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30 Jan eyeOs Premium Reading Eyewear

We know there are plenty of places like grocery stores and big box merchants who sell reading glasses. We also know the difference between buying a quality product and the cheapest thing import available. We believe that your two eyes are pretty precious to you and that you want to care for them and make sure this most valuable of the senses lasts a lifetime. That is one of the reasons we don’t carry nor recommend cheap reading glasses. Sam Kotob has been in the optical business much longer than he would like us to say here. He knows the difference a quality product makes though, which is why he developed the eyeOs premium line of reading glasses. Europtics is proud to carry these great and good looking readers in all our locations. Here is a short video of Sam sharing the new models with Kelly, our store manager in Colorado Springs.

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02 Jan January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States. People are often unaware that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages. If detected early, before noticeable vision loss occurs, glaucoma can usually be controlled and severe vision loss can often be prevented. The vision lost from glaucoma cannot be restored.

Anyone can get glaucoma, but those at higher risk include:

  • African Americans over age 40
  • Everyone over age 60, especially Hispanics/Latinos
  • People with a family history of the disease

The Optometrists inside Europtics encourage annual eye exams which can detect early signs of glaucoma as well as diabetes and a number of other health conditions.  Click here to schedule an exam at the Europtics location most convenient to you.

 

Thank you to the NIH for the video

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29 Nov NEW! Maui Jim Optical Collection

Maui Jim Optical CollectionEuroptics has been chosen as one of 35 optical shops worldwide to showcase the new Maui Jim Optical Collection. Over the years, Maui Jim has become synonymous for comfort and cutting-edge protection from the sun with some of the finest sunglasses made anywhere.

Now Maui Jim has taken those years of expertise and created a new collection of prescription eyeglass frames that are structurally designed to balance aesthetics, fit and integrity in a broad assortment of styles and materials. See them in Denver exclusively at Europtics Cherry Creek North.

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05 Oct Eyeing Our Morning Coffee

Most of us just don’t function well without our morning coffee. It turns out, we might be helping our eyesight with our morning joe. A new study from Cornell University found that coffee may indeed have a positive effect on our eye health. The research found the chlorogenic acid, or CLA, may protect against deteriorating eyesight and possible retinal degeneration. So, drink up and don’t forget to schedule your next eye exam soon.

is coffee good for the eyes? Ask us at Europtics

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07 Sep Cantaloupe…Another treat for your eyes

eat right and get your eyes examined regularly at Europtics - Colorado

The pools may be closed for the year, but farm fresh fruits are still abundant in farmer’s markets and grocery shelves. One of our favorites is cantaloupe, and wouldn’t you know it, cantaloupe has so many wonderful properties to it, including for your eyes.

Cantaloupes have been the subject of many studies, some of which suggest consumption can actually decrease your risk of obesity while increasing energy levels. Cantaloupe consumption has been known to support heart health, decreasing blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes, and protecting the body from loss of muscle mass. It can even help reduce the formation of kidney stones.

Being in the optical business, we are most excited by the reports that eating cantaloupe can decrease our risk and the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Cantaloupes contain the anti-oxidant, zeaxanthin, which has been found to naturally filter out harmful blue light rays, protecting our eyes.

So, head on down to your favorite grocer and pick up some farm-fresh local cantaloupe today. Your taste buds, your body, and your eyes will thank you!

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12 Jul Different Color Eye Day

Today is certainly not one of the biggest holidays you will celebrate all summer, but in the eye care community, today is Different Color Eye Day. People like Mila Kunis, Kate Bosworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, and Christopher Walken are known for having noticeably different colored eyes.

The technical term for having different colored eyes are heterochromia iridis or heterochromia iridum. Hetero mean “different”, chromia means “colors”,  and iridis or more technically iridium refers to the iris of the eye, or the thin colored circular structure that surrounds the iris and contains the melanin that gives our eyes our distinctive color.  

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Heterochromia is usually benign or without any disease and does not affect your vision. It is generally considered very exotic. Heterochromia also occurs in animals, such as angora cats, Siberian huskies, or border collies.

In some cases Heterochromia is a symptom of another condition such as Horner’s syndrome. If your eyes have recently changed colors, schedule an appointment and let us give you a thorough eye exam.

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27 Jun Shark’s Eyes

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It’s Shark Week! We are excited for the week-long celebration of Sharks on the Discovery Chanel. We thought it might be fun to share a little information on how sharks see their world while we all watch them.

Unlike human’s, shark’s eyes are almost on completely different sides of their head, giving them an almost 360-degree view of their world. A shark does have a couple of major blind spots, one of which is directly in front of their snout and the other right behind their head,  Like humans though, we sometimes wonder if mother sharks have proverbial eyes in the back of their heads.

Sharks can actually only see about 50 feet ahead which is why their sense of smell is so evolved. Remember, sharks can often smell a drop of blood as far as a quarter mile away. A shark’s eye has tapetum lucidum, which are mirrored crystals located behind the retina that help it see in the dark. Like a cat, it makes it appear that their eyes actually glow in the dark. Because of the tapetum lucidum, a shark can see about 10 times better than a human can in dim light.

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21 Jun Eye See Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids are important for eye health as they can decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration and are also therapeutic for patients with dry eye syndrome. Where do we get Omega 3’s? For most of us, we find all the Omega 3 our body can use in fish and fish oil. Since summer is a great time for fresh fish, we thought it important to remind you to fill your summer (and your tummy) with lots of great fresh fish.

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Want another way to get Omega 3’s? To get the same amount of Omega 3 that you would get form 1 fillet of salmon you would need to eat a dozen eggs.  Omega 3 eggs are a great eye food however; they don’t replace fish in the diet. Eating 2 servings of wild salmon (Alaska) per week and 2 servings of other cold-water fish will provide your body with an omega-3 intake equivalent to 850 mg of DHA and EPA per day. By comparison one omega-3 egg contains approximately 125mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids).  Although they are not a replacement for DHA and EPA in fish, eggs are a great source of other eye nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin E and zinc.

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15 Jun Oprah Winfrey in Sospiri

When we were in New York at Vision Expo East this past April, we fell in love with a new line of eyewear from Italy called Sospiri. We wrote a few weeks ago that we received this amazing eyewear in our Cherry Creek North store. You know who else seems to have fallen in love with Sospiri? Oprah Winfrey. Here is a photo of Oprah who is one of the producers of the Tony award-winning  The Color Purple  at the 2016 Tony Awards wearing a pair of Sospiri Asia frames. Stop into Europtics Cherry Creek North store today and try on a pair of Sospiri for yourself.

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12:  Oprah Winfrey in the press room for the 70th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theater on June 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 12: Oprah Winfrey in the press room for the 70th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theater on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)

 

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24 May Eye Statistics At A Glance

Being in the optical business and being that optometry and eye health is the cornerstone to our business, we are obviously very concerned with eye health. An annual eye exam can test for much more than just your vision. It can reveal a variety of chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and more. Early detection of such diseases can possibly save not just your eyesight, but your life. This infographic was shared with us recently showing how many people are affected by various eye conditions in the United States. If it has been a while since your last exam, call us or click here to schedule your eye exam. You will be glad you did.

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Due to the small snowstorm outside, Europtics stores will be closing today at 1PM, March 23rd.
Please drive safe and we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow!