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UV Protection

Stop Your Eyes from Aging This Summer

Only 32 percent of adults consider UV protection an important factor when purchasing sunglasses.

Find out more at http://nebraska.aoa.org/uv-protection.xml



Keep Spring in Your Step 

More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal eye allergies. Are you one of them? Optometrists can help relieve eye allergy symptoms. Find out more at http://nebraska.aoa.org/x7683.xml.

3D Vision - Can you "see" what all the hype is about?

3D Vision Video


3-D technology is all the rage with movies hitting the theaters, television manufacturers selling 3-D TVs and broadcast stations creating three-dimensional programming. But did you know more than three million people have vision problems prohibiting them from seeing in 3-D? The problems come from fatigue when the 3-D technology forces the eyes to make adjustments to move, focus and converge simultaneously on images that are seen at near and far.

According to the results of the AOA’s American Eye-Q® survey, the majority of individuals suffering from 3-D vision complications most often experience headaches (13 percent), blurred vision (12 percent) and dizziness (11 percent). But those who have complications can go through optometric vision therapy to help alleviate these eye and vision problems and make their 3-D viewing experiences more enjoyable.

The NOA recommends seeing a doctor of optometry for further evaluation if you answer yes to any of the following questions:

· Is the 3-D viewing experience not as vivid as it is for others watching the same picture?

· Do you experience eyestrain or headaches during or after viewing?

· Do you feel nauseous or dizzy during or after viewing?

· Are you more comfortable viewing 2-D TV or movies instead of 3-D TV/movies?

· Is it difficult for your eyes to adjust back to normal after watching 3-D TV/movies?

3D Vision Resources



Book description: Susan Barry, a neuroscientist at Mount Holyoke College, was born with her eyes crossed and literally couldn't see in all three dimensions. Barry underwent several surgeries as a child, but it wasn't until she was in college that she realized she wasn't seeing in 3-D. The medical profession has believed that the visual center of the brain can't rewire itself after a critical cutoff point in a child's development, but in her 40s, with the help of optometric vision therapy, Barry showed that previously neglected neurons could be nudged back into action.


What does a Doctor of Optometry do?

A Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) in Nebraska is licensed to provide a broad range of primary eye care services.

Optometrists examine the internal and external structure of the eye to diagnose eye diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disorders; systemic diseases like hypertension and diabetes; and vision conditions like nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia.

Optometrists test to determine the patient's ability to focus and coordinate the eyes and to judge depth and see colors accurately.

Optometrists prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses, low vision aids, and vision therapy.

Optometrists prescribe medications to treat eye diseases, including oral and topical pharmaceutical agents that relieve pain, reduce swelling, and treat infections.

As primary eye care providers, optometrists are an integral part of the patient's health care team and serve as an entry point into the health care system for many people. They are skilled in the co-management of care that affects eye health and vision and serve as an excellent source of referral to other health care providers.

What Qualifications Do Doctors Of Optometry Have?

A Doctor of Optometry must complete four years of specialized, post-college graduate education and training at an accredited College of Optometry and must pass a standardized licensing examination approved by the State of Nebraska. The four-year post-graduate curriculum is concentrated solely on eye and vision health with a rigorous combination of classroom and clinical experience. Students receive a thorough understanding of the human health system and its inter-relationships with the eyes, including the systemic interactions and implications of pharmaceutical agents used in the practice of optometry.

After licensure, optometrists must complete a minimum of 16 hours of approved continuing education each year in order to maintain their license. This continuing education assures that ODs are always current on the latest, most effective, and safest ways to care for their patients.

Who Oversees or Regulates Optometrists In Nebraska?

Nebraska Health & Human Services System
Vonda Apking
Credentialing Coordinator
Regulation & Licensure Division
Board of Optometry
P. O. Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: 402/471-4929
Fax: 402/471-3577
Email: vonda.apking@hhss.state.ne.us

Public Health Programs in Nebraska

See To Learn®

An innovative, three-step, preventive health program designed to ensure that kindergarten children entering school can see to learn; and to educate parents, grandparents, and educators about the warning signs of vision problems in all school-age children. Learn more here, or visit SeeToLearn.com.


Affords a one-time, comprehensive eye assessment at no cost for infants in their first years of life. Find out more at InfantSEE.org.