I started wearing glasses a couple of months ago and while I appreciate having better vision and no longer suffering from eye strain headaches, I’m also finding myself occasionally running around my apartment wailing “Where are my glasses?”
It can be annoying.
Of course, I’m not alone in this. I remember my mother and grandparents periodically losing their glasses over the years and the mad dash as we all tried to find them. Now it’s my turn to lose my specs, so I’ve been pumping folks for tips on how to avoid the hassles of mislaid eyewear.
Here’s what I’ve learned:
Wear Your Glasses
Obviously the easiest way to avoid losing your glasses is to keep them on your face. But if you wear readers, or sometimes prefer to work and live without your glasses, you can still keep them on your body by either pushing them to the top of your head, hanging them on your collar, dangling them from a neck chain or keeping them in a breast pocket. Make doing these things a habit and you’ll cut down on the chances of stashing your glasses in some strange place that you’ll never think to check.
A Word About Readers:
I suspect that reading glasses go missing more than other types of spectacles, simply because we are constantly taking them off, then putting them back on, during the day. Talk to your eye doctor about the possibility of getting bifocals or progressives. You can keep these glasses on all the time, reducing opportunities for misplacing them.
If wearing your glasses on your body doesn’t work for you, establish some places around your home for storing your glasses. One way to do this is to buy several different eyeglass cases and then putting them in safe places in the rooms that you visit most. For example, you could put one glass case in the top drawer of your home office desk, another on a small shelf in the kitchen and a third in your basement workshop cabinet. If you need to take your glasses off in these rooms, put them in these cases and nowhere else.
Purses and Backpacks
Hunting for glasses in a full backpack or purse, particularly when you can’t see what you are doing, is never any fun. Choose purses and backpacks that have special pockets large enough to accommodate your glasses and only use these pockets when carrying your glasses around.
Few things are worse than losing your glasses while traveling, so it’s important to keep your glasses nearby while you are on the road or in the air. Don’t ever keep your glasses in the seat pocket on an airplane: You are sure to forget them there. Even if you aren’t fond of wearing your glasses on a neck cord, it is probably best to use one while on the plane. This keeps your glasses handy and you won’t have to constantly be taking your purse or briefcase out from storage or under the seat ahead of you to store or retrieve them.
Make sure you have access to information about your eyeglass prescription in case you need to replace them while you are out of town.
In Your Car
Some companies sell eyeglass cases that clip to your sun visor. These not only keep your glasses handy and in a familiar place, but it makes it very easy for you to switch between regular and sunglasses when driving.
Keep a Spare Pair
Despite your best efforts, there is still the possibility that you’ll end up losing your glasses at some point. Keeping an extra pair or two around can be a lifesaver, particularly if you have significant vision problems.
Tuesday, December, 3 2013 by Lainie Petersen
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the serious holiday travel season. Whether going to visit relatives for a week, making the trek home after Thanksgiving only to turn around for another trip in a few weeks, or planning a longer vacation somewhere exciting, if you use corrective eye wear, you need to account for your glasses.
Most importantly, bring a backup pair and a glasses case for each. You don’t have to worry about finding a suitable replacement if you lose or break your primary pair as long as you have a backup. And if you are going somewhere sunny, either plan for contacts, or get an affordable pair of prescription sunglasses such as one of the many affordable options we offer.
A classes case for each pair makes packing easier and protects your glasses from damage. Just throw your extra pair in your carry on and you don’t have to worry about anything breaking. If you’re taking a long trip out of the United States, you might even want to bring a second backup in your checked bags, so don’t forget the case for that pair either. A microfiber glasses cloth is especially nice on long trips.
Some people prefer contacts for trips because as long as you can keep your hands sanitary enough for removing them before sleep, they reduce the chances of losing or breaking your essential eye wear. They make a good backup, but you have to deal with cleaning solution or purchase expensive disposables. With just a bit of caution and planning, you can bring the right extra pairs of glasses and protective cases to ensure you can enjoy all the beauty that any trip offers.
Friday, November, 29 2013 by Dave Schreiner
As the year closes, many people in the United States, Canada and around the world pause for a day to give thanks for their blessings over the previous year. This holiday is called Thanksgiving, and is typically celebrated with family meals, football and preparation for the December gift giving holidays.
Origins of Thanksgiving in the United States
After the English Reformation, Puritans became uncomfortable with celebrating traditional Christian holidays, instead preferring to acknowledge fast days as well as days of thanksgiving. Its celebration in the New World started sometime in the mid 1600s, though historical accounts are sketchy and it wasn’t until 1789 that George Washington made it a national holiday in the United States. In 1941, President Roosevelt and congress resolved that Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of every month. Many schools and employers are closed on the Friday after Thanksgiving as well, creating a four-day weekend.
In the United States, Thanksgiving has a strong connection with food. Those who host Thanksgiving dinners typically prepare several dishes, in large quantities, for guests. Traditional Thanksgiving menus often include:
- Turkey stuffing (also known as “dressing”)
- Cranberry sauce
- Cornbread or corn muffins
- Green bean casserole
- Sweet potatoes
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- Pumpkin pie
In addition to a large family meal, watching televised college and professional football games is often a significant part of the day’s celebrations. Canadians also enjoy football during their Thanksgiving celebrations.
Bargain hunters often celebrate Thanksgiving by getting in line at local stores before the Black Friday sales begin. Black Friday, the day after American Thanksgiving, is the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, many stores open at midnight, or even on Thanksgiving day, and offer significant price reductions on popular gifts.
While the Thanksgiving holiday is most closely associated with the United States and Canada, other countries do celebrate Thanksgiving holidays as well, usually in connection with a harvest festival or celebration, though a few countries celebrate a Thanksgiving that’s connected to political events or tied to American customs.
Wednesday, November, 27 2013 by Lainie Petersen
Planning on a vacation sometime this winter? If so, now’s the time to score some new eyewear for your trip. Not sure where to start? Think about what you’d like to do on your trip: Do you plan a lot of outdoor activity? Do you hope to let your hair down? Or are you thinking that your vacation may be a gateway to some changes in your life?
Below are some tips for selecting vacation eyewear depending on what you plan to do during your time off:
1. Spend Time on the Beach or at a Ski Resort
Planning on spending time on the beach or the slopes? You’ll need eye protection. Whether you are looking for goggles or just super cool shades, keep in mind that your glasses have a job to do. Check to make sure that they have UV coating and that they get dark enough to help protect you against glare. If you are a sports lover, you’ll also want lenses that adequately cover your eyes and can protect them crashes and foreign objects.
2. Try Out a New Look
Thinking that it’s time for an image overhaul? Try out a new look while you are on vacation. Get a new hairdo, buy some clothes in a totally different style than what you are used to wearing and get some fun, funky sunglasses. Pay attention to how other people react to and treat you. If you like what you experience, take your new look back home with you.
3. Live it Up
Ok, maybe you really don’t want to reinvent yourself when you get home: If you’re working as a CPA and need to maintain a conservative image, a pair of purple, bejeweled glasses may not be a good idea . . . at the office. But when you are on vacation, you have a lot more freedom to try out new looks, even if you don’t plan to make them a part of your professional or everyday image.
If you’ve never tried out an online eyewear store, now’s a great time to check out Zenni. We offer a huge selection of glasses in
Tuesday, November, 26 2013 by Lainie Petersen
Forget that tired old question about who’s hotter, Ginger or Mary Ann.
In this corner, weighing 150 pounds (and that’s just his forearms), is everybody’s favorite sailorman. Look at him nuzzle his anorexic extra-virgin girlfriend and inhale his spinach right from the can.
In that corner, weighing oh, probably 20 pounds (and that’s just his ears), is Elmer Fudd’s favorite nemesis. Look at him nonchalantly lean on the ropes while he chomps on a fresh carrot.
So who’s it going to be? The perpetually squinting Bluto-battler or the Cwazy Wabbit? Amazingly, the winner by a knockout is Popeye!
Spinach before carrots? How can that be? Didn’t our moms tell us to eat our carrots because they’re good for our eyes?
Yes they did. But they also told us that if we keep crossing our eyes, one day they’re going to get stuck that way. We love our moms, but maybe they’re not the most reliable source of information when it comes to eyes.
Nope, the consensus is in from nutrition and vision experts: the nutrients in spinach are actually better for the health of your eyes than the ones in carrots.
Let’s look, with both eyes open, at some facts surrounding nutrition and vision.
These facts come courtesy of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and its follow-up, AREDS-2, both conducted by the National Eye Institute (NEI), which is part of the United States’ National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Keep track of those acronyms. There will be a test later. Not.
Results from AREDS, begun in 1992, were published in 2001. Results from AREDS2, begun in 2006, were published this year. Each study examined the two most common forms of eye disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
What are those, exactly? Let’s start with macular degeneration.
The macula is part of the eye’s retina, which serves a similar function to the film in a camera. We should probably explain that before there were digital cameras there was this thing called film. Google it.
Just like a camera lens, the eye’s lens receives an image. The image is transmitted to the retina, like the way an image taken by a camera lens used to be transmitted to the film in the camera.
The macula is in the center of the retina. When light comes to a point of focus on the center of the macula, you can see objects and colors sharply.
The macula is yellow, which enables it to absorb harmful blue and ultraviolet light that enters the eye, blocking this harmful light like a pair of sunglasses.
AMD comes two ways: dry and wet. Dry is when the tissue of the macula deteriorates. Wet is worse – that’s when the blood vessels behind the retina leak blood and other fluid into the macula.
AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. of people over 60, according to research conducted under the auspices of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Some estimates put the number of affected people as high as 15 million. However, many of those people are only mildly affected or won’t experience a decline in vision at all. But about 2 million Americans with AMD are severely affected, to the point of acute vision loss.
Check out this picture, which you can look at to test to see if you have any form of macular degeneration:
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Now let’s examine cataracts.
Cataracts form when the eye’s lens becomes cloudy, leading to blurred vision and vision loss. Cataracts happen because the lens of the eye is made up mostly of water and protein. As we age, the protein begins to clump together, creating the cloudy effect on the lens.
Most cataracts are related to aging and are very common in older people. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract-removal surgery, according to statistics compiled by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). In addition, almost 22 million Americans have cataracts in at least one eye, and the number is expected to increase to 30 million by 2020.
OK, so now that we know what AMD and cataracts are, let’s look at which nutrients AREDS and AREDS2 found helpful in addressing these eye diseases.
The first study, AREDS, examined whether taking vitamins E and C, zinc, and beta-carotene – which makes carrots orange – reduced the onset of these diseases.
For AREDS2, the NEI scientists added omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidants lutein (pronounced LOO-teen) and zeaxanthin (zee-ah-ZAN-thin) – both of which are abundant in spinach, kale, and other leafy green vegetables. Both of these antioxidants are also present in the macula.
In addition to being antioxidants – which are molecules that help maintain the health of cells – lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids. Carotenoids are what give plant foods their colors.
Lutein is especially important because it gives the macula its yellow pigment. When this pigment degenerates – causes of this degeneration include aging, a poor diet, smoking, being a female, and having blue eyes – the macula degenerates, too, because the protection the pigment supplies gets lost. It’s like a dark, polarized sunglass lens getting replaced by a clear lens on a bright, sunny day.
Now let’s go back to the studies and their findings.
Contrary to the preliminary results of AREDS, the AREDS2 results show that taking vitamins E and C, beta-carotene, zinc, and the omega-3s had no effect on decreasing the onset or reducing the effects of either disease.
However, there were significant reductions in AMD from lutein and zeaxanthin.
Moreover, when beta-carotene was removed from the study, the scientists found that the AMD-reducing effects provided by lutein and zeaxanthin doubled.
Sorry, Mom. Sorry, Bugs.
AREDS2 also found that neither lutein nor zeaxanthin prevented cataracts from forming. But that’s not to say that there are not foods that help prevent cataracts. A 1993-2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford in England found that vegetarians and vegans were less likely than meat eaters to develop cataracts – vegetarians 30 percent less likely, vegans 40 percent– and that the more meat people ate, the greater the likelihood they would develop cataracts.
But let’s say you’re a young whippersnapper who hates carrots and spinach. You are years away from getting cataracts, and you spend more time thinking about getting MDMA than AMD.
We can hear you now:
“Dude. Why should I care about this? My vision’s 20/20. I’m sticking with the four major non-food groups – doughnuts, candy bars, 64-ounce sodas, and cigarettes!”
Go ahead, knock yourself out. But remember Dud, uh, Dude, what you eat now affects your eyes today and in the future.
Keep eating junk food and smoking cigarettes, and you could be setting yourself up for type 2 diabetes. Almost 400 million people around the world have diabetes, and 25 million of them are Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Close to half of all American diabetics have some form of diabetic retinopathy, which, after macular degeneration, is the second leading cause of blindness of people in the U.S. Also, people with diabetes get cataracts earlier, and diabetics are 60 percent likelier to get cataracts than non-diabetics, the ADA states.
Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, but the number of children and adolescents who have this type of diabetes has greatly increased during the past 20 years. Consequently, the name of the disease has changed to reflect this appalling reality.
But if you eat a diet rich in – you know what’s coming – fruits and vegetables, that will not only improve your chances of maintaining good vision but improve your overall health, too.
And that’s what’s up, doc.
Eye Diagram Via: Wiki Media Commons
Monday, November, 25 2013 by Matthew Surrence
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