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We have a full service optical department with state of the art Edging system so that we can finish the lenses in house. This provides quick and convenient service to our patients. Through decades of professional expertise in the eye care industry, Lake Lazer Eye Center has earned the ultimate trust of its patients for their vision needs. Whether your child is getting their first pair of glasses or you need your first pair of bifocals, we offer a broad selection of frames and lenses for all ages, prescriptions and lifestyles. From contact lenses and prescription eyeglasses to sunglasses and computer eye wear, we offer you the highest quality products and the latest technology.
Our opticians are experts in the eye care industry and are trained to help you select the proper frame for your prescription, as well as the best style and brand of glasses and contacts for your lifestyle.
We offer a wide selection of frames and lenses for all ages, from children to adults. We carry all major designer brands and a variety of products, such as occupational eye wear, prescription glasses, reading glasses, sports glasses, computer and safety glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses.
8 Ways to Protect Your Vision
How much would you pay for your eyesight? It’s a question most people wouldn’t think to ask, but the answers are profound. Really, people would pay just about any worldly price for the gift of sight. People who suffer eye injuries or develop diseases that affect their sight find their lives drastically changed overnight. To help you avoid such hardship, we’re listing eight ways to protect your vision.
- The best way to fight disease, as they say, is prevention. Protect your vision by keeping regular eye exam appointments. Catching serious eye diseases, such as glaucoma and certain cancers, in their earliest stages can mean the difference between sight and blindness. In general, people take their ocular health for granted. It’s the same attitude that leads people to perform dangerous activities without wearing proper eye protection.
- It may surprise you that thousands of people come to emergency rooms every year with burnt corneas – from the sun, that is. Though protecting your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays has become common practice, applying the same defense to the eyes may seem like a foreign concept. If you wear prescription glasses, get lenses that have UV protection. If you don’t wear prescription glasses, buy a pair of sunglasses with UV protection. These are cheap and readily available.
- Besides staying current with your eye exams, regular check ups with a general practitioner can help to diagnose chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), which are two leading causes of eye diseases that can result in blindness.
- Don’t ignore warning signs that something may be wrong. If you suspect something is wrong with your eyes or your vision, call our office as soon as possible.
Though it may seem impossible to avoid the “freak accidents” that cause most traumatic eye injuries, taking a few precautions can make all the difference.
- If you’re doing any work around the house, especially with power tools, wear industry-strength goggles. Regular glasses will not provide any protection against nails or flying debris.
- Be especially cautious around household chemicals (bleach being the most common).
- Always wear protective eyewear while playing contact sports.
- Take special care to avoid the eyes when infected with poison ivy, oak, or sumac. These plants cause rashes that pose little more than an annoyance when on the skin, however serious complications may occur if the rash spreads to the eye.
Obviously there are more than eight ways to protect your vision. Over-precaution is the best approach. Usually this involves something as simple as putting on goggles.
If you need glasses and are thinking about contact lenses instead, this contact lens overview could be useful. There are many types of lenses that can correct your nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. There are also contact lenses that can provide you with a full range of vision if you are over the age of 40 and require bifocal or progressive lenses. Other types of contacts have artificial pigment to change the color of your iris. These are used to replicate a damaged pupil or for aesthetic purposes. In all, more than 30 million people in the United States wear contact lenses.
Daily-wear contact lenses should be removed at night before going to sleep. Monthly-wear contact lenses, otherwise referred to as extended-wear, do not have to be removed at night. They can be slept in. Certain silicone hydrogel designs can be worn for up to 30 days without being removed.
Contact lenses come in both hard and soft forms. The advantages to hard “rigid” lenses are quickly being adopted by soft lenses. Rigid lenses are undoubtedly less comfortable than soft lenses. The wearer must adjust to wearing hard lens more slowly by gradually increasing the number of hours it is worn each day. Though they are prescribed less often, rigid gas-permeable lenses are still the best choice for some patients including for use with orthokeratology (Corneal Refractive Theraphy). Soft lenses are prescribed most often because they are more comfortable and require less maintenance.
Individuals with corneal astigmatism are good candidates for toric contact lenses. Toric lenses are not meant to rotate in the eye and also correct nearsightedness and farsightness in combination with astigmatism. Another recent advancement in contact lens technology is the multifocal lens, a lens made that provides multiple points of focus. This provides wearers over the age of 40 with the ability to see at all distances: near, intermediate and distance.
We hope this overview will help you understand your contact lens options. We will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have by calling our office and scheduling a contact lens evaluation.
See Yourself in a New Style!
Whether you prefer classic styles, bold and modern colors or trendy shapes, there is a frame for you. Frames are a great way to enhance your style, or completely change your look without breaking the bank.
Lake Lazer Eye Center carries all the latest designer frames and sunglasses at affordable prices.
Our knowledgeable opticians can help you find the perfect frame to suite your look and lifestyle.
DESIGNER FRAMES ARE ALWAYS 75% OFF
Anti Glare Lens Treatment
Standard lenses can reflect up to 18 percent of light-causing glare and eye strain from sources such as florescent lighting, computer screens, and headlights. With Anti-Glare lens treatment, only 1% of light is reflected off the surface of the lens.
With 99% of light passing through your lenses to your eyes, glare and eye strain is reduced to a minimum. In comparison to standard lenses you will also see much clearer and sharper.
Anti-glare lens treatment makes driving at night safer too, as it virtually eliminates glare from oncoming headlights and street lights. Overhead fluorescent lights and computer screens can cause glare and eye strain which will be minimized with this Anti-glare lens treatment.
Anti-glare treatment also eliminates light reflecting off the surface of your lenses. After all, you are choosing your frames to enhance your appearance. You want others to see your eyes and not be distracted by the glare reflecting off your lenses.
Lenses treated with Anti-Glare enhance the scratch resistant properties of standard scratch resistant lenses and will help repel water, finger prints, oil and dust. This allows you to spend less time cleaning them… and a longer life for your lenses.
The manufacturing processes used to make today’s conventional lenses were invented in the early 20th century. This method is not ideal for all lens prescriptions or for all frame designs.
Conventional lenses provide their optimum clarity through the optical center of the lens. In subsequent zones outside of the optical center, the optical performance becomes less and less. So, the further you look away from the center of your lens, the clarity of your vision diminishes.
For high prescriptions and progressive lenses, that have their near and distant vision provided by zones outside of the optical center, this effect is even more noticeable. This reduction of clarity is caused when light rays from the lateral surfaces of the lens are bent in such a way that they focus slightly in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina.
New Digital-Free Form lens manufacturing technology now allows manufactures to create customized High Definition Lenses. This process involves modifying the entire back surface of the lens in such a way as to re-direct light rays from every direction of sight, to focus directly on the retina.
These High Definition Lenses optimize all viewing zones giving you clearer vision throughout your entire lens. High Definition Lenses are six times more accurate than conventional lenses and the digital manufacturing technology can make your lenses even more personalized by taking into account your prescription, your frame measurements as well as your position of wear.
A good comparison for how you might see with digital lenses is similar to the difference you would see between a standard television screen with fewer pixels and a high definition television screen with many more pixels.
Progressive lens wearers especially enjoy even greater benefits from this improved manufacturing technology due to its ability to provide wider fields of clearer vision within all zones of power; near, intermediate and distance.
By including an Anti-glare treatment, you will enjoy the most crisp and clear vision modern lens manufacturing technology can provide.
Do you spend much of your day sitting in front of a computer or do you have hobbies or other work that require you to focus at arms length? Do you ever experience shoulder and neck pain, develop headaches or experience eye strain from doing these activities for a prolonged amount of time. Do you wear progressive lenses and find it difficult to hold your head in just the right position to see clearly during these activities?
If so, there are lenses designed specifically to help you with these tasks. These lenses are commonly referred to as “computer lenses” as initially many people used them while working on their computers.
However, these lenses are also ideal for a multitude of near and intermediate activities by making it easier for your eyes to focus and help relieve eye strain often experienced during these tasks. They also help alleviate neck and shoulder pain by allowing a more natural and relaxed posture.
Computer lenses are an excellent choice in a second pair of glasses for tasks that demand a long period of intermediate vision, but they are not intended to replace your everyday eyewear.
High Index Lenses
Unattractive, thick and heavy lenses are, for the most part, a thing of the past, with the advent of High Index Lenses.
Recent advances in lens material technology can now make even the most high power prescriptions appear more attractive than ever before.
High index lenses provide the same vision as your old lenses but they will be lighter and appear much thinner.
And, because high index lenses are thinner, many more frame materials and styles will be available for your previously challenging prescription.
The performance of high index lenses is often complemented with the addition of the Anti-glare lens treatment to minimize reflections and maximize their cosmetic benefits.
Impact Resistant Lenses
Who needs impact resistant lenses? The answer is EVERYBODY.
From kids on the playground to construction workers around heavy machinery, there is always the potential for standard lens materials, such as plastic or glass, to shatter, even from the impact of an airbag in an automobile accident.
You can protect your precious vision with impact resistant lenses. These lenses are manufactured using an injection molding process which makes them stronger than standard lens materials and includes scratch resistance protection. Impact resistant lenses also protect your eyes from the harmful effects of excessive Ultra-Violet light exposure.
They are the most light weight lens material you can purchase and may be thinner than your previous plastic lenses.
Light Reactive Variable Tint Lenses
Do you spend a large portion of your day going inside then outside again? Are you constantly having to change from your clear glasses to your sun glasses?
Light Reactive Lenses or Variable Tint lenses automatically adjust to your changing light environment, continually providing you with the optimal amount of lens tint.
When inside, the lenses are clear similar to standard lenses. But when you go outside, they react to ultraviolet light, automatically darkening, transforming them into sunglasses.
These lenses are scratch resistant and also include the additional benefits of providing UV protection for your eyes.
Having a pair of Light Reactive Variable Tint Lenses may eliminate your need for more than one pair of glasses for most of your normal activities.
The worst type of glare is blinding glare. Most over-the-counter sunglasses are ineffective at reducing blinding glare caused by light reflecting surfaces such as water… ice… and snow.
Polarized sun lenses are very effective in eliminating blinding glare. Traditionally thought of as summer essentials, they also provide increased clarity, contrast and depth perception. But they are just as effective in winter, eliminating blinding glare often experienced in snowy and icy conditions.
Blinding glare is annoying but is also dangerous especially when driving.
Studies have proven that driving with polarized lenses is safer .
When driving at 50 mph, study participants got an additional 23 feet of stopping distance wearing polarized lenses when compared to those wearing ordinary sunglasses.
Not all polarized lenses are equal in quality. Over-the-counter sun glasses that say they are polarized may block some types of Ultra-violet, or UV light rays, but they may not fully protect your eyes from developing cataracts or macular degeneration which have been associated with excessive UV exposure.
Our full spectrum polarized lenses block both UVA and UVB light rays, include scratch protection, and are available in a wide variety of colors and frame styles to compliment your favorite outdoor activity.
Make sure your sunglasses are not only fashionable, but that they fully protect your eyes from the negative effects of UV light and provide the vision you need when experiencing dangerous blinding glare.
When we are young, the lens inside the eye is soft and flexible. To change focus from near to distant and back again, the muscles surrounding the natural lens contract and relax changing the optical power of the lens. This ability of the lens to change its shape and focus is called accommodation.
Around the age of 40, a condition known as presbyopia develops when we lose the ability to change the shape of the lens inside the eye. As this occurs, we become more and more dependent on reading glasses to see close objects.
Benjamin Franklin invented a way to correct this condition with bi-focal lenses back in 1784. Today, progressive lenses are available that have the appearance of single vision lenses while providing you with a full range of vision from near, to intermediate, to distance.
Progressive lenses are created with a gradient of power starting with the patient’s distance prescription at the top of the lens, a stronger intermediate power in the middle of the lens, and the strongest near power at the bottom of the lens.
This seamless gradient of power zones allows patients to easily shift their focus from distance, to intermediate, to near, without the visual interference of lined bifocal or trifocal lenses.
If you experienced trouble in the past choosing a frame that would accommodate a progressive lens, there are now many progressive lens designs available for virtually any style of frame.
Because of the complicated nature of the eyes and the fundamental importance of having good sight, many individuals find themselves wearing corrective lenses at some point in their lives. Though the majority of individuals are nearsighted or farsighted, requiring either divergent or convergent contact lenses or glasses, people with more complicated eye conditions require specialty eyewear suited for their particular problem.
Specialty eyewear can meet specific requirements in terms of injury prevention, protection from UV rays, reading, driving, and much more.
Some people require specific eyewear depending on their occupation. Typical bifocals, for instance, direct the eyes toward the bottom part of the lens and require that the wearer look down to accomplish close reading. For individuals who spend most of their day reading or writing, neck pain is sure to develop. Luckily, specially designed trifocals correct this problem. Those who invest in trifocals often carry an extra pair of reading glasses around in case they’re needed.
Individuals who have experienced eye trauma or diabetics who have vision in only one eye, often invest in protective eyewear. The most important thing for these people is to maintain vision in the impaired eye and protect the healthy eye from injury. Often these glasses don’t even have prescription lenses. Similarly, many athletes wear sports goggles in order to decrease the risk of eye injury, which is common in many sports.
Other specialty glasses include those designed for driving and computer use. People with low vision and computer vision syndrome require specialty glasses to reduce glare and enable protracted intermediate vision (the distance between the computer screen and your eyes).
Our practice has a wide variety of specialty eyewear that we can show you to fit just about any need you might have.
If you’re an athlete and you have astigmatism, you could benefit in a multitude of ways from specialty glasses for sports. Vision is a fundamental aspect of all sports, and specially designed corrective and/or protective lenses will help you keep your vision as sharply defined as ever.
Basketball and soccer pose a particular risk to eyesight. Even if you do not wear glasses or contact lenses in your daily life, wearing sports goggles during practice and games is a good idea. Eye injuries are unexpected. They’re often described as “freak accidents,” but taking some simple precautions can significantly reduce the chances of an accident ever happening.
Eye protection and eyewear should be a top priority for any athlete. Many athletes may not need corrective lenses for everyday activities, but many could benefit from using them while in the game. Because hand-eye coordination is a basic tenet of sports, some athletes actually undergo vision training to quicken their reflexes and muscle memory. If you’re an athlete looking to improve your game, invest in your future with athletic sports eyewear.
If you or your child is about to begin participating in a new sport, consider bringing them in to our office and asking us about the best sport vision glasses for their particular sport. Vision is a precious gift and an absolute necessity for gifted athletes. Don’t put your passion, or your future, at risk. Most people don’t realize how delicate the eyes are. Don’t find out the hard way. Be proactive and start thinking about eye protection sooner rather than later.
Commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” amblyopia is a condition that would be better described as “wandering eye.” In patients with amblyopia, visual information is transmitted poorly (or not at all) between the optic nerve and the brain. Sometimes this problem lies in the brain, and other times it has more to do with decay of the optic nerve. The brain, for example, will occasionally stop receiving signals from one eye in order to avoid double vision. It is possible, but extremely rare, for a person to be amblyopic in both eyes.
Symptoms of amblyopia include poor depth perception, blurred vision, and sensitivity to motion. Most symptoms are very minor, however, and most people are unaware that they have the condition until they are tested later in life. If you or your child is experiencing the aforementioned symptoms, or if you’ve noticed the eye wandering, call our office for an appointment as soon as possible.
Development of amblyopia is most likely to occur in the most formative period of brain development (birth to two years), especially when vision has been obstructed in one or both eyes for a prolonged period of time. This visual deprivation will lead to a weakening of the connection between the optic nerve and the brain, which leads to an increased chance of developing neuro-ocular disorders. The most common causes include:
- Congenital cataracts
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Anisometropia (two eyes have significant different refractive power)
- Extreme astigmatism in one eye
If you or your child have any of these disorders, you are at increased risk for developing amblyopia. This disorder, even in its mildest form, can lead to everything from learning disabilities to a physical injury or accident. Often this condition goes undetected for years, and the individual no longer knows that his or her perception is different from anyone else’s. Contact our office today if you are experiencing symptoms of amblyopia.
Children’s formative years require constant medical tests and preventative measures, and one of the most important things to consider is your child’s vision. Attention to your child’s eyesight, in the form of regular visits to an eye doctor, can save your child from discomfort and medical complication. Being vigilant regarding your children’s vision can also save you a considerable amount of money down the line. Take your child to an eye care professional check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism so these conditions can be treated early.
A failure to diagnose visual impairments at an early age can lead to a host of complications. Children with poor eyesight are limited in innumerable ways. Besides affecting their ability to participate in sports and outdoor activities, children with undiagnosed visual impairments can even develop lasting learning disabilities that affect everything from confidence to academic performance and overall well-being.
When a baby is born, their eyes are tested almost immediately. These tests are primarily aimed at identifying serious, possibly life-threatening conditions. Soon after these tests are complete, a great deal of responsibility falls on the parents. The American Optometric Association, for example, suggests that parents practice a variety of activities to help their children’s vision. One of the most important things to be mindful of is the child’s eye alignment. Because the eyes take around four months to develop full synchronization, parents are encouraged to monitor for any signs of a wandering or lazy eye. The effects and severity of amblyopia (lazy eye) might be mitigated with a timely visit to your eye care professional.
If it’s any consolation to parents, children’s vision can be affected with a wide range of treatments at almost every stage of development. There are many warning signs; there are also many opportunities for parents to get their children examined, diagnosed, and treated. In 2005 the American Optometric Association began InfantSEE, a program that offers free eye exams to children and encourages scheduling your baby’s first eye exam at 6 months of age.
Computer Vision Syndrome
Computer Vision Syndrome, for obvious reasons, is a contemporary phenomenon. As more and more workplaces require individuals to give undivided attention to their computer screens, and as many forms of entertainment, recreation, and relaxation now also include computer or television screens, this relatively benign and avoidable discomfort has been elevated into the diagnosable condition Computer Vision Syndrome.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, 90% of people who spend three or more hours in front of a computer screen are afflicted with Computer Vision Syndrome. The good news is that the condition is completely treatable. Its symptoms include familiar stress-related discomforts, such as headache, neck pain, redness in the eyes, double vision, dry eyes and difficulty focusing the eyes.
Though it naturally follows that treatment (or really, the cure) for Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) would be to stop viewing computers, in today’s day and age that isn’t an option for many people suffering from CVS. If you are required to be at your computer most of the day there are a number of things you can do to reduce the symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome.
Make sure the computer screen is at an optimal distance with the center of the screen slightly below the eyes so your head and neck are not strained. Consider getting an anti-glare screen to cut down on glare from windows and overhead lights. Take breaks for 10 – 15 minutes after every two hours on the computer. Keep your eyes moisturized with over the counter lubricating drops.
If you are nearsighted, farsighted, presbyopic, or have astigmatism, consider purchasing an extra pair of glasses specifically made for mid range viewing distances. Computer glasses are now a common and one of the best ways to combat computer vision syndrome.
Proper Care of Your Eyewear
Proper care of eyewear isn’t rocket science, however many of us choose to employ other, more creative methods to clean our glasses. Another very important, yet often overlooked aspect of caring for eyewear is proper storage. Following the suggestions for proper cleaning and storage below can extend the life of your lenses and be sure you have the clearest view possible.
Windex is for windows, not for your glasses! But do you know why it’s not good to use Windex on your glasses? Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the answer, most people don’t. Most lenses have protective coatings added such as UV or anti-glare. Cleaners containing ammonia, bleach or vinegar can strip away these coatings…coatings you pay extra $$ for.
So what should you use to clean fingerprints, dirt, make-up and other random goo that may end-up on your lenses? The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends warm water and dish soap. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. If dish soap and warm water can clean pretty much anything (food, grease and lipstick) from your finest china and stemware, why not from your eyewear? All it takes is a drop of dish soap on your finger mixed with warm water (we recommend removing your glasses before doing this), create a lather on the lens, then rinse. Be sure to give the nose and ear pieces of your frames equal attention when cleaning. Use a dry, clean, soft cotton cloth to wipe dry. The AOA recommends daily cleaning of your eyewear using this method.
The necessity for in-between cleaning of your eyeglass lenses is inevitable. Natural oils from the face, eyelashes, fingerprints and airborne debris can leave regular build-up on lenses. As it turns out, a sink, clean water, dish soap and a clean soft cotton cloth are not always readily available. So what should you do when you can’t do what you’re supposed to do? Invest in a soft microfiber cloth (preferably one specifically for lens cleaning purposes) and keep it in your purse or desk drawer for these occasions. A majority of lenses today are made with plastic, which scratches easily. Once you scratch the lens, the scratch is there forever and cannot be buffed out, so the choice of what is used to clean your lenses is an important one. Obviously using anything abrasive will scratch the surface of the lens and achieve undesired results. Kleenex, your sleeve, paper towels and napkins are not recommended as they can leave debris or lint on the lens. Using saliva isn’t recommended either. First, it’s just gross and second, its’ not effective. Using a microfiber cloth will not leave debris, removes residue very well without scratching and isn’t gross. Microfiber cloths made just for eyewear cleaning are inexpensive and can be purchased at retailers where eyewear or eyewear accessories are sold.
In terms of storage method, most eyewear retailers provide some type of storage case with purchase. A hard case, sometimes called a clamshell case, is your best bet. If your eyewear did not come with a case, or came only with a soft case, hard cases of all shapes, sizes, colors and prices are readily available online, or at retailers where eyewear is sold. When purchasing a hard case it’s best to take your glasses along to be sure they will fit properly inside the case, or take measurements when purchasing online. Once you have your case, use it. When stored in a hard case, eyewear is protected against the elements and anything that could be flying through the air like, dog slobber, people slobber, spaghetti sauce, hairspray and beverages.
The best location to store eyewear is going to vary from person to person because everyone’s environment is going to be different. Common sense is a good guide to follow when choosing the location to store your eyewear. Some examples of storage locations that are not recommended: driveway, fireplace mantle, stovetop, back of the toilette, the floor and dashboard of your vehicle. Let’s face it, even if stored inside a hard case, nothing is going to save your eyewear from a car or truck running over them, fire or flying out the window of your car while changing lanes on the freeway at 70mph.
Taking the time to properly clean and store your eyewear will help you get the best performance and lifespan of your investment.
For more information on eyewear and vision care visit The American Optometric Association.