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Welcome to LaFollette Eye Clinic

For over twenty years we have been the first choice in eye care for thousands of patients, and we are delighted that you have chosen LaFollette Eye Clinic for your eye care needs.

As a nationally recognized eye clinic, we are dedicated to every aspect of your eyes including vision, fashion, health, and comfort.  Our mission is to provide our patients with the highest quality eye care available anywhere.

Our experienced doctors and eye care professionals use the latest technology to diagnose and treat numerous eye diseases, all while providing the same legendary customer service that keeps our patients returning from as far away as Ohio, Texas, and Florida.

Thank you for visiting our website.  Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter; all our friends are eligible for monthly awards!  And if you have any questions, please call or contact us.  We’re always excited to show you why LaFollette Eye Clinic is Clearly the Best in Sight.

 

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Contact Lenses Cause A Million Eye Infections Yearly

Contact lenses can cause keratitis if not worn or cared for properly

A report by the CDC released today details some sobering statistics about the risks of contact lens wear.  The report estimates that nearly one million cases of keratitis (eye inflammation or infection) are caused by contact lenses every year.  The biggest culprit?  Improper wear and cleaning of soft contact lenses.

It’s no secret that some Americans love their contacts.  An estimated 38 million people wear them for vision correction.  At LaFollette Eye Clinic we love them too, and work hard to ensure a successful and enjoyable contact lens experience for our patients who wish to wear them. To that end, here are some tips from the CDC on proper lens wear and care.

1. Wash your hands with soap and water before touching your contact lenses.

2. Remove your contact lenses before sleeping, showering, or swimming.

3. Rub and rinse your contact lenses in a disinfecting solution after removing them.

4. Rinse your contact lens case and let it air dry every time you wear your contacts.

5. Replace your contact lens case at least every three months.

There are some additional tips we like to teach our patients who wear contact lenses.  Have current eyewear with you at all times.  Whether you prefer glasses or not, it pays to have an alternative way to correct your vision if you can’t wear your contacts.  Also, make sure to have your eyes examined every year.  These visits are crucial to verify that your eyes are healthy, and it is an opportunity to refresh your memory about proper lens wear and care.  And never forget to call your optometrist at the first sign of redness or discomfort.  Any keratitis is easier to treat in the earlier stages.

Contact lenses can be an integral part of your visual lifestyle.  Although there are risks to contact lens wear, millions of Americans and people all over the world enjoy them every day.  If you are one of them, make sure you spend the additional effort learning and understanding how to wear and care for them properly, and you should be able to enjoy them for many years to come.

Now how about you?  What is your favorite thing about contact lenses?  Do remember the first time you tried them?  Leave a comment!  We would love to hear from you.

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Telepathy One Competes With Google Glass

Uncertain Wearable Computing Market Gets More Players

The Telepathy One is set to compete with Google Glass

According to tech website Gizmodo, Google Glass is seeing competition before it’s even released.  Japanese tech entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi has announced his version of wearable computing called Telepathy One to compete with Google Glass, set to release later this year.  Google Glass was revealed last year and we featured a post about it.

The announcement and prototype were revealed at South By Southwest and through other media outlets.  Telepathy One connects to the user’s smartphone via bluetooth, and data can be shared between the two devices.

Like Google Glass, Iguchi promises the Telepathy One will provide a distraction free experience.  Neither specific technical details nor pricing have been released.

As with Google Glass, the eye doctors and professional staff at LaFollette Eye Clinic remain concerned about the level of distraction the Telepathy One will cause, especially if worn while driving; the devices almost assuredly will be.  Also, how much vision will be affected by the devices blocking the field of view?  And, we wonder whether the market is ready for wearable tech, as bluetooth headsets never broke into the mainstream.

Time will tell.  If you have a comment we’d love to hear from you.

 

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Bionic Eye Closer to Reality

On January 28th, the Wall Street Journal reported that a bionic eye being developed by Second Sight Medical Products Inc. is close to receiving FDA approval.  The bionic eye, called the Argus II, is expected to be most useful for people with a rare retinal disease called retinitis pigmentosa.  Others with severe macular degeneration may also benefit from the technology.

The Argus II restores vision using a retinal prosthesis to bypass damaged retinal nerves.  It receives information from a video camera mounted in a pair of eyeglasses.  Users will only see black and white images, although researchers are hoping to add greater detail and color images in the future.

The doctors at LaFollette Eye Clinic find this new information exciting, as we have seen the difficulties these devastating eye diseases can cause. 

Here’s a video by WSJ that explains the Argus II in depth:

 

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HOYA iD MyStyle Voted Best Personalized Progressive Lens

Earlier this month, Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine announced the selections in the fourth annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying eye care professionals’ favorite products and companies of the year.

In the category of Best Personalized Progressive Lens Brand, the iD MYStyle was given the top honors.  That’s no surprise to the eye doctors and staff at LaFollette Eye Clinic, who prescribe these lenses daily.  Instead of telling you why, here’s a link to a cool, jargon-free page that describes just how awesome these lenses really are: http://www.hoyavision.com/MyStyle

Patients come to their optometrist for the clearest, most comfortable vision possible.  Many times, the iD MyStyle is just what the doctor ordered.  The survey results are nice because they show the HOYA iD MyStyle to be the preferred lens of eye care professionals.  But we could have told you that, because our very happy patients agree.

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Santa Stops at LaFollette Eye Clinic

Well, it looks like no matter how busy you are it’s always good to stop in and have your vision checked by an optometrist.  See how great our special guest looks with our fantastic optician Paul!

We can't tell who looks happier!

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New Guess Eyewear

Look at Maddi’s new Guess frames.  What an awesome first pair of eyewear!  Everyone at The Eyewear Gallery at LaFollette Eye Clinic was so impressed!

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Venus Transit Causes Solar Retinopathy

Man Attempts to View Sun Through Telescope

Solar retinopathy caused by viewing the sun through a telescope

We were as intrigued as the rest of the nation when we learned of the recent celestial events that have made the news.  Both the full solar eclipse and Venus crossing in front of the sun were widely celebrated in the astronomical community.

Unfortunately, one man did not heed the usual warnings related to such events.  Attempting to view the Venus transit through his telescope, he magnified the sun’s rays and caused a phenomenon known as solar retinopathy.  You can see the effects in the photo at the right (click on the photo for a larger version).

The large circle with arteries and veins branching out of it is the tip of the optic nerve, a normal structure.  What is abnormal is the fried egg yolk appearance left of the optic nerve.  This area is called the macula, and it contains the highest concentration of the most sensitive nerves in the eye.  It should have a uniform, dark red appearance.

The man sought help from his optometrist at LaFollette Eye Clinic afterwards, complaining that his vision was blurred, he was light-sensitive, his eyes were watering, and he had a yellow tint to his vision.  After some investigation, we discovered that he had stared at the sun through his unfiltered telescope for about ten seconds.  Further testing showed solar retinopathy, which includes what you see in the photo, and more sophisticated testing showed both nerve swelling and cell death in the central macula.

This man was incredibly fortunate, in that his sight was still reasonably intact.  However, he may have caused damage that will further deteriorate his central vision.  Only time will tell.

Although you’ve heard it since you were a child, it bears repeating: never look at the sun for any length of time, whether directly, through binoculars or with an unfiltered telescope.  If you must see the sun, there are plenty of safe ways to do so, including pinhole and solar filters.

And while you’re at it, consider purchasing a good pair of sunwear that blocks 100% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.  Ultraviolet light is known to have serious effects on the eyes over time, including cataracts and macular degeneration.

 

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University of Tennessee Provides Eye Exams for Dogs

We couldn’t resist such a great story.  We’re careful to point out that at LaFollette Eye Clinic we do not perform exams on dogs, but the stories we find about dogs continue to interest us.  You can find another post about them here.

This video highlights the efforts of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee. According to the story, they offer free eye exams to service animals, including police dogs and guide dogs.  Although the animals rely heavily on their sense of smell, healthy eyes and vision are also essential.

Enjoy the video:

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3D Infographic

A friend was asking me just this weekend about the difference between types of 3D films.  This post should help.  Thanks to The Optical Vision Site for alerting us to this great 3D Infographic from Sortable.com.

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Revolutionary Transitions Vantage Lenses Now Available

Variable Polarization and Tint a Breakthrough for Eyewear

Transitions Vantage lenses become darker and more polarized as sunlight increases

Transitions Optical has announced that their new technology, Transitions Vantage lenses, will be available to consumers beginning today.  Why is it revolutionary?  After all, variable tint lenses have existed for decades, and there are already examples of variable polarizing lenses.

What makes Transitions Vantage so incredible is the combination of the two abilities in one lens.  Previously, variable tint (photochromic) lenses got darker in the sunlight, but didn’t polarize (see photo).  And while variable polarizing lenses already exist, none of them has the ability to become completely clear for indoor use.

However, with Transitions Vantage lenses, the wearer can experience incredibly crisp, clear vision whether indoors or out.  This is because not only does the lens darken in sunlight, but the geniuses at Transitions Optical use molecules that move and align when exposed to UV light.  The more exposure, the more alignment, which increases polarization.  This technology, which Transitions Optical claims has been in the works for almost a decade, is stunning.

The doctors and staff at LaFollette Eye Clinic are excited to be able to offer this incredible technology.  We have recognized the benefits of lens polarization for years, and touted its positive effects on vision.  Now for the first time, our patients can enjoy the technology in a lens that is also usable indoors.

Transitions Optical has announced availability beginning today.  Why not check out a pair for yourself?

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