International Women’s Month: Focus on Visionary Women

 Visionary Women

It’s March, and that means International Women’s Month. We thought we’d feature some awesome women of optometry, starting with Norma Messinger Meshkov of Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs.  The Messinger family has been rooted in optometry since 1888. First established in the Lower East Side of New York, the family ultimately relocated to Center City Philadelphia, where Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs thrived and expanded into the suburbs with innovative eye care. Norma Messinger Meshkov continues the five-generation family optical tradition as President of Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs.

Norma Messinger Meshkov of Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs
Left to right: Norma Messinger Meshkov and Karen Meshkov of the Messinger optical family.

“The technology and fashion of eyewear have evolved so quickly. We’re committed to educating patients about how these advances can really improve their quality of life” said Meshkov, whose father, grandfather and great grandfather were optometrists and wholesale optical lab managers.  She added,  “It’s an honor to add to the legacy of my family and women in the optical industry.” Norma’s latest endeavor is Wink Optical, an upscale lens boutique in suburban Jenkintown PA.

A Legacy of Women

 

While the earliest history of optometry can be tracked to about 3,000 BC, women didn’t really start to enter the field in the United States until the 20th century. The first recorded female to obtain her doctorate in Optometry was Gertrude Stanton, back around 1899. Shortly thereafter, Mollie Armstrong followed suit and opened her own practice in Texas.

 

Celia Sánchez-Ramos gained her PhD in Pharmacy in the area of

Dr. Celia Sánchez-Ramos

Preventice Medicine in 1994. She is a well-established optician-optometrist and Tenure Lecturer at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She has filed 13 patents, including one for therapeutic contact lenses for pseudophakic eyes and/or eyes suffering neurodegeneration. This led her to being awarded The Best Invention Presented by a Woman Inventor 2009 Prize by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, the Gold Medal for the Best Invention in the Healthcare Area, and the Best Spanish Patent prize, awarded by the Spanish Office of Patents and Trademarks.

Dr. Paula R. Newsome

 

Paula R. Newsome is the first African-American female Optometrist to practice in North Carolina, and the second African-American female Optometrist licensed by North Carolina. She is the first African American female in the U.S. to become a member of the American Academy of Optometry.

Dr. Mollie Wright Armstrong

Mollie Wright Armstrong  was the first woman optometrist in the state of Texas and only the second in the United States. After attending Baylor Female College, she studied at optometry schools in Georgia, Illinois, and Missouri. She began her practice in Brownwood in 1899. She was active in the passage of the first optometry law in Texas, became a member of the Texas Board of Examiners in Optometry, and served as vice president and president of the board, to which she belonged for twenty-four years. She was president of the Texas Optometric Association from 1923 to 1925. When the Texas Optometrist was first published, she was its editor. It was largely through her efforts that the first optometric professional liability policy was made available to optometrists nationwide, and she became a trustee of the American Optometric Association.

Women at the Forefront

Since then, visionary women began to implement themselves into optometry practices and organizations all over the United States. Even though it would be over a century before a female was elected President of the American Optometric Association (AOA), women were making strides in eye care continuously along the way. This included such things as pursuing further education and joining auxiliary organizations where they were able to team up to help support local and international charities, as well as spreading the word about vision health to their communities.

Today, women make up about 38% of the profession of Optometry (compared to only 2% in 1976). While the field is obviously still dominated by men, the percentage of female eye doctors continues to climb every year, showing that women have not only made huge strides in eye health care, they aren’t slowing down anytime soon!

 Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs Newest Woman Eye Doctor

The latest addition to the Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs family is Dr. Stacey Filippo Tyran, who practices at Wink Optical in Jenkintown PA.  She attended Neshaminy High School and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology, then went on to get her B.S. and Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1998. Dr. Filippo Tyran’s interest in optometry is a family affair, as her father Dr. James Filippo is also a Doctor Of Optometry who had a successful private practice in Northeast Philadelphia. Dr. Filippo Tyran has over 18 years of experience in private practice optometry. She treats patients of all ages and using an integrative approach, strives to provide the best personal care to each and every patient.  Dr. Filippo Tyran lives with her husband Jim and children Madison and Nicholas in Wrightstown, PA.

Wink Optical is located in the Baederwood Shopping Center at 1649 The Fairway in Jenkintown PA. For more information, visit wink-optical.com or call 215-935-6320.

Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs are located in Center City and South Philadelphia, Bensalem, East Norriton, Ardmore and Wink Optical in Jenkintown PA.  Call (215) 368-1600 or visit philadelphiaeyeglasslabs.com

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Just In From London Fashion Week – 2017 Hottest Eyewear Trends

 

Trends in eyewear are linked to trends in fashion clothing. ~ Catharina Rüß, London Academy of Fashion and Design

2017 Fashion Report: It’s All In The Details

London February 2017 —   Fashionistas will tell you that London Fashion Week is one of the most anticipated events. With star studded line-ups, avant garde presentations and swarms of catwalk shows, everyone is sure to be lost in a world of style inspiration. It’s obvious – designers are relying more and more on eyeglasses as a key fashion accessory. This trend was huge at February ’17 London Fashion Week where accessories were in focus – bags, jewelry, belts, shoes and especially eyewear were not just regarded as an extra –  they were often the highlight of designer shows.

A survey with European fashion students confirms this: 69% of the respondents regard the importance of eyewear as a fashion accessory on a steady increase. This year at Fashion Week the British Fashion Council announced a shake-up in events, bridging the gap between high street and high-end. Burberry introduced a ‘buy it now’ feature to their shows and over 150 pop up shops were added.

To help you stay ahead of the fashion curve this year, Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs has your eyes covered with the key takeaways from Fashion Week – and shows how you can incorporate these looks in your eyewear. Ready to visit  London?  Let’s go!

 

Large & In Charge

 

A hit with bloggers, designers and consumers, the oversized look is here to stay. London street looks showed an oversized pair of specs is an easy way to embrace this trend.

 

 

She Comes In Colors

 

 

While adding color to your glasses is a must- have for ’17, it’s all about keeping things subtle. The colour palette during Fashion Week was relevantly minimal, and most designers stuck to ambers, cool blues, marbled greys.

Double Wires

 

Double wire rims  have a good spot on the2017 eyewear trend list, as they continue to stand out among the rest on runways all year-long. Tinted  lenses with funky wire rims are fun to discover, while mirrored lenses  seem to be a top trend and look great mixed with this particular look.

 

Colorful Lenses

 

Glasses with colorful lenses made a splash at London shows  bringing in bold color pops of fushia and blue. Yellow lenses seem to be a top trend and a sunny look for spring and summer.

 

Embellished Rims 

If you want to play up the new year trends and are rather adventurous, bold embellished rims are probably your best bet. It doesn’t have to be too much though – even just a touch of floral additions to oversized and rounded lenses gives a fashion-forward look.

Aviators – Still Flying High

Aviators have been a statement on the runways for quite some time, and show no signs of disappearing – something we’re thankful for. There’s just something entirely enticing about a good pair of aviator glasses, and designers at the ’17 shows weren’t shy in updating some rather coveted looks in large dark mirrored and vibrant blue looks.

 

Hot & Cool Eyewear Trends for Men

For 2017, designers reinvent classic men styles and give men the power to level up style and attitude with everything from round frames to classic aviators. Professional, stylish, geeky, vintage or funky are all updated with a modern twist.

Hipster

The hipster style made a strong statement during  Fashion Week. With simple lines, these frames were shown with thick rims, square large shape and given a ’17 look with edgy colors and patterns.

Nerdy

Thick-framed geek glasses with metallic accents and unusual colors were featured on the runway with personal interpretations seen on the streets of London.

New Vintage

New vintage eyewear for 2017 transforms this look  with edgey classic appeal. Shown were exaggerated, oversized frames, thick rims and double bridges,  and wayfarers and aviators  that shout retro. Inspired by the glorious 50’s and 60’s, vintage glasses include the browline trend. Think Buddy Holly revisited!

Timeless Classic

With timeless shapes and colors,  we easily associate these glasses with a classic look that never goes out of style. This year’s options include minimalistic design elements, and the color code is  ranging between black, brown and gray. Shown suited for professional environments or paired  with a night look, traditional colors with rectangle, round or oval frames are the go-to choices.  They add gravity to a look so they’re perfect for business. Speaking about rigor, classic tortoise patterns are also trending.

One of the advantages of a new fashion season is the opportunity to go for a style change. Change your look and express your personality with stylish glasses that reflect who you really are.

Hundreds of the lastest frames from top designers are arriving daily. Visit Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs for expert service,  top optometrists, and the best prices.

Center City and South Philadelphia,  Bensalem,  East Norriton, Ardmore and Wink Optical in Jenkintown.

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Be Cool Wear Sunglasses in Winter and Protect Your Eyes

 

 When the days are cloudy and cold, sunglasses are probably the last thing on your mind. But winter eye protection can prevent painful temporary conditions and permanent eye damage.

Protect Those Peepers

Did you know your eyes can get sunburned in the winter? Snow and ice reflect 80 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or working outdoors, UV rays strike from every angle, even on cloudy days.UV exposure can cause a painful condition called photokeratitis, or “snow blindness.” Reporter Anderson Cooper recently experienced temporary vision loss from this condition. He was on the water, but strong glare from any source can cause symptoms.

Slow-Down and Prevent Age-Related Eye Conditions

Protecting your eyes in winter can prevent or slow down eye conditions such as:

  • Cataracts
  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cancer and other growths
  • Wrinkles around the eyes

Can cold temperatures affect my eyes?

Yes. Exposure to cold can cause eye pain, blurred vision and other vision problems. The cornea (front of the eye) can freeze if your eyes are not protected from extreme cold.

 

Eye safety for winter sports

Learn what researchers know about eye protection for skiers and snowboarders.

Sunglasses — trendy designer sunglasses, polarized sunglasses, polycarbonate sunglasses designed for winter sports or other sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays — protect your eyes from glare. Wraparound sunglass styles provide the best eye protection. Ski goggles protect against glare, cold and wind, and you can get prescription ski goggles.

If you run, fish or do other outdoor activities in winter, you need protective eyewear. Many outdoor surfaces like concrete and water can reflect enough UV light to cause eye damage.

When is winter eye safety most important?

The risk of eye damage is highest in late winter and early spring, when days are getting longer. UV rays are strongest between 10 am and 3 pm, further south and at higher altitudes. Popular health site WebMD explains.

In the Pacific Northwest, you might not need sunglasses on most winter days. But our weather changes rapidly, so keep sunglasses handy. If you wear prescription sunglasses, consider a pair for the car or boat.

Do kids need winter eye protection?

UV rays can damage young eyes more easily than adult eyes, and UV exposure builds up over a lifetime. Especially for playing in the
snow, make sure your kids’ sunglasses block 100 percent of UV rays.

For kids and teens, sunglasses that look cool and fit well can make the difference between wearing eye protection and risking damage.

Sunglasses for winter eye safety – we’ve got your eyes covered!

Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs and Wink Optical offer sunglasses for every budget, including Oakley, Maui Jim and Ray-Ban. We also offer prescription lenses for sports goggles.

Questions about winter eye safety? Contact us, and keep your eyes safe this winter!

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Healthy Eyes for the New Year

Jeepers creepers where’d ya get those healthy peepers?

Flip the calendar, turn the page, wipe the slate clean, start fresh – dozens of expressions have been coined to celebrate the feeling of starting something new. You have your eyes for a lifetime. Start following these 7 simple tips in the new year and maintain healthy eyes well into your golden years.

  1. Have an annual eye exam. Eyes aren’t like teeth – there’s usually no pain if something is wrong. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
  2. Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory – but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When getting sunglasses look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
  3.  Quit smoking or never start. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
  4. Protect those peepers. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports and doing activities around the home. Employers are required to provide a safe work environment. If protective eyewear is required as a part of your job make a habit of wearing it at all times.
  5.  Know your family’s eye health history.  Talk to family members about their eye health history – it’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye condition.  Since many are hereditary this will help your optometrist determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease.
  6.  Wash, wash, wash your hands. Prevent eye infections by washing your hands before touching  eyes and before handling contact lenses. Teach children to avoid touching their eyes without washing their hands first.  If you are near someone with red eye, avoid contact around your own eyes until you wash your hands first. You can minimize the likelihood of catching common bacterial or viral eye infections by using anti-infective sprays and cleansers in public areas.
  7.  Have an eye doctor who knows you and the history of your eyes to ensure you get the right care at the right time. Stop by soon and get to know our team of on-site optometrists at Wink – your Neighborhood Optical Center.

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