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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Sports-Related Eye Injuries

Since September is Sports Eye Injury Prevention Awareness Month, THE DOCS wanted to answer some of your questions about eye injuries caused by participation in sporting events.

1.        My child will be participating in school sports this year.  Do we need to worry about eye injuries?

According to Liberty Sport, more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation occur each year.  Of these injuries, 42,000 are of a severity that requires Emergency Room attention.  The highest rate of injury occurs in children between the ages of 5 to 14.  The doctors at Memphis Family Vision & SEE Main Street strongly recommend that patients participating in athletic events wear protective eyewear.

2.        If I wear glasses on a regular basis, will that prevent an eye injury?

Actually, sports participants that wear corrective eyewear or sunwear are at a higher risk of eye injury than participants using no eye protection at all.  The lens could pop out and cut the eye, or the frame itself could cause injury.

3.       What should I look for when purchasing sports eyewear?

The frame you buy should be labeled as protective eyewear for sports use, such as Rec Specs.   The lenses should be polycarbonate lenses at least 2.0 mm thick.  You often see notification that the eyewear is certified ASTM F803 to maximize impact resistance. 

4.        Which sports have the highest risk of eye injury?

According to Liberty Sport, the following sports are considered a high-to-moderate risk of eye injury: Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Hockey, Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Football, Air Rifle, BB Gun, Paintball, Boxing, Martial Arts, Cricket, Squash, Racquetball, Fencing, Badminton, Fishing and Golf.  Please note the chart below that breaks down eye injuries by category and age.

5.       What about Contact Lenses as protection, since the cornea is covered by the lens?

No contact lens, whether hard or soft, can protect against an eye injury.  Impact to the eye can actually cause an increased chance for injury in contact lens wearers because the lens can dislodge or fold over.  Besides, many injuries are caused by blunt trauma, like being hit by a stick or a ball, which won’t be prevented by wearing a contact lens.

6.        If I wear a protective helmet or faceguard, won’t that protect against injury to the eye?

Fingers and sports equipment can still penetrate the opening of the facemask.  In addition, a helmet can be knocked off, which will leave you completely vulnerable to injury.

7.        If I get a minor eye injury, should I be worried?

Seemingly minor eye injuries can actually cause major problems.  You should check with your eye doctor if you or your child has an eye injury.  If the injury causes loss of vision, severe pain or tenderness, or a cut around the eye, you should seek medical attention.

Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street have a nice selection of protective sports eyewear, both prescription and non-prescription, in a variety of styles, shapes and colors. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Children's Vision

FAQ: Children's Vision

Our patients often ask questions about their children's eyes. The doctors at Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street do perform vision exams on children, usually from the age 5 and above.  We also have a nice selection of children's eyewear in our optical dispensary.  Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about Children's Vision.

How can I tell if my child has vision problems?

According to All About Vision, one in four school-age children have vision problems that can affect learning ability, personality and adjustment in school. Parents should be aware of these 10 signs that a child's vision needs correction:
  1. Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  2. Losing their place while reading or using a finger to guide their eyes when reading
  3. Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  4. Frequent eye rubbing
  5. Sensitivity to light and / or excessive tearing
  6. Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  7. Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports
  8. Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  9. Avoiding using a computer, because "it hurts my eyes"
  10. Receiving lower grades than usual

My pediatrician or school nurse does an eye exam on my child. Is that good enough?

A vision screening performed by your pediatrician or school nurse is not a comprehensive eye exam. These screenings are designed to alert parents to the possibility of a visual problem. They are helpful, but they can miss serious vision problems. Studies have found that up to 11% of children who pass a vision screening actually have a vision problem that needs treatment.

The best way to make sure your child has the visual skills they need to excel in and outside of the classroom is to schedule routine vision exams with one of our doctors at Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street.

Do your doctors perform pediatric eye exams and how often should they be tested?

The doctors at Memphis Family Vision and SEE Main Street usually see children right before they are ready to enter 1st grade, around the age of 5.  If the child does not need prescription glasses at the time of the exam, we usually recommend that he/she comes back for another check-up in two years.  If eyeglasses are prescribed, then an annual examination is necessary. 

Is my child's vision exam covered under insurance?

Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurance plans cover children age 18 and under for routine vision examinations and eyeglasses or contact lenses.  The best way to know for sure, though, is to check with your insurance provider prior to scheduling with our office.