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Michigan Winter Family Fun

If you follow us on social, you know we encourage our followers to explore our beautiful state using the hashtag, #sightseeingsaturday. While the warmer summer months make it easier to go outside, we here at Rx Optical absolutely love winter. The snowy season is a great time for family bonding activities.

So, strap on your boots, grab your scarf and pull out your mittens. We’re about to talk about all things winter, family and, as always, fun.

Take a Hike

We say it a lot, and we’ll say it again! Get outside and enjoy the breathtaking views of our amazing state. We love hiking, no matter the season.

There is nothing like a fresh coat of snow on the winding paths of some of our favorite Michigan hikes. If there is too much snow to take a leisurely walk in your winter boots, grab a pair of snowshoes! In the winter, snowshoeing is a great family activity that gives you the opportunity to get outside even on the snowiest of days.

Just remember to dress for the occasion and pack your sunglasses for your outdoor adventure. It’s important to protect your eyes from UV rays, even in the winter!

Hit the Slopes

What better way is there to spend your wintery days than strapped to a pair of skis?

While Michigan might not be the most mountainous state, it does have a great variety of beginner-friendly, downhill skiing options. If downhill isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of cross country paths throughout the state.

Take your family out on an adventure and tackle the slopes. Don’t forget your protective eye wear! Wearing goggles while skiing can do more than benefit your vision; it can also protect your eyes from harsh winds and the sun reflecting off of the snow.

Spread Some Cheer

The holidays are a great time to get involved in your community, since many cities have holiday markets, parades and other events.

We love family and community bonding opportunities, which is why we suggest taking a look at your local community website to find any upcoming winter events near you!

Maybe you live in Grand Rapids and are excited for the holiday market, or perhaps you’re a Detroit native looking forward to skating at Campus Martius. If you’re in Lansing, make sure to check out the Holiday Lights Stadium Style, and if you’re in Kalamazoo, be sure to check out the dazzling zoo lights.

Regardless of the event you find, be a part of your community this winter. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a little quality time with your family!

Want to hear more from us about our favorite winter activities? Schedule an eye exam with us. We would love to chat with you while we examine your eyes!

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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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Wear Your Sunglasses – Even in the Winter

If there is one thing us Michiganders know, it is how to do winter. When we step out in the winter, we don’t leave home without multiple layers, a scarf, a hat, and waterproof, insulated boots.

But, what many of us are missing is a crucial part of our winter wardrobe; sunglasses. Frigid temps and feisty flurries do not mean your eyes are protected from the sun. If you’re heading out the door and wondering, “Should I grab these super stylish, fantastic sunglasses I got from Rx Optical?” your answer should always be yes. Here are a few reasons why.

More Exposure

In the winter, the sun actually sits lower in the sky and at a different angle than it does in the summer. This means your eyes might be getting more exposure to harsh rays. You’re also getting more exposure the more the snow falls. Snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV Rays which can lead to a troubling condition called, “snow blindness.” This condition primarily affects skiers and those who participate in winter sports but everyone is susceptible without protection and it can damage your cornea for up to a week. Look out skiers, the risk gets higher for every 1,000 feet you go above sea level.

Eye Damage

Sun Blindness isn’t the only condition caused by winter rays. Research has shown that the sun’s UV Rays can contribute to various ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration. UV light on your eyelids can also lead to skin cancer.

Early Aging

Nobody wants to look older than they are, but if you’re not protecting your eyes, you might be susceptible to premature aging. UV rays can cause wrinkles, fine lines, scaly red patches, and tough, leathery brown spots. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and is more prone to damage from the sun than other areas.

Protect Your Eyes

So, add one more item to your winter attire and grab a pair of sunglasses from any Rx Optical location. Our Sun Solutions Program allows our patients to own the very best (and coolest if you care) prescription and non-prescription sunglasses at a great value. Be sure to contact your local Rx Optical for discounts on lens and frame options.

Your sunglasses should block 100% of harmful UV rays and be large enough to completely protect the skin around your eyes.

Want to check out our selection? Stop on in to any location or give us a call with any questions you might have (800) RX-CARES.