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.
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.
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.
“In a new lawsuit, a Texas woman is claiming that contact lenses she bought at a flea market left her blind. Liza Garcia purchased cosmetic lenses meant to make her eyes appear a different color. According to the lawsuit, they were Bella brand lenses bought from the booth of One Stop Contact Lenses at the National Flea Market in Lubbock. Garcia claims that three days after her February 2016 purchase of the lenses, her eyes started to swell and burn. The lawsuit states that despite medical treatment, a bacterial infection left her legally blind…..
Rion Sanford, attorney for Garcia, is quoted as saying, “Eventually we were able to determine that Ms. Garcia was injured by product being sold illegally, we also believe the product was defective even beyond just being illegally sold.” EverythingLubbock.com vis Invision, February 2017
While the laws for the safe sale and dispensing of contact lenses may seem unnecessary and unfair, they actually protect the consumer. Contact lenses that are sold without a prescription are illegally sold in most states. Contact lenses are a medical device. Don’t buy them from the beauty supply store, the flea market or the sleazy guy down the street. If not fit properly; if not cleaned and disinfected properly; and if worn incorrectly they can cause irreparable damage and even blindness. BE SAFE. Get your eye exam yearly from an eye doctor and get proper training on cleaning and disinfection and insertion/removal and a proper wearing schedule. Your eyes are worth it.
My great nephew wanted his mom to send me a picture of him wearing his safety goggles. What a cute boy! But truly I'm impressed that his parents are teaching him early about the importance of wearing safety goggles when working with tools. Hardware and building supply stores sell inexpensive goggles that can be worn over prescription glasses or alone. Such a small expense (usually $5 or less) that could save an eye...priceless.
Safety eyewear for sports is a reasonable expen se that again could save your child's vision. I cannot count the number of broken glasses, scratched corneas and lacerated eyebrows that I've seen over the years because the parents wanted to save a little money and sent the child out onto the baseball field, soccer field, etc with their regular dress eyewear. Accidents don't always happen but I wonder if the risk is worth it.
The Spring sports season will be here before you know it. Come see us about sports glasses for your children.
Do children read better with larger font size? Yes. Studies show that they do and if you consider the explanation it makes perfect sense. Children see the larger print better. (Not rocket science, I agree.) Children read faster because of the larger print size and they read more because they’re reading faster. They have better comprehension seemingly because they can actually get information into their brain at a faster pace. They feel more success at their accomplishment of reading an entire article or book quickly. Their success encourages them to read more, and the cycle continues.
If your child is using an Ipad, Kindle, Nook or other electronic device to read, increase the font size for them and watch them soar.
Does your healthy lifestyle include paying attention to eye health? Baby boomers have been aware of eye health for a while due to fears of vision-related diseases such as macular degeneration. There are a number of over-the-counter and prescription products available to maintain optimum vision wellness. However, a healthy balanced diet is usually sufficient for most people to get the vitamins and supplements they need for eye health. Talk to your eye doctor about your eye health needs.
Want to lose some weight before the new year? We have thinner, lighter lenses that will make you feel like a load has been lifted…..literally…off of your nose and ears. Our lens specialists can look at your prescription and educate you on what options are available for the frame you’ve chosen and the comfort you desire. Take care of you. You deserve it.
Taking Care of Your Glasses seems like no big deal, but they’re an investment that deserves your care and attention. I can’t imagine spending several hundred dollars on a necklace and leaving it down so that the dog can grab it and destroy it. Of course, accidents happen. We get distracted and put our glasses down thinking, “we’ll get those in just a minute,” only to forget and sit on them. Ouch! That’s a painful mistake… physically and monetarily. But what about the little things that can mess up your eyewear? Here are a few suggestions to help your investment last longer.
1. Clean the lenses daily and properly. Rinse them before wiping them with a cleaning cloth. Imagine yourself rubbing a tiny piece of sand across your lenses over and over……ugh. Now they’re scratched. Rinsing removes tiny pieces of debris so that you can polish them with the lens cloth without scratching the lenses. Make sure any cleaner you use is designed for your lenses. Some chemicals in house cleaning solutions will destroy expensive coatings.
2. Take off your glasses with two hands . Make it a habit. This small thing will go a long way in keeping your frames in proper alignment.
3. Get your glasses checked and adjusted every couple of months. Your glasses are a tool and they need to be properly aligned to work effectively. Just like maintenance on your car, keeping the hinges and screws tightened, maintained and repaired will make your frames last longer.
4. Store your glasses in a case when you’re not wearing them. Keep them out of reach of pets and small children.
5. If that accident happens, come see us. We will always do our best to help you.
Summer is winding down but you can’t put your sunglasses away. Sun protection isn’t seasonal—it’s a year round necessity. “According to The Vision Council’s 2016 UV Report, poor sunwear habits begin before age 30, when the eye is most at risk. Kids receive nearly three this the sun exposure of adults, yet just 29% of parents say their children always or often wear sun shades.
According to this same report, more than 40% of Americans believe that darker sunglasses provide better UV protection, although UV protection has nothing to do with the darkness or color. Sunwear should be labeled UVA/UVB protection and UV protection should be added to Rx eyewear.
Extended exposure to UV can cause photokeratitis (snow blindness) and contributes to the diagnoses of macular degeneration, cataracts and cancers—of both the eye and the surrounding skin.”
Essilor and https://www.thevisioncouncil.org