Cleaning and Avoiding Foggy Glasses this Winter

Cold weather is upon us. For those who wear glasses, nothing is more frustrating than having your eyeglasses fog up when you come in from the cold. Aside from the frustrations, foggy glasses are also potentially dangerous for those who work in jobs that require clear vision at all times. Here are a few solutions to help stay fog-free this winter:




Essilor of America, Inc. 2016.

VINT & YORK. 27 October 2015.

Why is My Eye Twitching?

Twitching eyes may not seem serious from a medical perspective, but they can be seriously annoying! Eye twitching is the involuntary, spontaneous contraction among the fine muscles of the eyelid. In most cases, minor eye twitching resolves as spontaneously as it began and isn’t associated with any disease. However, sometimes a twitching eye can last for weeks or even months.

It is relatively easy to find the cause of this bothersome problem. Your twitching eye could be triggered by:

Usually a few lifestyle-related questions can help determine the likely cause of the twitching. Eye strain, or vision-related stress, can occur if you need glasses, a change in prescription, or are consistently working in front of a computer. If your eye is twitching and it feels dry, see your doctor for an evaluation as there are many treatments for this.

See your doctor if the twitching won’t go away, despite the remedies above. If you experience twitching that completely closes an eyelid or spasms that involve other facial muscles, see your doctor immediately.




Dr. Matthew Alpert. November 2015.

Mayo Clinic Staff. 21 January 2016.

Green Bean Casserole

Treat your taste buds and your eyes with this delicious green bean casserole, one of the most requested holiday dishes! Fresh green beans are an excellent source of several vitamins that contribute to healthy eyes.  Green beans may not show it, but they contain the same pigments that give vegetables their red, yellow and orange colors. These pigments are called carotenoids. They all function as antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of developing serious Age-Related Eye Disease.

While you can substitute canned or frozen beans, they lose some vitamins during processing. We love to stir-fry green beans with any other favorite veggies or meat, but we’ll definitely be cooking up some green bean casserole this holiday season! Enjoy the delicious recipe below.


1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup diced onions

1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

3 cups sliced fresh green beans

3 cups chicken broth

1 (10 1/2 –ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup grated cheddar



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Boil the green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sauté the onions and mushrooms in the butter.
  4. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, cheese, half of the onion rings, and the seasoning to the onion and mushroom mixture. Stir well.
  5. Pour into a greased baking dish. Spread the rest of the onion rings on top.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.



Sandi Busch “What Are the Benefits of String Beans?” 21 October 2013. LIVESTRONG.COM.


Don’t Lose Your Vision Benefits!

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Vision insurance benefits do expire! Do you have benefits left to use? A second pair of eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, extra contact lenses, or eyewear that is specifically designed to fit your lifestyle might be within ready reach if you maximize your vision insurance coverage. Call Gailey Eye Clinic and let us check your benefits to ensure nothing is lost.

If you have a flex spending account, time is running out! Many plans require you to spend all contributions before the new year or risk losing it for good. Use your flex spending credits to save big on iLASIK!

Call Gailey Eye Clinic today at 1-800-325-7706 to discuss your eye care benefits. We are happy to help you with all of your eye care concerns!

Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots

No, carrots won’t give you X-ray vision or cure blindness, but the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health. Here’s one of our favorite ways to eat this yummy veggie that’s packed with vitamin A and lutein.  Serve these tasty carrots with pork loin and rolls for a delicious meal that everyone will love!



  1. Heat 1 inch of water to boiling in a 3-quart saucepan. Add carrots and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cover and heat to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer covered for 15 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  2. While carrots are cooking, heat brown sugar, butter, orange peel, ground cinnamon and another 1/2 teaspoon salt in a skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain carrots. Stir carrots into brown sugar mixture. Cook over low heat about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and gently, until carrots are glazed and hot. Stir pecans into mixture and serve.


Do Carrots Actually Improve Eyesight?

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Everyone has heard, “Eat your carrots to have good eyesight!” Is there any truth to this statement or is it a bunch of baloney?  Well, yes and no. Carrots won’t improve your visual acuity if you have less than perfect vision. A diet of carrots won’t give a blind person 20/20 vision. But, the vitamins found in the vegetable can help promote overall eye health. Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, an important nutrient for eye health.  An extreme lack of vitamin A can cause blindness. Vitamin A can prevent the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration, the world’s leading cause of blindness. However, if your vision problems aren’t related to vitamin A, your vision won’t change no matter how many carrots you eat.

In addition to beta-carotene, carrots also contain lutein, an antioxidant. Foods rich in lutein have been found to increase pigment density in the macula. The greater pigment density in the macula, the better protected your retina is and the lower your risk for macular degeneration.

Because carrots are rich in vitamin A and lutein, they are always a good choice for a nutrient-packed snack. Keep packing those carrot sticks in the school lunches, mom, but don’t expect X-ray vision!


Sarah Winkler “Are carrots really good for your eyesight?” 19 August 2009.

Eye Makeup Safety

While mascara and eye shadow make your eyes stand out, they could harm your vision if you are not using them correctly. Eye injuries and infections from using makeup improperly happen all too often. Over time, bacteria and fungi can grow in your eye cosmetics that you don’t want to transfer to your eyes.  Here are a few makeup tips to keep your eyes healthy:

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If you do scratch your eye or are concerned about any irritation, visit your eye doctor at Gailey Eye Clinic to make sure that complications such as eye infections don’t occur.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration  “Eye Cosmetic Makeup Safety” 18 December 2006.

Check out our newly renovated iLASIK Suite!

Interested in Laser Vision Correction (LVC), but not sure where to begin?  Start here, at Gailey Eye Clinic’s newly designed, state-of-the-art Laser Vision Correction Suite!  Not only are we proud to offer the latest, blade-free technology in LASIK, we are excited to perform iLASIK in our beautifully remodeled surgical suite that is sure to make you feel relaxed and comfortable.  Our surgical suite includes the iDesign Advanced Wavescan Studio to map the exact landscape of the eye, the Intralase Femtosecond laser for bladeless flap creation, and the Advanced CustomVue laser to reshape the cornea.  These components work together to ensure that you will achieve the best visual acuity possible from your procedure.  Check out our remodeled Laser Vision Correction suite below!

To learn more about LVC with Gailey Eye Clinic, contact our Laser Vision Correction Coordinator, Ray Rybarczyk at 309-557-8612 or

Eat Right to Improve Your Sight

SpinachSaladWe only get one pair of eyes, so it’s important to take good care of them. What you eat can affect your vision as you age. Supplement your diet with Vitamin C, antioxidants, zinc, beta-carotene, and vitamin E to reduce the risk of developing serious Age-Related Eye Disease. Try out this Spinach Salad recipe – it’s a family favorite from a Gailey Eye Clinic employee with homemade dressing! Spinach and tomatoes are loaded with antioxidants and tomatoes are an excellent source of Vitamin C.



  1. Add spinach, mushrooms, cheese and tomatoes to a serving bowl.
  2. Dice onion. Mix all dressing ingredients together. Stir well.
  3. Add dressing to the salad just before serving. Toss well.

Gailey Eye Clinic Celebrates 75 Years with Community Outreach

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph Bloomington IL (2)Gailey Eye Clinic marked its 75th Anniversary by holding a Community Outreach Event May 13th and 14th. During the event, four patients referred by the Community Health Care Clinic (CHCC) received free cataract surgery at Gailey’s state-of-the-art surgery center, Bloomington Eye Institute. An additional ten patients received free vision exams at Gailey’s Main Street location in Bloomington. Dr. Ara Aprahamian and Dr. Robert M. Lee, along with a team of medical technicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and administrative staff donated their time and experience to provide the gift of sight to those in need.

To further celebrate Gailey’s 75 years in eye care, physicians and staff enjoyed an open house celebration on Saturday, May 14th. Retired Gailey physicians and several original patients of Dr. Watson Gailey shared great memories about Gailey through the years. These memories began in 1941 when Dr. Watson Gailey opened the clinic at 1008 N. Main Street in Bloomington. What started as a one-man venture has grown into a prominent practice with 16 doctors, 14 clinic locations, 2 surgery centers, and over 275 employees.

It is an honor to serve so many communities throughout central Illinois and we look forward to serving for many years ahead.

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph, Bloomington IL

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