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Eyewear with Conviction

Anne et Valentin’s independence allows them to create glasses for a niche group of people who are looking for quirky, colorful, artsy, post-modern, retro, chic eyewear. Anne et Valentin does not create eyewear for the masses. As Valentin explains “We will never take a broad approach to address more people – because then you need to go to simple designs. So we will continue to develop great frames for a narrow distribution”. At Artisan Optics we have a wonderful selection of Anne et Valentin eyewear. We invite you to stop by.

This particular style is the Recover from the SUPERPOSE collection by Anne et Valentin – designed with two superimposed thin threads that intertwine, curl, play on thicknesses, meet and part, unite and face up to each other. This approach enables distinct crossings and combinations of lines and colors to reveal fulfilling relief and relieving hollows, to emphasize thicknesses and the always subtle details of the frames, in an eye-opening manner.

Eminently modern, very inspired by contemporary design, like a nod to a Mathieu Mategot rendered in an ultimately minimalist form, the SUPERPOSE concept gives for frames deliberately conceived as timeless objects. Made in Japanese titanium, used for its lightness and flexibility, executed by one of the best manufactures in the country.

The double bars serve as double-bridges, uniting the inner circles. The lower bridge projects slightly to breathe dynamism into the profile. Both technical and aesthetic, the models of this concept represent a serious challenge, for reasons held fiercely secret by our designers.

The line is fluid, refined, giving way to an expression specific to the concept, which wearers come to enrich with their own and individual personality.

When choosing eyewear there are many considerations: prescription, type of lens that will be used, frame fit, skin tone, and personal style. Taking advantage of complimentary eyewear make-overs is a great way to explore shapes, colors and styles that you’ve perhaps not previously considered. This is also an opportunity to gain an outside perspective on updating your eyewear wardrobe.

Medications and Ocular Side Effects


Nearly every medication (either prescribed or over-the-counter), herbal supplement, homeopathic remedy, etc. has the potential to cause ocular side effects.

Ocular side effects are more prevalent than you may think. It is important to keep abreast of common side effects associated with your medications (including herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies), and discuss any vision changes with both your prescribing physician as well as your eye doctor. This will aid in the correct and timely diagnosis of ocular side effects.

Long-term use of medications at recommended doses may lead to ocular toxicity, as can drug to drug interactions. The eye is the second most common site to manifest drug toxicity, second only to the liver. It is no wonder that ocular side effects are so common. Ocular side effects are best managed by an eye doctor. With specialized equipment and instruments, an eye doctor can thoroughly evaluate your vision and eye health as well as ocular side effects.

Depending upon the medication, follow-up care will vary. Some medications require a baseline eye exam, and eye exams every six months thereafter. Other medications require imaging of the inside of the eye at regular intervals, visual fields testing, or color vision testing. That’s why it is important to remember, anytime you begin a new medication it is prudent to ask your prescribing physician for a recommended schedule of follow-up care.

HEALTH TIP: At each yearly eye health exam be sure to provide an updated health history and medication list (include herbal supplements, homeopathic remedies, etc) as well any over the counter medications being used.

Book Lens

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Computers, love them or hate them they are part of our lives. We work on them, play on them, communicate with them and even read on them. In this day in age, computers or digital devices are a large part of most people’s daily routine. Whether it be a smart phone, laptop, desktop or tablet, most find themselves using some kind of digital device at some point throughout the day or in many cases all day. Many find themselves in need of a pair of glasses to help with computer work. Some may run to the dollar store and buy an over-the-counter reading glass for this, but is this the best option?

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Over the counter reading glasses may be an easy go to, but there are many draw backs to these glasses as computer glasses. First and foremost, over the counter readers are a single prescription designed for one focal distance…reading distance, which is a standard distance of 16” to 18” for adults. Most people sit farther away from their computer screens than the reading distance of 16” to 18” which makes over the counter readers a poor choice. In addition, many people now work using multiple monitors which are positioned at different distances within the work area. This means a different pair of readers would be required for each monitor – which is impractical. These issues don’t take into account those people who have prescriptions that include astigmatism (over the counter readers do not include correction for astigmatism) or prescriptions for people who have different prescriptions in each eye (over the counter readers are limited to the same prescription in both lenses). In addition, over the counter readers are made of lower quality materials to kept costs low, and few include anti-glare coatings which are used to reduce glare from digital devices.

There is a solution to this conundrum, the Zeiss Book lens, this is part of the Zeiss’ office suite of lenses. The Book lens is a specific type of progressive lens that puts and emphasis on near vision. Unlike a traditional progressive lens, where you would feel the need to tilt your head back to use the intermediate range on the lens (computer distance), the Book lens uses a specific type of progressive technology that positions the intermediate range directly in front of the eye. When using the Zeiss Book lens, you are able to look straight ahead like a single vision lens to see the computer and then use your natural reading progression toward the bottom of the lens for reading.

Computer technology has made tremendous advances over recent years, and so has Zeiss digital technology. The Zeiss Book lens allows for quick and seamless changes in focal distance – replicating natural vision. This is especially important if you are someone who uses a computer or digital device regularly throughout the day. When the eyes can’t keep up with the demand – eye strain, headaches, and eye fatigue are common occurrences. Why be uncomfortable and suffer through the day when there is a solution? There are specific lenses designed by Zeiss to address the unique needs of computer and digital device users. Each type of lens has been developed to address the varying visual requirements of different work environments.

Why Wait? Come in and see us…

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Eye Infections

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Not all eye infections are created equal. When people think of eye infections the first thing that comes to mind is pink eye. Picture a pink/red eye, swollen lid, and probably some discharge from around the eyeball. While a lot of eye irritation presents in a similar fashion they can have totally different etiologies and require different treatment options. With variation in causes of eye infections it is important to seek care with an eye care professional to start with the most appropriate treatment.

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Eye infections can also impact different ocular tissue. The ocular tissues that can be affected are:

  • Conjunctiva: The conjunctiva is a membrane that covers the inside of the eye lid and covers the sclera (white part of the eye). The term conjunctivitis refers to a inflammation of this tissue.
  • Cornea: The cornea is the clear dome tissue that covers the iris and helps refract light rays into the eye. When the cornea is inflamed or irritated it is called a keratitis.
  • Anterior Chamber: The anterior chamber refers to the inside of the eye in front of the iris. Depending on the etiology of the eye irritant it can cause inflammation within the anterior chamber called an iritis or a uveitis.
  • Eye lids: The eyelids themselves contain different glands and tissues that are susceptible to infection. They even contain a septal barrier that contains infections to the eyelid and attempts to prevent spread to the area that contains the optic nerve and leads to the brain (pretty important stuff).

As mentioned before, there are a variety of etiologies that cause eye infections. A short list of these causes are as follows:

  • Bacterial: Bacterial eye infections are caused by interaction with a contaminated source. The type of bacteria may vary and respond to different delivery methods for the antibiotics (drops versus oral medication). Certain bacteria can be more detrimental to longstanding ocular health, especially if associated with contact lens over-wear and abuse. Pseudomonas is a bacteria that is capable of perforating the cornea. Other bacteria can cause corneal ulcers, which are quite painful.
  • Viral: Viral infections are commonly referred to as pink eye in the optometric community. Not all viral infections are pink eye though. Other types of viral eye infections are herpes infections. This is the same virus that is responsible for cold sores around the mouth. The herpes virus generally lies dormant within nerves and can come out of dormancy to cause a herpes keratitis, conjunctivis, or blepharoconjunctivitis (eyelid involvement). The virus responsible for “pink eye” is generally an enterovirus and is highly contagious.
  • Fungus: A fungal infection is less common and can occur with contact with an organic material such as plant life. Fungal infections can impact a lot of ocular structures and cause a lot of damage.
  • Allergies: While allergies are not an infection they can still present as red, watering, and irritated eyes.

It is important to remember, that the causes of infection vary which means the approach to treatment vary. That’s why it is so important to make an appointment with an eye care provider when the eye is irritated. This means an appointment with either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Keep in mind time is of the essence especially if light sensitivity, the sensation that something is in the eye, discharge, or pain are associated with the irritation. As with all infections, it is important that the specific type of infection is identified and an appropriate treatment is prescribed as quickly as possible.

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