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.
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.
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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!
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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.
Vintage eyewear has been a specialty market for years, but recently it’s come back around in mainstream fashion and the word is out… Vintage frames are here to stay. For years people have been buying their retro frames online hoping they’re already fitted with prescription free lenses. Often the case is that neither the vendor nor the consumer know what the real quality of the frame is or if it can be outfitted with new lenses. When purchasing frames from personal vendors online, you’re oftentimes dealing with an antique dealer or thrift store enthusiast who doesn’t know a thing about optial frames.The sizing on vintage frames can be tricky and oftentimes there are flaws in the structure or aesthetic of older glasses. For those of us with a retro vibe, but a less than easy to fit face with glasses (most of us) trying to pick out a frame online without seeing or feeling it on your face is a tricky situation.To the delight of retro-fashion enthusiasts, many frame companies have integrated vintage design concepts into their modern eyeywear lines. Ray-Ban offers men’s, women’s and children’s retro frames. Their brow-line styled RB 5154 CLUBMASTER is almost spot on with the originals. The thick acetate at the top balances out faces with wide jaws and the light-colored metal bridge downplays a bigger nose. GANT is also offering a collection of vintage-looking frames with the ease and security of having your local optician put in your corrective lenses. The GW MORGAN is perfect for a woman of any age who appreciates vintage fashion. The depth is perfect for a progressive addition lens (no-line bifocal) and the warm and cool brown tones bring out the best of all complexions.
Using your Flex money on prescription sunglasses is a good investment for winter. With the New Year’s Eve deadline quickly approaching, many of us are finding ourselves in a “use it or lose it” quandry. What do you do with the last few hundred left in your Flex account before Uncle Sam sweeps it out from under you?
The easiest way to ensure you’re not losing money at the end of the year is to spend it, and what better way than on that pair of prescription Coach sunglasses you haven’t been able to rationalize? With the Christmas chaos behind us, most of us in the Midwest are enjoying the last holiday festivities before settling in for the snow season. But snow means dangerous weather and driving conditions with a major hidden danger: snow glare.
Overall, daytime glare accounts for 30% of accidents on the road. Most of these accidents are a direct result of light reflected off snow banks and icy vehicles. Polarized lenses are specially designed to cut through horizontal glare helping you stay safer driving during the winter months.
Polarized lenses are available for all prescriptions and lens types. Whether you wear glasses only to drive or a no-line bifocal all day, prescription sunglasses will benefit you for years to come.
Studies are showing that over 11% of patients are researching frames and lenses online before their appointment. Many optometrists now offer resources on their websites to help patients ease the anxiety of trying to find the perfect pair of frames. There are many other resources available through frame vendor website and applications for your smartphone. Keep in mind, no online resource can provide you with the expertly customized fitting you receive from an optician.
While there are no specific rules for selecting frames, there are many helpful guidelines to help you through the process. The first step is to identify your face shape and your most prominent feature. The rule of thumb is balance.
If your face is angular, choose round frames to create softness; if your face is round, choose frames with angles that have some depth to them. Similarly, you should choose a frame that suits your personal coloring (skin and hair). The best way to asses this is to look at your wardrobe for shades of color you wear frequently.
Lastly, if there is a feature you wish to minimize or highlight, draw attention away or compliment it. People wishing to draw attention away from their nose should choose frames with a lighter colored bridge (the top of the nose) and darker rims. People with greying hair should avoid shiny silvers and instead look for frames in matte gunmetal, black, or navy that will draw out the contrast in their hair instead of making it look muddy.
Frame companies have now started to embrace their customers on a virtual level before they reach their optician. Classic frame companies like Silhouette and Ray-Ban are bringing their frames to your handheld device. With an iPhone 4 or an iPad 2 you can try on Silhouette’s frames using your video camera for a 3D experience. The iPhone app MEBIUS allows to try on thirteen frame shapes in six different colors, perfect for anyone who is looking for guidance on their best frame shapes.
For those out there who know what they want, but are curious about customizable options there are apps for you! OakleyView gives you the experience of looking through different activity-specific polarized lenses to find the one that’s best for you. Otticanet’s app lets you try on designer sunglasses, including Prada, Versace, Ralph Lauren, D&G, and Ray-Ban.
If your contact lenses are causing uncomfortable, red, itchy eyes, or you find that you can’t wear your contacts all day, you are not alone. Discomfort is the number one reason patients stop wearing contact lenses.
With the wide availability of contact lenses to suit multiple types of vision correction, it’s not surprising that over 30% of adults in the United States wear contacts. Contact lens irritation is one of the most frequent problems wearers experience and is one of the most common concerns patients express to their doctor.
Regular cleaning and appropriate storage of contact lenses is oftentimes the culprit behind irritated eyes. OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® Contact Solution uses two disinfectants to protect your eyes from microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and acanthamoeba and it removes protein and lipid compounds from your lenses caused by tears and allergens. Many Americans don’t know that your case should be disposed of after a maximum of three months, though many eye care professionals suggest no more than a month. LensAlert® reminds you when to change your contacts and when to change your case.
If you find that keeping on a bi-weekly or monthly contact care and cleaning routine isn’t for you or if two-week or monthly scheduled contacts seem too thick or irritating, you may want to try Acuvue® TruEye™ daily contact lenses. Acuvue® TruEye™ with Hydraclear® technology, coming in a wide range of prescriptions (-12.00 to +6.00), has the highest volume wetting agent to provide more wettability (meaning more oxygen flow to your eye) and the highest UV-A and UV-B protection of any daily contact lens.
Eye irritation with the use of contact lenses is a serious problem requiring immediate attention. If you are experiencing dry, itchy, red, or irritated eyes as a contact lens wearer, schedule an appointment with your eye care professional immediately to prevent more serious ocular health risks.
This year marks the 38th Walton Old Fashion Day. It will take place on Saturday September 10th on Main Street in Walton, KY. The events kick off at 11am with a parade and wind down around 10:30pm after the Elvis Presley Tribute Band.
Walton Old Fashion Day celebrates the past and honors servicemen and women. It is family oriented and most of the events are free. Local Businesses will have booths set up with giveaways and coupons; be sure to visit Vision One at our Eyecare to Eyewear booth.
There are many places to donate your prescription glasses in Cincinnati. The World Health Organization approximates the number of people in developing countries who need glasses to be around 284 million. Donating your old glasses helps people all over the world perform daily tasks.
The Lion’s Club organization sets up drop-off locations at worship centers, thrift stores, libraries, optometrists’ offices and community centers. Local schools, such as Ninth District Elementary in Covington, have food and clothing drives annually. Last year the students at Ninth District Elementary collected over 300 pairs of eyeglasses.
VSP vision insurance has a program called Eyes of Hope that has donated 75,000 pairs of glasses since its inception. Upon request, they will send you a donation box with a pre-paid shipping label.
Collected opthalmic glasses, prescription sunglasses and non-prescription sunglasses are cleaned and sorted by prescription before being sent to developing or third-world countries.
Because of federal regulations, each pair of glasses made in the United States must have lenses specifically ground to personal prescriptions, but there are programs available to help those in need in America. Kentucky Homeplace partners with a New Jersey program called New Eyes for the Needy to recycle used plastic frames. Money collected from donated metal frames, scrap metal, jewelry and hearing aids provide lens materials and eye exams.
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