Posted by: cindyletchworth | October 23, 2016

HOW ABOUT SOME EYEBALL POPPERS?

By: Cindy Letchworth

Soon all the little goblins and ghouls will be out prowling for treats. Candy is usually the Halloween mainstay for giveaways, but there is no reason why you can’t switch it up by offering something other than a sugary treat.

One customer recently ordered a bunch of our eyeball poppers. She said the kids love them, and she gives them out during the whole month of October. The boys, she remarked love the poppers, and the girls like the eyeball rings that come in assorted colors. What a great, inexpensive treat that the kids will remember!

Since Halloween is becoming increasingly popular for adults, we also have something for them. Our Simply Kleen cloths now come in a bright orange color. We have black cloths in our Soft as Silk line and the new Textured Floral cloth is available in orange. If you’re a contact lens wearer we also have new bright orange flat packs to store the contacts in.

If you want to do a little more, how about fixing up one of our black Kraft paper bags with a lens cleaner and an orange-colored cloth peeking out? Or fill our black Microfiber Drawstring Bags with candy. The customer can use the cloth bag later to store and clean a pair of glasses.

Holidays should be fun. Glance through our catalog and see what ideas come to mind, because everyone enjoys a special treat… and Halloween is a perfect place to start!

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | October 16, 2016

Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

In 2013, the FDA approved a new device for “people living with blindness due to severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa”. It is called The “Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System (“Argus II”)” and is basically a “bionic eye”. According to secondsight.com, Argus II “is the world’s first approved device intended to restore some functional vision for people suffering from blindness. Authorized by Federal (U.S.) law to provide electrical stimulation of the retina to induce visual perception in blind patients with severe to profound retinitis pigmentosa and bare light or no light perception in both eyes.”

Amcon Sales Representative Lisa has a friend who’s father will be one of just 40 people worldwide to receive this surgery. Bob gradually lost his sight as a young adult. The implant will not give him full sight, but it anticipated that he would be able to see shapes (i.e. doorways, his plate on a table & a person standing directly in-front of him).

So, how does this bionic eye work? In healthy eyes, photoreceptors (rods and cones) of the retina send impulses to the brain and the brain “decodes” them into images. When these photoreceptors aren’t functioning, this process cannot take place, leaving the individual blind. Argus II bypasses the photoreceptors by using a mini video-camera mounted into a pair of eyeglasses. The information is sent to an antenna in the implant, which produces the impulse and sends the information to the brain. (Source: http://www.secondsight.com/how-is-argus-r-ii-designed-to-produce-sight-en.html)

This is the “most clinical experience of any retinal prosthesis ever developed”. It is hoped that this device can eventually help hundreds, or thousands of people across the globe.

To read more about this groundbreaking device, check out http://www.secondsight.com/argus-ii-rps-pr-en.html

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page for Bob’s surgical expenses, visit https://www.gofundme.com/2qvwa2k.

 

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | October 13, 2016

World Sight Day Challenge

Did you know that 4 out of 5 (80%) of the world’s blind would be able to see if they had access to an eye exam or glasses? The World Sight Day Challenge is an effort to raise funds and help these individuals get the proper eye care.

For every regular-priced order of $100 or more placed October 13th, Amcon will donate $10 to Optometry Giving Sight.

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 29, 2016

What can your dog actually see? and do we really know?

Did you go to Pet Palooza at Purina Farms this weekend? This blog may give you insight into how your dog saw the festivities.

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The question has often been raised about what dogs see versus what their human companions see.  Many people believe that dogs only see the world in black and white. I was one of these people until my husband and I adopted Dorothy. After witnessing her pick out the orange ball from the other colored balls several times, we both came to realize that dogs must see color to some extent. That prompted me to do some research.

Dorothy through a human's eyes VS Dorothy in Dorothy through a human’s eyes VS Dorothy in “Dog Vision” (image created at https://dog-vision.com)

Aside from just 2 articles, one published in 1995 and one in 2013, I was surprised to find very little scholarly research on the subject. “Because a multitude of factors are involved in the sensation of vision, the outwardly simple question of how well dogs see is, in reality, quite complicated.” (Vision in Dogs by Paul E. Miller, DVM…

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Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | August 21, 2016

Contact Lens Health Week

 Aug. 22 to 26 is Contact Lens Health Week.

Here is some information from Vision Monday…

Organized by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s week also coincides with “back to school” health promotion initiatives, with a target audience of young adult.

The CDC is hosting a Twitter chat to kick off the week at noon EST on Aug. 22. The chat helps disseminate messages to contact lens wearers and parents of young people who wear contacts. Join the conversation by following #OnePairTakeCare.

A number of materials and resources are also available on the CDC website to help promote the week. The toolkit includes promotion and outreach suggestions, a web-based resource list, social media messages, sample newsletter announcements, additional contact lens health materials and campaign posters. More info is available on a special section of the CDC website here.

Bausch + Lomb is one of the companies actively supporting the initiative, along with its own seasonal promotions. B+L’s social media resources can also be helpful to ECPs, the company said, by clicking here.

 

And don’t forget to check out Amcon Labs for all your contact lens care needs. http://www.amconlabs.com/shop/400/Contact-Lens/

Posted by: courtneygrapperhaus | July 31, 2016

Join Us At Vision Expo West 2016

Join Amcon Labs At Booth #21077 for the 2016 VIsion Expo West!

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International Vision Expo & Conference West is the world’s most inclusive ophthalmic conference and expo. Discover comprehensive education covering the full spectrum of medical, diagnostic, lab and practice management skills and the latest trends in eyewear fashion.

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.

Although designed…

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