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Pink Eye Precautions

Dr. Brightman
by Dr. Brightman

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.

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Jerelyn

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

ECSFrameExpertjerelynweb.jpgJerelyn has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for seven years and is an ABO Certified Optician. She authored a children’s book called Colorful Vern, about a gumball machine that lives in a doctor’s office and teaches tolerance.

“My favorite brands are Silhouettes and Seraphins. I love the lightness and ‘no glasses’ look of the Silhouettes. Seraphin is a really fun brand. I’m a high minus and a Progressive lens wearer. I like the Shamir Autograph II for my Progressive lens. I love helping patients figure out which frame works best for their job, hobbies, personal taste and prescription strength.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Jessica

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

ECS Frame Expert - JessicaJessica has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for seven years and is an ABO Certified Optician. She enjoys running and has participated in the Lincoln Marathon the past six years.

“My favorite frame brands are definitely Seraphin and OGI, for their marriage of retro and modern design. I love all frame shapes – from round to cat-eye. My polarized non-prescription sunglasses are something I cannot live without; the protection and vision of a polarized lens are a necessity. I enjoy working at EyeCare Specialties because of the people I get to meet. As a Frame Expert I get to enhance the quality of someone’s life by improving their vision and confidence with a pair of glasses.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Char

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

Char Fritzmeier Char has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 12 years and is an ABO Certified Optician. She has been sky diving and her favorite color is purple.

My favorite brands are Lafont and OGI. They are very unique and colorful. I wear the Shamir Autograph II Progressive lens and love them for all the computer work I do. Visiting with patients and helping them choose their new eyewear is my favorite part of being an Optician. I love when a patient picks up their new glasses and exclaims how well they can see. I help patients look and feel good.

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Peterson

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

PetersonPeterson has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for two years. He holds a second degree black-belt in Taekwondo.

“I have quite a few favorite brands at ECS. Oakleys are comfortable with their skull hugging temples. Prodesigns are fun with their shapes and bright colors. I enjoy a little of what each brand has to offer. We have a frame that will fit any person and look great. I wear Armani Exchange, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Boss Orange, Fossil, Oakley and Maui Jim. I have always had an interest with eyes and how they work because eighty percent of our brain’s activity comes from vision. My job makes it easier for people to go about their daily routine and look good while doing it.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Mindi

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

MindiMindi has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 14 years and is an ABO Certified Optician. For fun she goes to cheerleading competitions to cheer on her daughter (wearing her pink and black Prodesign frames of course).

My favorite brands are Oakley, OGI and Prodesign. I’ve been with ECS for quite a while, so I have several pairs of eyewear. “My favorites are Oakley sunglasses for the sporty look and comfort. I tend to wear bold, plastic frames for my dressier eyewear. At EyeCare Specialties I get to interact with great coworkers and patients everyday.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Jenefer

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

Jenefer_webJenefer has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for 5 years. She has a daughter that wears glasses and understands the importance of getting kids into the perfect frames.

“I am a sunglasses gal. I wear Dior and Gucci non-prescription polarized sunglasses and prefer the gray polarized lens. I feel that glasses are a person’s everyday accessory. Everyone needs a different type of lens for their own personal needs. I enjoy listening to patients to meet those needs. The most exciting part of my job is making someone’s day by helping them see better.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Charles

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

Charles_webCharles has been a Frame Expert at EyeCare Specialties for five years and is an ABO Certified Optician. He has a rescued terrier-basset hound mix named Marvin, and can speak German (the Frame Expert, not the dog).

“My favorite brands are Seraphin, Ogi, Prodesign and Lafont. I tend to wear European lines – big and bold frames with a lot of personality. Glare-free is a must for the amount of time I spend on the computer, at home and at work. I really enjoying updating patient’s eyewear. If a patient has been wearing the same pair for 10 years, I love helping them pick a more modern style.”

ECS Frame Expert – Meet Krystal

Justin Hoatson
by Justin Hoatson

Krystal_webKrystal has been a Frame Expert at ECS for 4 1/2 years. She is an ABO Certified Optician. This certification means that not only is your optician wonderful and amazing, but that she has a unique skill set to ensure accuracy as well as fashion.

“My favorite brand is Oakley eyewear for the comfort and the sporty look. I love sunglasses so I have more pairs than I should! I own Oakley and Maui Jim  sunglasses, along with various other brands. I had lasik corrective surgery and no longer need a prescription, but still like to wear my Gucci ophthalmics with Plano lenses. My job is important because we help people everyday to see well and look good!”

Vision Therapy at ECS

Austin Mackrill
by Austin Mackrill

As COO of EyeCare Specialties, I decided to go through Vision Therapy more to evaluate and learn about the entire process rather than to be an actual patient. However, I quickly realized that I actually needed Vision Therapy as an adult after hearing about the symptoms and common frustrations that occur while reading. Those symptoms were validated as one of the tests proved that my eyes do not team well together and they tend to bounce around and move back-and-forth while reading. I thought that everyone had those issues and that I just needed to push through it. I have always loved the “idea” of reading but as a result of my frustration with bouncy eyes, I never actually liked to read. In high-school and college I thought the reasons why others read better or got their college tests done before me was simply because they could read faster. So, this issue with my eyes not teaming well was kind of an “Aha!” moment for me. One of our therapists, Michelle, noticed that I may be also having contrast sensitivity issues with the black text on white paper. Once again, I just thought the “ghosting” or fading of the black letters was normal. She tested my reading with a few different color filters placed over the page. The moment she placed a specific color of green over the page, all the annoying fading effects of the text disappeared. I could read clear and smooth like never before.

Over the next several weeks, I had the pleasure in working closely with Dr. Morrissey and each Vision Therapist we had on staff. It was quickly apparent that Dr. Morrissey and our Vision Therapists were not simply working intently with genuine enthusiasm just because I was the COO, but rather because they all truly believe in what they are doing. They have a dramatic and direct hand with enhancing vision with kids and adults in ways that are unique. In ways that most people take for granted and in ways that others simply think that their only option is to push through the difficulty like I had done all those years. You see, I have 20/20 vision without the need for glasses and was always praised for how well I could see. So, I thought I had no visual issues at all. This Vision Therapy team has a chance to work with patients that may have prefect or subpar visual acuity and enhance that patient’s life in new ways that glasses simply can’t completely fix at times.

Through the various exercises and instruments our therapists used, it was also quickly apparent that my left eye lagged a little in catching up to meet my right eye when focusing from near to distance. Working on these exercises in the clinic and at home helped improve the speed of eye-teaming with my left eye. In fact I noticed a significant improvement with lining up my putting game while playing golf. I wish I could say that Vision Therapy shaved 10 strokes off my game. However, that is not the case, but it isn’t the lack of positive effects from Vision Therapy but rather my lack of practicing at my golf game. ;) I bring this up because as an adult, I need to practice more often than the kids do with keeping my eyes teaming up. I use the home computer program often that the Therapists gave me early in the process. I do notice that when I haven’t used the program in a while or any other home techniques, that my reading can tend to feel slightly frustrating. However, I quickly notice reading improvement after spending some quality one-on-one time with my computer program and exercises.

The amount of time I spent with the Vision Therapy team and all the hours of home practicing was a commitment, but for me the benefits far outweighed the time invested. I wish I would have known about Vision Therapy in high-school or even college. It would have saved me from numerous unnecessary moments of frustration.

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