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Looking to lose a few pounds for your new year’s resolution? Try taking some weight off with thinner lenses! (Image: Courtesy MyEyeDr.)

Does the new you need some new lenses?

The new year is well underway, and people everywhere are intently focused on sticking with those demanding resolutions. Have you decided that this is the year you’re finally going to shed that extra weight? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that MyEyeDr. is here to assist – by helping you find a thinner pair of frames!

Believe it or not, the materials used in crafting your glasses can certainly impact how heavy the frames are. Prescriptions vary from patient to patient; however, there are many materials for lenses, even for patients with a high prescription. The experts at MyEyeDr. are more than happy to help relieve your ears or even the bridge of your nose of that excess weight by recommending the latest in eye-wear, like the new Cole Haan light-weight frames, which feature flexible “tri-flex” technology in the bridge. Check out the best frames to highlight your natural features with the MyEyeDr. Face Shape Guide.

The experts can’t do everything, though

While the team at MyEyeDr. can find you a beautiful pair of frames to fit your particular style and preference, they can’t do everything. If you’ve yet to make a resolution, then dedicate 2018 to making healthier choices with your eyes in mind.

  • Eat your veggies: A diet rich in beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and certain vitamins play a key factor in overall eye health. These vital nutrients also help guard against vision loss from eye disease, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). To ensure eyes are performing their best, eat a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables, fruit and fish, while avoiding processed snack foods and soft drinks.
  • Get active: Make it a goal to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your everyday routine. Maintaining a healthy weight and normal blood pressure levels are important keys to improving your overall health – yes, that even includes your eyes.
  • Sport the shades: Sunglasses aren’t just a trend for the warmer seasons. Remember that UV rays reflect off of snow and ice just as they reflect off sand and water in the summer time, meaning that sunglasses are a year-round necessity. Stop by MyEyeDr. to pick out a new pair!

Don’t just think about the short term

While finding the best pair of glasses possible is a great way to both protect and help your eyes, there is still more you can do to keep them as safe as possible.

Did you know that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, or that more than 2.2 million people have glaucoma and only half of them know it?

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, Glaucoma is “a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss.” The disease is so subtle in the way it attacks your system that it can damage your eyes so gradually that you may not notice any vision loss until it is at an advanced stage. As the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S., those with a family history of the disease should set up regular appointments with an optometrist for early detection.

Visit for more information on how you can see the clearest you ever have in 2018!

MyEyeDr. is a network of more than 350 optometry practices east of the Mississippi that offer comprehensive eye care services, a selection of designer and value prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses, and standard and specialty prescription contact lenses. By welcoming all vision insurance plans and providers, MyEyeDr. makes vision health attainable for everyone. For more information, visit