We are super excited it’s October and Halloween is getting closer! Seth is looking great in our new Spooky eyes frame line. Bring your kiddos in for an eye exam and free pair of Spooky eyes glasses!
Please be safe when viewing the solar eclipse on Monday. Viewing an eclipse without proper eye protection, even for a few seconds, can lead to permanent vision loss. Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
NASA approved eclipse glasses are a safe way to view the eclipse. Always inspect your eclipse glasses–if scratched or damaged discard them. If your eclipse glasses are not from a NASA approved company, they may be knockoffs and we recommend not risking using them to view the eclipse. Below you will find a link to NASA approved eclipse glasses vendors to confirm yours are legit.
If you have young children, we recommend having them watch a live-stream TV feed as it can be very difficult to convince them to keep their eclipse glasses on. Keep pets inside too. Also, if you procrastinated and didn’t purchase eclipse glasses, don’t despair! The second link below will show you how to create an eclipse viewer using a cereal box and aluminum foil. Most of all, have fun! Although in Texas we will only see a partial solar eclipse, it should be an amazing sight to see. Stay safe and enjoy the eclipse!
NASA approved eclipse glasses: http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-approved-eclipse-glasses-brands-2017-8
How to make a cereal box pinhold projector https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VAigU_ictw
I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely spring weather here in Austin. Yes, I know it’s felt like spring since January, but this week spring is officially here! To welcome in the new season, we are announcing our spring sale! Receive a comprehensive eye examination and a complete pair of glasses with single vision lenses for $180 now through March 31st. Call us at 512-596-5544 to schedule an appointment.
Happy holidays friends and neighbors! We will be closed on Friday December 23rd and Monday December 26th to spend Christmas with our families. For those of you who need an appointment before the end of the year, we have expanded our hours the last week of December, and will be open until 6pm on Friday the 30th and 9am-2pm on Saturday the 31st. Our schedule for the last week of December is filling up quickly, so please call us at 512-596-5544 if you’d like to make an appointment. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), don’t wait until the last week of December to take care of yourself and your vision. 512 Eye accepts flexible Spending dollars for all prescription eye wear, including sunglasses. Flexible Spending Accounts can also be used towards the cost of an eye exam. Call us to book an appointment for an exam, or feel free to stop by and browse our large selection of eye wear.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different shades of brown, blue, and green eyes?
Human eye color charts once were used to “predict” eye colors of children.
In the most simplified versions of these charts, brown eyes are considered dominant over both blue and green eyes. And green eyes are thought to be dominant over blue eyes.
While these concepts generally are true, the genetics of how eye colors are inherited turn out to be far more complicated than once thought.
You can’t simply determine the eye colors of grandparents and parents, then calculate the odds of what color a baby’s eyes will be. In fact, you can belong to a family with many generations of brown-eyed individuals and still end up with green or blue eyes.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s also possible for two blue-eyed parents to have a brown-eyed child.
Eye colors depend on the amount of pigment (melanin) found in the iris and how it is distributed. Light gray-blue eyes contain much less pigment than extremely dark brown eyes. And there are many shades of eye color in between.
Some people are even born with eyes of two different colors, a condition known as heterochromia.
Eye color percentages vary according to which population is studied. For instance, the percentage of dark brown eyes found in Asian and African populations will be much higher than in European populations.
And some day, blue may be a rare eye color. This is because more people now select mates outside usual cultural and ethic groups. So when a brown-eyed person marries someone with blue eyes, offspring are more likely to inherit the more dominant brown eyes.
You can view examples of common human eye colors in the following chart, along with some fun facts.
We are excited to sponsor the 2016 Bowie Bulldogs football team. So far 2016 has been a great year for the Bulldogs. They are 4-1, with only 1 loss to Westlake. They will be facing Del Valle this Thursday October 6th at 7:30 at Burger Stadium. We wish them luck and hope you can make it out to the game to cheer them on! For more information, or to see the rest of the season’s schedule, check out the Bowie Bulldogs webpage at www.bowiefootball.org.