What’s Your Vision for the New Year?

Make Sure You See What You Want to See

As the holidays wind down it’s a natural time for us to reflect on the past twelve months and plan for the new year.  What does it look like for you?

Where will your visual lifestyle take you this year?

An Unexpected Trip

A few weeks ago, some friends suggested we take a trip for New Year’s Day.  We don’t normally do this, because we like to take it easy after the Christmas holiday.

But this time our answer was an enthusiastic “yes!”  We had just been deciding what to do New Year’s Eve and couldn’t think of anything.  We jumped at the opportunity to do something new.

It was a great decision.  We spent the weekend in a cabin with our friends, skiing and snowboarding in the mountains of North Carolina.  Needless to say, we were glad we went.  We saw some of the most gorgeous mountain scenery we had ever seen.

An Unusual Year

Many people agree 2016 had its ups and downs.  A lot of people are bidding the past year good riddance.  On the other hand, there are some who feel it was their best year ever.

If you’re like me, 2016 was a mixed bag.  There were great experiences with family and friends.  But there were also challenges I could have done without.  Isn’t it human nature for us to want more of the good times?  We’d rather not have to deal with challenges at all.  But you know that’s not how it works.

We may not be able to prevent challenges, but we sure can plan ahead.  And that’s what January is all about.

I can’t plan your year for you or help you avoid challenges.  But I can help you become more aware of your vision, and what it means to celebrate it.  Here are some great ways to make sure you see what you want to see this year:

  • Get outside.  We work hard, and many of us spend our days using computers, tablets, and phones.  But our eyes are most relaxed when we’re looking at far distances.  In addition to giving your eyes a break, going outside often comes with great scenery.  Some of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen are outdoors.  For more benefits of being outside, see this post.
  • Do something new.  You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to enjoy new experiences.  Our was about three hours away.  And yet it felt like we had visited another country.  We’ve added gorgeous scenery, quaint shops, and a cozy mountain cabin to our visual memory banks.
  • Focus on people.  Don’t forget the visual lifestyle involves spending time with others.  Everyone is beautiful in his or her own right.  But you won’t discover why unless you spend a little time.  Plus, like our ski weekend, experiences are made better in the presence of good company.
  • Get an eye exam.  I know.  It may not be high on your list of experiences for the year.  But it should be.  I saw too many patients in 2016 who neglected their personal health and eye care.  Many of them missed something serious and now it’s too late.  Don’t wait, make it happen as soon as you can.  If the visual lifestyle is about clear vision and healthy eyes for a lifetime, then a comprehensive eye health exam with an eye doctor you trust is the foundation.

Most of us hope for a better, more satisfying year than the last one.  And while there are a lot of things outside our control, living the visual lifestyle is not.  With just a bit of planning you can make sure you see the people, places, and things you want to see this year.

Just make sure you see them clearly.

Question: What do you want to see this year?  Please tell me in the comments below.


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The Best (Last Minute) Visual Lifestyle Gift This Year

Is Your Shopping Done Yet?

With Christmas just a few days away, there’s not much time left to find something special.  If you’re still in the market, there’s one great gift you can still get your hands on.

A Colorful Discovery

A few years ago, we started carrying Maui Jim sunwear in The Eyewear Gallery at LaFollette Eye Clinic.  I knew of the brand for years, but hadn’t been convinced to carry them up until that point.  We already carried many excellent brands, and I was happy with my own sunwear.

Or so I thought.

Once I received my first pair of Maui Jims, I was astonished.  I first thought their commercials (see the video above) were just good marketing.  But I was seeing colors so brightly, I could hardly believe it.  I often stepped outside and put them on just to try them again.

My Maui Jim sunglasses are my best visual lifestyle accessory to date.

A Colorful Company

According to their website, Maui Jim sunglasses were introduced in 1980 in Hawaii.  Their location meant they had to pay close attention to stopping intense glare and harmful UV radiation.  And, they wanted lenses that enhanced the beautiful colors of the island.

Today, Maui Jim makes superior sunwear.  The company and technology may have evolved, but their core philosophy continues to drive them.

Here are four excellent reasons you should give Maui Jim sunwear this year:

  • Mission: Maui Jim states their mission is to “spread aloha through vivid color, clarity, and detail.”
  • Philosophy: Their sunwear is a combination of the core elements of their philosophy, which includes protection (from glare and UV), vision (both color and clarity), and of course, style.
  • Belief: According to their website, the company believes color and light are the keys to human experience.
  • Service: This is where Maui Jim really stands out.  Our Leadership Team met just this morning to decide what to do about several name brand companies that are reducing their service to both us and our patients.  Maui Jim, on the other hand, provides the best customer service I have ever experienced from a sunwear vendor in over twenty years.

Christmas is coming fast.  If you’d like to give Maui Jim sunwear this season, you’ll probably have to go to a dealer.  That’s easy.  Click here to find one near you.  Whether you’re giving a pair to yourself or a loved one, they will be enjoyed for a long time.

Question: What’s your favorite time to wear sunglasses?  Please let me know in the comments below.

It’s Not Too Late to Give a Meaningful Gift This Season

Make Someone's Holiday by Giving to Their Visual Lifestyle

This holiday season, you may be wondering what to give someone who seems to have everything.  Or, you might want to make a charitable donation.  Either way, it’s easy to make a meaningful gift.

It’s All About Perspective

Last week, my wife said we barely had any time left before Christmas.  We needed to get moving if we were going to be ready.

I replied, “What do you mean?  Today’s only the tenth!”

She looked at me and chuckled like a teacher does when a child has said something both cute and ridiculous.

Out of Time?

If you find yourself out of time and out of ideas this holiday season, you’re not alone.  Recent studies show more people are waiting until Christmas Eve or even later to finish their shopping.

Whether you’re in a rush or simply want to find a meaningful gift, you can give well when you give the gift of sight.

Here are some great ways to enhance someone’s visual lifestyle this holiday season:

  • Give new glasses or contacts.  At LaFollette Eye Clinic, we get gift requests all year long.  Whether helping a neighbor replace lost glasses or giving contact lenses as a birthday gift, it’s always appreciated.  And adding to someone’s eyewear wardrobe never goes out of style.
  • Give an eye examination.  This might be even more important.  A lifetime of clear, comfortable vision starts with a comprehensive eye health exam.  If you know someone who needs one, they will be thankful for it.
  • Give accessories.  Visual lifestyle accessories include glasses and contact lens cases, cleaning solutions, and microfiber cleaning cloths.  And there are many others.  Help someone see better simply by giving them these supplies.

If you’re in a charitable mood, here are some international organizations that offer vision care and products to those who need them:

  • CharityVision has provided more than 400,000 charitable eye surgeries in developing nations.
  • Restoring Vision has donated more than 3 million new pairs of glasses in 75 countries around the world.
  • Sightsavers addresses multiple vision problems worldwide including eye diseases, surgery, and lack of glasses.

It’s always a good time of year to give the gift of sight.  But the holiday season finds many of us in a giving mood.  If that’s you, consider giving a loved one the gift of sight or donating to one of these fine vision charities.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone sees better because of you?

Question: What is the most meaningful gift you ever received?  Please tell me about it in the comments below.