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Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

12/14/2017 12:54:00

 

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds baby/thin carrots peeled, tops chopped off or to 2 inches*
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon  Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon  Ground Cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
 
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Either line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray OR spray your baking sheet with cooking spray. See Note**. Add carrots to the center.. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients and pour over carrots. Toss until evenly coated. Line carrots in a single layer. Bake for 30-45 minutes depending on carrot thickness, until fork tender, stirring after 20 minutes.*** Roast longer for more caramelization. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
Recipe Notes

*Baby carrots simply refer to young, thinner carrots that are not tough or woody. They can often be found in the organic section of your grocery store. If you want to use different carrots then cut extra thick carrots in half lengthwise and adjust cooking time - carrots are done when they are fork tender or roast longer for more caramelization.
**If you use thinner carrots, you might not want to use foil because the carrots will caramelize better in the shorter roasting time without foil.
***When you stir at 20 minutes, the Glaze will have liquefied and there will seem like a lot of moisture but the carrots will absorb the moisture/Glaze as they continue cooking.

 

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Common Patient Questions And Concerns

12/14/2017 12:48:00

Many of us schedule our eye exams knowing we have plenty of questions for the eye doctor.

1. Am I hurting my eyes by staring at my computer screen all day for work?

While extended screen time is one of the main causes of eye strain, it won’t lead to long-term damage. Eye strain can still be unpleasant enough on its own, but you can reduce your symptoms by following the 20-20-20 rule. Every twenty minutes when working on your computer, take a 20 second break from staring at the screen and at something 20 feet away. This will give your eyes the break they need.

2. Is it okay to sleep in extended-wear contacts?

Contact lenses deprive your corneas of oxygen and increase the risk of developing infections that can threaten your vision. This is why you should never sleep in them. Extended-wear contacts are made with silicone hydrogel to help your eyes breathe, so they are safer to leave in longer, but it’s still a good idea to take them out at night so that your eyes can have a break.

3. If I switch to glasses, will they make my eyes weaker?

The only thing glasses do for you is help you see better, but because glasses don’t sit directly on your eyes, things are going to look a little different through them than through contacts. Don’t be surprised if it takes a few days for your eyes to adjust to new lenses. You may experience eye strain and minor headaches, but these symptoms should disappear on their own.

4. Will wearing eye makeup harm my eyes?

Yes, makeup can cause eye injuries. A stray mascara wand can scratch the cornea, bits of eye shadow or dry mascara can get stuck under the eyelid and cause irritation, or a particular brand of makeup could cause an allergic reaction. Just be careful when selecting and applying your eye makeup, and you won’t have any cause to worry.

5. What exactly can you see when you look deep into my eyes?

When we look into your eyes at our office, we’re looking for more than just healthy retinas. Many conditions that affect overall health affect the way the retinas look. Your optometrist might be the first one to see early symptoms of thyroid problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune disorders, and more.

6. Why have my eyes been so dry lately?

There are a lot of ways your eyes can go dry. It could be simple aging, a side effect to new medication, or a change in the weather. When the air becomes dry, the moisture in your eyes and skin evaporates at a much faster rate. Staying hydrated will help your body compensate for the drier air, and you can also use eye drops to keep your eyes moisturized.

As a Lentz Eye Care patient, you are our number one priority and we care about your vision health! These are just six of the most common questions optometrists tend hear, but if you have any we didn’t cover, don’t hesitate to contact Lentz Eye Care today!

 

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Heterochromia: Causes And Types

12/14/2017 12:40:00

This fascinating trait is called heterochromia, and only six people in a thousand have it. It can happen in different ways and for different reasons. Even if you haven’t seen someone with different colored eyes, you’ve likely seen an odd-eyed dog or a cat. But how does such a strange-looking thing happen?

What Causes Heterochromia

Most of the time, heterochromia is simply congenital (meaning the result of genetics) and caused by a benign mutation affecting the way melanin (pigment) develops in the irises. A few famous examples of congenital heterochromia are Mila Kunis, Jane Seymour, Simon Pegg, and Anthony Stewart Head.

People who weren’t born with heterochromia might still develop it, as it can also be caused by trauma (due to injury or surgery) or disease (such as diabetes, eye tumors, or glaucoma). Acquired heterochromia might look as interesting as congenital heterochromia, but it often indicates the eye is damaged or unhealthy. The most famous example of it is David Bowie, whose left iris remained permanently dilated after an injury, giving him the appearance of having different colored eyes.

Types Of Heterochromia

Just as heterochromia can be the result of a variety of causes, it can also produce a wide range of results. The three categories are complete, segmental, and central heterochromia. 

Complete heterochromia, also called heterochromia iridum, occurs when the two irises are different colors. Segmental heterochromia, also called heterochromia iridis, occurs when a patch of a different color appears in one iris.

Central heterochromia is more common than the other types, but not nearly as visually striking. It happens when the irises match each other but have a ring of a different color around the pupils. For instance, someone with blue eyes might have a thin ring of hazel or brown around their pupils.

Heterochromia In Folklore

In our culture, heterochromia is merely an intriguing anomaly, but that hasn’t been the case for everyone. Some Native American cultures believe having heterochromia means the person can see into heaven and earth at the same time through different colored eyes. They refer to this as having “Ghost Eyes.” Halfway around the world, Eastern European pagans believe being born with heterochromia means the person has witch eyes!

Come See Your Optometrist at Lentz Eye Care!

If you notice a change in the color of one or both of your eyes (particularly if you weren’t born with two different eye colors), it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment at Lentz Eye Care so your optometrist can discover the cause, in case it’s due to damage from an injury or the symptom of a health condition.

 

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Eye Safety Tips for the Holidays

12/14/2017 12:34:00

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The holiday season is an exciting time of year for all ages. But it’s also a common time for eye injuries.

The tiniest piece of glitter may turn the most wonderful time of year into the most harmful time of year for your eyes.

“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

The 1983 classic holiday film, A Christmas Story, has had us reciting this memorable quote for years. But it doesn’t just apply to Red Ryder BB Guns. Whether you’re popping open a bottle of champagne or decorating the Christmas tree, your eyes may be in danger.

Here are some typical holiday scenarios that could result in eye injury and a few preventative tips.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Christmas tree injuries are common during the holiday season. Your eyes may be at risk in a variety of ways.

  1. When cutting or handling your Christmas tree, make sure to wear protective eye wear. Your eyes may come in contact with dust or tree sap, which can cause an eye infection.
  2. Decorating your tree with glass ornaments can pose a risk to kids and adults. Make sure to hang them out of reach of small children. Also check to see if any ornaments or lights are cracked or broken before hanging them to prevent serious injuries.
  3. The tree’s pine needles are sharp and dangerous for our eyes. When decorating or placing gifts by the tree, try not to put items too far under the tree so you can prevent eager eyes from being scratched or poked.

Pop the Champagne!

The holidays naturally call for social gatherings and celebrations. For adults, make sure to remember eye safety when popping open the champagne bottle.

  1. When it’s time to open the bottle of champagne, hold the cork down when you’re removing the wire wrapped around the cork.
  2. A great way to prevent the champagne from spraying or cork flying is to use a towel and point it away from yourself and others.
  3. Once you’re finally ready, hold the bottle at about a 45-degree angle and gently pull the cork out.

Toys, Toys, Toys!

It’s finally Christmas morning, and the kids are ripping open their gifts. Children are so excited to open their toys and start playing that safety is the last thing on their minds. Unfortunately, toys cause the most eye-related injuries during the holiday season.

  1. When children are playing with their new toys, supervise them to make sure they’re playing with them safely.
  2. Do your best not to purchase toys with sharp edges or harmful parts.
  3. Make sure the toy is age appropriate for the child.

We Wish You a Happy Holiday Season

Here’s to a holiday season full of love, celebration, and safety! Decorate the tree, pop the champagne, and play with the toys all while protecting your eyes to ensure a happy and safe holiday season.

In case of an eye injury, make sure to contact Lentz Eye Care

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Pumpkin Bars

11/19/2017 10:20:00


Ingredients

Bars:
 
Icing:

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

 

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Home Improvement And Eye Safety

11/19/2017 10:07:00

More than 2.5 million eye injuries occur every year, and half of those injuries happen at home.

The good news is that 90 percent of eye injuries are completely preventable if we follow eye safety instructions and use eye protection!

Take Precautions With Those DIY Projects

We normally associate safety goggles with construction workers, but if you think about it, building a birdhouse to hang in your backyard is a construction project too—and it shares some of the dangers with larger scale ones. Most home improvement projects, from painting the kitchen to building a deck, involve materials or tools that could be hazardous to the eyes.

Even something as simple as securing camping equipment to the roof of the car with bungee cords can have disastrous consequences if the cord snaps. Safer alternatives for your eyes would be low-stretch ratchet straps or simply tying knots.

Polycarbonate safety glasses and face shields are great ways of keeping your eyes safe against flying splinters of wood, drips of paint, or dust. Even lawnmowers and weed eaters can fling tiny rocks or twigs in any direction, so safety glasses would come in handy there as well. Regular glasses are too fragile to offer reliable protection and can actually cause even worse damage if they shatter near the eyes.

Protect Your Eyes From Household Cleaners

Household cleaners such as bleach cause as many as 125,000 eye injuries every year. Take care to follow all safety instructions on your cleaning products, and you might even want to wear those safety glasses to protect against any splashes.

Be Prepared With Eye Injury First Aid

Eye injuries tend to fall into two major categories: foreign body in the eye and foreign body penetration of the eye. When it’s the latter, the best thing to do is immediately seek medical attention. Do not attempt to remove the foreign body and do not touch the eye. Cover the eye with a rigid shield (such as a paper cup taped in place) to keep it from being disturbed, and get to the hospital.

When it’s the former, it’s still best to avoid touching the eye and to seek medical attention in case the damage is more serious than it looks. However, in the short term, the foreign body can often be flushed out with water. Flushing with water for at least 20 minutes is also a good way to neutralize any harmful chemicals splashed in the eyes.

Bring Your Vision Health Questions To Us!

If you have any other questions or concerns about eye safety in your home, don’t hesitate contact Lentz Eye Care! We want all of our patients to have the knowledge and resources they need so that avoidable eye injuries are never a problem!

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Watching Out For Diabetic Eye Disease

11/19/2017 09:52:00

Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetes is a chronic disease that either means the pancreas doesn’t produce insulin (type 1) or that the body doesn’t use it effectively (type 2 and gestational). Being diabetic opens the door to diabetic eye disease, which doubles the risk of visual impairment. There are three main eye diseases that fall under the umbrella of diabetic eye disease.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease where pressure builds inside the eye, which eventually damages the optic nerve and results in permanent blindness. Diabetes is one of the main causes of glaucoma. Symptoms include eye pain, eye redness, a halo effect around lights, tunnel vision, or sudden loss of vision.

Cataracts

The lens of the eye is filled with transparent proteins. A cataract occurs when these proteins clump together and become opaque, blocking vision. Adults with diabetes are up to five times more likely to develop cataracts. Fortunately, cataract removal surgery can reverse this type of vision loss in most cases.

Retinopathy

While non-diabetics can develop cataracts or glaucoma, diabetes is the leading cause of retinopathy worldwide. Elevated blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the eye, resulting in microscopic hemorrhages that are sometimes visible as dark blotches obscuring vision.

The eye will attempt to compensate for the damage and reduced blood flow to the retina by growing new blood vessels, but the new vessels are even more fragile and prone to bleeding, and if the condition advances far enough, it can cause diabetic macular edema (blurred central vision) or retinal detachment and blindness.

What You Can Do

The best thing you can do to protect your vision is to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible. Normal blood sugar will reduce your risk of developing these eye diseases down to a level closer to that of someone without diabetes. However, if you experience any changes in your vision, don’t wait until your next regular appointment contact Lentz Eye Care to discuss those changes.

The most crucial factor in protecting your vision is early detection, which reduces the risk of blindness by 95 percent! Many conditions affecting the eye are slow and gradual, but sometimes symptoms are subtle or changes in vision are sudden. Regular visits are the best way to ensure that your vision stays on track.

 

 

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Finding The Right Frames For Your Face

11/19/2017 09:41:00

Whether you’re getting new glasses because your old pair broke, your prescription is out-of-date, or you’re simply looking to make a change, there will always be a few different factors to consider when selecting the perfect frames.

The Importance Of Face Shape

Everyone is different, and that includes face shape. Most faces fit into one of four main categories, although they could be a blend of two or more.

An easy way to figure out your face shape is to look in the mirror, close one eye, and (using a washable marker) draw the outline of your face. Whichever shape the outline most closely resembles is your face shape! If you’re still not sure, your local Vision Source® member optometrist can help you out when you come in for your next appointment.

The Main Variables In Frame Selection

The most basic principle to follow when choosing glasses is to look for frames that will balance out the shape of your face. Putting square glasses on a square face only emphasizes the shape, but glasses that are more rounded will create a softer appearance. Likewise, rectangular glasses balance out a round face.

 

Size matters as much as shape. If your glasses are too large or too small, they won’t be flattering. The size of the lenses should be proportionate to the size of the wearer’s face. People with smaller faces will look better in smaller glasses, where people with larger faces will look better in larger glasses. That’s why old glasses from high school don’t look as good on adults!

Last But Not Least: Style

Vintage, modern, hipster, chic—frames come not just in many shapes and sizes, but in many styles. Matching our frames to the size and shape of our faces is all very well, but most of us are more interested in making sure our frames match our sense of fashion. That’s why your optometrist gives you so many to choose from at their practice!

At Lentz Eye Care We'll Help You Find Frames You Love!

If you need further assistance in choosing the most flattering and stylish frames, schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care and we will help you find the best ones for you. We want to make sure you not only find frames that you love, but frames that love you back! We can’t wait for you to see how you look in your new glasses!

We’re excited to help you choose your perfect frames!

Time to Use Your Flex Spending

11/19/2017 09:37:00

Don’t Let Your Flex Spending Dollars Go To Waste

If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), don’t wait until the end of the year to use your flex spending dollars. Now is the perfect time to look great and see your best.

 A Flex Spending Account covers eye care and eye wear. Flexible Spending Account dollars can be used for many different vision related services and products, including:

To help maintain healthy vision for you and your family call us to schedule an appointment today!

Protect Your Sight As You Age

10/26/2017 02:30:00

We all get older and so do our eyes, but there’s still a lot we can do to keep our eyes healthy as we age.

Today, we’d like to go over a few of the most common age-related eye problems and offer tips on keeping your eyes healthy and strong.

Be Aware Of Common Eye Problems

Many of us will begin to need reading glasses as we age, even if we’ve never needed glasses before. This happens because the lenses in our eyes naturally lose some of their flexibility over time, making it more difficult to adjust our focus from objects that are far away to those that are nearby. Aside from this loss in flexibility, other conditions develop as we age as well—some more serious than others.

Common eye problems and diseases that come with advanced age include dry eye, glaucoma, detached retina, macular degeneration, and cataracts. Most can be treated, delayed, or reversed, especially when your optometrist catches the problem early on in its development.

Eye-Healthy Habits Can Protect Your Sight

The best time to start working on your eyes’ health is now, even if your eyesight is currently perfect, because long-term healthy habits are crucial for prevention.

 

Here are several things you can do in your daily life to reduce your risk of developing age-related vision problems:

Stay Active

An active lifestyle is good for the entire body, and that includes the eyes. Studies have shown that people who lead sedentary lives lose more vision as they age than more active people.

Eat Healthy

What you eat can reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration and other eye problems. Bell peppers, carrots, dark leafy greens, blueberries, sweet potatoes, turkey, wild salmon, and chia seeds all contain important nutrients for maintaining healthy vision.

Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays

We all know we shouldn’t look directly at the sun, but even indirect sunlight can harm our eyes, and the effects can be cumulative over time. Wear sunglasses with UV protection to keep your eyes safe.

Stop Smoking

Just as staying active is good for both your eyes and overall health, smoking is bad for your eyes and overall health. It greatly increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration as well as the well-publicized risks of heart disease and lung cancer.

Avoid Digital Eye Strain

Take regular breaks from looking at electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. Staring at screens for hours often leads to digital eye strain, but if you follow the 20-20-20 rule and spend twenty seconds looking at something twenty feet away every twenty minutes, your eyes won’t tire as quickly.

Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Your Vision Source® member optometrist will be able to catch signs of eye problems and make sure everything’s working the way it should, but they can only do that if you’re visiting them on a regular basis.

See Your Optometrist Immediately If…

While many age-related eye conditions develop over time, some can crop up seemingly out of nowhere. Visit your optometrist right away if you experience any of these symptoms: sudden blurriness or loss of vision, increase in the number of “floaters” you see, flashes of light, eye pain, double vision, or redness or swelling of your eye or eyelid.

Early Detection Is Key

We can’t emphasize enough at Lentz Eye Care how important it is to catch age-related eye problems early. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, Lentz Eye Care would love to see you and make sure your eyes are in great shape, because we want you to be able to continue doing all of the vision-related things you love!

 

 

 

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Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

10/26/2017 02:24:00

 Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

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Safety Tips for Halloween

10/26/2017 02:20:00

Halloween is just around the corner! Lentz Eye Care is here to help you get ready with some Halloween Safety Tips.  Every year, there are several hundred eye injuries related to costumes and masks treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. There are many things you can do to ensure your child enjoys a safe Halloween and prevent a night of treats from turning into a night of tragedy.

Costumes and Safety

Cosmetics and Contacts Lenses

Treats

Decorations

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Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

10/26/2017 02:13:00

 

Breast Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and limiting how much alcohol you drink can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Regular screening can often find breast cancer early when treatments are more likely to be successful.

Get Involved

You can make a difference in the fight against cancer by volunteering your time, participating in an event, or donating to the cause. Find out about all the ways you can get involved today, find out more here

Not only is it important to have yearly mammograms, having yearly eye exams can alert your optometrist to other health issues. Metastatic cancers often present themselves in the eyes before any other symptoms show up. For women, breast cancer can be detected, and for men, lung cancer.  Neither cancer impairs vision but the eyes can show a yellowish tinge, which alerts the optometrist to the possibility of cancer. Make sure to schedule your annual eye exam with Lentz Eye Care today.

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Trunk Show on November 7th

10/26/2017 02:02:00

Your Invited to our Trunk Show at our East location (1223 N. Rock Rd. Bldg C) on Tuesday, November 7th from 2:00pm-7:00pm.

We will be serving food and drinks all afternoon. Register for Door Prizes that include FREE Complete Exams, frames, sunglasses, & annual supplies of contact lenses!

Frame lines represented will be: Vera Wang, Kensie, Ralph Lauren, Polo, Vogue, Guess, Marciano, Tom Ford, Kenneth Cole, Woolrich, Valerie Spencer, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Ernest Hemingway, Esquire, John Varvatos, Lucky Brand, Converse, and Jones NY.

Additional discounts given on optical purchases made the day of the show. Not applicable with insurance or any other discounts.

Jalepeno Poppers Recipe

09/11/2017 02:44:00

How to make easy bacon-wrapped, cheesy jalapeño poppers in the oven or on the grill.

Makes 12 poppers

Ingredients

6 jalapeno peppers

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onion

4 slices thin-cut bacon

12 wooden toothpicks, soaked (see notes)


Prepare Peppers
Slice each pepper in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and white membrane. (Seeds and the white membrane are where most of the heat comes from).

Stir the cream cheese and chives (or green onion) together. Fill pepper halves with the cream cheese mixture.

Slice bacon into twelve 1 1/2-inch pieces. Wrap one piece of bacon around each filled pepper-half. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.


Baked Poppers

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange the peppers, filling side facing up, onto the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender; 20 to 25 minutes.


Grilled Poppers

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place a grill basket or aluminum foil on the grill. This prevents the poppers from falling through the grates. Arrange the peppers, filling side facing up, in the basket or on foil. Grill until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender; 15 to 20 minutes.

 

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The Science Of Sunglasses

09/11/2017 02:32:00

Have you ever wondered just what sunglasses do for your eyes, and how? It’s a little more complex than just dropping a dark filter over your vision.

Different Tints Do Different Things

Did you know that the color of your sunglasses’ lenses affects what they do for your eyes? This goes beyond just putting a color filter on your field of vision; different colors actually serve different purposes:

Glare Elimination With Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are particularly effective at getting rid of glare. Think of them as windows that have microscopic slats. Light can only enter from certain directions, so light bouncing off shiny or bright objects around you can’t get past the lenses!

A quick way to tell whether lenses are polarized or not is to hold them up to a light source and slowly rotate them to see if the light coming through changes. If it does, they’re polarized and will protect your eyes from glare!

Cheap Sunglasses Are Dangerous

A cheap pair of sunglasses might look cool and save you from having to squint your way through a sunny day, but you could actually be putting your eyes in more danger by wearing them than you would if you simply went without. You might think that as long as the sunglasses are dark enough, you’ll be fine from eye-damaging UV radiation. Not so!

What makes these sunglasses worse than no sunglasses at all is that the dark tint tricks your eyes into dropping their guard. You won’t squint and your pupils will dilate, letting in all those harmful rays that squinting and contracted pupils offer some protection against.

That’s where high-quality and prescription sunglasses come in. UV protection is one way you get what you pay for. Prescription sunglasses have it, and you can check the labels of non-prescription pairs to make sure they do. Only buy sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection or up to 400nm UV protection!

Any Questions?

Is there anything else you’d like to know about sunglasses, the protection they offer, and how to choose the right pair for you? Don’t hesitate to contact Lentz Eye Care to find out more about our incredible selection of prescription and non precription sunglasses we have.

 

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How Does Our Night Vision Compare?

09/11/2017 02:24:00

Our eyes are easily the most complex sensory organs we have.

Our ability to see the world around us in clear, precise images is frankly incredible. But since we are a diurnal (awake during the daytime) species, our night vision is nowhere near as powerful as that of many animals.

Human Vision Tag-Team: Rods and Cones

Two of the most important types of cells involved in making vision possible are rods and cones. Cones, in human eyes, come in three varieties: red, green, and blue light sensitive. These cells are what allow us to see sharp, detailed images full of color. The reason some people are colorblind is that they’re missing one of the types of cones, which limits the range of colors they can perceive.

The biggest weakness of cones is that they only work with a lot of light. Any darker than about the brightness of the night of a half moon and the cones can’t function. That’s where the rods come in. Rods can function in much dimmer light, but they can’t detect the different wavelengths (or colors), and the overall picture they generate is far less sharp or detailed.

You may have noticed that you can see objects better in the dark when you aren’t looking directly at them. That’s because we have more rods around the edges of our retinas, while the center (the macula) is densely packed with cones.

The Animals With The Best Night Vision

Which animals would you think have the best night vision in the animal kingdom? Owls? Cats? While both do have exceptionally good night vision, the answer is actually frogs. Based on current research, frogs (and toads) are the only animals that can see in color in almost total darkness. This is because their rods come in two different sensitivities, like the way our cones come in three.

Good Night Vision Comes At A Price

Seeing in the dark isn’t everything, however, so don’t get jealous of frogs just yet. Some of the other tools they use to see in the dark compromise their sight in better lighting. The cells that process visual information essentially work like long-exposure photography, which means moving objects appear as blurs.

They also, like many other animals (including cats and owls), have a special mirror-like layer called the tapetum lucidum behind their retinas that bounces light back out. This layer is the reason these animals’ eyes appear to glow in the dark. It gives them a second chance to see something in low light if they missed it at first, but it also means that everything they see is a little blurry.

How Is Your Vision Doing?

At the end of the day, we’ll take sharp, clear vision that doesn’t need things to move before we see them over a frog’s ability to see color in the dark, but it’s still fascinating to learn how the eyes of different species work. And if your vision isn’t working the way it should, it could be time to schedule your next appointment with one of our optometrist at Lentz Eye Care.

 

 

 

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Contact Lens Care for Teens

09/11/2017 02:14:00

What if my child wants contact lenses?

Wearing contact lenses can help teenagers feel more confident in their appearance. Contact lenses are also a great option for sports. These are advantages during this self-conscious age.

How do I know when my child is ready for contact lenses?

There’s no “right age” to begin wearing contact lenses — almost anyone of any age can wear them. But it involves a level of responsibility and ability to follow a wear-and-care routine. If you feel your child can responsibly care for lenses, then call Lentz Eye Care to discuss options.

What, exactly, is a proper wear and care regimen?

A proper wear and care regimen is critical for contact lens success. The wear and care instructions are based on the lens and wearing cycle your doctor recommends. So follow your doctor’s recommendations for proper lens disinfection, and how often to replace them.

Regardless of what kind of lens your doctor recommends, everyone wearing contact lenses should always wash their hands before touching them, or their eyes.

Four tips every parent should share.

  1. New quarter, new case. It’s important contact lens cases be replaced at least every three months.
  2. Just say no to H20. Water from the tap might be clean enough to drink or bathe in, but it’s a major bacteria-carrying no-no when it comes to rinsing and soaking contact lenses or cases. Never swim, shower or go in a hot tub wearing contact lenses either.
  3. Think twice before snoozing. Unless the contact lenses are prescribed by your doctor for 24-hour wear, it is not a good idea to sleep in them.
  4. It’s too late if you wait. If you see any symptoms of eye infection, such as redness, pain or light sensitivity, see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Don’t take chances with vision.

We hope this answered all your questions regarding your teenager wearing contact lenses. If you still need help determining whether your child is ready for contact lenses, please schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care today!

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September Sports Eye Safety Month

09/11/2017 02:07:00

Every year, 42,000 athletes have to go to the emergency room for eye injuries, and eye injuries like these are the leading cause of blindness in children still in school. An impact from a ball or another player in just the wrong place can lead to a host of injuries including corneal abrasions, fracturing of the orbital bone (eye socket), or swollen or detached retinas, just to name a few.

Eye injuries aren't limited to contact sports and those with projectiles like baseball and tennis, however. For outdoor sports, the sun can also be a problem, damaging players’ eyes with harmful UV rays.

Find The Right Eyewear For Your Sport

Now, before you pull your kids out of all of their fall sports programs, we’ll tell you the good news: eye injuries are easy to prevent. All it takes is the right eye protection.

Polycarbonate safety goggles offer excellent eye protection in sports like basketball and racquetball. Just make sure the goggles are labeled ASTM F803 approved, because these have been performance tested.

 

What About Regular Glasses?

If you already wear corrective lenses, it might not be such a great idea to take them onto the field with you. Glasses lenses could cause serious damage to the eyes if a blow causes them to shatter. Polycarbonate safety goggles, on the other hand, are designed to be shatter-proof. Contact lenses would also be preferable to glasses during a game—except in water sports. You should never wear contact lenses in the pool if you can’t also wear goggles.

We Can Help You Gear Up!

Eye injuries in sports are far too common and easy to avoid. Don’t leave the most vulnerable part of your face exposed to injury as you enjoy playing your favorite sports, and definitely don’t leave your kids vulnerable while they play theirs. If protective eyewear is an option, it should be worn, and Lentz Eye Care can help you find the perfect gear for the job!

 

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Free Eclipse Glasses!

07/31/2017 01:29:00

Have you heard about the total solar eclipse that is happening on August 21st?  Lentz Eye Care will have available free pairs of eclipse glasses for safe viewing.  Hurry in to any of our locations to pick up a Free Pair of Solar Viewing Glasses, one per family please.   Limited supply available on a first come first serve basis.


A truly awe-inspiring event, a solar eclipse is when the moon blocks any part of the sun from our view. The bright face of the sun is covered gradually by the moon during a partial eclipse, lasting a few hours. During the brief period of a total eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun (only a couple of minutes), the light of day gives way to a deep twilight sky. The sun’s outer atmosphere (called the solar corona) gradually appears, glowing like a halo around the moon in front of it. Bright stars and planets become more visible in the sky.

Watching a solar eclipse is a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes. Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently. It can even cause blindness, called solar retinopathy.

There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.

Steps to follow for safely watching a solar eclipse:

 

 

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