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Thank-You to all who attended the First Annual Eyewear and Sunwear Style Show!

We had a great turn-out of over 140 people at our first annual eyewear and sunwear style show.  We had style reps from Nike, Oakley, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Fendi.  The reps and visitors agree that the show was a huge success.  Several door prizes were given away including a Coach purse, Michel Kors purse, Nike Ipod running GPS, several pairs of glasses and sunglasses.  We plan to have the show again next year and will try to make it even bigger and better.  Thanks again for all those who attended, and for those who couldn’t make it, we are offering 34% off of complete pairs of eyewear for the month of April in honor of our 34th anniversary as an office.

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Dr. Hudnall elected as V.P. of Nebraska Optometric Association

Chad Hudnall of Grand Island was elected vice president of the Nebraska Optometric Association at the association’s annual meeting.

The meeting, in conjunction with the group’s fall convention Oct. 15 through 17 in Kearney, was attended by approximately 300 optometrists, opticians and paraoptometric staff.

The Nebraska Optometric Association represents more than 220 doctors of optometry throughout the state.

Hudnall has practiced at Family Eyecare Center in Grand Island since 2005. He is a 1997 graduate of Northwest High School and a 2001 graduate of Doane College, where he received a bachelor of science in biology. He received his doctorate in optometry in 2005 from Indiana University.

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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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Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending

Many employers offer flex spending plans to their employees as a benefit to help reduce Uncle Sam’s tax bite.  A medical flex account is an employer-provided benefit that allows you to contribute a set amount from your paycheck in order to cover out-of-pocket medical, dental, and vision expenses such as health insurance co-pays, uninsured treatments, or even over-the-counter drug purchases.

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If you have been fortunate enough to be healthy this year, you may have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that you must use before year’s end?

Everyone needs eyecare to maintain healthy eyes and most people need eyewear to provide clear, comfortable vision.  An FSA can help reduce the costs.
An FSA can be used for:

Eye Examinations and Contact Lens Fittings
Eyeglasses and Sunglasses
Lasik
Contact Lenses and Solutions

Come speak to our staff at Family Eyecare Center.  Let us help you maximize your benefits.

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From Disney to Family Eyecare Center

What does the Wonderful World of Disney have in common with Family Eyecare Center?  Recently, Dr. Hudnall had the opportunity to travel to Orlando Florida to take a course in customer service excellence from the Disney Institute. While he didn’t meet Mickey, he did learn new ways to make your experience at Family Eyecare Center unforgettable. This is just another way that Family Eyecare Center is working to make your eyecare experience the very best.

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