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This or That: Maintaining Your Eyesight

365 days can manifest a great deal that you might not be able to set your sights on quite yet. Don’t wait until you can’t see it to believe it.

Quiz yourself in a quick “This or That!” and see where you stand when it comes to maintaining your eyesight and what’s worth *looking* into for your eye health before 2022.

#Featured Brand: December | Michael Kors

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One thing we love about the Michael Kors brand is that the creativity in their clothes and jewelry flows smoothly into their eyeglasses. You can make a fashion statement in them!

Established almost 40 years ago, with nearly 800 Lifestyle stores, collection boutiques in some of the biggest, most popular cities in the US, and brand stores in the capitals of countries like Japan and England, Michael Kors has become a fashion brand known all over the world.

But, where did his fashion expertise begin, and grow? In his parent’s basement, as a teenager believe it or not!

In 2015, Michael Kors eyewear was born, launched by Luxottica, a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of fashion, luxury and sports eyewear realm. Their specs and shades grant a glam lifestyle look, effortless sophisticated and modern! And, you can find them here, at Omni Eye/Bladen Eye.

“The perfect accessory can make the difference between looking blah and totally to die for.”

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#FeaturedBrand: November | Kate Spade

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Kate Spade and our practice have something common: launch and growth since the early ’90s. Their founding principles? Optimistic femininity and thoughtful details. Principles our practice can understand and agree with.

Their story of origin is an interesting one. One that began with Kate Brosnahan Spade’s frustration that she couldn’t find the handbag she’d been longing for. So, she set out to create it on her own, making samples out of construction paper!

Ultimately, Kate Spade was made, which today offers clothes, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and of course, eyewear that we customize lenses for and share with you.

Be the Heroine of Your Own Story

Today, Kate Spade makes a difference inspiring women “to be the heroines of their own stories” with their Kate Spade New York Foundation which gives away $1 million dollars year after year in an effort to support women and their economic empowerment. The Kate Spade New York Foundation helps women in underserved communities access “opportunity and pathways to mental well-being” and supports a variety of organizations.

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#FeaturedBrand: September | ECO

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Now is a good time to embrace small choices that make a difference! That’s why we carry ECO Frames. They have made it their mission to provide high-quality eyewear with minimal environmental impact.

All of ECO’s frames are produced with sustainably sourced materials. Metal frames are made from 95% recycled metal and their “plastic” frames are made from bio-based castor seed oil. Even the packaging is environmentally friendly! Each case, bag, and sleeve are made from natural fibers and are 100% biodegradable.

The brand is also known for its lightweight and comfortable feel. It’s almost like you are not wearing glasses!

Not only are the products making a difference, but the company is also! ECO is partnered with Trees for the Future and has started the One Frame, One Tree program. With this program, they have been able to plant a tree for each frame they sell. So far, ECO is responsible for planting over 2 million trees!

We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place.

"We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than how we found it. Together with Trees for the Future, One Frame, One Tree is making a positive impact not only on the environment, but for the people."

- Alessandro Lanaro, CEO

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Essential vs. Non-Essential Eye Care

As we navigate new processes and protocols as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, you may be wondering, what’s the difference between Essential and Non-Essential Eye Care.

Essential Eye Care services include treatment for medical conditions, including urgent care needs that keep patients from carrying out their regular daily routines. These include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Broken or lost eyewear
  • Eye trauma
  • Vision loss
  • Contact lens-related pain
  • Flashes or floating objects in the eye
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Severe or recurring headaches

We are equipped to handle your Essential Eye Care needs so you do not have visit the ER – which may put you at risk of exposure to infection while also potentially taking from patients with critical conditions having no other alternatives.

Non-Essential Eye Care services might also be called “routine,” and not impeding a patient from his/her day-to-day activities, such as:

  • Routine eye exam with no problems
  • First time routine contact lens fittings

As always, our top priority is always your well-being. If you have questions or concerns about any eye health or eye care services – reach out! We are here to help you in any way we can!