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How Frequently Should I Change Out My Glasses Prescription? Feb 11th, 2021

Depending on your available time and money, getting new glasses can feel fun or feel like a chore. But there are some cases where it’s a must, no matter how you feel about it.  At our Benjamin Optical offices throughout New York City, our team of optical experts can help...

Help for Your Blepharitis Jan 28th, 2021

The skin around your eyes is fragile and sensitive. Something as simple as dry eyes, an allergy to a makeup or eye medication, or clogged oil glands can cause blepharitis. Inflammation in your eyelids marks this often-uncomfortable condition.  Fortunately, our team of optical experts at Benjamin Optical offers effective treatment...

Understanding the Different Types of Contact Lenses Dec 28th, 2020

Contact lenses have many advantages over glasses. One is that you don’t need to worry about caring for your glasses. But, out of all the types of contacts available, which kind is right for you? There are many factors to consider when selecting contact lenses. And our team of optical...

How to Prepare Your Child for a Pediatric Eye Exam Nov 30th, 2020

To ensure your child’s eyes are healthy and functioning optimally, Benjamin Optical provides customized pediatric eye exams starting when your child is one year old. Building a solid foundation with a skilled pediatric optometrist like Sheldon Retkinski, OD through early eye exams will not only protect your child’s long-term vision and eye...

Could Your Upper Respiratory Symptoms Be Related to Pink Eye? Oct 28th, 2020

Having a cough, sore throat, and pink eye all at the same time? What luck. It’s common to think that an upper respiratory infection isn’t related to pink eye, but in truth, they’re more related than you think. Pink eye, also called conjunctivitis, affects around three million Americans each year....

6 Symptoms of Cataracts Sep 2nd, 2020

More than 25 million Americans experience vision impairment from cataracts. While cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions, many people don’t know they have them. This is because cataracts develop slowly, as do their symptoms. Fortunately, regular eye exams and screenings for cataracts prevent them from damaging your...

Understanding the Two Types of Glaucoma Aug 12th, 2020

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes fluid to build up in your eye. It increases pressure in your eye, which can damage your eye’s optic nerve. The two main types of glaucoma are open-angle glaucoma and narrow-angle glaucoma. Each one has different warning signs, but they can both result...

COVID-19 and Eye Care: What You Should Know Jul 26th, 2020

Your child broke their glasses and needs a new pair. Maybe your vision has lost some of its sharpness from more screen time. You know handling these problems is a priority, but you’re worried that venturing out to an eye care clinic could expose you to COVID-19. At Benjamin Optical,...

Is Your Child Old Enough for Contacts? Jun 24th, 2020

Glasses are a low maintenance way to correct your child’s vision. However, your child may start to show an interest in contact lenses at some point.  As a parent, you’re probably wondering if your child’s old enough to wear them. But in truth, age has little to do with wearing...

Glasses or Contacts? Why You Might Need Both Mar 13th, 2020

Should you get glasses or contacts? This is a question you might be asking yourself, and it’s one our team at Benjamin Optical hears it often. Simply telling you to get one or the other isn’t that easy, as both types of corrective lenses offer unique benefits. That’s why you...

Colorblind? Check Out the High-Tech Glasses That Help You See Colors Feb 7th, 2020

Colorblindness, also known as color vision deficiency, is a common condition that affects 8% of men and almost 1% of women. The two types of colorblindness are red-green colorblindness, the most common form, and blue-yellow color blindness. Unfortunately, there’s no way to treat or reverse colorblindness, but there are a...

7 Signs You Might Have Cataracts Jan 13th, 2020

The lenses of your eyes usually are clear, bending rays of light so that they come into focus at the back of your eyes, giving you the ability to see in crisp focus. Cataracts occur when the clear lens tissue starts to become cloudy, impairing your vision progressively until you...

Myths and Facts About Pink Eye Dec 1st, 2019

Pink eye, known as conjunctivitis to your optometrist, is no laughing matter. It’s an infection of the mucus in your eye, it hurts, it’s unsightly, and it’s contagious. That’s what it is. But do you know what it isn’t?  So many urban myths and legends have surrounded the stigma of...

Here's What Your Optometrist Is Looking For During Your Eye Exam Nov 1st, 2019

If you are one of the 150 million Americans who wear corrective eyewear, you know the importance of an eye exam. If you have vision problems, you likely see an optometrist once a year to check for any updates to your current prescriptions. Even if you are lucky enough to...

Coping With Chronic Dry Eye Oct 1st, 2019

Are you unable to wear contact lenses comfortably due to chronic dry eye? Is the irritation making it difficult to engage in situations where you must make eye contact with others? If so, your eyes may not be producing enough natural lubrication on their own. This can impact your ability...

5 Common Causes and Remedies for Red Eyes Sep 1st, 2019

We’ve all been there. You look in the mirror and red, irritated eyes look back. If you’ve got red eyes, you may be concerned, left wondering what caused them. The caring providers at Benjamin Optical with offices in Harlem, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Inwood understand. That’s why we’ve put together...

Avoid These Bad Contact Lens Habits to Prevent Eye Infections Aug 5th, 2019

Do you wear contact lenses? Then you know the basics on how to care for them and avoid losing them. But there are other important do's and don’ts that revolve around caring for your eyes, as well as your lenses. Unfortunately, these are the ones we tend to see ignored...

Lifestyle Measures That May Reduce Your Risk for Age-Related Vision Loss Jul 3rd, 2019

Age brings with it a richness of life experiences and occasionally changes in the way you see the world, figuratively and literally. Age-related vision loss impairs your ability to do and see the things you love. Fortunately, there are several measures you can integrate into your daily life to reduce...

How to Select the Most Flattering Frames for Your Face Jun 4th, 2019

When you wear eyeglasses to see the world clearly, you want them to complement your face and express your personal style. At Benjamin Optical, we help people in New York, Staten Island, and Harlem find the glasses that are just right for their functional and fashion needs. Read on to...