Optical mission Peru 2018

Earlier this year in March Michael Walach and son Louis Walach of  Go Smart Eyewear volunteered to join Steve Stern’s Sight is a Right first exploratory mission to Tumbes, Peru. We feel it is part of our professional responsibility to give back to the less fortunate. As a result, we set out on this mission with no idea what to expect. A total of 28 eye care professionals, nurses and other volunteers joined forces in the city of Zorittos, Tumbes, near the Peruvian and Ecuadorian border.

We were very warmly welcomed by the Mayor of the city, the governor, representatives of the ministry of internal affairs and locals from the community. Although we were allowed to use their huge local 300 seat auditorium, we did not expect there to be no air conditioning. With the outside temperature of 90 degrees and 200 hundred people in the auditorium that put us in pretty challenging and intense work conditions. After the first chaotic day of figuring out the best way to run the Spanish “only” speaking mission with help from a handful of local volunteers and the police, we were able to get a good system down for smooth sailing for the rest of the clinic week. We were shocked to see the overwhelming amount of people with diabetes, eye infections, sun damage, and extremely low vision.  Despite the conditions and outstanding amount of people with poor vision, we were able to see about 2,000 people within the 5 days we spend at the mission’s clinic site.

The local people were very patient and grateful for us to be there, which made it easy for us to help them despite the language barrier and small amount of translators we had to assist us. At our lab (Quest Vision Care Specialty lab), we are donating over 800 custom ground prescription lenses that will be sent with our certified optician, Louis Walach, and the sight is a right commander Steven Stern at the end of August. A total of approximately 1,200 custom ground prescription lenses and 500 sunglasses are being donated to the people of Zorittos.

We feel very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Steven Stern’s Sight is Right mission with all the dedicated volunteers that made it a reality. We look forward to further mission trips in the near future and feel honored to be able to give back to the less fortunate our professional services whenever we get a chance. 

Optical mission Jamaica 2017

GoSmartEyeware is committed to making a difference in the field of vision care around the world. Our team members have spent one week in Jamaica, working long days in extreme weather and conditions, helping over 1,500 patients per week. Our patients received number of services, including eye exams, fittings for prescription glasses and sunglasses and glaucoma and cataract surgeries


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our clinics are set up in local buildings. Last September, we were able to convert an ancient church into a working clinic in just one day, and hundreds of Jamaican locals lined up every day, waited in the hot sun to have their vision examinations and received required prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. To keep us and our patients cool and hydrated we have setup multiple fans and supplied a plenty of cool water and various soft drinks.

 

 

We were able to see 1552 patients, performed 38 surgeries, dispensed several hundred of prescription eyeglasses including 138 pair of custom ground prescription lenses in just one week! No patient was turned away, and each patient’s love and gratitude was overwhelming, our feelings were intense and exhilarating.

Optical mission 

Jamaica 2017

Prescription Sunglasses: A Review of Transition Lenses

By: Anthony Tangeman

I’ve lived in Florida my entire life and I’ve spent plenty of time exposed to the sun. Whether it was for sports, marching band or yard work, I almost always had a pair of sunglasses with me.

I had never owned a quality pair of sunglasses. I had always used cheap sunglasses that you could find at your local dollar store.

These glasses worked just fine as they helped reduce the intensity of incoming sunlight. As my eyesight started to diminish I started needing a prescription. I could not wear those cheap sunglasses anymore.

Just recently I was presented with various kinds of prescription eyeglasses that would help combat the harsh Florida sun. I was asked to give them a test-drive and to share my experiences.

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Eyewear Sun-Protection for Babies and Toddlers

By: Anthony Tangeman

If you spend time outside, it’s a good idea to invest in some form of sunglasses. This is true no matter your age, but this is especially true for babies and toddlers as they are helpless against the sun and its harsh light. If left unprotected, your child’s eyesight can become permanently damaged.

– If you would like to read about why UV protection is so important for babies and toddlers, follow the link to our blog here –

There’s no need to worry as there are plenty of options to consider. While this may seem daunting at first, choosing a pair of sunglasses for your child does not need to be difficult. The most important thing is to think of your child’s needs.

For example, a child that is only occasionally outside would likely benefit from having photochromic lenses, or lenses that adapt to incoming light. Photochromics are not only effective, but also convenient. The most popular photochromic lenses are transitions and drive-wear.

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Children and Strabismus

By: Anthony Tangeman

Strabismus, also known as crossed eyes or wandering eyes, is a vision condition caused by a muscular imbalance in the eyes. This imbalance prevents both eyes from aligning properly in order to focus on an object. One eye, and sometimes both eyes, will turn away in some direction from the object. In the case where one eye turns away (unilateral strabismus,) one eye becomes dominant over the other. There are different types and degrees of strabismus. We will be focusing on what unilateral strabismus is, how to look for it, and the treatment options for it.

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Children and Amblyopia

By: Anthony Tangeman

Amblyopia, or “lazy eye,” is a common vision condition. Among children, it is more common than every other child vision problem combined and sometimes can be difficult to see. If left undetected and unattended it may cause permanent loss of vision. Because of this, it is important to understand what amblyopia is, what it does, and how it can be corrected.

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Children and Anti-Reflective Coating

By: Anthony Tangeman

In our last post we described the science of anti-reflective (AR) coating, going into detail on exactly how it works. We know that the coating reduces glare caused by light reflected off the lens, but you may be asking yourself, “Does my child really need AR coating? Is it worth the price?”

As parents and guardians, we must remember that vision is a key factor in a child’s emotional and intellectual development, especially while they are infants. People grow and learn skills over time. As babies, we listen to our parents talk and we try making those same noises. We see them walking around and we clumsily balance on our own feet. In a similar manner, we train our eyes in order to see the world around us. This “training” happens soon after birth, with the largest developments in our vision occurring over the first two years.

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The Science Behind Anti-Reflective Coating

By: Anthony Tangeman

Anti-reflective (AR) coating is an option to consider adding to your eyeglass lenses. The coating greatly reduces glare caused by light reflected off the lens. Because of this, AR coating both improves vision through the lens and allows others to see your eyes more easily through a clear, glare-free lens.

 

AR coating works by altering the light that passes through the lens. To understand exactly what the coating does and how it works, we must first understand waves.

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Basic elements of a wave

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UV Protection for Toddlers

By: Anthony Tangeman

Whether you spend the day outside or you stay indoors, you are being exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunlight and UV radiation are a part of everyday life. Although people tend to know that these rays are harmful, they often overlook this and later regret it. In addition to proper clothing and topical solutions, such as sunscreen, a pair of eyeglasses with UV protective lenses is an essential element for proper UV protection.

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