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The World’s Most Famous Eyewear

There is perhaps nothing as iconic in today’s fashion world as the eyeglass or sunglass. Not only is eyewear a medical device needed by over half the population, it is the only medical device that not only allows us but encourages us to express our individualism. From Elton John to Jackie Onassis, from Buddy Holly to Johnny Depp, eyeglasses help us express ourselves in fun and often colorful ways. Here is an infographic highlighting some iconic eyewear from the last 100 years or so and even some a couple of hundred years in the future from our friends at Pop Chart Lab.

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Different Color Eye Day

Today is certainly not one of the biggest holidays you will celebrate all summer, but in the eye care community, today is Different Color Eye Day. People like Mila Kunis, Kate Bosworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, and Christopher Walken are known for having noticeably different colored eyes.

The technical term for having different colored eyes are heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridum. Hetero mean “different”, chromia means “colors”, and iridis or more technically iridium refers to the iris of the eye, or the thin colored circular structure that surrounds the iris and contains the melanin that gives our eyes our distinctive color.

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Heterochromia is usually benign or without any disease and does not affect your vision. It is generally considered very exotic. Heterochromia also occurs in animals, such as angora cats, Siberian huskies, or border collies.

In some cases Heterochromia is a symptom of another condition such as Horner’s syndrome. If your eyes have recently changed colors, schedule an appointment and let us give you a thorough eye exam.

Fourth of July Eye Safety

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The Fourth of July is this coming Monday and with it comes the fun of fireworks. As our mother’s use to lecture us, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. There are over 2,000 fireworks-related eye injuries that happen every year. Eye injuries include ocular burns, lacerations, abrasions, retinal detachments, optic nerve damage, and even ruptured eyes. At best these types of injuries are very painful, but at worst, they can be permanently and irreversibly debilitating. We want to remind all of San Jose to be careful this 4th of July.

  • Attend only authorized public fireworks displays conducted by licensed operators.
  • If you are a spectator, stay at a safe distance and wear eye protection. A significant percentage of injuries related to the eyes actually happen to bystanders.
  • Adults handling fireworks should always wear safety goggles.
  • Never hold a firework while lighting it, never stand over a firework while lighting it, and never approach a firework that you thought was lit but that didn’t go off. Douse all of these “duds” with water before approaching them!
  • Never let children light fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep unlit fireworks and lighting devices away from other fireworks, and never store fireworks.

If for some reason you are injured on the 4th of July, seek medical assistance immediately! Meanwhile, do not rub your eyes, do not apply pressure to injured eyes, do not rinse injured eyes or apply any type of ointment, and do not remove objects stuck into your eyes. Also do not take any blood-thinning pain medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and we look forward to seeing you soon! Here is a list of fireworks shows in the Bay Area in case you haven’t made up your mind where you want spend your Monday at sunset.

Shark’s Eyes

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It’s Shark Week! We are excited for the week-long celebration of Sharks on the Discovery Chanel. We thought it might be fun to share a little information on how sharks see their world while we all watch them.

Unlike human’s shark’s eyes are almost on completely different sides of their head, giving them an almost 360-degree view of their world. A shark does have a couple of major blind spots, one of which is directly in front of their snout and the other right behind their head, Like humans though, we sometimes wonder if mother sharks have proverbial eyes in the back of their heads.

Sharks can actually only see about 50 feet ahead which is why their sense of smell is so evolved. Remember, sharks can often smell a drop of blood as far as a quarter mile away. A shark’s eye has tapetum lucidum, which are mirrored crystals located behind the retina that help it see in the dark. Like a cat, it makes it appear that their eyes actually glow in the dark. Because of the tapetum lucidum, a shark can see about 10 times better than a human can in dim light.

Eye See Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for eye health as they can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and are also therapeutic for patients with dry eye syndrome. Where do we get Omega 3’s? For most of us, we find all the Omega 3 our body can use in fish and fish oil. Since summer is a great time for fresh fish, we thought it important to remind you to fill your summer (and your tummy) with lots of great fresh fish.

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Want another way to get Omega 3’s? To get the same amount of Omega 3 that you would get form 1 fillet of salmon you would need to eat a dozen eggs. Omega 3 eggs are a great eye food however; they don’t replace fish in the diet. Eating 2 servings of wild salmon (Alaska) per week and 2 servings of other cold-water fish will provide your body with an omega-3 intake equivalent to 850 mg of DHA and EPA per day. By comparison one omega-3 egg contains approximately 125mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids). Although they are not a replacement for DHA and EPA in fish, eggs are a great source of other eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and zinc.

The Shapes of Summer

Summer is a time we think about shape. We use summer to get in shape. We also look at those who are in better shape by the pool or at the park. The right shape is important to us at Iconic Eye Care. That includes the shape you put on your face. Getting the prescription for your eyewear is what Dr. Yen does so well. However, everyone at Eye Luv Lucy wants you to not only see good but look good too. That is why they take so much time with each and every customer to find the right pair or two of eyeglasses, not only for your prescription but your facial shape too. The folks at bidz put together this infographic sharing what frame shape looks best with what face shape. Let us share our expertise and help you find that perfect pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses today.

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Eye Statistics At A Glance

Being in the optical business and being that optometry and eye health is the cornerstone to our business, we are obviously very concerned with eye health. An annual eye exam can test for much more than just your vision. It can reveal a variety of chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and more. Early detection of such diseases can possibly save not just your eyesight, but your life. This infographic was shared with us recently showing how many people are affected by various eye conditions in the United States. If it has been a while since your last exam, call us or click here to schedule your eye exam. You will be glad you did.

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Spare Your Sight!

It’s that time of year. Spring has spring and summer is just around the corner. This is the time of year everyone is outside and everyone is thinking sunscreen. The sad part of all this is so many people forget about their eyes and the dangers UV light poses for our eyesight. More than 1 in 3 of us have experienced symptoms from unprotective UV exposure. This can all be easily avoided by having a good pair of sunglasses close by. Our friends at The Vision Council have put together this infographic showing the dangers of spending time outside without quality sunglasses. Lucky for you Eye Luv Lucy has a wonderful collection of Rx and non-prescription sunglasses in a variety of shapes and colors, all designed to protect your vision while making you look cool Stop on in and try on a pair today!

get quality sunglasses today from Eye Luv Lucy - San Jose, CA

Eye Statistics At A Glance

Being in the optical business and being that optometry and eye health is the cornerstone to our business, we are obviously very concerned with eye health. An annual eye exam can test for much more than just your vision. It can reveal a variety of chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and more. Early detection of such diseases can possibly save not just your eyesight, but your life. This infographic was shared with us recently showing how many people are affected by various eye conditions in the United States. If it has been a while since your last exam, call us or click here to schedule your eye exam. You will be glad you did.

schedule an exam today at Eye Luv Lucy - San Jose, CA

May Is Cataract Awareness Month

Every May we pay special attention to cataracts. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision.

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A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development.During Cataract Awareness Month in May, Dr Lucy and the staff of Eye Luv Lucy reminds the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight. Schedule an eye exam today and let us make sure your vision stays the best it can be.

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