Archive for April, 2011

3 Reasons To Recycle Your Glasses

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

One Example of Wall Construction in Experimental Housing Using Empty Steel Beer and Soft Drink Cans near Taos, New Mexico Cans for Non-Load Bearing Walls Such as This Can Be Laid Horizontally and Will Be Plastered over When the House Is Completed ...

With Earth Day fresh on everyone’s mind, we wanted to give a reminder that we continue to collect used eyewear.  If you happen to have an unwanted pair of eyeglasses lying around, here are 3 reasons to consider donating them at Gray Family Vision.

1.  Be Green

Avoid contributing your old eyewear to the local landfill.

2.  Feel Good

The glasses we collect are used by those less fortunate in other countries.

3.  Save $$

Donate an unwanted pair of glasses and buy (without insurance) a complete pair of glasses with anti-reflective coating and we will give you a discount;  $25 off single vision or $50 off progressive/no line bifocal.

Have a pair of glasses you would like to recycle?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Survey Says: Vegetarians Have Lower Rate Of Cataracts

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Cataract #1

A large dietary study reported in Reuters suggests vegetarians have a lower rate of cataracts. Cataracts are a clouding of the natural lens inside the eye that can limit vision and require surgery.

27,600 participants older than 40 were in the study and completed dietary surveys between 1993 and 1999. Medical charts were reviewed in 2008 and 2009 to see if participants developed cataracts.  Nearly 1500 people did develop cataracts during that period.  Dietary review found that nearly 3 in 50 meat eaters developed cataracts compared to about 2 in 50 that followed a vegetarian diet. Further, they found that those who ate the most meat (more than 3.5 oz daily) also were at the greatest risk for developing cataracts. Compared to this group, vegetarians had a 30-40 percent decreased risk of developing cataracts.

Concerned about your risk of developing cataracts?  See an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Omega 3 For Dry Eye

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Omega-3 for you

Do your eyes itch, burn, or become excessively watery on occasion?  Then you may benefit from omega 3 supplementation.  In a recent study by  Wojtowicz JC and associates, subjects with dry eye were given an omega 3 supplement or placebo for 90 days.  At the end of the study 70% of the subjects receiving the omega 3 supplement no longer had dry eye symptoms vs only 7% of the placebo group.  Schirmer testing and fluorophotometry suggested that the improvement in symptoms were due to increased tear secretion in the subjects that took the omega 3 supplement.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

Macular Degeneration Linked To Hearing Loss

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011


Macular degeneration has been linked to hearing loss in a recent study in Turkey.  All subjects were fifty or older and had eye and hearing examinations.  Analysis between fifty macular degeneration subjects was compared to forty-three normal subjects.  The macular degeneration group reported 50% mild, 20% moderate, and 6% severe hearing loss.  The normal group reported 35% mild, 5% moderate, and none with severe vision loss.  Further analysis showed greater hearing loss in subjects with dry macular degeneration vs wet macular degeneration.  Researchers concluded age-related hearing loss is more common in those with macular degeneration.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.