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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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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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Does Coffee Help Dry Eyes?

Well, maybe

Caffeine may help people with dry eyes

Good news for coffee drinkers: a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology suggests caffeine increases tear production in some people.  According to one researcher, the study was inspired by a patient who claimed that his eyes were less dry after having a cup of coffee with lunch.  Go figure.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo’s School of Medicine tested 78 patients and found a significant increase in their tears after using caffeine.  The results were even more pronounced for people who had genes that “amplify” the effects of caffeine in their bodies.  The researchers cautiously suggest that caffeine may be a viable treatment option for some people with dry eyes.

Dry eye syndrome is a term that describes the broad category of ocular surface diseases that generally cause irritation and discomfort, with rare cases causing vision threatening effects.  Millions in America have some form of dry eyes.  Popular treatments include lid hygiene products and moisturizing drops.  Moderate cases also may require prescription medication and minor surgeries. 

The eye doctors at The Dry Eye Center at LaFollette Eye Clinic use a systematic approach to treat ocular surface disease using these and other treatments, and we’ve been reviewing the results of the study.  We noted a few challenges (also recognized by the researchers): the results seemed to work better in some people than others, and the number of people tested was quite small.  The doctors performing the study agree more research is needed.

Make no mistake: water is still the best way to hydrate the body, and the optometrists at LaFollette Eye Clinic do not prescribe caffeine as a treatment option for ocular surface disease.  However, we do monitor current studies and use treatments proven by science.  It looks as though we will more about the subject of ceffeine in the near future, and as always, we’ll keep our readers and patients informed as new discoveries emerge.

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