Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blue Light Protection

Blue Light Protection

The average person today spends over 10 hours per day looking at a screen*.  This can be a computer screen, a cell phone, a tablet, an e-reader or other digital device.  Blue light rays emitted from these devices may cause eye strain, headaches, and even sleep disorders. 

Eyeglass lens companies are now producing a variety of blue-blocking lenses and lens coatings. These are available in both prescription and non-prescription eyewear under a variety of names, and with a variety of purposes.

Parents are starting to realize the value of blue-blocking lenses for their school age children and have started asking for this feature in their children’s eyewear.  Many are purchasing special glasses to keep at the home computer so that it is readily available.

People who wear blue-blocking lenses have reported**:
·         98.2% have noticed significant sleep improvement
·         99.1% have noticed that their eyes feel more “relaxed” indoors
·         65.1% have noticed a significant reduction in headaches and migraines.

Remember to ask your eye doctor about which type of blue-blocking lens will best suit your needs for viewing your computer and other digital devices, and protecting your eyes from blue light.

*Nielson survery reported by CNN, July '16
**Blue Tech wearer survey.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Heat and Your Sunglasses

Summer Heat and Your Sunglasses

Driving presents a challenge to eyeglass wearers, specifically the need to switch to prescription sunglasses on a sunny summer day.  Purchasing a high quality sunglass lens, with a high quality anti-reflective coating, is just as important as having a premium eyeglass lens.  While driving, you will need to move your head a lot and focus on both the near objects on the dashboard, as well as the distant objects while driving.  You will also need every tool possible to avoid the sun’s glare and the danger it causes.

Many people leave their sunglasses in the car all of the time, as that is where they are most likely to be used.  This presents a unique challenge in warm climates, because many lens coatings can sometimes crack or peel when exposed to the harsh temperatures inside your car on a hot summer day.  At Memphis Family Vision, we urge our patients to take advantage of the highest quality lens coatings we offer, as they are less likely to crack or peel when exposed to the high heat inside your “oven on wheels.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Digital Eye Strain

Are You Suffering From Digital Eye Strain?

Addicted to facebook and Instagram? 
Can't get enough of cute cat videos?  
Work at the computer all day?  
Constantly playing video games?  
Permanently attached to your smart phone?  

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be suffering from digital eye strain!

What is Digital Eye Strain?
According to a Vision Council report, digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

What are the symptoms of Digital Eye Strain?
Dry eyes, eye strain, brain fatigue and neck pain are all symptoms associated with Digital Eye Strain.

Why does this happen?
Our eyes were never meant to look at millions of glowing pixels all day. Small type and pixelated images force our eyes to work harder in order to focus. 

Blue light is part of the visible light spectrum. It comes from the sun, as well as artificial light sources like digital screens and fluorescent lights. This type of light gets absorbed deep in the eye, making it one of the most intense forms of visible light to humans. While blue light can be beneficial in moderation by helping to regulate our body’s internal clock and improving alertness, it can also lead to the development of certain eye conditions and is believed to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

What can be done to help me?
The optical industry has responded to the shift in digital habits by developing lens technology to alleviate vision problems and protect eyes from blue light, glare and other environmental stressors. Many of these "computer glasses" filter up to 20% of blue light and are available in both prescription and non-prescription eyewear. The lenses and filters are customized to reduce blurriness and pixilation, decrease brightness, block blue light, and minimize glare while working in front of a screen.

Ask you eye doctor if you would be a good candidate for any of the new lens materials and filters that help reduce Digital Eye Strain!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hot Eyewear News from Vision Expo in Las Vegas!!!

Hot Eyewear News from Vision Expo in Las Vegas!!!

 We keep informed on trends we see emerge in eyewear fashion, and this year at Vision Expo in Las Vegas we noticed a lot of them!  Frames are continuing to get larger and rounder.  Crystal clear acetates are super hot and now are being shown with soft tints as well. Color is still big and being introduced in creative layering hand painting.  Mixed materials dominated many of the upscale lines, which fused together acetate and titanium, for unique looks and comfort.  Technology is growing by leaps and bounds, both on the frame side and the lens side. (Look for our upcoming blog on digital eye strain)
Here are a few of the favorite things we noticed this fall:
The new frames we ordered were larger,
rounder and very light-weight for maximum
comfort.  With their beautiful colors, multiple

quality materials, and modern designs,
these new "framed" Lindbergs
will make a great addition to our optical.

Some of our premier sunglass lines are
now offering new eyeglass lines.
These acetate/titanium combo frames
are one of the new styles offerecd by Costa.
Rounded frames are front and center
in the newest eyewear designs.  These
matte caramel colored beauties by
Barton Perreira were a group favorite.
Colorful layers, rounded shapes and
larger sizes were some of
 the design details we noticed
 in many lines. We loved these
new sunglasses by Lafont.

Larger, rounder frames are also being
show for sunglasses.  Many designs, like
 thesefrom Matsuda, are unisex.
These are NOT your grandfather's clip-on
sunglasses!  Several of our cutting edge
eyewear designers are creating custom
clip-on sunglasses to give you great flexibility
with your eyewear purchase.  These
Barton Perreira metal frames come
 with an acetate clip-on option
to give it great style and an
added layerof "coolness"!
Allied Metal Works is a new company that
we have added to our optical.  This company
 has state-of-the-art engineering for maximum
comfort and durability.  There are no hinge
pins to fall out, titanium makes them extra
light-weight, and they have unique layering
designs incorporating acetate and titanium.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Paris Eyewear Fashions

Paris Eyewear Fashions

What eyeglasses are fashion forward people wearing in Paris?

When our eye doctors visit "fashionable" places on their vacations, they always enjoy seeing what the optical boutiques are showcasing.  This summer, one of "The Docs" went to Paris, France and really enjoyed studying the optiques to see how our optical measured up to the highest fashion capital of the world.  Here is what he noted are trends that every optique promoted:
  • Heavy frames made from zyl (plastic)
  • Round frames in all sizes
  • Wood frames
  • Matte tortoise
  • Tortoise mixes with color, especially turquoise
  • Visible pins on the front of the frames
  • Classic 1950's looks
  • Combinations of zyl, metal, wood combined together
  • Lots of color with layers of color
  • Fabric covered frames like denim and velvet
Some very notable brands that were showcased in their windows, that we also carry, included:
  • Barton Perreira
  • Oliver Peoples
  • LaFont
  • Alain Mikli
  • Michael Kors
  • Ray-Ban
  • Oakley
When he got home and took stock of our optical to see how we could become more like the Parisian Optiques that he studied, The Doc discovered that our optical managers have stocked our Memphis optiques with the latest fashions and trends that are all over Paris!  So you don't have to hop on a plane to acquire stylish eyewear, just go to Memphis Family Vision or SEE Main Street and you will have plenty from which to chose!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Sweet Spot

The Sweet Spot

"I got my new glasses on-line and something doesn't seem right! I have eyestrain and blurred vision. What could be wrong with them?"

We have started noticing, especially when patients bring in eyewear they have purchased online, that many of the online retailers have much lower quality control standards and are shipping our patients eyewear that has the “sweet spot” in the wrong place.  We have noticed the following reasons this is occurring:

  • The on-line laboratories grind the lenses in error. 
  • Patients select a frame they like but it doesn’t fit their face properly.
  • The eyewear is sent out of adjustment, as there is no live person to dispense the glasses.
Any of these factors can cause headaches, decreased visual acuity, and even dizziness.  It is then up to you, at your cost, to determine where the problem occurred and how the online retailer will make it right for you.

What is The Sweet Spot?

In sports “the sweet spot” is the place you know will take the ball where you want it to go.  In movies, it’s the best seat in the house where the surround sound and view will be at its best.  In a garden, it’s where your flowers always look the best. 

Did you know that eyeglasses also have a “sweet spot”?  This is known as the Optical Center of the lens and it needs to be positioned exactly where your eyes need it to have for the best vision possible from your glasses.

Many things must happen before your eyewear has the “sweet spot” in the right place:
  • First, you and an optician, must pick a pair of eyeglasses that are compatible with the prescription lens that your doctor has ordered, and that properly fits your face. 
  • Then, the optician measures your "pupillary distance" to the nearest millimeter.  If you are getting a multifocal lens, there is an additional measurement called a segment height that tells the lab exactly where your multifocal lens needs to be placed.
  • Next, a high-quality, trusted lab will take the doctor’s orders and the optician’s measurements and create the lens that will provide the perfect “sweet spot” for your unique eyes.
  • Finally, a lab technician checks in the eyewear to make sure the requirements have been met before you are called to receive your eyewear. Sometimes our tech rejects the lens if they do not meet our stringent requirements and asks for a remake before you even see the finished product.
  • Once it passes inspection, you are given a call from our office and an optician makes sure the eyeglasses are adjusted to your face so that the Optical Center is exactly where it needs to be.
When you buy your eyewear at our optical boutique, all of the services required to make sure your Optical Center is in the right place are part of the total patient experience, so that you have the best vision out of the eyewear you order, and that the highest quality lenses are available for you to purchase.  Warranty services and adjustments are also available at no charge when you purchase eyewear from Memphis Family Vision or SEE Main Street.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Using FSA/HSA Funds Towards Your Eyecare

Using Flex Spending & Health Savings Accounts 
Towards Your Eye Care

With new FSA funds available, it is the perfect time to start shopping for stylish new eyewear for 2015.  Since this topic can be confusing, we have found this list, originally published in the Focus Blog, to help you understand your benefits if you have Flex Spending or Health Savings Accounts. Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street have a great selection of eyeglasses and sunglasses to help you express your personal style.  Our insurance department can help you with questions regarding your benefits.

Flex Spending Account Facts:
·       All of your FSA funds for the entire year are available January 1st.
·       FSA funds usually expire at the end of each calendar year.
·       You may be able to carry $500 of unused FSA funds from the previous year depending on your employer.

Health Savings Account Facts:
·       HSA funds are accrued throughout the calendar year.
·       HSA dollars never expire and will remain in your account until they are used.
·       lf you don’t use your HSA funds in a given year, the unspent money will roll over into your account for next year.

HSA/FSA Facts Relating to Eye Care:
·       FSA/HSA funds can be used towards your eye health visits and to purchase prescription eyewear, eyeglass frames, prescription sunglasses, sunglasses (only if medically necessary and prescribed by a physician), contact lenses and related cleaning/storage solutions and low vision aids.
·       FSA/HSA funds can be used whether you have vision insurance or not.