Rx Optical Blog Image BluTech Lenses 01.13.20

Combating Blue Light with BluTech Lenses

Think back on your week. Better yet, look at your past month or even the past year. How much time have you spent staring at a screen? We aren’t here to alarm you, but we are here to tell you that all that digital exposure can be damaging your eyes and affect your vision.

Digital screens emit blue light, and that can have a negative impact on your vision. Luckily, there’s a simple solution to your blue light blues: BluTech Lenses. It’s time to break down what blue light is, how it can affect your eyes, and how these lenses help.

Blue Light Basics

Have you ever been staring at a screen for a while, only to find that you have a headache? It’s easy to bring on a headache from eye strain while using screens that emit blue light.

Blue light is one of the shortest wavelengths of visible light, and it also has some of the highest energy. When you stare at a digital screen, it produces massive amounts of blue light so you can see the images that it projects. That’s all good, except it can really take a toll on your vision, since our eyes can’t block out blue light well.

The other problem with blue light is that it can keep you awake. If you’re stuck staring at a smartphone late into the night, you might have a harder time falling asleep, and we all know lack of sleep can bring on a whole host of other side effects.

Blue Light and Vision

As we mentioned, if you get overexposed to blue light, you might find yourself suffering from sleep problems, headaches, Computer Vision Syndrome or eye strain. It’s time to take a break from your screen if you have dry eyes, blurred vision, a headache, or any other sort of vision change. Schedule a visit with us, too, so we can make sure there isn’t any other underlying cause.

We know that you can’t function in today’s society without spending at least some time on a digital screen. Don’t worry. We have a solution.

BluTech Lenses and You

BluTech Lenses are designed to filter out the blue light that your eye can’t block on its own. They cut back on exposure so you can protect your eyes, all while typing away at your desk or browsing on your phone. Plus, since they filter out that light, they can help you sleep better and feel ready to take on your day.

Many people don’t realize that they need protective eyewear while working. Our team is happy to offer BluTech Lenses that can match your lifestyle and help reduce your symptoms, so you can get back to enjoying your day.

Are you ready to stop suffering from blue light? Want to learn more about BluTech Lenses? Schedule an appointment with us today. We can’t wait to see you.

Rx Optical Blog Image Eyewear Predictions 01.02.20

2020 Vision: Eyewear Trends in the New Year

Drum roll, please!

The ball has dropped, the calendar has flipped, and the confetti has been thrown! A new year means we once again get to identify this year’s upcoming trends. And we don’t just mean any trends‒we’re talking about eyewear trends!

So, sit down and buckle in, because we are talking all things trendy for 2020 (and 20/20) vision! From color to style, we’ve got you covered for making this year’s you the most stylish one yet.

90s

Everyone loves a throwback or vintage feel. That’s why this season, we’re inspired by 90s fashion icons. Forget about the cat eye look and head straight for the round frames. We love wire frames with sleek style like these ones from Polo Ralph Lauren (Rx SKU: 8053672797794)!

Trust us. Pair them with a jean jacket and some high-top shoes. You’ll nail the look and have great vision. It’s a win-win!

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Clear Frames

Some things never go out of style, and clear frames are definitely on that list.

This frame from Oliver Peoples (Rx SKU: 827934414617) is the perfect pair of glasses because it goes with absolutely everything! No matter the outfit, your glasses will add a great finishing touch. The other wonderful feature of clear frames is that you can find them in almost every shape. If you have your eye on a certain style, grab them in clear and you’re good to go!

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Tortoise

Let’s talk patterns!

This year, we are loving the tortoise pattern, especially in the traditional brown speckled style. Just like the clear frames, this pattern is widely popular and comes in almost every shape of frame. So, reference the best frames for your face shape, and then find a pair in tortoise! It’s as simple as that!

If you are feeling fun and wild, try these fun green tortoise frames from ­­­Longchamp (Rx SKU: 886895327060).

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Chunky Frames

2020 is the year for being big and bold! Show off that confidence with a pair of chunky frames, like these frames from Coach (Rx SKU: 725125995788).

The oversized frames are a perfect statement look that will set you and your eyes in motion for a fabulous year.

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Sunglasses

If you are a frequent reader, you know we are all about eye health and encourage you to wear sunglasses all year long! So, this year, we want you to start off strong by wearing sunglasses, even in the winter.

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Try stopping in for distinctive frames and effective lenses. Just take a look at these frames from Ray-Ban (Rx SKU: 805289742470). Don’t they just make you want to slip on some shades?

We think the best way to start a new year is to ensure your eyes are happy and healthy. Schedule an appointment with us! Once we assess your eyes, we’ll help you find the perfect pair of glasses to set you up for a great 2020.

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Glaucoma

Happy 2020, Rx Optical readers! While we hope you had a great 2019, we are extremely excited for the new year. This coming year might even be our favorite, because it gives us the opportunity to make an insane amount of 20-20 vision references. So, stay tuned!

It may be a year full of jokes, references and subtle puns, but it’s also a year of eye education.

Did you know that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month? Let’s talk about the signs and symptoms of this tricky condition.

What is Glaucoma?

You’ve probably heard of glaucoma, but you might not know what it is. Well, glaucoma is an eye disease that damages the optic nerve. This nerve is located at the back of the eye and is what connects the eye to the brain. It sends light signals to your mind and allows you to see.

One type of glaucoma, called primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), typically happens gradually, when eye fluid doesn’t drain as well as it should. Because of this, pressure is built up within the eye and the optic nerve gets damaged.

Another type, angle-closure glaucoma, happens rather quickly and is the result of the iris being too close to the drainage angle in the eye. This then blocks the eye from its draining capabilities, which causes eye pressure to rise quickly.

Symptoms

Those who suffer from angle-closure glaucoma may experience no symptoms prior to an attack, so it’s best to call your doctor if you experience blurred vision, mild headaches or eye pain.

Other glaucoma related symptoms may include:

  • Blind spots: Glaucoma causes lack of sight and frequent blind patches in your peripheral or main line of vision.
  • Tunnel vision: In advanced stages of POAG, tunnel vision, or trouble viewing objects that are not close to the center of the field of view, may occur.
  • Halos: Halos are circular and bright shapes that surround lights. These are a known indicator for glaucoma.
  • Eye pain: Glaucoma can cause pain both on the surface and deeper within the eye as a result of the disease. This should not be taken lightly. If you’re experiencing pain, schedule an eye appointment

 

Additional symptoms of glaucoma include headache, nausea, vomiting, seeing rainbows, redness of the eye, and more.

Did you know that glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States? If you experience any of the symptoms above, come see us. We want to make sure we can help you identify the symptoms of glaucoma, take appropriate preventative measures, and receive necessary treatment.

The earlier we can detect the disease, the earlier we can help treat it. Make sure you’re scheduling an annual eye exam so that we can be certain to check for any signs you may not have noticed.

Some things change with the coming of the new year, but the consistent and reliable care found at Rx Optical never will. Schedule an exam with us! We are always ready to take care of you and your eyes.

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Patient Love: Looking Back on 2019

Your Rx Optical team works hard to make sure we can give you an exceptional experience every time you walk in our door. We love hearing from you about your appointments–it helps us grow as a team and a provider.

To wrap up 2019, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the best stories we’ve heard this year from our offices across our service area. Keep reading to check out some of our best patient reviews. After all, we wouldn’t have such great stories without wonderful patients like you.

First-Time Patient

We had a patient stop by our St. Joseph office not too long ago. It was her first experience with Rx Optical, and afterwards, she was very happy to tell us about how the whole thing went.

In her review, our patient said, “Dr. Diana Haskins was so fun to work with. ‘Fun,’ you say? Yes, fun. She was candid, personable, caring, to the point (I like that about a person), and she also answered all of my questions. She was simply nice and refreshing. And she had great shoes!”

Our patient goes on to say, “I am telling you; this staff is great. I do not see myself going anywhere else, and I’m glad that my insurance guided me to this place.”

We’re so proud of our team for providing an awesome experience. Way to go, St. Joe!

Glasses Malfunction

One of our Cascade patients had an incident that ended with some broken glasses. Our staff was happy to help.

“Over the weekend, I was careless with my glasses and accidentally snapped off one of the nose pads…I figured I would give [Rx Optical] a shot, and I’m very glad that I did,” says our patient. “Even though there were at least two customers in the store in addition to me at the time, I was able to go in and get my issue sorted out in under ten minutes. Both of the pads were replaced, and the glasses are now as good as new!”

Rx Optical is glad to be the go-to for when you have eyewear malfunctions. Luckily, we also offer our Worry-Free Warranty to help cover accidents, so you never have to worry.

Seeing Clearly

Recently, a patient stopped by our Jenison location after their family had some bad experiences with another provider.

He says, “Considering the experience I’ve had with other eyecare facilities, I was wary about trying Rx Optical, but my wife said Dr. Noyes was very good. Now, after my exam and getting my new glasses, I must say that she is great! I don’t know what other providers were doing wrong, but she got my prescription right the first time. Now I can’t see myself going anywhere else!”

The entire Rx Optical team wants to thank you for coming in to see us and sharing your stories and smiles. We wouldn’t have these great comments without you, our patients, who show up to support us.

It’s always a great day when we can help patients see clearly and leave with a smile on their face. When was the last time you stopped in for an eye appointment? Schedule one today! We can’t wait to see you.

Rx Optical Blog Image Best Gifts for People with Glasses 12.12.19

The Best Gifts for People with Glasses

There’s more to the holiday season than gifts, presents, and shiny boxes with bows. Still, it’s fun to share a small token of your appreciation with the people you hold near and dear to your heart, especially when the gift is meaningful.

For us, a good present isn’t about the cost, the glitz or the glam. It’s about how thoughtful and practical it is.

This holiday season, we encourage you to put a little planning behind your gift giving. Luckily for you, if you’re buying for someone who wears glasses, we’ve got you covered.

Keep ‘Em Clean

If you don’t wear glasses, you will never understand the frustration that comes from a dirty lens. Still, we’ll try to put it in perspective.

Think about driving with an extremely dirty windshield. There is nothing more frustrating, right? Well, the same goes for lenses! Having smudges, fingerprints and dirt in front of your eyes is extremely irritating, and it makes it difficult to see clearly.

Keep your friends seeing clearly this holiday with a cleaning cloth, wipe or kit! There are many options, but if you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffer, our suggestion is a microfiber cloth. If you’re interested in something bigger, come in and grab one of our PHD-50 Lens Cleaning Kits. They include a 6-ounce cleaner spray bottle, 30 pre-moistened lens cloths, and a microfiber cloth, so your glasses-wearing loved one will be prepared for anything.

Show Off Style

Protecting your glasses from scratches can be hard if you don’t have a protective coating on your lenses. Give the gift of safety with a fun and decorative glasses case.

Not only are protective cases practical, but they’re available in many different colors and patterns. Start by choosing between a hardshell case, a patterned case, or even a fuzzy one. Next, select a pattern. Finding the perfect glasses case is a great way to show how well you know your loved one. They will thank you, and so will their glasses!

Be Prepared

We know life gets messy, accidents happen, and things can break. For your accident-prone loved one, we recommend the gift of repairs! Many eyeglass repair kits include all the essential tools for a minor fix, including screws, a magnifying glass, a microfiber cloth and a carrying case.

While a kit can help with minor damage, you’ll need a professional for big accidents. Include our contact information with your gift so your loved one will be prepared. We offer a Worry-Free Warranty to all of our clients, which is a sure way to save money and time.

Still stuck? Come see us. We have gifts cards that are great for when you’re in a pinch. Plus, we’d love to talk with you about your best gift ideas. Happy shopping!

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Michigan Winter Family Fun

If you follow us on social, you know we encourage our followers to explore our beautiful state using the hashtag, #sightseeingsaturday. While the warmer summer months make it easier to go outside, we here at Rx Optical absolutely love winter. The snowy season is a great time for family bonding activities.

So, strap on your boots, grab your scarf and pull out your mittens. We’re about to talk about all things winter, family and, as always, fun.

Take a Hike

We say it a lot, and we’ll say it again! Get outside and enjoy the breathtaking views of our amazing state. We love hiking, no matter the season.

There is nothing like a fresh coat of snow on the winding paths of some of our favorite Michigan hikes. If there is too much snow to take a leisurely walk in your winter boots, grab a pair of snowshoes! In the winter, snowshoeing is a great family activity that gives you the opportunity to get outside even on the snowiest of days.

Just remember to dress for the occasion and pack your sunglasses for your outdoor adventure. It’s important to protect your eyes from UV rays, even in the winter!

Hit the Slopes

What better way is there to spend your wintery days than strapped to a pair of skis?

While Michigan might not be the most mountainous state, it does have a great variety of beginner-friendly, downhill skiing options. If downhill isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of cross country paths throughout the state.

Take your family out on an adventure and tackle the slopes. Don’t forget your protective eye wear! Wearing goggles while skiing can do more than benefit your vision; it can also protect your eyes from harsh winds and the sun reflecting off of the snow.

Spread Some Cheer

The holidays are a great time to get involved in your community, since many cities have holiday markets, parades and other events.

We love family and community bonding opportunities, which is why we suggest taking a look at your local community website to find any upcoming winter events near you!

Maybe you live in Grand Rapids and are excited for the holiday market, or perhaps you’re a Detroit native looking forward to skating at Campus Martius. If you’re in Lansing, make sure to check out the Holiday Lights Stadium Style, and if you’re in Kalamazoo, be sure to check out the dazzling zoo lights.

Regardless of the event you find, be a part of your community this winter. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a little quality time with your family!

Want to hear more from us about our favorite winter activities? Schedule an eye exam with us. We would love to chat with you while we examine your eyes!

Sunglasses sitting next to plants.

Why Sunglasses are Important in the Winter

When winter hits, Michiganders all know the drill: break out the hats, scarf, gloves and sunglasses. Yes, you read that right! While sunglasses are traditionally associated with the warmth of the summer sun, they are actually a year-round accessory.

Don’t believe us? Let’s talk all about the importance of wearing sunglasses in the winter. Trust us. We will have you convinced to break out your shades by the end of this blog.

Harmful UV Rays

You have probably been warned about harmful UV rays before, but we’re going to warn you again!

The three different kinds of UV rays, UVA, UVB and UVC, can cause severe eye damage and pain. Too much of this exposure can even lead to macular degeneration and cataracts.

While UVB rays are the most damaging of the three, polarized sunglasses can make them far less scary. See, polarized sunglasses provide glare protection, as well as UV protection, which can help to ensure your eyes stay healthy. So, note to self: when buying sunglasses, invest in a pair with polarized lenses.

Reflection of Light

Have your ever stepped outside to see a fresh, new layer of snow, only to find yourself blinded by the glare? Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light, which is exactly why sunglasses are so important during the snowy white months.

Most objects in nature absorb some of the natural light that hits their surfaces. This is what gives them their color. Snow, however, is different, since it reflects most of that sunlight. That makes it bright white, but it’s also why you squint when you step outside.

Since we’re surrounded by ice and snow for at least a quarter of the year, it’s important to keep sunglasses at the ready. When you step out for some winter wonderland fun, be sure to bring shades for everyone in your family.

Even if you’re just commuting to work, the reflection off of a snowy road can damage your eyes and impair your vision. Pop on some polarized shades so you can cruise with confidence and keep your eyes safely open.
While we love polarized lenses, it’s worth noting that there are a few occasions when non-polarized lenses are best. If you’re skiing, driving a motorcycle, or driving in particularly icy conditions, it might be best to use sunglasses that don’t have polarized lenses. That way, you can see the reflections off of the ice and proceed with caution. Plus, if you’re an airplane pilot, it’s best to avoid polarized sunglasses, since they can make LCD instruments hard to read.

Not sure if you need polarized or non-polarized sunglasses? Come see us! We have a wide range of sunglasses frames and lens options! Hurry and schedule an appointment with us before the flurries of winter hit.

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Our Team’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Maybe it’s the football or the parade, but for us here at Rx Optical, it’s all about enjoying a good meal with friends and family.

We always have Thanksgiving classics like turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, but sometimes, we like to spice it up. Some of our staff has shared their favorite holiday recipes, so we wanted to share them with you, our second family.

No-Knead Dinner Rolls

Simple is always better, right?

This recipe is a staff favorite for exactly that reason. It’s simple, easy and delicious! And because the recipe creates a large sum of dough, it gives the baker the capability to make two different types of rolls.

We love to split the dough in two and create a morning sweet roll and a classic dinner roll. Of course, the flavors are up to you, but we absolutely love these blueberry lemon sweet rolls. Just be sure to share them with your loved ones this coming holiday.

Candied Sweet Potatoes

These candied sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving must, according to our staff, and sweet potatoes are great for your eye health, too. Plus, this is even a no peel recipe! All you need to do is clean and scrub your sweet potatoes or yams (your choice), boil until they’re tender, and the skins will fall right off.

Cut your potatoes into half inch slices and throw them in a skillet with brown sugar, butter, water and salt. Let them all mingle, and tada! You have a yummy and simple dish that even your pickiest relative will love.

Spoon Bread Casserole

If you love corn bread and casserole, look no further. This recipe was made for you.

This spoon bread casserole is a twist on a classic dry bread. It’s filled with moisture and is absolutely delicious.

Made with corn, dry mix, sour cream, eggs and butter, this recipe is a must have on your Thanksgiving menu. And while the recipe says it makes 6-8 servings, in our experience it’s so good, it will be devoured before it’s even on the table. Be sure to double the portions. Your family will thank you!

Pumpkin Roll

What is Thanksgiving without a pumpkin dessert? Well, it would still be Thanksgiving, but we sure do love this pumpkin roll recipe!

This pinwheel roll-up is perfect for any cream cheese lover, and it’ll be sure to leave your sweet tooth happy and satisfied. While the photos of these even and perfectly rolled desserts make it seem easy, trust us, the perfect spiral will come with practice. Don’t be discouraged, though! Even if your roll isn’t Instagram worthy, it will still receive a five-star rating from your taste buds.

We love sharing our traditions with you. It’s just another way for us to show you that we care! While you’re planning your Thanksgiving meal, be sure to remember to include foods that are good for your eye health. Your family will love the nutritious and delicious meal.

Want to talk more about favorite recipes while getting your eyes checked? Come see us. We can’t wait!

Rx Optical Blog Image Best Glasses for Your Face Shape 11.18.19

The Best Glasses for Your Face Shape

Getting the perfect prescription lens is simple; all you need to do is schedule an appointment with us, and we take care of the rest! We can also help you choose the right type of frame, but finding ones that match your style is completely up to you.

We offer a lot of frame options, so we know that sometimes, people can get a little overwhelmed. That’s why we’re putting together some tips to help you find the perfect frame to flatter your face.

Do you know your face shape? There are frames to compliment every type of face. People have different face shapes, which are classified into six different types: oval, round, square, diamond, pear and heart. Keep reading to figure out which frames will make your features shine.

Oval Face Shape

Those with proportionally balanced and slightly curved jawlines fall in the oval face category, which is the most versatile face shape for glasses. Almost all frame shapes will flatter your features. Still, we recommend a rectangular frame, like these frames from bebe, which will help add structure to your curved features.

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Round Face Shape

People with round faces have wide and long faces that lack prominent cheekbones. Our recommendation for a round face shape is an oversized, square or rectangular frame, like these frames from Burberry. By adding dimension with a large frame, you can draw others’ gaze to your eyes and give your face a slimmer appearance.

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Square Face Shape

Those with square faces typically have wide and angular jawlines and foreheads. Because of the sharp features, we recommend that those with this face shape opt for a round-edged or soft-edged frame. Shapes like a cat-eye, brow-line or classic round frames, like these frames from Flexon, will help to add a soft dimension to your angular face.

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Diamond Face Shape

Just like the shape, a diamond face has a narrow forehead and jawline, and it features prominent cheekbones. Our frame recommendation is similar to that for people with square faces, since a round frame will help to add softness and curves to your striking features. Avoid square frames and try an oval or round frame, like these frames from Original Penguin.

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Pear Face Shape

A pear face shape is defined by a broad jawline and chin with a narrower forehead and smaller cheekbones. For those with this face shape, we recommend a browline shaped frame, which will help to even out the face’s proportions. Try these ÖGA frames, which have an open bottom and thin, sleek top.

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Heart Face Shape

Last but not least, there are heart shaped faces! Those who have broader foreheads, prominent cheekbones and narrower chins fall into this category. We recommend either round or rectangular frames, depending on where you fall on the heart-shaped spectrum. A round frame will help add softness for those with a more angular chin, while a rectangular frame can help add shape for those who fall on the rounder end of the spectrum. Regardless, we think these frames from Lafont are a good fit, no matter the shape.

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We can give advice and recommendations, but at the end of the day, we want you to find some frames that fit your style. Schedule an appointment and try on a few pairs. You never know what you might find.

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Contact Lenses and Cold Weather

This time of year is perfect for wrapping up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate and spending time with family. However, with the season comes cold and bitter weather, and these conditions can be extremely harsh on your eyes and contact lenses.

But don’t worry. Like always, we have a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure your eyes stay happy and healthy during even the chilliest days.

Winter and Dry Eyes

Michigan winters are packed with snow, wind and bitter temperatures. We love how beautiful our state gets in cold weather, but these harsh conditions can often irritate eyes.

The winter months are drier than others, which can stimulate a tearing reflex in our eyes. That’s why you might find yourself blinking away tears when the temperatures drop.

When the whipping winds make contact with the eyes’ surface, even if you’re wearing contact lenses, the moisture of your eyes gets stripped. As a result, your eyes try to counteract the dryness by producing more tears.

To help cut down on random crying while still keeping your eyes moisturized, try artificial tears, contact lens specific lubricating drops, a humidifier, or some of these tricks!

Eye Protection

Yes, even in the cold months, it’s important to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

You might be surprised to learn that your eyes can suffer from sunburn. You might be even more surprised to learn that the light reflecting off the snow and ice can evoke some very powerful UV rays, even on a cloudy day!

If your eyes do suffer from sunburn, the condition generally clears up after a few days, but during that time, you can’t wear your contacts.

Protect your eyes this year by making sure you wear sunglasses all year round. Not only do sunglasses protect you from UV rays, but they can act as a barrier between your eyes and the wind. That can help reduce dry eyes and irritation from winter breezes.

Contact Care

Despite what you may have heard, we can confidently tell you your contact lenses won’t freeze to your eyes even on the coldest of days.

Although you won’t be in danger of frozen lenses, it is important to keep your contacts moist. You’ll also need lenses that are best suited for your eyes. If you have naturally dry eyes, specialized lenses may be a good option for the cold months. Our team can help you find the right fit to keep your eyes happy all season long.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with us to prepare for the upcoming cold weather. We can help you find properly fitted lenses that will suit all of your winter needs.

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Transitions: Photochromic Lens Basics

Did you know that Transitions is the name of the brand (which we offer), and not the term for a lens that changes colors? Yup. The lenses that appear clear (or nearly clear) while indoors and automatically darken when exposed to natural light are called photochromic lenses.

Transitions happens to be one of the best-selling brands of photochromic lenses in the United States, which is why many people confuse the name of the brand with the name of the product itself.

Photochromic lenses offer a lot of benefits that you might not know about, so keep reading to find out more.

UV Ray Protection

Photochromic lenses are cool and outrageously convenient. Because the lenses change color when they are exposed to harmful UV rays, your eyes are instantly protected from the sun while you’re wearing them.

See, sunglasses help protect your eyes from UV rays, which is good, because these rays can cause irreversible damage like cataracts or macular degeneration. By wearing lenses that shift into sunglasses, your eyes are better protected from the sun than they would be without sunglasses.

Versatile Options

We know that switching between prescription lenses and sunglasses can get frustrating. That’s why Transitions lenses are a great choice if you’re always on the go. When you have a pair of glasses with photochromic lenses, you get the best of both worlds!

These lenses are also great if you’re constantly misplacing your sunglasses. When your lenses can give you clear vision and UV protection, you only need to worry about keeping track of one pair. If, however, you like keeping fun in the sun separate from your work life, we offer prescription sunglasses, too!

Blue Light Filters

Transitions lenses have more capabilities than you might realize. They can even help to block out blue light from digital devices.

If you’ve never heard of blue light or have no idea where it comes from, that’s no problem! Blue light is emitted by digital screens, and it can interfere with your circadian rhythms. If you don’t wear protection, but you spend a lot of time staring at screens, blue light can even give you eye strain or headaches.

It’s a good thing that most Transitions Lenses now block more light indoors than any other traditional clear lens can! So, if you’re on your devices frequently, Transitions Lenses might be a great solution for you.

We know so many options for eyewear can be confusing. The simple fix is to schedule an appointment with us so we can find the right solution for your eyes and your life style. See you soon!

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Fun Halloween Costumes with Glasses

We love fall activities, which means we also love Halloween! It’s the holiday made for self-expression and creativity. It’s also the one day of the year where you get candy and the opportunity to put on a fun costume.

For us, the best costume is all in the details, and that includes the perfect set of glasses. So, to embrace both our profession and the spirit of the holiday, we made a list of our favorite Halloween costumes that all rock an iconic pair of frames.

Get Magical

Embrace your inner wizard this Halloween by dressing up as Harry Potter. While you may not be able to cast any spells or charms, it’s easy to at least look like this pop icon!

The Harry Potter costume includes a black robe, a scarlet and gold scarf, a wand, and, of course, thin round glasses. Oh, and don’t forget about the lightning shaped scar!

A pair of thin round glasses similar to those Harry Potter wears.

 

Get Super

Did you know Superman has a day job? Yup! Clark Kent, Superman’s civilian alter ego, is actually a newspaper reporter.

To complete Clark Kent’s look, you’ll need a white oxford shirt, a black tie, dark slacks, a Superman logo shirt and the iconic square framed glasses, like this pair from Dragon.

A pair of square framed glasses similar to the type Clark Kent wore.

 

Get Mysterious

Hop in the Mystery Machine and grab your Scooby snacks for our next pick!

As an integral member of Mystery Inc., Velma Dinkley is always in fashion with chunky black frames, just like this pair from Alain Mikli Paris. To complete the look, all you need is a red skirt, oversized orange sweater, orange knee high socks and red flats.

A pair of chunky black glasses similar . to the type Velma Dinkley wore.

 

Get Hidden

Feel like blending in this Halloween? Dress up like Waldo. Even those with 20-20 vision will have a hard time finding you.

This costume is simple and easy. All you need is a pair of black pants, a horizontally striped red and white shirt, a matching hat, and a round shaped pair of glasses! Who knew a disguise could be that simple?

A pair of round shaped glasses similar to the type Waldo wore.

 

Get Royal

Next, we’re going back to the early 2000s with Amelia Mignonette Grimalidi Thermopolis Renaldo, Princess of Genovia.

Doesn’t Ring a bell? Think pears and The Princess Diaries.

See, being a princess for Halloween would be cool, but being Mia Thermopolis before her princess lessons would be way cooler. To complete the look, you will need a light blue oxford shirt, a blue blazer, a black tie, a blue plaid skirt, a pair of black knee high socks and some slim framed glasses like this pair from Coach.

A pair of slim framed glasses simlar to the kind Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries wore.

 

Halloween is a great time to dress up in styles you might not wear otherwise. Once you try on one of these pairs of glasses, you might find that you they’re your new go-to for your daily eyewear. We can’t wait to see you rock your new look.

Do you have a different costume in mind? Make sure to schedule an appointment with us! We can help pair you with glasses that will help you rock your costume and keep your vision clear for years to come.

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Cosmetic Contact Lenses and Your Eyes

Novelty cosmetic contact lenses seem to be all the rage around Halloween. Our team wants to make sure you have a safe holiday, no matter what you’re dressing as.

While these contact lenses might seem like a fun accessory for your costume, they can also hurt your vision.

In the spirit of a safe and fun Halloween, check out this quick FAQ about novelty cosmetic contact lenses, and learn how you can keep your vision safe this year.

Why do you need a prescription?

Did you know that in the United States, you have to have a prescription to order contact lenses? It’s illegal for a company to sell contacts to you unless you show them proof that you have a prescription from an eye doctor. That’s because the federal government classifies all contact lenses as medical devices, not just as accessories.

That means they have to be distributed by a licensed professional. So even if you just plan to use cosmetic or colored contacts for one night, you need a prescription from an eye care professional to purchase them.

This regulation ensures that there is oversight on novelty lenses. Without it, you’d be able to pick up lenses from anywhere, and that’s not safe at all.

What if you have 20-20 vision?

The prescription requirement might seem silly if you aren’t intending to purchase contacts for improved vision, but it’s more important than you think. That’s because there’s more to contacts than just clear vision. You have to think of safety.

Illegally sold lenses lack regulation, meaning they may not meet FDA standards. Those standards include a lack of sterilization or incorrect packaging, which can lead to huge problems for your vision. Non-prescription cosmetic lenses could even cut, scratch or infect your eye, which could result in permanent eye damage.

If you try to purchase contact lenses and you aren’t asked for proof of prescription, turn back! We know that the contacts might look cool, but the risks aren’t worth it at all!

Even if you do everything right, your eyes might still be irritated by the foreign object. In that case, remove the contacts immediately, call your eye doctor, and try some of these tricks for irritated and red eyes while you wait.

What about the fit?

If you get contacts that are made to fit your prescription, you are in good hands. When contacts are made to fit your prescription, that includes more than just the right power. Your contacts also fit the size and shape of your eye and are even made out of a material that suits you best.

Think of contact lenses like a pair of shoes. If they are too big or too small, the shoes cut into your heels and leave your feet irritated and uncomfortable. Contact lenses are similar, so they have to be the right fit for your eye.

Bonus tip: If you purchase cosmetic contact lenses with a prescription for a costume, be sure to still follow the standard rules of contact lens safety. Wash your hands before you apply your lenses and be sure to take them out before you go to bed. While you’re at it, remove all of your costume makeup before you hit the hay, too. Your eyes will thank you in the morning!

If you want colored or cosmetic contacts, visit an eye care professional like us for a prescription and an eye exam. Cosmetic contacts can be a fun way to add additional flare to your costume, as long as you acquire and wear them safely.

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Favorite Fall Michigan Activities

Fall is a season that seems to go as quickly as it comes. Luckily, since we live and work in Michigan, we have the luxury of enjoying all the best parts of the season.

There is so much to do in our beautiful state, but there are some specific things we think Michigan does best during the fall season. So, before autumn disappears, you absolutely must check out our favorite fall activities.

Take a Hike

What’s not to love about changing leaves and cool, crisp fall air?

We love to get outside and explore during the fall season. It’s a great opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Michigan while soaking up the last few drops of warm weather. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out our blog on the best hiking trails in Michigan.

If the weather is cold or rainy, make sure to take a drive through a tree-lined road to see all the colors of fall. Bring glasses with an updated prescription when you go sightseeing, so you don’t miss out on any details.

Carve a Pumpkin

Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkins.

Decorating pumpkins is an activity that never seems to get old! Whether you paint or carve them, pumpkins are the perfect creative fall outlet. Head to the nearest pumpkin patch, select your pumpkin and get decorating. Once you’re done carving, you can even roast the seeds. They make for the perfect fall snack.

Don’t think we forgot about other amazing pumpkin flavored treats. We love pumpkin everything: pie, bread, muffins, lattes, donuts…we could go on, but you get the picture. We suggest consuming some of those, too, to really get in the autumn spirit.

Pick Some Apples

Just like pumpkins, apples are another key part of autumn. In fact, one of the best ways to enjoy a Michigan fall is to visit an apple orchard. We suggest taking a trip with your friends and family to visit an orchard near you.

If you’re in Grand Rapids, try checking out Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery. Ann Arbor natives can enjoy an apple from Wiard’s Orchards, and people from Lansing can check out Spicer Orchards Farm Market for some fun.

Nothing beats strolling through the lines of apple trees and picking a few favorites to bring home. While you’re there, don’t forget to grab some hot apple cider to warm up, too.

When you hit the orchards, be sure to bring a pair of polarized sunglasses. UV rays can harm your vision, even on a cloudy day, so make sure to rock your shades all fall long.

Get Cozy

We all know that Michigan weather can be a bit unpredictable. So, when the weather doesn’t allow you to explore outside, staying inside comes with its own list of fun fall activities. Try baking or cozying up with a good book next to the fire. We find blankets and books to be the perfect combination for those cold and rainy Michigan days.

When you read, be sure your surroundings are well lit and that you’re taking breaks to avoid eye strain. Remember: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Regardless of what you like to do during the fall, we want you to be able to enjoy the beauty of the season with healthy vision. Schedule an appointment with us. We always love getting to see you.

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We Care, and Here’s How We Show It

If you’ve ever visited one of our offices, you’ll see we do things a differently. Our team is overly enthusiastic and passionate about providing awesome experiences from the minute you walk in the door to exam to ordering to pick-up.

Our focus is on the experience, we build relationships with our patients and the communities we reside in. You are the reason we are here, and we couldn’t be more thankful for you.

We Work with You

Your eye health is just that—your eye health. We want you to know exactly what’s going on with your eyes, and we communicate through each step of your visit.

There is no substitute for an in-person eye exam, when we know how you spend your time, where you work and how you play, we can ensure nothing is missed and your eyes are protected. What’s even better? We’ll talk to you about it in a way that you understand—none of that doctor speak nonsense.

Regular eye exams are important to establish your prescription—and we’ll help you do that—but they’re also super important preventative measures. When you stop in, we’ll look at your overall eye health, which can go a long way towards catching conditions like glaucoma early on. Remember: early detection can help prevent or minimize complications like blindness.

We Find the Perfect Fit

Did you know that a good pair of glasses requires more than just the right prescription? Crazy, isn’t it? The frame material, shape, size, and lens material can all make a huge impact on whether or not your glasses work how you need them to.

For example, if you’re always hitting the gym, you need glasses that can keep up with you on the treadmill and won’t slide off your face throughout your workout. If you spend a lot of time running back and forth from inside to outside, you need glasses that provide UV protection.

Frame shape and size, along with lens material, play a big role in the thickness and weight of your lenses. That’s why our opticians are trained to design the best pair of glasses to specifically fit your prescription and lifestyle.

We want you to love how your glasses look on you, but we also want you to fall in love with how they fit into your day-to-day life. It’s just another way we show how much we care.

We’re There for You

The right eyewear can make a huge impact on your life. That’s why we’re here whenever disaster strikes, because accidents always happen.

Did you smash your glasses? Our Worry-Free Warranty has you covered. Want more good news? If you lose your lenses, we can help with that, too. Why? Because we care.

Everyone has different needs, which is why we offer a bunch of different eyewear options, from polarized prescription sunglasses to contacts and everything in between. If you need something, all you have to do is ask. We’re happy to help!

We’re Part of the Community

At the end of the day, we come to work every day because we love helping the people in our community.

We’ve been shopping local and giving back since long before your favorite farm-to-table restaurant existed. That’s because we love Michigan and the people who live here. How can you tell? You can see us all over the place, sponsoring local teams, running in marathons, and giving back in other ways.

Our team is made up of people just like you, which means we want to get to know everyone who sets foot in one of our offices. We want to build a relationship with you, not just treat you like another number. It’s what you deserve.
Ready for a whole new eye care experience? Schedule an appointment today. We’d love to get to know you.

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Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh MI!

Michigan is proud to be home to many amazing sports teams and to the fans who cheer them on. Our team at Rx Optical is filled with some intense sports enthusiasts, so we decided to round up some fun facts about Michigan’s beloved sports teams.

Sit back, learn some trivia, and then get excited to watch some of Michigan’s favorite teams at work.

The Detroit Pistons

Before all of our basketball fans read the title and feel left out, we didn’t forget about the Pistons. They just didn’t quite fit into our play on words.

There’s always something happening with the Pistons, from the infamous “Bad Boys” who led the Detroit Pistons in back-to-back NBA championships in ’89 and ’90, to the accomplishments of current players. Most recently, they announced a move from The Palace of Auburn Hills to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

While moving is a pain, the Pistons are no stranger to it. That’s right! They were originally founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana and didn’t move to Detroit until 1957. When they got here, they didn’t even have to change their name. The Pistons fit in perfectly with Motor City.

Our team at Rx Optical loves how many basketball players have started wearing goggles to protect their eyes during the game. Sports glasses are essential for any athlete!

The Detroit Tigers

There are a lot of tall tales about how the Detroit Tigers might have gotten their name, but the official story actually dates back to the Civil War.

Specifically, they’re named after the Detroit Light Guard. This was a military group that fought with such passion and jungle-like ferocity that they were nicknamed “Tigers.” Once the war ended and the troops returned to Detroit, the city’s residents asked permission to use the nickname. It was meant to show respect and appreciation to the military unit.

You many have already guessed, but they said yes.

Speaking of the Tigers, if you’re a fan, then you have to check out our guide to Comerica Park. Make sure to grab a pair of polarized sunglasses the next time you go watch a game so you can see all of the action on the field and protect your eyes in style.

The Detroit Red Wings

Detroit owns the title of “Hockeytown,” and that might be because the Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups. That’s the most of any U.S. team! Plus, the Red Wings are one of the Original Six teams in the National Hockey League, which is a legacy to be proud of.

The team first débuted as the Victoria Cougars and changed to the Detroit Cougars in 1926. They briefly transitioned to the Detroit Falcons before finally settling on the Red Wings in 1932.

Hockey is cool (no pun intended), and so is the sport’s efforts to protect the eye safety of its athletes. As of the 2013-14 season, the NHL requires all players to have visors attached to their helmets to help protect their eyes.

Are you an athlete? Don’t forget to schedule an appointment for a pair of prescription sports glasses. Our team would love to find a pair that suits you. Plus, we always love a reason to talk with other sports fans about Michigan’s great teams.

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How to Soothe and Avoid Bloodshot Eyes

Red may be a primary color, but it shouldn’t be the primary color of your eyes.

Most people have probably experienced the discomfort that is a bloodshot or red eye, either from campfire smoke, a chlorinated pool, or just from the dirt and debris that floats in the air. As you know, this comes with pain, but also the unattractive appearance and the not so subtle red eye. Moral of the story: if you have ever experienced it, you know. It stinks.

The first thing we ask people when they tell us their eyes are red is, “did you remember to take your contacts out before you went to bed last night?” So, before you read any further, start there.

If you’re still with us, that means one of two things. One, you really love learning about blood shot eyes, or two, you have one and it most likely isn’t from your old contacts. Don’t worry. We will try and provide you with some helpful advice.

How to Avoid Red Eyes

While our list of items to avoid might not guarantee your eyes will be pain free, it’s a good place to start.

  • Avoid smoke – if you have easily irritated eyes, it’s best to stay away from smoke. Smoke can cause eyes to itch because of the toxins in the dirty air.
  • Wash your hands regularly – If you have to touch your eyes, always, always, always be sure they are clean before you do so. Your hands carry lots of germs that can cause irritation to the eye if they come in contact with one another.
  • Wash your pillowcase, towels, and clothes regularly – Keeping items that go near your eyes clean will help decrease the number of unwanted germs and bacteria that find their way to your eyes.
  • Makeup: If you have sensitive eyes, the makeup you’re using may be the root of your problem. Either lay off the heavy eye makeup or switch to a different brand. It might be worth investing in hypoallergenic products.
  • Wear glasses: One common cause of red and irritated eyes is dust that gets trapped in the eye. To help cut back on this discomfort, wear glasses in dusty situations. For example, if you are mowing the lawn, try a pair of polarized sunglasses or prescription safety glasses to help decrease the amount of dirt that comes in contact with your eyes. We can help you find the perfect pair. Ask us about our Home Safety solution program the next time you stop in!

At Home Suggestions

If your eyes are red and irritated, you can try a few tricks at home to keep the irritation to a minimum. Try gently pressing a warm, damp, clean cloth over your eyelid. Only hold it there for a few minutes before removing it. This can help reduce the swelling around your eye.

If you frequently get red or irritated eyes, ask your eye doctor about artificial tears. These can help wash out debris and sooth the burning, itchy sensation. Keep these on hand, so the next time you have irritated eyes, you’ll be ready to go.

Come See Us

While we may have given you some suggestions to avoid and lessen your symptoms, be sure to come see us if your eyes are irritated. Red and irritated eyes can be a sign of other underlying issues, which our team can check for. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

We want to ensure your eyes stay healthy and are given the help they need. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about protecting your eyes.

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Must-Haves for a Michigan Tailgate

When we think autumn, we think pumpkins, sweaters, and of course, college game day.

And while not everyone is into in-state rivalries and conversations about statistics, everyone can appreciate a good tailgate.

When it comes to packing, you probably know about the big staple items for any tailgate packing list, like chairs, plates, food, drinks, games, etc. But more often than not, it’s the smaller items that are easy to forget. Why is it that they always seem to make the biggest impact, too?

If you want to have the best tailgate in the lot and not forget essential items, check out these helpful tips from our football-loving eye care team.

Dress in Layers

While Michigan weather may be beautiful, it is also extremely unpredictable. One minute it’s sunny and you’re dripping sweat and the next you’re freezing and scraping ice off your windshield. It just comes with the territory.

Our advice when packing for your tailgate is to grab everything in your wardrobe. Really.

You know the weather can change out of the blue, so make sure to cover all your bases. Pack all the basics like a set of gloves, a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, a raincoat, umbrella, coat, and even some extra socks.

While you’re at it, don’t forget your polarized sunglasses! They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and make watching the game more enjoyable. Who wants to squint to see a touchdown, anyway?

Bring Wet Wipes

No tailgate is truly complete without a little mess, and it never hurts to be prepared. When your hands are covered in grease from your barbecue, you can just whip one of these out. You can also use them to wipe down your table and chair or even the hard bleachers when you finally take your seats.

Moist towelettes are a great addition for cleaning your hands, but don’t forget about your lenses, either. Stop by one of our locations to pick up a professional lens cleaning kit. It’ll make sure that your glasses remain streak-free, especially when the stadium lights turn on.

Pack Trash Bags

This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised by the number of times trash bags get left behind. It can be a lot of fun to party before a game, but cleaning up after yourself is just as important.
Bring two or more trash bags to your tailgate. You can use one for landfill items and another for recyclables. Plus, if you’re caught in a rain shower, a trash bag and some scissors can create an effective poncho in a pinch.

Keep a First Aid Kit

Safety first! We all know that accidents happen, so we encourage you to bring a first aid kit. Adhesive bandages can be very useful, especially if you’re tailgating with your children. After all, it’s better to have a first aid kit and not use it than to need a first aid kit and not have one.

We wouldn’t be doing our job as your vision team if we didn’t also insist you bring an extra pair of contacts, contact solution, an extra contact case, and eye drops.
In the event that you do need to handle your contacts, make sure your hands are clean first.

Our team loves watching Michigan teams hit the field. Do you have tailgating plans? Schedule an appointment with us first so you can enjoy the game with clear vision.

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Beauty Hacks for Your Eyes

In this profession, we see a lot of eyes. Because we see so many, it comes to no one’s surprise that we are up to date on the latest and greatest beauty trends for eyes.

We are, of course, eye doctors, so the tips we’re about to give you prioritize your eye health while still making you look wonderful.

Make a Statement

We’ve already talked about the dangers of lash extensions. Instead, if you want to draw focus to your eyes, eyeliner is the way to go.

Although some popular styles suggest that you should apply eyeliner to your water line, you should avoid this at all costs. Putting any makeup in your eye can increase your risk of eye infections. Instead, make sure to use a vibrant eyeliner just beneath the edge of your lid.

Bonus tip: If you’re using liquid eyeliner, make sure to throw it away after three months. For pencils, be sure to toss them every two years and sharpen them so that you don’t need to apply excessive pressure.

Think with Color

Are you familiar with the color wheel? It’s basically a circle of colors that shows which complement which. Colors that are across from each other are complimentary, which means they make each other pop.

When picking the best shade of eye shadow for your eyes, reference the wheel. By choosing complimentary colors, your eyes will stand out and will be accentuated by the contrast.

  • Blue is the opposite of orange. If you have blue eyes, wear warm orange and bronze tones to really make your eyes pop.
  • Brown eyes are the most versatile and can rock almost any shade. For a daring and bold look, deep purples and cool tones are the way to go.
  • Green is across from red on the wheel. Since red isn’t the most subtle of color choices, try pink for a natural look that will still highlight your natural eye color.

If you’re looking to enhance your eye color more, speak with your eye doctor about prescription colored contacts. Don’t fall for websites online that sell a one-size-fits-all solution. These can be damaging to your eyes and can even cause blindness. Instead, schedule and appointment, and get color enhancement the safe way.

Bonus tip: Clean your makeup brushes regularly to keep contaminates out of your eyes.

Keep it Clean

Always take out your contacts and then remove your eye makeup before going to bed. When you do, use an eye makeup remover and dab at your eyes, instead of scrubbing. That keeps makeup from getting in your eye.

The skin around your eyes is fragile and extremely thin, so take special care of it. Whenever you touch the skin around your eye, be sure that your hands are clean and that you also use your ring finger. This is the gentlest finger on your hand, so it runs a lower risk of bruising your skin.

Bonus tip: While we’re talking eye safety, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t store makeup in the bathroom. Bathrooms are warm and damp, which is a great breeding ground for bacteria. Store your supplies somewhere dry, and make sure to keep caps and lids firmly affixed.

Put Health First

All of these beauty tips are great, but the most essential part of taking care of your eyes is keeping them healthy. Even the best mascara won’t offset an eye infection.

Make sure to schedule regular eye exams to check for signs of any conditions. If you ever think your eyes feel uncomfortable, or if you’re concerned about discharge or another symptom, get in to see an eye doctor. It’s best to catch circumstances like this early on before they can create lasting damage.

Our team loves helping you feel confident in your vision. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about how to rock your style while protecting your eyes.

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Back-to-School Eyewear Trends

Starting a new school year gives you the opportunity to reinvent and restyle yourself. We think the best place to start is a sweet pair of frames, which is why we have the hippest new styles that your friends are going to go wild over. We are seeing a demand for the three most classic styles of glasses: transparent, bold black, and tortoiseshell frames.

Did you know that basic vision screenings like the ones you get at school only identify 5% of vision problems in children? That’s why it’s so important to book an eye exam at one of our 55+ locations.

To get ready for a brand-new school year, schedule an eye exam, read this amazing blog, and get ready to pick out the best back-to-school frames.

Totally Transparent

Make a statement with these transparent frames from Oliver Peoples. The company bases all of their designs on 1940-1950s fashion, which means they never go out of style. Did we mention that they match anything in your wardrobe? It’s a win-win.

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Classic Black

Guys, geek is chic. Black rectangular frames are where it’s at. You don’t have to commit to the classic shape to rock this look either. Try a cat-eye or oval frame. No matter what you choose, rock your look.

We love OGI frames for kids because they are practically kid-proof! Stop in to see what we mean.

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Sleek Tortoiseshell

We suggest going wild on the color, because color is cool.

Ever wonder why they call them tortoiseshell? They were designed with the speckled look of turtles in mind. Pretty cool, right? These frames come in a wide variety of colors like brown and black speckle or a fun purple and pink speckle combination.

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Lilly Pulitzer is known for fun, bright designs, so we love this take on a tortoiseshell. Want a more neutral look? We have that, too!

We can’t wait for you and your family to stop in and find the perfect back-to-school look. Set up your appointment and get ready to crush the new school year!