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Common Signs Your Child Might Need Glasses

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No parent likes the thought that their child may be struggling in life due to a preventable issue like vision correction care but it is a real concern with children of all ages. Here are a few signs to look out for your child to make sure they have the ultimate in eye health for their everyday lives:

  • If you find your child squinting or tilting their head a lot to see when reading. Or if they aid themselves with a pointed finger or lose their place excessively. These symptoms could attribute to many vision problems that are in need of correcting.
  • If your child is always wanting to sit close- for watching television, close to the front of class to see teacher best or pulling very close up to the computer. If you find your child doing this type of behavior over and over- they could definitely need an eye exam.
  • If your child complains of frequent headaches, eye strain, fatigue or rubs their eyes a lot. This could be indicative of eye strain your child is going through daily.
  • If you notice excessive and additional signs of clumsiness or running into walls or missing steps– this could be more than their ever growing motor skills this could be an eye issue as well.

Many issues face a child when trying to accommodate their eyes when in need of glasses- so just keep in mind of these signs so your child can have the best options for their vision.

Transitions Lenses- Which one do I choose?

   With the multitude of options Transitions lenses offers, it can be very difficult to determine which you might like best or be the best fit for you. This article will break down the differences between all the most popular transitions choices we offer at www.Simplyeyeglasses.com.

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 The most widely used Transitions lens is the  Chromea Transitions Signature 7 lens. This is their standard option that is their newest version of Transitions technology.  This lens is completely clear indoors and when you go outdoors and into the UV light rays from the sun they turn to a gray or brown sunglass or medium shade depending on the brightness of the light. This type of Transition technology is available in just about every type of progressive, single vision and bifocal lens we offer at Simply Eyeglasses. There is one drawback to this choice and that is it does not transition behind the windshield of a car due to the UV filters installed in most modern car windshields, which block the UV rays needed to change the lenses to a darker hue.                                                   

trans2If you are in need of your eyeglasses to change behind the windshield of a car, then you are in luck with other types of transitions. There are two types of Transitions that do react behind the windshield of a car. Xtra-Active transitions lenses change very rapidly in varying lights. Faster than any other transitions they are made for an active customer who needs a very quick changing lens. When indoors they have a slight tint of either brown, gray or gray-green-perfect for indoor use. When outdoors they change quickly to a darker shade but behind the windshield of a car they are not able to fully transition. If you are looking for a transition lens that changes fully behind the windshield of a car than look no further than Transitions Vantage. The newest and fastest growing in popularity- the Transitions Vantage lens does actually change fully behind the windshield of a car. Also, as the Vantage lens darkens it becomes a gray polarized sunglass when fully transitioned giving you the ultimate in protection against glare.

Any lens option you choose with Simply Eyeglasses is going to be the finest choice- but with choosing a Transitions lens you can say goodbye to switching from eyeglass to sunglass frequently, harmful UV rays/glare/blue light and be the utmost in lens technology.circle_259x259_everdaybrochure


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Floaters- What are They and How Do They Effect Our Vision?

 

So many times in our everyday lives we come across floaters. They appear when looking through our vision and can at times be distracting or look alive. This video explains all there is to know about this phenomenon.

Use Your Eye Insurance Benefits Before They Expire

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If you have vision insurance through your employer or on your own, it is important to know that every year your benefits are subject to ending. Most eye care plans expire on December 31st. It is pivotal to use up the funds to ensure you have proper eyewear for the upcoming year. Vision insurance plans primary goal is to lower your out-of-pocket cost for eye exams, contacts and prescription eyewear. Some plans even offer discounted rates on vision correction surgery. Each provider has a  different plan and a wide range of benefits, it is always important to know exactly what your eye insurance covers before looking into purchasing glasses so you are aware of exactly comes out of your pocket in the end.

Vision insurance policies can be different than other major medical policies. For example, many standard overall health insurance plans provide benefits after you pay a certain co-pay or a deductible. Vision insurance plans are known as discount or wellness benefit plans that offer benefits and discounts when you pay a yearly insurance premium. Sometimes you can also compare the same items you are wanting to purchase from your doctor to an online store and see that you can pay less due to the high mark up in a retail or doctor’s office environment with out using insurance. Since these benefits and discounts are based on an annual premium, they don’t roll over to the next year if not used. Keeping informed on your eye insurance plan and flexible spending dollars will ensure you get the most for your money when ordering eyewear or contacts.


 

 

What You Need to Know About Astigmatism

Astigmatism is a very common eye issue that effects most people but only a few are actually severe enough to need corrective lenses or procedures to correct the problem. Astigmatism will show itself while in the process of an eye exam. In your eye, light enters passing through the cornea. The cornea bends the light, and in unison with the prescription lens, focuses it onto tastigmatism1he retina and the macular at the back of the eye. The retina sends the signals to the brain and forms the image of what you are actually looking at.

In an eye with no astigmatism the cornea is round and shaped like a basketball. In an eye with astigmatism the cornea is shaped oblong- more like a football. Because of the football shape the light is dispersed in many places and noastigmatismt directly to the retina and the macular causing blurred vision at many varying distances. It is usually caused by genetics or injury to the eye and nothing that a great pair of glasses can’t fix.


 

Computer Vision Syndrome

Most of us spend a portion if not all of our day gazing into the pixelated screen of our computer, cell phone, or tablet. The eye tends to want to focus on the composing pixels on the screen and with extensive use, can cause eye fatigue and headaches. Sometimes the level of discomfort increases with the level of use of digital devices as we tend to blink less when staring at a computer screen. The result of these headaches and eye stress is called  Computer Vision Syndrome or digital eye strain.

With the average person spending 7 hours a day on the computer, it is wise to follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes. As our lives grow ever more reliant on our digital devices we must protect our eyes and minds with proper rests while using our computerized gadgets.


 

Guide To Keeping Your Glasses Looking Perfect

eyeglassesWith all the thought, money, time and effort that goes into the making of your eyeglasses it is no wonder when we scratch or tarnish our lens, it can be frustrating to say the least. There are a few steps you can follow to keep your spectacles looking as good as the day you brought them home for years and years to come.

  • 1.)The best way to keep your lenses unscathed and your coatings working correctly is to wash them with simple soap and water. The American Optometric Association recommend this way of cleaning because the ingredients in the dish soap remove the dirt but do not dry the lenses out. Even some of the expensive lens cleaners out there do not compare to the gentle yet effective clean that you get from dish soap and water and a gentle, cotton cloth.
  • 2.)Try to avoid cleaning your glasses with dry materials. Items such as a napkin, shirt tail, wash cloth or paper towel may be handy at the time but can be very hard on an optical lenses. Dry materials can actually scrape any dirt or dust onto the surface of the lens resulting in scratches back and forth from where the cloth was rubbed.
  • 3.) Do not remove glasses with one hand. Removing your glasses from your face with two hands will always keep your glasses properly aligned and uphold the structural integrity of your frame.
  • 4.) Have different sets of glasses for different tasks. If you work in a harsh environment, play sports or engage in any activity where your glasses are at risk- then it is wise to invest in task specific frames and lenses. Safety, sport and flexible frames on the market are designed to endure more than what your standard ophthalmic frame could withstand. Also, lenses made from Polycarbonate or Trivex material are impact resistant and very strong.
  • 5.) When your glasses are not in use- keep them stored in a strong eyeglass case. It is so easy to want to throw your glasses into your purse, or leave them on your dashboard or not remove them when dealing with everyday chemicals such as hairspray or face products but it is a must to keep your glasses in top form. Taking the extra step to tuck them snuggly in their eyeglass case will ensure your glasses last.eyeglasses2

Following these guidelines when you are an eyeglass owner will ensure you get the most out of every pair for as long as possible.

 


Give Thanks & Protect Your Eyes with Sports Eyewear

Everyone knows how important it is to protect your eyes but not everyone practices this sentiment when engaging in their favorite activities. High contact and high energy sports can be the biggest culprit for eye injuries to people of all ages but most prevalent for children.

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Through the hard work and dedication of eye care professionals – reports have shown eye injuries have decreased by double digits over the past five years. Still, the challenge remains as active youth and adults still suffer over 30,000 eye injuries each year. Most of these injuries are preventable through being informed and filled in on all that is available in the arena of sport eyewear protection.

There is such an ever growing market to protect children at all their sporting events like Liberty Sport’s F8 series goggles, Rec Specs for kids and Wiley X Youth force line. Even better is most sport active models can have prescription lenses installed in them or not- so no matter what you or your child’s vision needs are they can be met and protected in sports eyewear. wlibertyf8 wileyxflash wrecspecs

Specialty Wrapped Eyewear – Everything You Need to Know

With wraparound eyewear increasing in popularity along with manufacturers creating sport and activity specific designs- this wave in the optical industry has prompted rising desire for very wrapped frames to follow around the natural curve of one’s face to keep excess light and debris out of the eyes while providing a contemporary look.

Even though seemingly they are the most cutting edge technology- wrapped glasses aren’t a new item.  Their original popularity began in the 1960’s beatnik hip culture.  True to form, Hollywood icons were decked out in designs of the time.  A prime example is Peter Fonda peter_fonda_easyriderin the hugely popular classic Easy Rider.  There is scarcely a picture in circulation of Fonda in the movie without sporting a pair of Bausch & Lomb Olympians.  There is also Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry.  Another Bausch & Lomb Ray-Ban design, the Balorama, was a wardrobe rb3119staple for Eastwood’s Dirty Harry Callahan character.  Both of those 1960’s designs, the Olympian (RB 3119) and Balorama (RB 4089) are still produced by Ray-Ban parent company Luxottica.

clint-eastwood-dirty-harry-1971-ray-ban-balorama-sunglassesThe early days of wrap glasses only allowed for non-prescription or very light prescription lenses.  With expanding lab technology, high prescriptions once thought impossible can rb4089now be acheived.  It’s important to maintain the aesthetic integrity of each frame; therefore manufacturing of the lens with the factory intended front curve is imperative.  This can be somewhat difficult for some optical labs with higher prescriptions, especially those on the myopic or near sighted side.  Many times a lab will relieve the difficulty by surfacing the lens on a flatter front curve which then decreases the wrap effect dramatically.  The end result is a look that differs greatly from the design’s intended look.  Whenever possible consumers should insist their prescription is fabricated on the same front curve intended by the eyewear designer and originally allotted by the frame.

Current lab technology and higher lens indices make it possible to craft an RX up to +6.00D for farsighted prescriptions and up to -8.00 (total minus which is sphere plus cylinder) on some nearsighted prescriptions in wrap eyewear. 

It should be noted base (front) curve adaptation can be an issue for a small percentage of wearers.  Most wrap frames require a lens front curve of 8.00D.  Most myopic prescriptions are manufactured on a front curve of 4.00 or less.  Since wearers are accustomed to those flatter curves, moving up to an 8.00 front curve will occasionally be an issue on some nearsighted customers.  Adaptation can only be determined by trying; there are no set parameters or formula.  Some wearers are more sensitive to changes than others.

Have you been told your prescription cannot be manufactured in the frame you desire?  Are you hesitant you will not adapt to a wrap RX?  Check with your local eyewear provider for their policies for non-adaptation and prescription limits.  Some providers will allow the consumer to try their prescription in the frame of their choice at little or no risk.  Ask your eyecare professional when you find that perfect frame.

Ways to Maintain Great Eye Health

In these modern times, nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy body. That core belief does not stop when it comes to one of our most precious organs: the eyes. Below are a few things you can eat or practice daily to ensure you are giving the best back to your eyes.

  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and collards– have antioxidants lutein and zlaxanthin. Which will boost your body immunities and eyes with needed vitamins.kale
  • Salmon, tuna, oily fish- have Omega 3 fatty acid which is good nutrients for eye health and keeping skin soft.salmon
  • Eggs & Beans – have lutein, ziaxathin and protein. Giving the strength your eyes need to carry you through daily life .beans
  • Almonds – are loaded with Vitamin E which reduces the speed of macular degeneration ( a very damaging eye condition.)almonds
  • Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – have beta carotene, Vitamin A and anti oxidants your eyes need to see clearly.

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  • Tomatoes – Carotenoids and Lycopene provides good nutrition for the eyes.tomatoes
  • Don’t Smoke – smoking can cause optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration,and a bevy of other overall health issues.smoking
  • Wear Sunglasses – always wear sunglasses that block 99% – 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Remember- even when the sun is not out those harmful rays can still effect your eyes.dog-wearing-sunglasses
  • Make sure you keep your Rx up to date and visit your Eye Doctor regularly. So many people make the mistake of going to the doctor only in times of trouble- the biggest preventative measure is routine exams against any eye issues/diseases.eye-chart

 

 

 

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