Children’s Ocular Health

Why is it so important to have your child’s vision checked?

It is extremely important to check your child’s vision from a very young age! Vision is a huge part of a child’s development, and it is best to catch any problems early on and find a solution quickly. Vision problems can hurt a child’s school performance, as much of what they learn there is presented visually. Children don’t know how their vision “should be”, so having your child’s eyes checked is the best way to catch any potential problems. It is better to get a full eye exam than to rely on the results of the simple vision check that children receive at a regular doctor’s appointment.

When should you have your child’s vision checked?

Doctors recommend that children get their eyes checked first at the age of 6 months. While this may seem young, it is around this time when a child has sharper and more accurate color vision. It is also the time when vision problems begin to manifest themselves. If there are no problems, children should get their eyes checked again at age 3 years, and then again right before they start school. These are formative times when vision problems appear. If your child does have some sort of vision problem, it is important to take corrective measures immediately. It is also important to schedule appointments at the times of day your child is most focused. You don’t want to take them to get their eyes checked when they are tired, cranky, or hungry if you want to get accurate results.

What are common vision problems in children, and how do you correct them?

Some of the most common vision problems children experience are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eyes, and crossed eyes. The first three are caused refractive errors and can be easily corrected with glasses or contacts, and in serious cases, surgery. Lazy eyes, while sometimes initially caused by refractive issues, can require more extensive correction. These issues occur when one eye has better vision than the other, or the eyes are crossed. The brain begins to only acknowledge input from the stronger eye, and the weaker eye is ignored. If it is not corrected, the brain will ignore the weaker eye to the point of it shutting down, potentially causing permanent vision loss. Lazy eye can be fixed with patching the stronger eye to force the weaker one to grow stronger. If a child constantly removes the patch, there are other options, including special eye drops and contacts that block light. Crossed eyes occur when the eyes fail to align and work together. This can be caused by extreme farsightedness, a problem in the muscles of the eye, or issues in the nerves or vision centers of the brain. This can lead to double vision, or in severe cases, to a lazy eye as discussed above. Crossed eyes can be treated with prescription lenses, vision therapy, or surgery, depending on the seriousness of the issue.

While excessive reading as a child is not a scientifically proven cause of nearsightedness, studies have shown that having children simply go outside can greatly reduce the chance of nearsightedness and other vision problems, or at least slow their progression. It is important for kids to take a break from electronic devices especially, and to rest their eyes after extensive time reading. Getting outside allows them to do just that, encourages exercise, and helps with overall health. It’s important that they wear sunglasses while outside, though, to protect their vision from harmful UV.

Signs that there may be a problem:

Common symptoms of vision problems or vision-related learning disabilities are headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes, short attention spans during reading, turning or tilting of the head to only use one eye when reading, reading with head very close to the book, excessive blinking and rubbing of the eyes, losing place frequently when reading, poor comprehension or retention, omitting or repeating words while reading, and poor hand-eye coordination. These do not always mean that there is a problem, but they are an indication that your child should get their eyes checked. Just remember, a vision problem does not mean your child has a learning disability. Color blindness, difficulty focusing the eyes when reading, refractive errors, and perception problems can slow learning, but with the proper treatment, your child should be fine!

Picking children’s eyewear:

There are lots of options now in children’s eyewear that are both durable and cute, and will appeal to children. Getting your child to wear the glasses can be a big battle, though. If your child needs eyeglasses, involve them in the process of choosing them. If your child helps to pick the frames, he or she will be much more motivated to actually wear the glasses. You can encourage them during the process by reminding them of how these glasses will make things better, for example: “You’ll be able to see the ball so much better when you play with your friends.” Make sure the glasses are comfortable!

Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh and Cranberry offers comprehensive and routine eye exams, eye care, and collections of children’s eyewear. Come by for an eye exam and check out our selections of frames!

The Danger of UV

Most of us have heard about how UV, which stands for ultraviolet radiation, is dangerous. It is invisible light, and only some of it is blocked by the ozone layer. It can cause sunburn and skin cancer. But UV isn’t just bad for your skin. It’s also harmful to your eyes. UV can be linked to plenty of eye problems, from eye strain and temporary vision loss (often called “Snow Blindness”) to cataracts. It can also cause macular degeneration, which is damage of the retina that can lead to permanent vision loss, through prolonged exposure to UV and blue light. As you head outside this summer (and during the rest of the year), it is important to be aware of the effects UV can have on your eyes, and to protect them.

We experience high risk of UV exposure in the great outdoors. Open spaces with sand, snow, or water are higher risk areas, as more UV is reflected off the light surfaces. You’ll find these conditions at the beach, ski slopes, or a lake. It is important to wear sunglasses when you are outside, especially in these settings. UV is also most intense around midday, when the sun is high in the sky. That doesn’t mean, however, that you don’t need to wear eye protection on cloudy days. Cloud cover does not block UV rays, and you are still at risk even when you can’t see the sun.

Because of the damaging effects of UV rays, and our high risk of exposure outside, it is important to purchase good sunglasses. When you choose sunglasses, keep UV in mind. Sunglass lenses have different levels of UV protection, and it’s important to choose a pair that is 100% UV blocking. It’s ideal to purchase a pair that have UV protection on both the front and back of the lenses, and styles that wrap around your face a bit protect your peripheral vision as well. Polarized lenses go a step further and block even more intense glare. Come by Good Looks Eyewear’s Cranberry or Pittsburgh locations to browse our selection of UV-blocking sunwear.

Maintaining Good Ocular Health

What Is Ocular Health?
Ocular health is, simply, the health of our eyes. Our eyes capture light and then work with our brains to help us see. Good ocular health is defined as having vision that is 20/20 or better with or without correction, and disease free eyes.
What Threatens Ocular Health?
Unfortunately, our eyes are constantly being exposed to things that can harm our vision. Whether it is UV from the sun or blue light from our extensive use of digital devices, we are constantly jeopardizing our ocular health. Blue light especially is a huge concern, as we spend a lot of time looking at our phones, computers, televisions, and tablets. This can cause digital eye strain and hurt our retinas. We can also strain our eyes by reading in bad lighting.
What Can You Do To Maintain Ocular Health?
It is very important to get your eyes checked frequently! Whether you are an adult or a child, regular check-ups are vital to maintaining good ocular health. Eye exams catch eye diseases early on so that they can be treated and controlled. They also look for refractive errors, which affect your vision by causing nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatisms. These sorts of issues can be corrected by prescription lenses, contacts, or in some cases, surgery. Along those lines, eye exams help you make sure that your prescriptions are up to date and correcting your vision, instead of harming you with the wrong ones! We can protect our eyes from UV by wearing good sunglasses and we can filter out the blue light with special blue light blocking lenses.
Why Is Getting Your Eyes Checked Now So Important?
It is important for people, especially students, to get their eyes checked at this time of year! If you are about to go back to school for the fall, you want to make sure your vision is where you thought it was, and that you have the right prescription. Many people think that they have 20/20 vision, but an eye exam reveals that they actually need some sort of prescription! Your current prescription could also be out of date, and you might need a new one to best correct your vision. Get your eyes checked to make sure you can catch any problems early on and get the right glasses, contacts, or surgery to correct your vision and maintain good ocular health!

Fight Glare with Polarized Lenses

Summer is upon us! That means warmer, longer days and more opportunities to get outside and relax, but as soon as you go outside your door, you find yourself squinting in the sunlight…even with your sunglasses on! What’s up with that? The too-bright light you are experiencing is called glare.

What Causes Glare?

Glare is excessive brightness, and it is caused by highly concentrated light being reflected off a surface. It is much brighter than the rest of your surroundings, and is painful to look at. While you can experience glare from TV or computer screens, some of the most severe glare is found in the great outdoors. As the weather gets warmer and you head outside to play golf, fish, boat, or participate in other outdoor activities, you need to be aware of the effect glare can have on your eyes.

How Does Glare Affect Our Vision?

As that highly concentrated light reflects off of the surfaces around you, your eyes are exposed to excessive brightness. This glare distorts your vision and can make it difficult to see. While it’s not safe to perform activities with impaired vision, glare has much more harmful effects. Glare is one of the leading causes of eye strain and can cause long term damage.

What Is The Solution?

One of the best ways to combat glare is to wear glasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses block the intense light you experience outside with a special filter, greatly reducing the glare. This clears your vision and protects your eyes! Maui Jim is the leading brand in sunglasses with polarized lenses. They offer the greatest style, comfort, and protection on the market! Good Looks Eyewear offers 77 unique styles of Maui Jim sunwear at both its Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations.

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for men offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Maui Jim styles for women offered at Good Looks Eyewear

Dangers of Blue Light

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Sunlight, or “white light” has a wide color spectrum. This visible light is made up of red, orange, yellow, green, and blue light. These types of light range in wavelength and energy. Blue light has the most energy of the visible lights, due to its shorter wavelengths. Blue light is very prevalent and makes up one third of the visible light around us.

The Problem:

Blue light, as I mentioned above, makes up one third of all visible light. The problem with this is that our eyes are pretty bad at blocking blue light! While our cornea and lens are good at blocking many other types of light, blue light goes right on through to the retina, which is at the very back of our eyes. Having the light reach the retina can cause degeneration of important cells, which can eventually lead to an eye disease called macular degeneration, and ultimately permanent vision loss.

To make matters worse we are being exposed to blue light in much more than nature. We constantly use technology like smartphones, computers, and tablets, which have blue light in their screens. We can get digital eye strain from looking at these displays for too long. Spending time staring at screens exposes our eyes to heavy doses of blue light, which as shown above is extremely harmful to our vision.

The Solution:

It is important to protect our eyes from the harmful effects of blue light. While it is ideal to avoid blue light by lessening our exposure through technology, it can be hard to go about our daily lives avoiding screens. Computer glasses, which are slightly tinted to block blue light, are a great option for those who need to spend time on their phones and computer but want to protect their eyes. They allow the wearer to spend time looking at screens without experiencing eye fatigue or discomfort, or at least diminishing the effects of blue light. If you spend a lot of time on your phone, computer, or tablet for business or school, lenses with blue light protection are the thing for you! Good Looks Eyewear offers computer glasses with digital blue light blocking lenses at our Pittsburgh and Cranberry locations.

Optician Needed

Are you or some one you know looking for a new career path? Good Looks Eyewear IS NOW LOOKING for a Full Time Frame Styling Optician and Retail Sales Associate.

For more details please contact Dawn at: 724-772-5640.Please send resumes/cover letters to dsavage@scottandchristie.com

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Fendi

Good Looks Eyewear is proud to introduce the Fendi collections to our Pittsburgh and Cranberry stores. We are now carrying Women’s ophthalmic glasses and women’s sunglasses. Fendi brings Fendi-Sunglasses-2014-1their head turning designs to eyewear. It is luxurious and ultra-feminine that will bring out the glamour in everyone. Stop in to our Pittsburgh or Cranberry locations to pick up your brand new Fendi glasses and Fendi sunglasses. Visit our FENDI designer page for more information about this one-of-a-kind collection.

Call us at either location for more information.

Pittsburgh Location: (412) 782-1919

Cranberry Location: (724) 772-9090

TECNIS Multifocal

Most people over the age of 60 experience some level of blurry vision due to cataracts. Many people over the age of 50 are uncomfortable driving or unable to easily read at intermediate or close distances without glasses due to presbyopia. Now, the TECNIS Multifocal family of intraocular lenses (IOLs) offers personalized solutions to give you outstanding vision at all distances (near, intermediate and far).

The TECNIS Multifocal family of IOLs offers three options to personalize your vision. Each type of IOL provides you with outstanding vision to meet your specific lifestyle needs. You can look forward to seeing objects up close, far into the distance, and in-between.

THE RIGHT LENS FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE:

What activities are most important to you? Whether you want more comfort while reading a book, more confidence viewing the screen on your smart phone, or excellent vision to find your golf ball on the fairway, the TECNIS Multifocal family of IOLs has a unique solution customized for your active lifestyle.

OUTSTANDING RESULTS:

Clinical studies indicate that 9 out of 10 patients said they would choose their TECNIS Multifocal Lens again. With the TECNIS Multifocal Family of IOLs, patients with age-related vision loss can look forward to regaining their younger vision and reducing their dependence on glasses.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:

Different types of implantable lenses are designed to meet individual eye health and lifestyle needs. Talk to one of our doctors at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates about which lens is the right choice for you.

CONTACT US AT OUR PITTSBURGH OR CRANBERRY LOCATION FOR MORE INFORMATION.

PITTSBURGH LOCATION: (412) 782-0400

CRANBERRY LOCATION: (724) 772-5420

Sunwear Events

SUMMER SUNWEAR EVENTS:

Happy-Couple-in-SunglassesGood Looks Eyewear will be hosting two summer sunwear events in  May!  Join us at our store in Cranberry Township on May 14th  from 11am-3pm and our Pittsburgh store on May 21st from 11:00am-3:00pm. Both of these events will offer food, entertainment, prize giveaways, and o course the hottest sunglasses on the market! We also will be having vendors from your favorite designer eyewear; MAUI JIM, RAY BAN, OAKLEY, MICHAEL KORS, KATE SPADE, and VERA WANG. These are two events that you definitely will not want to miss! Tell your friends and family, they won’t want to miss these either! Also be sure to visit our Facebook’s sunwear event pages!  Contact us if you have any questions!

Cranberry sunwear event

Pittsburgh sunwear event

Cranberry Location: (724) 772-9090

 Pittsburgh Location: (412) 782-1919

Mission Vision

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ABOUT US:

Mission Vision is a 501 (c)3, non-profit organization that delivers free eye exams, custom eyeglasses, and other essential supplies directly to homeless, uninsured, working poor, and low-fixed income people in Western Pennsylvania and abroad. Our Vision of Hope program conducts free eye care clinics on site at crisis shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, and sliding-fee medical clinics, where many in the demographic targeted by Mission Vision are already getting their primary needs for food and shelter met.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

One Powerful way to help is to lift Mission Vision and our many faithful supporters in consistent prayer.  We firmly believe that the One who supplies all our need, can and will provide everything we require to accomplish His purposes.  If you have unused glasses, they can always be donated to Mission Vision. You also are able to volunteer your time to work a clinic. These events are typically scheduled on Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Even if you have no hands-on experience working with eyeglasses, we will train you how to sort, bench adjust, check eyeglass prescriptions, and perform minor repairs on glasses. If you are a church group or business, we have sponsorship opportunities! Please call 412-303-7687 now to ask for a sponsorship packet for your family, church, or charitable hearted business.

All of us at Mission Vision wish to acknowledge and express heart-felt appreciation to our many, faithful supporters.  Whether you donated your time, money, supplies or prayers, please know that God has used you to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of souls in Pittsburgh and abroad. May God richly bless you!