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Tips for Buying Eyeglasses Online

Added 23/12/2009

Shopping on-line has become more and more popular with the development of science and high tech. For the convenience and efficiency, people, especially young adults, would more prefer to buy things on line rather than hanging out for shopping. However, things, including eyeglasses sold on line are not so guaranteed as those in real life. Here are some tips for buying eyeglasses online.

To be clear about your eyeglass prescription and astigmatism, this is the most important. If the present eyeglasses prescription can bring you clear vision, you can purchase a pair with the same prescription. If outdated, mostly more than 2 years after issuance by your eye doctor, what you have to do is to get a new one.

To make sure what type of eyeglasses you are in need of, from the styles to materials. For example, if you have a round face, eyeglasses with square frames or rectangular frames are more suitable for you than those with round frames which will make you face rounder. If you are allergic to metal while you are fond of metal, eyeglasses made out of titanium will be your perfect choice.

Communicate with the online retailer more, either via their toll free phone or email. It is inevitable to meet with something that you don't understand, because of the limitations of knowledge, the best way to get a clear idea is to communicate with the seller to get the information you need.

Bargain with the seller. Things sold online are usually cheaper than that in real life, because it is unnecessary to rent a store. What needs to be done is just to set up a website on the Internet which is much cheaper. Therefore, to bargain until you think the price comes to be reasonable.

Be careful of add-ons. If you buy eyeglasses in real life, except the glasses that you need, some add-ons, such as glasses cloth, and glasses case are normally included in the meantime. Thus, before you confirm on-line, you had better to make sure with the seller whether those things are send free of charge or they are charged for extra fee. For there indeed are some retailers on-line cheat customers for charging extra fees by obfuscating some related details.

Last but not least, it is the universal truth that if you would not be cheated, you have to shop around, so is it for shopping on-line. To find out 3 or 4 different on-line retailers who sell for the same glasses model that you want, so that you can compare apples to apples. Some famous online stores such as ZenniOptical, www.Firmoo.com and others offer pretty fair deals on a variety of eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses.

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Israeli eye doctors make delta tou

Added 22/12/2009

NATI Marcus can remember the day his life – and, subsequently, the lives of thousands of people around the world – changed.

“Four years ago, I was just a normal person,” Mr Marcus, from Israel, said. “I went to a cocktail party and was talking to an eye doctor and then he told me about how easy it is, how little it costs, to make a big difference [in developing countries].”

He decided to form an NGO, named it Eye from Zion, and has since taken groups of eye specialists to Tibet, Vietnam and Azerbaijan, where they performed free operations for locals.

“Our primary goals are to provide medical care, medical training, and to be goodwill ambassadors of Israel, so that people know that we care,” Mr Marcus said.

“Now so many wonderful people have joined [the group], like [photographer] Vardi Kahana – my life has changed.”

Last month, a seven-person Eye from Zion team, comprised of four eye doctors, medical technician Hovav Nuttman, Ms Kahana and Mr Marcus, performed free operations at hospitals in Pyapon and Mandalay, gave lectures at Yangon Eye Hospital and contributed medical equipment.

Over three days Eye from Zion specialists treated 67 patients, mostly for cataracts. However, there were some more serious eye conditions, including one patient with a tumour, that warranted plastic surgery.

“We could really tell we were improving people’s lives, especially in Pyapon” said Dr Nirit Bourla. “You could tell they really needed the operations. And there were some surgeries [plastic surgeon] Dr Levartovsky did that treated life-threatening conditions.”

A team of local doctors working with Eye from Zion treated an additional 120 patients, including 55-year-old U Unt Kwe from Mandalay’s Sein Pann Quarter.

“I heard about the delegation while I was in the hospital getting my eyes tested,” U Unt Kwe said. “I am very grateful for this free eye surgery program.”

Daw Mya Tin from Mandalay’s Aung Pin Lel Quarter, said she read about the delegation in local journal Yadanarbon.

“It’s like winning the lottery for poor people like us, we’re really very grateful for this opportunity,” she said shortly before going into surgery.

Dr Aung Kyaw Myint, who coordinated the project on behalf of the Israeli embassy, said: “I’m glad that there can be such a mission doing things for free for people in an area where there is need.”

At the opening ceremony on November 17 in Pyapon, Health Minister Dr Kyaw Myint said in Myanmar cataracts are the main cause of blindness.

“To achieve the national objective of reducing the blindness rate to less than 0.5 percent, the Ministry of Health has established new eye care centres equipped with microscopic and surgical facilities,” he said, adding that the ministry is providing free cataract surgery to poor patients and implementing outreach programs in remote areas, to enable people to have the “right to sight”.

Israeli ambassador to Myanmar Yaron Mayer said the first part of the project took place in August 2009, when Myanmar ophthalmologists Dr Sandar Thein and Dr Ohmmar Myint travelled to Israel to train under Dr Tzvi Segal at his hospital in Tel-Aviv.

“They came to Israel and trained with me, and they are very, very good doctors,” Dr Segal said.

Ms Kahana, a photographer for the weekend supplement of Israel’s most widely read newspaper, Yediot Ahronoth, was on hand to take portraits of patients before and after their surgeries for a planned exhibition in Israel.

“It’s very moving to see,” Kahana said, “People getting to see for the first time, you can see them smile, and see how good they feel. It’s a wonderful feeling for us, too.”

An online journal of the mission, written by Dr Bourla and accompanied by Ms Kahana’s photographs, will be published on the Israeli news website Ynet, she said.

“I hope we can return soon to Myanmar,” Ms Kahana said on the group’s last evening in Myanmar. “There are so many stories here, and we could tell that there really was a need for the work that we do.”

“The hospitality we were shown was truly unparalleled, I hope this isn’t the last time we come,” Mr Nuttman agreed.

The Eye from Zion delegation was funded by Mashav (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation), the Israeli Red Cross, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and private donors, including the doctors on the trip.

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The woman's guide to eye care

Added 22/12/2009

While eye diseases are not really gender specific, the many stages of a woman's life can have an impact on her vision, due to lifestyle habits and hormonal changes, as well as the subtle visual changes that occur as a natural part of aging.

Women in general tend to be more prone to getting eye allergies, irritations and eye infections, including Conjunctivitis, or Red Eye.

A very common reason for this is the use of cosmetics.

Particles from cosmetics such as eyeliner and mascara can sometimes trigger an infection, particularly when there is a surface abrasion on the cornea, causing redness, irritation and eye swellings.

Another cause of infection is bacteria build up in cosmetic tools, so it is important to cultivate the good habit of cleaning make-up brushes regularly and discarding cosmetics that have expired to avoid eye infections or allergic reactions.

"Over-wearing" and improper contact lens handling is quite a common problem among women, who are prone to leaving a film on their lenses, due to the use of hand creams, body lotions, cream-based foundations and oil-based make-up.

Washing of hands before the insertion of lenses, and following the proper instruction of contact lens use - appropriate length of wear and cleaning of lenses - is very important. An alternative to contact lenses would be vision correction through LASIK.

Hormone changes

Changes in the hormonal levels in the body, due to possible side effects from birth control pills or hormonal changes during menstrual cycles and menopause can sometimes also cause physiological and visual changes to the eyes of women.

The fact that women tend to live longer than men also puts them at a greater risk for age-related diseases. As we get older, most of us experience a change in our vision quality. For some it means not being able to see far away and for others it means more difficulty in reading words close up. It can be quite frustrating, particularly if you are not aware and prepared for these changes.

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