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What Are Polarized Lenses?
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Regular sunglasses have tinted lenses that dampen the amount of sunlight hitting your eyes. Because light travels at your eyes from all directions, any time that light hits a surface and bounces off, it causes glare, which can interfere with your depth perception and even temporarily blind you. Though typical sunglasses shade your eyes, they don't do anything to stop glare.
Polarized lenses are designed to eliminate glare. They have a special coating that allows light rays to enter the lenses vertically but blocks horizontal waves. The result is no glare and clearer vision through your sunglasses.
Benefits of Maui Jim Polarized Lenses
Reduced glare benefits your eyes in several ways. One major benefit is improved safety. While driving, you won't be temporarily blinded when the sun hits windshields and mirrors. You'll also be able to see into the distance better.
Playing sports, especially water sports, is much easier, too. Eliminating glare off the water gives you better game. Trying to focus through the sun's glare causes you to squint. If you spend a day squinting into the sun, you could strain your eyes. Most people find they no longer need to squint with polarized lenses.
Maui Jim Lens Options
Maui Jim offers four lens options so you get the fit and feel you want from your polarized lenses. All of them have scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant properties.
- Mauipure - This is the brand's most popular lens. Mauipure lenses offer superior clarity of vision, plus shatter resistance and scratch resistance. These lenses are very lightweight and easy to wear.
- Superthin Glass - These glass lenses offer the very best in clarity. If sharp images are what you want, you can't go wrong with Superthin Glass. It's 20 percent lighter than regular glass, though it's still Maui Jim's heaviest lens option.
- Maui Evolution - These are lightweight polycarbonate lenses with better clarity than other brands made of the same material.
- Mauibrilliant - This is a material with almost as much clarity as glass, but just one-third as heavy.
Maui Jim lenses are available in four colors:
- Neutral gray - best in direct sunlight with the most light reduction. Experience sharper contrast and beautiful colors.
- HLC bronze - designed for high contrast, and works for everyday use.
- Maui rose - perfect for sports with the highest contrast Maui Jim offers.
- Maui HT - amplifies colors and is great for golfers.
Keep your eyes healthy in the summer with a pair of polarized sunglasses. Request an appointment today and find an array of Maui Jim glasses in our showroom. If you have any questions, come visit us for more information on the best Maui Jim lenses for you.
LASIK and PRK are both types of laser eye surgery that correct vision problems. A doctor can correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism with either of these surgeries. Both types of surgery involve changing the cornea to improve vision, though the techniques in each procedure differ somewhat.
How LASIK Works
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LASIK stands for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. During a LASIK procedure, a surgeon first creates a corneal flap with a scalpel or a laser over the cornea to lift up the tissue covering the cornea. Then, a computer-controlled laser reshapes the cornea to correct distorted or imperfect vision. After the computer is finished, the flap goes back down and heals.
One day after you get LASIK, you'll have a post-op follow-up appointment with your doctor to see how your eyes are healing. While you recover, you might experience:
- Dry eyes, lasting a couple of days
- Pain or discomfort, lasting a couple of days
- Blurry vision, lasting a couple of days to a few weeks
- Redness, lasting a few weeks
Many LASIK patients in recovery use artificial tears to improve symptoms of recovery. After you have LASIK, you have to avoid getting your eyes wet for a few weeks, which means you can't swim and you have to be careful showering. You also can't wear eye makeup, do any outdoor work like gardening that might cause debris to enter your eyes, or be around smoke. You also need to wear eye shields for about a week after the surgery.
Most people have healed after three months, but it can take up to six months for some LASIK patients to completely heal.
How PRK Works
PRK stands for photo refractive keratectomy and has been around longer than LASIK. Though LASIK is the newer procedure, PRK works well for some patients, including people who have thin corneas or who have had LASIK before. The PRK laser doesn't have to cut as deep as the LASIK laser does to achieve good results.
During PRK, the doctor cuts away the outer layer of corneal tissue instead of creating a flap. That gives the laser more access to the entire cornea. After a few days, that layer grows back.
Because the outer corneal layer has to grow back, PRK recovery takes longer than LASIK recovery. After PRK, you wear special contacts to protect your corneas for four or five days until the tissue has regrown. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics and anti-inflammatories to help with the healing process. Many post-op symptoms that LASIK patients experience also occur with PRK patients. PRK patients should note that blurry or hazy vision is more common following PRK during the healing process.
Your eye doctor and surgeon will be able to recommend which laser eye-correction surgery is best for your specific vision problems. Make an appointment today to get more information.
153 Million Live With Uncorrected Bad Vision
The World Health Organization estimates that 153 million people in the world are living with bad vision because of refractive errors, which simply means their eyes can't focus properly. Refractive errors are conditions like nearsightedness and farsightedness and are usually simple to treat with corrective lenses or surgery.
Unfortunately, 90 percent of people with visual impairments live in poverty, which means many of them can't get the vision help they need. Kids have a harder time inside and outside of school when they can't see. Adults have a difficult time getting jobs that would improve economic situations.
That's why we stock two very important brands of eyewear: TOMS Eyewear and 141 Eyewear. When you purchase glasses from these brands, eyecare and vision correction reach someone who previously did not have it.
You've probably heard of TOMS shoes, the buy-one-give-one model of purchasing shoes. Most people don't know that TOMS extends that model to vision correction and needed eyecare procedures for people around the world. When you make a purchase from TOMS Eyewear, someone in need of vision correction gets an eye exam done by a medical pro. That person then gets one of three treatments: glasses for vision correction, sight-saving surgery, or medical treatment for an eye problem.
The TOMS model helps people in need in four major ways. It gives people better economic opportunities, creates more gender parity, gives kids a better chance in classrooms, and gives people independence who have lost it due to eye issues.
The network has 14 Giving Partners serving 13 countries. That represents a lot of people, and you could potentially help one of them by buying a single pair of TOMS Eyewear at Eye Doctor’s Office and Eye Gallery.
We also carry 141 Eyewear, a brand of eyeglasses with a similar model to TOMS and a fantastic reputation for giving. Every time you buy a 141 Eyewear pair of glasses, the company sends a pair of glasses to someone who needs vision correction. This isn't one of those schemes where the company donates a percentage of your money. It simply donates a pair of eyeglasses when you buy a pair of eyeglasses.
The next time you visit our Eye Gallery for a new pair of glasses, ask us to point out the TOMS Eyewear and 141 Eyewear products. The simple act of buying one of these brands will help someone get the vision correction they need. Just imagine how difficult it would be to go through your daily life without your glasses or contacts. Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or drop by to check out our eyeglasses selection.
Our passion for patient excellence and a warm friendly inviting atmosphere makes your experience in our office second to none. Your eye examination experience at our office is very comprehensive, and the exchange between staff doctors and student interns makes for a unique academic experience. Our optometrists never cut corners and always do the right thing when it comes to your eye health. We practice the standard of medical eye care. With that said your total exam time experience is about one hour, sometimes a little more.
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