Healthy Vision Month

It is Healthy Vision Month!!  This is a reminder to you that, despite the danger of UV rays, less than one in three Americans makes the link between UV rays and eye damage.

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June is Cataract Awareness Month

More than half of all Americans will develop cataracts by age 80. According to Prevent Blindness America’s Vision Problems in the U. S. report, more than 22.3 million Americans have cataracts.  Remember to wear your sunglasses outside!!

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Rare Venus Sighting!

“Rare sighting Tuesday around 5:05pm CMT, when Venus will appear as a small black dot trekking across the sun. The next time this will happen will be 2117! DO NOT look directly with your eyes at the sun,as serious & permanent vision loss (a macular hole) can result!!! Use eclipse viewing glasses with a CE mark on them for a few minutes at a time or project the image onto a screen and view with binoculars or a telescope. DO NOT use sunglasses.”  How to use binoculars, visit, http://www.space.com/15995-safe-sun-projector-binoculars.html

Venus Path
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Study: Many Contact-Lens Wearers Not Practicing Recommended Hygiene Steps.

The Dallas Morning News (5/1, Bond) reports, “Only two percent of contact wearers earned a good rating for their lens care, and just one patient did everything right,” according to a study published in the December issue of the journal Optometry and Vision Science.  After analyzing “the lens care practices of 433 people,” researchers “found that 85 percent of the contact wearers believed they were following safe practices.  When scientists dug deeper, they found that the averagelens wearer practiced just half of the recommended hygienic steps.”  Many people did not clean either the contact-lens cases or the lenses properly.  They also took a shower or slept while wearing contact lenses and wore them far longer than suggested.

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CDC Estimates 1.8M Americans May Have AMD.

The Greenville News  (4/24, Clarke) reported that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) “is an eye disorder that causes the gradual loss of close-up vision. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1.8 million Americans are currently affected by macular degeneration, and that number is expected to climb to 2.95 million by 2020 as the baby boomer generation continues to age.” While AMD is “most common in people over 60” and the tendency toward it may be inherited, eye expert Blake Myers, MD, said that “stopping smoking reduces the risk of getting macular degeneration by 30 percent…and taking specific vitamins reduces the risk by 11 percent.” Exercise and eating a healthy diet may also help reduce risk.

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Caffeine May Help Boost Ability To Make Tears, Help Overcome Dry-Eye Syndrome.

Medscape (4/26, Waknine) reports, “Caffeine intake boosts a person’s ability to make tears and may help overcome dry eye syndrome,” also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca, according to a study published online Feb. 15 in the journal Ophthalmology.  Japanese researchers “found a statistically significant increase in tear volume after caffeine intake in 78 healthy adults, particularly among those with polymorphisms to the adenosine A2a receptor gene ADORA2A and the hepatic cytochrome P 450 enzyme 1A2 (CYP1A2), which affect caffeine metabolism and response, respectively.”

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Find The Perfect Pair of Shades

Springtime weather may be easy-breezy — but finding the perfect pair of shades is no day at the beach. Here’s a simple guide to finding the best pair of frames for your face shape with some highlighted styles we love!

Heart-shaped Face: Wide forehead and cheekbones; tapered jaw line and narrow chin.

For a heart-shaped face, choose a wide square lens or a round lens to help draw attention upward and balance out an angular jawline. Wide arms can also make the forehead look narrower and accentuate the cheekbones.

Oval Face: Balanced symmetry between forehead, cheekbones and jaw.

An oval face is considered to be the ideal face shape because of its balanced proportions. If you have an oval face, you’re in luck – eye wear in most shapes and styles will look good on you. Frames that are softly angular and are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face work particularly well by emphasizing cheekbones and keeping the oval’s natural balance.

Square: Broad forehead; square jawline.

A broad forehead and angular jawline make up a classic square face shape. For a square face, the most flattering shapes are any variety of round, oval or cat-eye frames to offset the planes of an angular profile.

 Full cheekbones; narrow forehead and jaw.

A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular frames with a clear bridge to lengthen the face and widen the eyes. Frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape or cat-eye, or any wide, wraparound shades in a square or rectangular shape will also make your face appear smaller.

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