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Your Amazing Eyes and How to Keep Them Amazing

Do you work as hard as your body does to protect your eyes?

Your body “knows” how much you rely on your eyes and vision. It does too. The eyes are what collect much of the information your brain uses to process ideas and respond to your world. Because of their importance, the eyes are protected by many defense mechanisms which the body uses to keep them both safe and in good working order.

Natural Protection

Only about one-sixth of the eyes are visible. The rest of them are protected by the skull. Although the part we can see is more of an almond shape, the full structure of the eye is shaped closer to a sphere, or a ball. The eyeball sits in a protective “cup” of bone called the eye socket or orbit. In addition to housing most of the eyeball, the eye socket also protects the rest of the structures the eye needs to function, like nerves to transmit information, muscles to move, and blood vessels to nourish.

Obviously, in order to see, some of your eye needs to be exposed. Even though this part of the eye lacks a casing of skeleton, it is better protected than it might appear.

Eyelashes and Eyebrows

The rest of your eyes’ physical protection comes from two things associated more with appearance than defense: eyelashes and eyebrows. While you may be waxing your brows or putting on mascara to enhance your style, both are working to keep things out of your eyes.

As eyelashes are right next to the eyes they’re protecting, they have quite a few functions. They can act as sensors to make you shut your eyes if something gets too near, reacting like your pet’s whiskers. Did you ever wonder why you instinctively squint when looking at bright light? Your eyelashes work a bit like blinds in a window to darken the view so you can see better. They act like a brush for airborne particles, sweeping dirt and dust out and away from your eyes. This works for water as well – the crescent shape allows liquids to slide along the eyelash and away from the eye itself.

That last one is a primary function of the eyebrows. Like eyelashes, their slightly curved shape redirects water on your face, like rain or sweat, away from your eyes.

Sometimes things do get by these barriers and manage to poke us in the eye (and, ironically, it’s usually an eyelash). For this case, there are tears. These work to flush the object out of your eye and also clean up any bacteria left behind. If that eyelash is really stuck, it’s better to help your eyes wash the object out with water or eye drops instead of rubbing them (which just irritates them more).

Your Part?

But even with all these means the body has to protect your eyes, it still needs your help. Despite the mechanisms your body has to protect your eyes, it can’t do much about decreasing vision quality or eye health issues.

Vision exams will alert you to changes in your sight which may have developed so gradually you didn’t notice them. Corrective eyewear with a current prescription will allow your eyes to do their job without struggling causing you eye strain. If you wear contact lenses, clean and replace them as recommended and take them out at night to sleep. This helps to prevent irritation as well as stops bacteria from collecting on the lenses. Sunglasses (especially when outdoors around midday) will protect your eyes from damaging and dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Your body works hard to keep your eyes safe and healthy. Are you doing your part to help?

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Smart Vision Labs Releases New e-Book on Nine Reasons to Add On-Site Vision Exams to Your Employee Wellness Program

New York, NYFebruary 2, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (, the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams, released a new ebook outlining 9 important reasons companies should add on-site vision screenings to their employee wellness programs. The free e-book, “Nine Big-Payback Reasons to Add Vision Coverage to Your Employee Wellness Program,” is available for free download from the site:

According to Jennifer Mele, Director of Business Development, there is compelling data contained in the e-book that will resonate with corporate benefits managers. “Some benefits professionals may not be aware  that 79% of employees suffer from at least one daily vision disturbance (like headaches or eyestrain) at work. Or that employees lose 60 hours of productivity each year because of eye-focusing issues. How much of the $22 billion lost annually in the United States from uncorrected vision is coming straight off their company’s bottom line? These statistics don’t just affect one company – they affect them all!”

Mele cites a recent study which revealed that only 37.3% of employees with vision insurance actually used it during a 2-year period. And the two biggest reasons employees don’t get their vision tested turns out to be that vision exams are perceived as time-consuming and inconvenient. The e-book includes data from these studies, along with suggestions as to how to overcome these barriers to employee health and productivity.

Smart Vision Labs works with companies interested in offering on-site vision testing as part of, or to supplement, their corporate wellness program. Wellness screenings are an extension of Smart Vision Labs expanding telemedicine network of stores in NY and CA who are offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years a full eye health exam is recommended.

With Smart Vision Lab’s new 5-Minute Vision Exams, companies can offer their employees a solution that is easy and convenient for their employees, and affordable to the company. In the United States alone, 240 million Americans are in need of vision correction, but only 114 million eye exams are performed yearly. On average there is one eye doctor for every 5,000 people. Personalizing telemedicine promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

The growing network of partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams currently includes: Bauer Optical, Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area. In California, premier partners include Brighter Optical, Sun’s Up Optical, Daas Optique – Los Angeles, Daas Optique – San Diego, Devlyn Optical Walnut Park, Devlyn Optical Chino, Devlyn Optical Panorama City, Devlyn Curacao Chino, Devlyn Curacao DTLA, A B See Optical, 9FIVE Optical – Los Angeles, 9FIVE Optical San Diego, Hye Optic- Los Angeles, Hye Optic-Glendale, Eyetailor, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Valencia Eyewear, Eclipse Eyewear and Garrett Leight California Optical.

About Smart Vision Labs

Smart Vision Labs is making vision care less expensive, less complicated, and more accessible. The company offers a mobile-phone based vision exam where patients can obtain an eyewear prescription in minutes without the need for a doctor on-site. Their proprietary technology shrinks expensive, bulky equipment to a portable device that is adapted to a telemedicine platform. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 locations in New York and California, and the company is looking to expand to other states in the coming months. Founded in 2013, Smart Vision Labs aims to increase access to vision care by leveraging technology and innovation. Over 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

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Trouble Reading the Fine Print?

For many, losing their vision is believed to be an inevitable and accepted fact of growing older. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Turning into Grandpa who reads the paper with his arms stretched out because he can’t see the fine print or Granny who doesn’t like to drive at night anymore is not something that has to happen.

Let’s see how their day might look if they are the kind of people who just treat losing vision quality as a fact of life.

Can’t Read the Label’s Fine Print?

Grandpa wakes up, starts making a few slices of toast and coffee, and goes to take his morning medication as breakfast gets ready. Oops. He forgot to sort out his medicine the night before. He has trouble reading the tiny print on the bottles saying what and how much to take so he needs to solicit Granny’s help to figure it out. He goes to wake her, even though she wanted to sleep in today. Thankfully, Granny is a sweet old lady and helps him out anyway, although she did swipe a piece of toast.

trouble reading the fine print - you might need reading glasses - Smart Vision LabsOr the Fine Print of a Newspaper?

After breakfast, he sits in his armchair and reads the local newspaper. He remembers this being much more comfortable than it currently is. His near vision isn’t great so he holds the paper straight out in front of him, as far as his arms go.

His eyes seem tired as he continues to read. They are itchy and feel like they want to shut. But he just woke up. He can’t be tired already so he rubs them and continues on for a bit. Eventually, he gives in and takes a quick catnap. He has to drive Granny later so it is good to rest now.

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Or Drive at Night?

Granny goes to a book club at the town library this evening but she doesn’t like to drive in the dark. She says it’s hard to make things out in the dim light and the glare from car headlights just make it worse. Grandpa might not be able to read the fine print on his medicine labels but he is more comfortable driving so he takes her. He is able to finish reading the newspaper as he waits for Granny’s group to finish their discussion.

They Could Be an Easy Fix

Grandpa and Granny’s struggles might seem (and actually are) totally routine issues older people with vision problems deal with on a daily basis. But they don’t have to be.

Grandpa could read his medication bottles and have an easier time reading the newspaper with a simple pair of reading glasses. Since reading is important to him, it might be worth it to get a prescription pair of readers because they will be customized exactly for his eyes.

The tiredness and itchiness he felt in the morning is the result of lack of tears, not sleep. Dry eye is another easily treated condition with prescription or over-the-counter eye drops.

As for Granny, her inability to see well at night is due to several factors. The pupils can’t expand as well, letting in less light which reduces vision. Driving is a complex task, requiring our eyes to focus on many objects at once, both moving and stationary, a task which becomes more difficult with age. The lens and cornea may also be slightly clouded which also reduces incoming light. Depending on the severity of her problem, she may notice a marked improvement with a pair of prescription glasses with anti-reflective coating.

All of their eye problems have an easy remedy – and it can all start with a vision exam.

Your eyes are a part of your body which are very receptive to preventative care. Many conditions which affect quality of vision are easily remedied with prescription eyeglasses. Getting vision tests at regular intervals keeps you alert to any changes in your vision and allows you to act on them as soon as possible.

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