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Women's Day

In our last blog, we highlighted presidents who wore glasses not just throughout their time in office but also throughout their lives. But that pales in comparison when you look at all the influential and important women throughout history who wore glasses. Just in time for International Women’s Day, we want to present to you some of the world’s most historic bespectacled women. But first, a history lesson: International Women’s Day was first recognized as National Woman’s Day on February 28, 1909.

Presidential Glasses

This year on President’s Day, we’re taking a step back from good furniture sales and the advantages of having a three-day weekend to explore a more frivolous — but all the while interesting — topic. In the past 245 years and 46 presidents, only three have worn glasses full-time. Theodore Roosevelt Our 26th president resided in the White House at the turn of the 20th Century and is famously known for his gruff-ness.

Understanding Heterochromia

We have a deep appreciation for eyes, as some of you may have only guessed. It’s not all just about glasses, contact lens, and making your eyes feel better and see clearer (although that is a major component). Having an appreciation for eyes also means having an appreciation and understanding of some of the eye’s most unique traits, even those seen in more than just humans. One of the rarer eye conditions is one that can also be rather eye-catching: heterochromia.

Why Does Santa Wear Glasses?

He knows if you’ve been sleeping. He knows if you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake! The big man himself makes his appearance soon, so we’re taking a moment to ask one of Life’s big Christmas questions: why does Santa wear glasses? Anyone who has met jolly St. Nick or has at least seen pictures, artwork, or even caught a glimpse of him can recognize his iconic eyewear.

Holiday Hibernation Hobbies

If there was ever a week we would ask you to NOT come and see us, it would be this week. Trust us, we’ll always be here. Instead, you should be staying home, getting cozy and making plans for the holidays. With the CDC’s recent recommendation for people to refrain from traveling this winter, it’s going to be difficult for many of us to celebrate and eat with our families from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s.

Pinehaven Fire Resources

We all know how chaotic this year has been. In our tight-knit community, we all know someone who has been impacted by one of the many tumultuous events of 2020. While wildfire season is over, the fires are not. Before anything else, a heartfelt thank you to RFD and RPD for safely evacuating people from the path of the fire and for fighting the fire itself. Reno is truly grateful. And for our family, friends, and neighbors impacted by the fire, we have a list of resources for you.

DTV's 2020 Fall/Winter Fashion Guide

Fall is notable for many things: pumpkins, coffee, the good maple syrup you get from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. Most notably is our annual fall fashion guide. Yes folks, it’s that time again. This time around, we’re shaking things up a little bit by adding another season. This year, we’re giving you our fashion tips for fall AND winter! Queue mind blown emoji. 🤯 Rock the cat eye Cat-eyed frames have been an iconic choice since the 50’s, but as retro fashion continues to surge in the past couple of years, the angular style of cat-eyed frames can add the extra “pop” to your fall outfit.

The Refractive Index — Explained

If you’ll recall from our last blog, we dipped a little into the science behind choosing the right lens materials. Each material has something unique to offer and has its own properties, but one of the primary ways they can be deemed good enough to meet the standard of prescriptive lenses is by its placement on the refractive index. What is the refractive index? Remember that car mileage metaphor from before?

Choosing The Right Lens

When you’re in the market for new glasses, the million dollar choice usually comes down to the frames. I mean, what better way to showcase your personal style? Bold, metallic, bright, clear, flashy, blingy… the choices never end! But for most, little thought goes into the actual lenses. If they function the way they’re supposed to, what else is there to consider? As it turns out: a lot! A crash-course on eyewear history Just like frames, there’s a lot of different types of lens that are used in eyewear.

Four Ways To Protect Your Child’s Eyes In Their Virtual Classes

No blog is complete without first mentioning just how weird 2020 has been so far. And as summer comes to an end, back-to-school season begins. Except this year is just a little weirder than the last… for many of us, our kids won’t need packed lunches or extra boxes of tissues to bring to school because school is being brought home instead. Virtual classrooms are going to be a large part of how kids attend class this fall, which means they’ll be spending a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

Color Blindness: The Most Common, Uncommon Eye Condition

Your eyes are little globes of technicolor wonder. When you look around at everything around you, the colors you perceive aren’t inherent to the objects you see. Instead, objects absorb light and reflect specific colors that we then see. That red stapler on your desk is only red because that is what is reflected when light hits it. Turn off the lights and your red stapler becomes a dark gray color.

The Lighter Side of UV Rays

Last summer, we wrote two back to back articles explaining why sunglasses are a summertime necessity. Aside from being iconic fashion statements, sunglasses are all about protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. It might seem like we drone on about the topic, but we really cannot stress it enough: UV rays can be dangerous and we will ALWAYS recommend sunglasses, not just to help you look cool, but also to keep your eyes safe from UV rays and shaded from super bright sunshine.

Will Smart Glasses Be Where Tech and Healthcare Meet?

A couple of weeks ago, rumors began to float around that Apple was playing with the idea of producing smart glasses by next year. Now this isn’t going to be a tech-rumor-chasing article. MacRumors is the place to go for that. But it does open up a bigger conversation on why this is a big deal. Smart glasses are a relatively new invention, but what makes this different from smart glasses of the past is the rumor of including prescription lenses.

Frame Selection and Fitting

We can wax on and on about the importance of having a semi-annual comprehensive eye exam. But really, the best part happens right after the exam wraps up. When your prescription changes or you’re just in the market for a new pair of glasses, you walk out into the lobby and can choose a new pair of frames from the hundreds we have to choose from. We have a team of talented opticians that not only have impeccable tastes in finding the right frames for you but also have the skills to make your glasses fit properly.

Ocular Disease Detection and Prevention

It may seem to speak for itself, but it cannot be overstated enough. The health of your eyes relies on the accuracy and comprehension that comes from your semi-annual or annual eye exam. While it may seem silly, every piece of equipment we use to examine your eyes serves a specific purpose in identifying, diagnosing, tracking, and treating over 240 different ocular disorders. We use a few different pieces of equipment to get as detailed of a picture of your eye as we can.

Treating Keratoconus

When we say “we give complete care for our patients”, we really mean it. On top of the more regular, every-day eyewear prescriptions and contacts/frames fittings, we provide a number of services to detect, treat, and prevent ocular diseases and disorders. Among these ocular diseases and disorders, we provide services for patients with keratoconus. What is Keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye disorder that affects the shape of the cornea. While a normal cornea takes a slight to a pronounced dome shape, a cornea with keratoconus is thinned out and bulging, taking a protruded cone shape.

Super Eyes: The Century-long story of superheroes and eye powers

As medical professionals, we like to discuss eye science and eye health with the utmost attention to detail. We are scientists, after all. Which means that we base our actions on facts and logic and reason. But even us medical professionals can have some fun. With today being National Comic Book Day, we wanted to change gears and look at eye-based superpowers through the ages. Every good sci-fi or fantasy story is based ever so slightly on the real world.

Contacts and COVID-19 -- An update for your health

There has been considerable misinformation about the safety of contact lens wear during COVID-19 and we want you to know where we stands on this issue. Alcon and industry associations including the American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Contact Lens Institute (CLI) support the recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that states: There is currently no evidence to suggest contact lens wearers are more at risk for acquiring COVID-19 than eyeglass wearers.

World Health Day: A nod to Eyewear and Sustainability

The conversation about the conservation of the planet is more important now than it ever has been before. We have all witnessed it firsthand, from droughts to floods to wildfires. Our planet’s climate is drastically changing and the time to take action is now. It’s a daunting task, but one that has been recognized by leading scientists to be critical if we want the future of our planet to thrive.

Keeping your eyes healthy on World Health Day

Hi. It’s April 7th, better known as World Health Day. Since 1950, April 7th has been reserved as a day to bring general health to light, bringing awareness to specific health themes each year. 2020 is also designated the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife by the World Health Organization, which makes this World Health Day a day to celebrate the dedication and contributions made by nurses and midwives around the world.

Keeping Your Eyes Healthy While You’re Self Isolating

Have cabin fever yet? While the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home and practice social distancing, it can be a challenge to keep yourself going: be it working from home, having a staycation, or a sick day. Many adapt via spring cleaning, working out from home, or even catching up on shows stacking up in their Netflix or Hulu queue. But between all these things, don’t forget about the health of your eyes!

In Response to Covid-19

At the recommendation of the CDC, the Nevada Optometric Association and the order of Governor Sisolak, Downtown vision will be closed March 19th, 2020 to April 20th, 2020. We will be rescheduling all routine, non-essential appointments for the safety of our staff and our patients. We will still provide eye care for emergencies, on a limited schedule and by appointment only during this time. To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, we ask that you come to your appointment and enter the office alone or with 1 caregiver if needed.

Looking Behind The Curtain – How easy is it to get replacement glasses in the US?

A couple of months ago, Yascha Mounk, a contributing writer for The Atlantic wrote an article criticizing the process of getting eyewear in America versus other parts of the world. The story, published by the author in the publication’s opinions section, detailed his personal struggle to find eyewear after losing his glasses in a rafting mishap. His story highlights the difference in time between needed glasses or contact lenses and receiving them in America versus other countries, such as Peru, where the author recalls being able to tell a clerk their prescription and then get a pair of contact lenses ten minutes later.

What You Need To Know About High-Risk Medications

Most medication ads tend to start off the same way: stock footage of someone in obvious pain or discomfort, set in grayscale, with a voice-over describing asking if you have ever experienced such and such symptoms of such and such issue. When they introduce whatever life-changing medication the ad is really about, it comes paired with a laundry list of side effects which can sometimes sound scarier than the issue in the first place.

Contact Lens Fitting

Glasses are easy. A quick little exam, choose your frames, and have one of our talented opticians make precise measurements, all in order to make sure your new glasses fit perfectly. When you take that first step out of our office, you can walk confidently knowing your glasses are going to fit properly and comfortably. But glasses are only half the battle. Contact lenses are also important for us to get just right, with some unpleasant side effects if we don’t do our due diligence.

Learning about Age-related Macular Degeneration

Our bodies change in all sorts of ways as we get older. You swear you could have jumped higher yesterday or run a marathon a month ago, but today you know one bad twist of your neck and you’re out for the season. It’s a normal part of life, but it’s an annoying part of life and one that requires constant upkeep. Your eyes are no different. As we age, our eyes change over time and we often find ourselves reaching out for our bifocals just to see the day through.

Learning All About Glaucoma

It is one of the more well-known eye diseases, affecting more than 3 million people in America. It’s a disease that has no cure, but can be prevented and treated to slow and stop further progression. It’s the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. And because January is a month dedicated to spreading awareness about this disease, what better way is there for us to explain what it is, how it affects us, and how it is treated.

Dr. Ed Angelini – Out of Retirement And Better Than Ever

He’s the glue that keeps us together. The bread to our PB&J. The Yoda to our Jedi. Dr. Ed Angelini started our practice over 45 years ago and has been with us since the beginning! Growing up in the Bronx, he moved to Reno, NV when he was 16. He got his undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada and received his doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Feasting For Your Eyes

Parades, football, naps, food… what’s not to love about Thanksgiving? The foodiest of the holidays, Thanksgiving has a little bit of something for everybody. It’s also the perfect time of year for us to share our favorite eye-healthy eating tips! Believe it or not, your diet can affect more than just your weight. From joints to skin, hair, and your eyes, the things you eat can impact every aspect of your life.

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Eye examinations are kind of the bread and butter of what we do. Yes, beyond the pretty walls of our lobby, lined with hundreds of stylish frames and lens options, there are rooms and suites filled with cutting edge equipment. This equipment is all designed to aid in the examination, measuring, and diagnosing your eyes. Many know the main components of an eye examination. You have the common vision chart, with its giant “E”, to roughly determine the distance you can see.

Costume Contacts — Hauntingly Harmless or Devilishly Dangerous?

Halloween is just around the corner, and as we start to wrap up production for our costumes this year, we decided to do a deep dive on everyone’s favorite costume accessory. Yes, of course we’re talking about costume contacts. We’ll be the first to admit: they are just as cool as they are creepy. Whether you need red and orange for that vampire look or foggy and white for that convincing undead look, costume contacts are a next-level way to achieve ultimate spookiness.

Vision Expo West 2019: Our favorite parts!

Last week, our team had the chance to go to Vision Expo West: the premiere exposition for optometry. Everything new in the world of glasses comes through Vision Expo and we have a lot to share! In our latest blog, we asked all our staff members what they found exciting about Vision Expo and what you might expect in the near future in eyewear technology! Joshua For me, Vision Expo was a different experience for the reason that I had never been part of an exposition like this before.

Announcing Downton Vision

Today is the day! The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Yes, the Downton Abbey movie has hit the big screen and will take you right back to the 1920s English countryside! To celebrate, we thought it only fitting to host a photo contest! Starting today until October 20th 2019, we want you to send us your best eyewear selfies. The rules are simple: include #DowntonVision in your selfie posts!

The Roaring Twenties and Eyewear: your guide to glasses in the early 20th Century

Today, we take eyewear a little bit for granted. Endless styles, futuristic technology, and availability to everyone. Glasses are a common commodity, and the world can see better because of it. But for the next few minutes, let us transport you to the 1910s and 1920s, where optometry innovations made glasses mainstream and fashionable. With Downton Abbey releasing this Friday, we thought it was only appropriate to turn the dials on our time machine and learn about optometry of the era, the technology behind eyeglasses at the time, and then style of the age.

Downtown Visions’s Fall 2019 Frame Fashion Guide

The second Starbucks whips out the Pumpkin Spice Latte, fall has begun. No more shall we abide by the Gregorian Calendar. No longer shall we be held hostage by outdated fashion rules that ban wearing white past Labor Day! Begone, September 21st! You are no longer the signifier of autumn! Fall is a season known for warm colors despite the cooler weather (something I’m sure we can all agree we’re ready for here in Reno).

Making First Contact with Contact Lenses

Here at Downtown Vision, we give a lot of love for the four-eye world. With so many styles of frames to choose from and customizable lens options like transitions, not to mention using the latest high-tech instrumentation for eyewear, it’s no secret: we’re Reno’s go-to spot for glasses. But our passion for eyes goes much further than just glasses. We specialize in contact lens fittings and use the same high-tech methods to not only get your contacts just right, but also to have a wide selection of contact types to find that perfect look, from multifocal lenses to transition lenses.

Marking “Eye Exam” Off Your Back-to-School Shopping List

Friends. It is OFFICIALLY back-to-school season. For kids, teenagers, and college students alike, August marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It’s also coincidentally Children’s Eye Health Month, which brings us to today’s topic: children’s eye health. Having happy and healthy eyes is universal, no matter what age you are. In fact, getting in the habit of regular eye examinations and eye care can be very beneficial for your eyes later on in life.

UV: The Science Behind the Light

It surrounds us; it flows through us; it binds the galaxy together… okay, maybe not that last one. And no, we’re not talking about the Force today. What this is referring to is the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS)! Yes, our good friend from our HEV article from long ago and far, far away. As you may know by reading our last article on the importance of sunglasses, UV light makes up a portion of the EMS, sitting just past violet on the visible light spectrum.

Staying Shady in the Summertime

They’re everywhere. Every time you step outside, if you don’t have them on, chances are you’ll see someone with them on. They’re at your favorite lunch spot and your favorite café. You’ll see them everywhere you go. And they’re here to help. Sunglasses are a part of everyday life, as widespread and common as any other part of an outfit. But they’re much more than a fashion piece or a symbol of looking cool.

Everything You Need To Know About Cataracts

One of the most common and talked about ocular disease is cataracts. Affecting millions of people each year, cataracts are the leading cause of blindness across the world. June is Cataracts Awareness Month, and as a result we’re going to deep dive into what cataracts are, how they form, how they’re treated, and how they can be prevented. Image from: What Are Cataracts?, American Academy of Ophthalmology Cataracts are essentially cloudiness in our natural lens.

Bespoke No More?

Bespoke anything is good. To have a bespoke dress or suit is to have a fashionable, customized piece is unique and valuable. Having something designed for you puts it above anything else in the wardrobe. It takes your look to the next level, to know an item is one-of-a-kind and made to fit you perfectly. And in the case of glasses, fit matters. Like our last blog already went over, face shape and brow shape, as designer Tom Davies describes, matters most when looking for a new pair of glasses.

Eyewear Fashion, Spring 2019: The Bold, The Beautiful, and The Brows

You may have seen this coming. These past few weeks, you’ve seen us show off new frames perfectly in-line for spring fashion trends. Since the weather outside is delightful, it’s high time we go on a deep dive into the latest trends in eyewear for the season to help you look your best. But before we can find the right frames, there’s two things to consider: face shape, as many of you know, and brow shape, as many of you might not know.

Putting Online Eyeglass Retailers on Sight

While online eyeglass retailers might mean well, a lot of inquiries are surfacing about the reliability and trustworthiness of their eyeglasses and eye “exams”. Convenient to the new age consumer who would rather stay inside and order from their computer, the convenience comes with some caveats that every consumer needs to consider before purchase. The main cause for concern is whether the convenience of online retailers matches the quality of physical optometry offices (the short answer is: no, it doesn’t even come close).

I Got Blue Light Reflecting Glasses And Yes, The Sky's Still Blue

When I first got glasses at age 7, my mom made it a point to tell me (constantly) not to wear them in front of the computer, because it would strain my eyes. On top of the classic “moms-know-best” tactic, she’s a nurse, so I took her advice seriously. 18 years later, and I still find myself habitually taking off my glasses before I sit down at my desk. But, annoyingly, I put my glasses back on as soon as I get up and take them off as soon as I sit down, performing a series of tasks without ever really knowing the reason behind why I was doing it.

Vision Savings Plan versus Medical Insurance for Eye Care: Understanding the Difference

By Troy Ogden, DO Not surprisingly, many of our patients are confused about their medical and vision benefits. Not only are health plans complicated and hard to understand, but customer service representatives and brokers have been known to provide incomplete or bad information about benefits. The two most used vision plans are Eyemed and VSP. Eyemed is accepted at both commercial and private optometry and offices. VSP is accepted only at private offices, such as Downtown Vision.

What is the Difference Between Optometrists and Ophthalmologists?

By Troy Ogden, OD Both optometrists and ophthalmologists are eye care professionals, but they do not perform the same functions. So, what’s the difference? This is a question we hear often from our patients. Both optometrists and ophthalmologists are highly trained eye doctors. Optometrists go through an undergraduate program, then four years of optometry school. Ophthalmologists go through an undergraduate program, then medical school, followed by a residency to specialize in ophthalmology.

Who Can Wear Contact Lenses?

By Troy Ogden, OD Technically speaking, anyone can wear contact lenses. The better question is, who should wear them? As a contact lens prescriber, there are several criteria I look for when a patient comes to me for an eye exam: eye health, prescription, maturity, motivation and most importantly, expectations. The oldest patient I have prescribed contact lenses for was 74 and the youngest was 7. In pediatric practices, I know doctors who routinely prescribe contact lenses for toddlers and preschoolers.

2nd Pair Sale

Date: Through May 1 Time: 7:45a - 5:30pm Location: Downtown Vision, 236 West Sixth Street, Suite 100, Reno, NV 89503 For a limited time, we are offering 35% off all second pairs of glasses when purchased on the same day as your primary pair. This is the perfect opportunity to get a fabulous pair of sunglasses for summer, sports frames or just a fresh new look.

Retirement Party/Trunk Show Share

Date: March 30, 2018 Time: 10am-2pm Location: Downtown Vision, 236 West Sixth Street, Suite 100, Reno, NV 89503 Join us as we wish Dr. Ed Angelini well in his retirement. Downtown Vision will host a community retirement party, in conjunction with a trunk show, Friday, March 30. We look forward to seeing your there.