October 10th, 2016
Category: News Optical Center Takle Eye Optical
Tags: Eye Care, eye health, eye safety, glasses, griffin eye, griffin eye clinic, Hiking, sight, Sun damage, Sunglasses, takle eye group, Takle Eye Optical, UV Protection
August 25th, 2016
Fall is hiking season, and you’ve likely given plenty of thought to sturdy footwear, suitable clothing, and lightweight gear. But while you’re planning for comfort and protection on the trail, don’t forget your eyes! Being in the great outdoors couldn’t be better than when you’re on nice hike – but so much exposure to the sun, dirt and sand, and other potential dangers could leave your eyes worse for the wear. Luckily, there’s one simple piece of equipment you can bring along to keep your eyes in top condition on the trail: sunglasses.
UV protection is essential for any outdoor activity. You probably know that you need to protect your skin from UV rays, even during regular activities like walking the dogs or mowing the lawn, but do you know the dangers of regularly exposing your eyes to UV rays? Prevent Blindness says that regular exposure may cause macular degeneration – a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, cataracts, a fleshy growth on the eye called pterygium, and corneal sunburn. Even short-term exposure can cause issues, so the first thing to look for in a pair of hiking sunglasses is UV protection.
Your daily beaters and fashion sunglasses might keep out UVs perfectly well on the trail, but drops and scrapes could leave them useless after just a few hikes. That’s why our second recommendation for a pair of hiking sunglasses is durability. You’re going to drop them; you’re going to fall on them; and you’re probably going to sit on them a few times. Frames made of materials with a little flexibility, or sunglasses designed specifically to flex will be the safest bet for durability.
You want your lenses to be able to hold up too, so that’s why recommendation number three is scratch-resistance. You’ll get grit and sand on them, and you’ll definitely bump into a few trees on a good hike. If your sunglasses rub against a rock or a branch, you don’t want to have a permanent scrape in your line of sight. What fun is a hike if that great view is blocked by a bunch of scratches?
If you’re looking for hiking glasses, we have a few brands and styles you’ll be eager to bring along on the trail. Liberty Sport eyewear is one of our newest brands, and they’re right at home on the field or in the wilderness. We’ve also got Oakleys, in styles that look sharp on the trail or on the street. Visit the Takle Eye Optical showroom or set up an appointment for a fitting at https://www.takleeye.com/optical-center-griffin/ or by calling 770-228-4822
Category: Takle Eye Group
Tags: Children, children's eye care, children's eye health, eye health, griffin eye, griffin eye clinic, takle eye group, Takle Eye Optical
June 14th, 2016
As a parent, you do everything in your power to make sure your children are healthy. That includes protecting them from injury, making sure their nutritional needs are met, and bringing them to the doctor’s office for the occasional checkup. But how often do you consider the health of your children’s eyes? The National Center for Children’s Eye Health reports that 9 percent of children between 5 and 17 years of age are nearsighted, and 13 percent are farsighted. Further, between 15 and 28 percent of children ages 5 to 17 have astigmatism. Uncorrected vision problems in young children (6 to 72 months of age) can affect their cognitive and visual-motor development, and visual function is a strong predictor of academic performance in school-age children.
The best way to prevent vision-related development issues in your children is to schedule regular vision screenings with your eyecare provider, so that problems can be detected early and treatment can be administered as soon as possible. Infants should have their vision checked as part of regular pediatric checkups for the first three years. Between the ages of 3 and 6, an eye exam every year is recommended. Throughout childhood and the teenage years, exams should be scheduled as necessary.
Of course, not all vision issues are genetic. Proactive protection is the best way to prevent damage to children’s eyes from common accidents and other dangers. Preventblindness.org lists the most common causes of eye injuries to children as:
- Misuse of toys
- Falls from beds, against furniture, and on stairs
- Misuse of everyday objects such as work and garden tools, kitchen utensils, knives, and pens and pencils.
- Contact with household products such as paint, detergents, glues, etc.
- Automobile crashes or accidents
Luckily, protecting your child’s eyes from injury involves some steps that you may already be taking, such as using proper occupant restraints (car seats, safety belts) in your vehicles, keeping chemicals out of reach of children, padding the corners of your furniture, and reading the warnings on packaging and toys. In addition to these steps, Prevent Blindness recommends installing locks on floor-level kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, avoiding flying or projectile-throwing toys, installing sufficient stairwell lighting and handrails, keeping BB guns away from children, and stowing or securing any loose objects while driving a vehicle. You can find the full list of recommendations on the Prevent Blindness website.
You should also consider specialized sports eye protection. Swim goggles will protect from irritants in pool or ocean water, and there are goggles and eye shields widely available in children’s sizes for almost every sport. Many sports goggles, especially those with lenses made of polycarbonate, include UV protection. UV protection is an important consideration for everyday protection as well, The Vision Council reports that children generally experience three times as much sun exposure as adults—thus their eyes are more likely to be exposed to UV rays. Protect your children’s eyes in the outdoors by shopping for a suitable pair of sunglasses with them. To be sure your child is more likely to wear their sunglasses, have them pick out a pair they like, make sure the sunglasses fit properly, and look into clip-ons if your child already wears prescription glasses. Be sure that the sunglasses are UVA/UVB protective!
Ensuring the health and safety of your children’s eyes is just one part of being a parent. Takle Eye Group can help make it easier. Call 770-228-3836 or request an appointment online to set up an examination or screening, and trust your children’s eye health to the same providers who care for your own.
Category: Takle Eye Optical
Tags: buying glasses online, dr. leiv takle jr, eye health, glasses, glasses fit, optical, Takle, takle eye group, Takle Eye Optical, try-on
June 6th, 2016
The online marketplace has reduced the shopping process for millions of custom items, like shoes, clothing and décor, to a few clicks. Shopping for glasses can also be reduced to a fully at-home experience, but unlike clothes and books, glasses are engineered for a unique medical purpose.
Shopping for glasses online can be convenient, but there are a number of drawbacks to consider – especially if what you need is a pair of prescription glasses. Online glasses retailers offer measurement services and can even manufacture prescription lenses, but the options for a custom fit are limited. Higher-power prescriptions and specialty lenses require more precise facial measurements, and the margin of error is much slimmer. Even trained optometrists have a difficult time making their own facial measurements in a mirror.
Fit and style are important considerations for anyone who wants a pair of glasses. Try-on methods vary from site to site, and the effectiveness of these methods also varies widely. In-home try-on programs are the best way to find out how a pair of frames will fit your face when you’re shopping online, but not all online retailers provide such programs. Brick-and-mortar stores not owned by a manufacturer also will carry a wide variety of designer frames to help pin down your exact style.
One last tip: a local optical shop may offer repair or alteration services on their glasses that are unavailable from online stores. As you get used to the fit of your new glasses, it’s useful to be able to visit a store and have them adjust parts of the frame while you wait.
So, the right place to find glasses depends on what you need and want. If you need a low-power prescription and you’re willing to try a few online fittings to find the right frame, shopping online might be right for you. If you’re in need of a powerful prescription or precision lens and more confidence in the style of your frames, it might be wise to stop by an optical store and try on a few pairs.
If you’re looking for unique, custom-fit frames or a place where you can get specialty lenses crafted just for you, look no further than Takle Eye Optical – Takle Eye Group’s own optical shop. We carry popular brands and economy frames to light up your face. Find out more at http://www.takleeye.com/optical-center-griffin/ or call 770-228-4822 to schedule an appointment.
Category: Optical Center
Tags: Bacteria, Contact Lens Case, Contacts, eye health, Infection, Keratitis, takle eye group, Takle Eye Optical
Eye infections that can lead to blindness affect up to 1 of 500 contact users every year, and infections like these form and spread via contaminated contact lens cases.
The CDC estimates that more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are a convenient alternative to traditional corrective glasses, but they require special care. Excluding disposable contacts meant to be discarded after one use, contact lenses need to be stored and disinfected in their cases after every use.
Keratitis is the clinical name for inflammation of the cornea, the clear dome covering the colored part of the eye. There are many different causes of keratitis, the most common being bacterial or fungal infections picked up from improperly cleaned contact lenses and contact lens cases.
Preventing keratitis is simple, if you’re caring for your contact lenses and contact lens supplies properly. Rinse lenses with contact lens disinfecting solution; your doctor may recommend a certain kind. Use only fresh contact lens solution every time you put your lenses away — do not recycle solution. Dry your case with a clean paper towel or cloth after each use and store it open and upside down.
Most importantly, know when to change your contact lens case. It’s recommended that you change your case at least once every three months — and with good reason. Even if you’re changing out your lens cleaning solution and drying the case after each use, small scratches or a resilient layer of biofilm can form on the inside surfaces of the case and harbor bacteria after extended use. Think of changing your contact lens case each time you buy a new toothbrush!
If you would like to change your contact lens case for free at your next visit to our office, ask about our new cases. To learn more about contact lenses and traditional glasses, visit the optical center on our new website.