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In Focus – 10.25.16

This week on our In Focus blog, we have four stories that detail everything from eye health to the morning routine of successful people. Enjoy and leave a comment on Facebook. We’d love to hear your feedback.

The (slightly insane) morning routines of these top professionals 35 and under

Whether morning means 3:30 a.m. or 11:59 a.m., members of the 2016 Next Wave list know how to supercharge the start to their day, getting their minds and bodies ready to take on the world in sometimes unconventional ways.

Drugmakers respond to growing need for eye treatments

Of the five senses, none may be more precious than sight. Yet even as other areas of medicine have advanced rapidly in recent decades, the area of eyecare has been comparatively static, especially when it comes to developing new drugs.

Wearable health monitors not always reliable, study shows

Wearable devices may provide interesting information, but the heart-rate data is unreliable and raises doubts about usefulness, a new study shows.

The new study, by cardiac experts at the Cleveland Clinic, examined four popular devices and found that their heart rate monitors are wrong 10%-20% of the time.

THIS ONE IS INSANE: If you’re unable to read the top line on an eyechart, you’ve got 20/200 vision, which makes you legally blind in the US.

Normal vision is 20/20, which means you can read an eye chart at 20 feet. To be considered legally blind, your vision needs to be 20/200 or worse, which means you can read an eye chart at 20 feet about as well as someone with normal vision could read it at 200 feet.

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Sunglasses Sales to Benefit Heartland United Way

Beginning November 2nd, Family Eyecare Center and Spex Boutique is pleased to announce an offer to save our patients on sunglass purchases and help a worthy cause. For any purchase of sunwear at Spex Boutique and Family Eyecare Center in Grand Island and St. Paul, customers will receive $50.00 off each pair purchased. In addition, FEC will donate $20.00 to the Heartland United Way “Four-in-One” Campaign.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for pictures of our sunglasses collection and make sure you stop in for all your eyewear needs during the Christmas season. The special and accompanying donation to the United Way will last until December 31, 2015.


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Dr. Hudnall and Dr. Grabowski attend Nebraska Optometric Association Spring Conference

Dr. Hudnall and Dr. Grabowski recently attended the Nebraska Optometric Association Annual Spring Conference in Lincoln, NE, April 17-19.

Almost 160 Nebraska optometrists attended 16 hours of classes to further their knowledge of the latest in eye care. Courses included information on clinical challenges in eye care, eye disease, the latest in technology for optometry, nutrition for the eye, glaucoma and prescription medication. Optometrists in Nebraska are required by the Board of Optometry to obtain 44 hours of continuing education credits every two years.

The NOA represents over 240 doctors of optometry serving in more than 80 communities throughout the state. Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the independent primary health care professionals for the eye. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage disease, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eyes. Association members in Nebraska are also leading providers of pediatric vision care and offer two statewide public service programs to serve children. Learn more about both programs and other valuable eye care information on the Nebraska Optometric Association website at


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An Eye Opener: Overexposure to UV Rays Can Lead to Eye Diseases

With summer right around the corner, more people will be spending time outdoors and UV protection will be top of mind. Unfortunately, most people think about the protection of their skin, when they should also be considering the safety of their eyes. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) American Eye-Q® survey, only one-third of Americans said UV protection is the most important factor they consider when purchasing sunglasses. Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, summer or winter, our doctors urge our patients to take measures to protect their eyes from the sun’s UV rays in order to decrease the risk of eye diseases and disorders.

Overexposure to UV rays is quite serious and can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or, in some cases, skin cancer around the eyelids. Other disorders that can occur are abnormal growths on the eye’s surface and even sunburn of the eyes. These conditions can cause blurred vision, irritation, redness, tearing, temporary vision loss and, in some instances, blindness.

The following top five tips may help prevent eye and vision damage from overexposure to UV radiation:

1. Wear protective eyewear any time the eyes are exposed to UV rays, even on cloudy days and during the winter.
2. Look for quality sunglasses or contact lenses that offer good protection. Sunglasses or protective contact lenses should block 99 to 100 percent of UV-A and UV-B radiation and screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
3. Check to make sure sunglass lenses are perfectly matched in color and free of distortions or imperfections.
4. Purchase gray-colored lenses because they reduce light intensity without altering the color of objects to provide the most natural color vision. Brown or amber-colored lenses may be better for those who are visually impaired because they increase contrast as well as reducing light intensity.
5. Don’t forget protection for young children and teenagers, who typically spend more time in the sun than adults and are at a greater risk for damage.

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Daily Disposable Contacts

Would you like to wear the most convenient and cleanest contact lenses on the market…ask us, your eyecare professionals at Family Eyecare Center about daily disposable contacts. Daily disposable lenses require no lens solutions or cases, and virtually eliminate the chance for contact lens overwear and inflammation related to contacts.  At the end of the day…simply toss the lenses in the trash.  Daily Disposable ContactsThat’s it.  No solution, no case, no mess and healthy eyes, all for about a dollar a day.

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New Air Optix Multifocal Contacts Now Available

Our passion is your eye fitness and fashion….and part of that passion involves staying current with new products to enhance your vision and life.  The all new Air Optix Multifocal from Ciba Vision is the latest contact lens option for our patients who need a bifocal lens option to give clear vision at both distance and up close.   So if your sick of those reading glasses and want to wear contact lenses, give us a call and ask about this brand new lens option….which will allow you to see all the beautiful things this world has to offer…including the Sea of Red.

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Kids and Contacts Lenses

We are often asked by parents if their child is ready to try contacts.  This is an interesting question,  and one that requires the parent’s help to answer.  We routinely fit children with contact lenses, and as a general rule starting around 8 or 9 years old is a good ballpark age.  While this is a good general rule, we rely on mom’s and dad’s to help make the decision based on the maturity level of the child.  In general kids do very well with contacts if they are able to handle day to day responsibilities well at home.

Daily disposable contacts are great for kids and adults.  With daily disposable lenses, there are no contact solution or cases to deal with.  This reduces the chance of complications and increases the chances for great compliance from the child.  Kids also do well with the monthly disposable contacts although these require just a little more work.

For sports, contacts are great because they reduce risk of injury from a pair of glasses due to breakage.  They also increase the field of view, allowing for better performance.

Last but not least…contacts can build confidence.  It is amazing to watch a first time contact lens wearer when they realize they can see without those glasses.

So, next time you have any questions about your child and contacts, give one of our doctors or staff a call at 308-384-6922 for our Grand Island office or 308-754-5609 for St. Paul.

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