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National Sunglasses Day (UV Protection)

We all know that the sun’s rays are harmful, but it is so important to remember that not only can they harm your skin, they can also damage your eyes if they aren’t properly protected. The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is wearing sunglasses, and 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 Wednesday, June 27 to celebrate the importance of wearing shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harsh UV rays. To get involved and join the celebration, use the hashtag #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical (@RxOptical on Facebook and @RxOpticalLabs on Twitter and Instagram) with your favorite pair of sunglasses. We love seeing you protect your eyes!

If you ever wondered what exactly makes UV rays harmful, here are some quick insights into why it is key to protect your eyes:

  • UV rays are 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
  • The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. – but you still need protection throughout the whole day
  • Rays pass through clouds, meaning you need to stay protected even when there’s an overcast
  • Snow reflects up to 80 percent of UV light – so the rays are still damaging in the winter
  • UV light may be increased by an increase in humidity – making it easier to get UV damage on the coasts or in any humid environment

Stay protected and:

  • Wear sunglasses year-round and look for 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB ray protection
  • Never look directly at the sun as it can harm your vision permanently
  • Wear hats to help protect your eyes from the sun hitting your face throughout the day

At Rx Optical, we love sunglasses! Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful rays, but they also look stylish and fun. With hundreds of frames to choose from, we have a pair for every personality. To browse our selection of prescription sunglasses, call us today to set up an appointment at (800) RX-CARES!

 

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National Sunglasses Day 2018

Put your shades on for National Sunglasses Day!

Summer in Michigan is a much-anticipated time for Michiganders as we make plans to head to the beach, camp, hike, swim, boat and recover from a long winter. We get so excited in fact, that sunscreen and protecting our eyes isn’t much of a priority. This summer, please keep in mind the strength of the sun and the effect UV rays have on our eyes.

We won’t bore you with the different types of ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB and UVC), but we do want to encourage you to participate in National Sunglasses Day with us on June 27th. Brought to you by The Vision Council, National Sunglasses Day – is a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear.

Leading up to and on June 27, post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in your sunglasses to the social media channel of your choice using #NationalSunglassesDay and tag Rx Optical. You can find us on Twitter and Facebook! We want to showcase YOU on our social channels.

If you don’t have a great pair of sunglasses, then visit your local Rx Optical and check out our extensive selection. Our most recent blog details the latest and greatest styles for 2017.

Even when you’re not observing National Sunglasses Day, we still want you to practice sun-safe behavior! Wear your sunglasses all year long, UV rays don’t just exist in the summer.

Don’t forget to post a pic of yourself or a group of friends – we want to feature you on our social channels.

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WHY YOUR LENSES SHOULD BE PROGRESSIVE

As we age, so does our vision. In the past, the need for reading glasses combined with near-sightedness meant the dreaded bifocal lens. Given the fairly obvious line across the glass separating the reading from the distance lens, bifocals can often make us feel older than we really are. But, maturing vision doesn’t mean your glasses have to make you look or feel old.

Progressive lenses are a multifocal alternative to traditional bifocals or trifocals. Instead of an abrupt transition from one power to another, progressive lenses offer a seamless progression between viewing distances.

Rather than a harsh separation from one lens to another, a “corridor” of optimum power runs vertically down a progressive lens. The size and the frame of the corridor will be determined based on measurements of your eye in order to ensure you can comfortably and naturally shift from one power to another (so get into your eye doctor ASAP if you need a progressive lens!).

Progressive lenses also prevent “image jump,” a problem caused by traditional bifocals. Sharply defined boundaries between two lenses can make an image appear to jump as your eyes move between the powers. This can be disconcerting and uncomfortable. Progressive lenses prevent this.

If you’re looking for the most advanced progressive lens, Rx Optical provides FOCUS iD lenses, digital progressive lenses made in Michigan, by us. These lenses provide clear vision, a more usable lens area, and more comfortable peripheral viewing than traditional progressive lenses. To fit your lenses to your vision we measure your vertex distance, pantoscopic tilt, and frame wrap then create digitally mapped lenses that are individually customized.

For a more affordable option, we also offer standard Novel Progressive Lenses, allowing you the freedom of no-line bifocals at a great price.

Obviously, we need your measurements to get started. So, before you age your eyes by signing up for bifocals, stop in and find out which progressive lenses are right for you.

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NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY RECAP

In case you missed it, we recently celebrated the fourth annual National Sunglasses Day on Tuesday, June 27. The purpose of the national campaign, sponsored by The Vision Council, was to promote eye health through proper sunglass usage.

This year’s campaign garnered even more success than last year’s campaign, reaching over 644 million impressions, compared to last year’s 586 million impressions. You may have heard about the campaign on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” eonline.com, peoplestyle.com, and today.com. It was a pretty big deal.

We joined in on the fun by celebrating on a more localized level. You may have seen us on WZZM13 or GRNow.com. We also participated in a Facebook giveaway, where one lucky winner was given a gift certificate valued at $249, to be used towards our stylish sunglass offerings.

Altogether, we were extremely pleased with the turnout of this year’s National Sunglasses Day! For more information on UV eye health and our fabulous selection of sunglasses, schedule an appointment with our friendly staff and physicians.

Check out the photos of our participants! Did we miss yours? Be sure to send it to us at kim@834design.com so we can share!

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LET’S TALK ABOUT UV

Now, we’re not trying to scare you but we do want to educate you. I know we say it all the time, but you only get one pair of eyes – don’t take them for granted.

According to the American Optometric Association, the longer your eyes are exposed to solar radiation, the greater the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in life. See that is scary.

If you follow the below tips you will protect your eyes all year long (not just in the summer).

  •  Wear UV-blocking sunglasses. Don’t worry we have the best brands and styles, check out our blog on 2017 trends.
  •  Don’t be fooled by an overcast day, the sun penetrates haze and thin clouds.
  •  Never look directly at the sun. This can damage your eye’s retina which is obviously not good.
  •  Throw a hat on your kid along with sunglasses when out and about. Seniors and children are especially susceptible to the sun’s UV rays.

The good thing is this is all preventable and you get to look cool being safe. We encourage our patients to wear sunglasses, just like your dermatologist recommends sunscreen because it is for your own safety.

Take a look at our segment on WZZM13’s My West Michigan, where we discuss sunglass safety in honor of National Sunglasses Day on Tuesday, June 27.

Questions? Give us a call at 1-(800)-RX-CARES. We love to hear from you.

CHILDREN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING SUNGLASSES

In the past several years, there has been an increasing awareness of the damage from the sun and more directly, UV rays. Putting sun block for our skin has become a “must have” on the way to the beach, but how often do you think about sun block for your eyes (sunglasses)?

Some of the risks of UV rays to the eyes, which is higher in lighter colored eyes, is, cancer of the eyes or eyelids, the eventual development of cataracts or macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in adults).

The first part of protection is education. Studies show that the majority of UV damage is done by age 18. This is why it is most important for children to have a good pair of sunglasses on when they are outside. You are at most risk for UV damage to the eyes between 8am – 10am and 2pm – 4pm. This is different than high risk for skin (10am – 2pm) due to the angle of which the light reaches the eyes during this time period. Being around water, sand and snow increase the UV risk due to the rays reflecting off these surfaces, and coming at your eyes from both directions. You may hear your eye doctor mention the importance of “Polarized” sunglasses. These lenses dramatically reduce the reflected light from below (my personal favorite type of sun lenses).

It is very important to know that your sunglasses block close to 100% of the full UV spectrum. According to the Wall Street Journal, UVA rays do the most damage to the eyes because they penetrate the deepest. UVB rays will be absorbed mostly by the cornea, which is the front surface of the eye. UVC is not much of a concern and is absorbed by the ozone layer.

Knowing all of this, you can see the importance of good sunglasses, and wearing them at a young age. They even make infant sunglasses with a softer material to keep infants more comfortable wearing shades. So, please ask you eye doctor at your next visit about getting some good sunglasses.

Written By: Dr. Gerald Hanna, OD