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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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4 Best Gifts for People with Glasses

The holidays are just around the corner and if you’re shopping for the glasses-wearing friend in your life, you’re in luck! Our team has compiled the best list of gifts for those with glasses. And if you wear glasses, don’t be surprised if you add a few of these on your wish list.

Lens Cleaning Kit

A lens cleaning kit is a great gift for those who wear glasses. Not only do clean glasses offer a better view, they actually prevent reflections that can occur and deter vision when wearing glasses while driving or playing in the snow.

We carry an effective kit at all of our locations. The RxOptical PHD-50 Lens Cleaning Kit, which is included with our Worry FreeWarranty, contains a 6-ounce cleaner spray bottle, 30 pre-moistened lens cloths, and a microfiber cloth. Our cleaning solution is safe for all lenses and coatings, and was developed to work fast. The kit is available for $12.95 when purchased separately from our Worry Free Warranty. Stop into one of our 54 locations to pick a kit up for your glasses-wearing friend today!

Winter Sunglasses

Everyone layers on jackets, scarves, and hats during the winter season, but most are forgetting a crucial part of their wardrobe: sunglasses. Just because the sun is not beaming high in the sky does not mean that you are free from harmful UV rays.

The glasses wearer in your life will no doubt love a stylish pair of prescription sunglasses that will protect from UV rays, snow and ice glare, and harsh winter winds. Rx Optical carries a wide variety of sunglasses at all locations that you can choose from this holiday season.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Microfiber cleaning clothes are a great stocking stuffer for glasses and sunglass wearers alike. Blended microfibers have the ability to pick up and lock dirt, dust, moisture, and bacteria thanks to their tiny asterisk shape. Microfiber is also positively charged which means it attracts dirt like a magnet.

Microfiber cleaning cloths are inexpensive, easy to find, and serve a variety of uses beyond glasses-wearers too.

Rx Optical Gift Card

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If all else fails and you are running out of time to order online or make stops at lot of stores, pop into one of our offices and grab a gift card. Investing in a loved one’s eyesight will go beyond just providing clear vision, but also show that you care about their health and wellness. RxOptical gift cards can be used toward an eye examination and any eyewear purchase.

Give a gift that they will not only appreciate but use daily. These gifts are sure to bring a smile to any glasses-wearing friend or family member, and will be put to good use. Have any questions about our gift giving guide? Give us a call! Or, stop in and ask us to help you shop, our opticians are talented and ready to help you find the perfect gift.

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5 Ways to Prevent Dry Eyes in the Winter

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

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

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

Drink Water

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

Keep Your Distance from Heat

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

Give Your Contacts a Break

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

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

Wear Sunglasses

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

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

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

 

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