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!

Vitamin C and Your Eyes

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Vitamin C:

Vitamin C helps the body have healthy bones, skin, and blood vessels. It also helps the body form and maintain connective tissue found in the cornea of the eye. The recommended daily consumption for Vitamin C is 90mg for men and 75mg for women per day. Citrus fruits and many vegetables are excellent sources of Vitamin C. With all that we know about Vitamin C, it is not as well known that Vitamin C is also good for your eyes.

Vitamin C and Your Eyes:

Not only does Vitamin C help form and maintain connective tissue in the cornea, it also helps reduce the risk of cataracts. A healthy supply of Vitamin C can also reduce vision loss from macular degeneration. Some easy sources of Vitamin C are of course Oranges and Orange Juice, but what about other kinds? Orang Juice does have the daily recommended amount for women (75mg), but sweet red peppers have the most with 283mg. You can also eat sweet green peppers (133)mg, Strawberries (86mg) and Broccoli (82mg). Of course, these aren’t the only consumables that provide a sufficient amount of Vitamin C., there are plenty of things out there for you.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact us at Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates at either our Cranberry or Pittsburgh location.

 

Cranberry Location: (724) 772-5420

Pittsburgh Location: (412) 782-0400

Flashes and Floaters

FLOATERS:

Floaters are very common and usually are harmless. Floaters are tiny spots that drift around in your field of vision. Eye floaters come in various shapes and sizes,  They are caused by a break down of the vitreous which is a gel-like part of the eye located in between the lens and Flashes and floaters
the retina. Then these broken down pieces of the vitreous are the floaters. Seeing floaters from time to time is not a concern, but if you see a shower of floaters as well as flashes of light, you should immediately seek medical attention. Here at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, our doctorcs take every case of floaters they see seriously to  make sure that you and your loved ones get the best care possible. Visit our contact us page to schedule an appointment. Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates is located in Pittsburgh and Cranberry.

FLASHES:

Usually, light enters the eye and stimulates the retina. This produces an electric impulse, which the optic nerve transmits to the brain. The brain then interprets this impulse as light or some type of image. When this occurs it is known as Flashes. Sometimes these flashes can appear as lines that last up to 20 minutes. Flashes (photopsias) also may occur after a blow to the head that is capable of shaking the vitreous gel inside the eye. When this occurs, the phenomenon sometimes is called “seeing stars.” If a headache follows the flashes, it is called a migraine headache. Here at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, our doctorcs take every case of flashes they see seriously to  make sure that you and your loved ones get the best care possible. Visit our contact us page to schedule an appointment. Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates is located in Pittsburgh and Cranberry.

Age Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration, often called AMD or ARMD, is the leading cause of vision loss and blindness among Americans who are age 65 and older. Because people in this group are an increasingly larger percentage of the general population, vision loss from macular degeneration is a growing problem. AMD is degeneration of the macula, which is the part of the retina responsible for the sharp, central vision needed to read or drive. Because the macula primarily is affected in AMD, central vision loss may occur. About 1.75 million U.S. residents currently have advanced age-related macular degeneration with associated vision loss, with that number expected to grow to almost 3 million by 2020.

AMD SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS

Age-related macular degeneration usually produces a slow, painless loss of vision. In rare cases, however, vision loss can be sudden. Early signs of vision loss from AMD include shadowy areas in your central vision or unusually fuzzy or distorted vision. Scott and Christie doctors often detect early signs of macular degeneration before symptoms occur. Usually this is accomplished through a retinal exam. When macular degeneration is suspected, a brief test using an Amsler grid that measures your central vision may be performed.295e933e215b10a42ab13e7c440a352e

TREATMENT

There is as yet no outright cure for age-related macular degeneration, but some treatments may delay its progression or even improve vision. Treatments for macular degeneration depend on whether the disease is in its early-stage, dry form or in the more advanced, wet form that can lead to serious vision loss. No FDA-approved treatments exist yet for dry macular degeneration, although nutritional intervention may help prevent its progression to the wet form.

Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule an appointment at our Cranberry location or our Pittsburgh location.

Eye Allergies

 

 

It is estimated that about 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies. With allergy season knocking on our door, Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates wants you to understand what causes your allergies and how to relieve yourself from dry, itchy, red eyes.

WHAT CAUSES EYE ALLERIGIES:

Normally harmless substances that cause problems for individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions are called allergens. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander.

EYE ALLERGY RELIEF:

Avoid Allergens- The best approach to controlling your eye allergy symptoms is to do everything you can to limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. For example, on days when the pollen count is high, stay indoors as much as possible, with the air conditioner running to filter the air. Use high quality furnace filters that can trap common allergens and replace the filters frequently.

Removing your contacts– Because the surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, consider wearing only eyeglasses during allergy season. Or consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use to avoid the build-up of allergens and other debris on your lenses.42-16073427

Over-the counter eye drops– Because eye allergies are so common, there are a number of brands of non-prescription eye drops available that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness and watery eyes caused by allergies. If your eye allergy symptoms are relatively mild, over-the-counter eye drops for allergy relief may work very well for you and may be less expensive than prescription eye drops or other medication. Ask your eye doctor to recommend a brand to try.

 

We hope that this will help you with your seasonal allergies. You can visit us at our Pittsburgh or Cranberry location if you have any questions. Or feel free to contact us at either location. Here are Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates, your eye sight is our vision.