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Why Does Bono Always Wear His Signature Shades?

Ask our optometrist in Wells how Do Sunglasses Help People With Glaucoma?

Ever wonder why rock superstar Bono wears sunglasses, even when indoors? It’s not due to his “look”, but rather is related to managing his glaucoma.

Ever wonder why Bono always wears shades, even when indoors? U2’s frontman doesn’t wear sunglasses simply as part of his image. Bono has had glaucoma, a build-up of pressure in the eyeball, which can damage the optic nerve and potentially lead to blindness if untreated—for over two decades now.

The real reason he wears his trademark shades is due to this progressive, sight-robbing eye disease, to protect his sensitive eyes from light and glare.

How Do Sunglasses Help People With Glaucoma?

People with glaucoma experience sensitivity to light (or photophobia) and glare, among other symptoms. When the sun is strong, those with this condition will be more affected by glare emanating from a variety of surfaces, like water, snow, sand or pavement, than the average person. Furthermore, certain glaucoma medications constrict the pupils, which can further contribute to acute sensitivity to glare and light, as well as redness and irritation.

That’s why people with glaucoma — and lots of people without glaucoma — feel best wearing sunglasses when outdoors on a sunny day, in a bright indoor space, or while driving in the early evening.

Here’s How You Can Protect Your Eyes

By wearing sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection, you can reduce your risk of developing sight robbing diseases, like cataracts and macular degeneration, and reduce glaucoma symptoms. Polarized lenses, in particular, can help with glare. With yearly comprehensive eye exams, early diagnosis and consistent treatment, you can prevent vision deterioration from glaucoma or similar sight-threatening eye diseases. Contact Kittery Optometric Associates in Kittery to book your eye doctor’s appointment today.

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Can glaucoma be cured?

While there is currently no cure for glaucoma, there are many effective treatment options available. Treatments that can help stop or slow the progression of glaucoma include eye drops, oral medications, as well as laser and surgical procedures.

How can glaucoma vision loss be prevented?

The best way to avoid glaucoma-related eyesight deterioration is to undergo regular eye exams, as glaucoma can be detected and treated even in its early stages, which can prevent significant vision loss or blindness. That’s why routine eye exams that include glaucoma testing are so important.

Insurance Plans

Love Your Eyewear But Don’t Love Your Bill?

eye insurance Kittery & Wells, MEUse Your Insurance Plan to Pay for Your Eye Care

The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, insurance can lower these annual expenses. We are participating providers with most major medical insurance carriers, however not all insurance policies cover routine eye exams. Please contact your insurance company or call our office if you have any questions regarding your insurance benefits.

For information on insurances accepted by Kittery Ophthalmic Consultants in Kittery, please contact the office.
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Insurance Plans We Accept in Kittery & Wells, ME

AARP Health Care Options, GEHA, PHCS, Bureau of Blind Services, AARP MedicareComplete, Group Insurance Service Center, Patient Advocates, APWU Health Plans, HealthPlans, Hartford Insurance, Principal Insurance, Aetna, Harvard Pilgrim, Prudential Insurance, Bankers Life & Casualty, Railroad Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mail Handlers, Stirling Benefits, CHAMPVA, Mainecare, Tricare, Cigna, Maine Community Health Options, Unicare, Compass Rose Health Plan, Maine Div. of the Blind, UnitedHealthcare, Coventry Health Care, Martin’s Point, EBPA, Medicare*, Federal Blue Cross*, Meridian First Health Network, MEGA Life & Health, UMR

  • AARP
  • Medicare
  • Principal
  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Mail Handlers
  • Champva
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Martins Point Health Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Meridian Insurance
  • First Health
  • AARP
  • Medicare
  • Principal
  • Aetna
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Railroad Medicare Beneficiaries
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Mail Handlers
  • Champva
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Martins Point Health Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Meridian Insurance
  • First Health

Note: As of March 1, 2016, Kittery Optometric Associates no longer accepts NH Medicaid Plans.

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We do accept other plans as well, so if you do not see your plan listed here, please give us a call and we would be happy to assist you. Our staff is also always available to answer any questions regarding your benefits.

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Your Eye Health

Learning about your eye health can be complicated – and might even seem overwhelming at first. To simplify things for our patients, we’ve created our Eye Health Library, a comprehensive library of vision-related information. We invite you to browse through our library to find information that will help you better understand how your vision works, common eye conditions, surgeries and how your vision changes as you age.