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Coronavirus and Your Eyes – What You Should Know

As coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads around the world, health professionals are demanding that people limit their personal risk of contracting the virus by thoroughly washing their...

8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes at the Office

Everyone seems to be staring at a screen these days, whether their computer, their smartphone or another digital device. The stress it puts on your...

Does Obesity Impact Eye Health?

Nation-wide awareness about the vast dangers of obesity is at an all-time high, with TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and health initiatives such as...

Sunburned Eyes? Beware of Snow Blindness!

Playing outside in a snowy winter wonderland can be magical. Under clear skies in the sunshine, the soft white landscape becomes just about irresistible, whether...

3 Ways Diabetes Can Affect Your Vision and Eyes

Did you know that people with diabetes are 20 times more likely to get eye diseases than those without it? There are three major eye...

Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

Your eyes aren't just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses,...

How Smoking Impacts Vision

Smoking harms nearly every system in your body — including your eyes.  Though we are all aware of the health effects associated with smoking, such...

Here’s Why Hydrogen Peroxide is an Excellent Contact Lens Solution

Once you and your doctor have decided on the type of contact lenses you'll need, it's time to choose the most suitable contact lens solution...

Smart Hygiene Habits to Care for Your Contact Lenses

Swimming in a pool with your contacts on or topping off your solution may seem harmless, but they could compromise your contact lenses and your...

How to Keep Glasses from Getting Foggy

Whether you live in a cold climate or have visited one in the winter, you have probably seen someone who just walked in from the...

12 Tips for Optimal Eye Health

Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and...

Wearing Colored Contact Lenses This Halloween? Beware and Take Care!

Countless adults, teens and even children will be wearing colored contact lenses this Halloween, but few are aware of the risks involved. Ever wondered what...

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

Eye Care Center near me April is Parkinson's Awareness Month in the USA and Canada, a time when those living with the disorder, their family...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Right (and the Wrong) Way to Clean Your Glasses

There is nothing worse than a dirty spot on your glasses - well except perhaps many dirty spots or smudges. When that happens, most of...

Understanding Eye Color

Eye color is a hereditary trait that depends on the genes of both parents, as well as a little bit of mystery. The color of...

6 Ways to Prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious condition that can threaten your vision and general well-being. Characterized by the deterioration of the central area of the...

Meet the Staff: Heather

Meet the Staff: Heather is part of our billing team here at ECA. She been here for just over 6 months and loves how friendly everyone is and the day to day challenges that keep her brain moving.


It's that time of year again and Eyecare Associates is in the spirit! We are currently accepting donations for Toys for Tots through December 18th.

Christmas for Kids

Casual Friday... For a Cause! This Friday our staff will be wearing jeans and making donations to Partners Mentoring Youth. Donations go to support children being mentored in our community. For more information check out: and

Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation

ECAL: Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation

For our continuing free lecture series, Dr. Alexander will be speaking next Wednesday the 18th about vision loss concerns related to macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic eye disease. Food and drinks will be served at 6:45pm. The lecture will begin at 7:00pm. 

Please email your RSVP to

Hope to see you there!

Local Events: Halloween Organ Extravaganza

Looking for a family event for this Halloween season? Check out the annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza put on by the CSU Center for the arts.

The organ studio and CSU faculty Joel Bacon perform classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minorof Bach. Spooky sounds are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit. Come in costume, if you like, and be prepared to have ghoulish, fun at this popular family-friendly event.

For more details and to purchase tickets, check out: There are 3 seperate showing on Halloween night.

Meet the Staff: Dawna

Meet the staff: Dawna has been with Eyecare Associates for the past 2 years. She is and optician that fits patients for prescription glasses. She enjoys the happy atmosphere that the staff and doctors create.

Her favorite time of day is early morning or evening. Fall and spring are her seaons. If she won the lottery she would buy a big house for her kids, grandkids and parents to be together. Her favorite sounds is babies laughing and jibber-jabbering.

Next time you're in the office picking out glasses, be sure to say hello!

ECA Lecture: Children’s Vision and Performance in School

Next Wednesday September 16 Eyecare Associates will be hosting another free lecture. Dr. Eric Reisler will be speaking on children and how their vision can affect their performance in school.

Food and drink served will be served at 6:45. The lecture will begin at 7pm. Educators, health care providers and parents are encouraged to come.

Please RSVP to

Meet the Staff: Dawn

Meet the Staff:

Dawn has been our Practice Administrator for the past two years and loves all the people she gets to work with.

French fries were hands down her favorite food when she was a kid. She loves the sound of flowing water, as long as it's not water running through pipes. If she could be immortal for a day she'd be a human guinea pig to help further scientific research.

As a child she'd get in trouble trying to mix together her mothers lotions, perfumes and kitchen liquids trying to get chemical reactions!

We are glad to have Dawn as a resource and leader here at ECA.

New Doctor: Dr. Lisa Schneider, OD FAAO

ECA would like to welcome the newest member of the team: Dr. Lisa Schneider who will begin seeing patients in September.

Lisa Schneider, O.D., F.A.A.O. graduated with honors from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in 2010. She is a native of Colorado and attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate studies. Dr. Schneider served as an optometrist for five years in the United States Navy prior to joining Eyecare Associates. During that time, she worked closely with traumatic brain injury programs and also deployed on a humanitarian mission to Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines to provide eye care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry and enjoys providing general family eye care to patients of all ages. Dr. Schneider enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, and traveling.

Meet the Staff: Patty

Patty has recently celebrated her 10th year with Eyecare Associates. She works as our surgery coordinator and as a patient care coordinator. She always enjoys meeting new patients.

Her favorite quote is "Things always happen for a reason." She'd like to know the answer to the age old questions: What happends after death? Her favorite question from patients is "Where are you from?" She says that the last thing that made her feel like a stronger person was the death of her husband. Her last primo meal was from Ocean Prime, she's a big fan of seafood. She misses the worry free life of being a child.

Gracias Patty for the time you've spent making ECA better.

Meet the Staff: David


Meet the Staff: David has been with Eyecare Associates for a month as an optician. His favorite thing about ECA so far is that all of his coworkers have been 

fabulous and are dedicated to patients. His favorite indoor activity is reading and he enjoys 4 wheeling, camping and cycling in the great outdoors. He also enjoys listening to music.

If he were to win the lottery he would travel around the world. The first thing he ever bought with his own money was a console stereo/turntable at a garage sale with his paper route money.

We're excited about David joining the team and are sure that our patients will appreciate his experience when choosing their glasses.


Meet the Staff: Krista

Continuing with our series introducing our staff, we'd like you to meet a new member of the team: Krista.

She has been working at ECA for 4 1/2 weeks as an Optometric Technician. Her favorite thing about working at ECA is the awesome people she gets to work with.

Her least favorite thing is doing the dishes. Favorites include running and early mornings. If she won the lottery she would move all of her family from the east coast to Colorado. Growing up what got her into trouble the most was locking her sister in the pantry.

We're exctied to have her on board!

Fort Collins Bike to Work Day

The sun is shining... at least most of the time.

Which means: It's time for Back to Work Day! Stop by the Northeast corner of Drake and Worthington on your two wheels between 6:30am and 9:30am this Wednesday the 24th for some free breakfast and coffee. We will be doing a raffle giveaway and handing out free water bottles. Don't forget chair massages!

Hope to see you there!The sun is shining... at least most of the time.

Which means: It's time for Back to Work Day! Stop by the Northeast corner of Drake and Worthington on your two wheels between 6:30am and 9:30am this Wednesday the 24th for some free breakfast and coffee. We will be doing a raffle giveaway and handing out free water bottles. Don't forget chair massages!

Hope to see you there!

ECA Lecture Series: Laser Vision Correction

Please join us for our on going lecture series on Wednesday April 29th. Dr. Treick will be speaking about Laser Vision Correction. Guest speaker Angie Blakely from Insight Lasik will also be speaking. Food and drink will be served at 6:45pm. The lecture will begin at 7pm.

Please email your RSVP to

We Hope to see you there!

Meet the Staff: Leah

Continuing with our Meet the Staff updates, we'd like to introduce you to the lovely Leah who works as an Optometric and Contact Lens Technician.

She has been with ECA for 17 years and enjoys working with patients and feels that she has created some really special friendships over the years. She enjoys digital artwork and drawing, she's not half bad either. 😛 She loves to be outdoors skiing, sledding, swimming or biking,

When asked what she would like to learn someday, she said: "I would love to learn how to build furniture! There are so many things I design in my brain that I would love to see in my home!"

She misses Hawaii and swimming in the ocean at Makaha Beach like she did when she was a kid and would like to visit there again.

Next time you're in the office be sure to say hello!

Meet the Staff

We have a great staff here at ECA and would like to share a bit more about the people we're sure you've seen around the office. Our first introduction is for the darling Deedee.

Deedee has been with ECA for the past year and a half but has been working as an optician for 26 years.

Her favorite quote is: "I've always depended on the kindness of strangers" from A Streetcar Named Desire. She hates doing laundry but loves the sound of ocean waves.

If she could be any ficitonal character she would be Xena Warrior Princess. Her family always tells the story of a time she made cornbread without eggs, she has since been banned for cooking it. She recently moved to Colorado from Texas and we're certainly glad she did.

Her favorite pair of glasses currently is her yellow folding Rayban Wayfarer.

ECA Lecture Series: Visual Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Eyecare Associates is now hosting a lecture series everyother month. For the month of February Dr. Chris Edd will speak about The Visual Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury. Details about the class are below and please feel free to call with any questions.

Location: Eyecare Associates
702 W Drake Rd Bldg B
Monday February 23
Food and Drinks served at 6:45 pm
Lecture will begin at 7:00pm
Please email your RSVP to

Feb 26: Next Steps After Vision Loss Class

Thursday February 26th from 10am to 11:30 Dr. Deanna Alexander will be hosting a class at the Fort Collins Senior Center. Details regarding sign up are below. Hope to see you there!

Next Steps After Vision Loss
February 26th from 10-11:30
Fort Collins Senior Center @ 1200 Raintree Dr
To Sign Up Call: 970-221-6644 or visit
Class #: 125407-01

Featured Designer: Banana Republic


During the month of December and the beginning of January, any patient who purchases a
Banana Republic frame will be entered to win a scarf from Banana Republic. 

Don't forget: Flex account and HSA money can be used for presciption eyewear.

Billing Specialist Ann Retires

Today Eyecare Associates says goodbye to Ann Shilhanek, our billing specialist for the past 22 years. She is retiring and moving closer to her family in Iowa. She will be greatly missed as she starts on this great new adventure. Thank you Ann for all you have done and good luck in Iowa!

October Featured Line: Nike

During the month of October Eyecare Associates is featuring Nike frames. Any patient who purchases a Nike frame during the month of October will be entered to win a Nike backpack that is great for snowboarding, biking, or any of your outdoor activities. We will have a second drawing for a $30 Nike gift card. Stop by anytime!

CSU Homecoming Race

Welcome back students! We are excited to once again sponsor the CSU Homecoming 5k Race. Join us on October 18 at 8am at the Oval for some bean bag toss and giveaways!


Featured Designer for August: Columbia

For the month of August Eyecare Associates is featuring Columbia brand frames. Anyone who orders a Columbia frame in the month of August will be entered to win this Columbia watch:

Check out our Facebook page or stop by the office to take a look at our Columbia frames!

FireKracker 5K!

Eyecare Associates at the Fort Collins Firekracker 5k!

As of Tuesday evening, March 17th, the CDC has recommended that all routine eye care be deferred until further notice, in order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 through our community. We will follow their recommendations and close our office to regular eye exams until further notice.

Please be assured that we are still available to triage all urgent and emergent issues as well as help you with routine matters during this challenging time.

What does this mean?

1) If you are scheduled for an annual eye examination our office will contact you to reschedule
2) If you need to replace glasses or contact lenses and need an extension on your prescription, please contact us and we will assist you in obtaining some until you can come in for a visit.
3) If you are running out of medication please contact us and we can transmit a refill electronically to your pharmacy.
4) If you have an ocular emergency we are, as always, available to help you at any time. Call us at 970-221-4811.
5) If you have an issue that cannot wait for an office visit, contact us and we will schedule a FaceTime, Skype or telephone appointment with one of our doctors. Medicare has temporarily relaxed its telehealth rules to allow this type of communication during the pandemic crisis. Other insurers may follow suit and allow for reimbursement of virtual care costs. The consultation must be initiated at your request.
6) During this period of social distancing and quarantine, we must all do our part by restricting activities outside the home except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
7) Please remember that 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and resolve within a week. However, if you feel your symptoms are worsening, call ahead before visiting your doctor’s office or emergency department and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.

The CDC has many wonderful resources. Arming yourself and your family with clear information will help you avoid undue stress.

We have asked our staff to stay home until further notice to protect them, our patients, our city, our nation, and our planet. Despite the financial and emotional hardships this will cause, we ask every one of you to do the same.

Together we will weather this storm.

With sincerest wishes for your continued good health, we remain at your service,

Eyecare Associates