By Dr. Amy Press
From computer monitors to power tools to eye infections, people expose their eyes to strain and possible injury in the workplace everyday. To draw more attention to potential hazards, March has been named Workplace Eye Wellness Month. As optometrists, we are here to help prevent these possible work hazards.
More than 2,000 Americans are affected by eye injuries in the workplace each day. Approximately 90% of these workplace injuries can be avoided just by wearing proper safety eyewear. In addition to protective gear, workplaces where there are risks of getting debris in the eyes should have eye wash stations and all employees should be educated on the use of these stations.
For those with office jobs, extensive use of computer monitors in the work place and at home can contribute to an increased amount of eyestrain and fatigue. These symptoms are referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome, or CVS, and can affect 60-90% of office workers. The most common complaints of CVS are blurry vision, headaches and strain around the eyes associated with prolonged computer use. Luckily these symptoms, although bothersome, do not usually cause any long-term damage to the eyes.
To decrease CVS, we recommend observing the 20/20/20 Rule: for every 20 minutes in front of the computer, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. Other preventative measures include adjusting lighting to decrease glare and reflections or adjusting your monitor and chair to a comfortable level.
Eye infection is not as common for those in manufacturing or behind desks, but healthcare workers and childcare providers are often exposed to eye infections. The best method to prevent spread of eye infections is to regularly wash hands.
The most important step to preserving eye health is for all people to have annual eye examinations. Eye exams help detect both underlying vision and health related problems. By following these workplace eye wellness tips, patients can keep their eyes healthy and be more productive in the workplace.
We know that we have some stylish patients, and we love it. We’re encouraging you to give in to your inner fashionista this month. Anyone who comes into Vision One and buys a pair of Katie or Jack Spade frames throughout the month of March will be entered into a drawing to win this black Kate Spade clutch.
Make an appointment to see us and try on some Kate or Jack Spade frames like these, and get entered into our contest!
We will announce the winner on Wednesday, April 1 through social media. Patients from both offices are eligible to win.
The Vision One style makeover contest is officially open for voting! We received tons of great pictures of outdated frames and narrowed the submissions down to five on each Facebook page for voting.
Voting is easy - just click here for the Dry Ridge page, and here for Fort Mitchell. Look through the galleries and vote for the person who you think should get the style makeover.
You can vote once a day, so be sure to come back and vote daily for your favorites! Voting closes at 9pm on Sunday, March 8. The submissions with the most votes on each page will win. Winners will be officially announced on Tuesday, March 10 on Facebook.
Let the voting begin!
In January, the Vision One team started going Casual for a Cause. The employee fundraising effort enables staff members to “dress down” on Fridays if they donate $5 to a charitable cause. Causes are voted on by staff members and donations are made every three months, enabling the team to support four different charities over the course of the year.
After rounds of voting, the staff selected H.O.P.E. as the first recipient. H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Out People Everywhere, which is exactly what they do. Founded by Kimberly Haubner, H.O.P.E.’s philosophy is to pay it forward by helping anyone in need.
H.O.P.E. provides food, clothing, hygiene products, household items, and furniture to those in need, and hosts outreaches, support programs, and classes throughout the year. Gina, a staff member at Vision One, says that Kim, the founder of H.O.P.E., is a great listener who helps people help themselves. Kim goes above and beyond to find someone to provide help or answers when she doesn’t have them.
Several Vision One staff members have volunteered with H.O.P.E. in the past, and all have had great experiences. Tammy’s first time volunteering with H.O.P.E. was in 2012, after the tornado in Crittenden. She volunteered at the Crittenden Fire Department organizing food and water for the first responders.
Jennifer has known Kim since high school, and echoed Gina’s praise. She’s donated clothes to H.O.P.E., and knows that they regularly open their doors in the winter for those who have no heat, and help others with their heating bills.
We’re excited to support this wonderful organization in any way that we can. If you would like to learn more, or volunteer on your own, visit www.hope-ky.org.
Here at Vision One, we know that updating your glasses can sometimes seem overwhelming. Or maybe it just keeps getting pushed down lower and lower on your never-ending list of things to do. Either way, before you know it, you’re wearing outdated prescriptions and out-of-style frames. If this sounds like you, then keep reading!
To help combat tired eyewear, Vision One is hosting a StyleMakeover on both its Fort Mitchell Facebook page and its Dry Ridge Facebook
page. Up for grabs? A free consultation with one of our experts to find the
right style for you, and a brand new pair of glasses. We want to help you find glasses that fit both your personality and your lifestyle.
To enter, just click here for
Ft. Mitchell, and here for Dry Ridge, and follow
the instructions to submit a photo of yourself wearing your old pair of glasses. You
must be a fan of one of our Facebook pages to enter, so be sure to click “Like”
before you get started.
Entries are due by 5pm on Friday, February 27. Our staff
will select five finalists to move on to the voting round. Voting will be open
to our fans from 9am on Monday March 2 – 9am on Sunday, March 8. Two
winners—one from each page—will be announced on Tuesday, March 10. This contest
is open to those 18 and older. Only one entry per person, on one of our
Facebook pages only, will be accepted.
Know someone who could use an eyewear style
makeover? Feel free to share this contest with them. Good luck!
The winter blues are very real, meaning it’s about time for a style change-up to keep you going until spring. An easy way to do that is by switching up your frame style to something fresh and new. Our style experts keep up with the latest trends, and are happy to help you find something that fits your face and your personality. See what Tammy, Sheila and Ashley are loving, and ask them for advice on your next visit.
Tammy: Add some color to dreary winter days with sporty frames. Over the top colors are crowding the fashion scene and mirrored lenses are broadening their spectrum in hues like lime green and bright blue. Men’s shades may feature more color blocking and women’s glasses go bold in shades that outshine the sun. If sporty frames aren’t your thing, retro frames never lose appeal. They’re shining this season in outdoor-inspired neutrals. Look for high shine, metallic features, and defined brows, additions that add romance and intrigue.
Of course, classic frames never go out of style and the formula for this seasonal style solution is quintessential shapes plus smooth detailing. In step with this year’s color trends, basic shapes adopt tones in neutral, pastel, and muted families. Hard lines are softened while soft lines are hardened, making this look friendly for almost any face.
My favorite designers for these styles are Oakley, Kate Spade, and Ray-Ban, and I’m loving dark tones and the ombre effect.
Sheila: Bright, beautiful colors are what’s hot for winter! Whether it’s gym shoes, workout wear, bright scarfs, coats, sunwear, or everyday frame wear, a pop of color makes everything more exciting. Male, female, boy, or girl, color is free! Wear yours proud, bold, hidden in layers, or on the inside of eyewear. Frame lines such as Kate Spade, LaFonte, Coach, Ray-Ban, Juicy Couture, and Oakley make it easy to spice up your eyewear collection.
Ashley: One of my favorite styles for anyone is the tortoiseshell. The style became popular in the 1950’s, but was banned through Animal Protection Acts in the 1970’s. Today, companies make their own tortoiseshell blend out of animal friendly plastics.
Part of why it’s so great is that the pattern works well with light and dark hair. For blondes, it creates dimension and contrast without the harsh effects black plastic has on people with light coloring. Completely color-based tortoiseshells are available as well as traditional tortoiseshell frames with accent colors in the acetate, such as blue or purple.
Some brands with great tortoiseshell options are Kate Spade, Salt, Modo, and Europa International.
See a style you like? Make an appointment to come in and try on some frames! Call (859) 824-4415 for the Dry Ridge Office, or (859) 341-2566 for the Fort Mitchell Office.
By Dr. Karen Manko
Did you know that 2.7 million people in the United States over the age of 40 have glaucoma? January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the doctors here at Vision One would like to share some helpful information about the disease with you, our patients.
The leading cause of preventable blindness, glaucoma is called “the silent thief of sight” because often there are no symptoms at first. Without treatment, patients with glaucoma will slowly lose their peripheral, or side vision. They seem to be looking through a tunnel. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing, and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. Over time, straight-ahead vision may decrease until no vision remains.
There is no cure, but glaucoma can usually be controlled. Early detection and treatment are the keys to protecting your eyes against vision loss. Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam, and treatments usually include prescription eye drops and/or surgery.
Anyone can develop glaucoma, but those with an increased risk include African Americans and Latinos, who are 6-8 times more likely to be diagnosed with glaucoma than Caucasians. Those with a family history of glaucoma also have an increased risk. If you think you are at risk for glaucoma, please make an appointment to see us and we’ll work with you to treat and control your glaucoma symptoms.
For more information about glaucoma, click this link to visit the National Eye Institute website.
The holiday season has officially taken over in the Vision One offices! We’ve decked the halls, and our staff has decked themselves in fun Christmas sweaters.
In addition to spreading holiday cheer around the office, Vision One has adopted three families from Lifeline Ministries of Northern Kentucky this year. We are providing each family with items from their “wish list”, and each child is receiving shoes, an outfit, and a toy. Learn how you can get involved with Lifeline Ministries this season.
Don’t forget – with the holidays come days off for spending time with family and holiday hours. Our Ft. Mitchell office will be open from 9am-12pm Christmas Eve, closed Christmas Day, and open 9am-2pm New Years Eve. Dry Ridge will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and open from 8am-2pm on New Years Eve.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Vision One!
We’re excited to welcome the newest member of the Vision One team, Dr. Amy Press! Dr. Press will begin seeing patients at both of our offices on December 1st and we can’t wait to have her with us. Get to know our newest doctor a bit better, and don’t be afraid to say hello!
Where are you originally from, and where do you live now?I am originally from Ironton, OH, and we have lived in Union, KY for the past 12 years.
What made you decide to become an optometrist?I decided to become an optometrist because I had vision problems as a child and spent a lot of time at the eye doctor.
How long have you been practicing Optometry?I studied at The Ohio State University and have been practicing for 18 years.
What do you like to do in your spare time?I’ve been married to my husband Steve, who is a nurse practitioner at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, for 18 years. We enjoy watching Ohio State football and basketball, and spending time with our kids, family, and friends. In my spare time I enjoy watching my sons Colin (9) & Will (7) play hockey and my son Drew (13) play golf.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.Fun fact - I studied ballet for 15 years.
What are you most looking forward to in starting work at Vision One?I am excited to start working with a great group of people at Vision One. I’ve heard so many great things!
Choosing new glasses is a fun – if overwhelming – task. With so many different styles to pick from you want to find something that fits your lifestyle while still being in style. That’s where our three style experts come in. See what styles Tammy, Ashley, and Sheila are loving right now, and be sure to ask them for advice during your next visit.
Tammy: Make a bold statement with your glasses this fall. Frames with rich shades of red, green, blue, and purple will compliment any fall outfit. The best part – they come in tons of different shapes to accentuate your facial features. For this style pick, check out designers like RayBan, Michael Kors, Guess and more.
Ashley: People with a square, heart, or oval shaped face should consider cat-eye glasses. They add a little lift to the brow line, and are sassy & playful. These look great in color or as a neutral. If you’re feeling more fashion forward, try them with translucent or faded frames. For this style pick, check out designers like Lafont, Francis Klein, Europa and more.
Sheila: If you’re not sure about full colored frames but want to try something a little different, look into color to crystal fades. They look especially cute with a tortoiseshell pattern at the top. My motto: Color is free.
by Dr. Mercado
If you are diabetic, a yearly eye exam is especially important to screen for changes like diabetic retinopathy. Your eye doctor can see changes from diabetes in you eyes before you will have any changes in vision, so having clear vision with your glasses does not always mean that everything is okay. If you already have changes in your vision due to diabetes it may be too late to get everything back to normal again, so early detection is important.
Diabetes can affect your eyes in two main ways. The first is diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by long-term poor control of blood glucose levels. The second way is a shift in glasses prescription that is normally caused by short-term high blood glucose levels. With this change you may feel like your glasses aren’t working as well as they should be, and typically both eyes will be affected. With the prescription change your vision should return to normal after your blood glucose levels are better controlled. The two problems do not usually happen at the same time, but any change in vision should be checked out by your eye doctor.
If mild retinopathy is found during your eye exam your eye doctor will let your diabetic doctor know so you can work toward better blood glucose control. It is possible to reverse mild changes with improved blood glucose control. When diabetic retinopathy is severe enough to need laser treatments or other surgical procedures, the goal of those treatments are to prevent the vision from getting worse but will not normally improve vision back to the perfect 20/20 that it was before.
Diabetic retinopathy is not the only visual risk due to diabetes; diabetics are also at increased risk for glaucoma and cataracts. A yearly diabetic eye exam will screen for glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy as well as other common eye diseases. Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic complications are preventable with careful monitoring of your blood glucose levels and controlling other factors like blood pressure and cholesterol.
We can’t believe it’s already November! The holiday season is just around the corner, but this month we’re offering a special sale in honor of Veterans Day. From November 10-15, all current and retired military members will receive 40% off a complete pair of glasses.
From everyone here at Vision One Eye Care, thank you for your service! If you’d like to learn more about our services, visit www.visionone2020.com, or stop by our Fort Mitchell or Dry Ridge Location.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the staff at Vision One has joined the effort!
In support of our friends, family members, patients, and all those who have been affected by breast cancer, we’re raising funds this October for the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation.
The I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation is a locally – based organization that works to educate the community on the facts, risks, and prevention of breast cancer.
You can help us support breast cancer research and awareness in two ways. First, you can purchase raffle tickets at either of our two offices for a chance to win a beautiful canvas, or a pair of sunglasses.
Raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the month, and we’ll draw the winners for both offices on October 31. Janet Chambers, from the I Have Wings Foundation, will be presented with our donation at the Fort Mitchell Location at that time.
Second, we’re offering a special discount on glasses throughout October. Patients can take 30% off a complete pair purchase when they make a $15 donation to the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. Please note, this offer cannot be used in conjunction with insurance benefits.
We look forward to seeing you this month, and hope you’ll join us in the fight against breast cancer. We encourage you to learn more about the I Have Wings Foundation by visiting their website, or checking them on out Facebook.
UPDATE: Throughout October we raised $640 for the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation with the generosity of our patients and friends. Janet Chambers from the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation stopped by to pick up the donation. Along with Vision One’s Hollie Griffin, Janet drew October’s raffle winners for our Ft. Mitchell location, and Jenny Eising picked the winners in Dry Ridge. Congratulations to sunglass winners Tammy and Linda, and to canvas winners Nadine and Kelly, and thank you to all who donated!
We are having a sale!!!
Are you suffering from visual fatigue? That is, do your eyes hurt at the end of the day? Are they becoming dry or are you having problems focusing after work or studying? Do you develop a headache, stiff back, or neck problems after doing close range activities like working on a computer or tablet, playing games on your phone, reading or crafting?
8 out of 10 people experience these symptoms and chances are you are one of them. The Industrial Age is over; we’ve moved into the Age of Technology and it has changed the people work. According to npr.com, “More than two-thirds (68%) of working Americans use a computer at work, and 84% of them say it is essential for their jobs.”
A typical progressive lens (no-line bifocal) is not designed for computer work making the wearing move their head often to find the right focusing power of the lens, causing headaches, neck aches, and lower back pain.
Several companies, noticing issues of their own employees, took lens engineering into their hands to create a more ergonomic lens. Essilor Computer Lens has a wider “intermediate” viewing area than a standard progressive, letting you see through more of the lens when you are doing close-range activities. It also features a smooth transition into the reading power and enough distance area for effective sight.
Patients who do not need a bifocal yet can still benefit from a computer lens. The Anti-Fatigue Lens is a great solution for higher myopes (people who are very nearsighted), children with quickly advancing prescriptions, college students, and anyone who spends a large portion of their time on handheld devices. The bottom of the lens has a small increase in power (+0.60D) allowing the eyes to relax while accomadating near vision. This lens is recommended for full-time wear.
An anti-reflective coating is recommended for any lens, especially one worn at the computer, to reduce glare. And always remember to give your eyes a break; they work hard for you. Follow the 20-20-20 rule when working at the computer: every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Vintage Phoropter- how things have changed!
In the eye care business, we frequently hear our patients downplay the importance of contact lenses maintenance and scheduled replacement:
Firstly, we need to remember that our eyes are the most complex organs in our bodies next to the brain, accounting for about 80% of the sensory information our brain receives in a day. Secondly, contact lenses are medical devices. You wouldn’t forget to take your medication properly if you had a neurological disorder? Or neglect blood sugar monitoring if you were a diabetic, would you?
Failing to follow your optometrist or optometric assistant’s prescription could have negative effects on your eye health:
Please, do not override your professional’s recommendations for wear and cleaning. Those recommendations are there to protect you and your eyes.
Lafont eyewear from Paris, France offers the wearer a chance to represent themselves through colorful, creative, and hand-crafted eyewear. Currently all Lafont frames in stock at Vision One Eyecare in Northern Kentucky are 50% off.
Lafont has been in the optical business for almost eighty years. They’ve maintained a strong style inspired by the Parisian landscape since the 1980s; their reputation as one of the most fashionable and funky frame companies is still on the ascent.
A new pair of glasses is one of the best ways to revamp your style or create dramatic change in your image. If you’ve been looking for a little excitement in your life, you’ll love wearing a Lafont. Let the opticians at Vision One help you pick out your perfect pair for a fresh Spring look.
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) affects 11 million people in the United States. About 30% of adults between 75-85 are affected by some kind of AMD; 50% of people with family members who have had AMD develop it themselves.
The macula is a small part of the retina that provides our most central and detailed vision. While the macula accounts for only 2.1% of the retina and is a relatively small portion of the visual field, almost half of the visual cortex is devoted to processing information from the macula.
Because people with AMD retain their peripherial vision, there are therapies available to help these patients but no cure has been developed. There are a number of organizations devoted to research and awareness. Many famous and prolific people have been inspiration to people suffering from low vision, including Stephen King, Georgia O’Keefe, Don Knotts, and Bob Hope.
The Pantone Color Institute has revealed their color trends for Spring 2012 and the eyeglasses market has responded accordingly. Pantone’s Spring pallete suggests a strong emphasis on balance. The colors themselves are subtly bold with tropical natural colors. Neutral colors are reminiscient of ancient Asian paintings with soft pink, warm light brown-grey and a delicate shade of sea foam.
Prodesign Denmark has always been ahead of the curve, but they’ve really stepped it up with this collection featuring rounded angular frame fronts and bold colors. Frames can really reflect the wearers personality and these say: adventerous, funky and flirty.
Lafont's ever classic style is featured in this frame, the Darling. The handcrafted floral features are embellished with silver facets giving the wearer an elegantly delicate sensibility.
Gant's new GW KANE is the quintessential frame for the must-have fashionista reflecting the more daring aspects of today's eyewear's shape and color trends.
Juicy Couture sunglasses offer a balance of warm and cool tones in this frame, pulling from two of the Pantone Color Institute’s Spring 2012 colors, Solar Power and Driftwood.