Archive for the ‘Local Interest’ Category
Earlier this year, our staff started a new tradition of selecting one patient each month to thank for their business and provide them with a special basket-o-goodies. We have a lot of fun trying to decide who the lucky winner is each month, but we must say it’s a really tough decision each month trying to narrow it down to just one patient when we see so many great people every day.
We’ve been a little slow to post the photos, but here are our “Patient of the Month” for August and September.
Joey and Thelma, thank you for making our job such a rewarding and enjoyable experience. We are lucky to have such great patients as you.
It’s October and time for our annual vision screening at Woodstock Elementary in Virginia Beach. We’ve had the privilege of providing vision screenings for the entire student population at the elementary school for the last 4 years. We’ll be closed on Wednesday, October 11th, so that Dr. Beach and our entire staff can travel to Woodstock Elementary. We’ll be back and open for business at our office on Thursday, the 12th. Thanks so much for your understanding as we do our part to give back to the local community.
Summer is definitely here. The ocean front is packed. High temperatures are routinely in the 90′s. Vacations are being planned. But this is also an important time to talk about the risks of ultraviolet (UV) light.
Certainly, we are all aware of the importance of putting on sunblock to reduce the risks of skin cancer caused by UV light. But, did you know your eyes are susceptible to damage from UV as well?
Studies have shown UV light to be associated with increased cataracts and macular degeneration. Also, UV light can cause changes to the appearance of the front surface of the eye (check out our previous blog post on ‘yellow spots’ ). And similar to the rest of your skin, UV light can cause cancerous formations around the surface of the eye.
How can you protect your eyes against UV light? The best way is sunglasses, but the key is they have to be “UV-filtering” sunglasses. The typical drugstore-type sunglasses may not have the ability to block UV light. Or, they may not block significant amounts of UV-A, UV-B, or both.
However, prescription sunglasses have to meet higher standards. In fact, prescription UV-blocking lenses block up to 99% of UV light and provide the best means to protect your eyes against the harmful effects of the sun. (Be sure to check out our previous blog post on polarized sunglasses)
So, before you hit the beach this summer, make sure to pack your sunblock and your UV-blocking sunglasses. Your skin and your eyes will thank you later!
As always, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment/question here or on our facebook fan page.
It’s Spring, which means it’s time for allergies and it’s time for another Facebook Tag-a-Photo Sunglasses Giveaway Contest.
If you have spring allergies, the first thing is to avoid holding a picnic in the middle of a field of flowers! The next thing to do is enter our sunglasses giveaway contest!
HOW THE CONTEST WORKS: click through to our Facebook fan page, and tag yourself in this photo. IF we get 25 people to tag themselves in the photo by April 29th, we’ll randomly choose one person to win a free pair of sunglasses of their choosing from our entire collection! It’s that easy. Tag away and good luck!
With all that engulfs the national news these days, we can sometimes forget all the people in need within the local community of Hampton Roads. Yet, in this community there are people doing great things to improve the lives of those around them. One awesome example is The We Promise Foundation, which is a local organization committed to helping children.
As We Promise executive director, Rachel Brown, says, “The We Promise Foundation provides support to help children with a single goal: To put smiles on the faces of children by making their dreams come true. We are the charitable arm of Chartway Federal Credit Union and strive to make dreams come true for children who are struggling with degenerative, life-threatening, debilitating or chronic illnesses, or those facing tremendous hardship. Since 1999, we have been able to raise more than $3.0M and help lighten the burden for more than 600 children. We host more than 20 events throughout the year to assist with raising funds. We couldn’t do it without the support from our generous donors, and dedicated volunteers!”
The We Promise Foundation is truly a great organization and they can use our help in their mission. There are many ways to get involved with We Promise! You can donate today by going online to www.wepromisefoundation.org. Volunteer or help sponsor one of their many events, help spread the word in our local community, or simply donate items that they can auction off at their 6th Annual Diamonds in the Sky Gala and 13th Annual Golf Classic.
I also encourage you to become a fan of their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WePromise and help spread the word!
Without a doubt, my enjoyment in delivering patient care is my daily motivation to come to work. The opportunity to
use training, experience and a modern facility to improve the lives of others is what keeps me coming back day after day. But I have to admit, there is another aspect of CEC that I look forward to every day, and that is seeing all the great Outer Banks photography displayed in the office.
If you’ve been to our office before, you’ve probably noticed that CEC has become a working gallery of sorts for our friend and patient Bill Birkemeier. You can check out my interview with Bill by clicking here. Bill lives and works in the Outer Banks and his skill as a photographer has captured so many of the beautiful landscape and wildlife scenes that make the Outer Banks a truly unique place.
Recently, we were lucky enough to add another 5 images to our office, bringing our total to about 30 pieces. I’m posting a few of the new images in this blog, but if you have a chance, please stop by to walk through our office and peruse the gallery. Almost everyday, I find something new to appreciate about these photographs. You can also learn more about Bill and his work at www.inthelens.com
Before we jump into 2011, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of people who’ve visited CEC’s blog this past year and to present our 10 most visited blog posts of 2010. Click on the titles to see the full post.
10. The Optometrist Song (beware—–it’s catchy!)
1. And the most popular blog post of 2010 is……. Ask Dr. Beach: Visual ‘Floaters’
Again, thank you to all the visitors in 2010 who make writing this blog so enjoyable!
Dr. Russ Beach
Clearview Eye Care
1932 Kempsville Rd, suite 106
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
In October, Clearview Eye Care completed a vision screening of the entire student body of Woodstock Elementary in Virginia Beach. It’s become an annual event for us, and we have to admit it’s probably one of our favorite times of year. The staff, students, and administration are always so kind and welcoming. Thank you Woodstock for inviting us back to your community and we look forward to it again next year!