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Safety eyewear – protect your eyes in sports

August 3, 2011 by  

The importance of safety eyewear for sports to protect your eyes cannot be understated. Protecting your eyes with specially designed sports frames and polycarbonate impact resistant lenses is something which kids and adults alike should consider whenever we participate in sports. Wearing specially designed sports frames and polycarbonate impact resistant lenses should be a part of every child’s and adult’s sports bag regardless of the sport they are playing.  Unfortunately, we seldom think about the accidental dangers until something like the recent sport news hits us between the eyes.

Liberty Sports Protective Sports Eyewear at Pildes Optical

According to news reports that aired in most cities across America, Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was watching a spring training game while standing against the railing on the top step of the dugout.  A foul ball hit Salazar in the face and knocked him unconscious into the dugout. He was not protecting his eyes by wearing safety eyewear and it was a freak accident no doubt. Luckily for him, there were medics around and he was immediately airlifted to a hospital where doctors battled to help save him and his eye.  Unfortunately a few days later the baseball manager lost his eye.

The 54-year-old Salazar was hit by an errant foul ball while he was merely watching his players from a distance. He was not (in some people’s minds) even an active participant in the game standing away from the action. While a freak accident, things like this unfortunately happen in many sports. Line drives go directly back at the pitcher, soccer players get elbows in the face, basketball players get bumped and shoved, tennis players get tennis balls skimming off the net or a partner’s racquet – anything can happen. Protecting one’s vision is in my opinion something that should not be taken lightly. In a matter of seconds, accidents happen.  Wearing specially designed sports frames and polycarbonate impact resistant lenses is an easy and cost effective way to prevent and minimize eye damage from accidents in sports. Though not foolproof, they are designed to protect your eyes by dissipating the impact around and away from the eye.

Do me a favor, protect your eyes so that we don’t read about you in the media for the wrong reasons.

Lost Prescription Eyeglasses & Contact Lenses in NYC

March 23, 2011 by  

Lost Eyeglasses | Pildes OpticalAt Pildes Optical, an eyeglass store in NYC, a number of vacationers have come in because they could not find their only pair of prescription eyeglasses or prescription contact lenses.  It seems like an alarming new trend. My recommendation is to always carry a spare set of contact lenses, a spare pair of eyeglasses and a recent copy of your prescription.

On a Sunday a couple of weeks ago, a contact lens wearer from out of state lost her only set of contact lenses. After struggling to look for them while not having clear vision, she found us on Google and came to our eyeglass store and asked what we could do to help. She was in a bind because she needed to drive home to Pennsylvania within a few hours.

What you may not know is that in many states in the US and in most countries, prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses cannot be dispensed without a current valid prescription. Being in New York City for the weekend, this lady did not have a copy of her prescription with her (why would she need it?) and unfortunately nor did she have spare prescription contact lenses or eyeglasses.

As much as I wanted to help her, NY City eyeglass stores, Opticians and Ophthalmologists cannot dispense without a prescription or they could lose their licenses.  Facing a daunting and desperate situation, we worked together and found a way to get her current prescription electronically. Having just been through a similar situation with two other visitors and wearing prescription eyeglasses myself, I understood her growing desperation. With the prescription in hand, she walked out with a set of Acuvue contact lenses.

I was very happy that we could help her in a difficult situation. I was even happier when I saw a review that she posted on Google;

“On a recent trip to New York City, I had forgotten my contact case. Improvising, I stored my only pair of contacts in a hotel glass and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to a friend drinking water out of that glass and my contacts nowhere to be seen. After doing a quick Google search, I came across Pildes Optical and made my way over to them. The staff was so helpful and within no time at all fixed me up with a new pair of contacts and saved my vacation. The staff went out of their way to help me when I was in a pinch and wouldn’t even accept payment for the sample contacts they gave me.”

Thanks Lynn!

When you travel please take a spare set of contact lenses with you, carry an extra pair of eyeglasses, and put a copy of your in your bag or wallet – you never know  – you may just need it!

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