Home Eye Safety Month

During this time of year, many take part in activities that may cause possible injury to the eye. Some of these activities include major summer cleaning to the oh-so-fun yard work before winter. You may not think of this, but the risk of eye injuries are more likely to happen at home than anywhere else. “Almost 50 percent of the 2.5 million eye injuries in a year occur at home.” You may ask yourself, how do I prevent possible eye injuries from happening then?! Look no further, below is a list of ways to keep you and your family’s eyes safe at home!

  1. If you are doing any type of yard-work, always wear protective glasses. Safety glasses help protect your eyes from dust particles or flying debris while working. Remember, regular eye glasses will not do the job in protecting you. Even though you may feel like your eyes are being protected, there are many ways for debris and dirt to find their way into your eye. OUCH!
  2. When using any type of cleaner or chemical while cleaning, make sure you read the instructions thoroughly. If anything were to occur, knowing the proper way to handle a chemical accident in the eye is crucial to know before hand.
  3. Lastly, make sure all sharp objects, such as kitchen utensils, are out of reach. Finding tools, that are dangerous to the eyes, is one of the most common ways children injury their eye at home. Keeping them out of reach or securely locked away is very important!

Overall, taking these extra steps to protect your eyes, and your families eyes as well, is a simple but helpful step.

How to Clean Your Glasses

When you purchase glasses, they usually come with a microfiber cloth or two for cleaning the lenses. While excellent in a pinch, those little cloths just don’t always cut it. We wear our glasses a lot, and they can get pretty dirty. Lotion and oils cause smears and fingerprints, and dust can build up. Even lens cleaner can leave streaks. If you’re tired of the mess and want to give your glasses a deep clean but don’t know how, look no further.

The first step to cleaning your glasses is to clean your hands. If your fingers are dirty or oily, you’ll just make your glasses worse in the process of trying to clean them! Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a gentle soap that does not contain lotion or moisturizers (think Dawn dish soap). Once your hands are clean, carefully rinse your glasses in lukewarm water. This should wash any debris off the lenses that might cause scratches when you clean them. It’s important to not rub any dirt into the lenses, because there might be sharp bits that can scratch the glass surface.

Next, take a tiny drop of Dawn (or another oil and moisturizer free soap) onto your fingertip and gently rub the surface of the glass with it on both sides of the lenses, cleaning away any smudges. Rinse the glasses thoroughly, as any soap residue remaining will cause smearing when you dry the lenses off. Once you are sure that the soap is completely gone, take a gentle cloth (ideally microfiber, similar to something you would use to dry off fine glassware) and carefully dry the lenses, taking care to avoid smearing and fingerprints. Enjoy your now squeaky-clean glasses!

Sometimes, though, you won’t have time to do a detailed cleaning as the one outlined above. In cases like these, you can use glasses cleaner sprays. Just make sure that the spray works with the type of lenses you have, as some have protective coatings that certain sprays can damage. Use a generous amount of the spray to flush away any debris before you rub at the lenses. Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or other clothing items, as these fabrics can scratch at the glass and leave fibers stuck to the lenses, causing more damage than help in the long run.

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Children’s Sports Eye Injury Month

Do your kids play a high contact sport!? Do they have the right protection when it comes to their eye safety?

In a variety of high contact-sports, such as soccer, kids wear shin pads to protect themselves from possible injuries. In football they wear helmets, arm pads, and much more. But do they have the correct protection for their eyes? “In the United States, every 13 minutes an emergency room treats a sports-related eye injury, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.” Children aged between 11 and 14 make a large percentage of all sports eye injury , roughly forty percent. All of these injuries are very preventable, but more serious injuries can lead to vision loss. Some injuries include fracture of the eye socket, swollen retinas, and scratched corneas. Prescription glasses or sunglasses do not provide adequate protection during high-contact sports. Protective sports eyewear is a must when it comes to your child’s eye safety.

Good Looks Eyewear provides the best eye safety for your children! Stop by one of our stores, located in Cranberry and Fox Chapel, to browse our selection of safety glasses. These glasses will keep your kids eyes’ protected and prevent any possible injuries.

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919

Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

Let’s Start Off the New School Year Right!

With the new school year just around the corner, your child’s eye health should be on your back to school checklist! Checking your child’s eye health regularly is very important and allows doctors to distinguish whether your child may have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or an astigmatism. A regular eye exam will make sure your child is able to see clearly to prepare them for a fulfilled year of learning!  Also, with a new school year approaching, this means the start-up of school sports and/or recreational activities.  You should be aware of possible eye injuries that may occur while your child is participating in a sport. There are roughly 42,000 sports related eye injuries every year, and children are the most likely to obtain such an injury. To help prevent any possible eye injuries for your child, you should consider having them wear protective glasses while playing their sport.

Schedule your eye exam today and browse our eyewear collections after your appointment or stop by any time, no appointment needed! We have a variety of children’s frames from Nike to Ray Ban Junior. Schedule your appointment at one of Good Looks Eyewear locations, in Cranberry Township or Fox Chapel! We can’t wait to see you!

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919

Dry Eye Awareness Month

Are your eyes dry, burning, red, irritated?

You may be one of the millions of Americans who have dry eye! Dry eyes is on the rise and continues to be one of the most common reasons patients visit their eye doctor. Lack of tears or improper lubrication of the eye, is associated with this inflammatory condition. Dry eye can also be associated with the draining of tears too quickly from the eye. A common reason for this suffering is the increase in the amount of time we spend staring at screens. Whether it be at work, watching TV, or looking at our phones. We have decreased the normal average number of times we blink in a minute because of our screen usage.

During the month of August, we bring awareness to dry eye and discuss ways to prevent and manage your dry eye symptoms. According to the National Eye Institute, dry eye is most commonly found in people aged fifty and older, who are more likely to experience these symptoms. Scott & Christie Eyecare and Associates has worked closely with dry eye patients and are currently performing clinical studies on dry eyes. Clinical studies will give doctors the chance to research dry eyes and find possible solutions to help the millions who suffer daily.

If you are interested in learning more about our clinical studies, head over to the Scott and Christie Eye Care website. Or call us at our medical office in Cranberry Township!

The Surgery Center at Cranberry
Medical Offices
105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Website: scottandchristie.com/clinical-research-studies/
Phone: (724) 772-5420
Fax: (724) 772-5423

UV Safety Month

Are Your Sunglasses 100% UV Protected?

Summer is FINALLY here! Which means that our exposure to the sun increases significantly due to our fun family trips to the beach, long days in the pool, and outdoor summer festivities.  While we protect our skin from the sun with enormous amounts of SPF sunscreen, we sometimes forget that we need to protect our eyes from the sun as well. Studies have shown that exposure to bright, intense sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and cause other sight reducing conditions. One hundred percent UV blocking sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and lowering your risk for potential eye health diseases. Make sure while you are looking for protective sunglasses that they are 100% UV protected because there are many different levels of sun protection. You may not even know that your current sunglasses are not 100% UV protected!

Stop by one of our Good Looks Eyewear locations, in Cranberry or Fox Chapel, and browse through our selection of fashionable, high quality UV blocking sunglasses. All our sunglasses have 100% UV protection and our wonderful opticians would gladly help you choose a style that best suits you!

No appointment needed!

Cranberry Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry
Cranberry Shoppes
20215 U.S. 19
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Phone: (724) 772-9090

Fox Chapel Location:
Good Looks Eyewear Fox Chapel
Fox Chapel Plaza
1101 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Phone: (412) 782-1919