Spring into Sports Adults and Kids!

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The COMPETITIVE Edge for Kids and Adults

Do you have the right lenses and contacts for your sport of choice?

Today’s sports safety eyewear protects a new generation of young, intense athletes

Children are playing at a higher intensity than ever before. Backyard baseball games have segued into batting coaches and travel teams, while a bicycle ride in the park now means courses, stunts, and fancy tricks.

More than 40% of parents with children who play organized sports say their children do so year-round.  Those parents are also more concerned than ever about their kids’ safety while involved in sports—nearly 88% of parents have concerns about risk of injury.

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 stars of tomorrow in training.

The scope of protective eyewear is also expanding, growing the potential audience beyond children with vision correction and including adult 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. “Parents and coaches must insist that children wear safety glasses or goggles whenever they play.”

The health organization also encourages parents and coaches to model safe behavior, during practices and even on the sidelines. This includes pushing schools to adopt eye safety programs and wearing safety eyewear while coaching players on the field.

While the most typical recommendation for children’s safety eyewear is polycarbonate lenses, the product options offered today take other factors into consideration as well. Ventilated frame fronts maximize air flow, and styles that wrap into the temples provide protection from projectiles ranging from fingers grasping for basketballs to hard-hit baseballs skipping on the infield.

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

Schedule an Appointment to learn what are the safest lenses for your glasses or sports glasses.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Energy Conserving – Vision Damaging?

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Conservation you might say is relatively not a new term or focus.  Conservation has been around since Teddy Roosevelt;  wanting to preserve our lands.  We are grateful for his and others efforts to preserve nature.  Since then, a big rush for conservation of our environment came about in the 1960s and was mainly focused on water and air pollution.  Industrial wastes, farm pesticides runoff were polluting our water.  Our air was and is being polluted by fuel emissions from industry and the automobile worldwide. 
More recently the government recognized this in regards to our light bulbs.  The amount of energy that our lighting was using in our USA needed to be reduced to make us less dependent on fossil fuels and a cleaner environment. 
At least we figured it out but then there have been continued side effects which has been coined “Global Warming” as a result of our thoughtless ways of taking care of the air that we breathe, the land that we share and the water that we drink.  The reduction of dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity which supplied energy to most things we do, need or consume is eminent. 
 
OUR LIGHT SOURCES
   
A once incandescent lighted world has now changed.  Our lighted world consists of efficient lighting now in the form of fluorescent bulbs, halogen bulbs and different lighting sources from our digital devices.  
Just like anything, what helps one issue may be damaging something else.  Most of our lighting sources that are efficient are from incandescent and fluorescent lighting.  The government is requiring more and more of our incandescent sources of lighting be eliminated.  Those curlicue compact fluorescent light bulbs and LED lights are much more energy-efficient than the old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs we grew up with but they also tend to produce more blue light.  While this helps with our energy cause, its downside is the blue wavelength of light that is intensely emitted from our fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. Blue light has been found to affect our vision especially our visual health.  This strong intense light damages the inside of our eyes indoors just as much as UV damages our vision out of doors. 
Blue light does have adverse health effects, then environmental concerns, and the quest for energy-efficient lighting, could be at odds with personal health.  Blue light also affects our memory and is damaging our ability to sleep because it stimulates chemicals and receptors in the brain that are made to think it is not time to go to sleep. 
Fluorescent lights are what they are, but research is finding that if certain coatings are lined inside the bulbs, this can reduce blue light emission.  Research continues to show that those old non energy efficient incandescent light bulbs were much less damaging to our vision.  Macular degeneration and cataracts are the main areas of vision that is damaged and it is expected that about 18 million people in the next 20 years will lose their vision to macular degeneration.
Moral of this story is to protect your eyes from blue light with blue blocking filtering lenses in your glasses especially when working on digital devices. Take supplements prescribed your doctor that contain zeaxanthin and lutein which are contained in colored and green leafy vegetables also found in a healthy diet of green leafy vegetables of different colors.  Have your eyes examined yearly.
Schedule an appointment to have your eyes examine and your macular pigment tested.
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Do You Wear Costa Sports Sunglasses?

Sports sunglasses come in many sizes and from many manufacturers.  Eyewear Gallery produced our own video focusing on Costa del Mar sunglasses.  While they may be purchased off the rack,  the real difference is finding knowledgeable people who can explain the frames and lenses to see which work best for your hobbies or lifestyle.  Eyewear Gallery will customize your choice in both frames and lens designs for your prescription lenses or bifocals or even if you don’t need a prescription.  Costa Sunglasses are iconic in the outdoor sports world.  They have mainly been worn for fishing especially deep sea fishing.  Eyewear Gallery has a great selection of Costa sunglasses for all sports and ages.  After watching this video come to the Eyewear Gallery to try some of these on your face and see the difference in clarity for the great outdoors.  They could be a great Valentine’s Day gift!

Schedule an Appointment and come find the look for you.

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

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Do You Know Oliver Peoples?

Did you know Oliver Peoples glasses got their name?  Creator and designer Larry Leight decided he thought people would like a vintage look in modern day glasses with a twist.  So, he found himself at an estate sale and it was the estate of a man named Oliver Peoples.  He found in the estate sale pairs of vintage glasses that would become the beginnings of a new design in glasses and sunglasses.

Come see why Oliver Peoples glasses have the designer look for you!  Schedule an appointment

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Can My Dog Get Cataracts?

 

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We love our dogs and we know that humans get cataracts but do dogs get cataracts too?  Well, dogs and many other animals can lose their vision to cataracts.  Medical Optometrists diagnose many cataracts a day in examining their patient’s eyes.  We know when a cataract is ready to be removed.  We can detect cataracts in animals eyes as well.

What Are Cataracts?

In people and in dogs, a cataract is a clouding in the lens.  In a dog, this causes him to have blurry vision. In advance stages your dog may have difficulty in seeing or go blind.  If the cataract is small, it won’t likely disturb the dog’s vision too much, but cataracts must be monitored because the thicker and denser they become, the more likely it is they will lead to blindness.

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts can develop from disease, old age and trauma to the eye, but inherited conditions are the most common cause. Cataracts may be present at birth or develop when a dog is very young-between one and three years of age. A high-incidence of cataracts is also often attributed to diabetes.  This is true in both humans and adults.
How Can I Tell if My Dog Is Developing Cataracts?

If your dog’s eyes look cloudy or bluish-gray, you should take him to the vet for an exam. Be aware, though, that it’s natural for a dog’s lens to become cloudy, or gray, with age.

Which Dogs Are Prone to Cataracts?

Though dogs of all ages and breeds can develop cataracts, they are more commonly found in Smooth Fox Terriers, American Cocker Spaniels, Havanese, Bichon Frise, Silky Terriers, Miniature and Standard Poodles, Miniature Schnauzers, and Boston Terriers. Dogs with diabetes are also especially prone.

How Are Cataracts Diagnosed?

A preliminary eye exam by your veterinarian will tell you whether you are dealing with a cataract or another condition that causes cloudiness in the eye.

Take care of your vision by eating healthy and wearing prescription or non prescription sunglasses recommended by your eye doctor.  Have your eyes examined yearly for healthy or unfortunately unhealthy eyes.  As to your dog, the same recommendations apply if you can keep sunglasses on your dog!   Call for an eye exam to see if you have healthy eyes.

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Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Sunglasses!

Oakley’s latest technology is their new Prizm technology in their lenses.  These have been in the works for 15 years and just this year introduced.  They have maximum protection and contrast for outdoors.  Cyclers, runners, golfers, fisherman and any who engage in outdoor activities will find this to be the best clarity in any UV protective lens ever made so far. It is not a polarized lens so it works well for all of us trying to look at LED screens on our phones, in our cars on our arm bands or odometers.

The lens technology is the next level in technology from Oakley.  Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, Tennessee specializes in Sports Prescription and non Prescription sunglasses such as Oakley, Costa del Mar, RayBan, Wiley X and Maui Jim.

Many people have experienced their sunglasses sliding off frequently. This can make them feel very uncomfortable on your face.  The unobtanium material on the temples actually hugs your head and the more you sweat the more they hug your head instead of falling off your face.  They are very comfortable and you don’t realize you are wearing them except for the exceptional contrast!

Come to Eyewear Gallery in Memphis or give us a call so we can demonstrate and explain this great technology.

See our video to help you adjust your Oakley Sports Sunglasses or come to our office and we will be glad to show you!   http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson/ Dr. Do Nguyen

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Are contact lenses the right choice!

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How well do contacts work for our work vision, our play or chill time?  In our office we see many working people: surgeons, accountants, artists and many cool people from all walks of life and all ages who work on electronic devices.  These devices are not limited to our desktop computers, but our laptops, our IPads, Kindles and phones.  While the kids we see in our office may not be at their folks place of work,  needless to say that these kids use their vision the same way and are usually glued to their electronic devices for work, play and communication.  Should adults or kids be wearing contacts while working on these devices?  Of course, some have to or are going to, but keep on reading below!

Let’s focus on how contacts may work for your job.  Many people wear contact lenses. The advent of daily wear disposable contacts and frequent replacement contacts including patients with astigmatism and those who wear bifocal contacts are constant advancements in the realm of contact lens technology.  Most people wear glasses for accessories and different visual environments and needs.  Some glasses wearers rather not wear contacts or their prescriptions are not suitable or they feel discomfort if they have tried to wear them.  However, there are many contact lens wearers who have worn contact lenses for years and will only want to wear contacts.  We do fit contacts on these people with appropriate eye health.

In our office, when a contact lens patient is needing an exam, they usually want more contact lenses.  We find that life styling a patient is so important.  We find out what their vision needs are and what health histories there may exist for them or members of their families.  Health histories like diabetes may cause eye wounds and irritations to heal slowly.  This is one health example that precludes someone from wearing contacts usually.  So, some patients are not good candidates for contact lenses.

The real point of this discussion is that people usually don’t see as well as they should with wearing contacts especially for work.  Why you ask?  This is because that the prescription in contacts is on your eyeball.  This may make your eye muscles work harder because your eyes use muscles that over focus at near ranges.  This is definitely not good for the majority who spend hours on a computer for their work days.  As you focus on a project or your screen the blink rate decreases and your eyes naturally dry and this causes blurriness and dryness.  This increases your risk of eye infections because the contacts are more likely to scratch your eyes and many times without discomfort.  This may cause pink eye or scarring of your vision.

Are eyeglasses better for work?  What’s different about glasses?  What is the solution?  Ask your eye doctor.  He or she may say that your contacts are not affecting your vision health and your functioning on your job visually is fine.  That is your doctor’s decision for you.  Our office has found over 30 years it causes problems with your eye health in many cases.  Medications we take or supplements, dry work environments or store bought solutions with preservatives may contribute to discomfort and blurred vision.  Appropriate glasses prescriptions are the healthiest for your eyes and your vision will be clearer and more comfortable even if you have dry eyes.  Glasses don’t cause your eye muscles to focus as hard at a reading distance or computer distance.  New technology in glasses lens prescriptions allow people to see through lenses that have invisible areas to allow you to see at distance as well as computer lengths and near vision details.  Some bifocal prescriptions in glasses work well for people as well. Some people find that a prescription without bifocals is working fine for them.

Think about your eye health.  Make sure your eyes are examined yearly so you can tell your eye doctor how you need to see, or are seeing for everything you like to do or need to see.  This is true even if your contacts or glasses are working fine.  Visual health and prevention of macular disease from blue light from our electronic devices needs to be monitored in an eye exam by your eye doctor yearly.  Studies are showing that blue light from our TVs, computers and phones are slowly contributing to potential macular degeneration.  Our kids are really at risk.  You and your kids and tweens should wear prescription sunglasses that cover your face to protect your eyes from Ultraviolet light.  Explore new lens options for glasses for work that block blue light.  These blue light blocking lenses would be good even if you only used them for your work.  Contact lenses do not have this technology.  Have your eye health monitored yearly for macular degeneration.

Come to Eyewear Gallery to ask questions you might have about contacts lens vision correction options and/or glasses lenses options that might work.  Schedule An Appointment! http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30150274   http://www.EyewearGallery.com  Dr. Warren Johnson| Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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