Category Archives: Optical

Protecting your eyes during sports

Spring is upon us and the kids (and adults) are heading outside to partake in various outdoor sports and recreational activities. With this move to the great outdoors come some dangers most of us would ordinarily not think of.

Eye injuries are always on the rise as the temperatures outside rise too. The good news is that 90% of these injuries are preventable with the proper equipment and eye protection. Imagine playing baseball and being hit with a pitch, playing lacrosse and having a rock hard ball coming at your face, or even getting hit in the eye with a seemingly harmless tennis ball. All these fun warm-weather activities can cause serious injury and destroy your vision for life. Protect yourself and your loved ones with the proper protection.

Helmets with protective polycarbonate face masks or wire shields should be worn at all times for lacrosse, hockey and baseball. Glasses with polycarbonate lenses should be worn for those requiring vision correction as well as participants that don’t require any correction for baseball, basketball, racquet sports and soccer. This may seem like overkill, but again, imagine the potential damage that can be done in any competitive or recreational sporting activity. Even the seemingly benign, fuzzy tennis ball hit with great force can severely damage an eye or fracture the bones in your eye socket. So be sure to protect your vision! Remember that when choosing your form of eye protection, choose only products that have met or surpassed all industry standards.

But eye protection doesn’t stop at sport and recreational activities. Consider wearing eye protection during any activity that may require it. Gardening, home repairs, cycling and lawn care can all pose hidden dangers. Flying debris, small falling objects and projectiles when making repairs can all be detrimental to your healthy vision.

Choose your eye protection wisely. Consider having a backup on hand, especially if you need vision correction, and then GO HAVE FUN THIS SUMMER!!! Stop in and see us or check out www.geteyesmart.org for more information.

The Perils of Online Eyeglass Purchasing

The Benefits of Technology

Technology has changed the way we purchase many of life’s needs and desires. This includes prescription medicines as well as medical devices.  Eyeglass purchases fall into the medical device category, and there are many online sources and outlets to make these purchases.  But is this a good idea?

The idea of buying 5 pairs of glasses for the price of 1 or 2 from an optical dispensary is certainly appealing to many. After all, you can virtually try on a pair of glasses by uploading a photo and making your selection.  You can easily load your prescription information along with desired options such as tint and anti-reflective coating in the comfort of your home. This almost sounds too good to be true.  Well maybe it is.  Before diving head first into the pond, stop and consider what you are really getting, or not getting, when you purchase glasses online.

Researching The New Online Phenomenon

As online purchases of eye wear has grown in popularity, researchers have begun to perform some stringent testing on these purchases in comparison to traditional on-site purchases.  Of greatest importance to note is the safety and quality of the online product.

When a pair of glasses is purchased from a traditional optical dispensary, either in an independent physician or optometrists office, or in a larger scale retail optical store, you get personalized service with attention to detail. You also get a guarantee that your glasses will be made to the specifications of your prescription. However, researchers have not found this to be the case with their online purchases.

Safety and quality were greatly compromised with the online purchases.  The quality of the materials used was in many cases just not up to par with those purchased from traditional retail optical locations.  In many of the online purchases, lenses did not meet industry standards for impact testing.  This means that these lenses were more likely to crack or shatter in the event of a mishap, putting the buyer at risk for serious injury should impact occur.

In addition to these safety concerns, a large percentage of the online purchases were made incorrectly. Lens treatments and options such as anti-reflective coatings were either incorrectly added or omitted, prescriptions were incorrect, single vision lenses were mistakenly made instead of multi-focal (bifocal, trifocal or progressive) lenses. In nearly a quarter of the spectacles, at least one lens failed impact testing, which is required because prescription eyeglasses are classified as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration.

Standing Behind Our Product

When all is said and done, one must ask if it is really worth the risk when purchasing glasses online.  How do you know if the glasses will be comfortable without physically trying them on?  What recourse do you have if they are made incorrectly?  Who do you turn to when something goes wrong?  And more importantly, what would you do and how would you feel if you encountered a potentially serious injury from a set of lenses that do not meet industry standards?  Your local optician, optometrist and physicians may be willing to help, but this will most likely be met with some resistance, as well as a charge for their service.  Eye wear purchased directly from your independent optical dispensary comes with a full guarantee, and these professionals will work with you until they get it right   Prescriptions will be checked, options such as anti-glare and tinting will be correctly added to the lenses, and the highest quality materials will be used for maximum safety and comfort.

Your eyes and your best corrected vision are essential to the “good life” that lies ahead.  Would you trust them to just anyone?  Would you risk injury and forego safety to save a buck?  Not me!!!  I want to see the world through the best vision I can get.  I believe that you do too.  So don’t be foolish.  Take care of yourself.  Stop in and discuss your options with your local optical retailer.