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!
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.
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.
How colorblind are you? Most of us suffer some degree of colorblindness, especially as we age. Men suffer from colorblindness at a much higher rate than women. Here is a fun colorblindness test you can take online from your desktop computer. If your score is higher (worse) than you expected, call us to schedule an eye exam and let’s see if we can help you see better and clearer.
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 that and years ago introduced a program that was unique in the optical industry that allows you to try them 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.
Did you know that 80% of the UV exposure you will ever receive through your eyes occurs before you are 18 years of age? Children’s eyes are much more sensitive to Ultra Violet Light from the sun as well as blue light from LCD TV’s, mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers and tablets. That’s why protecting their eyes at an early age is so important. Here is an infographic from the folks at Essilor showing the dangers of certain lights to our children’s eyes. As we move into nice weather, now is the time to consider a good pair of sunglasses for your children and a pair for you too.
We have a proud and long history here in the New Haven area. There was a University before there was a country. We love taking a look back as much as we love looking forward. Did you know that the first eyeglasses available in the US (about the time Yale was founded) cost about $200? That would be equivalent to $6,000 in today’s dollars, so keep that in mind next time you look at all the great styles in eyewear we sell in the $250 to $500 range. Here is an infographic from the folks at Unity Lenses that gives us nice short history of eyeglasses and a compelling reason for all eyeglass wearers to consider the technological advances of digital lenses available today.
We recognize iconic looks every day. From Willie Nelson’s pigtails to Miley Cyrus’ tongue. In the eyeglass world, we have plenty of iconic looks as well, from John Lennon to Harry Potter. Here is a look at some very famous eyewear from the folks at Pop Chart Lab. What is your look? We can help make it even more iconic!
There are plenty of ways to improve your eye health — including getting enough rest (this allows your eyes to fully repair and recover from the day) and taking breaks from the computer screen and books. Though all of these will lead to better vision and increased eye strength, the best way to improve your eyesight is through the foods you eat. Here, are eight foods that will help improve your overall eye health and that taste yummy too!
Fish — particularly salmon, tuna and cod — contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in the retina. Omega-3s are also known for enhancing your brain power which indirectly leads to better vision. If you’re not a fan of fish, take fish oil pills for similar results.Green vegetables
Green veggies — such as spinach, collard greens, broccoli and kale — are known to prevent loss of vision. They’re packed with vitamins A, B12, C and calcium. Your best bet is to eat as many leafy greens per day as possible — and make sure not to overcook them as they can lose some of their valuable nutrients.
You’ve probably been hearing carrots were good for you since your days of watching Bugs Bunny, but why? Carrots contain beta carotene, which is good for the retina and protects against sun damage.
Start your day off with an egg or two to keep your vision on track. Eggs contain proteins that are beneficial to the lens of your eye. The yolk is equally good for you as it helps prevent eye diseases as you age.
Avocados contain more lutein than any other fruit. Lutein improves eyesight by reducing your chances of cataracts and other eye diseases.
Hard to imagine something so good can be so good for you, however dark chocolate is good for your vision! Specifically, it contains flavonoids that protect the blood vessels in your eyes. Strong blood vessels equal strong cornea and strong lens, so eat up!
Almonds, cashews and peanuts all contain omega-3s, just like fish. Though they don’t contain as much, they’ve also been known to help reduce dry eyes and eye disease as you age. Grab a handful mid-morning if you’re in need of a pick-me-up.
Similar to eggs, garlic helps protect the lens of the eye and can help protect against cataracts and eye disease as you age. Garlic really is a superfood — in addition to improving eye health, it also contributes to lower cholesterol, a healthier immune system and increased blood flow.