Category: Eye Care

mido 2019

MIDO 2019 – Eyewear Show in Milan, Italy

The world is so big yet so small.

Or is it the other way around? The world is so small yet so big? 

With over 1100 vendors and 59,000 attendees from every corner of Earth, the MIDO 2019 eyewear show compacts the global eyewear industry into one location. Milan, Italy. 

My sister and I flew in on a Friday afternoon. (Poor Sophie, she threw up a lot during the flight.)

Unbeknownst to me, it was Milan Fashion Week.  I looked down.

Sweatpants are fashionable right? 


WHY MILAN?

Simple, it’s for you and your family. Our patients.

mido 2019 map

Sometimes you forget how big Earth is. Here’s a reminder, look at these population numbers: 

Chino Hills: 80,000
United States: 327,000,000 
World: 7,530,000,000

To ensure you and your family are getting the highest standard of care and highest quality eyewear, we explore the world, looking for answers to your eyewear needs.

We don’t just explore what’s new in the U.S. because what’s new in the U.S. could be “what’s old” on a global scale. 

This is why we fly to Italy to attend MIDO 2019, the largest international show dedicated to the global eyewear. 

Carin Eyewear Suzy

See more of Carin: CLICK HERE

Last year at MIDO, we discovered Korean brand, Carin.

4 PHRASES

When traveling to a foreign country, there are 4 simple phrases that will always help you. 

Hi (Ciao). Bye (Ciao). Thank you (Grazie)! You’re welcome (Prego)! 

mido 2019

My sister and I were riding the Milan metro back to our hotel. It was crowded and luckily we secured seats. 

During a stop, a group of elder ladies entered and one of them made eye contact with me. 

I smiled at her and said “Ciao.” 

She smiled back, “Ciao.” I offered my seat with my hands. 

She sat down and smiled, “Grazie.” 

I smiled back, “Prego.” 

Apparently kindness is an universal language.

WHAT’S NEW?

Ultra light weight and comfortable eyewear for you.  

Kio Yamato Eyewear

Kio Yamato is an optical industry leader in processing of titanium metals for eyewear. 

Each frame is hand-made in Japan. It’s our MIDO 2019 discovery for Bright Vision Optometry. 

Learn more about Kio Yamato: CLICK HERE 


My sister and I landed in LAX on a Monday afternoon. 

mido 2019 optometry

Jet lagged and tired, we were craving asian food. 

On the drive back home my sister passed out. I looked at her and wondered, “Where to next?” 

Paris? Perhaps Korea? 

Optos retinal imaging

3 Benefits of Optos Retinal Imaging

A dilated eye exam is a crucial part of every comprehensive eye exam. Optos retinal imaging eliminates the need for traditional eye dilation.

To examine the whole back of the eye or retina, eye doctors traditional performed dilated eye exams. It helps eye doctors detect any eye disease such as glaucoma, diabetes, eye tumors and retinal detachments.

Optos retinal imaging can capture over 85% of the back of the eye in less than a second. All this, without the need of a dilation eye drops. This technology has been proven to detect eye disease early and prevent vision loss. 

It’s understandable why our patients at Bright Vision Optometry love this new technology.

We summarize the side-effects of traditional eye dilation. Then we summarize 3 benefits of Optos retinal imaging. 


Traditional Eye Dilation

Here are 3 side-effects from traditional eye dilation drops:

Traditional Eye Dilation Drops(PICTURED ABOVE: traditional eye dilation sometimes requires a total of 3 different eye drops)

1. LIGHT SENSITIVITY
Because the pupils are physically bigger, more light will entered the eyes after a dilated eye exam. Meaning your eyes will be more sensitivity to outdoor sunlight as well as indoor lights.

Sunglasses should be worn after dilation. Sometimes even indoors. This is the reason we always recommend first time dilation patients to avoid driving and bring a driver with them.

2. READING BLUR
Dilated eyes will cause blurred vision especially for reading and computer work. Dilation eye drops will paralyze the focusing ability of the eyes. Yup, this means even reading your text messages on your phone would be difficult. 

It’s the reason why after most dilated eye exam, patients can’t go back to work or kids can’t back to school or do homework.

3. LONG RECOVERY TIME
The effects of dilation can lasts between 4-8 hours. This variation depends on the type of drops used and the color of your eyes. Darker eye color, like brown, will have a shorter dilation period compared to someone with lighter colored eyes, like blue eyes.

Blurred vision for near and computer work will also last 4-8 hours after dilation too. We usually recommended our patients to go home, relax in a dark room, avoid reading after dilation.


Modern Optos Retinal Imaging

Here are 3 benefits of Optos retinal imaging:

Optos retinal imaging

1. COMFORT
Because Optos retinal imaging can be captured without dilation, no eye drops will be necessary. This also means no blurred vision or light sensitivity for the next 4-8 hours. This is especially beneficial to examine kids’ eye health!

Kid do not like eye drops anymore than they like shots. It’s often difficult to convince a kid to let us put in eye drops.  Usually kicking, screaming and crying ensues, leading to wasted time for both parents and doctors. 

2. EYE HEALTH
Detecting eye disease and subtle changes is quick and easy with Optos retinal imaging. With detailed digital images, we are able to compared photos year after year to ensure your eyes are healthy. 

optos diabetic retinopathy

(PICTURED ABOVE: a patient that we detected diabetic changes inside the eye)

Just like how parents document how their kids grow with photos, at Bright Vision Optometry, we document how our patients eyes have changed or not changed throughout the years.  

The best part? These digital photos are part of your medical record that we keep permanently. If you or your family members are in another state, we can easily transfer your retinal images digitally (in a blink of an eye) to your new doctor. 

3. TIME
They say time is the most precious resource we have. By using Optos retinal imaging, we are able to save you time. Retinal photos of both eyes can be taken in less than 30 seconds.

There is no need to wait for dilation eye drops to kick it or the need to take time off from work or school because there are no side-effects of blurred vision and light-sensitivity.

Money is time. Time is money. Save time and money with Optos retinal imaging.  


Summary

Traditional eye dilation has side-effects specifically, light-sensitivity, blurred vision and has a long recovery time. Optos retinal imaging provides our eye doctors the same quality pictures of the back of the eyes without those side-effects. 

Every patient at Bright Vision Optometry is offered this technology because Optos retinal imaging is more comfort, detects eye disease at it’s earliest stage and it saves time. 

Optos retinal imaging has proven to catch eye disease early and prevent vision loss at Bright Vision Optometry.

[VIDEO] Here are 3 times where Optos retinal imaging has prevented potential vision loss at Bright Vision Optometry: CLICK TO WATCH

During your next eye exam, be sure to ask for Optos retinal imaging. 

How Are Daily Contact Lenses Different From Monthly Contacts?

If you wear contact lenses, you may have tried both monthly contact lenses and daily contact lenses before. You may have also asked yourself, “What is the difference between a daily contact lens from a monthly contact lens?” 

(Milan, Italy)

In one corner, we have the undisputed champion of convenience – DAILY CONTACT LENSES!

In another corner, we have the undefeated champion of value – MONTHLY CONTACT LENSES!

So exactly how are daily contact lenses different from monthly contact lenses? Let’s explore the obvious and obscure differences. 

THE OBVIOUS

Daily contact lenses are worn for just a single day. Pop them open in the morning, wear them throughout the day and toss them in the trash when you are done wearing them. 

Monthly contact lenses are worn for the whole month. Open a new pack to start the month, reuse the same contact lenses by storing them in disinfecting solution each night, throw them out after one month of opening a new pack. 

Daily contact lenses are famous for being more convenient than monthly contacts. Simply open a new packet each day and toss when you are done with your wear. No contact lens solution necessary, no need to keep a schedule or thinking about avoiding over-wear. 

However, daily contacts are more costly compared to monthly contacts. A year supply of daily contacts is equal to 720 lenses for both eyes compared to a year supply of monthly contacts of 24. The quantity difference results in a huge cost difference too. Here is an estimate of price ranges for a year supply of contact lenses: 

Daily lenses: $400 to $900 
Monthly lenses: $200 to $450

Keep in mind, cost for contact lenses can differ depending on brand, package size, manufacturer’s rebate and more.  

Lastly, because daily lenses encourage better contact lens wearing habits and you are not reusing the same lens over and over, daily lenses are the healthiest type of contacts for your eyes. 

BONUS: Here are some ways you can avoid contact lenses related eye problems: CLICK HERE

THE OBSCURE

Back in 2001, Johnson & Johnson the makers of the popular contact lens brand Acuvue settled in a class-action lawsuit. In the end, Johnson & Johnson paid out roughly $860 million to consumers.

The reason behind the lawsuit? The suit claimed Johnson & Johnson had misled consumers and eye doctors that their Acuvue 1-day lenses had some type of special physical property that limited its use to 1 day when, in fact, they were identical to regular Acuvue lenses, which were bi-weekly contacts. 

Acuvue 1-day and regular Acuvue lenses have since been discontinued but the question still lingers, are daily contact lenses physically the same as bi-weekly or monthly contact lenses?

After deep research, the answer is NO. Daily contact lenses are not physically the same as a bi-weekly or monthly contact lens. Here is an interesting example of a daily vs. 2-week disposable (note the same brand name “Oasys”): 

Daily: Acuvue Oasys 1-Day With HydraLuxe vs. Monthly: Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus

Looking closely at the lens details, there are some obvious physical difference between center of thickness, Dk/t (oxygen transmissibility), BC (base curve) and diameter or size of the contacts. The biggest difference is the technology, which makes up the coating of the lenses themselves. 

THE VERDICT

There are obvious and some obscure differences between daily and monthly contact lenses as mentioned above. Daily contact lenses are trending up and being prescribed more and more as our visual demands have increased due to technology. I predict by 2030, everyone will be wearing daily contact lens.

Not all type of contact lenses are made the same. Personally, I have tested and tried to wear daily contact lenses for more than one day. After the second day, the contact lenses just do not feel good anymore. 

(Milan, Italy)

If you are extending your contact lens wear longer than what your eye doctor recommends, consider asking yourself this question, “What’s the worst that can happen?

Remember your eyes are too valuable to be put at risk! You only get 2 eyeballs in your life. Enjoy your best vision throughout your life and see what really matters.


Watch Video: Which Contact Lenses Do Our Doctors Wear?: CLICK HERE

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Computer Eye Strain

Can Computers Make My Eyes Worse?

If you are in front of the computer daily, you may have wondered, “Can computers make my eyes worse?” 

More than 50% of our adult patients at Bright Vision Optometry report using the computer for more than 6 hours a day. Not to mention, we find that most computer users are not just in front of 1 screen, but in front of multiple screens.

Last week, one of our patients reported working on 4 different screens for 8 hours a day! Now that’s a lot of screen time for a pair of eyes! 

With our increased usage of digital devices, there is a growing worry that digital devices that are helping us navigate our lives may actually be harming our eyes. So let’s answer the pressing question, “Can computers make my eyes worse?” 

Eyesight vs. Eye Damage 

For the purpose of answering our question, we will separate “eyes worse”  into 2 categories: eyesight and eye damage. As we probe to find the answer to our question, let’s explore the differences between eyesight and eye damage.

Eyesight
Eyesight is simply a person’s ability to see. So the question we will answer is, “Can computers make my eyesight worse?”

In other words, can working in front of computers make my vision worse? Will my prescription increase because of my computer use? 

Eye Damage
Eye damage refers to any damage to the overall health of the eyes. Eye damage includes conditions like cataracts, macular degeneration or any other conditions that harm the health of the eyes. 

So the question we will answer is, “Can computers harm or damage my eyes?”


Can Computers Make My Eyesight Worse?
Probably to one’s surprise, the answer is no. Working on the computer does not make your eyesight worse. 

Eye prescription changes are due to natural changes to the eyeball size and shape. Working in front of the computer will not cause changes to your eyeball size and shape. Therefore, computers have little to no influence on changes to your natural eye prescription. 

Computer Eye Strain


Keep in mind, heavy computer use can cause temporary blurry vision when eyes become too fatigued to see properly. 

Parents, there is research evidence that students and young kids who spend many hours working on near-viewing tasks, such as reading textbooks, tend to become nearsighted. Additionally, kids who spend more time playing outside tend to have better distance vision. 

It is now a fact that over 2 hours of screen time a day for children can do damage. Heavy computer or iPad use in kids can increase their risk of becoming nearsighted. It’s still too early to say how long-term digital device use could change eyesight in kids. 


Can Computers Damage My Eyes?
Computers can cause temporary eye damage. However, permanent eye damage is still unknown. 

Temporary eye issues such as eye strain, tired eyes, headaches, dry eyes, eye discomfort, and difficulty focusing are common among computer users. These issues have been bundled into the medical term “Computer Vision Syndrome” or CVS.

Digital devices, like the computer, emit significant amounts of blue light. There is a growing concern among eye doctors about the possible long-term effects of blue light on eye health. 

Blue light can penetrate into the eyes, and research has shown that blue-light can damage cells in the retina. The long term effects of blue light on human eyes are still uncertain. There is a growing concern that blue light damage can contribute to early cataracts and macular degeneration

There are still many questions that need to be answered about blue light and its relationship to our eyes. While scientists work toward the answers, the best thing we can do right now is to protect our eyes with blue light blocking computer glasses. 


Watch Video: Dr. Soong Gives 3 Tips to Reduce Computer Eye Strain: CLICK HERE

Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.

 

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Are You Nearsighted or Farsighted?

Have you ever wondered, am I nearsighted or farsighted? What’s the difference anyways?

This vision concept can sometimes be tricky to understand. So let’s explain the difference between nearsighted and farsighted. 

An easy way to find out is by  looking at your glasses or contact lens prescription.nearsighted prescription

If your eyes are nearsighted, under “SPH” or “Sphere” the number or power is negative or has a (-) in front of the number. For example, looking at my glasses prescription, you can see I have -1.75 power of nearsightedness for my right eye (OD) and -2.00 for my left eye (OS). 

If your eyes are farsighted, under “SPH”, the number is a plus number or (+) in front of the number. Here is a copy of a farsighted contact lens prescription.

Side note: Looking at your glasses or contact lens prescription, you may be wondering what does the “CYL” mean. It’s short for CYLINDER power which reflects your astigmatism correction. Most of the time, CYL or astigmatism power is indicated by a negative or (-) number. The “CYL” number doesn’t reflect whether you are nearsighted or farsighted but it means you have an astigmatism correction on your prescription.

To learn the tricky concept of astigmatism – CLICK HERE

But what if you don’t have a prescription on hand? How can you tell if you are nearsighted or farsighted? It’s fairly easy, let’s explains how you can figure it out.  

Artwork by Painter Philip Barlow (WEBSITE)

Nearsighted or sometimes referred as the medical term myopia, means you can see close but not far. Nearsighted eyes have “near sight” but far sight or vision is blurred.

Without glasses or contact lenses, if you can see close objects clearly but have trouble seeing distance objects you are probably nearsightedness. Common signs that you are nearsighted include blurry night time vision and squinting to see clearly.

Farsighted is just the opposite. Shocking right? Farsightedness or sometimes referred as the medical term hyperopia, means you can see far objects but have a harder time seeing close objects. Most farsighted people, especially if under 40 with a low amount of nearsightedness, you can see both distance and near clearly. If you are farsighted, you might notice eye strain and fatigue after long sessions of reading or computer use.

Artwork by painter Philip Barlow (WEBSITE)

Both nearsightedness and farsightedness are easily corrected with glasses, contact lenses and if a good candidate LASIK. In some cases, someone can be nearsighted in one eye and farsighted in another eye.  

Can you figure out whether you are nearsighted or farsighted now?


Still don’t know if you are nearsighted or farsighted?

We have the answer. Just text us: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709.

Debunking 5 vision insurance myths

We agree with you, trying to understand your vision insurance can be frustrating. Vision insurance plans such as VSP or EyeMed can be hard to digest but let us help you understand just a little bit more.

Let’s debunk 5 common vision insurance myths. 

Myth #1
“Vision insurance benefits covers both glasses and contact lenses.”

Vision Insurance Myths

Our optician Michael explains, “Most vision insurances will only cover glasses OR contact lenses but not both. The only time I have seen a patient get covered for both is if someone used two different insurances.”

PRO-TIP: Use your insurance towards glasses, 99% of the time you will save more money by using your benefits for glasses over contact lenses.

Myth #2
Vision insurance covers the contact lens fitting exam completely.

Vision Insurance Myths with Adriana

To this Adriana answers,  “Your comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting exam are two separate exam services. Most insurances will cover the comprehensive eye exam (sometimes with a co-pay) but will only give a discount on the contact lens fitting exam.” 

During a comprehensive eye exam, our doctors check the overall health of your eyes and it includes updated glasses prescriptions. 

PRO-TIP: If you are very nearsighted or farsighted or have a big difference in prescription between you eyes, you may qualify for medically necessary contact lens services through your vision plan. Medically necessary contact lens services covers fees for a comprehensive eye exam, a contact lens fitting and a whole year supply of contact lenses.

Learn more about VSP medically necessary contact lenses: CLICK HERE 

Myth #3
“If I don’t use all of my frame allowance, that amount rolls over to cover other optical expenses.”

Vision Insurance Myths with Joanna

Joanna’s reply to this myth, “Unfortunately that’s not true. I wish it was, but unused frame allowance does not roll over.” 

PRO-TIP: Most optometry office offer a wild range of brands and prices, including frames that are close or with in your vision plan’s budget. Sometimes you just have to ask about those glasses frames. 

Myth #4
“I can use my vision insurance benefits to buy non-prescription sunglasses.”

Vision Insurance Myths with Melissa

Our staff Melissa’s response, “Unless you are doing a pair sunglasses with prescription lenses, you will not be able to use your benefits towards non-prescription sunglasses. In order to be considered a “prescription lens”, you prescription needs to be or exceeding -0.50 diopters or +0.50 power.”

PRO-TIP: If you had LASIK surgery or PRK, you can use your VSP frame allowance toward the cost of non-prescription sunglasses. 

Myth #5
“Since my husband didn’t use his vision insurance, I can use his benefits for my glasses or contact lenses.”

Dr. Soong’s answer, “This sounds pretty much like insurance fraud. Sorry but we can only apply vision insurance benefits to the assigned individual.” 

PRO-TIP: Not everyone in the family needs vision insurance. If you know your husband has good vision and eye health with no foreseeable need for glasses or contact lenses, there might not be a need for vision insurance for him.

Consult our doctors and staff if you have any questions about your insurance. We are just a text message away. 


Do you have a vision insurance question?

We have the answers. Just text us: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions. Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

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5 ways to maximize your vision insurance benefits before 2019

Not taking advantage of your yearly vision insurance benefits is like flushing money down the toilet. Remember, use it or lose it (flush it works here too).

With the end of the year fast approaching, do you still have vision insurance benefits left for the year? If so, here are 5 ways you can maximize your vision insurance benefits before 2019.

(Still got FSA dollars left to spend? Learn 5 ways to use your end of the year FSA money: CLICK HERE)

1. Computer glasses
It’s true, the digital age is here. About 75% of my patients are using a computer on a daily basis at work. This number is staggering and it’s also increasing.

computer glasses

Heavy computer or phone use can increase risk for eye problems. Like your smartphone, computer screens emit harmful blue-light which can increase risk for macular degeneration and contribute to digital eye strain. Protection with blue-light filters are certainly necessary.

Prescription computer glasses is not the same as your everyday prescription glasses. The prescription powers are usually different and made specifically for your computer working distance.

Pro-tip: Add a blue-light filter to your lenses if you use the computer or look at your phone for more than 6 hours a day.

2. Prescription or non-prescription sunglasses
It’s a little known fact that vision insurance benefits can be used towards sunglasses, even designer sunglasses. Yes, summer may be over but here in sunny Southern California, sun protection a year round thing.

prescription or non-prescription sunglasses

Keep those eyes protected in style with a pair of designer sunglasses from brands such as Tom Ford, Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Prada or Celine. Or consider popular sunglasses brand such as Ray-bans, Oakleys and Oliver Peoples. Just like your collection of shoes, you can never have enough sunglasses.

Pro-tip: If you had LASIK eye surgery, you can still use your vision insurance benefits towards a new pair of sunglasses.

3. Back-up glasses
Using vision insurance towards new prescription glasses may sound obvious. However, using vision insurance for a back-up pair of glasses is an unfamiliar but great idea.

back-up glasses

If you are like me and are constantly forgetting and losing things in life, consider a back-up pair of glasses. For those that dependent heavily on their glasses to see, just imagine a day without your glasses. Imagine trying to drive at night. Sounds terrible and scary right?

So if you still have vision insurance left, why not get some back-up glasses for those unexpected moments in life.

Pro-tip: A solid pair of back-up glasses won’t break the bank. Most vision insurance will cover the basics: frame, lenses and some insurance will even cover anti-reflective coatings too.

4. Prescription contact lenses
If you are a contact lens wearer and still have vision insurance left for the year, it’s a no-brainer to use that benefit to buy more contact lenses.

contact lenses with vision insurance

Most vision insurance will have an allowance of $130-$200 to be used towards buying contact lenses. If you don’t use that money, you simply lose it.

Pro-tip: All contact lens wearers should have a pair of back-up glasses. Use your insurance benefits towards back-up glasses if you don’t owe a pair.

5. Eye health exam
When was your last eye health exam? For a healthy individual, the American Optometric Association recommends an eye exam every 2 years.

eye exams with vision insurance

Eye exams are especially important for children, because 80% of what they learn is through their vision. Remember, vision screenings at school is not a comprehensive eye exam.

Pro-tip: Most vision insurance fully cover basic vision and eye health exam. Co-pays for eye exams can range from $0 – $25 depending on your insurance coverage.

As I am writing this, the weather is starting to cool, kids are fully back to school and more importantly the NBA season has started for my Lakers. Soon the holiday season will be upon us.

Your calendar will start to stack with Thanksgiving and Christmas events. So don’t forget to mark down a day to use your vision insurance benefits before the year is over.

Remember, you either use it or you lose it. Don’t let money flush down the toilet.


Do you still have vision insurance benefits left over for the year?

Text to us find out: (909)627-1111
Schedule your eye exam online today: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709


 

4 tips to help you take care of your new glasses

Now that you have your new glasses, do you know how to properly take of them? Other than storing your glasses in its protective case when you’re not using them, there are actually some additional small, but important details to do to prolong the life of your new glasses.

4 tips for your new glasses

They only take a couple of seconds to practice, and the only difficult part is to make them a habit.

From my personal experience of following only these 4 tips, I was able to prolong the life of my glasses from four years ago to use them as a current backup pair of glasses now that I got a new pair.

Here are 4 tips you can do to take care of your new glasses.

Tip #1: Use proper cleaning cloth
I know that it may be tempting to use the end of your shirt sleeve to clean your lenses, but this unfortunately puts your lenses at risk for minor scratches from particles that might have gotten stuck on your sleeve.

Your cleaning cloth provides a softer medium when cleaning your lenses, decreasing the chances of scratching your new lenses.

With every new glasses purchases from Bright Vision Optometry, we make sure that your glasses case is properly equipped with its own cleaning cloth.

Pro-tip: If your cleaning cloth becomes dirty, simply hand wash the cloth and reuse!

Tip #2: Use proper cleaning solution
Glasses lens that have an anti-reflective coating on them, we also give you an additional lens spray to protect the coating of your new lenses. This protective layer helps to repel dust and water, and if improperly cared for, can result in peeling, streaking or crazing.

Yup anti-reflective coating crazing is a real term. You want to make sure that your anti-reflective coating is protected by spraying it with the proper lens spray before wiping it down with your lens cloth.

Pro-tip: Do not use commercial glass or household cleaners like Windex. They are not chemically compatible with lenses treated with anti-reflective coating.

Tip #3: Use both hands
When taking your new glasses off your face, it is best to hold your frames on both sides of the temples before putting them back in its case.  Avoid taking off your glasses with only one hand, this will increase stress on that side of the glasses and eventually that side will become loose.

If a case is unavailable, placing them upside down with the top of the frame resting on the counter top will minimize the chances of scuffing the lenses. Just remember, use both hands!

Pro-tip: It sounds obvious but take off your glasses before going to bed. Sleeping in glasses can result in misalignment and bent glasses in the morning or even worse your glasses temple breaking off. This is the most common reason for broken glasses frames we see at Bright Vision Optometry.

Tip #4: Don’t leave glasses in car
For those who use your glasses only for driving, be sure to take them out of your car when you’re not using them! We have noticed many incidences where glasses have been left in the glove compartment of the car in the hot summer weather, which has a detrimental effect on the anti-reflective coating, causing it to peel and streak.

The weather may be cooling down in Southern California now, but the SoCal sun is still strong and can heat up the inside of your car to extreme temperatures. High heat will soften the plastic material on glasses frames. This can alter the fit, loosen the hinges and even expand the frame causing the lenses to become loose or even pop out.

Pro-tip: If you purchased your glasses at Bright Vision Optometry, we’ll be more than happy to use our special ultrasonic cleaner to deep clean your glasses. Or if you feel like your glasses are not sitting on your face correctly, stop by and let our trained optician help you with your glasses adjustment. 


Are you due for a new eye exam? Schedule online today: clicking here

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions


 

How to win Halloween this year with colored contact lenses

It’s scary but Halloween is around the corner. Are you looking for something extra to enhance your Halloween outfit this year? Add eye-popping Halloween colored contact lenses to your costume!

halloween colored contact lenses

See below for more pictures of how I used Halloween colored contact lenses to perfect my costume

To me, Halloween is the most fun holiday of the year. Although leftover candies can be dangerous, traditions like watching scary movies, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carvings and Halloween costumes are what makes this holiday so special. 

Whether you enjoy Halloween or not, adding Halloween colored contact lenses is one way to perfect your Halloween outfit. Gothika decorative contact lenses is a popular brand for all your Halloween eye enhancement needs. Gothika Halloween contact lenses have been used in the movie, television and theater industry for decades now.  Their industry leading contact lenses come in a wide variety of special colors and designs while providing good comfort for the eyes. Stand out this year as a zombie with green eyes or shine in the dark with glow-in-the-dark contact lenses!

Each year I look for something special to wear for Halloween. I always get excited dressing up and going to work because no one expects their optometrist to be in a full on Halloween costume. Most of my patients are happily surprised, especially the kids! 


Inspired by the Marvel movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, I was Dr. Peter Parker last year. When was the last time you saw Spider-Man performing eye exams? (click the link for a video)

Continuing my Halloween tradition, this year I am doing something special. Something unique that requires the help of special Halloween colored contact lenses.

Inspired by the most popular Japanese anime, Naruto, this year I will dress up as Kakashi Hatake! He is my favorite character on Naruto because of  his low-key demeanor, elite ninja abilities and of course his powerful special “Sharingan” eye

Because all contact lenses are a medical device that can potentially cause permanent damage to your eyes and vision, it is important to see your optometrist to be fitted with proper Halloween colored contact lenses. Just like clear contact lenses that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism, a prescription is required. Remember, buying contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous and could cause potential damage to your eyes. Protect the health of your eyes by having an eye exam, getting a contact lens prescription and buying contact lenses from a legit source.

Halloween this year at Bright Vision Optometry is going to be fun. You can expect Dr. Kakashi Hatake to be in the office and seeing patients. If you are looking for decorative Halloween contact lenses this year, be sure to be properly fitted and evaluated by our eye doctors.


To ensure your decorative contact lenses arrive before Halloween, be sure to come in and place your orders before October 22nd.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions


*In case you were wondering where I bought my Kakashi Hatake Halloween costume:

Kakashi costume set
https://www.amazon.com/Miccostumes-Naruto-Kakashi-Cosplay-Costume/dp/B01H5IIBJG

Ninja shoes
https://www.amazon.com/DAZCOS-Unisex-Black-Shippuden-Ninja/dp/B078BLTMT2

White wig
https://www.amazon.com/COSPLAZA-Cosplay-Silvery-Resistant-Synthetic/dp/B00MDN10DI

Gothika Decorative Colored Contact Lenses “Hatake” 
Bright Vision Optometry in Chino Hills, CA (of course =P)