Monthly Archives: June 2012

Protecting your eyes this Fourth of July

Every year over the 4th of the July holiday, thousands of children and adults are injured due to fireworks and pyrotechnic devices. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and attend a professional fireworks demonstration instead of setting up … Continue reading

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Elephant fitted with giant contact lens

44-year-old Win Thida hurt her eye in February while roughhousing with her mates. Win Thida isn’t a normal patient however – she’s an elephant at the Amsterdam Artis Zoo. A branch damaged her cornea during playtime and every time she … Continue reading

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Research shows that blue-eyed people share a common ancestor

You probably know that blue eyes are a recessive trait, but research also shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. The mutation occurred between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago and affects the OCA2 gene. This mutation … Continue reading

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Would you wear these $15,000 contacts?

Now eyes can glitter with custom-made, gold-plated contact lenses – featuring 18 diamonds. The jewelry line, created by Chandrashekhar Chawan from Shekhar Eye Research, uses Chandra Boston Scleral lenses that are normally used to treat eye illnesses in order to … Continue reading

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Heterochromia: Two different colored irises can be enchanting.

Heterochromia occurs fairly commonly in dogs and cats, but only 1 in 10,000 people has this unique condition. Heterochromia is often genetic, sometimes causing two completely different colored irises (the colored part of the eye) and sometimes causing a colored … Continue reading

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Why do my eyelids feel heavy when I’m tired?

If you stay up late reading, playing Angry Birds on your iPad, or typing away on your laptop, you have likely experienced the familiar feeling of heavy, drooping eyelids. So why does that happen? The muscles that control the eyelids, … Continue reading

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What is an optometrist?

What is an “optometrist” exactly? An optometrist is a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) who has completed an undergraduate education followed by four years of professional education in a college of optometry. Some O.D.s have also completed a residency. An optometrist … Continue reading

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41% of computer users report eyestrain & other symptoms

Computer Vision Syndrome can affect people who use computers daily at work or home. It may include symptoms such as dry eye, light sensitivity, fatigue, eyestrain, neck pain, or backache. “Working at a computer requires a great deal of eye … Continue reading

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New glasses at a great price

If you’re looking for a bold new look, but want the best price for glasses in Olympia, did you know that each month VUE offers fantastic deals on designer frames? Whether it’s 50% off, buy one get one free, or … Continue reading

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Vision protection necessary for athletes

Blue skies and summer sun encourage many of us to get outdoors and enjoy the weather but we’d like to remind everyone, even casual athletes, to protect your eyes while playing sports. In high risk sports eye protection should be … Continue reading

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