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blue light protection for kids

Is Blue Light Dangerous for Kids?

If you are a parent and your kids use digital devices such as tablets or smart phones, you may be wondering, “Is blue light dangerous for kids?”

By now, the information about blue light energy and its dangers to human eyes have probably traveled to you some how. Whether it’s from a co-worker showing off their new blue light protecting computer glasses or another parent, demonstrating their kids’ tablet glasses with blue light filter.

It’s true, blue light energy is everywhere and more than ever, it’s time to start paying attention. Especially for your kids.

Blue Light Exposure in Kids

It’s hard to argue how much we depend on digital devices such as tablets and phones. Even more so as parents trying to raise kids these days.

blue light kids

Sometimes it’s easy to just give our kid an iPad and let them watch YouTube or play games. This becomes a habit for parents as well as for kids.

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It’s well known, watching YouTube and playing games are addicting. These entertainment platforms make it so easy to watch another video or play another round of games. Before you know it, you just spent the last 2 hours watching highlight videos of Kobe Bryant. Not going to lie, I am guilty of this too.

Now imagine kids, with no awareness of what addiction is or the concept of that word. To them, watching YouTube or playing games is equal to their happiness. It’s no wonder the kids of this generation and their eyes are glued to tablets all day.

Not to say all blue light is bad. There are benefits of blue light including its effects to boost alertness, regulate circadian rhythm and elevate mood.

However, the rising of digital device usage in kids are exposing hours and hours of blue light energy to their eyes. This amount could potentially damage kids’ eyes. 

Blue Light Impact in Kids

Research have shown blue light can cause retinal damage.

Children may be at higher risk for blue light damage because more blue light energy passes through the eyes to reach the retina.

ipad blue light on kids

It’s the same concept as UV light. More UV light passes through children’s eyes because juvenile lens inside the eyes absorbs less (more passes through to the retina or the back of the eye). It’s why we recommend sunglasses even for kids.

Sleeping cycle is something else affected by blue light. The more digital device usage, especially at night time, the more your brain will start alert and awake. 

Which means less sleep for your kids and less energy the next morning. 

So not only can blue light have physical damages to kids eyes, but it can also be detrimental to kids’ performance and focus.  

Blue Light Protection for Kids

One way to protect from blue light is by using blue light filtering glasses. 

Blue light filter glasses and lens will block out the majority of blue light entering kids’ eyes. 

blue light keeps kids active

Another way to combat blue light is to decrease the amount of time spend on digital devices. Now this may sound easy to do but probably hard to execute. 

Lastly, power down all digital devices and stop using them 2 hours before bedtime. Instead of stimulating the brain with digital activity which keeps the brains of kids active, why not read a book before bedtime?

This simple action with help lull your kids to sleep earlier so they can wake up fresh the next day. 


There is no going back to 1990 where kids actually played outside. The amount of digital device use will not decrease, in fact it will probably increase.

blue light protection for kids

It’s true our kids are using devices more than ever. Think about when they are at school. They are on the computer, laptop or tablets during class. 

Blue light exposure for kids is inevitable but the damages from blue light can be preventable. 

Time will tell how much blue light affects our kids’ generation of eyes.

We hope it doesn’t but just incase it does, let’s get those eyes protected! 


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A Mother's Love

Every Day Should Be Mother’s Day

The year was 1997. I was in 3rd grade and my sister was in 7th grade. 

It was 5:30 pm and mom wasn’t home yet. Usually she would be home from work by now. But today was different. 

Then 6:00 pm came and she was still not home. I remember staring out the window, crying and thinking of the worst,  “what if she never comes back home?” 

Mother's Day 2019

Outside, the rain poured harder. My sister did her best to comfort me.

“She’ll be back soon.” she said with a forced smile. I could tell she was worried too. 

We both stared out the window and watched the rain. 


Sacrifice 

A mother’s sacrifice is always under-appreciated. From physical sacrifices like giving birth to breast feeding, to delaying professional endeavors for the betterment of a child’s development. A mother makes countless sacrifices just to see her family smile. 

Our father passed away when I was 2 years old, leaving my mom as a single parent to take care of my sister and I. 

Sophie and Mom

Mom and me

At that point, mom made a huge sacrifice. In order to provide us the future she felt we deserved, she sent my sister and I to Taiwan to live with our grandparents while she went back to school. 

During the 4 years we lived in Taiwan, we saw our mom twice a year. Looking back, it must have been a hard decision to do what she did but my sister and I both really appreciate the sacrifice she made for our futures. 

Are you looking for a special Mother’s Day gift idea – CLICK HERE

Commitment

A mother’s commitment to the well-being of her family can sometimes be overlooked or considered “nagging”. 

Before my sophomore year of college, my mom wrote me this letter. I thought she was such a nagger. 

A mother's commitment

In hindsight, it was one of the most impactful messages that I needed to hear. 

Nagging? Nope, more like caring.

Heart 

A mother teaches her children just about every emotion by example – happiness, sadness, fear, anger, helplessness and most importantly love. 

Probably to your surprise, my mom was once handcuffed and arrested by police. 

Of course something like this would happen at the DMV. 

She wasn’t happy with the way I was treated as a minor and demanded to speak to the manager. The security guards “protecting” the DMV would not let her in.

But she still tried to force herself in anyways. I’ve never seen her so mad before. 

Mom's Day

Next thing you know, the police came and arrested her. 

I’ll never forget the time my mom went to jail fighting for me. Pretty badass I must say…

See video of my mom and I trekking the mountains of Patagonia – CLICK HERE


It’s now 6:30 pm, both my sister and I were crying now.

As if God heard our prayers, we saw a pair of headlights through the rain. 

A Mother's Love

It was mom. My sister and I ran to the door like puppies. 

When she entered, we were actually mad at her. We both yelled at her, still upset that she came home so late. 

But we hugged her tight. Super tight. 


My sister and I are who we are today because of our mom.

You shouldn’t have to wait until Mother’s Day to tell your mom thank you or I love you.

A simple gesture of appreciation can be done daily. It is important we consider every day as Mother’s Day. 

Superfly Mom

How fly is mom tho? 


Read More: My sister and I went to Milan for the world’s biggest eyewear expo – CLICK HERE 

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)! 

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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? 

the easter island man

The Man From Easter Island

A warrior like necklace hung from his neck. He was tan with white flowers dangling at the tips of his long hair. 

I don’t know why he decided to sit next to me. 

You can tell he was proud of his tradition. It was 11:30 pm inside a restaurant and he was half-naked.

It was my last night here and I spent it with the man from Easter Island.


Easter Island is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world, if not, the most intriguing too.

There are hundreds of huge stone head statues called moai across Easter Island. These statues are so famous, there is even an emoji of it (🗿)!

The lingering mystery behind these statues and the people of Easter Island attract tourists from all over the world.  

How did native people, the Rapa Nui, come to live here? Why and how did they construct these massive monuments?

easter island


The man from Easter Island and I spoke for hours. He described to me the powers that come from the sun, the moon, the water, and mother nature.

For example, if he was hungry, he would go fishing in the waters and that was dinner.  Life was that simple. 

easter island head statues

He emphasized the importance of awareness to one’s spirit and of being in the moment. Perhaps it was something he had observed as lacking in our modern culture. 

While summoning my own spirit, I had one question for him.

“Do you want to meet my mom? She is sleeping in the hotel room right now.”

“Yes! Let’s go.” he said.


As we walked to our hotel room, the man from Easter Island picked a pink flower.

Inside, my spirit giggled with excitement.

My mom was asleep when I entered, still wearing her sleeping mask.

“Mom, there is someone I want you to meet.” I said.

She woke up, dazed and confused. She gave me a look as if to say “WTF?”

The man from Easter Island entered. He does his native dance and hum. My mom smiled and laughed. A pink flower was was handed to her. Their spirits embraced.

This is the story of the man from Easter Island.


MORE: Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom – CLICK HERE

MORE: Part 2 – “The Wedding Day” – CLICK HERE

What Does Marriage Mean?

It’s Monday, 10:47 pm in Santiago, Chile. Outside, the streets are surprisingly quiet. Inside our hotel room, the AC is on.

Tomorrow my mom and I start our journey to Patagonia. The famous “W Circuit” or “W Trek” hike awaits us.

what does marriage mean

I look down at this mess that is me packing. I see 3 neat zip-lock bags filled with clothes.

It reminds me of my wife.

I see my hiking shoes that still needs to be packed.

It reminds me of the meaning of marriage.


COMMITMENT
Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable and the winds are infamously wild. It’s common to experience all “4 seasons” in one day.

I did not know that. But luckily my wife did.

To ensure her husband’s survival, she packed him 3 zip-lock bags labeled “OUTERS”, “CLEAN INNERS”, and “WARMTH”.

patagonia hike

Marriage means commitment.

It means always caring for each other’s ultimate well-being, physically and mentally.

TOGETHER
The W Trek of Patagonia totals 50 miles of nature’s best. Parts of this adventure involves terrain that require some tricky scrambling. Legit hiking boots are required.

I did not know this. But luckily my wife did.

Together, we went to REI and found the perfect hiking boots. Together, we went on a practice hike, up towards Mt. Wilson, to break-in my new hiking boots.

hiking boots

Marriage means doing life together.

It means her situation is my situation, and my need for new hiking boots is her need too.

FAMILY
Bucket-list worthy, breathtaking landscape and heavenly views, hiking Patagonia is every hiker’s dream. Including my mom’s.

Read: Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom – CLICK HERE

Now I did know this. Luckily my wife did too.

She knew this trip was important to me but more important to our mom. I didn’t even have to ask, she was already encouraging me to go.

Hiking the W Trek

Marriage means family.

It means starting a family together but more importantly, it means integrating family to the point “in-laws” are said by no one.


It’s Tuesday, 11:20 pm in Puerto Natales, Chile. Outside, the streets are understandably quiet. Inside our hotel room, the heater is on.

Tomorrow my mom and I start our hike to attack the famous W Circuit of Patagonia.

Puerto Natales

I look at down, my backpack is stuffed with 3 neat zip-lock bags filled with clothes and my hiking boots.

I am reminded of my wife. I am reminded of the meaning of marriage.


READ MORE: Part 2 – “The Wedding Day” – CLICK HERE

The Wedding Day (Part 2)

Saturday – 11/24 – Anaheim, CA 

6:14 am 
The aroma of scotch lingered in the hotel room.

There wasn’t much time left. I really need to finish my vows. So far I got nothing.

Today was suppose to be the best day of my life.Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


11:44 am
Surrounded by my boys that know me best, we scrambled to look presentable.  

The night before, we drank scotch, reminisced about our childhood and played video games. 

All good reasons to procrastinate perhaps. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


1:00 pm
First look went something like this.

Wow. Just wow. Joseph, our awesome photographer, chimed in “Let’s rewind and do this one more time!” 

Wow. Just wow. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


3:15 pm
She walked down the aisle. 

Eric, our officiant, says a few words. We kiss. It’s official.

Mr. and Mrs. Soong, party of 2. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


5:26 pm
Overwhelmed and mesmerized by the smiling faces of friends and family, we danced. 

I raised my hand, my wife spins around. Beautiful.

She raised her hand too, I spin around awkwardly.

Nailed it. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


8:22 pm
A surprise food truck entered the parking lot. 

IN-N-OUT! IN-N-OUT!

That’s what a hamburger’s all about. 

In and Out at WeddingPhotos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


9:09 pm
The last song of the night. 

🎵 “Man this feel incredible, I’ll turn you into a bride, you’re mine.” – Bazzi (Mine) 🎵

I looked at my wife and I said…

“Today is the best day of my life.”

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


BONUS: 11:46 pm
Meanwhile, back at the hotel…(warning: NSFW)


Read Part 1: “The Wedding Plan” – CLICK HERE

The Wedding Plan (Part 1)

“Any special requests for the wedding?” she asked. 

Without hesitation I answered, “In-N-Out truck please!” 

My fiancee at the time, gave me this weird look, “Are you serious?” she asked. 

I nodded.

Super serious. 

wedding planning
Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


They say communication saves relationships. It’s true. 

So the first thing we did was to divide wedding planning responsibilities. We created a list which looked something like this:

ME: Music   

HER: Everything else

The message was clear.

I was pretty much useless. 


Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


It was impressive watching her wedding plan. 

She had a vision and she knew exactly what she wanted. 

Budget. Venue. Guest list. Catering. Color theme. Photographer. DJ. Videographer. Wedding dress. Hotel-room block. Website. Invitation. Seating chart. Flowers. Cake. Menu design and print. Photo booth. Marriage license. Rehearsal dinner. Checked. 

The best part? She made sure we had fun with the whole process. This is who I was marrying? 

How did I ever get so lucky? 

Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


An unexpected blessing came during our planning.  

In high school, Elaine and I met through a childhood friend named Eric. Thinking it would be great idea, we asked Eric to be our wedding officiant. 

“I’ll do it but you and Elaine would have go through premarital counseling. I’ll be happy to facilitate this.” he said. It was a no-brainer. We agreed. 

So Eric and his lovely wife Diana, lead us through a series of premarital counseling sessions and prepped us for the realities of marriage.  

This was our best wedding planning decision. 


Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


“Do you want the good news or bad news first?” she asked with a smirk on her face.

I gave her a weird look, “I’ll take the bad news first”, I replied. 

“They can’t do french fries or milk shakes with the truck.” she answered.  

“So what’s the good news?” 

You already know her answer. 

Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


More: “The Wedding Day (Part 2)”: CLICK HERE

More: “Taiwan: Back to the roots of love and family”: CLICK HERE

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Taiwan: Back to the roots of love and family

I looked behind me, my sister was already deep asleep.

The airplane air was dry, so dry that I couldn’t tolerate wearing contact lenses. I turned around. My fiancee, Elaine, was wearing her glasses too.

She smiled at me and asked, “Are you ready to be 25% married?” I gave her a gentle nod and said “Yes, of course.” 

14 hours later, we landed in Taiwan.

Taiwan has a special place in my heart.

When my dad passed away, my sister and I were shipped to Tainan (a city on the southwest coast of Taiwan) to live with my grandparents.

This gave my mom the opportunity to go back to school without the burden of dealing with her 2 annoying, bratty kids.

We lived in Taiwan for a total of 4 years before coming back to the States.

Being in Taiwan always gave me a feeling of nostalgia.

The food, family, the culture. Sporadic childhood memories of my sister and I returned.

Like the time when we were suspended upside down on the apex of a ghetto roller coaster for 2 hours.

It’s probably the reason we are both deathly afraid of heights.

Taiwan has it all.

Night markets. 7-Elevens. Lakes. MRT. Mopeds. Boba milk tea. Monuments. Night clubs. Endless shopping. Bullet trains. Mountains.

The food, oh my goodness, the food.

Above all, Taiwan is home to some of the friendliest people in the world.

Humble, old-school, empathetic and sincere.

On the same weekend, we witnessed our good friends Johnathan and his seraphic wife Emily tie the knot.

With the distant mountains as their backdrop, they celebrated love and life. A surprise firework show capped off their special night.

Taiwan was a part of their story too.


We decided on a wedding banquet in Taiwan because of family.

With so many important family members living in Taiwan, it just made sense.

My mom was smiling the whole night. Perhaps it was because she was surrounded by her closest childhood friends.Or maybe it was because she was happy for me. I don’t know.

But I smiled through the whole night too.

On our last day, Elaine and I went to Ximending, a popular shopping area in Taipei.

This was where I randomly ran into her in 2005. We often reminisced about that day. I would always remind her that was the day I knew I was going to marry her.

The streets of Ximending were crowded with people but we spotted a small opening. We stopped, we smiled and took a polaroid together.

Our Taiwan tradition continues.

Through her thick lenses, I saw the focus in her eyes. She was already tackling her work emails that had piled up.

I poked her stomach with my index finger, breaking her concentration. I asked her, “Are you ready to be 100% married next month?”

She gave me a gentle smile and said “Yes, of course.” Then I took off my contact lenses and closed my eyes.

12 hours later, we were back in California.

Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom

THURSDAY
She gave me this look of disapproval before she asked, “What are you listening to?” 

“Mom, this is Chance the Rapper. It’s good music.”  I said

She didn’t say anything back. 

“Well, what’s your favorite type of music mom?” I asked

She turned to me, gently smiled and said, “I like listening to musicals or songs from broadway shows. You know like Phantom of the Opera.”


FRIDAY
One quintessential water activity in Banff is canoeing on the beautiful Bow River. 

“I got a good idea, let’s rent a canoe and explore this cool river!” I said


SATURDAY
AM: 
We rented a canoe and proceeded to the gentle river route. While paddling back to the rental dock, our canoe capsized. It was an embarrassing moment yet we couldn’t stop laughing about it. 

“Maybe that was a bad idea. No more water activities on this trip.” I said

My mom, still laughing, nodded in agreement. 

PM: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is magical place. The color blue will never be the same. 

“Hey you and your mom should go outside and take a picture together!” Jiamee said

“You mean out there? Let’s go!” I replied

Thank you and congratulations to the newlywed Jonathan and Linda Dorsey for making this trip happen! 


SUNDAY
“It’s okay if we can’t find a place to eat. I bought 6 cup of noodles, we can just eat that.” my mom said 

“Are you serious? Who eats cup of noodles on vacation?” I said


MONDAY
My mom turned to me and said, “This is a 4 hour hike, make sure you drink water and eat a banana or else you will cramp.” 

I just smiled and nodded. I couldn’t really hear her because the soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera was blasting through the speakers. 


TUESDAY
“My leg cramped in the middle of the night.” I admitted 

“I told you to drink lots of water and eat a banana. You should sleep earlier too.” she said 


WEDNESDAY
Half-way back on our flight, my mom leaned in. 

“We didn’t finish the cup of noodles. We still have 3 of them so I brought them back. It would be such a waste to throw it away.” she revealed 

Shaking my head inside my head.

I changed the topic, “So where are we going next year?”

“I want to see Smoky Mountain National Park!” she said 

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Dr. Soong’s Japan / Taiwan Trip Recap

2017 was a crazy eventful year for me. It was capped off by a vacation to Japan and Taiwan. Here are some highlights:

 

Day 1: Pit-stop in Taipei for some Taiwanese breakfast

Day 2: Arrived in Tokyo in time for Christmas

Day 3: Our journey took us to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi

Day 3: Eating dinner with tradition

Day 4: Snow day in Nagano, had to show some love to BVO

Day 4: While exploring snowy Nagano, we found ramen

Day 5: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

Day 5: Night life in Tokyo 

Day 6: Day trip to check out the Hakone Shrine

Day 6: Waygu Steak is a must in Japan. Oh the marbling…

Day 7: Back to Taiwan but we missed Japan so we had to get more sushi

Day 8: Celebrating 2018 at Taipei 101

Day 9: Trip to Tainan to visit my cousins and of course eat

Day 10: These two are happy because they found their Taiwan wedding venues

Day 11: Dinner with my dad’s side of the family

Day 12: Farewell Taiwan, until next time…

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