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Winter Dry Eye Tips

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on March 8, 2018

The cooler temperatures of winter bring cool winds and dry air as well as indoor heating. For many people, battling dry eyes becomes the norm during the winter months. The natural moisture in your eyes is reduced by all the changes that come with winter. At the extreme, dry eyes can become painful and feel like there’s a foreign object lodged in your eye. Here are some tips to help you combat dry eye this winter season.

Take a Vitamin

Research has shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can help ease the discomfort of dry eyes. These three acids, eicosapentaenoic (EPA), docosahexaenoic (DHA), and alpha linolenic (ALA), aren’t made in the body, so a supplement is required in order to get the recommended daily amount. Omega-3 fatty acids help with dry eyes by improving tear production and quality.

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Introducing Jordan A. Pinozek, O.D.

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on March 5, 2018

Clavenna Vision Institute welcomes the addition of Jordan A. Pinozek, O.D. 

Dr. Pinozek received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan in 2011.  Her passion for science led her to becoming an optometrist. She graduated Valedictorian of her class at the Michigan College of Optometry and is a Board Certified Optometrist.  While attending the Michigan College of Optometry she received many honors including the Beta Sigma Kappa Silver Medal Award.

Dr. Pinozek completed an externship at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital focusing on general eye care and contact lenses. During her externship at North Coast Eye Care she focused on primary care, pediatrics and contact lenses.  Finally, she focused on ocular disease during her externship at VA of Northern Indiana.

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Painless LASIK Surgery

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on November 28, 2017

LASIK Surgery

LASIK surgery itself is painless and takes only 10 minutes per eye due to the laser technology available today.  LASIK patients are given a mild oral sedative and eye drops to anesthetize or numb the eye. Patients may experience some mild burning on the evening of the procedure as the cornea begins to heal, but they usually feel fine by the next morning and return to normal activities, including driving.

Wavefront LASIK differs from conventional LASIK surgery only in the way your prescription is taken. Wavefront technology was first developed for use in the field of Astronomy to help correct for atmospheric distortion of starlight. This LASIK technology was then used to improve the image of the Hubble space telescope. Eye specialists became interested in this technology in the 1990s.

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Flexible Spending Account money left?

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on November 2, 2017

Now is the time to start utilizing monies left from your Flexible Spending Account (FSA).  Some of these accounts are better known as Health Savings Account (HSA). FSAs and HSAs are great ways to pay health care costs. Using pre-tax money to pay for health care costs is money well spent. Your FSA or HSA can be used for LASIK surgery, glasses and contact lenses.  Some programs like FSAs have time limits. Try and use all the money by the end of a calendar year, or you may lose it.

Flexible Spending Account for Glasses and Contacts

Those who have had eye exams within the last 12 months can use left over flex spending dollars for products. Consider utilizing our optical department for new glasses, sunglasses, or computer glasses. Need contact lenses and have a current contact lens prescription?  You can order your contacts using your FSA or HSA. Please call our office in Birmingham MI to inquire. We take outside prescriptions for glasses as well. You do not need an appointment to meet with one of our fabulous opticians.

Considering LASIK eye surgery? Please contact Clavenna Vision Institute in Birmingham MI and schedule a free LASIK no obligation consultation with one of our doctors. There is still time!

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Online Eye Exams Aren’t All What They Seem

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on July 6, 2017

You can do just about anything online from buying new clothes or earning a degree. But what about your regular eye exams? Is an online test sufficient enough for that? Put simply, the answer is no!

Several online services offer the opportunity to take an eye test from the comfort of your own home. Using a series of lines, shapes and letters, they claim to provide an assessment of your vision in as little as 30 minutes. Many of these services even offer to have your test results verified by an optometrist who can then issue an eyeglass prescription.

Although online vision tests may seem convenient, they only measure visual acuity and refractive error. Some branch out and test for other vision problems such as color blindness and light sensitivity, but none have the ability to focus on what’s most important—your eye health. A comprehensive eye exam from your ophthalmologist is the only way to identify signs for serious vision problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

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Contact Lenses – Can you swim with them?

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on June 21, 2017

Can You Swim With Contact Lenses?

Swimming with contact lenses should be avoided whenever possible to help prevent bacterial contamination of your eye. Going under water with contacts can result in eye infections, irritation and potentially sight-threatening conditions such as a corneal ulcer.  Always contact your eye doctor immediately if you experience prolonged eye irritation or sensitivity to light after wearing your contact lenses in water.

The FDA recommends that contact lenses should not be exposed to any kind of water, including tap water and water in swimming pools, oceans, lakes, hot tubs and showers. Water can be home to countless viruses and dangerous microbes. One of the most serious is the Acanthamoeba organism, which can attach to contact lenses and cause the cornea to become infected and inflamed, and potentially cause an emergency trip to your eye doctor and possibly serious damage to the cornea.

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 Post-LASIK Eye Care Tips

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on June 7, 2017

Post LASIK care is an important step of the LASIK procedure, and if done correctly will ensure a smooth recovery. Everybody’s body heals differently, resulting in various recovery time frames.  Nonetheless, follow these eye care tips and your doctor’s instructions after getting LASIK surgery for the best results.

1. Rest

After any sort of surgery, rest provides your body with the energy it needs to heal itself.  After LASIK surgery in particular, it is important to close your eyes periodically to aid eye rehabilitation and reduce dry eyes and irritation.

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Time for LASIK? 5 Reasons Your Contact Lenses Want You to Lose Your Endurance Event

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on April 19, 2017

Contact Lenses – May help you Lose

Contact lenses are prone to make you more of a liability than an asset in an endurance event.  Teams of friends go miles through dirty, muddy, grueling obstacles for the bragging rights of having completed something very challenging together. Here are five ways your contact lenses could become a problem during your event.

1. The muddy water section

Because the organizers think it’s “fun,” there’s always a section where the team wades through neck-high muddy water, usually early on in the race. And your contacts aren’t even supposed to go underwater when that water’s relatively clean, much less too dirty to see through. When you have to paddle, better keep that head above water.

2. When push comes to shove, don’t lose a contact

These are high-contact running events — which is to say you’re likely to get jostled around a bit. Fingers crossed you don’t jostle a contact out of your eye.

3. And if you do lose a contact…

Don’t make your team look for it. It’ll slow you down, and even if by some miracle someone finds it, you won’t be able to get it back in without your contact solution on you. So you’ll be going squinty / semi-blurry for the rest of the race, which is not fun. And also dangerous.

4. Multi-day running

To keep this party going, some endurance runs are multi-day, with different runners taking up different legs of the race and running all through the day and the night. It’s cute, because it’s hard but it’s also like camping. What’s not cute is having to manage multiple days of contacts while also managing camping gear, endurance food, all that good stuff.

5. Crying

It’s ok to cry during these events.  Just keep the ugly face sobbing to a minimum so as not to weep out a lens, or else see items 2 and 3 above.


Contacts are great. They help you see without having to wear glasses all day. But they’re not for everyone, and if you want to live your life to the limit without factoring in the hassles of contacts maybe it’s a good time to take another look at LASIK. There are ways to pay for it through special financing we offer.  If you just want to know if you are a good candidate contact our office to schedule your free LASIK evaluation.  So you’ve no excuse. Unless you want an excuse to wriggle out of your friends’ endurance running team. In which case, “I can’t, I wear contacts” is a pretty good one.

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Spring Eye Care and Allergy Eye Tips

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on March 28, 2017

Springtime is upon us as is the start of allergy season and bright UV rays. Here is a list of eye care tips to help protect your eyes and vision as we emerge from hibernation and engage in outdoor activities.

Protect Yourself From Pollen

Along with the beautiful spring weather comes a more unpleasant guest—allergies. The symptoms of allergies can cause red, itchy, and dry eyes that can be a huge damper on your springtime activities. So what can you do to help mitigate those symptoms?

For one thing, wear sunglasses when you’re outside. Not only will they help block some of the pollen in the air from entering your eyes, but they also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. It can be easy to forget your shades on those first few sunny spring days, but do your best to remember to grab them before you head outside.

Wash It Off And Out

You should also make sure you wash your hands frequently, as pollen can get everywhere this time of year—including your hands. And unfortunately, many people reach to their face to rub their red and irritated eyes, compounding the problem by getting the pollen on their hands into their eyes. Regular washing can help keep your hands mostly free from pollen and make this less of an issue.

Artificial tears can also help with your allergy symptoms, washing irritants out of the eyes and soothing dry and itchy eyes that cause irritation and redness.  It is best to speak with one of our doctors to help determine or rule out if your symptoms are due to an eye infection, dry eyes, or inflammation. They can help you with the appropriate course of treatment.

Looking Good!

The demand for the latest style in sunglasses starts to increase in the spring. Select a pair of shades that block 100% of UV rays while staying at the height of fashion. One of our fabulous opticians can help you pick out the right look!


Spring brings a myriad of outdoor sports, including baseball, tennis, golf, and soccer – all of which have potential to cause eye injuries. If you or your family members play sports, talk with your eye care provider about wearing the proper eye protection or prescription eye protection.  Contact our office in Birmingham, MI  to schedule your appointment.

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Eye Injury During Champagne Celebrations

By: Clavenna Vision Institute on December 29, 2016

A popping cork can cause a serious eye injury and a trip to the eye doctor. As the New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, it is important to think about some of the dangers you don’t hear about.  Champagne and sparkling wine are usually part of celebrations, but please take be careful so your celebration doesn’t end in a trip to the emergency room.  Remember when you pop the bubbly to do so in a safe manner!

A Champagne cork can fly up to 50 mph as it leaves the bottle — fast enough to shatter glass. If the cork hits an eye, it can cause bleeding, corneal abrasions and even glaucoma.


Follow these five tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology to prevent a serious eye injury when opening your bubbly:

  • Just chill.


Champagne has tons of bubbles filled with gas that expand when warm. With each degree in temperature, pressure builds that can make a cork fly out unexpectedly. To preserve your eyesight (and the taste of your bubbly), always chill your Champagne in the fridge or on ice to about 45 degrees.

2) Don’t shake, rattle…or point.

While it looks like fun in the movies, don’t shake the bottle. Agitating Champagne increases pressure. Also, don’t point the bottle at anyone! Beyond being impolite, it could cost someone an eye.

3) Control the cork.

After tearing off the foil, hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood. Never use a corkscrew to open a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine.

4) Towel, tilt, twist.

Place a towel over the entire top of the bottle and grasp the cork. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from yourself and any bystanders. Slowly and firmly twist the bottle at its base while holding the cork — not the other way around — to break the seal. Counter the force of the cork using slight downward pressure just as the cork breaks free, creating the signature pop.

5) Cheers!


Time to toast. Clink carefully to avoid breaking any glasses. Here’s to celebrating responsibly! If you do sustain an eye injury from a champagne cork, seek emergency eye care from one of our ophthalmologists.

I know it is fun to hear that POP sound as the cork flies out.  If you HAVE to hear that popping sound, make sure the bottle is facing away from you and others, including animals, and is pointed towards a wall or ceiling and nothing breakable.  Look in the opposite direction UNTIL you hear the POP and then turn your head back.

While it is fun to enjoy any celebration with a bubbly drink, be sure to be smart and safe so the celebration can continue until YOU want it to end.

Happy New Year!

An added tip….if you choose to set off fireworks during your celebration, be sure to NOT drink too much champagne and always wear protective eye wear and gloves!


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