#NationalSunglassesDay is Coming! Get Your Sunnies

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Every year on June 27, we here at All About Eyes celebrate National Sunglasses Day! It’s a time for us to remind our patients (and ourselves) about the benefits of wearing sunglasses while outside (year-round). Now that the weather has finally warmed up and the rainy season is behind us, we’re good to go for getting our sunnies on! We have a large selection of sunglasses for adults and children that meet the standards of protection against ultra-violet rays, so please stop into our office to get a pair.

Sunglasses help to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. You may have heard of UV-A and UV-B rays. Those are two different types of ultra-violet rays, both are invisible and both are very harmful to the eyes. UV-A rays can penetrate to the back of the eye and may cause macular degeneration problems later in life. Macular degeneration affects the center of vision by blocking it out. UV-B rays can cause sunburn on the front of the eyes, namely on the cornea and the lens. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggest that people use wrap-around sunglasses to prevent the harmful rays from sneaking in on the sides of the sunglasses too. It is worth noting that in the United States, most sunglasses sold meet the standards of blocking out both UV-A and UV-B rays.

The sun can damage eyes in other ways, too. Prevent Blindness, an organization devoted to raising awareness on visual impairments notes these other concerns with ultra-violet rays:

    • Cataracts: A film that forms over your lens, causing vision problems.
    • Pterygium: Tissue growth on the cornea.
    • Basal Cell Carcinoma: The most common type of eyelid (skin) cancer.


So shade your eyes and protect them when you’re outside!

New Year, New Glasses!

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The annual flipping of the calendar to the new year inevitably leads people to think about fresh starts, overhauling their old ways for better ways … out with the old, in with the new! So what better time than now to revisit the frame style for your eyeglasses and sunglasses? It’s a great way to spruce up your style and give your appearance a boost. New Year, new glasses!

To see how different frames can really change a look, check out Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) article this past summer on the many frame types worn by actor Jeff Goldblum over the course of his 40+ years in the limelight. The photographs show his hits and misses and more importantly, why they work … or don’t.

The biggest consideration when choosing a new style is shape — both for the glasses themselves and for your face. Esquire’s online magazine has a great blog post using video snippets that show the various face shapes and types of frames that look good with them. The face shapes include oblong, triangle, diamond, square, round, heart, and oval. Esquire overlays those shapes onto actual people to demonstrate what a square-shaped face, for example, looks like in real life. As for the frame types, those terms include cat eye, round, oval, rectangle, and square. Familiarizing yourself with these terms can be useful for when talking with your optician.

So if you’re ready for a new you, come to All About Eyes to see for yourself which frames flatter your face. We have a variety of styles to choose from and experts on hand to help you pick the best ones for you. Here’s a sample of what we have on offer:

Happy New Year from all of us at All About Eyes!

Get Your Sunnies On! National Sunglasses Day

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National Sunglasses Day will be on Wednesday, June 27, and it is a perfect day to celebrate protecting your vision with your sunglasses!

Why Sunglasses?

Sunglasses — not just any sunglasses but specifically those with Ultra Violet (UV) protection — can help to protect your eyes against sunburn (yes, your eyes can get sunburnt), pterygium (abnormal growths on your eyes), potential cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and squamous cell carcinoma (cancer).

What Are Symptoms of Sun Damage?

If you have been outside without sunglasses for a prolonged period of time or around highly reflective surfaces like lakes, the ocean, sand, or snow, you may find that your eyes are affected. The cornea, the outer layer of the eyeball, is like the top layer of skin on your body and can get sunburnt just as easily.

How do you know if your eyes are sunburnt? If you find they are red, swollen, and/or you have blurry vision and light sensitivity, your cornea may have been sunburnt. This is called photokeratitis. Your eyes may water and you may feel like you’ve got sand or grit in them. See your eye-care practitioner for eye drops and stay in a darkened room for at least a day to allow your eyes time to heal. The cornea will usually heal quickly.

How to Protect Your Eyes

IMG_2525It’s easy to protect your eyes, and stylish, too! All About Eyes has a variety of sunglasses to choose from and they are all UV protected.

And it’s okay to go all “Hollywood” and wear your sunglasses on cloudy days, as the sun’s UV rays are present then, too.

Join the fun, share your #SunglassesSelfie on #NationalSunglassesDay and wear your sunnies!

September: Sports Safety Month

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September, the month when crisp air makes its return, school buses make their way down neighborhood streets, and school sports start for elementary children on up to college students. And with those sports come eye injuries, unfortunately. In fact, every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 2000). Each year, 25 percent of the estimated 2.4 million eye injuries reported are due to sports.

Sports with the Highest Injuries

The number one eye-injury causing sport for those aged 14-25: college basketball, with the Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries reporting one in ten college players having an eye injury playing the game. For the under 14 age group, it’s baseball.

Coming in second highest on the list are all manner of water sports: swimming, surfing, scuba diving, and water skiing. And it turns out, Mom was right about those BB guns taking your eye out. Third highest on the list of eye injury offenders (ages 14 and under) are air, gas, spring, and BB guns.

Types of Injuries

Prevent Blindness, sponsors of the September Sports Safety Month program, notes that sports-related injuries include infections, corneal abrasions, blunt trauma, inflamed iris, fracture of the eye socket, swollen or detached retinas and traumatic cataracts.

Photo of children wearing sports safety glasses.


The National Eye Institute says that 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by wearing proper eyewear. All About Eyes recommends eyewear that is ASTM F803 approved, providing the best protection for your eyes. Stop by and pick yours up!


Safely See the Solar Eclipse

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US map of the eclipse

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On Monday, August 21, 2017, portions of North America will experience a total eclipse of the sun. Total eclipses occur when the moon passes over the sun and covers it from view on Earth. The last such event was in 1918, and the next one won’t happen again until April 8, 2024. So it is something to see, albeit safely. Remember, looking directly into the sun may permanently damage your vision.

The American Optometric Association, NASA, and the American Astronomical Society have put together detailed guidelines on how to safely see the solar eclipse. The main points they each discuss are:

DON’T look directly at the sun without eye protection, even briefly. When is the right time to take off the viewers? “If you’re wearing your eclipse glasses and it becomes so dark you can’t see anything, you know it’s safe, and it’s time to take them off,” says Alex Young, a solar scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Note that in New Jersey, the eclipse will be around 75 percent, so the filtered glasses must be worn throughout the eclipse.

DO get special approved solar eclipse viewers. The only safe way to view a partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters such as “eclipse glasses” or viewers that meet international standard ISO 12312-2 for safe viewing. All About Eyes will be selling a limited number of eclipse glasses available for $2.

Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony

Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony

DON’T use sunglasses, smoked glass, unfiltered telescopes or magnifiers, or polarizing filters. They are unsafe for viewing an eclipse.

DO put the special glasses on before looking at the sun to view the eclipse, and when removing them, turn away from the sun before doing so.

DON’T use any filter if it is scratched or damaged.

If you should experience discomfort or vision problems following the eclipse, visit All About Eyes for a comprehensive eye examination.

New Sunglasses for National Sunglasses Day!

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SoMe_StackedLogoIt’s that time of year again:  time to break out your sunnies and celebrate National Sunglasses Day on Tuesday, June 27. Don’t have any sunglasses? Not to worry! All About Eyes has you covered. We are running a special two-week promotion on sunglasses starting on Thursday, June 22, and running through to Saturday, July 8! 

All About Eyes is happy to work with the sponsors of National Sunglasses Day, the Vision Council, in raising awareness about the importance of wearing sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. UV radiation is well-known to cause sunburns and skin cancer, but according to the Vision Council, “Most people don’t realize the damaging impact the wavelengths inflict on their vision.”

Temporary issues from unprotected UV exposure can cause swollen, red eyes and hypersensitivity to light. Years of unprotected exposure, however, can cause cancer to the eye and eyelid, and accelerate conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

So be smart and protect your eyes! Wear your sunnies — not just for National Sunglasses Day but every day — and drop by All About Eyes to pick up the latest fashions!

Eye Injury Prevention in the Workplace

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Eye injuries at work are expensive for employers, obviously painful and disruptive for employees, and largely preventable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that 90 percent of all eye injuries could be avoided by simply wearing proper eye protection. 

While most eye injuries occur in manufacturing and construction industries due to flying debris and chemicals, Prevent Blindnes, a volunteer eye health and safety group, cautions that overuse of digital devices is fast becoming a problem as well. The group says nine-in-ten adults spend more than two hours a day on a digital device such as a cell phone or computer, and one-in-ten will spend 75 percent of their waking days on a device. This is leading to eye strain, neck and back pain, as well as headaches. Other symptoms of eye strain include dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, and eye fatigue. 

Selection of Protective Eyewear

Selection of Protective Eyewear at All About Eyes

Workplace eye injuries cost employers an estimated $300 million a year on lost productivity, medical expenses, and workers compensation insurance claims, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The typical cost of protective eyewear can range from $10 on up to $250 for more specialized and prescription frames. When nearly 1,000 injuries happen in the workplace every day, it’s a small price to pay for keeping eyes safe. 

All About Eyes has recently received new protective eyewear to choose from as well as OSHA approved profession-specific eyewear. Why not stop in at our offices to see which frames will work for you?


Announcing Altair Sunlites – Sunshades for Eyeglasses

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Altair Sunlites frames with 2 sunshade clips and one 3D clip

Did you know that the sun’s rays can be just as damaging to your eyes in the winter as in the summer? According to The Vision Council, fresh snow reflects nearly 80% of UV radiation. If you enjoy skiing, sledding, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or just walking your dog on a sunny winter day, but you haven’t purchased a pair prescription sunglasses, now is the time to do so.  The Vision Council says, “Anytime an individual is outdoors they should limit winter UV exposure by wearing appropriate UV protection,” and we agree!

We know that not everyone wants the hassle of switching their eye glasses and sunglasses when they go in and out of doors. That’s why we are pleased to announce the newest line of sunshades at All About Eyes. Altair Sunlites are durable, stainless steel frames for clear prescription lenses that come with an optional package of three rimless magnetic clip-on lenses:

  • A polarized clip to filter glare, improve clarity, and block UV rays
  • A 3D clip so you can watch 3D movies without wearing bulky, uncomfortable 3D glasses when you go to the cinema (compatible with most passive technology 3D systems)
  • A contrast clip with anti-reflective coating for low-light conditions when you still need protection from glare

The frames are attractive, with spring hinges and no bulky magnets. The clips are custom-fit for each Sunlites style, and sold in a set of three for one low price. Protect your eyes in comfort and style. Stop in today to see if Sunlites are a good fit for you and your lifestyle.