November makes us think of Thanksgiving

  • By Staff Writer
  • 29 Oct, 2015

November makes us think of Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving makes us think of family for which we are very thankful. At Eyear, we are a family taking care of families. Literally generations of families have been coming to Eyear Optical for over fifty years. When we hire new people into the company, it is with the understanding that Service is the hallmark of who we are. We insist that they know up front that they must become a part of that mindset in order to work well here. We have people working with our company who have been here thirty years or more. They get it. It’s more than a job. It’s a commitment to take care of people; to give their best even on those days when the kids are sick and the dog turned over the trash as they were leaving to come to the store. They are here to serve our customers; to give them our very best, every time.

Jim Crittenden determined in the early 1980’s that Eyear needed to be the first company in Tennessee to have an eyewear superstore with an in-house lab and he did it. Others have come along, but he was the first. He realized that offering faster service was important, but also being able to control the quality was critical. If we’re supplying the product and the technology, we’re able to secure the very best for our customers.  By purchasing in larger volume, we are able to give better pricing and selection as well. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, Eyear Optical grew to over 35 locations in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Texas. Most of those locations have since been franchised because we were concerned that we were losing the most important piece of us……Service. With six local stores we are secure in knowing that we can give our best to the people of the Tennessee valley.

It has always been a family business. Jim Crittenden had his wife, his daughters and grandchildren, his brothers, sister, some nieces and nephews, a few cousins and then in-laws working within the company over the years. But the “family” of Eyear is more than blood relatives. The people that make up our staff are an incredible group of people. They are the backbone of Service to our customers. They endeavor to give their best to everyone who steps through our door and we are grateful for their commitment.  Eyear Optical could be like the other companies selling glasses but we want to be more. We want to always be your place for eye care for your family. Service, Selection, Quality, Price….in about an hour.

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By Staff Writer 26 Sep, 2017
 After the brain, the eye is the second-most complex organ in the human
body. The eye is home to about 107 million light-sensitive cells and 2
million moving parts that can process 36,000 bits of information every
hour. (source: &

Eyes blink about 12 times a minute, with each blink lasting for about
one-tenth of a second. (

Your retinas actually perceive the outside world as upside down. It's
your brain that flips the images. Each half of your brain receives half of
an image, and then they scramble the images together to compose the whole
picture. (
The first recorded mention of lenses was in 1263, when friar and
philosopher Roger Bacon wrote that lenses are useful for those with
"weakness of sight. (

By Staff Writer 13 Sep, 2017
Each of your eyelashes has a life span of just five months. If you were able to string together all the eyelashes you shed over the course of your
lifetime, they'd measure about 98 feet in length. (

The upper lid typically has about 90 to 150 lashes on it, while the bottom has between 70 and 80 lashes. Most eyelashes grow to be about 10 mm long (just over 3/8 inch).
By Staff Writer 29 Aug, 2017

“A finger print has 40 unique characteristics, but an iris has 256. That’s one reason retina scans are increasingly being used for security purposes.” (


“When attracted to someone, your pupils dilate by as much as 45%. Women with dilated pupils have long been considered attractive. In fact, Italian women in the Middle Ages used belladonna to self-dilate.” (


“If your eyes are blue, you reportedly share a single common ancestor with every other blue-eyed person on the face of the earth. (


“The first set of blue eyes showed up in the region of the Black Sea between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago. Until then, everyone had brown eyes.” (


“If the human eye was a digital camera, it would have 576 megapixels.” (

By Staff Writer 01 Jun, 2017

Do you remember the “Summer of Love?’ Well, you must be in your 60’s and you need to have a yearly eye exam to maintain good vision and eye health. How long has it been since you’ve listened to “When I’m 64?” The 50th Anniversary of the release of the Beatles “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is this year.

By Staff Writer 01 Jun, 2017

June is “Cataract Awareness Month.” The importance of early detection and treatment to preserve sight is critical. Regular eye exams not only give you your best vision but also help you to maintain good eye health.

By Staff Writer 01 Jun, 2017

Sunglasses are the ultimate fashion accessory. Xperio UV polarized lenses now come in two new shades ruby and copper. They join the already popular emerald blue, plum and grape. Polarized lens provide the highest level of UV protection so they not only give the best performance of sun-wear but they also are idea for eye health….and they look great.

By Staff Writer 11 May, 2017
Summer is on its way and at Eyear that means sunwear! Warmer weather is here and the end of the school year approaches, making time for outdoor adventures fun and easy. But, increased exposure to bright sunlight and UV rays puts your family's vision at risk. This summer protect your family's vision with styles from Costa, Wiley X, Rec Specs, or any of our designer brands. When it comes to a great pair of sunglasses, don't forget the lenses. From versatile custom-tinted lenses that show off your style to high performance polarized lenses for eliminating glare, Eyear has your vision covered. Our Buy 1 Get 1 Free offer means that you don't have to choose between clarity and comfort with a second pair as prescription sunglasses.
By Staff Writer 11 May, 2017

Legislation for medical marijuana is being considered in more and more states. Medical specialists have long listed its use as an option in the treatment of glaucoma to reduce eye pressure. “In a recent survey 13% think it’s a fantastic option for treatment of glaucoma; 14% needed more research; 32% were open to the idea; 39% thought that while it has its uses, glaucoma can be treated better with other options and 2% said absolutely not.” Invision, March 2017


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By Staff Writer 05 Apr, 2017

Daily disposable contact lenses basically sell themselves. While some people think they’re expensive, with the manufacturer’s rebate and the fact that no contact lens solutions are used the actual cost is about $1 a day. Fresh, comfortable lenses every day….ahh…bliss. For those parents who are concerned with their teenager being compliant and wearing contact lenses safely, this is the answer. Just throw the old lenses away each night and put in a fresh pair in the morning. They’re also the ideal solution for people who only wear contact lenses part time.

By Staff Writer 01 Mar, 2017

Save Your Vision month is held every March to increase awareness of better eye care. Worldwide over 285 million people have vision impairment. We tend to take our vision for granted, but only good eye care can help keep our eyes healthy and working well.

Some benefits of regular eye exams: Corrective measures can be taken immediately for decreasing eye sight. Good eye health can be maintained when eye diseases are diagnosed and treated quickly. Eye Exams often diagnose other health issues such as diabetes.

Computers are part of everyday life and have created a greater risk for eye strain and eye damage. Computer users need to take short breaks to look across the room or out the window at regular intervals to lessen eye strain. Keep the computer monitor about 20 inches away from eyes with a slight tilt. Keep monitor free of dust and fingerprints to enhance clarity.   Computer users also tend to not blink as often causing dry eyes. Artificial tears can be used, but also being aware of the tendency can help.  

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