Rx Optical Blog Image Fall Activities 10.03.19

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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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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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.

Rx Optical Blog Image Last Minute Summer Fun 08.07.19

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 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.

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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.

 

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Get Outside: Best Hiking Trails in Michigan

Our state is so beautiful, and we love exploring it! One of the best ways to enjoy all that Michigan has to offer is by hiking trails all over the state. Each trail offers something different, whether it’s dunes, waterfalls, forests or beaches. Let’s be honest: Michigan truly has some of the best trails in the country.

When you hit these paths, you might even run into one of our doctors. We love exercising and staying active because it’s a great way to improve vision. Check out our team’s top picks for hiking Michigan, and say hi if you bump into us!

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Warren Woods State Park

We may be a little bias about the Warren Woods trail because it’s only an hour away from our main office, but it’s also an easy trail to hike with your family. This is a short walk with great views and perfect picnic spots.

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Tahquamenon Falls Route

Take a trip to the Upper Peninsula to see the Tahquamenon Falls. Plus, you can take the Tahquamenon Falls Route to see multiple other waterfalls in the area. Did you know this trail will allow you to see one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi? That’s something you can’t miss.

We love this trail because there is so much to see, from leafy foliage to multiple waterfalls and the occasional moose. If you hike this route, stop in to one of our 55 locations to tell us all about it!

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Minong Ridge Traverse

Ready for a hike of a lifetime? Take a trip all the way up to Isle Royale National Park to hike Minong Ridge. You’ll have to take two ferries to get there, but the views are worth it. This hike is for the experienced traveler, so start training now!

Pack plenty of water and your sunglasses when you go. This is a long hike, and you’ll need to protect your health. Keep your eyes shaded so you can see the trail with ease and make sure to stay hydrated.

Green Trail

Green Trail

Travel to southeast Michigan and get lost in the forest at Haven Hill Natural Area in the Highland State Recreation Area. The Green Trail is an easy hike that’s perfect for beginners. As if that wasn’t great already, you can also bring your dog! The trail is only 45 miles out from Detroit, so it’s a great place to visit in order to escape the city.

Make sure you bring bug spray with you. Green Trail is in a swamp forest, but it’s also home to over 100 species of birds. Make sure your glasses are clean for this hike so you don’t miss anything!

Before you take off on your next hiking adventure, stop in for a comprehensive eye exam. We want you to enjoy all the views Michigan has to offer with clear vision.

Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled doctors today, and then go hit the trails.

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Michigan’s 5 Best Summer Getaways

Summertime in Michigan means driving to the nearest lake shore with your loved ones and spending the day on the coast. The doctors on our team are no different than you; they love the sand between their toes, wearing cool shades, and hanging out with their favorite people.

Whether you prefer “glamping” or setting up camp in the middle of the forest, our Michigan summer getaways have a little something for everyone. Check out our expert doctors’ favorite places to go in the summer:

Charlevoix

If you want to be surrounded by clear blue water (and, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want that?) then Charlevoix is the getaway for you. With Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake, and Lake Michigan all nearby, there is never a shortage of water activities. Shop downtown boutiques and try local restaurants after a long day in the water. Charlevoix has a great mix of outdoor fun and city life.

Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior

Isle Royale is the place to go when you want to get off the grid and be one with nature. This national park is a remote island positioned right near the Canadian border. The island has no cars and lots of green scenery, which makes it perfect for hiking or jogging. Explore the Greenstone Ridge Trail that links the island’s east and west sides or visit the Rock Harbor lighthouse.

Bad Axe

Set up camp in the thumb when you visit Bad Axe. This small town is just a quick drive from Lake Huron or Saginaw Bay. Like Charlevoix, Bad Axe has a great balance of outdoor exploration and downtown entertainment. If you don’t want to camp, Bad Axe also has options for the glamper on your trip, including everything from cabins to hotels.

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

If you are a fan of fast-paced adventure, buckle up and race over to Silver Lake Sand Dunes. With over 2,000 acres of dunes on Lake Michigan and Silver Lake, you’ll have plenty of room to walk or ride the dunes. Bring your own off-the-road vehicles or rent a dune buggy from a local business, and then get out there.

Where will your summer adventure take you? Stop in, tell us about it, and grab some sunglasses to protect your vision! With over 50 locations statewide, we’re never too far away.

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Itchy Eyes? It Could Be Spring Allergies

Ah, springtime in Michigan. The smell of flowers is in the air, birds are chirping, the sun actually feels warm as it shines, and…what’s that? You can’t see the birds or the flowers because your eyes are itchy? Sounds like all that spring weather also brought out your seasonal allergies.

Our team of experts knows how frustrating it can be when you’re trying to enjoy all spring has to offer, despite battling itchy eyes caused by your seasonal allergies. That’s why we have the tips you need to help you see spring in Michigan comfortably.

How Do I Know If I Have Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies are very common. In fact, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies and that it affects 30% of adults and 40% of children.

The most common seasonal allergy symptoms are eye allergies. Symptoms of eye allergies include having red, itchy, or watery eyes. If you have seasonal allergies, you will also likely have a runny nose and have frequent sneezing fits.

What Causes Seasonal Allergies?

The most common airborne allergens that cause eye irritation are pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander. These are typically harmless substances, but in people who are predisposed to allergic reactions, these substances become allergens. Those allergens become a threat to comfortable vision.

All of these allergens are fairly small, but because of the nature of these substances, seasonal allergies tend to affect the eyes with more severity than food allergies or other allergic reactions.

How Can I Relieve My Seasonal Allergies?

Begin by trying to avoid allergens. If you limit your exposure to the allergens that cause you the most discomfort, you will experience less severe reactions. Because pollen can irritate allergies, make sure you’re particularly careful on days with high pollen counts.

However, we know that it’s next to impossible to sit inside and stare out the window at beautiful Michigan spring weather. Start by wearing glasses instead of contacts when outdoors, since contact lenses can cause your eyes to become more irritated by allergens. Invest in a pair of sunglasses that have wide sides in order to help shield your eyes from pollen when you are out and about. You should also avoid driving with the windows down (I know, I know, we’re no fun) to keep out the buildup of debris and pollen.

One of the best ways to relieve your itchy eyes is to get prescription eye drops. When you schedule an eye exam with one of our doctors, we can help you get on the road to an enjoyable spring season – itch-free!

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4 Must-See Museums in Michigan

When we aren’t picking out the perfect frames for our patients or performing expert eye exams, we are exploring our great state. Michigan has a wide variety of great museums that cover topics like art, natural history, and even the history of Great Lakes shipwrecks!

We’ve rounded up our favorite museums to share with you. Check out our favorite places to visit, including one museum that just opened recently.

University of Michigan Natural History Museum

This museum is brand new and is truly out of this world. Head over to Ann Arbor and enjoy the exhibits that range from a trail of Mastodons to flying reptiles. If you want to get out of this world for a night and view the stars in the sky, check out their planetarium dome and theater.

The museum is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with late night admittance on Thursdays. What’s even better is that the museum is free, and the planetarium is only $8 per person.

Detroit Institute of the Arts

Did you know that the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) is considered to have one of the best art collections in the United States? There is so much culture in the city of Detroit and the DIA captures the culture of the city very well. From mummies and modern art to European art and African masks, the DIA has it all. One of our favorite showcases at the DIA is the General Motors Center for African American Art which contains over 400 pieces by African American Artists.

The DIA is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees range from free to $14.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Ready for three floors of fun and discovery? The Grand Rapids Public Museum features core and traveling exhibits that focus on science, history, and culture. The museum is in the heart of the downtown Grand Rapids area, so after you visit the museum, you are just a few steps away from great dining and more adventure.

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees range from $2 to $12.

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

If you are planning a trip up north, definitely make a stop at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Paradise (yes, Paradise) Michigan. Learn about the history of ships on the Great Lakes and about current underwater research. There are many interesting artifacts in the museum from shipwrecks and also from ships who sailed the Great Lakes unscathed.

The museum is open daily in May through October from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are family pricing packages and single person admission fees that range from free to $13.

Our team of optometrists and doctors want you to be able to learn about our great state with clear vision. Stop in for an eye exam before you explore these great Michigan museums.

 

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Love Baseball Games? Here’s How to Get the Best View

The true sign that spring is upon Michigan is not the snow melting. It’s Tigers’ Opening Day, of course! Michiganders can finally crawl out of hibernation to go celebrate the start of the spring season by cheering on our beloved Tigers in Comerica Park.

Our baseball-loving opticians have put together everything you will need for a day at the ballpark so you can see the game with clearly and protect your vision.

The Best Seat in the House

To enjoy the game, you’ll want to have great seats, which is why we’ve conducted extensive research on Comerica Park to find the perfect spot. Our studies show that the best view of the diamond is on the lower level, between the dugouts, in sections 120-135. Or, if you prefer an elevated view and a padded seat, head to sections 321-333 for your ideal tickets.

If you are headed to another ballpark (we won’t judge you unless you’re headed to Cleveland), keep in mind while buying tickets that the best view for almost all ballparks is on the lower level between the dugouts.

Baseball Binoculars

No matter where you are sitting, binoculars are a game day must. The game is much more exciting when you can see the reaction of players’ faces. Plus, binoculars make following the position of your favorite player much easier. Having binoculars will keep you from squinting your eyes at the large screen or down at the field, which we all know isn’t good for your vision.

Because we are avid baseball fans, we researched the best binoculars for viewing baseball games. These binoculars give you a wide field of vision, meaning that you can see what is happening across the whole field instead of zeroing in on one section.

Stylish Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays with a pair of prescription sunglasses and see the game without glare. Even though it may not be a high of 75 on opening day, the sun will still be shining and putting your vision at risk. A quality pair of sunglasses will help you enjoy the game even more.

Stop in and ask our opticians about which frames are the best for watching the game. 

The Perfect Hat

Continue to protect your vision with a hat. The bigger the brim, the better for your eyes. What better way is there to support your team than wearing a hat with the iconic “D” on it? Shield your eyes from the sun and cheer on the Tigers, all in one go.

Your Baseball Glove

This is a game day essential. If you don’t bring a baseball glove into the stadium, are you even a true baseball fan? Not only will a glove increase your chances of catching a fly ball, it can help to protect you from any rogue fouls that may be aimed for your face. It sounds far-fetched, but accidents happen! Keep your glove with you to protect your eyes, and you might even leave with a game day souvenir.

Our expert team is here to ensure that you are able to see the game with clarity, even if you’re a Cleveland Indians fan. Are you headed to Detroit for Opening Day? Stop in for an eye exam to make sure that you have the best vision for the game. While you’re here, grab some sunglasses, too. Stop in to one of our 54 locations or call us to set up your appointment today!

 

 

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5 Michigan Spring Festivals You Can’t Miss

Spring in Michigan is a great time to get outside out and explore. The temperature is just right, not too hot, not too cold; flowers are blooming, and the skies are finally clear of snow. Springtime is also one of the best seasons for festivals in our great state. Wherever you are headed, our team has a fun festival and city for you to discover.

Detroit Tigers Opening Day

While not technically a festival, Opening Day is quite the spring occasion, especially in Detroit. On Thursday, April 4th, the Tigers will play ball for the first time this season against the Kansas City Royals. Score tickets if you want to sit in on the action live, or take a trip to Detroit and stop into any restaurant or bar, as the whole city will be celebrating the start of the season.

Spring break for most schools falls during this week, so if you aren’t heading down to Florida with the rest of Michigan, take a trip to Detroit! Don’t forget to wear your Tigers gear and grab some sunglasses. Need a new pair? Our style-wise opticians would love to help you find the perfect pair for a day at the ballpark.

Tulip Time Festival

For 90 years, the lakeshore town of Holland has been celebrating its Dutch Heritage with their Tulip Time Festival. In 1929, the City of Holland planted its first 100,000 tulips; now there are tulips all over the city for you to enjoy. Although they are the highlight, the tulips are only just part of the Tulip Time Festival! There are Dutch dancers to watch, trolley tours to enjoy, and lots of other Dutch traditions to take part in.

This festival takes place May 4th  to 12th. With new activities happening every day, you won’t want to miss out on any of the fun.

Zingerman’s Camp Bacon

If you love food and history, make your way to Ann Arbor from May 29th to June 2nd to fill your stomach and brain. Appreciate bacon in a whole new way with this fun camp. Zingerman’s Camp Bacon is bringing in speakers to not only talk about the taste and flavor of bacon but also how to alter the flavor of the bacon by what you feed the animal.

We know you’re already salivating, so grab your tickets before they’re gone! 

71st Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival

This 10-day celebration on every Michigander’s favorite island is happening June 7th through 16th. This event kicks off summer on the island – and that’s why we included it! Head up north to start off spring the right way, at the Lilac Festival.

There are plenty of fun activities on the island, from the coronation of the Lilac Festival Queen and Court, a 10k run/walk, and horse-drawn carriage tours, to concerts and wine tastings! No matter who you go with, everyone will be doing something they love. And to top it off, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful Michigan lilacs.

Festival of the Arts 50 Year Celebration

This free, three-day event in downtown Grand Rapids is celebrating its 50th year and we are excited to take in all the art, music, and dancing. Did we mention there is amazing food from various cultures, too? There are countless interactive elements to the festival that kids (or adults!) of any age will enjoy.

If you aren’t able to make it up to Mackinac Island for the Lilac Festival, never fear, Festival of the Arts takes place from June 7th through the 9th, so you’ll still be able to enjoy a Michigan spring festival before spring turns to summer.

 

Ready to take on a Michigan spring adventure? Whether you need sunglasses, a cleaning and adjustment for your glasses, or new contacts, our expert team are here to ensure you see our great state clearly. Stop in to one of our 54 locations or call us to set up your appointment today!

 

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Rx Optical in the News

At Rx Optical, we understand the importance of educating both our current patient base and the general public on best practices surrounding eye care and your overall health. In the past year, the media has turned to our expert team of doctors and opticians to share our knowledge, resources, and tips with viewers and readers across the state of Michigan.

In addition to being experts in all things related to eye care and eye health, our team is also well versed in the latest eye wear tips and trends. Check out a few of our favorite media highlights, featuring our wonderful team members, from 2018:

A Guide to Glasses

Rose Denney, Optician and Office Manager at the Grandville Rx Optical location, sat down with West Michigan Woman in April 2018 to share insight into how she helps patients pick out the perfect frames that fit their face shape and overall style. Rose’s training and education make her an expert in both eye care and personal eye wear styling. Check out the full piece here.

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National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day, celebrated annually on June 27, is, unsurprisingly, one of our favorite days of the season. Anthony McConer, Office Manager at Rx Optical Breton Village, stopped by the FOX 17 studios to chat about why it is vital that you wear sunglasses with proper UV protection. He also covered different style trends and discussed how to pick the right frame size and shape.

Check out Anthony’s interview here. We can’t wait for National Sunglasses Day this year!

Rx Optical discusses the importance of sunglasses.

Back-to-School Tips

Getting ready to send your kids back to school in August can seem like a daunting task. From gathering new school supplies to learning how to fall back into a normal routine, there is a lot to take care of. One very important item that tends to be overlooked: a comprehensive eye exam for children. Dr. Sherah Eavey sat down with WOOD-TV to share a few of the red flags to be aware of when it comes to children’s eye health issues.

Check out the must-see, back-to-school segment here.

Rx Optical's Dr. Sherah Eavey talks about back to school tips for kids and their eyes.

Halloween Horrors

Our doctors always keep an eye out for potential eye health threats based on the season. Dressing up for Halloween in the fall is always a fun tradition, however, the trend of unregulated cosmetic lenses are posing serious threats to users. Dr. Mike Murphy shared the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses with the team at WXYZ-TV in Detroit.

Check out the vision-saving interview here.

Dr. Mike Murphy discusses the dangers of cosmetic contact lenses.

At Rx Optical, we are committed to educating and informing patients and the general public about the latest eye care news, tips or threats. We also love being the go-to experts for eye wear fashion trends. No matter the season, and no matter the topic, our team at Rx Optical has you covered.

Keep your eyes peeled for more of our doctors and opticians being featured in the media in 2019. Want to meet our talented team of media stars? Find a location near you or schedule your appointment online today.

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The Best Spring Staycations in Michigan

There is nothing quite like springtime in Michigan. The snow is starting to melt (hopefully), flowers begin to bloom, and it is one of the best times to explore our great state, as the full tourist season doesn’t hit until the summer months.

Rx Optical has deep roots in Michigan, and we love being in a state that has four distinct seasons, each bringing something new and exciting to try. We are sharing with you our favorite spring, in-state staycation spots, so start planning ahead and get ready for a great getaway:

Ann Arbor

Downtown Ann Arbor has great shops and tasty restaurants perfect for weekend exploring. Venture into the many book stores and unique gift shops, or check out the botanical gardens on the University of Michigan’s campus to watch spring plants bloom. You can rent bikes at the Campus Student Bike Shop and cycle down the streets of Ann Arbor or rent a canoe at Argo Canoe Livery on the Huron River and explore Ann Arbor by water.

Grand Haven

Visit southwest Michigan’s lakeshore in the scenic city of Grand Haven. A cozy beach town and U.S. Coast Guard station, Grand Haven is home to a stunning pier along the beach with two scenic lighthouses. You can bike down the boardwalk and stop in at all the different shops, or take a boat out on Lake Michigan and fish for salmon, steelhead, and trout.

Copper Harbor

Ready to travel to the far edges of Michigan? Buckle up and head to Copper Harbor! Located at the top of the Upper Peninsula on Lake Superior, this staycation will take you on an unforgettable Northern Michigan adventure. From the forest to the water, there is no shortage of exciting things you can do, and explore, in Copper Harbor. 

Traverse City

Not ready to venture all the way to the Upper Peninsula? Then be sure to check out Traverse City, which is a bit more central. This waterfront city has great water activities, including boating and kayaking, so stop by TC Watersports for a fun day in the Traverse Bay. If the water is too cold and you don’t want to risk being splashed, you can always hike the trails and enjoy the spring colors at Hickory Meadows Preserve.

Wherever you end up exploring in Michigan this spring, make sure to pack a pair of sunglasses! Protect your eyes from the sun’s dangerous UV rays and explore our great state in style! We would love to help you find the perfect pair of frames for your trip, so stop in and see us today!

 

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Our Favorite Winter Sights in Michigan

Michigan has been our home since 1947 and we are deeply proud of our state. While we will admit that Michigan winters can be tough sometimes, we also know they can be stunningly beautiful. There’s just something about the way the snow glistens on the bare tree branches when the light hits just right, and just like that, Michigan turns into a winter wonderland.

When the snow falls, our team has a few favorite places that we like to explore each year, and we want to share them with you. Check out our list of favorite winter sights in Michigan:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Munising

A trip to the Upper Peninsula is always beautiful, no matter the season, but in the winter it is transformed into a breathtaking, frozen tundra. You can ski, hike, and even climb frozen ice waterfalls. The frozen lake is captivating to look at and is truly embodies “Pure Michigan.” Remember, if you’re headed way up north, be sure to pack extra layers!

Sleeping Bear Point and Shalda Creek – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Don’t want to venture all the way to the Upper Peninsula but still want to feel like you’re “up north”? Check out the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We love to wander through the snow-covered dunes and enjoy the views from what feels like the top of the world. And, if you are able to make it just after a large gust of wind hits the dunes, the layers of the sand change and create beautiful textures.

While you’re at the Sleeping Dunes National Lakeshore, make sure you make a stop at Shalda Creek. This creek is small and can be hard to miss as it heads into Good Harbor Bay, but it’s beauty is unparalleled. Make sure you wear warm winter hiking boots and snow pants, or waders, as the ice may be thin!

Rosa Parks Circle – Grand Rapids

Would you rather escape to the city? On the west side of Michigan, Grand Rapids’ Rosa Parks Circle is at the center of the city’s hustle and bustle. The city ices over the park and creates an outdoor ice rink for everyone to enjoy. If you go at night, you will be surrounded by decorated trees and the twinkling lights of the city. The Circle is also close to many restaurants, nightlife, and great museums that both kids and parents will enjoy.

Campus Martius Park – Detroit

On the east side of Michigan, Detroit transforms their downtown park into a winter wonderland and ice rink. With fun activities from skating to broomball, there is always something fun happening at Campus Martius. Campus Martius is at the center of amazing restaurant selection, sparkling lights, and entertainment. Your eyes will never tire from taking in all the sights in downtown Detroit.

We love our Michigan roots and can’t get enough of exploring our great state. Do you have a favorite winter spot in Michigan? Be sure to share it with us!

Also, schedule an appointment today so you can be sure you are seeing clearly when you visit these great winter spots. You won’t want to miss a single detail!

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WHAT MAKES RX OPTICAL DIFFERENT? PURE MICHIGAN, PURE LOCAL

Since the very beginning, Rx Optical has called Michigan home. After our first office went up in Kalamazoo in 1947, we’ve grown at a calculated and measured pace, making sure we are continuing to meet the needs of our current patients.

This dedication to Michigan, its residents, our employees and our patients is what sets us apart from the rest.

Michigan isn’t just a name in our address. You can find evidence of our Michigan roots by simply looking around our offices. We use Herman Miller office solutions in addition of office seating. And our entire 26,000 square foot new corporate headquarters is furnished with Herman Miller office solutions. We also feature tables and fixtures custom-designed and fabricated by an artisan wood shop in West Michigan. We believe that supporting the communities in which we do business and making them a part of our lives is the right thing to do.

In addition to buying local, we produce locally. Our glasses aren’t made in a factory somewhere; they’re made by Dave. Dave works with other local professionals in our sophisticated, state-of-the-art lab located right here in Michigan. So, when you order a prescription, your glasses get the personal attention they deserve. Local production means fast turnaround, a controlled process, accountability, and personalization.

Here, you have a name, a face, and a story.

We have been betting on Michigan for over 70 years, and we won’t stop now. The traits of the Great Lakes state run deep at Rx Optical – resilient, industrious, supportive. It’s made us who we are today which is why we choose to give back. We love every community we choose to make a home in and choose to support organizations that promote many different causes including fitness for kids and, of course, vision care for those that don’t have access.

With over 50 locations throughout the state, we’re not hard to find. So, the next time you need eye care professionals who will see your whole face, hear your voice and see you as a person and community member rather than just a number, turn your sights to Rx Optical.