Dr.Mike Murphy talks on the news while font over him reads, "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."

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.

Rx Optical Blog Halloween Eye Safety 10.19.18

Get Spooky: Halloween Costumes and Eye Safety

Fun costumes are one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween. Depending on the costume, sometimes it takes a bit of makeup and even crazy eyewear in order to fully pull off the look you’re going for. When you’re swept up in the excitement of dressing up, it is easy to forget about eye safety and the potential risks your costume may be creating.

Our treat to you this Halloween season is informing you of certain costume accessories that could cause you harm and potentially ruin your Halloween celebrations.

Cosmetic Contact Lenses

October is Contact Lens Safety Awareness Month, and, coincidently, a popular trend for enhancing Halloween costumes is cosmetic contact lenses. Cosmetic lenses can make quite a fashion statement, but when bought without a prescription at boutiques, tattoo parlors, and other nonprofessional retailers, they pose serious health risks.

All contact lenses, including prescription or cosmetic, are classified as medical devices and it is illegal for anyone to sell contact lenses without a prescription, because of the medical and health risks that this creates. Non-prescription costume contacts can cut, scratch, and infect your eye if they are not properly fitted. From this mis-sizing, corneal abrasions and bacterial infections are the most common injuries that occur. Unfortunately, treatment for these injuries can require surgery and sometimes the treatment does not work.

Why are costume lenses unsafe? The lenses are developed in a way that does not allow enough oxygen get through to the eye due to the paints and pigments used to create the colors in the cosmetic lens. There are about 13,000 emergency room cases each year due to the use of non-prescription cosmetic lenses.

How do you get safe, colored contact lenses? The only way to safely wear contact lenses is with a prescription. Our Optometrists would be happy to determine your prescription and contact fit at an eye exam. If cosmetic lenses will complete your Halloween costume, be sure to go the safe route and schedule an eye exam.

Costume Makeup, Paint, and Glitter

Makeup, paint, and glitter are quite common when it comes to Halloween costume essentials, but these also all pose a risk. It is important that when using costume makeup, paint, or glitter, you test a small area before placing the makeup on the entire face. It is especially important with costume makeup to keep it away from the eyes and eye area so that they eyes are protected from any irritation or stinging and burning.

After the costume comes off, don’t forget to take off your makeup, too. No matter how tired you are, the irritation from costume makeup can cause infection if left on for too long, so don’t go to sleep without washing your face. Be sure to look for swelling, rashes, and irritation on the face or around the eyes the day after the makeup is applied.

Masks and Accessories

Watch out for any costume items that could penetrate or scratch the eye. Think plastic masks that could break into the eye or tripping while carrying a prop sword. Any accessory or prop you use should be soft, flexible, and short, in order to avoid injury to the eye.

Signs of Infection

After your celebrations, watch out for these signs of infection:

  • Unexplained eye discomfort or pain
  • Redness of the eye and/or discharge
  • Watering eyes
  • Vision changes

Want to learn more about safe Halloween costume practices or interested in setting up an eye exam to get a prescription for colored contact lenses? Give our office a call or schedule your appointment online. One of our doctors would be more than happy to assist in your fun and safe Halloween!

This is the best eye doctor I have ever been to. He was relaxed with a sense of humor and made an eye exam not feel so serious. You can tell he really cares that his patients are fully comfortable and satisfied with whatever products they get. The receptionists are also very nice. They made a same day appointment for myself and my husband. We will be going here for as long as they’re around!

WHAT MAKES RX OPTICAL DIFFERENT: WE CREATE EXPERIENCES

Remember the movie Finding Nemo? How about Bruce, the blood thirsty, but fish-loving shark? During his “fish intervention” all the sharks in his support group repeat, “Fish are friends, not food!”

This might sound funny, but we feel the same way about patients. To us, patients are people, not numbers.

Patients are people. That sounds like a no brainer, but all too often, the personable side of optometry is forgotten and replaced with metrics, numbers, add-ons, and profits. Doctors sacrifice the needs and concerns of the patients for dollar signs, squeezing as many appointments into a day as possible. They forget that patients are people with concerns and vulnerabilities. They forget to make time to make time. That’s just not us.

We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but what the heck – at Rx Optical we believe it’s our unwavering dedication to our patients and support of Michigan sourced products that has continually set us apart from any competitor, online or otherwise. Our doctors, Opticians, and lab techs love what they do and together, we promise to always put you first.

Just read what some of our patients have to say and you’ll notice the difference.

“I went here since I needed to get a need batch of contacts. Their service was great and they were very friendly. Their exam was detailed and they explained exactly what they were checking and why. Instead of the exam where they blow air into the eye, they used some type of dilation and different types of light which is more accurate. You could tell that the optometrist really knew what he was doing.”

“This is the best eye doctor I have ever been to. He was relaxed with a sense of humor and made an eye exam not feel so serious. You can tell he really cares that his patients are fully comfortable and satisfied with whatever products they get. The receptionists are also very nice. They made a same day appointment for myself and my husband. We will be going here for as long as they’re around!”

Here’s a biggie, but it’s worth the read!

“This place is the best. They are honest and very nice. The optometrist is very personable and thorough. From the outside, it looks like a small place that you might think has little selection, but think again. Not only do they have a large selection, but you can get some really nice frames for cheap. Mine were completely covered by my insurance. I’ve been to other places, where I was told that I had only one option, to get progressive lenses. My insurance did not cover the cost of any frames at that store and I spent a few hundred dollars above what my insurance covered for one pair of prescription eyeglasses. In contrast, at Rx Optical, I was told that not only did I not need progressives, and at the end of the day, I elected for a pair of bifocals for special situation use. I spent only $54 because I elected to have non-glare coating added. They might not make a lot of $$ selling prescriptions this way, but they will make $$ because I’ll keep coming back here. Oh, and I forgot to mention, my glasses were ready within 4 business days after ordering. At that other place it would have been 3 weeks!”

We are based in Michigan – and that’s not a side note or a marketing gimmick. That means we are grounded in this State and not only do we provide service to our patients, but support the local economy and community. If we expect people to invest in us – we have to invest in them as well. Patients are people, not numbers – that has been our mantra for over 60 years and it’s not changing anytime soon.

Learn more about what makes us tick here or schedule an appointment to see what we are all about first-hand.

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http://movies.disney.com/finding-nemo

http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Finding_Nemo_(soundtrack)