Sunwear Events in Cranberry and Pittsburgh

Good Looks Eyewear is proud to host upcoming Designer Sunwear Events in Cranberry and in Pittsburgh!

MAY 14th, 2016 CRANBERRY:

The event will be held from 11am-3pm. Stop by to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, as well as check out the hottest sunglasses on the market. Anyone who shows up to the event will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a FREE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES! Vendors for this event will include MAUI JIM, RAY BAN, OAKLEY, MICHAEL KORS, KATE SPADE, and VERA WANG. This is an event you do not want to miss out on. Drop by on May 14th from 11am-3pm at Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry.

Our address is:designer_sunglasses

20215 U.S 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

Call with any questions or for more information: (724) 772-9090

MAY 21st, 2016 Pittsburgh:

The event will be held from 11am-3pm. Stop by to enjoy food, drinks, entertainment, as well as check out the hottest sunglasses on the market. Anyone who shows up to the event will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a FREE PAIR OF SUNGLASSES! Vendors for this event will include MAUI JIM, RAY BAN, OAKLEY, MICHAEL KORS, and TOM FORD. This is an event you do not want to miss out on. Drop by on May 21st from 11am-3pm at Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh.

Our address is:

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Call with any questions or for more information: (412) 782-1919

Glasses for Golf

With the Masters Golf Championship right around the corner, Good Looks Eyewear wants you to be prepared when you are out on the Links. Serious golfers pay attention to their lenses. At Good Looks Eyewear, we have our own lab. That means we are able to personally guarantee that our lens products exceed industry standards and are personally customized for you.sport-golf-sunglasses-landing-2

Progressive lenses are specifically designed for golf and allow the patient’s prescription to be manipulated to accommodate any distance.

Polarized lenses block out the sun’s harmful UV rays and let you see straight down the fairway with out any glare.

Now that you have the lenses that help your game, it’s time to pick some frames that fit you. With the head motion that is involved in swinging the club, you want a pair of frames that are sure to stay on your head. Oakley’s are famous for their wrap frames. These specific pair of glasses hug your head tight enough so they won’t go flying off, but loose enough so you don’t feel constricted. They are the perfect fit for everybody. Maui Jim is another famous brand worn by athletes. Most of the Maui Jim frames offer over-the-ear  arms that refrain from sliding off your face.

Any frame purchased at Good Looks Eyewear are personally fit to your head’s own unique shape. Our ABO certified opticians are the best in town and always happy to assist you with any inquiries you may have.

Contact us at either our Pittsburgh or Cranberry locations.

Pittsburgh: (412) 782-1919

Cranberry: (724) 772-9090

Vision Problems in Children

ChildEyeCareRefractive errors are the most common cause of vision problems among school-age children. Parents, as well as teachers, should be aware of these 10 signs that a child’s vision needs correction:

  1. Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close
  2. Losing his/her place while reading or using a finger to guide his/her eyes when reading
  3. Squinting or tilting the head to see better
  4. Frequent eye rubbing
  5. Sensitivity to light and/or excessive tearing
  6. Closing one eye to read, watch TV or see better
  7. Avoiding activities which require near vision, such as reading or homework, or distance vision, such as participating in sports or other recreational activities
  8. Complaining of headaches or tired eyes
  9. Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts his/her eyes”
  10. Receiving lower grades than usual
Schedule an appointment with Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, at our Pittsburgh or Cranberry location. A visit with one of our top rated doctors will help you get a better understanding of your child’s refractive errors.

Dry Eyes

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The number of Americans suffering from dry eyes is on the rise and continues to be one of the most common reasons patients visit their eye doctor. Over 26 million Americans have dry eye, and many don’t even realize they have the issue because they attribute it to eye fatigue or allergies.

One reason dry eye cases continue to increase is due to the amount of time we spend staring at screens, whether it be our phones or computer screens. When we stare at screens, we don’t blink as often as we should. Blinking is extremely important because it stimulates tear production and spreads our tears over the surface of the eye. Over time, this decrease in blink rate can cause serious issues with our eyes feeling gritty and dry.

The two main forms of dry eye are evaporative dry eye and aqueous deficient dry eye. Aqueous deficient dry eye is when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough water to keep eyes moist. People often believe this is the issue they have when their eyes feel dry; however, only 14% of dry eye cases are of the aqueous form. Most people typically suffer from evaporative dry eye. Evaporative dry eye happens when the Meibomian glands are blocked. Meibomian glands are located in the eyelids and when functioning properly, they create an oil layer of tears. Without this oil, tears evaporate 4 to 16 times faster which is what causes that discomfort and dryness.

Your eye doctor should determine which method is best based on the type of dry eye and severity. If you believe you are suffering from dry eye, it’s important to speak with your eye doctor as soon as possible. At Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, we offer the most advanced dry eye diagnosis and treatment options available. Schedule a dry eye assessment with us today to learn more.

Diabetic Retinopathy

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For patients living with diabetes, there are many aspects of their health that they must keep track of. An area that they should absolutely not neglect is their eyesight. It is especially important for adults over 40 with diabetes to have their vision checked annually as the beginning stages of diabetic retinopathy may be present. Younger diabetic patients should also make sure to be examined as prevention is the best possible way to stop the disease; like most diseases it is easiest to prevent at the earliest possible time.

Diabetic retinopathy is a set of vision problems including: blurred and/or cloudy vision, floating blind spots, and vision loss. These occur as a result of unregulated blood sugar in the body. The varying blood sugar levels cause the blood vessels in the eye to become weak, bursting and leaking blood into the eye over time. New, weaker vessels will grow, but often form within the retina, further causing vision difficulties and problems. If unchecked, this could lead to permanent partial or complete vision loss. diabetic-retinopathy-brochure-cover

Annual eye examinations allow doctors to see exactly how far along the disease is progressing and how to counteract it. There is no absolute cure for the condition, its progression can be slowed and the more damaging effects can largely be avoided. Some of the best ways to keep your eyes healthy are to consistently monitor and control your blood sugar and pressure levels, as well as practicing healthy habits such as diet and exercise.

Treatment options often involve laser procedures. These are designed to break up the weak vessels and stop possible leaks in the others. Optical professionals will be able to identify the correct course of action, but it is essential to have regular eye exams to prevent this condition from causing serious vision problems.

Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule a Diabetic Retinal exam. We happily provide all of the eye care needs to Pittsburgh, Cranberry, as well as all of the surrounding areas.

Digital Eye Strain: 10 Tips for Relief

In this day and age, it has become nearly impossible to go a whole day without looking at some sort of digital screen. Some of us have to look at them all day while at work. Over 50% of people who work wi9th computers show eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms. Here are 10 easy tips to reduce your risk of computer eye strain.

  1. Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam:   Getting a routine comprehensive eye exam is the most important thing you can do to prevent or treat computer vision problems. Contact us to help schedule your routine comprehensive eye exam.
      2. Use Proper Lighting:   Excessive bright light often causes eye strain. When you use a computer, your ambient lighting should be about half as bright as computers found in an office.
      3. Minimize Glare:    Glare on walls and finished surfaces, as well as reflections on your computer screen also can cause computer eye strain. Consider installing an anti-glare screen on your monitor and, if possible, paint bright white walls a darker color with a matte finish. Again, cover the windows. When outside light cannot be reduced, consider using a computer hood.
      4. Upgrade Your Display:         If you have not already done so, replace your old tube-style monitor (called a cathode ray tube or CRT) with a flat-panel liquid crystal display (LCD), Digital Eye Strainlike those on laptop computers.
      5.  Adjust Computer Display Settings:     Make sure the brightness of the display is about the same brightness of the surrounding workstation. The text size and contract should be adjusted for comfort.
      6. Blink More Often:       Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. When working at a computer, people blink less frequently — about one-third as often as they normally do — and many blinks performed during computer work are only partial lid closures, according to studies.
      7. Exercise Your Eyes:     One exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times. This exercise reduces the risk of your eyes’ focusing ability to “lock up” (a condition called accommodative spasm) after prolonged computer work.
      8. Take Frequent Breaks:      Take frequent breaks during your computer work day to reduce the risk of computer vision syndrome.
      9. Modify Your Workstation:     If you need to look back and forth between a printed page and your computer screen, this can cause eye strain. Using a desk lamp may help, as log as it does not shine into your eyes or on your computer screen.
      10. Consider Computer Eyewear:    For the greatest comfort at your computer, you might benefit from having a Scott and Christie doctor modify your eyeglasses prescription to create customized computer glasses.
Contact us at Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates if you have any questions regarding this or any other matter. Scott and  Christie Eyecare Associates is proud to service the Pittsburgh and Cranberry area with top of the line ye care.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis:

What is it?

Blepharitis sounds like a serious eye disorder, but it is really a very common ailment that we often see in here in our offices at Scott & Christie. It is the term for a chronic inflammation of the lower eyelids and eyelashes. Blepharitis symptoms include: redness, swelling, itching, and irritation; causing discomfort for patients, but usually do not affect a patient’s vision.

There are a host of factors that doctors have found that contribute to blepharitis. The most common of these are: minor bacterial infection, poor eyelid health and hygiene, and allergic reactions to external stimulants. Doctors may be able to determine the cause of the inflammation when they examine the eyes themselves.

How do you treat it?

Treatment for blepharitis varies depending on the severity and cause. If doctors believe it has to do with eyelid hygiene or infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. In most cases an eyelid scrub is advised- several times a day if needed. This involves mixing a small amount of baby shampoo and warm water together with a cotton swab and gently cleaning the outer lid and eyelash areas of the eye, rinsing with cool water. It is highly recommended to change swabs per eye. Another treatment  option is to take a clean washcloth soaked in warm water and cover the eyes for up to five minutes, several times a day. This helps reduce the redness and irritation in the eyes.

Always consult with a doctor before self treatment. Contact us at Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates  in Cranberry Township for more information.

Information obtained on the Scott and Christie website is not a substitute for an eye exam… see Additional Information.

Anti-Reflective Lenses

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Driving at night can be challenging under the best of circumstance, but battling the glare from oncoming headlights can make a stressful situation even worse. Nowadays, you can beat the glare by opting for anti-reflective (AR) Anti-Reflective Lenseslenses.

Technological advances in anti-glare coatings virtually eliminate glare by allowing 99.5 percent of available light to pass through your lenses. That means fewer visual distractions when you’re sitting behind the wheel, and less eyestrain when you’re sitting in front of a computer (or any) screen for hours.

There’s another advantage to going anti-glare—you’ll look better. Your lenses will appear clearer, practically invisible, allowing people to focus on your eyes and not the reflection in your glasses.

By the way, the AR coating is applied in our full-service eyewear lab, allowing for personalized, hands-on production of your glasses.

Visit our Good Looks Eyewear stores in either Pittsburgh or Cranberry and ask our ABO certified Opticians about AR lenses.

Contact us at the Pittsburgh location or the Cranberry location if you have any question about Anti-Reflective Lenses.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Glaucoma is called “the sneak thief of sight” since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it’s permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss. Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

 

Glaucoma patients, did you know that your eye pressure can be safely controlled without complex eye  drop regimens?  At Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates, we offer an alternative to eye drops and their side effects for glaucoma treatment: laser surgery that can greatly lessen or virtually eliminate your dependence on eye medications.  Covered by insurance plans, this FDA-approved laser procedure is fast, safe and effective. .  If you are interested in freeing yourself from the inconvenience of your current eye drop regimen and expensive monthly trips to the pharmacy, please contact Scott & Christie Eyecare Associates to see if laser surgery is right for you.

Knowing Your LASIK Options

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There are some companies out there that entice customers with a low LASIK price, of $299 per eye. We are here to tell you that there is no such thing. The “$299 per eye” is for the lowest prescription glasses possible. At Insight LASIK and Refractive Group, we won’t even recommend LASIK surgery for such prescriptions. You can get this “$299 per eye” surgery, but you will need your glasses again. Contact Insight LASIK and Refractive Group where our trusted doctors will give all of the information you need to make your decision for surgery. We want to make sure that you fully understand the LASIK process before making such a big life decision. We care about our patients and don’t mislead on prices, surgical options, or results. Contact Insight Lasik and Refractive Group today to schedule your free LASIK evaluation.