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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!

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Last-Minute Summer Fun in Michigan

Can you believe that the summer is almost over? It seems like we just had our first beach day…and now it is back-to-school time! Don’t forget we are offering $19 exams for kids age 4 to 18 through September 30th.

Before we head into fall, we want to make sure you squeeze as much as you can out of your Michigan summer. We worked really hard on these awesome suggestions for making the most of your dwindling summer days.

Grab your family and hit the road, be sure to tag us in your photos – #myrxframes or #rxoptical.

Visit Your Nearest Garden

Our state is filled with so much natural beauty, did you know we have over 100 state parks? If you are looking for an easy to get to destination, head to one of our state’s amazing botanical gardens. No matter where you live, there’s one close to you. West Michigan has the Frederik Meijer Gardens, while Central Michigan should stop by the MSU Horticulture Gardens, and Ann Arbor residents can head to Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Explore Underwater

We’ve already shared our favorite places to play in and on the water, did you know you can also explore under the water and learn all about shipwrecks.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located in Alpena, and it’s one of the best places to learn all about what’s under the water. This location is complete with artifacts from shipwrecks, a 93-seat theater, and more.

Hop in a glass-bottomed boat with Alpena Shipwreck Tours to get an in-person look at sunken ships. Their boat tours will take you over some of the local shipwrecks to get up and personal with wrecks without diving in.

Pack polarized sunglasses for your trip. They’ll protect your eyes from UV rays and cut down on the glare from the water so you can see clearly.

Go on a (safe) Bear Walk

If your family love animals, Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry is so COOL. It’s the largest bear ranch in the United States, and it’s located right here in Michigan.

They are home to over forty free roaming black bears, visitors are kept safe behind barriers. 4 p.m. is the bears’ regular feeding time, so you can observe them chowing down. Be sure to get your picture taken with a bear cub, when else will you get that up close and personal? It’s only $10, and the proceeds go towards rescuing more bears.

We sure do love the Mitten ❤️, we can’t wait to hear all about your excursions. Tag us in your photos, use the hashtags #rxoptical or #myrxframes.

While we’re reminding you of things, schedule your back-to-school eye exam.

Rx Optical Blog Image Little Known Facts About Glasses 08.02.19

Little Known Facts About Eyeglasses

What do you put on every morning? Wear all day long? Take off before you go to sleep? Here is a clue…they help you see clearer and you don’t leave home without them. Any guesses?

It’s your eyeglasses (obviously)! It is so natural for us to put them on in the morning, we don’t often give them anymore thought than that.

With our doctors being focused on vision every single day, they have lots of interesting facts about eyewear we thought would be fun to share.

The History of Glasses

Although the term “glasses” came along much later, the first vision aid was invented around 1000 AD. This was called, “the reading stone.” Unlike the glasses we know today, reading stones weren’t worn. They were set on top of small letters to magnify the text, which made reading easier.

It’s thought that the first wearable glasses were created in Italy in 1824. These were made using wood, copper, leather, or bone. They were usually held manually, since they came without any mechanism that would keep them on your face.

To make glasses actually wearable, Spanish eyeglass manufacturers tied ribbons around the lenses and looped them around their ears. This kept the wearer from having to hold their glasses up themselves.

Fun Eyeglasses Facts

Modern glasses are not made with glass. Instead, our glasses are made of high-tech plastics that can be treated to filter harmful UV rays. This makes modern glasses thinner, lighter, and more durable.

Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, developed the bifocal lens when he grew tired of changing his glasses in order to see near and far. To make his life easier, he put two lenses in one.

Can you guess who has the most impressive collection of eyeglasses? It’s none other than the Rocketman himself: Elton John. It’s estimated he has anywhere between 2,000 and 250,000 eyeglasses!

If you are a glasses wearer, you are not alone – 25% of the world wears prescription glasses or corrective lenses. Stop in to find your new favorite pair of eyeglasses, to receive a comprehensive eye exam, or to chat with our doctors about the best solution for you. See you soon!

Rx Optical Blog Image Favorite Rivers in MI 07.25.19

Our Favorite Michigan Rivers

There’s nothing better than a Michigan river. That’s why we love to spend a day floating down or fishing on all sorts of streams across our beautiful state. Michigan’s rivers are perfect for everyone, no matter what your preferred water pastime is.

To help you enjoy these natural beauties, our team has rounded up our favorite rivers to float, paddle, and fish on. Check out our list and get ready for some late summer fun.

For Canoers

Whether you’re hopping in your canoe for a workout, to take in the scenic views, or to catch a few fish, you’ll want to visit the Huron River. The Huron River winds past Ann Arbor, Detroit, and all the small towns in between, so it’s a great mix of wild country and city life. There are plenty of places to drop your canoe in the water, as well as great picnic spots, so don’t forget to pack some snacks!

For Tubers

Whether you like skidding across the water or enjoying a relaxing float, you have to go tubing on the Muskegon River. It’s a great choice for tubers of all skill sets and ages, including families with young kids. In fact, there are plenty of options for short or long tubing routes, de-pending on your preference. Just make sure to take out your contacts before you hit the water to lower your risk of eye infections.

For Sightseers

Drive towards the Upper Peninsula and you won’t be able to miss Platte River. It’s located in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the water even winds into the Pere Marquette State Forest. That means the river is surrounded by 30 miles of awesome views. Wear your polarized sunglasses to ensure you can take in all the beautiful scenery without squinting or damaging your vision. Plus, polarized sunglasses help to reduce glare that will be glinting off the water. Trust us. You’ll want to see everything.

For Fisherman

A summer fly fishing trip isn’t complete without a stop on the Au Sable River. There is always a trout (or ten) ready to bite, and the other small fish in the system will test your patience and skill. We like to cast our lines on the Comins Flats because you can easily get in the water and wade. After all, fishing is always more fun when you can get up close and personal with the water.

If you need other river suggestions, we have plenty. Stop in to tell us your favorite spot and to find out where you need to go next. While you’re here, make sure you pick up a pair of polarized sunglasses so you can take in all of the views without straining your eyes. With how beautiful Michigan rivers are, you won’t want to miss a thing.

Rx Optical Blog Image Eyecare Essentials for College Students 07.18.19

Eyecare Essentials for College Students

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re packing for college. We know it’s important to make sure you have your fun pillows and your fancy mugs for your new Keurig, but don’t for-get to make your health a priority.

Our team of expert doctors wants you have the best college experience possible, and that includes great vision for the whole time you’re at school. We know how busy it can get those first few weeks (and how much sleep you won’t be getting), so we’ve put together some eye care advice and packing recommendations to set you up for that all-night studying.

Avoid Digital Eye Strain

You’re probably going to spend a lot of time in front of a screen. You’ll be using a computer to take notes, to participate in lectures, to read your textbook, and to catch up on your fa-vorite shows. Digital eye strain can create a lot of issues for your vision, like making your eyes feel tired and dry. It can even cause blurry vision. Give your eyes a break and follow the 20-20-20 rule.

What to pack: BluTech Lenses. These filter blue light and improve your vision contrast and clarity. In fact, since they filter out light from digital devices, BluTech Lenses can improve the quality of your sleep, too. They also don’t mess with your ability to use your favorite tech de-vices, so that’s a win-win.

Keep Contacts Clean

Make sure to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water before placing your contacts in your eyes.

Our team recommends daily-wear contact lenses, so you don’t have to expose your eyes to a bacteria-ridden case. When you take your contact lenses out at night, make sure to give your eyes a break before you head to bed. You deprive your eyes of oxygen when you keep contacts in. Set them free!

While you’re at it, be sure to keep your contacts away from water, including when you shower, since it can cause irritation and dryness.

We know that with the late-night studying, you’ll be tempted to sleep in your contacts (ouch, talk about dry eye irritation), but make sure you never do. You also shouldn’t share contact solution with roommates. Sharing germs is as much fun as sharing a bedroom, are we right?

What to pack: Extra contact cleaning solution – and hide it, just in case your roommate tries to use it!

Sharing Doesn’t Equal Caring

If you wear makeup, we want you to imagine this: you’re about to head out to a party when you realize you’re out of mascara. A swipe of your roommate’s mascara on each eyelash won’t cause any harm, right?

Wrong. Not to scare you, but you should never, ever share makeup, since viral infections spread quickly. As much as you want to try that new eyeshadow palette your friend ordered, you’re better off sticking to your own makeup collection and replacing it every three months.

What to pack: Your own makeup and makeup remover. You’re probably gonna want to hide this as well.

Sport Safety

Whether you’re playing as a signed athlete or joining an intramural team, sports eye safety is a must. Protect your eyes with the right eyewear to avoid eye injuries. After all, sports-related eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in those under the age of 18 in the U.S.

What to pack: Sports safety glasses. Try on a pair today! We have a bunch of different styles, so you don’t need to worry about function over fashion.

UV Protection

Not to scare you or anything, but the decisions you make now will affect you later in life, and we don’t just mean your career choices. Choosing to forego sunglasses now can lead to the development of cataracts, macular degeneration, or some eye cancers when you’re older. Don’t risk your vision now or later.

What to pack: Sunglasses with UV-400 protection and polarized lenses to eliminate glares. Whether they’re prescription sunglasses or non-prescription, pack more than one pair; everyone loves options, so you’ll never find yourself without them. Remember: it’s just as important to wear sunglasses on cloudy and snowy days as it is in the summer.

Regular Eye Exams

Last but not least, make sure to get a regular eye exam. Not only does this allow opticians to track yearly changes in your eye health, but it can give a glimpse into your overall health! You can even schedule an appointment over a break when you’re home from school to make it easy.

Remember that if you need to see an eye doctor while you’re away at school, you can stop by any of our 56 locations. If you go to West Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, or University of Michigan, we have offices directly in your college town. Even if you usually see our team when you’re back home, we have access to the same records and information, no matter which location you choose, so every location is convenient for you.

What to pack: Your eye doctor’s phone number. That way you won’t need to look it up on the fly. Stick it on your fridge with a fun magnet so it’s right there when you need to make an appointment.

While we’re talking about it, you can start prepping for college now by getting your comprehensive eye exam before you leave for the semester. Stop in or give us a call.

Rx Optical Blog Image 2019 Eyelash Trends 07.11.19

Eyelash Trends and Your Eyes

Lash enhancements are all the rage this year, if you haven’t noticed. And it’s no surprise why! Services like lift and tints, eyelash extensions, and magnetic or glue-on lash strips can provide some eye-catching beauty benefits…or at least they might at first. It turns out that the long-term effects of these enhancements can be unhealthy for your lashes and eyes.

Our expert team cares about you and your vision. We also want to help you feel your best! That’s why we’re breaking down how lash enhancements can hurt your eyes. Don’t worry – we’re also offering a beautiful alternative.

Lift and Tint

Also known as a “lash perm,” a lift and tint is a procedure that lifts your lashes for weeks. It’s like curling your lashes with a curling wand but without the extra effort. This service also colors your lashes so they’re bolder, allowing you to ditch the mascara.

Lift and tints are a new procedure, which means they aren’t well regulated yet. We also don’t know all possible side effects. However, we do know that skin irritation like rashes or blisters is very common with this procedure. The chemical solution used in lift and tints is also known to cause irritation in those who have a history of dry eye, allergies, and eye and skin sensitivities.

What if the solution lands in your eye? You are at risk for a corneal abrasion, burn, or ulcer. And that doesn’t mean just when the solution is applied. This could happen if you rub your eye, too. Altogether, it might seem like a convenient procedure, but a lift and tint can be incredibly risky.

Eyelash Extensions

Optometrists around the state and country agree that out of all lash enhancements, eyelash extensions will cause the most harm to your eyes. Salons may advertise the enhancements as a safe and beautiful alternative to mascara, but the extensions can cause more harm than good.

Eyelash extensions are applied one strand at a time. Extensions are attached to a single one of your lashes with formulated, semi-permanent glue. The glue and often the lash extension itself can cause allergic reactions, infections, or styes to develop on the eyelid. And because the procedure typically takes over an hour, dry eyes are the most common symptom that can occur.

Long-term effects from extensions can create serious damage on your lashes. The glue can cause your natural lashes to fall out more frequently, which means they can’t protect your eyes as effectively.

Long story short? Eyelash extensions cause immediate and long-term issues for your eyes.

Magnetic and Glue-On Strips

Lash strips are often seen as a safe and much less costly alternative to other lash enhancements. These are applied on the lash line to give eyes an extra oomph. Glue-on strips can create similar issues to what eyelash extensions cause, thanks to the glue that accompanies them.

While magnetic strips eliminate glue, they can still create pressure on your natural lashes. This causes stress, which can make your natural lashes fall out more frequently.

A Healthy Alternative

With all these side effects, you might be wondering what the best alternative is. It’s simple: your natural lashes! Your eyelashes are important for blocking dust and debris. They also protect your eyes from foreign objects (like eyelash enhancements). In fact, your natural eyelashes do their best work when nothing is in their way.

Stop in to learn more about your eyelashes and safe alternatives to these enhancements. Our team can’t wait to see you and help you protect your eyes and eyelashes.

Rx Optical Blog Image Water Sports Eye Safety 07.08.19

Water Sports Eye Safety

Sports are a fun way stay healthy, and in the summer, water sports are a great way to cool off. Athletic activities are a blast, but it’s important to be safe while you play. More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries every year. We don’t want you to be one of them!

Our team wants to make sure you and your kids have fun, no matter what you’re doing. That’s why we’re sharing the best ways to protect your eyes while playing in the water.

Common Eye Injuries from Water Sports

According to Prevent Blindness, more eye injuries occur from water and pool activities than any other sport! The most common injuries your eyes can suffer from water sports and activities are:

  • Infections
  • Irritations
  • Scratches
  • Trauma from other swimmers
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Eye socket fractures
  • Swollen or detached retinas
  • Traumatic cataracts

If you experience eye irritation or have suffered eye trauma, seek medical help immediately, and be sure to speak with your optometrist as soon as possible.

Proper Protection

To prevent eye injury, it’s important to wear protective eyewear when playing sports, whether they’re on land or not. Did you know that regular glasses and eyewear aren’t effective at protecting your eyes from sports-related injuries? When it comes to water sports, normal goggles are great, but they won’t keep all pool chemicals or bacteria from oceans and lakes out of your eyes.

That’s why you need safety goggles. When you get safety goggles from an optical office like ours, you’ll get lenses that have protection provided by built-in high-quality polycarbonate. These lenses can also be altered to include your prescription. Not only will your eyes be protected, but you’ll have clear vision so you can perform your best!

Be Prepared

In order to prevent eye injuries, prepare your eyes before you jump into the water. We know it can be hard to wait to get into that pool, but taking a few seconds to prepare yourself now can save you a trip to the doctor later.

As tempting as it may be, don’t wear contacts in the water. When you wear contacts in a pool, lake, ocean, or river, it can increase your risk of getting an infection in your cornea. Bring a travel case and contact solution to store your contacts safely while you wear your goggles.

Speaking of goggles, keep yours in your pool, gym, or beach bag so you’re never left without them. That way you’ll never have to choose between swimming safely and seeing clearly.

Stop in to learn more about our prescription safety goggles and glasses and start protecting your vision today. We can’t wait to see you!

Rx Optical Blog Image Best Michigan Lakes 07.01.19

The Best Michigan Lakes for Summer Fun

While Minnesota may be the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” their state can’t boast about the Great Lakes like we do. Lake days are simply a part of Michigan living. A week in the summer without going to a lake is a week wasted.

Our team absolutely loves exploring our state, from hiking trails to the summer treats of Michigan, so it’s only right that we pay homage to our favorite lakes in Michigan. While we love all 5 of the great lakes, we had to choose our absolute favorite, and it was a struggle! But we made sure to also include three inland lakes that are ready for you to discover:

Lake Michigan

We may be partial to Lake Michigan since it’s so close our main office, but we mostly love that anyone on the west side of the state can enjoy this great lake with ease. The coast of Lake Michigan is dotted with great small towns, so no matter where you end up near Lake Michigan, adventure is sure to follow.

Torch Lake

Named as the Third Most Beautiful Lake in the WORLD by National Geographic, Torch Lake is Michigan’s longest and deepest lake. The water is crystal clear and when you are floating on it you truly feel like you are in the Caribbean. Several different boat rentals around the lake mean that everyone can have fun on Torch Lake! There are multiple sandbars you can float your boat to. You can even get lunch from a vendor boat. And yes, they are often around the sandbars at lunch or dinner time.

Seriously, can Northern Michigan get any better?

Lake Superior

The answer is yes, when you cross the Mackinac bridge into the Upper Peninsula to reach Lake Superior. Like Torch Lake, the water is clear and you can even see old shipwrecks if you take a paddle-board, canoe, or kayak out. We highly recommend doing one of those three things on a guided tour so you can learn more about the history of the area. It can get cold up there, so grab some blankets and your camping gear. You can even set up camp right on the shore!

Lake Leelanau

If you are headed to Traverse City this summer or fall for a wine tour, make it a point to stop by Lake Leelanau. This lake is great for swimming and fishing. You can pretty much plan on reeling in a walleye. Plus, this lake is on the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, so there are views for miles.

Lake St. Clair

We would be doing the east side of the state a disservice if we did not include Lake St. Clair on our list. If you have a layover, consider spending some time at this lake, since it’s the closest lake to Detroit and the airport. There are also many ports at Lake St. Clair, and some have more of a beach vibe while others are perfect for water sports. There’s so much to explore at this lake, including lagoons and estuaries!

Did we leave your favorite lake off the list? Make sure you stop in to one of our 55 locations to let us know which lake you love to visit in the summer! While you’re in our office, make sure to grab some sunglasses to protect your vision from the UV rays that will reflect off of the water during your lake day.

Rx Optical Blog Image National Sunglasses Day 06.20.19

National Sunglasses Day

It’s that time of the year again (finally!). The doctors at Rx Optical are excited and ready to celebrate our favorite eye-related holiday of the year: National Sunglasses Day.

The sun’s rays are extremely dangerous and harmful to your vision. We are passionate about preventative eye care. That’s why we provide our patients with helpful tips to protect their sight throughout the year (even in the winter!).

Wearing sunglasses is the best way to protect your eyes from the sun. This year, we’re protecting our eyes and celebrating eye health at the same time on National Sunglasses Day. National Sunglasses Day is held on Thursday, June 27. This celebration spreads awareness of how sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays.

Facts About Harmful UV Rays

UV rays are harmful rays that are produced by the sun. They’re broken into three different types: UVA, UVB and UVC. Both UVA and UVB rays reach the Earth and are dangerous to our eyes, but UVB light is the most dangerous. Since these rays are produced by the sun, they can be stronger when it’s highest in the sky. That means rays are most harmful between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., but you still need protection throughout the whole day.

Many people believe that they’re only at risk on sunny summer days, but that isn’t true. Since the rays are capable of passing through clouds, you also need to wear sunglasses when it’s overcast. Surprisingly, snow can reflect up to 80 percent of UV light, which means that these rays are still damaging even in the dead of winter.

Although UV rays can harm your vision in any weather, keep in mind that UV light can be increased by humid conditions, which means it’s easier to get UV damage when you’re on the coast or somewhere else that’s humid.

Why Wear Sunglasses?

Sunglasses help protect our eyes from irreversible damage like cataracts or macular degeneration. While we all know that looking directly at the sun isn’t safe, being outside without sunglasses still hurts your eyes almost as much. UV rays take no days off, so always bring sun-glasses with you, even on cloudy, snowy, or rainy days.

At Rx Optical, we offer prescription sunglasses so that you can always have clear vision, even when you’re protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight. Who knew healthy living started with stylish frames?

Did Someone Say Giveaway?

We did! In order to celebrate National Sunglasses Day 2019 in all its glory, we need your help. Post a photo of yourself rocking your favorite sunglasses on social media.

Be sure to tag our page and to use the hashtag, #nationalsunglassesday and #sunglassselfie and like or follow our page. The contest will close on July 1, so start snapping those selfies! Once it’s closed, we’ll randomly select participants to win one of our amazing prizes: two $249 Sunglasses Certificates and five PHD-50 Lens Cleaning Kits.

If you don’t have a pair of prescription sunglasses, stop in for a pair! Schedule your comprehensive eye exam today and get the most up-to-date prescription for your eyes.

Already have a recent prescription? Great! Visit one of our 55 locations to find the perfect pair of sunglasses for your summer adventures.

Rx Optical Blog Image Swimming Pool Eye Safety 06.17.19

Eyes Burning? Swimming Pool Eye Safety Tips

Summer weather is synonymous with fun in the sun. On days when you don’t have time to make it to the lakeshore but still want to cool off, pools are the obvious way to go.

Whether you prefer to jump in, cannonball, or float, it’s extremely important to keep your eyes and vision protected. You’ve probably noticed that while pools are great, you can sometime walk away from them with irritated eyes.

Irritated eyes are very uncomfortable and can ruin a day of fun in the sun. Luckily for you, our team of doctors is here with helpful tips to keep your summer fun going swimmingly.

Danger of Pool Chemicals

Many pools use chemicals to keep the water clean and sanitary. However, these same chemicals can be very dangerous to your eyes and vision.

Coating the surface of your eyes is something called a tear film. This is a thin layer of tears that protects your eyes from irritants.

Chemicals found in pools, especially chlorine, can wash away the moist layer of tear film. This can irritate your eyes. There are a few different health concerns that can develop from this exposure to pool chemicals: swimmer’s eye, dry eye, or pink eye.

Swimmer’s Eye

Swimmer’s eye is the most common of the three health concerns and most recognizable. Symptoms of swimmer’s eye include:

  • Redness of the whites of your eyes
  • A stinging or burning sensation
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

Dry Eye

If you experience dry eyes and spend a lot of time swimming in a pool, this can sometimes be attributed to the chemicals washing away that thin layer of tear film. Symptoms of dry eyes include:

  • The feeling of grit in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Not producing enough tears
  • Not producing the right kind of tears

Pink Eye

When chemicals wash away the thin layer of tear film, eyes are left fully exposed to all the pool chemicals and any lingering bacteria. Bacteria that survive on your eye can lead to an eye infection, most commonly, pink eye.

  • Common symptoms of pink eye include:
  • Redness of the whites of your eyes
  • Changes in eye discharge
  • Burning or itching eyes
  • Blurred vision

Protect Your Eyes

Goggles are an important part of taking care of your eyes in and around pools. Goggles create a barrier against harmful pool chemicals while also keeping your tear film healthy. Did you know you can get prescription goggles?

After you get out of a pool, be sure to wash your eyes immediately with fresh water. While it might seem fun to lounge in the sun after you’re done swimming, that won’t help to keep your vision and eyes protected. Washing out your eyes with fresh water will remove chlorine and other chemicals from your eyelids and eyelashes.

You should also stay hydrated while swimming, no matter if you are swimming for leisure or for a workout. You can also help to keep your eyes moist and comfortable by drinking water during your pool day.

If you begin to experience eye discomfort after swimming in a pool, it’s always smart to con-tact your doctor. We know how to treat your eye irritation and can help you avoid future eye problems. Reach out to our team of doctors today to learn more!

 

Rx Optical Blog Image Summer Treats 06.06.19

Must-Have Summer Treats in Michigan

No matter where you are in the country, there are certain tastes that scream, “Summer!” Michigan is no different. Our state has some of the most tantalizing and nostalgic delights for foodies of all ages.

We know summer isn’t quite here yet, but once you sink your teeth into these snacks, you’ll be ready for some unforgettable summer adventures.

Classic Corndogs

What better way to celebrate summer afternoons than with a corndog from Pronto Pups? This cash-only restaurant has been a staple of Grand Haven for the past 60 years. They’ve never changed their recipe, and they clearly don’t have to. Grab your sunglasses, hit the beach, and make sure to get in line early if you want one of these for lunch. Pronto Pups is incredibly popular!

Craveable Coney Dogs

How could we talk about Michigan classics without mentioning Coney Dogs? Although it’s not clear where they originated, Coney Dogs have been a Michigan staple since the 1900s. Swing by your local hotdog joint and ask for one of these delights, slathered in chili, mustard, and onions. Our mouths are already watering.

Homemade Cherry Pie

It’s no secret that Michiganders love cherries, and it’s even less of a secret that we all love cherry pie. In fact, our state has two of the largest cherry pie tins in the world on display in Traverse City and Charlevoix. It’s no wonder the northern part of the state makes some killer confections. Make sure you stop by to taste one (regular-sized pie) for yourself.

Cool Chillers

If you haven’t tried a Boston Chiller yet, you’re missing out. Despite the name, this incredible milkshake was created in Detroit. It’s the perfect blend of Vernor’s (another Michigan staple) and vanilla ice cream that’s bound to cool you down on even the hottest of days. This shake was created by Frank Sanders (yes, the same Sanders that popularized hot fudge sundaes) to showcase some of the best that Michigan has to offer.

We want you to enjoy the tastes and sights of summer. Schedule an exam today before you start on your culinary road trip.