Halloween Eye Safety Tips

Posted on October 28th, 2010 by clvc

Prevent Blindness America offers the following tips: 

•  Never wear costumes or accessories such as masks, wigs, hats or eye patches that block vision. 

  Use only hypoallergenic or non-toxic makeup.  Adults should apply it to children and remove it with cold cream or eye makeup remover instead of soap.

•  False eyelashes and costume make up can also irritate eyes.  Follow directions on how to apply and remove them safely.

•  Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping and falling.

  Select costumes made of flame-retardant material and do not use any props or accessories that have sharp or pointed edges, such as pitchforks, knives, swords, spears or wands.

  Remove tripping hazards (such as hoses and potted plants) from your porch and walkway.  Place jack-o-lanterns well out of the way of trick-or-treaters.

  Trick-or-treaters should wear bright, reflective clothing or reflective tape/patches should be added to their costumes.  They should carry a bright flashlight to improve visibility. 

  Adults should accompany children.  Only go to homes you know and that have the porch light on.

•  Check all trick-or-treat items for signs of tampering before you allow your children to eat them.  Toys or novelty items should be inspected to determine whether they pose a choking hazard to young children.

Purpose. Passion. Style.

Posted on October 26th, 2010 by clvc

Eyes of Faith have arrived at Clearview!  Eyes of Faith optical is a company that is committed to helping its customers see the world a little differently.  Their foundation supports organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of children; such as World Vision, Restoring Vision, and Kendall Optometry Ministries.  Eyes of Faith donates a minimum of 10% of their gross sales to these very worthwhile children’s organizations. 

We have several frame selections to choose from in unisex styles and sunglasses.  Visit our eyewear gallery in Southlake or shop our online optical

For more information about this incredible line of eyewear, visit them online at:   http://www.eyesoffaithoptical.com/index.html

Want to See Paradise?

Posted on October 18th, 2010 by clvc

Maui Jim has your passport.  The world’s best view.  That’s what you get in a pair of MauiPassport™ Prescription Sunglasses.  Maui Jim’s exclusive lens design combines digital precision with PolarizedPlus®2 technology for a wide, clearer, more vivid view – without glare or harmful UV.


Offer ends November 30, 2010.

October 14, 2010 is WORLD SIGHT DAY

Posted on October 14th, 2010 by clvc

World Sight Day is an annual observation to raise public awareness of blindness and vision impairment as well as to educate individuals about blindness prevention; it’s celebrated annually on the second Thursday in October.

Did you know?

  • - 80% of the 45 million blind people worldwide are over 50 years of age.
  • - A majority of the blind people, about 90%, live in nations where access to eye care is restricted; and 80% of the world’s blindness can be avoided.
  • - Out of the eye care services that are administered worldwide, it is known that women and girls receive barely 35% of the care while men and boys receive well over 64%.
  • - Women and girls make up over two thirds of the blind population worldwide.

You can visit the Vision2020 homepage for more information, or to help make a difference.   Vision2020

Do Your Teenagers Want “Wild Eyes” This Halloween?

Posted on October 12th, 2010 by clvc

Be careful of the temptation to order wild eyed contacts online this Halloween.   Cosmetic contact lenses that change your eye color or appearance with designs are becoming increasingly popular among teens and young adults.  These lenses can often be purchased on the internet, in specialty shops, flea markets and even gas stations without a doctor’s prescription, and they could harm your eyes. The danger with the inexpensive contact lenses, which have been shipped from overseas, is that they aren’t regulated.  Consumers can risk significant eye injuries, including blindness, when they buy contact lenses without a valid prescription or help from an eyecare professional.  It’s no different than getting prescription drugs without bothering to go to your doctor.  Poorly fitting over-the-counter contacts may rub a patient’s cornea, causing infection, irreversible scarring, inflammation and more severe damage that could even lead to blindness if left untreated. Unfortunately, a lot of permanent damage can be done after only a few hours of wear. 

Be safe with your eyes and always rely on a professional for proper fit and care.

Common Eye Problems: Sty

Posted on October 6th, 2010 by clvc

Eyelid styes are ones of the most common infections of the eye. They are usually harmless and their symptoms tend to disappear within a couple of weeks. This common infection results from blocked glands within the eyelid.  A sty is a bacterial infection within an oil gland on the edge of the eyelid. The sty takes on the appearance of a small pimple from being inflamed.  The sty will gradually come to a head, open and drain.  

Certain factors can contribute to the blockage of the glands: 

  • improper or incomplete removal of eye makeup
  • use of outdated or infected cosmetics
  • poor eyelid hygiene  (very common with children and teens who often rub their eyes with dirty hands)
  • inflammatory diseases of the eyelid, such as blepharitis, meibomitis, and rosacea
  • stress
  • hormonal changes

What to do?  Fold a clean wash cloth in half and roll it up like a cigar before dipping it into very hot water.   Apply the hot compress to the area for about ten minutes to help relieve discomfort and bring the sty to a head so that it can drain and then healing can begin.  Repeat the process as necessary.

Eyelid styes are usually not harmful, but their symptoms are uncomfortable.  Early treatment helps the sty to heal faster and prevents any complications from developing.  In more extreme cases you may need to be treated with antibiotics, call the office or schedule an exam for further instructions.