Halloween is a great chance to spend some time with our kids and meet neighbors!  There will be lots of little ghouls, witches, and goblins out with their mummies, so make sure to drive slowly and alertly!  Here's some tips to help keep you safe!  And kids- make sure you let your parents check your candy before you eat it! 
Halloween Safety Tips

Introducing the Ultimate Lens Package from Essilor!

Our office is proud to offer the Ultimate Lens Package- the latest in technology from Essilor combining the best vision, clarity, and protection into one lens! 

What is the Ultimate Lens Package?

For Single Vision lenses, this includes Eyezen+, Crizal Sapphire 360, and Transitions.  It's a lens that reduces strain technology causes on our eyes (smartphones, tablets, computers), blocks harmful UV and blue light from entering our eyes, provides extra sharp vision, and provides comfortable vision in changing light conditions.

For Progressive Lens wearers, this includes Varilux X series, Crizal Sapphite 360, and Transitions.  It has the same features as above, and this brand new progressive lens is one of the very best we've seen at giving comfortable vision at all distances without some of the distortion and swim noticed in other progressive lenses.  It has a revolutionary design to keep more in focus!  Check out this video to see the difference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6t4DWXQbE0

You said "Double Your Lenses for FREE"- tell me how this works!

From September 12-December 31, 2017, when you purchase a complete pair of glasses with the Ultimate Lens Package, you will receive a second set of lenses of equal or lesser value FREE!  This is a great way to get that second pair you've been needing for the computer, for a backup, or for sunglasses!  Both pairs must be purchased on the same day and for the same patient.  Frames must be purchased with both sets of lenses, and the free lenses must include one of the following: Varilux X series, Eyezen +, Crizal Sapphire 360, Transitions, or Xperio UV.

For more information, watch this short video, and come visit our office!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUT5RIq0C5M

Essilor Ultimate Lens Package

 

 


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We’ve all heard that eating carrots will improve our vision. They may not give us super night vision, but eating them can help keep our eyes healthy.

What we choose to eat is one of the most important variables to our health. It affects our weight, our energy levels, our risk of many types of disease—the list goes on and on. Today, the item on that list we’re most interested in is how diet affects eye health.

Important Building Blocks Of Eye Health

Our eyes need certain nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to maintain peak functionality, so the foods we eat can make a big difference to our vision, especially in the long term.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Studies have linked these two nutrients to a reduced risk of chronic eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. The best sources of them in our diet are eggs and leafy greens.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for brain function and a strong immune system, and research has shown that they play an important role in visual development and retinal function. The top source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish, although they are also present in many other foods.

Vitamins C and E

Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is an antioxidant that may lower the risk of developing cataracts and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and loss of visual acuity. Citrus fruits are great sources of vitamin C, but most other fruits and vegetables also contain it. Vitamin E is another antioxidant. It protects our eyes from dangerous molecules called “free radicals” that disrupt healthy tissue. Nuts and sweet potatoes are great sources.

Vitamin A and Zinc

The mineral zinc is an important “helper molecule” for all kinds of healthy processes in our bodies, including transporting vitamin A from the liver to the retina. No matter how many carrots we eat, the vitamin A is useless without zinc. Oysters have by far the most zincper serving of any food, but it’s also present in other meatsbeans, and nuts.

Vitamin A helps our eyes convert light into brainwaves and is integral to the structure of the cornea (the clear structure at the front of the eye). Vitamin A deficiency leads to blindness in between a quarter and half a million children every year.

So how do we get vitamin A? By eating foods with beta-carotene, vitamin A’s key ingredient. That’s where carrots come in, but it’s present in other yellow, orange, and leafy green fruits and vegetables. It’s actually what gives them their color!

To learn a bit more about Vitamin A and how carrots affect our vision, watch the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpYnx3RUuzs


Eye-Healthy Recipes

Knowing what foods are healthy for your eyes is one thing, but finding great recipes is another! Try this baby carrot soup for a delicious way to get that much needed Vitamin A, or this roasted wild salmon and dill for your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Do you have any additional eye-healthy recipes to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Diet Is Only One Piece Of The Puzzle

Eating all the right foods to promote healthy eyes is certainly a great step, but it’s not a replacement for regular eye exams. Problems unrelated to nutrition can still occur, and early detection is crucial for dealing with those problems. If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, we’d love to see you!

Thank you for being part of our practice family!

Top image by Flickr user Ján Sokoly used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Please note the Vision Source eclipse glasses sold in our office on the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug 1 have been recalled.  These are black with the Vision Source logo on the front.  As of time of publishing this blog entry, only 5 pairs remain unaccounted for.

Vision Source eclipse glasses

 

  

 

  

 

 

The remaining pairs of eclipse glasses sold from our office, which may look like any of the designs below, are not affected by this recall.  These are manufactured by Rainbow Symphony and American Paper Optics, both of which are NASA-approved vendors.  

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TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE TO TAKE PLACE AUGUST 21, 2017

Here in Mt. Juliet, we are fortunate in that we will get to experience a total solar eclipse!

Did you know that in our solar system, the Earth is the only planet that experiences a total solar eclipse?  So, don't make plans to go planet hopping anytime soon.  ;)  This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental US in 38 years.   Nashville is the only major city in the path of totality, and we should experience a little more than 2 minutes of it.  We'll be getting lots of visitors.

To safely view the eclipse, you should wear certified eclipse glasses.  Beware- there are knock-offs in circulation.  Sunglasses, no matter how awesome, are not enough protection against damaging rays of the sun. You will need to wear these sunglasses for all phases of the eclipse except the totality phase, when the sun is completely blocked. 

If you're driving, please pull off the road to a safe viewing area (not the shoulder... a parking lot would be a better choice).  And please, don't wear your eclipse glasses while driving.  They are extremely dark and we hope this goes without saying, but they're not safe for that.

You will need to have your eclipse glasses on again before the sun starts peeking through.  Make sure you aid small children.

Eye safety is no joke!  The sun can cause some serious and permanent damage to the eyes and an eclipse is no exception.  In fact, it's almost worse because you're staring at the sun on purpose.

What happens if it's cloudy or raining?  Well, it will put a damper on things, but we will still experience some cool stuff like darkening and temperature dropping.  So everyone cross your fingers for sun!

 

 

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