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Americans are getting Blurry!

Wow!  Nearsightedness has gone from a quarter of all Americans, to almost half of all Americans in just a few decades.  What gives?  I was just discussing this point today with a patient.  What are your thoughts?  Is it really all of the near work we are doing with computers, phones and video games?  Check out the video below or read the article here: Study Finds Many More Nearsighted Americans


A Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Optician

A Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Optician

Posted by Dr. Bazan, Optometrist and Owner of Park Slope Eye

Starting off our “Day in the Life of a Park Slope Eye Employee” series is Yasmin from the Park Slope Eye Optician team.  Based in Park Slope Eye’s Brooklyn New York office, Yasmin talks about how she helps patients and clients find incredible eyewear.


What did you do before coming to Park Slope Eye?

I managed a Solstice Sunglass boutique in Beverly Hills, Ca

How did you first hear about Park Slope Eye and the job opening?

Through social media!  I saw the add on Craigslist and responded via Twitter.

What’s your title at Park Slope Eye and how long have you been with the company?

I am the head Optician here and have been a member of the team for 4 months.

What comprises a typical day for you?
Everyday I get to help ensure people end up excited over their incredible eyewear and ensure they have an awesome experience. Part of my daily grind is making sure the lab is doing the best job of grinding your glasses and that our frame gallery is beautiful.

What’s the BEST part of working for Park Slope Eye?
The opportunity to help grow and grow with this company as it is still new. I also love being able to just do what I do I do best.  I also enjoy learning new things.

What is your favorite perk at Park Slope Eye?
Every time we are noted for going above and beyond, really exemplifying something extraordinary, we get some cold hard cash!  To see some examples check out our Yelp!

What has been your favorite memory at Park Slope Eye?
We took a trip up to Boston for a conference on how to deliver 5 Star customer service.  The whole trip was an adventure, especially the crazy drive home!

What separates Park Slope Eye from other places you’ve worked?
I always say until I came here I was a spoiled optician. Even though I was a manager, things were always set up to be done a certain way (very black and white). Here, a lot of time it is up to me to come up with the solution and/or make the corporate decision. It’s a huge challenge,but the results are very rewarding. Dr. B has a standard for a level of service that’s unparalleled. What sets him apart is that he REALLY has a passion for his craft, and helping people unlike anything I’ve seen in quite some time.


Finally, what would be your one piece of advice for someone interested in becoming an Optician?

You have to be very versatile and wear a lot of hats! Customer service, administration, lab work, and the clinical parts are all equally important. You HAVE TO love what you do, or it can become a bit overwhelming.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Pumkin Pie in Your Eye!

Park Slope Eye Pumpkin Pie in Your Eye

Park Slope Eye Pumpkin Pie in Your Eye

A lot of Thanksgiving dinner’s will include a delicious pumpkin pie.  Don’t feel so bad indulging in a slice or two because the pumpkin, is a great source of nutrients that keep your eyes healthy and your vision optimal.  Dry Eyes, Cataracts, Night Blindness and Macluar Degeneration are all eye conditions that are believed to be staved off by vitamin A containing foods, such as pumpkins!

Check out some more info here: http://www.verybestbaking.com/products/libbys/pumpkin.aspx and http://www.allaboutvision.com/nutrition/vitamin_a.htm

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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Do you hate driving at night? Here are some helpful tips!

inthedarkintherainDriving at night is just about the hardest thing we do with our eyes.  Since moving out of Manhattan and into an area where people actually drive their own cars, I have heard the difficulties of night driving commonly vocalized.  Let’s do something to make it easier.

What can one do?  In order to add ease and confidence to your night driving experiences, start with a basic comprehensive eye exam.  Do those lights eye-exam-2_slide_show1look blurry and glarry because the power of your Rx is less than optimal?  Could the natural lens in your eye have developed some cloudiness?  Is your vision blurring out because of your dry eyes?  A great exam will help ensure that both your eyes and your Rx are perfect.  So, for starters, get seen by the best to see your best.

If you choose to fill your Rx in a pair of glasses, choosing the right lenses is crucial to keeping you clear and comfortable while on the road at night.  Yasmin Johnson, ABO head optician of Park Slope Eye had this to say:

crizal5“Having a good quality anti reflective coating, like Crizal Avance or Hoya Super Hi Vision, is imperative to seeing well at night. Anti reflective coatings allow more light to transmit through the lens and more directly to your retina.  Lenses without the coating reflect a lot of light, and therefore the light that reaches the retina is scattered and less focused.  For instance, we have patients who complain of car headlights looking like star bursts, and this is easily resolved with this coating.
Having clean lenses that are scratch-free is also very important because it will reduce additional scattered light. Light transmits better through a smooth surface, versus through damaged lenses.  To keep your lenses in great shape, we recommend using eyeglass cleaner from Park Slope Eye to clean your glasses, but tap water with lotion-free dish soap also works well. Afterward, use a cleaning cloth or soft cotton cloth (not your clothes) to dry your lenses. You definitely want to avoid using tissue products to dry your lenses and never use window cleaner because the ammonia will destroy your lenses. These tips will not only reduce glare dramatically while driving at night, but also keep your glasses looking great!”

Ok, so now your proven healthy eyes are sitting behind the ideal pair of eyewear and you are now behind the wheel.  Its your typical BKNY winter night and the amount of potholes in the road seemed to have doubled, the lane size has halved and of course its raining.  You may still feel very uncomfortable behind the wheel but at least we now know its not your eyes Rx or glasses.  So what else can one do?

Here is what works for me.  Think of your windshield as the lenses in your glasses.  Remember what Yasmin said about making sure they are clean, and that they have non-glare coatings?  Well your windshield can be optimized the same way.

First, think of you windshield as a pair of glasses.  Just like your glasses that have special coatings to help you see better, your windshield should also have a special coating to help you see better.  Hit theaquapel1 car wash, get the windows as clean as possible, then apply a product like RainEx or Aquapel to them.  Some car washes even have this as an option, mine does, and its awesome.  This greatly enhances your visibility, especially at night in the rain, the toughest condition to drive in for most.

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silblade2Secondly, get a great pair of wiper blades.  I installed Silblades on my car over a year ago and they do a great job of keeping the windshield clean, much in the same way as how Mary informed you about keeping your glasses clean.  Also, keep the wiper fluid full and use it frequently.  In the winter, I use a deicer fluid, but most of the time I would use the Rainex fluid found here.rainx-de-icer

Lastly, Windex.  You clean both the inside and outside of your glasses right?  Do the same thing for your car’s windows.  A thorough cleaning of the inside windows with Windex will be the finishing touch on optimizing your roadway visibility and limiting your issues with night driving.

Keep those eyes healthy, Rx updated and make sure your glasses/windshield are appropriately set up for the task and you will find yourself much more confident and calm behind the wheel at night, even in the most trying of road conditions.

Park Slope Eye is located in Brooklyn, NY.  For more info contact Justin Bazan, OD, the optometrist of Park Slope Eye, at Dr.Bazan@ParkSlopeEye.com or visit www.ParkSlopeEye.com Also, check us out on Yelp!, Twitter and FaceBook.

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VSP has a great post entitled:

Your Child’s First Eye Exam: Six Easy Steps to Prepare for the Eye Doctor

At PSEye, kids get the drops but don’t even realize it!  I have 2 spray bottles that we use.  They look the same but one is just artificial tears in which we have the kid wash his mom/dad or my eyes to get them all cleaned up.  Then I let the person who had their eyes cleaned, clean the kid’s eyes with a spray bottle that has the “real” drops in it.  It usually involves a ton of laughter instead of tears!

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My Lacrisert Experience

Lacrisert_ProductI am sharing my experience with Lacrisert over on the Park Slope Eye Facebook page.  Care to share yours?  Head over there now and check it out: http://www.facebook.com/ParkSlopeEye