Got a Spare? Safety Glasses in Fullerton

Don't operate nail/staple guns without eye protection!

Just a quick reminder to our patients here in Fullerton:  Wear your Safety Glasses!  Many of our patients who work in an industrial environment are used to wearing their safety glasses at work, but they are just as essential at home.  The attached picture is a great example of what can happen when putting some aluminum siding on a shed!  Luckily the staple was stopped by the polycarbonate lens. When working in the garage, using electrical or air powered tools, doing woodworking or metalworking you NEED to have safety glasses.  They are just as essential for sports like raquetball, motorcycle riding, and shooting sports.

Healthy Eye Care for All: Partnering with the Assistance League

When most Americans think of charity work they imagine a land far away, helping people with poor health conditions in less-fortunate third world countries.  It is easy to forget that we don’t need to go to a land far away in order to find people with very real needs.  While helping our neighbors who have fallen on hard times may not be as glamorous as stars who jet-set to underprivileged areas to help the needy, it is a remarkable deed to reach out to people in our own communities.

Signs of Concern for Kids

It is easy to forget is that kids may not know how poorly their eyes are working since they have never seen any other way. Before our kids can read it is quite difficult for anyone other than a professional to tell how well their eyes are working.

Parents who are patients at Lenhardt Optometry Group often ask if and when their kids should have their eyes examined. I always recommend a screening in the first year of life, with the first comprehensive exam at 18 months old. If everything looks great then additional eye check ups should take place at 3 and 5 years old and every 2 years thereafter. If glasses are needed then we generally perform examinations annually, or sometimes even more frequently.

Back to School Vision

The Vision Council of America has found that 25% of students have a problem with their eyes that restricts their learning; less than half of those students will get an eye exam.

That means this year there will be more than 6 million kids returning to school with vision that restricts their ability to
learn.

3-D Stereo Vision

Now that the whole world is impressed with 3-D movies we have heard from many frustrated patients who can’t see 3-D, or can’t see it well. 3-D requires two eyes with excellent functionality. Any need for a glasses prescription or eye teaming can keep a patient from seeing things in 3-D.

The essential requirement is teamwork between the eyes. Patients who have the hardest time are those that have one eye that has more prescription than the other, or a lazy eye. Sometimes even people with excellent vision still have a hard time with 3-D vision.

Soft Bifocals and Multifocals

Most people have heard of contact lenses but unfortunately are not aware of all the different options available for them.  What are the different options and benefits? Here are a few that Lenhardt Optometric Group would like to elaborate on: alternating vision, simultaneous vision, concentric ring, and aspheric lenses.  These lenses come in different kinds of materials as well, such as rigid gas permeable, soft, and combination (hybrid) lenses.[1]

Alternating Vision Contact Lenses

Lenses with alternating vision are designed with two different powers.  By alternating your gaze from up to down you are able to see through the two different powers.[2]

Anti-Reflective Coating and Polarization

Why bother getting Anti-Reflective coating or polarized lenses for your glasses?

You have probably heard of polarized lenses or an Anti-Reflective (A/R) coating, but what does it mean?  How is going to help you?  Lenhardt Optometric Group suggests some benefits of having these on your glasses.

Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are especially helpful while driving and playing outdoor sports such as fishing and winter sports.  The glare from the sun gives off intense light, and with polarized lenses those rays are filtered so you are able to see a lot more clearly.

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Here are some more points about polarized lenses:

Lenhardt Optometric Awards Free LASIK

Congratulations to Vincent Phamvan

Free reading glasses, free sunglasses, free eye screenings you may have heard of but free LASIK??!!!  That is a new one.  But here at Lenhardt Optometric Group in Fullerton it has become a reality for one of our lucky patients.  Local news sources and the Fullerton Chamber of Commerce all have been buzzing about his good fortune.

Is it Lazy Eye, Amblyopia, or Strabismus?

Here at Lenhardt Optometric Group (www.fullertoneyecare.com) we get a lot of questions about “lazy eyes.”  What we have found is that the term is often quite misunderstood.  To be most accurate “lazy eyes” are eyes that are amblyopic, or unable to be corrected to 20/20 vision with prescription glasses.  Clear vision is impaired because adequate nerve development has not occurred to one or both eyes.  In fact Amblyopia is the leading cause of permanently decreased visual clarity if not treated in the childhood years.

Have a Prescription Glasses Backup Plan

Imagine being  hospitalized in an emergency, and having your contact lenses removed once you get there.  Being in a room treated by people you cannot see is enough to make a bad situation significantly worse.  Unfortunately one of my patients found herself in this exact situation, unable to see the doctor or nurses treating her illness.  Luckily we were able to get her a set of glasses based on measurements we had previously taken.  We then hand delivered them to her bedside in order to alleviate the severity of her situation.