Archive for January 2015

What’s Your Risk for Glaucoma?

What’s Your Risk for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States. In 2014 the AOA (American Optometric Association) conducted a survey, American Eye-Q, and the findings about Americans’ knowledge of eye health relating to glaucoma were alarming. 1 in 5 respondents didn’t know at what age glaucoma is most often detected and only 13 percent of respondents knew that race affects the risk of developing glaucoma.

Here a few fast facts about glaucoma you need to now:

– More than 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only about half know they have it.

– 120,000 people are estimated to have been blinded by glaucoma, accounting for 9 to 12 percent of all cases of blindness in the US.

– African Americans are fifteen times more likely to be visually impaired from glaucoma.

– Patients older than 60 years of age are 6 times more likely to get glaucoma.

– Family history increases risk of glaucoma 4 to 9 times.

If you fall into any of these risk categories, especially if you have a family history of glaucoma, make an appointment to come see us. Dr. A or Dr. Doan can help you focus on preventative measures – and establish your risk for developing glaucoma.

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Winter Sunglasses

Winter Sunglasses

It is crucial to wear your sunglasses all year long – but sometimes in the winter we may tend to forget. While digging out from recent snows or building a snowman with the kiddos – sunglasses should be as much of a staple as a hat and gloves.

The Vision Council recently took to Facebook to remind us that “UV radiation can still cause damage in the winter months. In fact, during fresh snow fall, individuals can experience “snow blindness” from UV radiation reflecting off the ground,”.

Our staff picked a few of their favorite sunglasses this season from their favorite brands to our bestsellers. Keep scrolling to see their picks!

1.) Prada jeweled black on black sunglasses. 
These are high fashion frames fit for topping off any stylish gal’s look. The black on black look is chic but still versatile enough to use everyday.

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2. Face a Face Pomme2
This twist on a classic round frame features a peep tone blue. Perfect for a subtle pop of color!

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3. Tortoise Shell frames with navy, coral and white accents.
These sunglasses are a true classic featuring tortoise shell frames with lacquered accents on the sides in coral, navy and white. Easily transition these frames to spring and summer!

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Love these sunnies? Stop in and pick up a pair. Need your prescription included? Or maybe it’s time to check your prescription? Schedule an appointment here.

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Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

Pantone’s color of 2015 is marsala – a wine-inspired hue that’s warm and we think, timeless. And you’re just in luck – we carry many frames in this year’s hottest hue. Above are a few of our favorites!

These frames are from a few of our fav brands: Face a Face, Ray-Ban & ProDesign!

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Digital Eye Strain Report

Digital Eye Strain Report

The Vision Council released a report on digital eye strain at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week.

Digital eye strain is caused by our increased use of digital devices and the exposure to blue light that is emitted by those devices. Digital eye strain is marked by symptoms including strained vision, blurry vision, dry eyes, red eyes, and neck, shoulder and back pain. Digital eye strain can be prevented and symptoms alleviated by the use of computer eyewear, including blue light blocking lenses and proper digital device eye-gonomics. 

Below you’ll find the full report, but here we cover a few of the highlights and important takeaways.

Digital Eye Strain Report Quick Facts:

Nearly one-third of adults (30%) spend more than half their waking hours (9+) using a digital device.

72.5% of adults are unaware of the potential dangers of blue light to eyes.

TVs, smartphones & laptops make up the largest percentage of digital devices used.

The symptoms most commonly experienced as a result of digital eye strain are

  • Eye strain, 32.8%
  • Neck/shoulder/back pain, 32.6%
  • Headache, 24%
  • Blurred vision, 23.3%
  • Dry eyes, 22.8%

Millenials & Gen-Xers are in the highest risk of over exposure category (With 37.4% and 32% spending 9 or more hours on digital devices a day respectively) , followed by boomers and kids.

Our eyes are exposed to various sources of blue light. emerging research suggests that this cumulative and constant exposure to blue light can damage retinal cells.vi this slow degradation could lead to long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (aMd) and cataracts.

Blue light-blocking lens materials such as blue attenuating anti-reflective lenses, or specialty filters, absorb specific wavelengths of high-energy blue light and limit penetration into the retina. If selecting blue light- blocking lenses, be aware that most varieties will distort color perception. These lenses can also help quell the effects of blue light on sleep.

Practicing proper eye-gonomics can help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.

It is important for consumers to be proactive about their vision health and to monitor if constant exposure to digital devices is impacting their eyes. While many individuals may be experiencing symptoms, they may not know there are products such as computer eyewear that can ease digital eye strain.

Click here to see the full report!

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CES Digital Health Summit Recap

CES Digital Health Summit Recap

Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow – did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience.

“When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?”, said Dr. A.

“This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center.  All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.,” said Dr. A.

Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.

At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day – this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns – including interrupted sleep.

The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A’s fireside chat below.

Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.

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Dr. A’s Tech Picks CES 2015:

1. JINS MEME – Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more.
2. eyeSight – Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing!
3. Brothers Sewing – Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines.
4. Tobii Eye Experience – This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes.
5. Rochester Optical 3D – These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration.
6. Wonderwoof – Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet – from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed.
7. 3D Printing – Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action – someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you!
8. Wearable Wellness Tracking – Wearables were everywhere – especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit.
9. SmartMat – The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.

And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you’ve read (a great educational tool), and robotics – from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid – robotics were everywhere in all sizes!

“All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients’ eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients’ health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy,” said Dr. Dora.

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Digital Eye Strain on The Today Show

This week Dr. A is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with The Vision Council, speaking about digital eye strain and how to help prevent it. Watch the clip below to see The Today Show discuss!

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