Focus & Go – Lincoln Marathon Profiles: Garrett

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Garrett Laughing Web

Garrett has been a clinic tech at EyeCare Specialties for the past three years. As a clinic tech, he assists the patient through all of the preoperative procedures and performs all diagnostic testing before the doctor sees the patient. He loves working with patients and helping them achieve a higher quality of life through enhanced vision.

1. How long have you been running?I was an active athlete back in high school, but never a runner. I started running in college to keep some pounds off and found a passion in stretching distance and time. I have now started running for pace and find pace to be a huge motivator.

2. Is this your first marathon?
Yes. I am running the half-marathon for the very first time. I found my motivation has encouraged me to register for my second later in the year.

3. What has your training been like?
I try to run 3-4 days a week, depending on the weather, getting my longer runs in during the nicer weather. On my short runs I’ve been running with a strong emphasis on time and intensity.  I’ve been training on my own, trusting and feeling where I’m at and where I need to be and knowing that race day will bring extra adrenaline.

Garrett Running

4. What do you run for? What motivates you?
Self-assurance; knowing I can set a goal and strive to reach it. This has been a true test to stay the course and complete what I have set out to reach.

5. Do you have a running mantra?
It’s my mantra for life, really:  “Focus and Go” No matter what you do in life, just put your mind to something and go for it. (*We we so inspired by Garrett’s mantra, we decided to use it as the title of this series.)

6. What gear is important to you when running a half-marathon?
Shoes. Shoes have been my greatest asset. My SMITH sunwear is important for keeping my eyes protected, and my smart watch has been so crucial for keeping pace.

7. Favorite running songs on your playlist?
1. Light it Up by Major Lazer
2. The Fire by The Roots
3. Any upbeat country

8. What are you excited about running this particular half-marathon?
Looking forward to the support crowd. I’ve heard Lincoln brings a great atmosphere, and knowing my parents and friends will be in the crowd motivates me that much more.

UV Protection is a Hot Topic!

Dr. Brightman

By now, I hope that everyone is aware of the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. Our eyes should be no exception because they are equally affected by the damaging effects of sunlight. There are some important factors to look for when choosing your sunglasses.

The most important thing is UVA and UVB protection. Not sure if your sunglasses protect against both? If you are buying your sunglasses at a convenience store, chances are you are getting the bare minimum UV protection required by law (UVB only) in a material not suited for optimal vision. UVB radiation causes sunburns, so it stands to reason that we want to protect ourselves from that. Most sunglasses have UVB protection. The windshield of your vehicle, however, also offers decent protection from these wavelengths. UVA radiation, on the other hand, is the more damaging wavelength to skin and eye tissue. Wrinkles, cataracts, macular degeneration, and age spots are all caused by UVA. Our windshield does not protect us from these wavelengths nearly as well. It takes a quality pair of sunglasses to block 100% of both UVA and UVB light. Designer names like Oakley and Maui Jim always provide full UVA and UVB protection in a superior optical quality material.

That brings us to the second most important thing. Good sunglasses will not adversely affect the clarity of your vision. Just like your prescription eyeglasses, your sunglasses should be optical quality. Have you ever noticed that non-prescription sunglasses can give you a headache and make you feel that your vision is not as clear and crisp? That is because poor quality materials cause visual discomfort. When you buy a pair of designer sunglasses, you can be sure that your visual quality will not suffer.

To enhance the quality of your vision even more, I recommend polarized sunglasses. Polarized lenses have a built-in filter that reduces the blinding glare from surfaces such as water, snow, and chrome. Polarization helps reduce the intermittent blind spots in your vision when you are dazzled by a very bright light. These lenses are the best for driving, boating, or any other outdoor activities. In a recent industry survey, polarized lenses scored the highest among consumers. 98% of people who purchased polarized lenses said they would choose it for their next pair of sunglasses. They come in various tints to best suit your lifestyle and preference.

Sunglasses are a great way to look good and see great! Please stop in and see our wide variety of sunwear. We’ll help get you in a pair that suits your vision needs and keeps your eyes healthy.

 

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