Meet the Frame Expert: Amber

amber_vodraskaAmber’s jovial personality is apparent when she works with patients. Her background in child development gives her a light-hearted attitude when helping both children and adults find the perfect frames. She loves knowing she’s done a great job helping someone find the right solution and looks forward to building ongoing relationships with patients for years to come.

She’s also proud of the “Share the Love” campaign from Taylor Madison frames and EyeCare Specialties; every time a pair of Taylor Madison frames are purchased another pair is donated to Shared Vision International to be distributed to those in need.

“I like how they donate a pair if you buy a pair,” Amber says. Knowing that she can be a part of making a difference in so many lives is important to Amber and one of the reasons she is proud to be a part of the ECS family.

Happy Holidays

ECS_christmas-01As another year comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” for your support of EyeCare Specialties. On behalf of ECS, we are honored to be able to take care of your vision and the overall health of your family’s eyes.

We are grateful for our ECS team, and I am constantly impressed by the talent and commitment they bring to work every day.

Thank you again for choosing EyeCare Specialties and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

Meet the CVD Team: Roxanne

RoxanneWhile newly transferred to the Vision Therapy Program and Center for Vision Development, Roxanne has been with ECS for over five years and is proud of the integrity of the staff in offering the best possible care for their patients.

With over 20 years of experience navigating the world of medical insurance and billing, Roxanne has the ability to help patients find answers in a warm and encouraging way. She finds helping patients understand the process and getting the solutions they need incredibly fulfilling.

When not at the clinic, Roxanne loves to use the creative side of her brain; refinishing furniture, painting and sewing. She also enjoys getting hands on in the kitchen and in the garden where she’s been having fun with the new fairy village trend.

Video Games and Your Vision: The Good, the Bad and the Call of Duty

ECS_fact 3_video_game_blog-01It’s the number two item on every child’s wish list this year (after all of the Frozen merchandise): video games. As parents, it is important for us to make sure to provide healthy opportunities for our children. It can be tempting to ban video games from our children’s toy repertoire. After all, we were told that too much TV is not good for our eyes, right? The same has to be true for video games.

Recent studies have been showing more and more that playing video games, in moderation, is actually good for you. There are educational, physical and psychological benefits to playing video games, and there are also reports that playing video games is good for a variety of visual conditions.

Playing first-person shooter games has been shown to improve your contrast sensitivity, the ability to determine subtle changes in shades of color. Adults with amblyopia (lazy eye) have also been noted as receiving benefits from playing video games. Even patients with cataracts have reports of 30% visual improvement after playing games similar to Halo and Medal of Honor.

Because your eye is rapidly moving across the screen, you condition and train your eyes to notice subtle changes as you are required to pay attention to a series of fast-moving events. You virtually train your eyes to move quickly and focus on fleeting details in order to complete onscreen objectives.

While the research is most compelling for particularly first-shooter style games, those games are not always child-appropriate due to the violent nature and themes of the games. However, there has been some evidence that playing any type of video game is a good thing for your eyes. The key is playing in moderation.

With any type of lighted screen, it’s important to guard against computer eye syndrome. Consider the 20/20/20 rule. After every 20 minutes that you are staring at a screen, look away for 20 seconds at an object 20 feet away. This will help reduce computer eye syndrome which can be a big cause of migraines and eye fatigue.

Also make sure to limit video game playing to daylight hours. Too much exposure to blue light (the light emitted by computer and television screens) at night can be disruptive to our natural sleep rhythms. Exposure to blue light limits the body’s natural release of melatonin which is the hormone that regulates sleep.

The amount of time you play is also something to consider. About an hour a day is good; too much more and you actually can lose the benefits of playing.

As you’re reviewing your child’s wish list this holiday season and see some video games up near the top of the list, consider granting their wish and maybe even sit down on the couch with them. You both might get the benefit of improved vision and some great quality time together while you’re at it.



Meet the Frame Expert: Stephanie

stephanie_blogEyeCare Specialties is proud to welcome Stephanie to our team of Frame Experts, helping patients find the perfect pair of eyewear to suit their lifestyle and improve their vision.

Stephanie knows kids. She has five of her own and has quite a bit of experience working with very young children through the LPS Early Childhood program. She is excited to use that expertise helping families chose the right frames and lenses for their little ones.

“I love helping patients find their perfect eyewear fashion and knowing that I can make a difference in people’s vision.”

Stephanie is very happy to have found a place at ECS. She is proud to be part of such a well-respected organization and appreciates the relationship between the doctors and the rest of the team.

Stephanie loves to get creative in the kitchen and is always baking new recipes. Of course, we encourage that kind of behavior at ECS, especially when bringing in the results of the experiments to share.