Seems everyone is getting very excited for the coming complete solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st at 1:04 PM. Most of our stores are over 350 miles from seeing the total eclipse, so you better plan on a crowded trip down to the St. Joseph, Missouri are if you want to see the sun totally blocked out. We will see about 80% of the eclipe when it happens. Do you want to see the eclipse?
DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN…. even during an eclipse!
Here are a few tips we gathered from NASA as to how to look at an eclipse.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.
As we approach Shark Week next week, did you know that shark corneas are very similar to the ones we humans have? As such, shark corneas have been used as replacements in human eye surgeries. Want to see Shark Week in all its gory glory? Check out some new lenses at Midwest Vision Centers today.
Now that Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, we are all excited about jumping back into the swimming pool. Most all of us will remember to bring the sunscreen, which is a good thing, but what are you doing to protect your eyes at the pool?
Did you know UV radiation increases as much as 25% when you are in or near the water? That is why we sunburn so easily poolside. That same UV radiation can be damaging to your eyesight as well, increasing your chances of acquiring cataracts, macular degeneration, or even skin cancer around the eyelids. That is why we carry a wonderful array of sunglasses that filter out those damaging UV rays. We have a complete line of sunglasses in both Rx and non-Rx to choose from.
The sun isn’t the only thing your eyes need to worry about at the pool, however. Pool chemicals can do a number on your eyes. The tear film that coats your eyes is one of nature’s magical wonders in that it’s the water, protein, and lipid combine to protect your eyes and keep them from drying out too quickly. Chlorine and saline, however, wreak havoc on your tear film, leading to redness and itching. These chemicals can also lead to Dry Eye Syndrome. If you wear contact lenses swimming, you are providing a surface for bacterial growth that can lead to complications such as corneal ulcers and in rare cases, vision loss.
This swim season we want to recommend you bring 3 things with you to the pool and 4 things back. The first is a good sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The second is […]
In 2003, the National Eye Institute established May as Healthy Vision Month. During this annual observance, Americans are encouraged to make their eye health a priority and learn how to keep their eyes healthy and safe. Why is Healthy Vision Month important? Healthy Vision Month is important because more than 23 million Americans age 18 and older have never had an eye exam, according to a national survey conducted by National Eye Institute. The reason: Most say they don’t think they have an eye problem. In fact: Many eye diseases don’t have symptoms in their early stages, so without an eye exam, they can’t know. And there are worrying predictions: By 2030, 11.4 million people will have diabetic retinopathy, 4.2 million will have glaucoma, and 3.7 million will have age-related macular degeneration. Healthy Vision Month encourages people to take steps to protect their sight. So during May (and quite frankly every month of the year), we encourage you to follow these five simple suggestions:
- Live a Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy weight and eat foods like fish and dark leafy green vegetables to lower your risk of eye disease. And don’t smoke—it’s as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body.
- Know Your Family History: Genetics are a factor in eye disease, including diseases that are the leading causes of blindness. Talk to your family members about their eye health history.
- Use Protective Eyewear: Safety glasses or goggles can protect your eyes at work and at play. Talk to us about the right protective eyewear for your sport or job.
Having a regular comprehensive eye exam can do more than just test your vision. Yes, getting the right prescription can help you see better no matter the distance, no matter the time of day. However, did you know that there are many health problems than can be detected by an eye exam much sooner than most medical exams? Our friends at All About Vision have created this infographic sharing just some of the health problems that can be detected with a thorough eye exam. Ready to schedule your eye exam? Click here and let us help.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. More than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy eyesight. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes having drops put in your eye. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma may have no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Our own Doctors of Optometry can easily detect glaucoma with a comprehensive exam and help you save your eyesight and your health. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure your eyesight is the best it can be in 2017. Make an appointment today!
As computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones saturate almost every aspect of our daily lives, it is only natural that they have become part of our children’s lives as well. Children it turns out are using digital devices as much if not more than their parents. Eye strain can be very hard on a growing child’s eyesight, causing headaches, neck pain, fatigue and blurry vision.
Children aren’t as aware as adults to these changes and may simply ignore them. They aren’t as aware of the hours they might be spending in front of computer screen, televisions and portable digital devices including game consoles. As today’s children spend more time inside than ever, there is higher probability of developing myopia or nearsightedness. Parents should look at limiting time spent on digital devices as well as encouraging children to step outside into the real world more often. Looking at something more than 20 feet away can greatly help eyes spending so much time looking at things measured within inches instead.
Another problem with children and digital devices is blue light. Mobile phones, tablets, TV screens and so on produce a very intense amount of blue light. Yes, the sun produces even more, but most of us, including our children, are spending some 6 hours a day in front of a digital device without the help of sunglasses. Blue light, especially at night […]
The pools may be closed for the year, but farm fresh fruits are still abundant in farmer’s markets and grocery shelves. One of our favorites is cantaloupe, and wouldn’t you know it, cantaloupe has so many wonderful properties to it, including for your eyes.
Cantaloupes have been the subject of many studies, some of which suggest consumption can actually decrease your risk of obesity while increasing energy levels. Cantaloupe consumption has been known to support heart health, decreasing blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes, and protecting the body from loss of muscle mass. It can even help reduce the formation of kidney stones.
Being in the optical business, we are most excited by the reports that eating cantaloupe can decrease our risk and the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Cantaloupes contain the anti-oxidant, zeaxanthin, which has been found to naturally filter out harmful blue light rays, protecting our eyes.
So, head on down to your favorite grocer and pick up some farm-fresh local cantaloupe today. Your taste buds, your body and your eyes will thank you!
Did you know watermelon not only tastes good but is good for you? Watermelon is great for your heart as it improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. The regular consumption of watermelon can also reduce body fat as it has a high concentration of citrulline which is an amino acid that has the ability to block our fat cells from creating more fat. Watermelons are a great source of electrolytes. Best of all, watermelons are great for your eyesight as it is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which converts to Vitamin A in your body. The fruit also contains vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin which are all essential for maintaining good eye health. Don’t let summer pass you by without lots of delicious watermelon!
Today is certainly not one of the biggest holidays you will celebrate all summer, but in the eye care community, today is Different Color Eye Day. People like Mila Kunis, Kate Bosworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, and Christopher Walken are known for having noticeably different colored eyes.
The technical term for having different colored eyes are heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridum. Hetero mean “different”, chromia means “colors”, and iridis or more technically iridium refers to the iris of the eye, or the thin colored circular structure that surrounds the iris and contains the melanin that gives our eyes our distinctive color.
Heterochromia is usually benign or without any disease and does not affect your vision. It is generally considered very exotic. Heterochromia also occurs in animals, such as angora cats, Siberian huskies, or border collies.
In some cases Heterochromia is a symptom of another condition such as Horner’s syndrome. If your eyes have recently changed colors, schedule an appointment and let us give you a thorough eye exam.