Rx Optical Blog Image Dry Eyes in Winter 11.28.18

5 Ways to Prevent Dry Eyes in the Winter

Winter is coming! In addition to Michigan winters being rough on our cars and our roads, the cold air outside combined with dry indoor heat can be a perfect recipe for dry eyes and discomfort. Thanks to the climate here in the northern Midwest, one of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes.

Harsh winter weather can reduce the moisture in your eyes, causing irritation. This eye irritation can create a burning or itching sensation, and most of the time, people will try to relieve this by rubbing their eyes, which will actually make things worse.

Here are five easy tips you can incorporate into your winter routine to help alleviate dry eyes: 

Drink Water

Drinking plenty of water not only helps keep your body hydrated and healthy, but it also helps maintain moisture levels in your eyes. Did you know that the average adult should drink about half a gallon of water each day? If you’re experiencing dry eyes, be sure to examine your water intake, as you may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking.

Keep Your Distance from Heat

While the warmth from a fireplace or a vent is nice and cozy during the colder months, the heat blowing onto your face will inevitably dry out your eyes. If you want to keep your eyes moisturized, don’t sit directly in front of the fireplace, a space heater, or a heat vent.

Give Your Contacts a Break

Do you wear contacts every single day? Are you remembering to give your eyes a break from contacts once in a while? Contacts create a barrier that prevent oxygen from getting to your eyes, which can eventually dry out your eyes.

If you’re suffering from dry eyes, take out your contacts for a few days to alleviate irritation and stick with your glasses. You should also consider talking to your optometrist about switching to contacts that are better suited for those with dry eye symptoms.

Wear Sunglasses

The sun doesn’t set with summer, so you should always remember to wear sunglasses in the winter. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays and will help block out any harsh winds that could dry out your eyes.

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

One of the worst things that you can do to your irritated and dry eyes is rub them. We know it is tempting, and can feel like an easy solution, but it will only worsen the irritation and can even lead to infections if your hands aren’t clean.

 

At Rx Optical, we want to help you have fun and enjoy the winter months in Michigan. If your dry eyes are keeping you from your favorite winter activities, stop in for a comprehensive eye exam so that you can get back in the snow without dry or irritated eyes.

Rx Optical Blog Image Protecting Your Vision as You Age 11.26.18

5 Tips for Protecting Your Vision as You Age

As you age, you may notice your eyesight getting weaker.

You avoid dimly lit restaurants and the font is as large as it can be on your phone. That’s because your eyes start to struggle with seeing close distances in your mid-40s, especially when you’re on your phone or reading a book or menu.

This is a normal change in the eye’s ability to focus, and is called presbyopia. Presbyopia is among the most common eye problems in adults aged 41-60.

So, what should you do to keep your eyes and vision protected as you age? Here are 5 tips from our expert team:

Wear Sunglasses

While we all know that looking directly at the sun isn’t safe, being outside without sunglasses is also harmful. UV rays take no days off, so always bring sunglasses with you. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays, even on cloudy or snowy days.

At Rx, we offer prescription sunglasses so that you never have to be without clear vision while protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight.

Wear Prescription Glasses

Are you noticing your vision is strained when reading up close or using your phone? Updating your prescription in your glasses can help alleviate the strain in your vision.

If you don’t wear prescription glasses already, scheduling an appointment with Rx is a great first step in determining if you need to wear glasses.

Boost Your Diet

Simply changing a few areas of your diet can help to keep your vision sharp. Including foods like eggs, legumes, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and fish in your diet can help to protect your eyes and vision. This is because they contain healthy elements like zinc, omega-3, and vitamins C and A.

Interested in learning more? Check out our blog on the “Top 5 Foods to Boost Eye Health”.

Stay Active

An active lifestyle is good for the entire body, and that includes your eyes. Exercising regularly can help to reduce your risk of developing problems that can end up leading to eye disease.

Want to protect your eyes as you exercise? Ask your Rx optician about prescription sports frames.

Comprehensive Eye Exam

Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam is the best thing you can do to identify what is causing your eyes to strain. Our experienced doctors will be able to develop a vision plan for you and get your vision set up for success.

 

At Rx, we employ an expert team of doctors who are committed to helping protect your eye health. Schedule an exam with us today and take the first step in protecting your eyes from aging.

Rx Optical Blog Image Diabetes and Eye Health 11.09.18

Diabetes and Your Eye Health

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and according to the CDC, there are more than 100 million U.S. adults living with diabetes or prediabetes. The serious disease, which affects the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin, can cause health issues such as heart disease, kidney failure, amputations, and vision loss.

Diabetes is a major risk factor for developing glaucoma and cataracts, but the most common and threatening vision problem facing diabetics is diabetic retinopathy.

What is Diabetic Retinopathy?

Diabetic retinopathy, which is a leading cause of blindness in American adults, is caused by damage or changes in the blood vessels of the retina due to high blood sugar levels. In certain cases, retinal blood vessels can swell and leak fluid, while others may experience abnormal and new blood vessels growing on the surface of the retina. These changes in the eye can result in vision loss or blindness.

According to the National Eye Institute, nearly 7.7 million people age 40 and older have diabetic retinopathy, and this number is projected to increase to more than 11 million by 2030.

Symptoms of Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy can be very difficult to detect yourself, as there are no symptoms in the early stages. As the disease progresses, you may begin to notice the following symptoms:

  • Increasing number of floaters
  • Blurry vision
  • Blank or dark areas in your vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Colors appearing faded or washed out

The symptoms of diabetic retinopathy typically affect both eyes.

Prevention & Treatment

While fully preventing diabetic retinopathy is difficult, you can greatly reduce your risks by controlling your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and experience any of the above symptoms, you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible. Catching and treating the disease in its early stages, before it causes vision loss or blindness, is key for protecting your eye health.

It is crucial that all people with diabetes get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once every year. Dilated exams allow for eye doctors to see more of the inside of your eyes in order to check for signs of the disease.

Our expert team of doctors at Rx Optical is committed to helping protect your eye health. Schedule an exam with us today and take the first step in ensuring that your vision stays clearer, longer.

Rx Optical Blog Image Top 5 Foods to Boost Eye Health 10.29.18

5 Top Foods to Boost Eye Health

Your diet has a large impact on your overall health, including your vision. In addition to drinking enough water, maintaining a balanced diet that is high in fruits and vegetables, and low in sugar and saturated fats, is one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your eyes.

Most people have heard that carrots and other orange-colored fruits and vegetables promote eye health, but you should also consider adding these five foods to your regular diet in order to keep your eyes healthy and your vision sharp:

Fish

Adding fish to your diet will help protect and improve your vision. Your retinas need two types of omega-3 fatty acids in order to work correctly: DHA and EPA. Both of which can be found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and trout. Additionally, omega-3s will help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eye and glaucoma.

Don’t like seafood? Try taking a fish oil supplements to get a boost of omega-3s in your system.

Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens, like spinach, kale and collards, are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin and are a great source of vitamin C and beta carotene. These antioxidants will act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and protect from harmful UV rays.

If you aren’t a fan of leafy greens, try peas or avocado.

Eggs

Egg yolks are another prime source for lutein and zeaxanthin, which will reduce the risk of age-related sight loss. Eggs are also a great source of eye-friendly vitamins E and C, and zinc. Opting for an egg breakfast a couple times a week will help boost your eye health.\

Citrus Fruits

Vitamin C is a key defender against cataracts and macular degeneration. You can find vitamin C in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and berries. If you’re not into fruits and are looking for a daily dose of vitamin C, try a simple vitamin C supplement that you can find at most grocery or drug stores.

Legumes

Kidney beans, black beans, and lentils are good sources of bioflavonoids and zinc. These two can help protect the retina and lower the risk of developing macular degeneration and cataracts. Zinc also helps to protect the eyes from damage from light.

Remember, including Vitamin C, A, zinc, and omega-3 rich foods into your diet will help protect your eyes and allow you to have clearer vision, longer.

Interested in learning more about the foods you should add to your diet in order to boost your eye health? Schedule an exam with one of our doctors to discuss the steps you can take in order to achieve healthier eyes.

Rx Optical Blog Halloween Eye Safety 10.19.18

Get Spooky: Halloween Costumes and Eye Safety

Fun costumes are one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. Depending on the costume, sometimes it takes a bit of makeup and even crazy eyewear in order to fully pull off the look you’re going for. When you’re swept up in the excitement of dressing up, it is easy to forget about eye safety and the potential risks your costume may be creating.

Our treat to you this Halloween season is informing you of certain costume accessories that could cause you harm and potentially ruin your Halloween celebrations.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month, and, coincidently, a popular trend for enhancing Halloween costumes is cosmetic contact lenses. Cosmetic lenses can make quite a fashion statement, but when bought without a prescription at boutiques, tattoo parlors, and other nonprofessional retailers, they pose serious health risks.

All contact lenses, including prescription or cosmetic, are classified as medical devices and it is illegal for anyone to sell contact lenses without a prescription, because of the medical and health risks that this creates. Non-prescription costume contacts can cut, scratch, and infect your eye if they are not properly fitted. From this mis-sizing, corneal abrasions and bacterial infections are the most common injuries that occur. Unfortunately, treatment for these injuries can require surgery and sometimes the treatment does not work.

Why are costume lenses unsafe? The lenses are developed in a way that does not allow enough oxygen get through to the eye due to the paints and pigments used to create the colors in the cosmetic lens. There are about 13,000 emergency room cases each year due to the use of non-prescription cosmetic lenses.

How do you get safe, colored contact lenses? The only way to safely wear contact lenses is with a prescription. Our Optometrists would be happy to determine your prescription and contact fit at an eye exam. If cosmetic lenses will complete your Halloween costume, be sure to go the safe route and schedule an eye exam.

Costume Makeup, Paint, and Glitter

Makeup, paint, and glitter are quite common when it comes to Halloween costume essentials, but these also all pose a risk. It is important that when using costume makeup, paint, or glitter, you test a small area before placing the makeup on the entire face. It is especially important with costume makeup to keep it away from the eyes and eye area so that they eyes are protected from any irritation or stinging and burning.

After the costume comes off, don’t forget to take off your makeup, too. No matter how tired you are, the irritation from costume makeup can cause infection if left on for too long, so don’t go to sleep without washing your face. Be sure to look for swelling, rashes, and irritation on the face or around the eyes the day after the makeup is applied.

Masks and Accessories

Watch out for any costume items that could penetrate or scratch the eye. Think plastic masks that could break into the eye or tripping while carrying a prop sword. Any accessory or prop you use should be soft, flexible, and short, in order to avoid injury to the eye.

Signs of Infection

After your celebrations, watch out for these signs of infection:

  • Unexplained eye discomfort or pain
  • Redness of the eye and/or discharge
  • Watering eyes
  • Vision changes

Want to learn more about safe Halloween costume practices or interested in setting up an eye exam to get a prescription for colored contact lenses? Give our office a call or schedule your appointment online. One of our doctors would be more than happy to assist in your fun and safe Halloween!

Rx Optical Blog Image Fashion Glasses 10.15.18

Fashion Glasses: Necessity and Accessory

From geek to chic, glasses have become a fashion statement, whether they are prescription or not. Glasses have come a long way from big, circular lenses to tons of fun modern designs. Today, glasses are no longer seen as just an aid for vision, instead, glasses are now a fashion statement.

Still, a large majority of the population need glasses to see. In fact, did you know that 3 out of 4 American adults use a form of vision correction?

Whether you need them or not, glasses are a fun addition to any outfit!

Necessity and Accessory

Flashback 20 years ago and think about being told you needed glasses. Your options for choosing a frame that compliments your face and style were slim to none.

Now, the options are endless. As designers have recognized that glasses are not just a medical aid, but also a fashion statement, they have created fun designs and styles that keep up with seasons, trends, and culture.  A surge of styles, fits, and colors are now available to try on and experiment with.

Think Fashion

Fashion changes with the seasons; why limit your glasses to one look? The pastel colors of spring and bright colors of summer call for all kinds of fun frames.

A neutral frame looks classic in the fall, and a fun pop of red is exciting during the winter season.

Don’t be afraid to try trends: circular wire rimmed frames are incredibly popular now.

Our opticians are style-savvy and know what glasses are trending. Not sure where to start? Our trained staff can help you find your style.

Switching up your look with glasses will not only be a conversation starter, but will get you excited about the way you look. Choosing a pair of glasses to go with your outfit in the morning should be like choosing the right jewelry, belts, and shoes.

Wide Range

Since glasses have moved from necessity to accessory, the options for frames have multiplied. There is a plethora of options for whatever look you are going for; in fact, we offer more than 40 designer brands to choose from. Our trained team can help you choose the right frame for your face and the style that fits your personality. Try on as many frames as you need to in order to get the perfect pair.

Find Your Fit

Trying on glasses can be like trying on a pair of jeans. It does not always sound like the most fun way to spend your time, but with the wide selections to choose from, the whole experience has changed.

Ready to get started but you’re not sure where to begin? Check out our blog all about finding the right frame for your face: part one and two. Then head over to your closest Rx location to have an optician help you find your fit.

Looking for glasses regardless of if you need a prescription? Stop into one of our 54 locations to meet with our experienced and friendly staff. We would be happy to help you find the perfect fashion-forward frames for your face and personality!

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Wear Your Sunglasses – Even in the Winter

If there is one thing us Michiganders know, it is how to do winter. When we step out in the winter, we don’t leave home without multiple layers, a scarf, a hat, and waterproof, insulated boots.

But, what many of us are missing is a crucial part of our winter wardrobe; sunglasses. Frigid temps and feisty flurries do not mean your eyes are protected from the sun. If you’re heading out the door and wondering, “Should I grab these super stylish, fantastic sunglasses I got from Rx Optical?” your answer should always be yes. Here are a few reasons why.

More Exposure

In the winter, the sun actually sits lower in the sky and at a different angle than it does in the summer. This means your eyes might be getting more exposure to harsh rays. You’re also getting more exposure the more the snow falls. Snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV Rays which can lead to a troubling condition called, “snow blindness.” This condition primarily affects skiers and those who participate in winter sports but everyone is susceptible without protection and it can damage your cornea for up to a week. Look out skiers, the risk gets higher for every 1,000 feet you go above sea level.

Eye Damage

Sun Blindness isn’t the only condition caused by winter rays. Research has shown that the sun’s UV Rays can contribute to various ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration. UV light on your eyelids can also lead to skin cancer.

Early Aging

Nobody wants to look older than they are, but if you’re not protecting your eyes, you might be susceptible to premature aging. UV rays can cause wrinkles, fine lines, scaly red patches, and tough, leathery brown spots. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and is more prone to damage from the sun than other areas.

Protect Your Eyes

So, add one more item to your winter attire and grab a pair of sunglasses from any Rx Optical location. Our Sun Solutions Program allows our patients to own the very best (and coolest if you care) prescription and non-prescription sunglasses at a great value. Be sure to contact your local Rx Optical for discounts on lens and frame options.

Your sunglasses should block 100% of harmful UV rays and be large enough to completely protect the skin around your eyes.

Want to check out our selection? Stop on in to any location or give us a call with any questions you might have (800) RX-CARES.

Rx Optical Blog Image Womens Eye Health 09.27.18

Important Factors in Women’s Eye Health

Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have eye-related problems. With two-thirds of blindness and other visual impairments worldwide occurring in women, it is important that women understand their eye health risk factors and schedule routine comprehensive exams.

Because women tend to live longer than men, and have hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives that can negatively impact their eyes, glaucoma, cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are more common in women.

It is especially important to monitor eye health as you age, as vision problems become more prominent in aging adults.

Other factors that may cause women to have more eye problems include:

 

Birth Control

Certain birth control and hormone replacement treatments can cause blood clots or strokes, which can lead to vision problems. A woman’s risk for cataracts and dry eye may also increase while taking birth control.

 

Pregnancy

A woman’s body goes through many changes while she is pregnant, including vision changes. Common eye health problems when pregnant include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and eye puffiness, and in some cases, eye prescription changes. Those who suffer from high blood pressure during pregnancy may experience blurry vision, or even a retinal detachment.

 

Menopause

Dry eyes and uveitis (eye inflammation) are very common for women who are undergoing menopause.

 

Breast Cancer

Certain drugs that are taken to treat and prevent breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk for cataracts, eye bleeds, itchy eyes, and light sensitivity.

 

Preventing Future Vision Issues

While certain eye health problems are unavoidable, there are things that can be done in order to prevent future vision issues:

  • Make sure to receive an annual eye exam. Talk with your doctor about certain risk factors that may apply to you and make a plan.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Make sure you are drinking enough water and avoid high amounts of caffeine. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial for eye health.
  • Put down the cigarettes. Smoking drastically increases chances of eye disease.
  • If you are pregnant, discuss any vision changes that you notice with your eye doctor and make regular appointments.

It’s time to take steps to care for and protect your eyes. Make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable eye doctors today. Feel free to call or stop in at one of our 54 locations, we can’t wait to see you!

Rx Optical Blog Social Image Common Sports Injuries 09.13.18

3 Common Sports Eye Injuries and How to Treat Them

With the official start of fall right around the corner, and back-to-school season in full swing, it’s time for sports!

If your child is involved with sports, or you play one yourself, then you know that there are risks when you play the game. In a society where sports injuries are very common, and sometimes ignored due to the “walk it off” mentality, it is important that sports eye injuries are taken seriously.

We want to make sure your child is safe this sports season, that you know what to look for in an eye injury, and how to properly treat it.

Classification
Sports are classified as either collision or non-contact, which can be misleading in terms of the level of risk for an eye injury. Some collision sports, like hockey or lacrosse, require helmets that often times have built-in eye protection. Non-contact sports, like golf, tennis or baseball, may sound more safe, but these sports do not require eye protection, leaving the eyes more susceptible to injury.

Types of Injuries
There are several different types of eye injuries, however the most common are:

  • Blunt
    Blunt injuries are the most common sports-related eye injury. A direct blow to the eye from something that is bigger than the eye socket, usually a ball or an opponent’s body part, will cause fractures of thin bones in the eye.
    A direct blow to the eye that is smaller than the eye socket will cause rapid compression and dilation in the eye, which transfers a strong force on the eye, often times causing bleeding.
  • Penetrating
    Penetrating eye injuries occur when something cuts the eye. This can be from someone else’s finger or finger nail, sports equipment, large projectiles, or broken glasses from regular glasses frames.
  • Radiation
    Radiation injuries occur when there is overexposure to the sun. This is most common in outdoor sports where there are reflective surfaces, like snow skiing, water skiing, or fishing.
    Don’t forget, it is possible to get a sun burn on your eyes, so be sure to wear proper UV protection.

How to Treat
The best thing you can do when a serious eye injury occurs is to immediately seek medical attention. If the injury is less serious, make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Don’t let your child return to playing the sport until they have been officially cleared by a doctor. Additional physical activity may worsen the injury.

How to Prevent
With eye injuries being the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, it is extremely important that children wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Sports safety lenses are made from polycarbonate material, which provides the highest level of impact protection and prevents eye injuries.

Sports safety frames can be fit with prescription lenses, which are a sports-safe alternative to glasses or contacts.

You can also avoid eye injuries by wearing a helmet that is equipped with an eye shield. Even if a helmet or sports safety glasses are not required for your sport, consider wearing them for add-ed protection. Set an example for the rest of your team by playing smarter, and safer.

At Rx Optical, we care about you and your children’s eye health. We understand how important sports can be, but we want to make sure everyone is safe when playing the games they love. Our skilled team of eye doctors can evaluate eye injuries and quickly set up plans for treatment.

For more information, check out our recent blogs on the importance of sports safety glasses and how to choose the right sports safety frames.

Before your child hits the field this year, set up an appointment with us to have them fitted for sports safety frames at one of our 54 locations. We can’t wait to see you!

Rx Optical Blog Social Image Common Eye Care Problems 09.07.18

Vision Problems in Aging Adults

Many parts of your body change as you grow older, and your eyes are no exception. Older adults often have to be aware of, and deal with, a variety of different eye problems that may not be an issue for most children or young adults.

At Rx Optical, we are devoted to ensuring that our patients, of all ages, receive the best vision care. If you are noticing changes in your vision, or think you may have symptoms of an eye disease that needs to be addressed, schedule an eye exam with us right away.

According to a recent survey, half of people in the U.S. are neglecting their eyes, despite 84% of people rating vision as their most important sense. Skipping out on annual eye exams can leave you at risk for serious health issues.

Widespread issue
More than 10 million Americans have undiagnosed eye problems and conditions that can affect their vision and eye health. In addition to these conditions, over 180 million Americans have vision impairment: near-and far-sightedness, or in some cases, both.

Being aware of eye health changes that come with age will be key in ensuring that your vision stays clearer, longer.

Common eye diseases in older adults
Many common eye diseases have no early symptoms and can only be detected through an eye examination. Early detection and treatment is key when it comes to saving your sight. Common causes of vision loss in older adults include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Everyone over the age of 50 should strongly consider routine comprehensive dilated eye exams, as this will help catch diseases in their early stages.

Warning signs
If you notice you are seeing double, have difficulty reading or working with objects up close, or the way you see colors has changed, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. If you aren’t experiencing any warning signs, an eye doctor can still assess your eye health and let you know your specific risk factors.

To further assist our patients in understanding potential vision problems, our blog page has resources and information on topics such as trouble with night driving, the effect diabetes can have on your eyes, what an astigmatism is, the dangers of technology’s blue lights to your eyes, and glaucoma.

Next steps in your care
While an eye exam is an important first step in eye health, it is important to think about, and take care of, your eyes on a daily basis. According to The Vision Council, eating healthy foods, ending tobacco use, limiting screen time, and regular exercise are all great steps to achieving healthy eyes.

Our doctors are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the intricate relationship between eye health and your overall wellbeing. Be proactive about your health and schedule an eye appointment today. Young or old, your vision is a valuable and important part of your everyday life. Don’t wait – schedule an exam online today at one of our 54 locations.

Rx Optical Blog Social Image 5 Signs of Eye Injury or Damage 08.29.18

The Signs of Eye Injury or Damage

Our eyes are one of the coolest parts of the body; the design of our eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes are so complex and vital to our health. Did you know, with the blink of an eyelid, a layer of mu-cus, oil, and tears cover the corner to clean out dirt, dust, and other irritants? Your tears stop the spread of infections, too!

Even though they are amazing, eyelids cannot protect our eyes from everything. Eye injuries, or eye damage, occurs from time to time. It’s important that you can recognize when something is not right (and then give us a call).

Signs of Injury or Damage
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has put together an extensive list of injuries and damage that can occur in the eye; here are the most common:

  • One eye is not moving as well as the other
  • One eye is sticking out compared to the other
  • A cut or torn eyelid
  • Pupil is an usual size or shape
  • Blood in the clear part of the eye
  • A foreign object is in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling

Common Eye Injuries
One of the most common eye injuries is a scratched eye, also known as a corneal abrasion. This is usually caused by a foreign object in the eye like dust or sand. An important identifier in this injury is eye redness and sensitivity to light.

Another common injury can occur when a blow is taken to the eye, causing the eye to swell and puff. We see this injury when sports seasons pick up, usually baseball season. If you have a black eye, the best treatment is ice and a call to Rx Optical. We need to make sure there is no internal damage.

Eye bleeding, or subconjunctival hemorrhages, is an eye injury that looks much worse than the injury itself. This injury can happen when blood leaks from one or more blood vessels in the white of the eye. This can occur even in minor injuries to the eye.

The Don’ts of Eye Injuries

  • DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • DO NOT try to remove an object stuck in the eye
  • DO NOT apply any medication to the eye without a doctor consultation
  • DO NOT rinse with water (for cut or punctured eyes only)

The Do’s of Eye Injuries

  • DO rinse with water (for chemical burns or small debris in the eye)
  • DO call your eye doctor as soon as possible to receive the care your eyes need

We are here for your whole eye care, not just eye exams and prescriptions. Rx Optical can per-form the proper exams to recognize the cause of your injury and provide you with a plan to treat the injury. Noticing anything strange about your eyes? Come and see us, we can help you care for your eye injury.

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are Comfortable and Feel Confident.

Kids and Contacts: When Can They Wear Them?

As stylish as our frames are, at Rx Optical we know that your child may be itching to throw out their glasses and start wearing contacts. Deciding whether or not your child is ready for contacts can be a tough decision to make. A great first step, as always, is consulting one of our doctors. Before scheduling your appointment, check out a few of our tips and suggestions when it comes to kids and contacts.

GLASSES, CONTACTS, OR BOTH?
If your child is an athlete or struggling with self-esteem due to their glasses, contacts are a great alternative that will maintain their vision and likely make them feel more comfortable. Alternating between glasses and contacts is a good way to ease into contact use. New contact users sometimes experience dry eyes or irritation, so it is important to keep glasses handy. Glasses may still be a good option for your child when they are relaxing at night, reading, or doing homework.

START THE CONVERSATION
Vision is extremely important to your child’s overall well-being and success in life, so if you have noticed that your child has stopped wearing their glasses, it may be time to explore contacts as an option. Whether it is for fashion, comfort, sports, or self-esteem, it is important to understand why your child wants to make the switch. If you and your child come to the decision that it is time to switch to contacts, one of our knowledgeable doctors can sit down with both of you and talk through the pros and cons of contacts.

If the main reason your child wants contacts is to feel more comfortable when playing sports, consult an Rx Optical doctor about prescription sports glasses.

THE BEST AGE
There is no standard age for children to start wearing contacts, however most doctors prefer to start prescribing contacts after the age of 10. For most kids, it depends on their level of maturity and need for contacts. Since contacts require delicate care and can be difficult, or even intimidating, for first-time users, it is typically easier to make the switch when your child is closer to their teen years.

RESPONSIBILITY
Just like glasses, contacts require care. There are two kinds of contacts: dailies and monthlies. According to the American Optometric Association , most doctors like to prescribe daily contacts to younger patients, as they require less responsibility. Monthlies are typically better suited for older patients who can keep track of, and carefully clean, their contacts.

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are comfortable and feel confident. If you think your child may be ready to shift over to contacts, come visit one of our 54 locations and speak with one of our doctors. Your child’s vision is as important to us as it is to you. We hope to see you soon!

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At Rx Optical we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life.

How to Take Care of Your Child’s Eyes

At Rx Optical, we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life, and we want to help you in caring for your child’s eyes. While a comprehensive eye exam is a great first step to overall eye health, there are important ways to take care of your child’s eyes between their annual exams.

SYMPTOMS
There are certain habits and behaviors to be on the lookout for that could indicate something is not right with your child’s vision. The Vision Council shares these warning signs: squinting, closing, or covering an eye, holding objects close to their face, tilting of the head, rubbing eyes, and redness or tearing.

Other factors that are important to note include if your family has a history of eye issues, or if your child was born premature, be sure to pay close attention to any eye health warning signs.

AT HOME
Your child may not be able to tell you if they are experiencing eye problems if they have never known anything else. Find ways to ask if they are seeing multiples of the same image or if images are blurry. When reading a book with pictures together, try, “Do you see one or two bears on this page?”. Your child could be living with astigmatism or double-vision and not realize it. Pay attention to their eyes when they are talking to you in order to detect any lazy eye or eye crossing behaviors.

BACK TO SCHOOL
As your child heads back to school this fall, be sure to watch their behavior when they are doing school work at home. If your child is avoiding reading or visual work, attempting to do reading work, but has low levels of comprehension, or appears to be experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or a short attention span, these issues may be caused by vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.

Address these problems with your child, as their vision is their key to success at school. While your child may not like the idea of having to wear glasses or contacts, talk to them about the importance of being able to see, and how better vision will help them succeed in the classroom.

To help you prepare for your child’s return to school, all of our Rx Optical offices are hosting a Back-To-School Special, through September 15, where complete eye examinations for children between the ages of 4 and 18 will be only $19. The Back-To-School special will also offer $59 off all kids’ frames.

THE EYE EXAM
If you have noticed any of the vision warning signs or symptoms in your child, it is smart to bring them in for a comprehensive eye exam. Our knowledgeable doctors are here to make the exam a positive experience for both you and your child.

Taking care of your child’s eyes is an important part of their development. Our attentive doctors are here to provide the best care for your child and help correct any vision problems. Come visit us at one of our 54 locations.

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With the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit.

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO WEAR GLASSES

At Rx Optical, we know that glasses can be an important aspect of a child’s health, but we also know that it can be difficult to convince kids to wear them every day. The idea of getting glasses, wearing them daily, and keeping them clean can seem daunting for both parents and kids. But, with the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit; here are our top tips that will make the process a lot simpler:

THE EYE EXAM
The eye exam will be helpful in deciding if your child needs glasses or not, and from there, what kind of glasses they need. Not sure if your kids need an exam yet? Check out this blog on how to know when you child needs glasses. And although they may not need glasses right away, we still highly recommend regular eye exams in order to monitor any changes in vision.

Before the exam, brainstorm questions that your child can ask that you know they will find interesting. If your son or daughter loves science, prep him or her to ask about eye anatomy. Or, maybe the equipment will seem cool to children who like robots and machines: what questions can be asked to learn more? Our friendly staff is happy to answer questions that will make sure your child feels safe and interested.

MAKE IT FUN
If an exam determines that it is time for your child to get glasses, don’t worry, picking frames is the fun part! We encourage kids to try on a variety of different frames in order to find ones that are comfortable and that make them feel confident.

Letting your child pick out their own frames, and ones that they love, will make it feel like the glasses were ultimately their decision.

AT HOME
You’ve made it back home with your glasses, now what? It is important to let your kids know that wearing glasses at all times is the new normal. Practice taking the glasses straight on and off with two hands. Keeping the glasses clean is especially important to ensure that they are able to see through the lenses. Teach your child how to clean their lenses properly and let it become their responsibility. Make sure their glasses are being put in the same safe place at night, ideally in their case on a level surface.

KEEPING GLASSES SAFE
Kids like to play rough when they’re outside, so the idea of wearing their new glasses when they’re playing may be nerve-wracking. While safety is important, we offer a worry-free warranty that covers scratched, broken, or lost eyeglasses for 12 months and comes with a cleaning kit. We also offer options for additional pairs of glasses. While it is important to talk about and remind your child to be safe with their glasses, we know that kids will be kids, and accidents will happen.

If your child is in sports, be sure to check out our sports glasses, which offer unparalleled levels of protection.

At Rx Optical, we are partners with you in wanting what’s best for your child’s vision. We are here to help you and your child receive the best eye care so that their future is as clear and bright as their vision.

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Proper protective eyewear can prevent up to 90% of all eye injuries

FIT + FRAME MATTER: PRESCRIPTION SAFETY GLASSES

At Rx Optical, our patients trust us to protect their eyes and support overall health. That’s why we carry the best prescription safety glasses available. We take safety glasses seriously, as we know that the work our patients do when wearing them is important. Proper protective eyewear can prevent up to 90% of all eye injuries, and we are here to help.

When selecting your next pair of prescription safety glasses, make sure to keep the following in mind:

THE RIGHT FIT
Working with a trained professional who makes sure your glasses fit correctly is key. If your prescription safety glasses are either too snug or too loose, you will find yourself struggling with them all day. It’s not safe to have to continually adjust your glasses. The right fit will allow you to not notice them at all, meaning that you can focus on what is important: the work at hand and staying safe. If you find yourself adjusting your glasses throughout the day, it’s time to make an appointment.

THE RIGHT FRAME
Selecting the right frame is so important when it comes to prescription safety glasses. Glasses that are approved to use for protection are tested for high mass impact, durability, and high velocity impact – quite the rigorous tests! Rx Optical offers superior frame selection to make sure your pair of prescription safety glasses are the best frame for you. Our glasses meet both OSHA and ANSI standards, and come in a variety of materials and finishes.

THE RIGHT REPLACEMENT
This may seem obvious, but it is not safe to wear the same pair of prescription safety glasses beyond your doctor’s orders. Regular eye exams to check to make sure your prescription strength is correct and that your frames, lenses, and fit are still on-point is an important step to ensure your eyes are healthy and protected.

With competitive prices and superior frame selection, our team is able to provide the most technically advance safety glasses on the market. Schedule an exam today to find the right frames for you.

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24% of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider. -The Vision Council

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED GLASSES?

For most kids, summer means a break from school and days that are filled with playtime, camp, and other adventures. Between checking to make sure that your child has evenly applied sunscreen and is staying hydrated, summer is also a key time to watch for signs that your child may need glasses.

The Vision Council shares that “24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider, which can be problematic because kids don’t understand what ‘normal’ vision entails.”

So, what symptoms should you be on the watch for this summer? We’ve compiled a list below.

TOP WAYS TO TELL YOUR CHILD MAY NEED GLASSES

Squinting
If you notice your child squinting when sitting down to tackle summer reading or when she is up-to-bat during a baseball game, it is time to schedule an exam.

Closing One Eye
Like squinting, if you notice that your child often covers or closes one eye when concentrating on something like a sport, a screen, or a book, it may be time to see an eye doctor.

Frequent Headaches
If your child has an increase in headaches, it could be a key indicator that it is time for an eye exam. While many things cause headaches in children, eliminating or identifying the need for glasses is an important step in supporting overall health.

Excessively Rubbing Eyes
If you notice your child constantly rubbing his eyes, it could be time for an eye exam. You will also want to rule out other potential causes, like allergies, but excessive eye rubbing that isn’t due to being tired can be a red flag. If you notice your child rubbing her eyes when concentrating on something, schedule an eye exam.

The key to eye health is early detection. A comprehensive exam will identify any issues and ensure that if your child is on the right path.

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YOUR EYES AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION

While juggling jobs, family life and extracurricular activities, it sometimes feels impossible to get enough sleep each night. However, sleep deprivation can impact many parts of your health, including your eyes. If you find yourself with eye dryness, irritation or spasms, you may be experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation.

Your eyes recover and prepare for the next day while you sleep, so make sure you are getting enough rest. Sleep deprivation side effects can be harmful to your eyes in many ways.

Side effects

While it is easy to assume that the only side effects on your eyes from lack of sleep are cosmetic issues, there are some more serious problems to look out for.

Sleep deprivation may affect your appearance in a few ways. Puffy eyes or dark circles under your eyes are only one way to notice that your eyes need more rest. This happens because the lack of sleep causes your blood vessels to expand and look more reddish-blue. Sleep deprivation is not the only cause for dark circles, many other things contribute to the issue, but eliminating sleep deprivation can impact the overall appearance of your under-eye circles. Eye spasms are another side effect associated with lack of sleep. While eye spasms are not painful, they can cause irritation and disruption throughout the day.

Dry, itchy and bloodshot eyes can also be a side effect of sleep deprivation and can cause pain and irritation. Some of this occurs because your eyes are not getting the lubrication that they need.During the night, your eyes should produce new tears and cleanse themselves. If your eyes are irritated and itchy, you may be likely to rub them, leaving you more vulnerable to eye infections.

Extreme sleep deprivation is also correlated with symptoms of eye degeneration and can attribute to other serious eye conditions.

Combating lack of sleep

Instead of reaching for a pair of giant sunglasses to cover up your under-eye circles, try to combat your sleep deprivation in a healthier way: getting more sleep at night. Concealer, sunglasses and eye drops may help for the time being, but they don’t provide a lasting result for your overall health.

Our recommendations* for getting more sleep each night include:

Create a sleep schedule that you can follow. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day to create a schedule that your body is used to.
Evaluate the atmosphere in your bedroom. It is suggested to keep your room dark, cool and quiet, with light-blocking curtains and a white noise machine or fan.
Exercise daily to relieve stress and create a healthier lifestyle.
Adapt a routine that helps you relax every night before bed. This could include, reading, taking a bath and even listening to music.

Our team at Rx Optical cares about the health of your eyes and ensuring that your vision is the best it can be. If you’re experiencing eye irritation, redness or swelling, promptly make an appointment with your eye doctor. We will be able to evaluate the issue and assist with treatment. If you experience any examples of sleep deprivation side effects, schedule an appointment ASAP: (800) RX CARES.

* Sleeping tips provided by the National Sleep Foundation.

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BOUTIQUE FRAMES WE LOVE

Every once in a while, it feels good to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s why we carry several lines of specialty boutique frames, offering our patients a chance to invest in something extra distinctive.You get what you pay for with optimal quality and expert manufacturing behind each specialty frame, and we have a variety of styles to suit a range of personalities. Here are a few of our personal favorites:

Miu Miu

This spunky line of eye wear is known worldwide for its design, but what many people don’t know is that it was born in the Prada fashion house. In 1993 Miu Miu was established as a high-fashion women’s clothing and accessory brand stemming from Prada. Miu Miu was a family nickname for Miuccia Prada, who became the head of the Miu Miu brand.

Today, the Miu Miu frames are part of the well-known and revered brand, and we are proud to offer these iconic glasses and sunglasses in our offices. With infinite color, texture, and pattern possibilities, our fashionista customers thoroughly enjoy these sophisticated looks.

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Miu Miu Glasses

OGA Wood

For all of our outdoorsmen, we offer the Öga Wood line. This line of eye wear boasts exceptional craftsmanship and feature natural tones with hints of the great outdoors in every detail. These frames are developed in collaboration with cabinetmakers, so the artistry is unparalleled. As if that’s not enough, the crafters use a combination of wood and aluminum, which constitutes a huge technical feat in the development of eye wear. The handiwork and dexterity behind each frame is undeniable, and customers are guaranteed a top-quality product with great durability every time.

OGA Wood
OGA Wood

Airlock

Don’t identify as a fashionista or an outdoorsman?Not to worry, the Airlock line has something for everyone with it’s fun mix-and-match capabilities. introduced the Airlock Drill Mount Collection in 2001, and during the past 17 years Airlock has remained ahead of the times with the latest features and styles.

Focusing on minimalistic and modern aesthetics,the Airlock Collection has a rimless look with innovative details. Their frames are crafted from super light materials that provide ultimate comfort and durability.

Every Airlock style is unique, and this collection features a wide array of shapes, colors and materials for both men and women. With dozens of styles to choose from and endless mix-and-match opportunities, there’s an Airlock style to compliment every face and personality. It is truly a crowd pleaser.

Airlock

These are just three of the many specialty boutique frames we offer. Stop in at your local Rx Optical to see what other brands we carry and find the perfect, luxurious match for you. #treatyoself

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UNDERSTANDING POLARIZED LENSES

It’s no surprise that eye doctors everywhere recommend that we wear sunglasses year-round – even when it is overcast – to protect our eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. Luckily, we carry a range of styles that make it easy and stylish to rock sunglasses every day.

When picking your next perfect pair, you may want to consider ordering polarized lenses. If you aren’t sure if this option is right for you, here is a quick breakdown of what polarized lenses are and if you might need them.

WHAT ARE POLARIZED LENSES?
Usually, light scatters because it bounces unevenly off of uneven surfaces. If a surface is smooth, like calm water or a piece of flat sheet metal, the light doesn’t scatter and can reflect at just one angle. If that angle hits your eyes, you will experience a really harsh glare, which is terrible for your eyes.

Polarized lenses are coated with a special film that reduces glare caused by smooth surfaces. The light that enters your eye after passing through a polarized lens has been filtered, allowing you to take in your view more comfortably, more clearly, and with protection. Put simply, polarized lenses take the glare off of other surfaces (i.e. water, car hoods, wet roads, etc.).

WHO ARE POLARIZED LENSES FOR?
Polarized lenses are very popular among people who spend a lot of time outside: bikers, joggers, golfers, boaters, and more, appreciate the reduced glare that can be associated with their hobbies. Imagine the glare that is created by a calm lake when you are trying to catch fish!

If your day-to-day work or other activities put you in consistent contact with glare, then polarized sunglasses are a great option for you.

ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
There are some instances when polarized lenses aren’t the right fit. You might have difficulty seeing images on LCD screens, cell phones and even some watches.

Polarized lenses might not be the right choice for snow sports because it will reduce your ability to see icy patches; however, if that is not a concern, they will reduce the glare on snow that some find bothersome. For the same reasons that most of us should wear polarized lenses, pilots should not. Polarized lenses will reduce a pilot’s ability to read instruments in the cockpit and can also reduce their ability to see through the air crafts windscreen. Also, a pilot will not need to worry about glare on other surfaces unless they are seeing another aircraft, which would be important for them to see.

Still not sure if polarized lenses are right for you? Contact us to setup an appointment with our expert team to discuss if anew pair of sunglasses should be in your future.

Our Sports Frames

Our Sports Frames

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, making it the perfect opportunity to share some of our favorite sports eyewear with you! We love providing comfortable, stylish, and effective solutions that are guaranteed to protect your eyes whether you are on the court, field, or even in the pool.

Our sport safety frames come from two main manufacturers: Leader Sports (HILCO) and Wiley X.

LEADER SPORTS (HILCO)

For more than 30 years, the Leader Sports line by HILCO has offered a high-quality line of innovative sports eyewear. The company’s products have been worn by top athletes around the world, and they are known to provide exceptional performance and durability.

Whether you’re at the beginning stages of your athletic journey or you’re at the top of your game, Leader products can help you achieve peak performance. All Leader eye guards and shields include.

  • High impact, scratch resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • Optically correct lenses for minimal distortion
  • 100% UV protection

Leader Sports also has a line of swim protection offering exceptional solutions with the same guaranteed safety for underwater activities.

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WILEY X

Since 1987 Wiley X has positioned themselves as a world leader in researching, developing and selling protective eyewear. Originally they focused on military and law enforcement markets, with high-profile partnerships in the U.S. Armed Forces and elite Special Forces units.

Wiley X soon evolved into commercial markets, and their tremendous reputation has only continued to grow. From sport hunting, shooting, motorcycle riding, fishing, hiking, biking, extreme sports, and traditional sports, Wiley X is a worldwide leader in sports eyewear.

With their entire adult line exceeding OSHA safety standards,100% ANSI ratings, and distribution into some of the toughest environments worldwide, Wiley X is providing sporting goods, industrial safety, tactical and optical commercial retailers the ultimate level of protection.

Additionally, Wiley X believes that eye protection for everyday life only works if people want to wear it, so they remain committed to making stylish eyewear that is desirable and appropriate for every occasion. This includes great youth line with fun styles and colors that kids will enjoy wearing.

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Stop in at your Rx Optical office and try on these great sports protection options today!