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A Closer Look at Childhood Vision Impairment

AOA recommends eye exams before your baby can walk

By Dr. Amy Jankowski

When you take a closer look at the percentages surrounding childhood vision impairment, you may be surprised at what you see.

  • Some 60% of students identified as problem learners have undetected vision troubles. 

 • An estimated 80% of what we learn is through our vision, according to ThinkAboutYourEyes.com

 • And a whopping 85% of America’s pre-schoolers haven’t undergone a comprehensive vision exam by age 5. 

The good news is that annual eye exams can protect your child’s vision, their overall health and their education. For these reasons, the American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends eye exams (not just vision screenings) before your baby can walk.

Their first comprehensive eye exam should be given by a Doctor of Optometry or Ophthalmology between 6-12 months of age. If your child has an unremarkable exam, it should be repeated at ages 3, 6 and every year while in school.

However, it is important to consider the vision needs of both the general child population, and those with special needs. The incidence of refractive errors and strabismus increase dramatically in children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or in premature births.

Sticking to a regimen of early eye exams can help determine if your child needs a prescription to see clearly, if they lack binocular vision (the ability for their eyes to work together and obtain depth perception), or early detection of eye diseases such as congenital cataracts, glaucoma or ocular tumors.

Allowing all children access to preventative eyecare is one way we can assure they will have their best possible quality of life.

 Dr. Amy Jankowski is founder, CEO and Doctor of Optometry at Metro Eye, a multi-specialty practice focusing on the vision and eye-health needs of patients from young professionals to families. Her practice is based in Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

Diva Night at Metro Eye

Thanks to all who stopped by Metro Eye during Diva Night!

We had a great time giving away gift cards and offering 20% off much of our eyewear!

After Diva Night concluded, we hopped over to the after party at Spin Milwaukee and kept the fun going in the Third Ward.

Marketing Director Crystal Behrendt and Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski were in attendance (and sporting some stylish frames, themselves).

From Shades to Champagne, we had a blast and we hope you did too. See you all next Diva Night!

 

Take Aim: Use your dominant eye to be a better athlete

From golfers to archers, all athletes must have good vision to improve. But how can athletes use their dominant eye to play their best?

Metro Eye Optometrist Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski shares her expertise.

• Why do you have a dominant eye? Eye dominance is usually related to brain development. In general terms, there are a certain amount of “connections” that go between the brain and each eye. Usually, the dominant eye will have more of these connections than the other eye, which is why it is preferred. Eye dominance can also be very similar to handedness. However, it does not always correspond directly. For example, those that are right handed may not be right-eye dominant. This is called cross-dominance and can be advantageous to those who participate in side stance sports such as baseball and golf.

• How can you tell which eye is dominant? Are you left eye dominant or right eye dominant? Here’s how to tell: With both eyes open, pick a small target in the distance. Bring your hands in front of you and overlap them, forming a small triangle with your thumbs at the base. Line the triangle up so that the distance target is in the center of the triangle. Now, keeping your hands and arms still, close your left eye first, then switch and close your right. Whichever eye allows you to still see the target is your dominant eye.

• How should you use your dominant eye? Your dominant eye is very useful when it comes to sports that require aim. These sports include shooting, archery, baseball and others. Lining up your dominant eye with your target usually produces better accuracy.

• How does Metro Eye help athletes with their vision? Metro Eye helps athletes with their vision by paying careful attention to giving them the best correction possible. Metro Eye works hard to provide patients with the best quality ophthalmic lenses, frame selection, and most appropriate contact lenses that help athletes achieve their best vision. Ensuring your dominant eye is optimally corrected, especially when related to mono-vision or multi-focal contact lens wear, helps athletes make sure their vision is optimal for competition.

Dr. Kaelyn Zaporski is a licensed optometrist, and Metro Eye’s sports vision specialist. A former college volleyball player at UW-Green Bay, Dr. Zaporski shares her expertise at Milwaukee’s leading eye care office and eyewear retailer. Set up an appointment with her by calling (414) 727-5888.

 

What is a Trunk Show?

For years, Trunk Shows were reserved for Rodeo Drive. These small, intimate fashion events were used as personal fittings for top clients. Now, we’re pulling back the curtain, and bringing a little “Beverly Hills style” to Water Street at Metro Eye’s April 12 Trunk Show.

No, you won’t find Julia Roberts at our Trunk Show. You will, however, see an unmatched selection of 2013’s most stylish and innovative men’s and women’s eyewear including SALT Optics, Bevel, l.a. Eyeworks and FICTION by l.a. Eyeworks.

While we always have some of each of brand’s collection on hand, our Trunk Shows allow you to see the entire collection, in every customizable style and color at once.

There’s no purchase necessary to attend on April 12, but if you do decide to go with a new pair of hand-crafted, small-batch eyewear or sunwear, you can receive 20% the day of the show just by calling 414-727-5888 and making an appointment!

Now you know — see you at the Trunk Show!

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Instagrammed: NYC to MKE!

We had a great time shopping at the International Vision Expo in NYC!

Taking a cue from your Facebook “votes,” we shopped for the styles from a number of new designers, including Etnia Barcelona, Moscot, and sought out the latest trends including oval lenses (very popular!) and pastels (very cool!).

Also, we’re now on Instagram! Catch all of our NYC shopping escapades (and follow us for a sneak peak at our small-batch, handcrafted eyewear) at Instagram.com/MetroEye!

 

 

Check out some of the latest styles from SALT Optics, Bevel, L.A. Eyeworks and FICTION by L.A. Eyeworks at our April 12 Trunk Show! Call 414-727-5888 to make a fitting appointment and receive 20% off the day of the show!