Are your pilot’s sunglasses polarized? Hopefully not.

Are your pilot’s sunglasses polarized?  Hopefully not.

Polarized sunglasses filter out light at certain angles.  Anyone can benefit from this filtering by having much less glare especially from reflected light.   A fun way to see if your current sunglasses are polarized is at the gas station or ATM machine.  Look at the pump LCD display with your sunglasses on, and without moving your eyes off of the display, tilt your head back and forth between both shoulders.  If you notice that the screen blackens out, then your sunglasses are polarized.   This is a great concern for pilots. The FAA recommends against pilots wearing polarized sunglasses as some of the instrumentation as well as the cockpit windows may have significant visual distortion, color changes or blackening out of view.

What do you like most about your polarized sunglasses?  Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.


Why You and Your Child Should Wear Sunglasses in the Winter

Cold weather and snowy fields may limit outdoor activities, but when outdoors it is important to protect the eyes.  Ultraviolet radiation is not as intense during the winter months, but the high reflectivity of snow increases the exposure.  Snow can reflect 80% of all UV rays on a sunny winter day versus 10% reflection from grass or 15% from beach sand.   With prolonged exposure, “snow blindness” or photokerititis may harm the eye and symptoms may not occur until 6-12 hours after the exposure. Complaints of sensitivity to light or a feeling of having sand in the eye are common with “snow blindness” prior to treatment.

A child’s developing eye allows 70% more transmission of UV rays to the retina versus that of an adult eye.   With most of the UV exposure to the internal eye before age 18, sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection is very important for children.  It will help to protect against “snow blindness” and limit the radiations effect later in life with macular degeneration and cataracts.

Remember to bundle your kids for their snow fort building, skiing or sledding adventure, and don’t forget the sunglasses.

Contact Lens Recall

CooperVision recalled over 6 million Avaira contact lenses due to a contamination of silicone oil residue on the contact lenses.  If you are wearing the recalled Avaira lens or the previously recalled Avaira Toric contact lenses, we recommend that you discontinue the use of these products.  You should wear your eyeglasses until you are able to see your Optometrist for a refit into a different type of contact lens.

To see if your Avaira contact lenses are a part of the recall you can insert the lot information from your packaging on CooperVision’s website;|Category_Contact%20Lens_Recall|Category_Contact%20Lens_Recall_Phrase|contact_lens_recall|Phrase

If your lenses are not apart of the recall, please continue your wear as directed, your lenses are safe to wear.

Call our office today if you need a refit with one of our Optometrists or if you have any questions. Our office number is (708)237-2020.

Pink Eye

As each school year gets underway, illness and infections spread throughout the classroom.  A common eye problem is viral conjunctivitis, commonly called “pink eye”.  It starts usually in one eye and may spread to the other eye by contact. If a child or adult truly has this viral infection, it is important that they keep their hands clean throughout the day, void touching the face or eyes, discontinue contact lens use, change pillow cases and sheets,  and to avoid sharing face and hand towels in the bathroom.   Serious problems can arise if a self diagnosis is given for “pink
eye”.  Inflammation within the eye, ocular allergies, bacterial infections and more serious viral infections may seem to be the common “pink eye”, but they  can lead to permanent vision loss if not properly treated. It is important to have the eyes examined by your optometrist if you suspect a viral conjunctivitis, but still take the precautions listed above incase this is a contagious problem.

Kindergarten Eye Exams

Parents, it’s not too late to get the required kindergarten eye exams. The law became effective Jan. 1, 2008 and it requires all kids entering kindergarten to have an eye exam by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.  School screenings or other vision screenings are not a substitute for an eye exam.  Healthy eyes, clear vision and eyes that efficiently work together as a team are important. Afterall, 80% of learning is through our vision.

Call Zaker Family Vision at 708-237-2020 to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for your child.


New Contact Lens Solution on the market – Opti-Free PureMoist

The Opti-Free PureMoist Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution (MPDS) was designed to improve upon the Opti-Free RepleniSH MPDS. This allows for longer lens wettability and the formulation change will enhance disinfection.  The manufacturer states that this new solution has shown the ability to provide 16 hours of lens wettability, were as the RepleniSH gave 14 hours of moisture retention for comfort.   The type of preservative and active ingedients are the same in this new formulation, but the concentrations have changed. If you had a negative reaction to the RepleniSH MPDS, then continue to use the Doctor recommended solution for your contact lenses.

Remember to always digitally clean your contact lenses daily after each use, and avoid reusing solution that remains in your contact lens case.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 708-237-2020.

Systemic Drug Side Effects on Eyes – Eyes On Health – March 26, 2011

Dr. Frank Zaker started the show talking about prostate cancer. Annual blood work should be done to all men over 50 to screen for changes. Stephanie Klemencic, O.D. joined Dr. Zaker to discuss some commonly used systemic drugs and how they affect the eye.    Computer Vision Syndrome was discussed and advice was given during the third segment. To conclude the show, a caller played our “Myths About Your Eyes” game.

Systemic Drug Side Effects on Eyes – Eyes On Health – March 26, 2011

Healthy and Safe Travel – Eyes on Health – March 19, 2011

Each “Eyes on Health” with Dr. Frank Zaker starts off with eye related issues and this week’s topic was eye turns.  Dr. Zaker talked about a few different types of eye turns, their prognosis and their treatment.  The bulk of the show was dedicated to travel and more specifically air travel.  Laura Allen, a 30 year airline industry veteran, joined the show and gave some tips and information on things you can do before vacations, emergency kits and how to avoid jet lag.  Captain Robert Stumpf then joined Dr. Frank and Valerie. He answered several interesting questions regarding air travel, his responsibilities as a pilot, and some specifics questions about planes.  We ended the show with a caller playing our game on travel myths.  

Healthy and Safe Travel – Eyes on Health – March 19, 2011