shipped directly to you, or we will gladly deliver them directly to you while you wait in your car. Thank you for your understanding.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We at Innovative Eyecare are grateful for all of our wonderful patients and would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving! We will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We will resume our normal hours of operation on Saturday, November 28th.

Welcome, Dr. Taing

Please join us in welcoming Stefanie Taing, O.D. She is the newest member of the Innovative Eyecare team.

Dr. Stefanie Taing was born and raised in Austin, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Her passion for optometry was solidified when she worked as an optometric technician at Innovative Eyecare. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Incarnate Word at Rosenberg School of Optometry in San Antonio, Texas.

She completed her clinical rotations at Community Eye Care in Fort Worth, Texas and at the Amarillo Veterans Affair where she diagnosed and treated ocular diseases. She also volunteered in a mission trip to Guatemala where she provided eye care to the underserved population of Chichicastenango, Guatemala and to the orphans of the Village of Hope Guatemala.

Dr. Taing is an active member in the American Optometric Association, the Texas Optometric Association, and the Central Texas Optometric Society. When Dr. Taing is not in the office, she enjoys trying different chocolate cakes and balancing this out with long runs. She has completed several Austin Half-Marathons and plans to complete many more in the future. She is excited to return to Innovative Eyecare as a therapeutic optometrist and certified glaucoma specialist.Professional Picture Cropped for website