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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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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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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.