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Latest Vision News

May is Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month

What does that mean for you? It means that now is the time to schedule a comprehensive eye  exam. 

While these are one of the exams we may often let fall by the wayside, they are extremely important to maintain our eye health. Comprehensive eye exams serve several purposes. During these exams, pupils, the circular black area in the center of the eye where light enters, are widened with eye drops or viewed without dilation through a special camera. This allows your Eye Doctor to check for vision problems and eye diseases, verify what stage of diseases your eyes may be in, and helps determine if you need glasses, contacts or other treatments. 

Comprehensive eye exams are crucial for all ages, here’s why: 

Pediatric exams test for visual acuity, lazy eye, color vision, ocular health, and more. These are extremely important to test for the school years ahead. 

For older children and teenagers, myopia (nearsightedness) is one of the biggest concerns that comprehensive eye exams detect. Myopia affects the eye’s ability to see distant images clearly. It is important to identify and treat early with glasses or contacts as children and teens begin to learn in larger spaces, play sports, and drive. 

Adult exams are recommended at least every two years, or as recommended by your eye care specialist. Exams for adults are necessary to catch eye conditions that can cause vision loss and even lead to blindness. Some of these conditions are cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. 

There are several other conditions that comprehensive eye exams can expose that may not be found without a visit to your optometrist. 

Outside of eye exams, here are 5 ways you can help protect your vision: 

  1. Healthy eating. You know this! Healthy eating helps every part of your body. For your eyes, make sure to add dark, leafy greens and seafood that is high in omega-3 fatty acids to your plate. A great excuse to treat yourself to sushi! We’re adding a spicy sake maki roll to our cart… for delivery.
  2. Protective eyewear. Whether you’re chopping wood for the bonfire pit, mowing the lawn, painting your bedroom walls, or riding your motorcycle around town, protective eyewear is key. Blue-light protection glasses should also be considered to protect your eyes from all the time spent in front of computer screens.
  3. Sunglasses. Much like protective eyewear, sunglasses help protect your eyes from ultraviolet radiation delivered by sun. Not all sunglasses provide the same level of protection. Let us help you pick the best pair!
  4. Clean hands. Wash your hands before putting your contacts in and before taking your contacts out, simply to avoid infection.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking is known to cause several diseases, but it can also lead to vision loss. It can increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and more. Mark your calendar for your comprehensive eye exam and mark it as the day to stop smoking. 

Happy healthy vision month! Get your appointment in the books with us today. 


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Dr. Melissa Farley


Dr. Melissa FarleyDr. Melissa Farley was born and raised in rural Wayne, West Virginia. Dr. Farley completed her undergraduate studies at Marshall University where she was the recipient of Marshall’s highest award – The John Marshall Scholarship. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry, in 2004. After graduation, she went on to pursue her optometry degree at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee. She had a great opportunity to fulfill her passion for missions with trips to Jamaica and the Dominican Republic with SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity).

During her time at Southern College of Optometry, Dr. Farley completed externships at the Veterans Hospital in Memphis, the Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry, and in private practice where she had extensive experience working with cutting edge technology in eye care. Upon completion of her externships, she graduated with her Doctorate Degree with honors and was selected for the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society.

She has been in private practice in Southwest Virginia for the past 8 years. Dr. Farley has extensive experience in medical optometry providing a variety of services for her patients including vision correction, glaucoma treatment, macular degeneration management and genetic testing, foreign body removal, emergency medical treatment, dry eye management, surgical cataract and LASIK co-management, infant and pediatric examinations, and specialty contact lens fitting.

Dr. Farley loves working with children! Part of her clinical rotations and private practice experience has been evaluating and managing all types of infant and children's vision problems. She also participates in the InfantSee Program, which provides a free infant vision evaluation between the ages of six months and one year of age.

Dr. Farley is an active member in the American Optometric Association (AOA), Virginia Optometric Association (VOA), Fellowship of Christian Optometrists (FCO), and Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). She also enjoys participating in local vision missions through Remote Area Medical.

She loves to spend time with her family, and enjoys being actively involved in church activities. She also loves camping, hiking, and anything outdoors.

Dr. Sarah Erwin


Dr. ErwinDr. Sarah Erwin was raised in Austinville, Virginia, along with three sisters and one brother.  Dr. Erwin completed her high school degree from Carroll County High School in 2007, graduating with honors.  She went on to pursue her Bachelor's of Science degree from Virginia Tech, majoring in Biology and graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2011.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Erwin attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry.  She had the terrific honor of joining the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.  Dr. Erwin graduated with honors and received her Doctor of Optometry degree in May 2015.

Dr. Erwin has completed externships at VisionAmerica in Birmingham, Alabama, Vistar Eye Center in Roanoke, Virginia, and a private practice in Hillsville, Virginia.  She has enjoyed gaining valuable experience diagnosing and treating many eye diseases by learning from intellegent clinicians.

Dr. Erwin is an active member in the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Virginia Optometric Association (VOA), and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO).  In the summer of 2015, Infinity Eye Care welcomed Dr. Erwin to Radford, Virginia.  She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and a delightful personality to all her patients. 

Dr. Erwin enjoys all aspects of patient care.  Her special interests include contact lenses, pediatrics, and ocular disease.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.


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