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Do you suffer from seasonal allergy discomfort? Here’s what you need to know!

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Spring is an exciting time of year. It’s the time most of us come out of our winter hibernation and begin to enjoy the t-shirt friendly weather.  Unfortunately, for millions of Americans, it’s hard to enjoy spring because of allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergy discomfort, you may experience the following:

  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Itchy nose, mouth, or throat
  • Headaches

 If you suffer from any of these symptoms, here are a few things that you can do to help reduce irritation:

  • Apply a cold compress to puffy or swollen eyes.
  • If you wear contacts, change your lenses regularly. Consider switching to a daily lens or wear glasses during a flare-up.
  • DO NOT rub or touch your eyes.
  • Frequently wash your hands.
  • Change your bed sheets and pillowcases regularly.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when you’re outside. Glasses can block pollen and other allergens from getting into your eyes.
  • Avoid doing outdoor activities early in the morning when pollen counts are at their highest.
  • Try to have someone else cut your grass.
  • Keep your windows closed as often as possible and run your air conditioner to ensure properly filtered air.

 Allergies can affect anyone, so take preventative steps to ensure you can enjoy the gorgeous spring weather! Only your doctor will be able to tell you if your symptoms are in fact caused by allergies. Recurring symptoms may be a sign of a more serious problem. Schedule an eye exam today!

Want to protect your eyes with glasses? Come to Metro Eye’s Spring Trunk Show, April 25 and April 26. More details to come!

Spotting the Trends – 2014 Spring Eyewear Trends

Believe it or not, spring is quickly approaching. Even though warm weather doesn’t seem possible after this winter, let these Spring Eyewear Trends brighten up this never ending weather. Whether you’re a sparkling diva, a hippie at heart, or a west coast wannabe, this year’s Spring Eyewear Trends have something for everyone.

The Retro Look

Social media inspired, you’ll notice this spring that many sunglasses will have a faded lens that transforms your scenery into a sepia-like world, just like an Instagram filter. Optical and sunwear materials and silhouettes are reminiscent of the yesteryears. Wooden frames and tortoise prints will begin to make a comeback as well. Can you dig it?

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The Geometric Look

You’ll know it when you see it. Expect to spot optics that have triangular and hexagonal lenses with an emphasis on the “brow bar”. Frames will have sharp angular shapes that are very bold. This look may lack in elegance, but will go out of its way to make a statement.

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The Beach Goer Look

Some of this year’s designers were inspired by the colors of the ocean: blues, turquoises, and teals. Like the fluid movement of the ocean, frames will have a “floating lens” look with light textures and colors such as stone grays, sea greens, and sandy whites.

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The Butterfly Look

Just as easy as it is to spot a bright beautiful butterfly, you’ll be able to spot the strong, bright, saturated tones of every spring color on lenses and frames. If you like making a statement with colors and sparkles, this look is for you. Eyewear will feature whimsical butterfly-shaped silhouettes, floral embellishments, and jaw-dropping over sized frames and cat-eyes.

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Unsure if these 2014 Spring Eyewear Trends are for you? Take a look for yourself at Metro Eye’s Spring Trunk Show, April 25 and April 26. More details to come! 

Did you know? Your phone or iPad could be affecting your sleep pattern.

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Your alarm clock goes off at 6 am but you feel like you just went to bed about an hour ago. Sound familiar? The reason for feeling tired may not be the amount of sleep you got, but that your quality of sleep was less than optimal.

Your poor sleep pattern isn’t necessarily coming from what you’ve been eating, putting in your body, or how much you exercise, it could be because of “blue lights”. In our day-to-day lives, blue light is emitted from two primary sources, energy efficient light bulbs and electronic devices. Yes, that means your TV, iPad, iPhone and computer! Although the research revolving around blue light and its connection to cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity is in the very preliminary stages, it is already well documented that blue light does indeed effect our visual focusing ability and disrupts our sleep patterns.

In order to create a clear image, light has to focus on the retina. Blue light focuses in front of the retina, not on the retina. Eye fatigue and fluctuating vision can occur when you look at a digital device for long periods of time. Your focusing system is trying to move the blue light back onto the retina in order to create a clear image. Unfortunately, it is a futile effort. However, our eyes keep trying and become visually, or sometimes physically, fatigued. Although all light suppresses melatonin, blue light does it to a greater degree. Suppression of melatonin is helpful during the day because it increases alertness and mood, but at night it disrupts your ability to fall asleep and have good quality sleep.

By no means are we telling you to live in the dark like the stone ages and go back to only communicating through face-to-face interaction, but there are a few things you could do in your daily life that will help.

  1. Energy efficient light bulbs are great for our environment, but since they are not good for our sleep patterns, consider dimming them after dinner.
  2. Instead of going to bed with your iPad, put your iPad to bed after 7pm and cuddle up with a paperback to put you to sleep.
  3. If you’re a glasses wearer and spend most of your day in front of the computer, consider adding an anti-reflective lens treatment to your lenses. These lenses reflect the harmful blue light away from the eyes.

So, don’t forget! During your yearly visit to the eye doctor, talk to him or her about protecting your eyes from blue lights. Your body will thank you.

Are you now realizing you may need new frames with anti-reflective lenses? Shop Metro Eye all February long and save 50-65% on select frames! Save an extra 10% if you donate your old glasses. Look Better. See Better.

Itchy, watery, red eyes? It could be a sign that there’s something wrong with your contacts.

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There are approximately 36 million Americans who wear contact lenses, a great option for those who don’t have 20/20 vision. If you choose to wear contact lenses, you have to properly take care of them or you could be doing some serious damage to your eyes.

Often, if your contact lenses are hurting you, it’s because you’re hurting your lenses. Metro Eye’s Doctor Amy Jankowski wants to help. Here are a few helpful tips from Dr. Jankowski that will keep your eyes safe and healthy:

  • 70% of contact lens cases are contaminated from overuse and 23% (nearly 1 in 4) of all contact lens wearers never replace their lens case. Don’t be one of those people! Your contact lens case’s plastic has pores that bacteria love to live in. 
  • If your contact case is full of makeup or has residue of old sticky contact lens solution, it’s time to throw it away. Every new contact lens solution comes with a case – use it.
  • Your bottle of contact solution should be thrown away every 30-45 days, so don’t be fooled into buying the ultra-huge bottle at Costco. By day 45, your solution will be swimming with bacteria that you are then bathing your contact lenses in every night.
  • Re-using bath water or water in your kitchen sink for 3 days straight is a bad idea. Topping off your contact lens solution instead of replacing it daily is an equally bad idea.
  • Every night that you sleep in your contacts, you increase your risk of a corneal ulcer. Some people fall asleep in their contacts consistently without any problems for years. Others accidentally fall asleep in them for the first time and wake up with an ulcer. You will know right away if this happens to you. Patients describe the pain as a 10 on a 1-10 pain scale. 

If you wear contacts, like many of Doctor Amy Jankowski’s patients, consider switching to glasses at least one day a week or in the evening at home to prevent complications from over-wear. Need new frames? Shop Metro Eye all February long and save 50-65% on select frames! Look Better. See Better.

 

5 Signs You Need New Glasses

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Glasses are a small way to make a big impact on your appearance, so getting a new pair can be very exciting! However, it can be scary, especially if you’re not sure if you need a new pair. Metro Eye Milwaukee wants to help!

 Here are 5 signs that you’re due for new glasses: 

 1. Your glasses don’t match your style! If your glasses haven’t changed since high school and you’re now a modern day business mogul, it’s probably time for a fresh new pair.

 2. Your glasses are so hideous and embarrassing, that you’d rather be blind than be seen in public wearing them.

 3. Your glasses are bent up and faded; the metal is bent out of shape, and then bent again after a failed attempt to get it back into shape; or the plastic is faded from all the years in the sun, water, and heat.

 4. Your current glasses are broken. Paperclips, glue, and tape may hold your glasses together if you’re in a pinch, but they’re definitely not a permanent fix. It’s time to let go.

 5. If things look the same with or without your glasses or your lenses are scratched and damaged, it may be time for a new pair.

Glasses are not only a financial investment but also a personal commitment. If you’re not ready to make that leap and your frame is in good condition, there’s a chance your lenses can just be replaced. In addition to updating your lenses, think about expanding your eyewear wardrobe. If glasses are a part of your everyday life, you should own more than one pair.

Did any of those signs sound familiar? If YES, then it’s time for an update! Our February Clearance Sale & Charity Drive, starting February 6, is the perfect time to get a great deal on some stylish frames that you’ve needed for a while! If your current glasses are of the “gently used” variety, bring them with you. We’ll donate them and you’ll receive an extra discount off your NEW frames. Give Metro Eye a call for details.  414-727-5888