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Some common misconceptions about astigmatism.


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Re-cycled 80’s Eyewear

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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had glasses. For those of you that understand optical powers, my mom was a -19.00 which basically meant I didn’t have a fighting chance at “normal” vision. I received my first pair in the 1st grade.  Back then, eyewear wasn’t all the rage it is today. My glasses were B-I-G, and not in a good way. They were big in an 80’s sort of way. They were big in a soft pink plastic, cover your eyebrows sort of way.  They pretty much covered my whole face, and although I look back at those years with fond quirky memories it interesting to see the parallel with eyewear then & eyewear now.

I was a product of the 80’s. Born in 75′, I spent most of my adolescent years rockin’ enormous hair & larger-then-life glasses. Although I vowed when that decade came to a close that I would never do two things; the first was a very serious commitment to NEVER, EVER, under any circumstance tight-roll my jeans again. Or worse yet, tight roll them then cover up the transgression  with obnoxious colored scrunchy socks. Secondly, was a vow to turn a blind eye from ridiculously large ” Sally Jesse Raphael” glasses. (For those of you that don’t know what I’m  talking about, Google it you won’t be disappointed.) I distinctly remember dominating my 8th grade picture with HUGE pair of black “Sally Jesse Raphael’s, and hair that was so big it got cut out of the picture. And although I was insanely proud of my picture that year, it wasn’t until my head cleared from all the Aqua Net fumes that I realized  I would “Never-Ever-Get-Back-Together” (thank you Taylor Swift) with those hideous oversized glasses. Well, I’m shocked to say that those 2 vows that were suppose to last a lifetime, actually only lasted about  twenty years.  I am now an Optician in my 30’s rocking “skinny” jeans, & oversized “Sally Jesse Raphael” (SJR) glasses.–  Granted my new red SJR’s are chic & fabulous with hints of modern architecture, they still possess a slice of the endearing awkward presence of the 80’s. My point is that eyewear is just like clothing, recycles itself. And while we already know this to be true, it sometimes take a little while to open up to the idea of it being re-created. — It took me twenty years.

So, as a fun way to end I thought I would (against my better judgement) download an old awkward family photo from the 80’s showcasing my “Sally Jesse Raphael’s”. It won’t take you long to realize that they encompass my entire face. Your eyes may also wander to my sweet tight-rolled Girbaud jeans & neon socks…there is no shame it, you can hold your gaze. — This was the 80’s in full bloom, people! And after you recover from that, you can take a peek at the other 2 photos. The first is an original Sally Jesse Raphael picture for those of you that may not know what her infamous red glasses looked like and then of course my current “Sally Jesse Raphael glasses” that I’m wearing again 20 years later.

Uncanny isn’t it? Some may even say it’s a bit scary, but that my friends is a perfect example of eyewear re-created!  I have nothing left to say but, ‘Wear em’ load & proud’ everyone!

 

 


I think it’s time for an eye exam!

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So you wake up in the middle of the night roll over and look at the alarm clock….If you’re anything like me, It reads a half past blurry. — For those of us, “visually challenged” individuals we are used to an out of focus world until we put on our glasses. When I saw this image it seemed fitting so I had to share it with all of you! Let’s just admit it, a select few of us have actually done this! 😉

 


Space Travel Might Lead to Eye Problems

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TUESDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) — Astronauts who spend six months or more in space may experience changes in the structures in the back of their eyes, causing their vision to become blurry, according to a new study from NASA.

Researchers found these changes may be the result of prolonged exposure to microgravity and could affect plans for trips to Mars or other long-term manned space voyages.

“In astronauts over age 40, like non-astronauts of the same age, the eye’s lens may have lost some of its ability to change focus,” said study co-author Dr. Thomas Mader, an ophthalmologist with Alaska Native Medical Center, in a journal news release. “In the space program’s early days, most astronauts were younger, military test pilots who had excellent vision. Today’s astronauts tend to be in their 40s or older. This may be one reason we’ve seen an uptick in vision problems. Also, we suspect many of the younger astronauts were more likely to ‘tough out’ any problems they experienced, rather than reporting them.”

In conducting the study, published in the October issue of the journal Ophthalmology, the researchers examined seven astronauts, all around the age of 50, who spent at least six continuous months in space. The study revealed all seven astronauts experienced blurry vision while on the space station. The changes in their vision began roughly six weeks into their mission and continued long after they returned to Earth.

The researchers also found the astronauts also had at least one change in the tissues, fluids, nerves and other structures in the back of their eye.

Since the visual problems only affected astronauts who spent an extended time in space and none of them had symptoms usually associated with increased intracranial pressure (chronic headache, double vision, or ringing in the ears), the researchers concluded the changes in the astronauts’ vision were related to microgravity.

The study authors noted how badly microgravity affects vision varies from person to person. They added that more research is needed to explore why this is the case, or why some astronauts are better suited for extended trips in space.

The researchers pointed out that NASA has acknowledged vision problems among its astronauts on long-term missions and currently provides them with special “space anticipation glasses” to improve their vision. Astronauts also undergo comprehensive eye exams and vision testing.