Sports and Eye Safety!

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Do you have the right glasses lenses and contacts for your sport of choice?  The COMPETITIVE Edge prevails in all aspects of life but none so strong as the playing field in sports.  Some sports are contact, some are not and some are competitive against ourselves.  The fact remains that we are enjoying something physical that relies on our eyes and their protection.

If you are one who likes to participate in an outdoor sports activity of any kind,  you may never have known about the hazards of non protected eyes.  Some people may need visual correction or maybe they don’t.  In either case,  protect your eyes to enjoy your activity.

Some people wear or may need prescription sports Sunglasses, contact lenses or both.  But what about their specific lens options?  Nobody really thinks about what type of impact resistant lenses will make the best corrective and protective decision.

LIKE SHOES:

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Accurate, safe sports vision can require multiple pairs depending on the sport or sports. I explain it to patients by telling them that “eyewear is like shoes; different pairs are worn for different activities.”

In addition, how dangerous is your patient’s sport from a visual perspective?  Low-impact and high impact sports dictate that you use different materials.  We use polycarbonate and Trivex materials for impact resistance, depending on the patient’s visual needs and level of sports protection required.

Lens Treatments

Lenses that darken upon exposure to UV on cloudy or sunny days, polarized, anti-glare, sports specific tints, and more becomes confusing for patients and consumers.  They might ask, How can you get this performance enhancing treatment in your sports glasses?

The first step in determining your vision needs is asking, listening, and learning what patients do with their eyes.  This is especially important with sports vision in order to fill the right needs and weed out what won’t work.

Sports specific tints in standard and polarized options, are a growing area of interest with patients today.  They are learning that these lenses sharpen their vision and increase their sports performance.

We’re recommending more and more sports specialized tints like teal for tennis and yellow or copper for hunting and shooting.  There are now more polarized colors available and expansion in regular tints, like specialized colors for pilots.

Polarized lenses are one of the solutions to vision enhancement.  Polarized lenses are a solid solution for water sports, they are not optimal for all sports.

We recommend polarized for outdoor sports with caution.  Polarized lenses for skiing or serious golfing may interfere with viewing terrain surfaces.  Polarization in lenses may cause difficulty in viewing digital devices.  “One driver told me that his digital dashboard blacked out when using polarized lenses.”

Even photochromic lenses are getting into the game as an Rx and plano sports sunwear option. In fact, many sports eyewear makers now offer plano sunwear with light adaptive polarized lenses that change tint relative to the wearer’s light conditions. Sports, such as mountain biking or trail running, where light conditions are changing constantly, photochromics can be a true benefit.

Many parents today are wanting photochromic or transition lenses as a sports solution for their children. Many parents like adaptable lenses, because their kids play multiple sports so they get day-to-night, indoor-outdoor lens performance benefits.  We also fit anti-glare lenses for sports, especially when reflections at night are a consideration, like for those who play soccer or football under the lights.

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Contact Lenses

Eyecare professionals and their patients might choose contact lenses as a sports vision solution based on factors including personal preference, comfort, and visual performance.

For safety’s sake, and depending on the visual risk, many situations call for contact lenses combined with non prescription sports eyewear.

We prefer protective eyewear for sports but many patients want to wear contact lenses for sports because some athletes demonstrate better performance and cannot fit sports glasses under their head protection.  Contacts may also have the added benefit of providing peripheral vision.  “When there is a risk of eye injury, like in racket sports, we fit contact lens wearers with sports protective eyewear.  One of the biggest movements in contacts for sports and beyond is daily wear lenses, which can help make wearing contacts for sports easy.

Children are playing at a higher intensity than ever before. More than 40% of parents with children who play organized sports say their children do so year-round according to a report for The Aspen Institute’s Project Play by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard, and NPR.  Those parents are also more concerned than ever about their kids’ safety while involved in sports.

The optical industry has responded to this call with a full lineup of sports safety eyewear, taking adult models and downsizing and adapting the technology to the future sports stars of tomorrow in training. While the color palettes may be brighter and the looks more decorative, the performance details remain at the heart of today’s designs.

The scope of protective eyewear is also expanding, growing the potential audience beyond children with vision correction and including all participants in sports to meet the need for eye protection. The National Eye Institute notes that while many youth sports leagues don’t require protective eyewear, parents and coaches should encourage its use.

In addition, many kids’ styles feature stability as a major factor in their safety eyewear, often offering a strap temple option for comfort under helmets and strap-ready openings in temple tips to keep eyewear where it should be;  doing its job and protecting eyes to the max.

RISKY BUSINESS?

Which sports hold the most risk for your youngest patients? The following sports are ranked as the highest risk for eye injuries by the National Eye Institute.

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing

Hockey

Paintball

Racquetball

Softball

Squash

To summarize, no matter the activity or age, sports lenses, materials, colors and certain frames can make the difference in exceptional play but also prevent the loss of an eye.  Parents and adults should be the role models by both explaining and wearing protective lenses themselves so what they preach is acted upon by everyone no matter the age or sport or outdoor activity.

Schedule Your Sports Vision Eye Exam  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen

http://www.EyewearGallery.com      901-763-2020          Memphis, Tennessee

 

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Ray Ban is Iconic Year Round

It’s summer.  We all start to think about sunglasses. RayBan was first on the American scene in Aviator sunglasses in the 1940s.  Civilians then wanted to look like American Pilots and so the look was copied.  Now, everyone could wear an aviator and wear the same look.  Patriotism or not, it defined a certain feeling and image.  That feeling continued for some years and is still copied by many glasses manufacturers. There is only one Aviator and that is RayBan.

RayBan also emerged on the Eyewear Scene in the 1960s when the Wayfarer was one of the few frames that redefined the “cool and style” in sunglasses.  It was almost America’s uniform for sunglasses.  Rayban is now the most popular name in the eyewear world.    RayBan glasses may be worn for fun, work or sport.  They are indistinguishable.

 

Get a RayBan Eyewear Makeover and schedule your private showing at Eyewear Gallery.  http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30150274

There is only one Aviator and Wayfarer and those are RayBan!

http://www.EyewearGallery.com    Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

 

 

 

 

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A Child’s Vision May Change Their Life

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Eyewear Gallery wanted to share this story.  It talks about from Childhood to Adulthood a person’s life can be changed by paying attention to their vision.  Kids aren’t always able to detect a vision problem that may be sight threatening.  This starts at 3 years of age.  Read this and think about someone you may know.

http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

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Are our Phones Safe for vision and health?

 

 

Our digital devices such as our phones, desk and lap tops and over head fluorescent lighting are being studied for health and visual implications.  Digital eyestrain is a medical issue with serious symptoms that can affect learning and work productivity.  Symptoms of digital eyestrain, or computer vision syndrome, include blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck and back pain.  Digital eyestrain has overtaken carpal-tunnel syndrome as the number one computer-related complaint.

Digital eyestrain does not just affect adults.  Children are also at risk for eyestrain due to their growing use of digital devices.  Children today have more digital tools at their disposal than ever before – tablets, smart phones, e-readers, videogames are just among a few.  According to a study by the Kaiser family Foundation, children and teenagers (ages 8-18) spend more than 7 hours a day consuming electronic media. Before age 10, children’s eyes are not fully developed. Parents should supervise and limit the amount of screen time their children are permitted.

Nearly 70% of adults who report regular usage of media devices experienced some symptoms of digital eyestrain, but many did nothing to lessen their discomfort mainly due to lack of knowledge.

In the modern age of technology it is not uncommon to come home after a long day at work or school and blow off steam by reading an e-book or watching television. Lately, however, scientists have been cautioning against using light-emitting devices before bed. Why? The light from our devices is haves a higher concentration of blue light than natural light.  Blue light affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin more than any other wavelength.   In other words, stressors that affect our circadian clocks, such as blue-light exposure, can have much more serious consequences than originally thought on our health because it affects our sleep.

What you can do

  • Use dim red lights for night lights. Red light has the least power to shift circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.
  • Avoid looking at bright screens beginning two to three hours before bed.
  • If you work a night shift or use a lot of electronic devices at night, consider wearing blue-blocking glasses.
  • Expose yourself to lots of bright light during the day, which will boost your ability to sleep at night, as well as your mood and alertness during daylight.

 

Blue Light has a Dark Side according to a Harvard review study. 

 

Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs may be especially so.

Until the advent of artificial lighting, the sun was the major source of lighting, and people spent their evenings in (relative) darkness. Now, in much of the world, evenings are illuminated, and we take our easy access to all those lumens pretty much for granted.

But we may be paying a price for basking in all that light. At night, light throws the body’s biological clock—the circadian rhythm—out of whack. Sleep suffers. Worse, research shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

But not all colors of light have the same effect. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.

The health risks of night time light

Study after study has linked working the night shift and exposure to light at night to several types of cancer (breast, prostate), diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. It’s not exactly clear why nighttime light exposure seems to be so bad for us. But we do know that exposure to light suppresses the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that influences circadian rhythms, and there’s some experimental evidence (it’s very preliminary) that lower melatonin levels might explain the association with cancer.

A Harvard study shed a little bit of light on the possible connection to diabetes and possibly obesity. The researchers put 10 people on a schedule that gradually shifted the timing of their circadian rhythms. Their blood sugar levels increased, throwing them into a prediabetic state, and levels of leptin, a hormone that leaves people feeling full after a meal, went down.

 

Less-blue light in our light bulbs?

If blue light does have adverse health effects, then environmental concerns, and the quest for energy-efficient lighting, could be at odds with personal health. Those curlicue compact fluorescent lightbulbs and LED lights are much more energy-efficient than the old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs we grew up with. But they also tend to produce more blue light.

The physics of fluorescent lights can’t be changed, but coatings inside the bulbs can be so they produce a warmer, less blue light. LED lights are more efficient than fluorescent lights, but they also produce a fair amount of light in the blue spectrum. Richard Hansler, a light researcher at John Carroll University in Cleveland, notes that ordinary incandescent lights also produce some blue light, although less than most fluorescent lightbulbs.

Schedule an Appointment to have your eye health tested to see if there is any blue light damage.  Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen  http://www.EyewearGallery.com  901-763-2113

 

 

 

 

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Tom Ford Glasses and Sunglasses

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Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee is proud of it’s heritage.  For 30 years it has been the premier optical and eye care offering for both Medical Eyecare and Designer Eyewear. Tom Ford is one of the designers that is part of the flavor and flair of many designer collections carried by Eyewear Gallery.  As you see in the video each pair of glasses and sunglasses is hand picked for our store.

Tom Ford started his career in the fashion industry having at first studied architecture.  He attended school in New York City and did some acting in Los Angeles.  He studied design in Paris and came back to the US and was fashion designer for Gucci.

He left Gucci and started his own company.  Tom Ford brands of fragrances, clothing and eyewear are all to his credit.  Tom Ford eyewear and sunglasses brand has since gone on from strength to stronger, and is one of…

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Are all prescription glasses made the same?

Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee specializes in customized glasses and sunglasses for our patients and patrons .  Most people think that wherever they get their glasses made, it will be the same quality and correctness.

Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Different prescriptions need different types of lenses for glasses that are chosen.  Some lenses are light in weight, thinner lenses, more impact resistant and safety lenses types of lenses.  The clarity will differ from one lens type to the other.  The consumer does not know this.  There are many different lens types in the market and with each there is a variety of quality to help you see your best.  The less you pay the lesser the lens quality, safety, thinness and clarity.

The show “60 Minutes'” did a segment on how accurately made are your glasses.  This segment found that the prescriptions from mass merchandisers were not accurate in many cases as the actual glasses prescriptions written and the measurements necessary to be made correctly for the lenses in your frames.

Most people only know if they want to wear a no line bifocal or trifocal.  People don’t know about the blue light damage to their eyes that develop from the use of electronic devices from their phones, computers or overhead fluorescent lights.  There are protective filters that may be customized to protect your eyes from the use of these devices.  People in many cases don’t know that there are digital lenses cut to best match their prescriptions which increase  their peripheral vision.  They may ask our office in the exam room or our optical staff if we have the “no line”.  Some may ask if we have the “Transitions”.  Some may ask if we have that “non glare coating Crizal”.  We have the products that they have heard about and can explain how they work and if they are the best corrected solution for their vision and their glasses.  There are sports specific lenses that are customized, computer lenses that are customized, digital lenses for your glasses in bifocals which are made for your best peripheral vision and reading. That is a professionals job to let you know what is available and what is and are the best choices for all of your vision needs in different environments.  Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee specializes in this knowledge for our patients and patrons.

 

The cheaper the lens and glasses,  there is usually lesser vision quality.  Mass merchandisers usually have less knowledge about lens products.  They only have one or two types of lenses and the questions that they ask are not very customized.  I worked for one and know there is nothing wrong with that, they just don’t have access to quality products and this allows them to cheapen their prices which the consumer does not know but only understands that they pay less.

Schedule an Appointment to have your eyes examined for their health and the best correction for your glasses.

http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen

 

 

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Summer Sports Eye Safety!

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As the summer months approach, children look forward to a break from school and months of sports and outdoor activities. With sports such as baseball, soccer and others getting into full swing, parents’ thoughts move toward possible sports injuries.

However, parents often only focus on the usual injuries – sprains, strains and broken bones.  It’s easy to forget the impact sports injuries can have on the health of their children’s eyes. Each year, more than 40,000 athletes, including children, suffer from an eye injury, and in fact, eye injuries are one of the leading causes of visual impairment in children.

Sports-related eye injuries occur most frequently in baseball, basketball and racquet sports. However, all sports, including summer favorites like soccer and golf, can prove to be just as dangerous. Injuries that occur during these sports can include:

  • Scratches on the cornea
  • Inflamed irises
  • Blood spilling into the eyes
  • Traumatic cataracts
  • Swollen retinas
  • Fractures of the eye socket

 

While these injuries can be serious, the good news is 90 percent can be prevented by having children wear the correct protective eye guards. For baseball and softball, children should use batting helmets with polycarbonate safety face shields. Children should wear safety goggles for baseball and racquet sports, as well as soccer. If a child already wears glasses, it is absolutely necessary for them to have appropriate sports eyewear and safety protection.

Keep in mind that some children may choose to wear contacts instead of glasses. They can, and should, continue to wear them while playing sports. Depending on the sport, they may need to wear additional safety eyewear while engaged in the activity. This safety eyewear can include glasses, goggles or safety lenses in sunglasses, which are worn with contact lenses. These also can include safety prescription sunglasses, which can be beneficial for sports such as baseball, softball and tennis, in which children may have to play while facing the sun. Safety sunglasses will not only provide added protection from UV rays, they will allow your child to see clearly and protect their eyes in the event of an impact. As always, your child’s medical optometrist will best be able to help you decide what will work best for your child.

Many parents may only consider protective eyewear if their child already wears glasses, but wearing the proper gear is essential for all children, even those who do not need prescription lenses. These goggles and other eye guards will help protect them from balls, racquets and other objects that could fly into the eye.

 

The type of sports eye guards should be determined by your child’s eye doctor before purchasing any eyewear. He or she will be able to provide guidance as to what will be the best method for protecting your child’s eyes and future vision.

 

When buying sports eye guards for your children:

  • Ask your children’s eye doctor to fit them for prescription eye guards.
  • If your child only sees well with one eye, he or she should always wear sports eye guards. It also is important to consult with an eye doctor on what sports your child can play safely.
  • Do not buy sports eye guards without lenses.
  • Make sure lenses either stay in place or pop outward in the event of an accident. Lenses that pop inward could damage your child’s eyes.
  • Look into anti-fog coating or eye guards with extra ventilation to prevent fogging.
  • Polycarbonate eye guards are the most resistant to impact, and they must be used with protectors that meet or exceed the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials. Each sport has a specific ASTM code, so make sure eye guards are right for your child’s particular sport.
  • To prevent cutting the skin, sports eye guards should be padded along the brow and bridge of the nose.
  • Always have your child try on the protector to determine if it is the right size and fit. An optician or an optical salesperson can help adjust the protector for comfort.

 

Often, teens and children do not like the look and feel of sports safety eyewear, especially if they need corrective lenses. Try to compromise with your child or teen by finding something that is comfortable, safe and aesthetically appealing. If they are more comfortable with the look of their gear, they will be more likely to wear it.

 

If your children are interested in a sport or already involved in sports, please have your child’s eyes examined and consult your optometrist today about getting proper sports eye guards or other prescription eyewear. These guards can make all the difference in preventing eye injuries.

Schedule an Appointment to have for an eye exam for sports safety and consultation!

Dr. Do Nguyen| Dr. Warren Johnson     http://www.EyewearGallery.com 901-763-2020

 

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