BRAND NEW study shows just 2 hrs of screen time/day can negatively effect the brain

A first-of-its-kind study from the National Institute of Health is analyzing how screen time affects the brains of children. The study will follow more than 10,000 children over the next 10 years, between the ages of 9 and 10. The first findings are already showing that just 2 hours a day could do damage and that these children got lower scores on tests focused on thinking and language skills. For more info, see the full article on our Facebook page.


70 meals donated!

Happy New Year to all of you out there in blog-follower-land! As you may recall, during the month of December, we made it our mission to donate one meal to Meals on Wheels Longmont for every pair of glasses/lenses that we sold over the month. Thanks to your business and support, we were able to donate 70 meals to this wonderful organization, whose aim is to provide a warm meal to those unable to cook/provide a meal for themsleves. Thank you so much for helping support our community! Cheers to 2019! New year = new beginnings!


Custom-made Artificial Iris! Handcrafted in Germany.

I recently attended several lectures in Fort Collins on the most up-and-coming technology in eyecare. I wanted to share with you one of the most fascinating things I learned about from these lectures: A brand new, recently-approved "CustomFlex" Artificial Iris! This technology would be of great benefit to someone missing an iris (or both) for various reasons. This could be life-changing to someone, for both comfort and cosmetic reasons. Various steps are taken to make the prosthetic iris look virtually identical to the person's other iris. They are handpainted in Germany, like a work of art. Pretty amazing how far medicine has come that this is even a possibility.

~Dr. Neka


THE 3 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS about Children's Eye Exams!

Q: When should a child receive his/her first eye exam?

A: Between 6 months - 12 months old. Dr. Neka starts seeing kiddos at age 4, but will give you a few recommendations for optometrists nearby who specialize in seeing infants for their first exam.

Q: Does my child need an eye exam even if he/she isn’t complaining?

A: Most children, even with very large prescriptions or other ocular anomalies would not complain, as they do not know any different! If there is a large prescription in just one eye or a small eye turn, the brain will essentially learn to IGNORE the vision out of that eye, causing what can become a permanent reduction in vision in that eye.

Q: But my child passed his/her vision screening at the pediatrician's office. Isn’t that good enough?

A: No. Just because a child passes his/her vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office, they still need to see an optometrist. Without a dilated eye exam, it is actually impossible for a pediatrician to know if an infant needs glasses or not. For school-aged children, the vision screenings that are done at school are very general, and it is common for certain things to be missed (such as near vision issues) during these screenings. Problems with near vision and near focusing ability can lead to headaches and eyestrain, especially at the end of the day. It is amazing how much a child’s behavior may change and performance in school start to improve once the necessary visual correction is prescribed, if necessary.