Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | July 25, 2016

Infant Vision Development — Dr. Michael Bold OD INC.

One of the greatest moments when having a child is the first time your newborn daughter or son opens their eyes and makes eye contact with you. But don’t be concerned if that doesn’t happen right away. The visual system of a newborn infant takes some time to develop. In the first week of life, […]

via Infant Vision Development — Dr. Michael Bold OD INC. – La Palma

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | July 18, 2016

Glaucoma, its causes, and its symptoms

A very common eye problem that eye doctors in Phoenix AZ treat is Glaucoma. It is a condition that can affect sight mainly due to the buildup of pressure within the eye. It is a leading cause of blindness in the world, generally among elderly. The early detection and treatment by an expert eye doctor […]

via Glaucoma, its causes, and its symptoms — GF Eye Center

Posted by: natashaatamcon | July 11, 2016

Exercise Your Eyes?

eye excercising

A few weeks ago I was trying to find new and different ways to exercise other than the same old push-ups and laps around the park. I stumbled on exercises for your eyes. According to WebMD,

A doctor may prescribe eye exercises to help people who:

  • Can’t focus their eyes in order to read
  • Have one eye that drifts outward or inward
  • Have undergone surgery and need to strengthen muscle control
  • Have strabismus or crossed eyes
  • Have amblyopia or ”lazy eye”
  • Have double vision
  • Have binocular vision problems (poor 3D vision)

Personally I had never considered “working out” my eyes. I like to do things that help relax my eyes, like using cucumber slices. I found out that there are several eye exercises available online. Eye exercises are thought to not only improve the strength of your eyes, but also improve your focus and stimulate your brain. In recent years, there have been several programs that make claims they will eliminate your need for glasses by having you follow their eye exercise program. Doctors have often dismissed these programs as non-effective and just a way to make money. One such program was even taken to court over misleading advertising. Many people require prescription glasses because of their eye anatomy which cannot be changed by just doing exercises.

Right now, eye exercise is not something I will be doing. If you are interested in starting any kind of eye exercises, you should consult with your eye doctor first.

A few weeks ago I was trying to find new and different ways to exercise other than the same old push-ups and laps around the park. I stumbled on exercises for your eyes. According to WebMD,

A doctor may prescribe eye exercises to help people who:

  • Can’t focus their eyes in order to read
  • Have one eye that drifts outward or inward
  • Have undergone surgery and need to strengthen muscle control
  • Have strabismus or crossed eyes
  • Have amblyopia or ”lazy eye”
  • Have double vision
  • Have binocular vision problems (poor 3D vision)

Personally I had never considered “working out” my eyes. I like to do things that help relax my eyes, like using cucumber slices. I found out that there are several eye exercises available online. Eye exercises are thought to not only improve the strength of your eyes, but also improve your focus and stimulate your brain. In recent years, there have been several programs that make claims they will eliminate your need for glasses by having you follow their eye exercise program. Doctors have often dismissed these programs as non-effective and just a way to make money. One such program was even taken to court over misleading advertising. Many people require prescription glasses because of their eye anatomy which cannot be changed by just doing exercises.

Right now, eye exercise is not something I will be doing. If you are interested in starting any kind of eye exercises, you should consult with your eye doctor first.

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | June 27, 2016

Sunglasses – Why they are important & What kind to buy

Today is National Sunglasses Day. Follow these tips to select the proper UV Protection for your eyes.

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We originally posted this blog at the beginning of the summer. UV Protection is just as important in the winter as in the summer so check out this blog for some good tips, and remember to shop Amcon for all your UV Protection needs!


My husband works outdoors every day and wears sunglasses all the time. He was recently shopping for a new pair and was wondering what exactly are the important features in sunwear? Over the past few years we have written several posts about sunglasses (mostly about our children’s sunglasses) but we have never explained what key things to look for in a pair of sunglasses.

sun with sunglasses

First, let’s explore a bit about why sunglasses are important. Ultraviolet light, or UV radiation, is naturally emitted from the sun. The Earth’s atmosphere protects us from some of these rays, but not all of them. UV light has a shorter wavelength and higher energy than visible light.

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | June 20, 2016

2016 Amcon Labs Catalog Feedback

This year’s catalog has been well received by our customers. Here is some feedback that our sales representatives have received so far…

Amy F.:  “People have really liked the tabs on each page.  They’ve told me it’s easier to find what they are looking for, and they are seeing sections they never realized we had.  I’ve also gotten positive comments about how much easier it is to order readers.”

Dee P:  “I heard them say that it is much easier to follow when trying to find a particular product.”

Claire S.: “Customers have passed along that they like the fact that we carry more brands of Punctal Plugs and also the expanded line of Haven Sunwear.”

Posted by: cindyletchworth | June 13, 2016

THE MIGHTY EYES OF THE TARSIER

TARSIER

I’ve reached the age where reading a book or a newspaper has gotten harder. I have resisted this reality for a long time. Even though I have trifocal glasses I still have a time with reading small print. My best defense is to remove my glasses and hold the item to the tip of my nose so I can make out the letters that seem to be getting smaller and smaller these days. It got me to wondering how wonderful it would be to not have an vision problems at all to deal with. I’ve always been near-sighted, but now with this change with the close-detailed work, it made me take special notice when I read about a creature with exceptional sight.

The animal is a nocturnal primate called the Tarsier. It is a small animal weighing anywhere from 3 to 6 oz. and its size is usually no bigger than 6.5”. It lives in forests and mangroves on southeast Asian islands. They have very long hind legs, and have bat-like ears that are so sensitive that they can hear even the slightest sounds. If that wasn’t enough, what makes this animal even more extraordinary is its eyes. They are 16 mm, or 5/8”, in diameter and they are as large as its brain.

Surprisingly, their eyes lack the tapetum lucidum. This is the layer of tissue lying right behind the retina that reflects visible light back through the retina. Many animals that roam the night possess this feature which increases any light available to them. Cats are a prime example of an animal who has tapetum lucidum.. If you’ve ever reflected a light at their eyes you will see them glow.

Instead of tapetum lucidum, the Tarsier have fovea. The fovea provides sharp central vision used for detailed visual activities. In humans the fovea helps us to do skills like driving and reading. The fovea is a small depression that is made up of closely packed cones in the eye and is located in the retina’s macula lutea.

With vision like this, the Tarsier can catch animals likes frogs, lizards, birds and even flying bats, to take care of their carnivorous cravings. Living in trees all day is another tricky maneuver they have to deal with, so those big beautiful eyes help get the job done.

So the next time I struggle with reading ingredients on a cereal box, I can be glad I don’t have to catch my own prey. If I did I’d be in serious trouble.

 

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | June 6, 2016

Kids sunglasses – not just for looking cute

Check out new styles of children’s sunglasses at http://www.amconlabs.com/shop/510/Children's-Sunglasses/

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kids-sunglassesFor some reason we seem to think that it’s absolutely adorable seeing babies and toddlers in adult styled clothing and accessories which is why kids’ clothing lines like J Crew and Burberry that often mimic adult styles are so popular.  Apparently we like to dress our kids like little mini-mes.  For many, it may be the urge to dress a young child like a grown-up that is the motivating factor in buying their little one a pair of shades. But according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, it shouldn’t be.

“Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to the sun’s rays because their ocular lenses aren’t yet mature and can’t filter UV light as effectively as adults, causing damage to the retina. The average child takes in about three times the annual UV exposure of the average adult, and an estimated 25% of a person’s lifetime exposure occurs before age 18.”

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Tribute

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Flag

We, at Amcon, would like to salute all the veterans, families currently dealing with loved ones currently in the service, those who have returned home and are struggling to readjust to civilian life, and those who have lost loved ones. This is for you:

 

Forever We Value

It is easy for us,

here at home,

to forget the sacrifice,

the pain,

the fear

that those of you handle

on a daily basis

 

This week we remember what it takes

to stand strong,

to live in a land of freedom because of who you are,

and what you have given us

 

We salute everyone

who has made their jobs their lives

by honoring,

securing,

and preserving the

American way

 

We raise the flag to you!

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | May 22, 2016

Tracking #s for Amcon Orders

Did you know that UPS will email you a tracking # for your Amcon order? Just make sure we have your current email address on file when placing your order and the tracking # will be sent to you when your order ships. Here’s an example of what the email looks like…

UPS SAMPLE

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | May 15, 2016

NEW! Interactive Product Listing Page

fb coverWe just launched an interactive product listing page.

Check it out at:  http://www.amconlabs.com/listing-filter.asp?cat=6

You can sort it by all products or by categories. Then you can either see product name or stock numbers. By clicking on any of the letters at the top you can jump to the start of that section.

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