Unique and Truly Visionary Holiday Gift Ideas

grantcochrane sportsIt is just a week before Christmas. The Triangle is filled with mistletoe, Christmas Trees and smiles as families and friends plan an array of gatherings.  You’re standing among the crowds of people shopping at Southpointe or Crabtree Valley Mall, but you just can’t figure out what to buy for your friends and family members. If they wear glasses or contacts, here is a fresh look at gift ideas this holiday season:

A Reading Lamp: If friends like to read, consider the gift of a floor lamp for the recliner, or mini book light. It is a common myth that reading too much fine print or reading in low light will harm your vision. Still, squinting at the page can possibly give you a headache. The reader in your family might need a little more light to enjoy that novel or the News and Observer.

Prescription Goggles: Is your friend or family member a fan of the North Carolina beaches? Scuba masters and snorkelers with poor vision might appreciate a set of prescription goggles. You can’t wear your glasses in the ocean and wearing contacts underwater is risky for a multitude of reasons — not the least of which is losing your lenses in the water and the sand! Find out your friend’s prescription to order a set of these in time for his or her next trip to the beach. And don’t forget, snow skiing is also very popular as well.

Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must have, whether you need vision correction or not. Both UV rays and blue light rays can cause serious damage to your eyes, and the effect is cumulative during your life. The summer sun is brightest, but winter sunlight can also be harmful, even in the Triangle, where we rarely get snow. Cataracts can happen more quickly when long term sun exposure is a factor.

These days, sunglasses are also a fun fashion accessory, so it’s easy to pick out a pair to match your family member’s personality. Just be sure to select sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, block blue light rays, and contain larger lenses that fit closer to the eyes.

Gifts don’t always have to come in a big box. If older members of your family need help getting around, give them a purposeful visit this time of year by offering to chauffeur for them to the eye doctor or Park Ophthalmologist appointment.

Happy Holidays and Blessings for a Successful New Year from Dr. Friedland, Dr. Daluvoy and the entire staff at Park Ophthalmology.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery.We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Photo Credit: Grant Cochrane, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

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