June 27 is National Sunglasses Day

    Posted by Emily Martin on 6/27/14 11:30 AM

    The summer's must-have accessory has always been sunglasses - from big ones to little ones, bright colors to sleek black, trendy shapes to classic aviators. People have used protective eyeglasses for centuries and can be traced back to the prehistoric age when the Inuit used walrus ivory to make slitted masks to shield their eyes from the sun.


    In the early 1900s, the practice of wearing sunglasses became more widespread, especially among Hollywood movie stars. Soon, inexpensive shades were being mass produced and sold on beaches and boardwalks along the east coast. During WWII, sunglasses played a major role when Bausch & Lomb developed an anti-glare aviator style that "banned the rays" for pilots and RayBan was born. In 1937, this sought-after style was an instant hit with celebrities and the general public when it became available for purchase. Even today it is a favorite of trendsetters.


    Not only do your shades make a fashion statement, they also protect your eyes and vision from the harmful effects of the sun. Follow these tips when choosing your new pair of sunglasses:

    • Always choose a pair that protects against UVA and UVB rays

    • Bigger is better - go for large frames that protect the delicate skin around your eyes

    • Try out tints - they can reduce glare and enhance contrast and depth perception

    • Material matters - opt for polycarbonate for sports use. It is impact resistant and lightweight


    Stop into any Thoma & Sutton Eye Care location to browse our selection of sunglasses by brands such as Maui Jim, RayBan, and Oakley. You can also check out our new arrivals on our Pinterest page http://bit.ly/1mlJP7E


    Topics: Eye Health, Eye Care Tips, Eyewear, Sunglasses

    Eye Injuries Are Avoidable

    Posted by Emily Martin on 11/7/13 11:14 AM

    Approximately 600,000 eye injuries occur every year as a result of sports or recreational activities – a staggering statistic considering more than 90% of those could be prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear. If you aren’t taking this step for yourself or your children, you are not alone. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, fewer than 35% of respondents reported wearing eye protection while playing sports.

    Many sports are considered high risk for eye injuries as they involve projectiles, close contact, and “sticks”, as used in golf or hockey. School aged children are particularly susceptible to eye injury while playing sports since their athletic skills (hand-eye coordination, balance, and reaction time) are still being developed. Eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and the majority of these injuries occur in 11-14 year olds while playing sports. Most school athletic departments and independent youth sports organizations do not require eye protection so it is up to the parent to make sure their children’s eyes are being protected.

    Sports aren’t the only recreational activity that can pose a risk to your vision. Home repairs and lawn care, and hobbies such as woodworking, hunting, and even fishing can create hazards. Flying debris from saws, grinders, and drills can lodge in the eye and cause injury and infection. Sticks or rocks kicked up by the lawn mower and splintered branches while trimming the hedges can lead to serious injury. Nearly half of all reported eye injuries occur in and around the home while doing everyday tasks.

    Regular eyeglasses are not protective eyewear. Safety glasses must conform to a higher standard of impact resistance than eyeglasses, for both frames and lenses. Safety frames are stronger than street wear, usually heat resistant, and are designed to prevent the lenses from being pushed into the face. The lenses are most often polycarbonate, in either prescription or non-prescription, because they are lightweight, scratch resistant, and 10 times more impact resistant than other materials. When purchasing your safety glasses make sure to look for the Z87 label – the standard for protective eyewear as set by the American National Standards Institute.

    Protective glasses can be suited to your taste with different colors and frame styles and well as customizing their function with options such as polarized lenses to cut glare while fishing, or tinted lenses to improve accuracy while hunting and target shooting.

    Protecting your eyes from injury is the simplest way to ensure healthy vision. In the event you do suffer an eye trauma, do not attempt to treat it yourself. Without applying pressure, cover the eye with a cold compress and see your eye doctor as soon as possible. If the injury affects vision, eye movement, or there is bleeding in or around the eye, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Serious eye injuries can lead to permanent vision loss so it is very important to respond quickly.

    Topics: Eye Health, Eye Care Tips