In order to harvest deer consistently you need to learn all you can about how a deer hears, smells, and sees. Then, you need to devise ways to try and negate those remarkable senses. Because they do not hear much better than you, the primary areas to focus on closing the gap are smell and vision.
A deer’s nose is roughly a thousand times better than yours and he can see about five times better than you (amazingly, they have peripheral vision between 250-270 degrees!).
Deer hunters spend a fortune on scent control products every year trying to close the largest gap – the deer’s sense of smell. Reality may be that you can’t completely defeat whitetail’s awesome nose, but you can stay in the game by playing the wind and practicing good scent control when you head to the field.
What can we do to close the gap between the deer’s vision and our own? The most common practices to defeat a deer’s vision are use of camouflage to blend into our surroundings, and tree stands to attempt to defeat their amazing peripheral vision and keen ability to detect movement.
All of these things are great. They help close the gaps by minimizing the deer’s advantages over the hunter. But, how can we maximize our own senses to close the gap even more? The best way is to maximize our own vision.
Excellent vision is critical to becoming a skilled hunter. Appropriate eyewear will protect the hunter’s eyes and can improve their ability to spot wildlife and make a great shot. It is important to take the time to choose proper eyewear before heading to the field. It can pay big dividends through the protection of a one’s eyesight and in the thrill of a successful hunt.
Whether at the range or in the field the importance of eye protection cannot be overstated. Most shooting activities take place in close proximity to the face. This leads to significant risk of eye injury from ricochets and flying objects (ejecting shells, etc.). Additionally, they protect the eyes in the field from branches, wind, sun, and dust.
For shooting and hunting applications, polycarbonate is the best lens material available. It is lighter, more durable, more impact-resistant, and more scratch-resistant than other materials on the market today. It also blocks UV rays that can be damaging to the eye.
It is important that your lenses adequately cover enough of the eye area to provide proper protection. Look for lenses that wrap around, past the sides of the eye for complete coverage. Complete Vision Care carries a large selection safety frames that are both stylish and provide the complete coverage needed for shooting and hunting applications.
Yellow or Amber tints improve contrast and depth perception and give a sensation of heightened visual acuity, especially during dawn and dusk - the times when wild game is most active. Additionally, they are effective at blocking the blue light commonly found in diffused light such as one might experience on a cloudy day.
The first step to maximizing and protecting your vision is to have a comprehensive eye examination by one of the optometrists at Complete Vision Care. The prescription generated from this examination will allow us to make customized hunting or shooting glasses just for you. Take the next step towards closing the gap between the deer and the hunter. Improve your chances of seeing and harvesting that trophy buck you have dreamed about all these years. Schedule your appointment today.
Why a comprehensive eye examination should top the back-to-school checklist.
Vision plays a critical role in learning. In fact, eighty percent of learning is done visually, and one in four children have an undetected vision condition. Children often do not know what good vision is if he or she has never experienced it, so he or she will not voice that there is a problem and often leads to frustrated students or low self esteem. It is common for vision problems to be mistaken for a learning disability. Because eye health and vision development plays a major role in academic growth, an eye examination is a great investment in your child's education.
Is there a difference between a comprehensive eye examination with us versus a vision screening at school or by the pediatrician?
Yes. While screenings are valuable and do help identify some eye or vision problems, they are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination. A comprehensive eye examination includes visual acuity, cover test, pupil assessment, extraocular muscle evaluation, visual field testing, retinoscopy, anterior slit lamp examination, and dilated posterior slit lamp and binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy examination. By contrast, a vision screening usually consists of visual acuity only.
How often should a child have his or her eyes examined?
Annually. Eye health is an important part of your child's overall health care. Whether you have vision insurance or not, the majority of medical insurance plans cover an annual preventative eye examination for children. We accept most medical insurance plans for preventative or medical eye examinations.
We strongly encourage you to schedule a comprehensive eye examination before your child starts school again to help ensure he or she is ready and eager to learn.
Complete Vision Care Festus is now open every first and third Saturdays of each month, so make an appointment today. Complete Vision Care is located at 600 Westwood Drive in Festus and will be open from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm on these Saturdays. We understand the schedule of working individuals and realize that taking time off work for doctor appointments is not how you want to use your earned time off.
Doctors Mark Kahrhoff and Dustin Wiles will be available for comprehensive eye examinations including contact lens fitttings. Our team of expert opticians will be available for eyewear consultation to help you select the perfect frame and lenses. Call our office at (636) 931-2020 or click request an appointment to schedule an examination today.
It should come as no surprise that Americans today are living much longer than past generations. We’re also aging differently than our parents and grandparents. Baby boomers are entering their retirement years, but they aren’t about to slow down. Instead, they are looking for breath-taking experiences; and with this adventurous mindset comes the need to travel – specifically the need to travel by car. No matter the distance, getting behind the wheel of a car should be taken seriously and approached with safety in mind.
To keep yourself safe consider these proactive tips to keep your vision in tip-top shape.
Since 80% of learning is done visually, 3 years old is when Complete Vision Care recommends your children's first eye examination if you haven't noticed any troubles prior. We do see children as young as 6 months old if you have noticed trouble prior to three years old. Having your child's eyes examined this young is vital to ensuring (s)he is ready for school. There are many easily correctable vision-related troubles that can impede on your child's learning that we will assess at the eye examination. Even if you do not have vision insurance on your child, the Affordable Care Act recently made it mandatory for all medical insurances to cover a routine eye examination annually for children under the age of 18.
How will an eye examination play a role in my child's learning?
Approximately 80% of learning is done visually. Vision conditions that are undiagnosed and untreated become stumbling blocks to learning. When children are visually able to learn, they have the potential to be successful in everything they do.
Think about the tasks students tackle each day like reading & spelling, writing & computer work. To complete these tasks children must be able to see and understand information. Healthy vision is more than just the ability to see clearly from one end of the classroom to the other. It also includes visualizing, understanding & applying information that comes into the brain through the eyes.
Here are the seven essential visual abilities needed for learning.
-Visual Acuity: Seeing clearly at distance or near
-Accommodation: Maintaining clear vision as objects are move closer to the eyes
-Eye Teaming: Coordinating both eyes together so they both point at the exact same object
-Eye Movement: Tracking objects or views easily
-Perception: Interpreting correctly what is seen, and then reacting to it
-Eye-Hand Coordination: Using the eyes to guide the hands.
-Imagery: Seeing pictures in the mind.
-Remembering pictures of what has been seen in the past
-Visualizing new pictures in the mind.
We will ensure your child's eyes are seeing clearly and functioning as a team so they can learn efficiently.
Warning Signs that your child may have vision trouble:
Invest in your child's future, request an appointment below.
Dr. Dustin Wiles joins Complete Vision Care today, June 1st.
A native of Farmington, he is excited to return home to serve the local communities.
Prior to joining, he served as an optometrist in the US Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, where he provided comprehensive eye care services for active duty military members, veterans and their families. He also led a specialty contact lens service for patients with keratoconus, corneal transplants and other corneal abnormalities. He will continue to serve as an optometrist in the US Army Reserve.
Dr. Wiles graduated as valedictorian of the 2012 University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry class. During his training, he received many prestigious awards including the Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowship, VSP Scholarship Award for Excellence in the Pursuit of Primary Care Skills, Contact Lens Faculty Clinical Excellence Award, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Academic Scholarship, Ocular Instruments Award of Excellence in the Study of Ocular Disease, the Honor Award from Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society, and the National Board of Examiners in Optometry's Certificate of Commendation for having the highest part I board score for an UMSL Student. During his training, he gained experience in ocular disease management, specialty contact lenses and ocular surgery co-management through clinical rotations at the Saint Louis VA Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Center for Advanced Medicine and St. Louis University Eye Institute.
Dr. Wiles practices the full scope of optometry and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. He has special interests in the management of dry eye disease, diabetic eye examination, and custom contact lenses for patients with keratoconus, corneal transplants and other corneal abnormalities.
Dr. Wiles is currently accepting patients in Leadington on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and he is accepting patients in Festus on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Dr. Wiles resides in Farmington with his wife, Steph’Annie and three young children, Annie, Jacob, and Samuel. When not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and in the outdoors.
Polarized sunglasses are all the rage these days. And why not? There are many benefits to wearing polarized lenses, such as reducing eyestrain and improving vision by blocking excess glare.
All of which is great if you are planning to buy new sunglasses. But what if you already own a pair and don't know or remember whether they are polarized? Do you have to just buy a new pair? Not necessarily. There are several easy ways to determine whether or not your current sunglasses are already polarized. Check out our guide to determining whether or not your sunglasses are already polarized—these tips might save you more than money—they could also save your eyesight.
Read This Article: This is so meta it may just blow your mind, but if you wear your sunglasses while reading this article, you may be able to determine whether they are polarized. That's because most modern computer screens utilize the same glare-reducing technology as polarized lenses. If you tilt your glasses while looking at a computer monitor through polarized glasses, portions of your screen will become blank or go dark. The same is true of LCD display screens such as the ones on a gas pump. Crazy, right?
Go Fishing: One of the primary benefits of wearing polarized lenses is cutting down on glare, such as the glare you get off a car windshield. Polarized sunglasses are also great at reducing the glare of the sun reflecting off water. If your sunglasses are polarized, instead of only seeing the surface of a lake or river, you will suddenly be able to see through the glare and into the water below. Catching all those fish down there, on the other hand, is up to you.
Phone A Friend: If you know somebody who owns polarized sunglasses, figuring out if your own lenses are polarized is as easy as phoning a friend. All you need is their cooperation - and, of course, their glasses. First, hold up your glasses and theirs simultaneously and look through both pairs at the same time. Then, rotate one pair of sunglasses about 60 degrees. If both pairs of glasses are polarized, the overlapping area will darken as they filter out excess light. If your pair isn't polarized, however, you won't notice any difference.
If you determine that your sunglasses aren’t polarized, a trip to see us can solve this problem. We can swap out the lenses in any frames for polarized lenses. For those full-time glasses wearers, you can even have us add your prescription to your polarized sunglasses.
Wear protective eyewear.
According to the National Eye Institute, more than 100,000 eye injuries are estimated to be sports-related, and 90 percent of sports-related injuries are eye related. Every day safety eyewear glasses, goggles, safety shields, eye guards can help prevent these injuries from occurring. If you’re playing sports outside, make sure to wear either sunglasses (preferably ones with strong UV protection like our E-SPF50+!) or goggles.
Take off all that makeup.
Makeup is great when needed, but old eye makeup can lead to bacterial infections, toxic heavy metals, dry eyes, allergic reactions and loss of eyelashes. So, if you’ve been applying some eye shadow, liner, primer and mascara, make sure you properly take it off! And, if you’re out of makeup remover, consider using avocado.
A new study shows that coffee can be good for your eyes, as its strong antioxidant chlorogenic acid can prevent retinal degeneration. For food, think leafy greens, dark berries, eggs and cold-water fish like salmon, which have plenty of omega-3 fatty acids. And, while we’re on the topic of health, quitting smoking is also a good idea as cigarettes can lead to cataracts, optic nerve damage and macular degeneration.
Regular eye exams.
Annual comprehensive eye exams can spot early signs of diseases. Keep in mind the difference between a vision screening (includes a brief vision test for acuity) and a comprehensive eye exam (which tests all aspects of your vision).
Take a break and look away from the computer.
Digital eye strain affects up to 75 percent of computer workers. In our plugged-in lives, we’re susceptible to “computer vision syndrome,” which can include ocular discomfort, muscular strain and stress. To help relieve the tension, eye doctors suggest taking a break, blinking frequently, wearing computer glasses and checking your computer’s position (20 to 28 inches away from the eye is best). Make sure to think about setting your monitor near minimum overhead light. Also try magnifying the text on your screen to make reading easier.
So, in short, protect your eyes like you would protect your skin and the rest of the organs in your body. Stay safe, use eyewear protection and keep rocking on!
Complete Vision Care, Inc