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Protect Your Eyes From Harmful Wildfire Smoke

wildefireWildfires, including those still devastating parts of the western United States and Canada, can harm your health, including your eyes. The hot smoke, ash, and soot billowing into the air contain a mixture of noxious gases and fine particles of burned vegetation that spread with the winds, sometimes hundreds of miles from the fire.

Wildfire smoke is made up of thousands of compounds, including those used in plastic, dry-cleaning solutions, and solvents. Asbestos, a toxic air contaminant, is also released into the air when buildings burn.

These pollutants can harm your eye’s surface, causing blurred vision and redness, and may also cause y a burning sensation leading eyes to become watery, dry, or itchy. Wildfire smoke also aggravates pre-existing health conditions like dry-eyes and ocular allergies and may make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable—even impossible—to wear.

In extreme cases, wildfire smoke may even lead to scarring of the conjunctiva, the thin membrane covering the white of the eye and the eyelids’ underside. Scarring damages the conjunctiva and its protective mucous layer.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology suggests the following steps to keep your eyes healthy when smoke is in the air:

  • Double the quantity of over-the-counter artificial tears you use to address eye conditions and cool the artificial tears’ vials or bottles in a refrigerator before using
  • Apply cool compresses to your eyelids
  • Stay indoors and close the windows to reduce smoke’s effects
  • Use an air purifier or air filter in your home or office
  • Refrain from drawing outside air into your air conditioner
  • Refrain from wearing contact lenses, which attract wildfires’ dust particles
  • Wear eyeglasses, sunglasses, or specialty goggles if you are outdoors

Continue observing these precautions even after the smoke has cleared as particles can linger in the air for up to two weeks.

If smoke-related symptoms or discomfort persist, please contact Advanced Eyecare Center. We will examine your eyes and prescribe the appropriate treatment. We treat patients with wildfire-related vision challenges from Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, and throughout California.

References:

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/what-to-do-when-smoke-gets-in-your-eyes

https://www.aoa.org/news/clinical-eye-care/health-and-wellness/wildfires-and-ocular-health?sso=y

https://www.aoa.org/news/inside-optometry/aoa-news/redding-doctor-depicts-historic-wildfire?sso=y

https://www.allaboutvision.com/eye-care/wildfire-smoke-and-vision/

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/wildfires/smoke.html

Change Your Look With Non-Prescription Glasses

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Optical Store & Eye Care at Advanced Eyecare Center

There’s no doubt that glasses are deemed the ultimate accessory nowadays. From cat eyes and hipster to rimless and thick nerd glasses, both men and women are donning glasses without vision correction simply to change up their look. This trend is taking over, from teens to celebrities, such as supermodel Helena Christensen, basketball player Lebron James and singer Justin Bieber.

What might surprise you, however, is that in addition to changing your appearance, these glasses offer protection from dust, direct sunlight, and UV rays. Furthermore, by coating your lenses with anti-radiation and blue light filters, you can prevent eye strain and discomfort while working on your computer.

So What Are Non-Prescription Eyeglasses?

These spectacles can be worn to change up your appearance, make a fashion statement or simply to refresh your look with something more funky or hip — but without a prescription. Non-prescription glasses add the final touch to your entire outfit and can be stylishly paired with a work outfit, a cocktail dress or with your jeans and a sweater for running errands.

Select the specs that have all the features you desire. Advanced Eyecare Center offers a wide array of frames available in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and styles to match your needs and personality.

Can Non-Prescription Glasses Harm Your Vision?

Many worry that wearing fake glasses will harm their eyes. Because you’re just looking through glass – or no glass at all – these non-prescription spectacles will not harm your vision in any way.

Where Can I Buy Non-Prescription Glasses?

Visit us at Advanced Eyecare Center to check out our wide range of styles and brands; we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your face and desired look.

Fashion-forward men and women tend to gravitate towards designs by Versace and Marc Jacobs. Models and the Hollywood set don Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry frames.

Ready For a New Look?

Non-prescription eyewear offers the easiest way to change your look. For instance, wearing a fitted dark jacket with a pair of oversized vintage glasses can instantly make one feel fun, approachable and fabulous.

In short, non-prescription glasses add beauty and charm to your appearance, while protecting your eyes from dust and other unwanted particles. Thanks to our wide array of designs and styles to choose from, you can buy multiple pairs and create as many fashionable combinations as you like.

So give your outfits a new breath of style! Visit Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach and slip on a pair of nonprescription eyeglasses (or prescription peepers if you need eye correction) today to instantly transform your look and feel.

Frames For Eyeglasses Depending On Your Skin Tone

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Optical Store & Eye Care at Advanced Eyecare Center

Your face shape can help you identify your ideal frame style. Once you’ve found the perfect frame for your features, it’s time to pick the most flattering color! Your skin, hair color, and eye color all play a role in determining which color of glasses will most flatter your features.

Below we explain which shades best compliment you, based on your skin’s undertone.

What Are Skin Undertones?

If you’ve ever heard the term “warm tone” or “cool tone”, it’s referring to the undertone of your skin color— and not the surface tone. The surface tone is easy to identify, and chances are, you already know whether your skin is ivory, light, olive, tan or dark.

Undertones, however, are divided into three categories:

  • Cool (pink, red or blue undertones)
  • Warm (peachy, golden or yellow undertones)
  • Neutral (a combination of warm and cool undertones)

Tips to Identify Your Skin Undertone

    1.Determine the color of your veins

    When facing natural lighting, examine the veins on the inside of your wrist. What color are they? Blue or green? If they give off a blue or purple hue, you’re probably cool-toned. However, if they’re more green-like, chances are your skin tone is warm. But, if you are unable to distinguish between the two colors, you’re likely neutral-toned.

    By the way, your veins aren’t really green or purple— this is simply how they appear under the skin tone. For instance, blue veins observed through yellow tones give off a green appearance, whereas red tones with blue veins give off the purple appearance.

    2. Identify the color of your hair and eyes

    Another good place to assess your skin tone is by looking at your natural hair and eye colors.

    If you have blue, green, or grey eyes with blonde, brown, or black hair, then you have cool-toned skin. Those that have amber, brown, or hazel eyes and strawberry blonde, red, brown or black hair have warm-toned skin.

    3. How Does the Sun Affect You?

    Another method of identifying your skin tone is by assessing how your skin reacts when exposed to the sun. Does your skin burn easily or does it turn golden brown? If your skin burns easily, you likely have a cool skin tone, but if your skin tans easily, you have a warm skin tone.

    Once you’ve established your skin undertone, the next step is to pick glasses that best complement your unique features.

    How to Select Glasses Frame Colors Based on Your Skin’s Undertone

    Are you warm-toned?

    Colors well-suited to warm skin tones include dark red, honey, olive, and coral shades.

    Are you cool-toned?

    Colors that complement the cooler skin include blue-based reds, blues, greens, pinks, purples, blue-greens, and magentas.

    Are you neutral-toned?

    If your skin is neutral-toned, you can pull off essentially any color.

    2019 -2020 Trendy Prescription Eyeglasses & Frames At Advanced Eyecare Center

    The best and quickest way to figure out which colors best suit you is by trying on a variety of different shades. Come visit us at Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect frame color for your skin tone and features so you can look your very best, always.

    Why Own More Than One Pair of Eyeglasses

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    Optical Store – Prescription Eyeglasses – Eye Exams at Advanced Eyecare Center

    How many pairs of shoes do you own? While that answer largely depends on your particular lifestyle, chances are you own at least 5 pairs of shoes. You wouldn’t wear dressy shoes to the gym or your running shoes for an elegant event. The same could be said for eyewear. Having at least two pairs of glasses should not be considered a luxury, as each pair has its place and purpose that surpasses style. Aside from the obvious — having a backup pair in case the first pair gets lost or damaged — there are many other reasons why a second or third pair of glasses is necessary. Below we list a few of them:

    Sports Eyewear Is a Game-Changer

    Wearing your everyday glasses while exercising or playing sports can hinder your performance due to concerns that your glasses may fall or get damaged. Investing in a quality set of sports eyewear will enable you to fully concentrate on the game while achieving clear and comfortable vision. There are several varieties of sports glasses that cater to each sport, all of which offer more protection and safety than traditional everyday glasses. Speak with the staff at Advanced Eyecare Center, who will be happy to help you find the right eyewear for all your sporting needs.

    Prescription Sunglasses Are a Must

    Everybody needs a good pair of sunglasses to block the sun’s harmful UV rays. For those with a refractive error, prescription sunglasses offer optimal protection and perfect vision outdoors. Prescription sunglasses are also an excellent option for people who typically wear contact lenses with non-prescription sunglasses.

    For extra protection and comfort, add your desired coatings and tints to suit your lifestyle needs. Most importantly, be sure to purchase lenses that block 100% of UVA and UVB radiation.

    Style Matters, Too

    Lastly, an additional pair of glasses can be an excellent accessory that provides stylistic versatility and enhances any outfit you wear. Just as you wouldn’t pair the same shoes with every ensemble, so should your glasses add a little zest to your outfit and express your personal style.

    Give yourself the chance to experience perfect vision in every moment of your day with a second or third pair of glasses. Contact Advanced Eyecare Center at Manhattan Beach to discuss the best options for your lifestyle.

    * Make sure to contact us by the end of the month to make use of your 2019 vision insurance benefits.

    Discover the Right Lenses for Your Lifestyle

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    Eye Care and Optical Store at Advanced Eyecare Center

    So many of life’s moments are worth capturing. Whether it’s seeing a magnificent mountain during a hike, your favorite band in concert or the smiling faces of family and friends, a perfect pair of lenses can help you see your world with clarity, comfort, and enjoyment.

    Do you love to run outdoors during the day? Do you spend most of your working hours in front of the computer? No matter your lifestyle, Advanced Eyecare Center offers plenty of lens options to choose from to suit your every need.

    Without further ado, let’s explore the different lens types below:

    Single Vision

    Single vision lenses are ideal for those with myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Nowadays, lenses are digitally surfaced— meaning that the eye doctor, Dr. Hansen, will take specific measurements to optimize your lenses for your unique visual needs. Compare this to having your suit customized and tailored according to your measurements versus buying a suit off the rack. The obvious choice is clear!

    Progressive

    Goodbye bifocals and hello progressives! Progressive lenses are an amazing piece of engineering, as they allow multiple vision fields to be incorporated into a single lens. That is, you see clearly both near and far and seamlessly transition at distances in between. Unlike bifocals, these lenses don’t have a line separating near and distance prescriptions — progressive lenses blend the prescriptions. This increases comfort and is an obvious choice for those who switch from activity to activity— such as driving to reading something close up. Furthermore, these lenses provide a sleek, sharp and youthful appearance.

    Computer Vision

    We live in a digital world and extended screen time is rapidly becoming the norm. When working at your computer for any length of time, it’s not uncommon to experience blurred vision, eye strain, red eyes, and other symptoms. Many try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward, or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses.

    If you regularly work at your desktop or laptop, consider getting computer vision lenses. Computer glasses typically have 60% of the magnifying power of reading glasses. But the optimal magnification will depend on how far you’d like to sit from your computer screen and digital devices. These lenses reduce eye strain, blurred vision and unnatural posture that can result in neck and back pain.

    Lens Enhancements

    You can further customize your lenses with lens enhancements. These protect your lenses from scratches, reduce reflection and smudges, protect your eyes against UV rays, and diminish exposure to blue light.

    Anti-reflective (AR) coating

    Anti-reflective coating, also known as AR, or non-glare, is a coating that, when applied to the surface of the lens, reduces the amount of glare that reflects off your lenses.

    It also allows more light to pass through your lenses to your eye, resulting in clearer and sharper vision.

    Because of reduced glare, people will be able to actually see your eyes and not just your lenses, whether in person or in photos. Furthermore, because your vision will be sharper and clearer, you’ll be placing less strain on your eyes in order to see.

    Light-reactive lenses

    Many people find it a hassle to switch between prescription sunglasses and regular specs. Carrying a pair of each also means that you also have a higher chance of losing one of the pairs. Some may forget to bring their sunglasses along altogether!

    The solution? Light-refractive lenses! Also known as photochromic lenses, these prescription lenses cleverly adapt to lighting conditions: when indoors, the lenses are clear, but as soon as you step outside into bright, natural light, they darken, providing you with 100% UV protection.

    Photochromics are versatile and are perfect for practically any occasion. Whether for golf or tennis players, where good vision is as crucial as comfort and protection, or when switching between outdoor sports activities and the classroom.

    Blue Light Reduction

    Many of us have been staring at screens for a large part of our lives, especially in the last 10-15 years, as smartphones, computers, and laptops have become ever more prevalent. The average office worker spends almost 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. And that’s just when we’re at the office— let’s add to that the amount of time we spend staring at our phones before, during, and after work hours.

    All of this screen time can result in digital eye strain, a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged use of digital devices or computers. This can result in blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, neck and shoulder pain.

    Blue light lens enhancements help alleviate any eye strain that results from exposure to the dangerous blue light emitted by sunlight or the display screens of computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. Blue light coating provides relief from sore, irritated, tired eyes so that you can keep working, cramming for exams, reading online, or binge-watching your favorite show in comfort.

    If you are seeking a new pair of glasses or are deciding on new lenses, the staff at Advanced Eyecare Center will work with you to find the perfect frames and lenses to match your personal style and lifestyle. Our team is dedicated to providing the vision care needs of our patients in the Manhattan Beach, California area, and fitting you for the right eyewear is an important part of our comprehensive eye care services.

    Ready to Find the Right Glasses for Your Face Shape?

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    Eye Care and Optical Store in Manhattan Beach, California

    Whether you wear eyeglasses on a daily basis, reach for them on occasion, or simply throw on a pair for a little extra fun, the frames you choose ultimately dictate how the world sees you — and more crucially, how you see yourself.

    When choosing a pair of eyeglasses, frame shape, color, and style all come into play. So if you’re interested in altering your look, it’s helpful to know your face shape. That way you’ll have a clearer notion of what you’re seeking— which will simplify the shopping process.

    But first, a few basic guidelines:

    • The top of your glasses frame should follow the line of your eyebrows. Avoid having too much eyebrow above or below the frames. Sunglasses, however, should always cover your eyebrows.
    • Your eyes should be situated at the center of each frame.
    • Keep in mind that the facial shape is one of many factors that determine which frame looks best on you. When picking a design, take your hairstyle and color, dressing style, eye color, and skin color into account, as they all play an important role.

    So without further ado, let’s delve into the absolute best fit for your face!

    You likely have one of the following face shapes: oval, round, square, heart, or diamond. Simply look at a mirror, and assess which shape matches yours!

    Which eyeglass frames suit OVAL faces?

    Those with oval faces are in luck and can pull off almost any style. Since their faces are perfectly proportional (they have higher and slightly wider cheekbones that typically narrow towards the forehead) they can enjoy countless frame possibilities! So go bold with playful color, texture or shape! No matter the optical design – square, wayfarer, tortoise, or rectangular – rest assured that they will flatter your face and bring your best features into frame.

    Make sure to look for designs that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, and avoid designs that are overly large and cover up more than half your face, as they will throw your features off-balance.

    Which eyeglass frames suit SQUARE faces?

    Square faces are all about the angular features, which are typically characterized by a prominent jawline and wider forehead. If you’d like to draw focus to your strongest attributes, select frames that are thin, curved and circular. Consider rimless and semi-rimless frames, as the round design will soften and add contrast to your square shape. A classic cat-eye frame can also look great, with the strong geometry of a square face complemented by the thick framing on the upper half of the glasses.

    Which eyeglass frames best suit ROUND faces?

    Round face shapes have curved lines, no angles, and are proportionally similar in length and width. Many optical designs look great on those with round shapes, particularly rectangular frames, as they elongate your face, adding balance to the round features. Stay away from rimless, small and circular frames, as they may make your round face look even rounder.

    Which eyeglass frames best suit HEART-shaped faces?

    Heart-shaped faces are characterized by high cheekbones, sharply tapered jawline, a long chin, and a wider forehead. Luckily, many frames flatter the heart-shaped visages — particularly those that balance the width of the forehead with the narrowness of the chin.

    Aim to draw attention to the top of the face and add balance to the width of your face by looking for frames that are slightly wider than your forehead. To look your very best, choose round or oval-shaped frames that are thin and lightly shaded.

    Another excellent design that flatters heart faces is cat-eye glasses, as they “sweep up the face” by highlighting prominent cheekbones yet balancing out the rest of the face. Just make sure to avoid frame styles or colors that draw attention to the forehead, such as frames with decorative temples or embellished tops.

    Which frames best suit DIAMOND-shaped faces?

    Diamond-shaped faces, characterized by their full cheeks, narrow forehead and jawline, are the least common face shapes. The most flattering look for the diamond-shaped face is a rimless, oval or cat-shaped design, which will accentuate your cheekbones and delicate features.

    Make sure to avoid frames that are rectangular or narrow, as they draw attention to your narrow features rather than enhancing them.

    Every style has different options — so it’s simply a matter of trying out the design and shape you like. If you absolutely love aviator or cat-eye frames but are afraid they won’t sit well on your face, try different pairs of the same style. Some are larger, smaller, rounder, more angular — there’s virtually a match for every face! Come to Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach and our friendly staff will be happy to help you find the best design for your unique attributes.

    Your Eyes Are the Windows to Your Health

    Your eyes aren’t just the windows to your soul — they can also reveal valuable information about your general health beyond whether you need glasses, including: diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It is not unusual for people to come in for an eye exam just to check their eyesight and then have certain health issues or predispositions picked up by the optometrist.

    Eye Exams and Your Health

    Eye examinations can help doctors detect general health conditions early enough to intervene. Advanced screenings enable eye doctors to better predict cardiovascular incidents like stroke, and possibly detect signs of mental changes such as Alzheimer’s. Read below to learn how eye exams can unveil a whole lot more than just eye health.

    Brain Cancer & Stroke

    Because of the similarities between the blood vessels in the eye and brain, an eye doctor can occasionally detect an issue taking place in the brain by examining the blood vessels in the eyes. If swelling or shadows in the eye is observed, it may indicate a serious condition in the brain, like a tumor, or clots that might result in a stroke.

    Diabetes

    Diabetes can cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye, resulting in Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) and Diabetic Macular Edema (DME). If an optometrist detects leaky blood vessels in the eye, the patient would be advised to see a doctor to help control their blood sugar. Changes are gradual, and they start before visual symptoms are noticed. The earlier diabetic eye disease is managed, the better the chances are of preserving eyesight.

    Hypertension

    High blood pressure, characterized by having too much pressure in the blood vessels, can be detected during an eye exam, sometimes even before it’s diagnosed by your regular doctor. The damaged blood vessels lead to swelling, hemorrhages, and leaking — all of which can be observed in the eyes. According to the CDC, hypertension “the silent killer” affects nearly 1 in 3 adults, and up to a whopping 20% of those don’t even know they have it. So early detection at an eye doctor’s evaluation can be truly life-saving.

    High Cholesterol

    Eye exams can also detect a buildup of cholesterol. High cholesterol is among the easiest conditions to spot during a complete eye exam, as the cholesterol deposits manifest on the front of the eye, appearing as a thin, gray rim around the cornea. It can also be detected in the retina by assessing artery and vein patterns.

    These deposits may indicate the current or future development of Retinal Blood Vessel Occlusion, a condition where blockages restrict blood flow to the back of the eye, causing temporary or permanent vision loss.

    Heart Conditions

    In some cases, heart conditions associated with a buildup of plaque in the carotid artery in the heart can also lead to deposits that clog the ocular arteries in the eye. If an optometrist detects such changes to the vascular structure at the back of the eye, he or she will typically recommend going to a specialist.

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Sudden vision loss may be attributed to Multiple Sclerosis (MS). While the optometrist can recognize signs indicating the presence of MS, such as the color and appearance of the optic nerve, such cases will be referred for further testing to confirm the diagnosis.

    Thyroid

    Thyroid disease can make itself apparent through the eyes in several ways. The thyroid gland controls the hormones that regulate tear production so some thyroid disorders can cause dry eye disease. Additionally, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can make the extraocular muscles enlarge and stiffen, causing bulging eyes — an indicator of Graves’ disease.

    Inflammation

    Systemic conditions that are associated with inflammation in the body can have an inflammatory effect on the eyes. Uveitis, for example, causes eye inflammation, redness, and blurred vision, and tends to occur in people with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.

    Cancer

    Breast cancer, leukemia, and other metastatic cancers are occasionally discovered during an eye evaluation. In addition to brain cancer mentioned above, melanoma and basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer) can be detected, and eye doctors can also diagnose lymphoma and other eye tumors. Eye exams save lives.

    What the Future Holds

    Alzheimer’s

    Recent studies show that a non-invasive and precise imaging device called Octa (optical coherence tomography angiography) can signal the presence of eye changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Because the retina is in many ways an extension of the brain, the altered blood vessels at the back of the eye offer a glimpse into the changes taking place within the brain.

    Parkinson’s Disease

    Parkinson’s Disease can often be misdiagnosed as its early symptoms are characteristic of other conditions. Research has shown that subtle eye tremors, an early Parkinson’s marker, could be detectable using advanced eye exam technology. One day soon, practitioners may send patients to an eye doctor to test for this and other diseases.

    Your Eye Doctor’s Appointment Could Change Your Life

    So the next time you visit Dr. Hansen at Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach, remember that a comprehensive eye exam can do more than determine your eyeglasses or contacts prescription. Dr. Hansen can evaluate your eyes for existing or potential health issues, and communicate them to your primary care physician for the best possible care. By knowing that you’re at risk for a certain disease, you can take precautions early on and manage the condition as needed. After all, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

    Are There Different Types of Contact Lenses?

    Contact Lenses & Eye Care at Advanced Eyecare Center

    Contact Lenses & Eye Care at Advanced Eyecare Center

    For those who need vision correction but don’t want to wear glasses or undergo LASIK surgery, contact lenses are a great option. Yes, there are many types of contact lenses to choose from. The list below will take the guesswork out of navigating the various options. Speak with Dr. Hansen and the friendly staff at Advanced Eyecare Center to select the best contact lenses for your eyes.

    4 Contact Lens Categories

    • Soft lenses are made from hydrogels (water-containing plastic) that are very thin, soft, pliable, and easily hug the surface of the eye.
    • Silicone hydrogel lenses resemble regular soft lenses, though they’re more porous, allowing for more oxygen to reach the eye. These are by far the most commonly prescribed contact lenses in the United States and Canada.
    • Gas permeable (GP) lenses are rigid lenses. They allow for the passage of oxygen, rendering them more comfortable than regular hard contacts. These lenses tend to be as comfortable as soft lenses (after the initial adjustment period) and often provide better optics.
    • Hybrid contact lenses have a rigid center with a flexible outer rim that tend to provide the same sharp vision offered by GP lenses, but with the comfort of soft lenses.

    Apart from their material composition, contact lenses can also be categorized by wear-time and other features.

    Contact Lens Wear Time and Replacement Frequency

    Contact lenses are often selected according to preferred wear time and replacement frequency.

    Daily contact lenses are removed at night, while the extended-wear contacts are worn day and night without removal, usually for a period of 7-30 days.

    All contact lenses require proper hygienic care and need to be replaced periodically to avoid irritation or infection.

    • Daily disposable lenses are worn during the day and discarded before bedtime. A new pair is inserted the next day.
    • Weekly/ Monthly disposable lenses are to be replaced every two weeks at the latest. Others can be replaced every month or quarter.
    • Traditional/reusable lenses are discarded every six months.

    Contact Lenses For Every Eye Type

    Contact lenses come in several design features that accommodate almost every eye condition.

    • Certain contact lenses, such as scleral lenses, can help treat dry eye syndrome (DES) and benefit those with corneal irregularities, all the while providing comfort and sharp vision.
    • Those with astigmatism or farsightedness (presbyopia) may choose bifocal contact lenses.
    • Multifocal contacts help to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children.
    • Prescription colored contact lenses are great for those who wish to experiment with different eye colors.
    • Spherical contacts are used to treat hyperopia, myopia, and presbyopia.
    • Toric lenses can also benefit patients with astigmatism and provide clearer vision than standard contact lenses.
    • Varifocal lenses can also be worn by those that are farsighted, thus eliminating the need for reading glasses.
    • Monovision lenses are used to treat presbyopia by strengthening the eye-brain connection.

    Schedule a contact lenses eye exam and fitting to achieve clear and comfortable vision with contact lenses. Our eye doctor and professional eye care staff at Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach will happily help you choose comfortable contact lenses that best suit your eyes and lifestyle.

    Why Makeup & Eyeglasses Look Gorgeous Together

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    Trendy Optical Store at Advanced Eyecare Center

    Even with their surge in popularity over the past few years, wearing glasses can get a little tricky when it comes to figuring out how to put on makeup.

    Makeup that generally would look great on someone not wearing glasses can become practically imperceptible under specs. Furthermore, the eyes can appear bigger or smaller— all depending on the prescription.

    Tips & Tricks To Improve How EyeGlasses Look With Makeup

    Whether you’re aiming for a natural or bold look, there are many ways to wear your makeup.

    • Lipstick, bold colors in particular, can look great on those who wear glasses with thick or dark frames.
    • Eye Liners should not be the same shade as your frames, at it will cause your eyes to blend in, not stand out. Try to wear a liner that’s at least a shade or two lighter than your eyeglass frames.
    • Concealer does its magic by literally hiding the dark circle shadows under your eyes that your frames may cast. Concealers with peachy or yellow undertones are ideally suited to eliminate any dark-blue and purple shadows.
    • Primer works wonders in keeping your glasses from slipping down your nose. Just dab some on each side of the bridge of your nose before slipping on your specs.
    • Eyeshadow is an excellent eye enhancer. However, we recommend you stay away from bold colors. When worn with glasses, it can create an overwhelmingly busy effect. Simple and bright eyeshadow will give you the beautiful, natural-looking enhancement that will make your eyes pop.
    • Mascara looks great under glasses. Just make sure to apply it to the roots of the lashes rather than the tips in order to prevent it from smudging all over your lenses. Curl your lashes if needed in order to avoid them from sticking straight towards the lenses.

    Thin With Thick

    Thick frames call for thick eyeliner, just as thin frames look best with thin eyeliner. In other words, your frames affect which makeup options work best for you. Frameless glasses allow you to wear heavier makeup, while dark frames tend to match best with a more neutral makeup look.

    Size Matters

    In terms of size, however, the bigger frames offer you more space to experiment as they don’t cover your eyes much. Smaller frames, however, allow for more eyebrow makeup. At times we emphasize what’s happening behind the frames and forget the brows. Remember to regularly brush through and tweeze your eyebrows, which frame your frames.

    Prescription Lenses and Makeup

    Your prescription lenses can enlarge or decrease the apparent size of your eyes, and makeup can do a lot to minimize these effects.

    If you have myopia (nearsightedness) and you feel that your glasses make your eyes appear smaller, go for bold eye makeup, such as a bronze smokey eye. You can always use an eyelash curler which typically allows more light to reach your eyes, making them appear larger. Don’t forget to add mascara for the finishing touch.

    If you’re presbyopic, or far-sighted, your glasses will have the opposite effect by making your eyes appear bigger. In this case, ensure that your eye make-up is as natural and light as possible by using soft mascara and neutral eye shadow tones.

    In Need of New Frames? We’ve Got You Covered!

    Come by Advanced Eyecare Center in Manhattan Beach to check out our vast selection of designer glasses to rock with your makeup. You may just find the perfect new frames for your new style!

    12 Tips for Optimal Eye Health

    Good Eye Care Habits & Hygiene

    By practicing good eye care habits and hygiene, you can prevent many vision problems from occurring. Eye problems and the risks associated with vision loss only grow as you age. By neglecting eye care, you place yourself at a higher risk of suffering from cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and low vision.

    So make sure you maintain great eye health by following these 12 tips for optimal eye health.

    1. Avoid rubbing your eyes

    Itchy eyes can be a hallmark symptom of allergies, and though rubbing may bring temporary relief, it ultimately increases swelling and worsens the itch. If you wear contact lenses, rubbing your eyes can also dislodge or even break a lens, causing the lens to get lost or scratch the cornea. Plus, eye rubbing can lead to eye infections, since our hands are typically covered with a host of germs.

    2. Regularly wash your hands

    Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is often caused by germs and bacteria carried to your eyes by unclean hands. Frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water helps keep bacteria away and prevents eye contamination. Prior to inserting or removing contact lenses, make sure to wash your hands with mild soap and dry them using a lint-free towel.

    3. Beware of UV rays

    By exposing yourself to sunlight and UV rays, you increase the risk of developing macular degeneration and corneal sunburn. Beyond just adding some style and zest to your look, sunglasses should protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Speak to your optometrist about the different options available for people who wear prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses too, to keep your eyes safe in the sun.

    4. Stay hydrated

    Staying hydrated is crucial for your body’s overall health and wellbeing — and that includes your eyes. Among other complications, if you don’t have enough fluid in your body, it impacts tear production and can cause dry eyes and irritation. Drink up!

    5. Don’t smoke cigarettes

    Need some extra motivation to quit smoking?

    Smokers are more prone to developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and other eye conditions. Cigarette smoking can also destroy optic nerves, which can adversely affect your vision over time. So think twice before you light up, and speak to your doctor about getting help to quit.

    6. Eat a healthy diet

    Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to ensure that your diet is rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamins A and C. These can be found in leafy greens (your mom was right about spinach!), orange vegetables (think, carrots and sweet potato) and citrus fruit. Furthermore, fatty fish like salmon contain essential omega-3 fatty acids which also promote excellent eye health.

    7. Keep a healthy distance from screens

    Nip digital eye strain in the bud by positioning your computer monitor about an arm’s length away from the eyes and 20 degrees below eye level. Ideally, work in a room with enough diffused lighting to reduce stress on your eyes from the computer light.

    8. Remember the 20-20-20 rule

    Speaking of computers, have you heard of the 20-20-20 rule? When using digital devices, rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for 20 continuous seconds.

    Once you’re at it, blink 20 times in succession to prevent dry eyes, and make it a habit to rise from your seat and take 20 steps to promote good posture and blood circulation, which helps your vision too.

    9. Be careful with eye make-up

    Make sure that your eye shadow, mascara, and eyeliner don’t cause your eyes an allergic reaction. Get in the habit of removing your make-up before going to sleep in order to avoid bacterial build-up from residual make-up left in the eye area. And, from time to time, clean your make-up brushes, especially those used to apply cosmetics around the eye area.

    10. Sleep is golden

    Just as with the rest of your body, your eyes need a break. So make sure that you get sufficient shut-eye (8 hours) each night to keep your eyes revitalized and healthy.

    11. Wear protective eyewear

    Whatever you do, make sure your eyes are well-protected. If you’re swimming, wear goggles to prevent chlorine from entering your eyes. If you’re gardening or engaged in a DIY project at home, wear safety glasses to keep dust particles and bacteria at bay and prevent eye injuries. Ask your local eye doctor about protective eyewear for sports and other activities.

    12. Regularly visit your eye doctor

    Don’t underestimate the importance of getting a routine eye exam, whether you need an updated prescription or not. Even if you can see well today, a comprehensive eye exam can pick up early signs of eye diseases and conditions before symptoms become noticeable, such as glaucoma, diabetes, retinal holes which could lead to retinal detachment, and cancers like melanoma. Early detection and management can prevent further complications and serious vision loss down the line.

    Only an eye doctor has the required knowledge, experience, tools and techniques to determine whether you have these or other eye conditions.

    It is recommended that everyone gets a comprehensive eye exam once a year (or at least every two years). Children, whose eyes are rapidly developing, and people at higher risk for developing eye problems such as diabetics and older people, need to undergo eye exams even more frequently: at the minimum, yearly.

    During the evaluation, the eye doctor will check for things like:

    • Farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and/or presbyopia
    • Eye coordination
    • Optic nerve and eye pressure tests to spot glaucoma

    It’s also important to be on the look-out for any changes in your vision. If you experience hazy or double vision, worsening eyesight, red eyes, eye pain, swelling or floaters, contact Dr. Hansen.

    Incorporate these tips and habits into your lifestyle to maintain healthy eyes and a high quality of life. Advanced Eyecare Center offers comprehensive eye exams in Manhattan Beach, California, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about ways to maintain healthy vision.

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