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A Quick Guide to Tinted Lenses – (Ophthalmic Tints)

There are plenty of ophthalmic tints (non-clear lenses) available when choosing a pair of eye glasses or sunglasses

These days, there are no shortage of options when it comes to lenses for eye glasses. There’s blue blocking lenses, anti-glares, photochromic lenses and several others. There are plenty of lens options for sunglasses as well, which include gradient lenses, polarized, mirror coated lenses and much more. But why are there so many different SHADES of glasses and sunglasses? Are there any benefits in using different colors? What do the different tints mean? Should I try something else? These are all valid questions and the following information about ophthalmic tints (basically any non-clear lens) should clear things up a bit. […]

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Got a Contact Lens Stuck in your Eye? Here’s what to do:

Sometimes your contact lenses get stuck, shift around, or even disappear altogether

Most of the time, contact lens care is a smooth process. But sometimes your contacts get stuck, they shift around, or even disappear altogether. If you’ve been wearing contacts for a significant amount of time, you know what I’m talking about. The cause of these (mostly) minor problems can be the result of one or several different reasons. Maybe you haven’t been taking the best care of your contact lenses? Maybe you’ve been sleeping or napping in them? Or maybe a simple mistake occurred which was out of your hands. Simply put, you’ll never know when a contact lens issue […]

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8 Eye Safety Tips for a Happy Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is one of the highest ocular emergency days of the year

As it turns out, the Fourth of July is one of the highest ocular emergency days of the year. No need to explain this notion because we’ve all heard stories of harmless celebrations gone drastically wrong. Sure, setting off fireworks can be a lot of fun, but it’s usually a good idea to leave the more advanced aspects to professionals. Especially to avoid an eye (or other) injury. To maximize your Fourth of July experience this summer, keep the following eye safety tips in mind: Keep Children Away from Fireworks The old adage “it’s better safe than sorry” applies here. […]

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5 Key Takeaways from Optometry’s Meeting (2018) in Denver

Engagement with your profession remains one of the best reasons to attend large scale industry events

Optometry’s Meeting (2018) – came and went this past weekend in the Rocky Mountain city of Denver. Festivities included the House of Delegates (Optometry’s Voice), Essilor’s Optometry Student Bowl™ XXVII, the Optometry Cares® 5K Run/Walk, the National Optometry Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and a whole host of other guest speakers, events and continuing education. One could obviously get lost in a sea of eye health related functions and activities at this large scale event. However, it was in my best interest to stay focus and corral some of the main ideas from my experience. Here are 5 key takeaways […]

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer

As summertime rolls around, most people are looking forward to spending more time with family and more time outdoors

Change is a good thing and it’s happening all around us today. Cities are changing, technology is changing and (best of all) the weather is changing. As summertime (2018) rolls around, most people are looking forward to activities which include more time spent with the family and more time outdoors. Those activities also include (typically) lighter clothes, colder drinks and a fashionable pair of sunglasses. Speaking of sunglasses, the summertime definitely is NOT the time of year to forget them at home. It’s also not the best time to neglect your eye health. That said, the following summer eye health […]

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Developing Healthy Habits Using Structure & Organization

When making a commitment to a new health protocol, it's best to trust the process all the way through

It’s only natural to feel overwhelmed by too many options. These days, there’s so much information out there regarding health, it’s hard to know who or what to trust. It can all be very intimidating, at least it is for me. To cope with the madness, I’ve been reading articles and books on developing healthy habits. I’m sometimes guilty of favoring my own worldview (aren’t we all), but that doesn’t stop me from trying to incorporate positive change. If I come across something that resonates with me, I’ll try it out without over-analyzing. If it starts to work, I’ll stick […]

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OcularPrime (Update) – 100th Post

I've never felt more engaged with my profession and the surrounding landscape than I do right now

Today’s a special day (in my eyes, at least). As soon as I hit the publish button (for this post), it’ll mark 100 posts on OcularPrime. This may or may not seem like much (depending on how much YOU like to write), but it’s the result of a lot of hard work (trust me). So a quick review of the paragraph I just wrote. You can probably notice my liberal use of parentheses (?). It’s like saying more than actually NEEDS to be said. The sentences still work without the parentheses (try the first paragraph), but the extra words give […]

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Recipes – Cold Brew Coffee (Stirred then Shaken)

If you love coffee and you can't get enough, try this do it yourself cold brew method

If you’re a coffee drinker (like me), you typically fall into one of the following three coffee drinking categories: You like to dabble here and there (on a lunch date or after dinner) One cup (or two… or three) gets you through the day You absolutely love coffee and you can’t get enough of it Maybe there’s somewhere in between? As for myself, I might come off like I belong in the third category, but I’m actually in the second. One or two cups will get me through my day. Now, this may have something to do with the rising […]

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Recipes – (Grilled or Sautéed) Healthy Veggie Sandwich

Sandwiches aren't always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be

When it comes to food, very few things beat a good sandwich. They’re quick, they’re straight to the point, and they get the job done. And sometimes you can even have two (or three). Most of the time, sandwiches aren’t always the healthiest food option, but a tasty one can be as healthy as you want it to be. Moreover, a good sandwich takes on the personality of the creator. It can be perfectly handcrafted, a complete mess, or somewhere in between. Either way, you can definitely tell a lot about a person by the way they make a sandwich. […]

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Recipes – “Solomon Gundy” (Maritime Pickled Herring)

Solomon Gundy is the mysterious name given to Maritime style pickled herring spread over cream cheese on a cracker

Solomon Gundy is an interesting name, especially for a type of food. It sounds more like something out of a comic book. However, don’t let the name fool you. If you take some time to get to know him (or it), you may be pleasantly surprised. Truth be told, Solomon Gundy is nothing more than the name for Maritime style pickled herring spread over cream cheese and crackers. I learned this while traveling to Nova Scotia during the month of April. In mysterious fashion, nobody actually knows why the dish is called Solomon Gundy. I asked the server at the […]