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Do Your Sunglasses Really Protect You From The Sun

As the school year winds down and Nebraska families begin planning spring and summer vacations, many may be contemplating buying a new pair of stylish sunglasses. The Nebraska Optometric Association reminds consumers to also be sure their favorite sunglasses provide quality protection from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

According to the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey, 47 percent of consumers do not check the UV protection level before purchasing sunglasses. Overexposure to UV rays can cause eye and vision problems—and that’s no way to remember a fun day of outdoors adventures.

Your checklist for sunglasses
To be sure your sunglasses will adequately protect your eyes, follow these tips from the AOA, which can also be found in the AOA’s Sunglasses Shopping Guide.

Be sure your sunglasses block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B rays. While some contact lenses also offer UV protection, these should be worn with sunglasses to maximize protection.
Your sunglasses should screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.
The frame of your sunglasses needs to fit close to your eyes and contour to the shape of your face. This prevents exposure to UV rays from all sides, even from behind.
Pick lenses that are perfectly matched in color and are free of distortion and imperfection.
Lenses should also have a uniform tint, not darker in one area from another. The AOA suggests a gray tint, which is particularly helpful when driving as it offers the best color recognition.
Short- and long-term effects of UV exposure
If the eyes are unprotected and exposed to excessive amounts of UV radiation over a short period of time, even just a few hours, individuals may experience an effect called photokeratitis, known as”sunburn of the eye.”

“Photokeratitis may be painful and include symptoms such as red eyes, a foreign-body sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and excessive tearing,” said Dr. Creston Meyers, NOA member from Alliance, Nebraska. “Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely causes permanent damage to the eyes.”

Long-term overexposure to UV radiation over the course of one’s life can cause more serious problems, such as damage to the eye, which can result in cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, pterygium (an abnormal growth of the white of the eye onto the cornea, or clear window at the front of the eye) and cancer of the eyelids, skin around the eye and even the eye itself.

Don’t forget about kids’ eyes
Parents need to be sure their children have appropriate eye protection. Unlike the lens found in an adult eye, which is more mature, a child’s lens cannot filter out UV rays as easily, possibly causing damage to the retina.

“UV protection is important for people of all ages, but children’s eyes are more vulnerable since they are more transparent than an adult’s eyes,” said Dr. Meyers. “When children go to play outside, they are excited and may not remember to put on sunglasses. Parents can help get their kids in the habit of wearing their sunglasses, which will help instill good eye care practices for life.”

To be sure your sunglasses will properly protect your eyes from UV radiation, your best resource is your optometrist, who will also help ensure your eyes are healthy through yearly, comprehensive eye

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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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Family Eyecare Center opens a new and improved location in St. Paul!

ST. PAUL — After 30 years in St. Paul, Family Eyecare Center has a new, expanded location at 624 Howard Ave.

Family Eyecare Center began as a partnership between Dr. Mark Stines and Dr. Richard Bunger in 1985. Prior to Stines’ partnership with Bunger, he had a practice in St. Paul, which he started in 1983. When Stines and Bunger merged their practices in 1985, the St. Paul location became known as Family Eyecare Center.

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Dr. Hudnall will serve as Chair of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce Board in 2014

The beginning of a new year is a great time to sharpen the focus for the future, set goals and prepare a road map of how those goals can be achieved.

Each year poses new challenges and new opportunities, and 2014 will undoubtedly do the same. I am happy to report that your Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce is ready and willing to roll up our sleeves to accept the challenges and opportunities that 2014 will provide and to live up to our mission: “To improve and enhance the economic vitality and the quality of life for the total community and area.”

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Family Eyecare Center Voted Best In Eyecare For Third Consecutive Year

The doctors and staff of Family Eyecare Center were humbled and excited to have been selected as the Best in Eyecare in Grand Island for the third straight year.  Dr’s Stines, Hudnall, and Grabowski along with the staff would like to thank all of the wonderful patients and residents of the Grand Island area for allowing us to serve you.

Our Passion is Eye Fitness and Fashion!

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Dr. Hudnall is chairman elect for the Grand Island Chamber

The Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors has unanimously approved a new slate of directors for 2013.

Dave Koubek will serve as chairman. Koubek is vice president of manufacturing for Chief Buildings. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his master’s from Bellevue University. Koubek chaired the YMCA board and served on the Career Pathways Institute steering committee. He serves on the sustainability committee for the metal building industry.

Dr. Chad Hudnall is chairman-elect. He joined Family Eyecare Center in 2005 after graduating from Indiana University with a doctorate in optometry. Hudnall is a 1997 graduate of Northwest High School and a 2001 graduate of Doane College. He is president of the Nebraska Optometric Association, serves on the Northwest Education Foundation board and was the 2010 Chamber Young Professionals chairman.

Other 2013 officers:

Terry Pfeifer is a financial adviser with Edward Jones and a Stuhr Museum Foundation trustee. He is also a member of the St. Francis Medical Center board and the Rotary Club. Pfeifer was the 2012 chamber board chairman.

Kurt Haecker is vice president of business banking at Home Federal. He earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Haecker has served on various chamber committees, the Career Pathways Institute design team, Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp. board and Heartland United Way board. He chairs the Stuhr Museum Foundation and College Park boards, is treasurer of the Grand Island Education Foundation and a member of the Greater Grand Island Sports Council and Downtown Improvement Board.

Gloria J. Thesenvitz is president and co-owner of Nova-Tech. She has more than 20 years of experience leading pharmaceutical manufacturing operations of up to 50 employees and $15 million in sales. She is a member of a fifth-generation Hall County farm family.

The remaining 2013 board members:

William J. “Bill” Baasch is CNH plant manager. He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a bachelor of science in management from Bellevue University.

Brandi Bosselman-Lofing is an attorney and corporate counsel for Bosselman Cos. She received a bachelor of journalism/English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a juris doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law. She is also on the board for Golden Rule Insurance Co. and the Hall County Livestock Improvement Association.

Lisa Crumrine is an associate real estate broker/partner with Real Estate Group of Grand Island. She holds the designations of Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Residential Specialist and Graduate of Realtor Institute. She has served as dean of the Nebraska Realtors Association board of governors and president of the Grand Island Board of Realtors. She is also a Leadership Tomorrow graduate.

Jason Wright Hornady is vice president of Hornady Manufacturing. He graduated from Grand Island Senior High and from the University of Wyoming with a degree in business. He is involved in the Stuhr Foundation board and is a board member of the International Hunter Education Association and the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation.

John Hoggatt is Grand Island market president of Platte Valley State Bank. He has been a member of the American Bankers Association, Nebraska Bankers Association, Grand Island Education Foundation board, Overland Trails Council Boy Scouts board, Heartland United Way and Heartland Public Shooting Park. He is a diplomat to the governor of Nebraska. Hoggatt graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado.

Raymond O’Connor is chief executive officer of O’Connor Enterprises. He received his bachelor of arts in education from Wayne State College and his master’s from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. O’Connor serves on the Grand Island Community Foundation board and Greater Grand Island Sports Council and chairs the finance committee at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Lisa Webb is vice president for finance/chief financial officer at St. Francis Medical Center. She earned her bachelor of science in business administration and accounting from Marymount College and her master of business administration from the University of Nebraska. Webb serves on the Grand Island Central Catholic Foundation and Grand Island Concert Association boards. She also serves as club director for GI Junior Volleyball and is a member of the Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Shane Stava is a shareholder of Shonsey, Placke, Maruska & Stava. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Stava serves on the Central Catholic Development Foundation board, is a past treasurer for the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions and has served on various United Way annual community campaign cabinets. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Robert Winter is superintendent for Grand Island Public Schools. He earned a bachelor of science from New Mexico State University, a master of education from the University of Wyoming and doctor of eduction from Kansas State University. Winter is a Rotary Club member and has served on YMCA, United Way and hospice boards



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We Are Hiring!

We Are Hiring!  Our office is growing and so are our needs for new members of our team.

At Family Eyecare Center, we offer the latest in eye care and technological advancements in the industry. Our technicians are a vital part of our team and have specialized skills to address our patients’ lifestyle needs, provide our pre-examination workup and provide guidance on how to use and care for contact lenses.

Additional responsibilities include performing contact lens insertion and removal training, understanding and performing patient histories and pre-examination testing, dispensing contact lenses, maintaining patient flow and handling patient care calls.

All technicians work in a team environment and must have a positive attitude about the policies, procedures and philosophies of Family Eycare Center

Qualifications and experience in the following preferred but not required:

  • Medical office experience
  • Computer use
  • Experience with contact lens prescriptions
  • Knowledge of taking patient histories and medical terminology
  • Commitment to excellent patient care


Reply by e-mail with your resume to, or drop your resume off to Family Eyecare Center, 401 N. Eddy St. in Grand Island.


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