Older Americans don’t want to lose their sight!

Older Americans don’t want to lose their sight!

At Eyewear Gallery in Memphis, we try to be sensitive and help older people with limited vision. They may only need to see better to read. They may only need to see better to drive or watch tv. If that is their day to day need, we approach their needs individually. Listening is key and many times family members can help you figure out what the best course of treatment is.

For many older people, general health conditions also affect their vision. This leads to a serious decrease in quality of life. Visual sensory deficits in the form of visual and auditory loss are common among older adults. In one study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center, 94% of older Americans suffered from at least one significant sensory deficit.

New data reveals that, of the five senses, most people would miss their sense of sight most, if they were to lose it. Below are the percentage rankings of what Americans feel strongest about not losing one of their senses!

Which you the five senses would you miss the most if you lost it?

  • Sight 70% 70%
  • Hearing 7% 7%
  • Taste 5% 5%
  • Smell 2% 2%
  • Touch 3% 3%
  • Not Sure 13% 13%

See the results by age

While most say that one’s vision would be missed most if lost, the extent to which they say so varies with age. On one end, 79% of Americans aged 55 and over cite vision loss as the sense they would miss the most. Vision loss is also the most cited answer among younger Americans but to a lesser degree. Only 58% to 60% of those aged 18 to 24 and 25 to 34, respectively, say they would miss their sense of sight most.

close-up of legs of older people, invalids since walking stick

How will you know if you are losing your vision?

Most of the time it isn’t something we can detect. We assume our vision clarity will change and let us know when we might need a change in our correction. Many conditions may cause vision changes which aren’t reversible. Your vision correction is only as good as your eyes are healthy and you won’t know that unless you have your eyes examined yearly.

Eye Health means Protecting Your Eyes!

Eye health means protecting your eyes!  This video shows some amazing scenery.  Your ability to see is best served with maximum eye protection of your eyes.

UV rays may lead to serious health conditions including sunburn of the eyes, cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer.  Maui Jim has produced this video explaining this and shows you how their lenses block 100% of harmful UV rays.  Our office has written many times on the hazards of UV on facebook and in blogs.  I hope this message and prior ones we have written have helped people understand that their are differences between lenses that protect UV.  Many people pick up sunglasses from department stores or convenience stores that have UV stickers which don’t necessarily have full UV protection.

Skin Cancer

5-10% of all skin cancers occur around the eyes.  Full eye coverage sunglasses that wrap around are the most protective.  Maui Jim sunglasses have earned the Skin Cancer Foundaation Seal of Recommendation as an effective UV for your eyes and skin.

General Eye Comfort 

The sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and ability to see clearly can cause squinting and headaches.  Polarized sunglasses eliminate 99.9% of glare.  This reduces the impact of the sun’s brightness to relax your eyes.

Dark Adaption

Who would think that polarized lenses worn in the brightness would help you dark adapt in varying light conditions? Polarized lenses help your eyes light adapt when going from one extreme light condition to the next.

Blue Light Protection

Clear lenses and sunglasses should protect your eyes from harmful UV.  UV exposure to digital devices in and outdoors subjects us to internal eye damage.  Outdoors we are exposed to many levels and colors of UV light which can be absorbed by your lenses.  Blue color are clearer but blue light is shielded.  Schedule an appointment to have your eyes examined and learn about sunglass lens protection all year round.

Dr. Warren Johnson/ Dr. Do Nguyen   www.EyewearGallery.com   Memphis, Tenn. 901-763-2020




Memphis Youth plays sports with cataracts!

Memphis Youth plays sports with cataracts!

By: Darrell Greene

Memphis Youth plays sports with cataracts!  People don’t think of young people getting cataracts.  Memphis high school track star doesn’t let poor vision slow him down.

We take our senses for granted until one is taken away.  This young man is Skylan Stephens.  Many people feel their sense of vision is the last one they wish to lose.     

Stephens is a senior track star at Senior Middle High School in Memphis who, despite his challenges, can see nothing but a bright future ahead. 

He has very limited vision after getting Cataracts in both eyes when he was just 5-years-old, but that hasn’t stopped him from achieving academically and athletically.  

He first started noticing his vision problem when he was 5-years-old in kindergarten class.  “I started seeing lines and dots and figures that I knew weren’t on the paper” Stephens said.   He went to his eye doctor and was diagnosed with cataracts.  He had the Cataracts taken out when he was in second grade, but it didn’t heal his impaired vision.  

Stephens still has very limited vision. It poses its own challenges, whether inside the classroom or walking to it.  “As far as reading, I’ve used magnifying glasses, different technology, I’ve used ipads to look at the board to see the lessons and things of that nature.  For the most part I just use resources to help me,” Stephens said.  “I never looked at it as a bad thing.  Just something I’m going through.  And I got used to it over the years.”

Skylan decided to run cross country.  Stephens qualified for the city championship, running the 400-meter race in under 51 seconds. Stephens said wherever he goes to college, he’ll run track while majoring in business.

This is a great local story.  Eyewear Gallery and Drs. Warren Johnson and Do Nguyen feel this story hits home with what they preach in their office about eye health care.    Cataracts are usually found in persons who are older than 40.  Skylan shows that even children may get cataracts.  Eye Exams should be Eye health exams to determine if poor vision is a result from a sight threatening problem and to see if a visual correction may be needed for seeing and learning.  Eye exams should be done yearly even if your child sees well to look for any eye health and potentially sight threatening.  Vision screenings at their doctor or at school is not an eye exam.  Schedule your appointment.  www.EyewearGallery.com

I want to wear contact lenses!

You think you may want to wear contact lenses so you need to go to an eye doctor and have your eyes examined.  Contact lenses are great for someone’s peripheral vision.  They shouldn’t be worn in place of a glasses prescription or all of your waking hours but they are a great addition to glasses.  Some people just don’t like wearing glasses.  Contact lenses are a great vision correction option.

Many people wear contact lenses. Most everyone wears disposable contacts. Since contact lenses may cause eye infections, disposable contacts may help reduce eye infections because they are generally cleaner because they are changed often.  Daily wear disposable contacts are great for sports or the person who doesn’t like cleaning their contacts or doesn’t wear contacts very often.  It’s great both standard disposable contacts and daily wear disposable contacts are available for patients with astigmatism and even bifocal contacts.  Your eye doctor should make sure that he has checked your overall health and your eye health before determining if you are a good candidate to wear contacts.

In our office, when a contact lens patient is needing an exam, they usually want more contact lenses.  We find that life styling a patient is so important.  We find out what their vision needs are and what health histories there may exist for them or members of their families.  Health histories like diabetes may cause eye wounds and irritations to heal slowly.  This is one health example that precludes someone from wearing contacts usually.  So, some patients are not good candidates for contact lenses.

Who are good candidates for contact lenses?

  1. Patients with high prescription corrections
  2. Patients who don’t or can’t wear glasses for sports or physical activities
  3. Kids who play sports
  4. People who don’t like the way they look in glasses

Daily wear disposable contacts for people who don’t want to clean their contacts

What patients are not good candidates for contacts?

  1. Patients who sleep in their contacts
  2. People who do a lot of close work on digital screens or phones
  3. People with dry eyes
  4. Diabetics and other health related problems
  5. People who have frequent eye infections
  6. People who take alot of medications or certain medications
  7. Dry work environments or parts of the country
  8. People who expect the same clarity of vision that their glasses provide

Should you wear glasses if your wear contacts?

  1. Definitely,  because our eyes don’t breathe with contact lenses if they are worn too much.
  2. If you get an eye infection you need glasses so your eyes can heal.
  3. Digital devices may affect the health of your central vision if you only wear contacts because they don’t absorb the UV exposure
  4. Eyes work harder to focus when you wear contacts and may cause your vision prescription to get worse

Think about your eye health.  Make sure your eyes are examined yearly so you can tell your eye doctor how you function visually day to day.  Many people assume that unless they need more contacts or glasses they don’t need to have their eyes examined.  You should have your eyes examined yearly even if your contacts or glasses are working fine.  Visual health and prevention of macular disease from blue light from our electronic devices needs to be monitored in an eye exam by your eye doctor yearly.

Contact lenses are great vision correction but make sure your eye doctor approves.   Make sure if you wear contact lenses you should protect your eyes from damaging UV rays by wearing good polarized sunglasses.

Come to Eyewear Gallery to ask questions you might have about contacts lens vision correction options and/or glasses lenses options that might work.  Schedule An Appointment!   

Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen  901-763-2020

Don’t pee in the pool!

Don’t pee in the pool!

Don’t pee in the pool.  We tell our kids not to pee in the pool.  “Have you ever peed in the pool?”  We all reluctantly would admit to it at some point in our life.  As funny as it sounds, did you know you can get pink eye.   What is pee?  It is urine.  What most people don’t realize is that urine can cause pink eye.  It may also cause pink eye for people swimming in a pool that has been urinated in.  You aren’t safe to relieve yourself in a pool, lake or ocean either.   You shouldn’t swim if you are sick or have any open wounds. Take a shower and a bathroom break first.  However, don’t avoid the fun!  The rest of this hot summer will also expose you to pink eye for various reasons.

What is pink eye?  The typical type is from bacteria.  You find bacteria in the pool and from sweating.  People who have a cold or are around someone sick may contract pink eye; especially if they touch anything that a person who is sick or has pink eye has come in contact with.  This might be a door knob or any sufrace that someone with pink eye has touched.  Pink eye may also be caused from allergies or viurses or fungal infections.  All are potentially sight threatening if not treated.  If you notice yellow stuff or crusty eyelids then you probably have the bacterial type of pink eye which is the most common.  The point is not all types of pink eye are the same and need attention by your eye doctor immediately to prescribe the type of medication to treat your type of pink eye.

Remember even though you’re there for fun, you are potentially sharing body fluids with eyeryone in the water.  To prevent eye infections, I recommend swim goggles or never open your eyes underwater.  I highly recommend that you wear swimming goggles for adults and kids. Obviously, remove contact lenses before swimming.  Swimming goggles are custom made by our office in your prescription which will be determined in your eye exam.  This will help avoid needless forms of pink eye.

See your eye doctor if your eyes stay red and produce any discharge or are painful after your fun in the water!  Schedule an Appointment!


Dr. Warren Johnson | Dr. Do Nguyen

Why Should You Read This?!  Cheap Eyeglass Frames can cause skin irritation!

Why Should You Read This?!  Cheap Eyeglass Frames can cause skin irritation!

Skin Irritation may be caused by Cheap Glasses and Sunglasses!  Glasses Buyer Beware:  Here is the SEVENTH post of the 10 days and 10 reasons.  Cheap eyeglass frames can cause skin irritation or worse.   This you should know if you are considering purchasing cheap glasses.

This is SEVENTH part of our series: 10 Days 10 Reasons!

Reasons to avoid cheap glasses

At first glance, some cheap eyeglass frames may look like more expensive frames. But often, they are made of low-grade materials that can cause skin irritation over time. Cheap plastic frames can get bleached by UV rays and the finish can roughen after a few months of wear. The color of the plastic may also change.  Cheap metal frames often contain nickel alloys that can cause skin irritation; others can discolor your skin.

The most hazardous piece of information to know is that cheap eyeglass frames and cheap sunglasses occasionally are recalled.  They then are removed from the market because they contain lead paint or other toxic substances.

We all have a budget limit.  We all want to know what we are paying for.  We don’t know the differences until we do our homework.  We will help you with the  homework and show and explain the differences in quality of different glasses and sunglasses when you come in.  Schedule an Appointment and have your eyes examined by our doctors.  www.EyewearGallery   Dr. Warren Johnson / Dr. Do Nguyen

Budget-Stretching Tips When Buying Glasses

So what can you do if you or your family members need glasses and you want the best value possible?

Here are a few tips to help you stretch your budget and get all the benefits of high quality eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses:

  • Take advantage of your vision insurance benefits. Many people fail to use the vision insurance plans (such as VSP and EyeMed) that they are enrolled in as part of their benefits package at work. These plans essentially work like a gift card program — just show your card and you get significant discounts on eye care and quality eyewear. Your HR representative at work can help you locate a participating eye care provider.
  • Ask about bundles. Many optical stores provide a discount on premium eyewear products such as anti-reflective coating, photochromic lenses and progressive lenses if you purchase them as part of a bundled package. Ask your optician for details.
  • Know the terms and conditions of warranties. Premium eyewear can be a better value than cheap glasses if it comes with a warranty against lens scratches and frame materials and workmanship. Warranties are particularly valuable if you work or live in a harsh environment and for children’s eyeglasses. Ask your optician to explain the terms and conditions of warranties included with your eyeglasses and sunglasses.

Also, ask your eye care professional about possible discounts for multiple purchases, special promotions on specific frames and lenses, and financing plans for eyewear purchases to make quality eyewear more affordable.

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