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Shawnee Optical Announces New Location in Ashtabula, Ohio

Shawnee Optical Ashtabula, Ohio LocationFor more than 30 years, Shawnee Optical has been providing generations of families with superior eye care, quality eye wear and unmatched customer service. The company has earned a well deserved and trusted reputation throughout Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania as a trusted and reliable source for serving the optical needs of every family member from the youngest to the most senior.

That reassuring tradition of quality eye care and eye wear will soon be available to families in the Ashtabula, Ohio area. Shawnee Optical announced today it will be opening a new office on April 18, 2012 located at 3705 State Road in Ashtabula.

“We are proud and honored to join the Ashtabula community”, exclaimed Bob Leonardi, president of Shawnee Optical. “We look forward to serving the eye care and eye wear needs of Ashtabula residents and becoming long-time members of this fine community”, he added.

With the opening of the new Ashtabula location only a few weeks away, Shawnee Optical has already started to take appointments for eye exams. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call (440) 997-2020.

To learn more about Shawnee Optical or to schedule an eye appointment any time day or night, visit the Shawnee Optical website at

For those constantly on the “go”, Shawnee Optical recently launched an easy-to-use and convenient mobile website. Access information about eye care topics, view the latest eyeglass frame fashions or schedule an eye exam using your smart phone or other mobile device.

Some Facts About Cataracts

CataractA person’s age plays a big role in the risk of a cataract. By the age of 80, more than 50% of Americans have developed some degree of a cataract in one or both eyes.  By age 95, that percentage jumps to almost 100%.

Although it is rare, a cataract can also form in children and even new-born infants.

No matter what your age, it’s beneficial to gain a basic understanding of what a cataract is, how to limit the risk of developing a cataract and what can be done if one does form.

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is an eye disease where the normally clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy. The lens of the eye is typically clear like a clean window. This allows light to pass through and provide a sharp image to the retina of the eye.  A cataract causes light passing through the lens to become distorted and cast an imperfect image on the retina resulting in blurred vision. The extent of the impaired vision is related to the level of cloudiness in the lens.

A cataract can develop in one eye or cataracts may affect both eyes. Cataracts are not contagious nor do they cause physical pain.

Preventing Cataracts

There are many steps you can take to limit the risk of a cataract. Staying healthy, avoiding certain lifestyle habits and having regularly scheduled eye exams performed on your eyes are all at the top of the list.

Research shows eating healthy and nutritious foods has a significant impact on your chances of developing a cataract. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition state a diet high in fruits and vegetables aids in the prevention of cataract development due to the high antioxidant content of these foods.

Healthy diets and lifestyles also reduce the risk of developing health conditions which increase the chances of a cataract forming. Diabetes is one of the most notable health issues where the risks of cataracts are highly elevated.

Smoking and the over consumption of alcohol may also increase the chances of cataracts.  Studies show people who smoke a pack of cigarettes per day may double their risk of developing a cataract.

To address the risk of radiation related cataracts, proper sunglasses should be worn outside by people of all ages (including children) to protect the eyes from UV exposure.

Regular eye exams performed by an experienced eye care professional are also critical to reducing the risk of cataracts and limiting the impact on clear vision if a cataract does form.

What to Do If a Cataract Develops

Cataracts won’t just ‘go away’.  Some cataracts do stop progressing while others continue to grow and progress to the point where they will cause blindness if left untreated.

Cataract surgery is currently the only remedy for removing a cataract. It is one of the most common types of eye surgery performed in the United States today. However, the need for surgery is usually not immediate. Cataracts may be properly managed with the use of corrective lenses and it may take many years before surgery is necessary.

If a cataract does develop, it’s important to seek and follow the care and guidance of a qualified eye doctor to deal with a cataract and determine if our when cataract surgery is appropriate for you.

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