Introducing Dr. Smith to the EyeCare Specialties Team
EyeCare Specialties and the Center for Vision Development are proud to welcome Rachel Smith, OD, to our team of qualified optometrists. Dr. Smith will be conducting comprehensive eye exams at our Lincoln and Beatrice locations and will be joining the Vision Therapy Team helping patients with vision disorders that cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts.
Originally from York, NE, Dr. Smith graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska. She earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University School of Optometry in May of 2013. Following optometry school, Dr. Smith completed a residency in binocular vision and pediatrics at Heartland Eye Consultants in Omaha, NE.
Dr. Smith came to realize the benefits of vision therapy after being diagnosed with a binocular vision disorder. It was her experience as a patient through the Vision Therapy program at EyeCare Specialties that inspired her to become an optometrist. She is excited to help kids and adults improve reading comprehension and achieve success in school or in their careers.
Dr. Smith is married and enjoys running, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is also active in community projects by volunteering her time to help with the Special Olympics and the Down Syndrome Association for Families.
Caring for Your Sunglasses
“On your face or in a case” – It’s easy to remember the words, hard to remember to practice. During summer our sunglasses truly become an extension of ourselves, and we wisely increase how much we wear our shades. A quality pair of sunglasses is worth some extra attention to keep your pair looking great and functioning well.
Why wait? Our Sunglass Sale is now through June 30th, where you can get sunglasses for 25% off. These savings cannot be combined with insurance or other discounts. Excludes Oakley, Maui Jim, and Wiley X.
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Mike
Mike has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for four years and is an ABO Certified Optician. He is currently training for an Ironman Triathlon.
“My favorite brands are Oakley and Ray-Ban. Oakleys allow complete customization of colors, designs, lenses and even the type of icon on the frame. Ray-Bans look sharp and professional, whether I am wearing jeans and a t-shirt, or dress slacks and tie. I love my job because I get to help people see great and look amazing. It allows me to be a part of ‘the answer’ for so many people who need compassion, concern and kindness.”
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Monica
Monica has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 2 years. She is a proud grandma of a very talented grandson. Monica is an avid supporter of the National Kidney Foundation and is an organ donor.
“My favorite brands are Gucci and Dior. The materials hold their memory so adjustments are rarely needed. I have many pairs of eyewear, but my favorite would be my Shamir Office lens. They work wonderfully for me when using the computer and reading documents at the same time. I have issues with headaches, so adding transitions has given me more comfort and less eyestrain. For me, seeing the smiles of joy and tears of happiness on my patients’ faces when their vision is perfect is so rewarding. Eyecare Specialties keeps all of their Frame Experts up-to-date with ongoing education in product knowledge to share with our clients.”
Blue Light Both Beneficial and Harmful
Blue Light is the shortest wavelength of visible light, and it can be both beneficial and harmful to the human body. It is helpful in many physiological responses: it constricts the pupils, syncs our circadian rhythms, helps in the production of melatonin, improves cognitive performance, as well as helping to regulate mood and body temperature. However, there is a damaging side to blue light, as this higher energy wavelength of light contributes to degenerative diseases of the eye such as age-related macular degenerative, a slow process which damages the eye over time. We receive this exposure to blue light not only through sunlight but also through computer screens, tablets, smartphones, and light sources such as LED’s and compact fluorescent lamps.
The problem is how to block the damaging spectrum of blue light, while allowing the beneficial wavelengths to come through the lens. The answer is photo filtration found in our exclusive Hoya Recharge lenses. These lenses reduce the level of exposure to the harmful spectrum of blue light while permitting the rest of the visible spectrum to enter the eye at normal levels.
In addition to filtering out some of the higher energy blue light which can be damaging to the eye, Hoya Recharge lenses also reduce glare while driving at night. Plus they have the highest scratch resistance available on the market. Clearer, more durable lenses, combined with photo filtration, means clearer vision for you. Stop by to learn more about the Hoya Recharge lenses and how they can begin to improve and protect your vision today!
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Justine
Justine has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for over 3 years and is an ABO Certified Optician.
“It’s hard for me to pick a favorite brand – each one has something that I love. I wear many different brands of frames; my criteria are comfort and style. For my lenses I wear the digital progressives for the ease and comfort they give my eyes. Trivex is my lens material of choice. The clarity is fantastic and I know my eyes are always protected with their impact resistance. I love helping people find the perfect pair of eyeglasses. Glasses are a medical device, but it’s wonderful to find a pair for someone that are stylish and comfortable. If you have to wear them all the time, you should look good with them! As Opticians it is our responsibility to insure that our patients get the best possible vision from their eyeglasses so they can clearly see the world around them.”
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Sami
Sami has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for just over a year. As much as it terrifies her to even think about skydiving, she wants to add this to her life experiences in the near future.
“My favorite brand is Kate Spade. The styles are fun and she adds little details to each frame making them unique and fashionable – without being over the top. I wear Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci with glare-free Trivex lenses. I love my job because I am helping people; I get to be a part of something that affects the way people live their lives each day, from the way they see to the way they look.”
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Ngan
Ngan has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 8 months. She loves to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in fashion. Some of her favorite fashion labels include Zara, Christian Dior, Chanel and Elie Saab. Ngan speaks Vietnamese and English is her second language.
“My favorite brands are Prodesign, OGI, Gucci and Dior. I love how Prodesign and OGI add a twist of modern design to classical styles, which work well for all ages. Gucci and Dior frames are always stylish and trendy. I love to wear frames that have unique shape and color, and cannot go without my polarized sunglasses on sunny days! I love helping patients choose the perfect frames while educating about the quality of lenses they are getting with EyeCare Specialties.”
ECS Frame Expert – Meet Boris
Boris has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 1 year. He is from Bosnia and has lived in Nebraska for the last 17 years. Boris likes working out at the gym and is quite the mechanic when it comes to his car.
“I like Oakley’s Ophthalmic frames. They have a sporty look that can be worn with almost anything. I wear an Oakley Metal Plate frame with Plano Transitions Vantage lenses. I also have a pair of polarized Ray-Ban sunglasses, which are incredibly lightweight. Our patients trust their Frame Expert to help take care of their eyes, and I believe eyesight is one of the most important aspects of health.”
Pink Eye Precautions
There are a number of reasons why our eyes can get red – lack of sleep, allergies, bacterial infections and inflammation can all contribute. When someone has “pink eye,” what does that mean? The classic pink eye infection is a virus. It is very contagious. In fact, the medical name for this is EPIDEMIC keratoconjunctivitis (EKC). Because it is a virus, antibiotic eye drops do not help. A person with EKC may be contagious before they exhibit symptoms. It may take up to two weeks for the patient to no longer be contagious.
We have seen several cases in Lincoln this winter. If you watched the Sochi Winter Olympics, you may have noticed Bob Costas was suffering from this condition the entire time. It is great reminder for contact lens wearing patients to have a good back-up pair of glasses. If you have the misfortune of contracting EKC, you will be out of your contacts for several weeks.
If EKC hits your school or household take these precautions:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Do not share towels or linens with others.
- Do not share eye medications or make-up.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Stay at home to avoid spreading this virus to the public.