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The color blue

Color Blue

THE COLOR BLUE AND THE GROUNDHOG DAY CONSPIRACY How has the color blue helped me shake out of my personal “Groundhog Day“? Remember, Bill Murray lived the same day over and over. Andie MacDowell helped him bring it to an end. The run-on of days and the blue feeling brought on by a long,...

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Eyeglass Lens Materials

Eyeglass Lens Materials

EYEGLASS LENS MATERIALS – YOUR OPTIONS Eyeglass lens materials for your prescription eyeglasses are ultimately linked first to how you can best accomplish the correction of your vision. For many of us though, this is just one of the things we expect our eyeglass lenses to provide. Manufacturers of eyeglass lens material...

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Metal Eyeglass Frames Peace Fly Navy


 METAL EYEGLASS FRAMES MATERIAL This post expands Metal Eyeglass Frames materials I started in my previous post – EYEGLASS FRAME MATERIALS – AN UPDATE. I provided a general overview of how Eyeglass Frame Materials have evolved over the last fifty years and where Eyeglass Frames materials are going in the 21st century....

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Flexible Savings Account - FSA

Use Your FSA For Eyeglasses and Contacts at EyeglassUniverse

Use Your FSA For Eyeglasses and Contacts at The rush is on to use Flexible Spending Account money by the end of the year. Use Your FSA For Eyeglasses and Contacts at and get quality and value and great savings. You have a lot of choices online to...

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World Sight Day

World Sight Day 2014 at

There are very few physical capabilities that we possess as human beings that are as coveted (and necessary) as our eye sight. October 9, 2014 is World Sight Day 2014 and I am reminded how fortunate I am to have generally good eyes and good health. But, there are an estimated 563 Million people in the world that cannot see clearly, or at all. As best we can as optical professionals we owe a reasonable effort in our business pursuits to help those who have their eyesight at risk due to disease or other issue. Each optical professional in their own small way can help reduce the number of people worldwide that suffer eye disease and loss of eye function if we give back just a tiny amount every day.

At the beginning of 2014 chose to adopt the mission of helping those who have already lost their useful vision by supporting organizations that help provide seeing eye guide dogs for the blind. We tied our effort to our sales and then at the end of the year we plan to make a donation tied to our total number of sales. With three months to go we have more to do but our small effort is one of thousands upon thousands of similar missions being carried out the world over and not just because it is World Sight Day 2014.

My daughter Valarie works for the largest eyewear company in the world. She was asked to travel this week to Indonesia to serve in a Onesight optical clinic. While her role is as the blogger and chief communicator for the clinic she is spreading the word of how this one clinic is helping hundreds and maybe thousands of impoverished children in Jakarta have the gift of sight. Mind you, I don't sell a Luxottica brand and have nothing to gain by telling you that I am immensely proud of an organization like Luxottica that is making a difference in the eyes of many who need basic vision care and attention throughout the world. They are one of the chief financial backers of the efforts and send employees and help sponsor clinics like the one in Jakarta and elsewhere throughout the year. They help bring together the optical interests around the world for the better good of those with vision care needs. In most instances the children that pass through the clinics come out with new eyeglasses to correct their deficient vision. For some the screenings are detecting glaucoma and other diseases that if left untreated will eventually blind the person and many of these are children. Here is a link to the Jakarta, Indonesia Onesight clinic blog page:

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American Flag

Forget Prescription Eyeglasses for A Day

On most days we are more interested in prescription eyeglasses, eyeglass frames, and contact lenses online than we are in remembering historical events. But, there are few days in our lives that we will be able to remember as vividly as 9/11/2001 and we cannot let the day pass without considering the terrible loss Americans suffered in terms of lives and property lost. I'm sure that people alive in the USA on December 7, 1941 remember almost as well today the events as they unfolded in Pearl Harbor seventy three years ago. I wasn't alive back then but it is a day that still lives in infamy for those who were alive when the Japanese poked a sleeping giant and made it easy for the USA to join up for World War II with a new resolve. The events of 9/11 are a reminder that hate still lives in the world.

As for 9/11, I can remember where I was at, what I was doing, and how I first learned of the coordinated attacks that day. I even remember the time. My daughter was away at Xavier University getting ready for her morning classes when she called to make me aware of the events almost as soon as the first jet aircraft plunged into the World Trade Center's North Tower. No matter how bright, sunny, and clear the day was going to be on that Tuesday morning nothing the rest of the day mattered as we watched our TV news outlets carefully for any information that would help us come to grips with the terror we witnessed. The day blurred into a week and longer as the events were laid open. We now know that in the name of religion nineteen hateful zealots commandeered commercial jet aircraft loaded with plenty of fuel for long flights and on board the innocent lives were pawns in a ideological war waged on an unsuspecting America. Most of the victims were civilians and citizens of 90 countries died in the attacks. War upon innocent people is a particularly despicable act.

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contact lens hygiene

Over-wearing Contact Lenses

What follows is a tragic reminder of the importance of following the eye care directions. Contact lens over-wear can bring on diseases that cost your eyesight. An article in Newser, citing the China Post, tells of a 23 year old Chinese girl who is now blind because Acanthamoeba keratitis infected her eyes during a prolonged, excessive wearing of her contacts for at least six months without removal. In this time the delicate tissue on the surface of the eye became infected through tiny abrasions caused by over-wearing contacts and microscopic amoeba that found their way into her eye feasted until it was too late to stop the damage or restore the sight. These amoebic infections are said to account for up to 95% of the reported infections.

Three things went wrong for this young lady. First, she didn't follow standard instructions to remove and sanitize (or replace in use) her contact lenses on anything near the schedule proposed by eye care professionals and the manufacturer. Secondly, she wore her contacts in the presence of spa or pool water where it is likely she contracted the infection while washing her face (ICK). And thirdly, by the time she noticed the pain and obscured vision, it was already too late - the damage could not be reversed. Had she sought medical help sooner doctors may have been able to limjt the damage to her eyesight. Unfortunately, this type of eye infection occurs more frequently to people wearing contact lenses and much more frequently to those who don't follow suggested wearing intervals and sanitizing instructions. And, eye diseases like this one is more unkind to those who do not follow proper wearing intervals, who fail to follow sanitizing rules, and to those who fail to adhere to recommended lens replacement schedules. Sleeping in contacts and not removing and sanitizing the lenses periodically, or replacing them on a wear replacement schedule, deprives the delicate tissues of the eye and cornea of the oxygen that helps nourish the eye.

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