Out of all my body parts, I feel like my eyes are in the best shape. I must do at least a thousand eye rolls a day! Now that spring is here, did you know the most active muscle group in your body are your eye muscles? The external muscles that move the eyes are the strongest muscles in the human body for the job that they have to do. They are 100 times powerful than they need to be. The eye muscle is the fastest reacting muscle of the whole body, contracting in less than 1/100th of a second. In fact, the eye muscles work together to carry out no less than seven coordinated movements and allow the eye to track many different kinds of moving object. If your eye muscles or your eyes in general, don’t seem in shape and ready for spring, schedule an eye exam with one of our Optometrists and let’s get you ready for summer!
Despite over 50 years of being told how bad cigarettes are for us and the mountains of scientific evidence that link smoking to lung cancer and heart disease, close to 60 million Americans still smoke cigarettes regularly. Smoking however, is bad for more than your heart, your lungs, and your wallet. Smoking is bad for your eyes as well. If you value your eyesight and we believe you do, our friends at All About Vision have put together this infographic sharing how cigarettes can harm your vision and even contribute to blindness. Guess there is something to that old Jerome Kerns song, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.
As we celebrate our 70th Anniversary this year, the biggest and best brands from around the world continue to knock on our doors to stock their lines. We are pleased to announce we are now selling world famous Fendi eyeglasses and sunglasses in our Orange location at 93 Boston Post Road. Fendi glasses are distinguished by their undisputed elegance in line with the style of the Italian brand. They aim to impress and captivate everyone’s attention. Models are colorful and daring giving a unique look. Stop into Kennedy & Perkins Orange location today and see this remarkable line for yourself.
Low vision is the term used to refer to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, pharmaceuticals, glasses or contact lenses. It is often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision, but also includes legal blindness. Low vision can impact people of all ages, but is primarily associated with older adults. Some people develop low vision over time due to aging eyes or a genetic propensity for a certain condition. Other people suffer sudden trauma to the eyes which can result in a loss of vision or vision impairments. A thorough examination by our doctors can test for low vision and help come up with an appropriate treatment plan.Treatment plans may include prescription glasses, specialized optical systems, therapeutic filters, non-optical options, video magnification, and/or medical rehabilitative therapy to maximize the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) such as self-care, dressing, grooming, eating, and bathing.
More than four million people in the United States have glaucoma, a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and destroy eyesight. Unfortunately, nearly half of those with glaucoma are not even aware that they have it. Are you one of them? You owe it to yourself to find out by getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam that includes having drops put in your eye. With its painless and gradual loss of vision, glaucoma may have no early warning signs, but it can be detected during a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Our doctors can easily detect glaucoma with a comprehensive exam and help you save your eyesight and your health. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to make sure your sight is the best it can be in 2016. Make an appointment today!
Kennedy & Perkins has been improving vision in Connecticut since 1946. Our reach extends well beyond New England, thanks to our patients and customers. Kennedy & Perkins recently donated over 2,500 Rx eyeglasses to the Lions Club of Connecticut. Lions Club International distributes recycled eyeglasses to people in need in developing countries around the world. Here is our very own Rick Kennedy with Fred E. Watson of the Hamden Lions Club, accepting our 2015 donation. We are proud to have all six of our Connecticut locations as Lions Club drop-off centers for your old eyeglasses. Stop into any of our stores soon to clean out your dresser drawer and help someone who otherwise wouldn’t have the gift of vision.
We’ve heard them all. Eat carrots to improve eyesight. Your eyes can stay crossed forever when you do it deliberately. There are a lot of myths out there about our eyes and our eyesight. We were recently introduced to this great infographic by Tara Heath which goes through some of the most common eye myths and sets the record straight. If you are concerned about something you’ve heard about your eyesight, feel free to contact us or schedule an eye exam to get the right information. [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]
The warm weather is here and we are all spending more time outside. Whether you are playing golf, tennis, bike riding, swimming, sailing or just catching a few rays during lunchtime, sunglasses should be a very important part of your summer wardrobe. At Kennedy & Perkins, we have a huge selection of name brand designer sunglasses available in prescription and non-prescription. Before you come in to pick out that perfect pair of sunglasses for summer, we thought we would share this infographic about the various sunglasses tints available to help you select that perfect pair for your needs. Stop in and let us show you the different tints we can make for you based on your needs.
Two weeks ago was America’s largest vision related conference and trade show, Vision Expo East, held once again in the Javits Center in New York City. Naturally Kennedy & Perkins was represented as well by our own Dart Messick and Rick Kennedy as well a several of our key optical staff members. We saw a lot of great product we are bringing back to our customers from the newest styles in eyeglasses and sunglasses, to the newest in lens technologies to make your eyeglasses even lighter and your eyesight even sharper. Pictured above is Dart Messick of K&P, Bruce Mossman of Shamir Lenses, and Rick Kennedy of K&P. Pictured above are Siran Dietz, Jack Erker of NW77th, Patricia Perelli, Josephine Sandagata, and Rick Kennedy of K&P. Bruce Mossman
How many times have you tried on something at the store, been excited how it looked, bought it, brought it home, and it ends up sitting in your closet because it somehow just didn’t look as good in your mirror as it did in the store? We understand how frustrating that can be. A few years ago we introduced a program that was unique in the optical industry that allows you to try eyewear on at home before you buy them in our store. Only Kennedy & Perkins allows Connecticut eyewear shoppers to stop into any one of our six locations and pick out up to 6 pairs of eyeglasses to take home and try on in your environment, at your leisure for up to one week. Get your family, your friends, your neighbors and even your barista’s votes and comments and then before the week is up, stop back in and purchase the pair or two that looks best to you. All you need to participate in our try on at home program is a valid credit card. We take down your number and hold it until you return within 7 days with the frames you took home. Hurry in today to your nearest Kennedy & Perkins location to pick out the frames you want to try on at home.