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3 Benefits of Anti-Glare Coating

Glare refers to the excessive brightness caused by direct or reflected light. It can cause eye strain, digital eye strain (when using a computer, for example), halos, and headaches. Glare can also reduce visibility, making it unsafe to drive.

Anti-glare coating, also known as anti-reflective (AR) coating, is a thin layer applied to the surface of your eyeglass lenses that allows more light to pass through your lenses. By reducing the amount of glare that reflects off of your lenses, you can see more clearly and experience more comfortable vision. You can request anti-glare coating for lenses when you buy eyeglasses.

AR Coating Offers 3 Major Advantages

Better Appearance

Without an anti-glare coating on your glasses, camera flashes and bright lights can reflect off your lenses. This can hinder your appearance when speaking to people or in meetings, cause flash reflections when picture-taking, and make it difficult to find the right angle for video calls. Anti-reflective coating eliminates the harsh reflections and allows others to clearly see your eyes and face.

Reduced Digital Eye Strain

You know that tired, irritated feeling you get after staring at a digital screen for several hours? That’s digital eye strain. Anti-glare coating helps reduce digital eye strain by lowering exposure to excessive glare from digital devices and lighting.

Safe Driving at Night

The bright headlights from cars driving in the opposite direction can pose a serious danger when driving at night. These sudden glares can lead you to momentarily lose focus of the view ahead. AR coating on your prescription eyewear effectively reduces reflections from headlights at night, allowing you to enjoy a better view of the road and safer driving at night.

Let your eyes look and feel better every day with anti-glare coated lenses. Contact us to book your appointment today!

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Donald Grutzmacher

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Visit Opticare Vision Center for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

What You Should Know About Night Blindness

If you don’t see well while driving at night, there’s a chance you have night blindness. Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is the inability to see well at night or in dim lighting. It’s not considered an eye disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

Causes of Night Blindness

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

Vitamin A Deficiency — Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.

CataractsA buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.

Diabetic RetinopathyDamage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.

GlaucomaThis group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.

MyopiaAlso called nearsightedness, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.

KeratoconusAn irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.

Usher SyndromeThis genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Opticare Vision Center in Cherry Grove to schedule your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Donald Grutzmacher

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Visit Opticare Vision Center for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

Newport Office Update: Congratulations to Jan on her Retirement

We want to extend a great deal of gratitude and congratulations to Jan from our Newport office.

Jan is retiring after 20 amazing years of service as our Administrative Assistant. At the front desk, she was the first person everyone met, and she greeted every patient and their family members with a warm smile.

She will be dearly missed by all of our staff and patients who came to know her over the years. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Jan for her professionalism, high level of customer service, and of course, for her friendship.

We wish Jan a healthy, happy, fun, and meaningful retirement!

Sharing the holiday cheer at our Ft. Mitchell location

We are so proud to share the hand-made holiday artwork on display in our Ft. Mitchell office. Every December, Gail (pictured, left, in the first photo), twin sister of our very own optician, Lorie (pictured, right, in the first picture) – paints beautiful Christmas artwork on our windows in the office.

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Getting to Know Dr. Leah Akin, OD

dr leah akin1) What brought you to the Northern Kentucky area and to Opticare Vision Centers in particular? I grew up in Hebron and always hoped to return home to the Northern KY area to practice. When an opportunity with Opticare became available I knew it would be a great fit because they take the time to treat each patient with the most personalized care, and that is something that I strive to do as well.

2) How did you become interested in optometry? I was interested in the medical field for as long as I can remember, and after getting glasses at age 16 I started to consider optometry as a great career option. I shadowed several different optometry practices during undergrad and loved the work-life balance that optometry offers.

3) Where did you go to Optometry school? Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN

4) What do you like most about the work you do? Helping others to use their vision to their fullest potential. I love that no two patients are ever the same!

5) Do you have any specialties or aspects of eyecare that you are particularly passionate about? I really enjoy seeing kids as well as ocular disease patients.

6) What designer frame line would you say most aligns with your personality, and why? I love Modo’s frame line for their classic styles with a pop of bold color!

7) What is your favorite piece of optometric technology and why? I love having an OCT to diagnose so many different retinal conditions, it’s a great tool for patient education and monitoring changes over time.

8) What interests or excites you the most in the field of optometry? It is such a diverse field to go into. There are so many different aspects to specialize in that allow you to focus on your specific interests and refer cases to other colleagues who may specialize in something else. There is always more to learn.

9) What trends do you see developing over the next several years in the industry and how do you stay ahead of them? I see a huge increase in the variety of technology that is becoming available for both diagnosing and treating different conditions. I try to stay as up to date as possible by completing continuing education courses to learn about things that are up and coming, whether it is something I use on a regular basis or not.

10) Please share a patient experience that stands out in your mind? One of the most impactful encounters I’ve had was with a patient who came in because her glasses were about 5 years old and she wanted to update them. During her routine exam, I discovered a very large choroidal melanoma and was able to refer her to an oncologist so that she could begin treatment. That experience is always a reminder that even patients without any complaints or concerns can have serious conditions that optometrists may be the first to detect.

11) What do you like to do in your spare time? Travel whenever possible! I also love to bake, take care of my collection of houseplants, and play with my crazy dog Pepper.

VIDEO: How to Stop Your Glasses from Fogging

Dr. Josiah Young and Opticare Vision have the ideal solution to prevent your glasses from fogging while you wear your mask. Contact the northern Kentucky locations in Newport and Fort Mitchell go pick up your kit.

Safe Contact Lens & Eyeglass Wear During the Coronavirus

By Dr. Josiah Young. O.D.

With the Coronavirus around, everybody’s been asking about good hygiene and I wanted to talk to you about contact lens wear and eyeglasses wear.

Contact lenses are totally safe to wear during this time, you just have to make sure you use common sense. Good handwashing, just like prevention of the virus being spread in all other cases, is essential for contact lens wear as well. So you need to make sure you wash your hands. Wash for 20 seconds, use a clean or unused towel to dry your hands and then handle your lenses.

Daily contact lens wearers disposables are going to be your best option during this time. If you don’t have dailies, just make sure you are using a good multipurpose solution or disinfectant solution for the night time soaking of your contact lenses – that could be the peroxide-based solutions or the there are several varieties of the multipurpose solution.

Don’t use just regular saline solution. And if you’re in doubt, throw your lenses away or don’t wear them. It’s also been advised not to wear your lenses if you are currently sick, so stick with eyeglasses.

if you’re wearing your glasses and you’re touching your glasses with your hands, make sure you also clean your glasses. Wipe off the temples and the parts that touch your face with rubbing alcohol and kind of let it dry. Those tips will help keep your glasses and contact lens wear wearing safe and comfortable for you during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Opticare Vision Helps an Albinism Project in Africa

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Opticare Vision is very proud to support a program to provide sunglasses to an Albinism project in Lome, Togo – located in Africa. We recently shipped 100 pairs of sunglasses, to help members of their community to properly protect their eyes.

Those with albinism tend to be very sensitive to light because the iris doesn’t have enough color to shield the retina properly. Wearing sunglasses or tinted contact lenses can help make them more comfortable out in the sun and to spend more time outside.

The above photo shows leaders of the community opening our package.

Kelli: So Proud of One of Our Own

kelliIt’s usually not a good thing when a long-time, valuable employee leaves a practice.

But sometimes, it is. That’s what happened this month with Kelli, who has worked as an Optometric Technician in our Newport office for the last three years. Kelli came to Opticare Vision while she was a pre-med student, and her long-term goal was to go to optometry school and become an eye doctor.

Kelli has just started her first semester at the Indiana University School of Optometry, and we couldn’t be prouder of her. We wish her well, and have no doubt she will be at the top of her class.

Dr. Josiah Young says “We are so happy for Kelli, as she pursues her dream to become an eye doctor.”

Below is a photo, courtesy of the Instagram page of Indiana University School of Optometry, of Kelli (pictured in a blue top) enjoying lunch on the first day of class.

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