I Was Missing 3 Valuable Things Until I Got the New iPhone 6s

Apply These Lessons to Your Own Life

In general, great advice works everywhere when it’s put to good use.  Although I coach patients about their visual lifestyle daily, I discovered I wasn’t applying some important concepts to my own life.  And I’m kicking myself for it.

iPhone

A Surprising Discovery

I picked up the new iPhone 6s the day it was released.  No, I didn’t camp out to be first in line.  I didn’t even plan on it.  I just happened to have a few extra minutes as I passed my local store.  It wasn’t crowded, so I decided to upgrade.

Here’s the sad part: my other phone was over three years old.  Embarrassingly, it was an iPhone 5 still running iOS 6.  I know, first world problems, right?

How is it that an eye doctor who highlights new technology nearly every week allows his cell phone to get so old?  How could I overlook the advancements available to me in a device I use every day?  It’s a common answer.  I knew the benefits, I just didn’t believe they were worth the trouble.

Apple claims the new iPhone 6s offers:

  • Clearer photos and videos
  • Technological advances like 3D touch and live photos
  • Physical improvements like stronger aluminum and glass
  • A newer, sleeker design

As soon as I turned it on, I knew they were right.  Almost instantly, I was regretting my long wait to upgrade.

Is It Time for You to Upgrade Your Vision?

I often explain to patients that glasses are like smart phones – every year there are advancements that benefit the eye health and vision.  I am convinced that I can help almost everyone see better even if their prescription doesn’t change.  This can be done with not only technologically advanced lenses, but also separate pairs of specialty eyewear.

But like me with the iPhone 6s, you may not realize what you’re missing until you actually try it.  Are you making the same mistake with your eyes?

Here are some benefits you may be missing:

  • Clear vision: The latest lens technology offers unrivaled clarity, even if your prescription hasn’t changed.
  • Technological advances: High definition lenses are clearer and easier to use.  New lens designs block both UV and high energy blue light for preserving eye health. Specialty eyewear falls into this category too, allowing custom visual solutions to help you see more clearly and comfortably no matter how you work or play.
  • Design improvements: Style plays a big part in your eyewear choices, and recent advances mean there’s a wide range of frame designs and lens options for your visual lifestyle. Like the new iPhone 6s, if you want it stronger, lighter, and more beautiful, it’s yours for the asking.

I regret not following my own advice.  But I did learn a good lesson.  I understand why some people decide not to upgrade their visual lifestyle.  Like me with smart phone technology, they assume their eyes and vision are good enough.

Unfortunately, the “good enough” approach nearly guarantees you’ll be missing out on benefits that could improve your life every day.

And if we are on this journey to a lifetime of clear, comfortable vision and healthy eyes, that’s not something I want you to miss.

Question: When was the last time you upgraded something you use every day?  What was it, and what did you think?  Feel free to comment here or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Miss the Rare Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

Make Sure You’re Outside Sunday Evening

You rarely get the chance to see something that only appears every decade or two.  If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen something unique, that something is coming this Sunday.

Moon

The heavens are a significant part of living the visual lifestyle.  Whether fixing your gaze on the International Space Station or peering much farther into our universe, space has much to offer.

So when something this amazing comes along, you need to know about it.

The Supermoon Lunar Eclipse

This Sunday night if you look skyward you’re in for a rare treat.  You’ll see not only a supermoon, but also a lunar eclipse.  A lunar eclipse happens when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on it.  A supermoon simply means the moon looks larger than usual, because its orbit has carried it closer to Earth.

What makes Sunday night so amazing is how rare this event is.  According to NASA, a total lunar eclipse of a supermoon happened only five times in the 20th century.  And if you miss it this Sunday, you’ll have to wait another 18 years to see it again.

Here are four reasons you don’t want to miss Sunday night’s supermoon lunar eclipse:

  • It’s incredibly rare: The last time there was a total lunar eclipse of a supermoon was 32 years ago, and you can’t see it again until the year 2033.
  • It’s total: well, if you’re in the right spot. The total eclipse will be visible to all of North and South America, with partial views for western Asia and the eastern Pacific rim.
  • It’s safe: A solar eclipse can damage your eyes if you view it without protective gear.  But you can look straight at a lunar eclipse without risking your vision. Bonus: use binoculars or a telescope for a better view.
  • It’s inspiring: Because it is both immense and mysterious, space has a way of inspiring a deep sense of awe that few places on our humble planet can match.

This is a heavenly event you don’t want to miss.  The total eclipse will begin at 10:11pm Eastern Daylight Time, although you’ll be able to see it start more than an hour before that (unless you live on the West Coast of North America – you’ll have to wait for the moon to rise).

Get outside Sunday evening.  Weather permitting, you may just see something that inspires you.

Learn more by watching this clever video from NASA about the supermoon lunar eclipse:

Question: Have you ever seen a total lunar (or solar) eclipse?  How would you describe it?  Please answer here or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.

One Thing You Don't Want to Do When You Injure an Eye

Many People Don’t Pay Attention to This Rule

What would you do if you injured an eye?  Strangely, many people are terrified of losing their vision but still take a “wait and see” approach.  This is the worst thing you can do for your eye health, and you may not understand why.

Eye Injury 2

Not What the Doctor Ordered

Last weekend I attended a wedding at a remote resort.  The DJ injured himself by pulling an audio cord that snapped back and hit him in the eye.

His eyelid was bruised and I could see his pupil beginning to dilate.  He said his vision was blurry.  He was concerned because his work depended on him seeing his laptop screen.

The location was so remote I didn’t even have my emergency kit.  I couldn’t do anything for him but offer advice.  “You need to get to an eye doctor’s office to have that injury treated.”

He politely declined.

He checked in with me a few more times to talk about his blurry vision and soreness.  But it wasn’t bad enough for him to do anything about it.  My advice to him remained unchanged.

When I left, I told him again that the best thing for him to do was to seek care and have his eye injury examined and treated.  Even after hearing this from an eye doctor, he said he would just wait and see how it turned out.

Don’t Let This Be You

Have you found yourself in a situation like this?  It’s common to want to wait it out.  After all, it’s easier to see how things progress than rush to the doctor.  If it gets better, we’ve saved ourselves the trip and some cash.  But when it comes to your eyes and your vision, waiting is the worst decision you can make.

Here’s why you need to seek care immediately if you injure an eye:

  • Major damage must be treated: Sometimes significant damage to an eye won’t affect eyesight until weeks later. If you wait, you may miss the chance to treat damage that could threaten your vision.
  • Minor damage must be treated: Some types of eye injuries don’t threaten sight. But they still can become irritating or painful.  The longer you wait, the harder it is to treat.
  • Hidden damage must be found: Some damage can stay hidden for months or even years. Serious conditions like retinal damage and glaucoma can be caused by injuries, but they’re not obvious to you until it’s too late.  An eye doctor will find this type of damage during an exam for the injury.
  • Infection must be controlled: An injured eye is more susceptible to infections. These complicate the treatment needed to heal an eye.
  • You need peace of mind: This is a significant part of injury treatment. Mast patients I see are very concerned they’ve damaged their vision forever.  But the news is usually good, especially with immediate treatment.  You can’t put a price on relief like that.

Don’t be tempted to take a “wait and see” approach to eye injuries, even if they seem minor.  Waiting can allow temporary damage to become permanent, or a minor injury to become a major problem.

If you find yourself in such a situation, call your trusted eye doctor and get help.  You may avoid permanent damage and gain some peace of mind.

Question: Have you ever injured an eye?  If so, how?  Please comment here or on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Pages.