EYESPOT Visionary- August 2017

EYESPOT Visionary- August 2017

August 01, 2017



Kio Yamato eyewear can be found at EYESPOT in Chestnut Hill Newton

KIO translates to pure and clean representing the essence of the collection. YAMATO is the name of an ancient Japanese province signifying "The Great Peace" symbolizing this first Japanese state whose "power sprang from wisdom and grace". Their passion for engineering eyewear with comfort and style is evident in all of their pieces. This beautiful line is available at EYESPOT!


A Word From Our Managing Optician


Melanie Cabral is the Managing Optician at EYESPOT

"The style of a frame has the ability to complement and enhance facial features. Striking the right balance of size, fit and color can complete one's appearance and exude confidence."


EYESPOT X Collection

An Exclusive Worldly Pop Up Exhibition

Mondelliani eyewear can be found at EYESPOT Newton Chestnut Hill

Mondelliani Eyewear can be found at EYESPOT Chestnut Hill Newton
"An attitude about style and quality, between the past and the future, tradition and innovation, bound together by an innate sensibility for color: these are the distinctive marks of Mondelliani."


Gabrielle Morris is a student optician at EYESPOT


Gabrielle Morris

Student Optician

(Gabrielle is wearing Holster by L.A. Eyeworks)


Gabrielle comes to EYESPOT with 6 years of optical experience. She is currently attending Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Boston completing her Associates Degree in Science to become a licensed optician!

Simon Archabault is an ophthalmic technician at EYESPOT


Simon Archambault

Ophthalmic Technician

(Simon is wearing a Kio Yamato Frame)

Simon is currently a Master's student at Boston University School of Medicine. He is currently completing a Master's thesis examining the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in the community surrounding EYESPOT while concurrently applying to medical school.



Did you know that for every pair of glasses sold at EYESPOT we give a pair of glasses to a child in need at Birat Eye Hospital in Nepal! Click on video above to learn more!



North America will experience a total solar eclipse on August 21st. Find out what you need to know and how to protect your eyes.

By: Dr. Nicole Sopp, OD

On August 21st America will be afforded a chance to witness some rare celestial entertainment as the sun temporarily disappears behind the moon producing a rare total solar eclipse. The skies on a course approximately 70 miles wide between Oregon and South Carolina, otherwise called the "path of totality" will experience the full event as the sun gets completely eclipsed by the moon. These fortunate viewers will be in for a real treat as skies rapidly darken and galaxies within the universe generally hidden will become exposed. This will be the first total solar eclipse the U.S. has been able to witness since 1979 and the first time ever a total solar eclipse will appear exclusively in U.S. skies.  For this reason, the event has been dubbed the "Great American Eclipse".
Fortunately, weather permitting, everyone in North America will be able to witness at least a partial eclipse with the moon covering at least 2/3 of the sun. The timing of the show will depend on geographic location, but this interactive map will show you timing for the eclipse anywhere in the world.

As incredible as it is going to be to witness this cosmic event it is imperative that everyone takes the time to review how to watch the solar eclipse safely. Remember to NEVER EVER view a solar eclipse without proper eye protection since even a sliver of sun showing from behind the moon can cause solar retinopathy resulting in serious damage to your eyes and even permanent blindness. Exposure to solar radiation can result in a phototoxicity resulting in oxidative damage to the eye's photoreceptors (the cells in the back of the eye that respond to light). On a normal day people don't stare at the sun long enough to cause damage to the retinal photoreceptors, but this is not the case during a solar eclipse.  Even more concerning, when the moon is partially covering the sun during a solar eclipse it is more difficult to feel that your eyes are getting burned.  And since the retinal injury is sustained by photochemical reaction, viewers often won't know their vision has been permanently damaged until the following day.

Traditional sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes during a solar eclipse event. In order to keep your eyes protected during eclipse viewing special solar filters or eclipse glasses that meet a specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2 must be utilized. The only time it is safe to view the eclipse without an approved solar filter is during totality, or when the moon completely blocks the sun, but this will only happen along that "path of totality" between Oregon and South Carolina and only for a minute or two. If you are viewing the solar eclipse with binoculars, a telescope or even photographing the phenomenon, make sure the lenses on your devices are equipped with approved solar filters and be sure solar eclipse glasses are being worn over the eyes as well. Always make sure to follow the exact instructions on your solar viewers and help children to make sure they are utilizing their devices correctly.

You can get your approved solar eclipse glasses at EYESPOT! All profits are being donated to charity.

Nicole Sopp is an optometrist at EYESPOT and author of the Life & Style Blog The Northern Magnolia.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about eye health.  Such general information should in no way be construed as medical advice or recommendation or the rendering of a medical service. Read more.

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