Things You Should Know If You’re Planning To View The Solar Eclipse

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On August 21, 2017, people across 11 states in the U.S. will have the rare and memorable opportunity to see a total solar eclipse, including residents of Illinois. Though a total eclipse will be visible only from southern Illinois, namely Carbondale and the surrounding area, those of us in central Illinois will still be able to see a partial eclipse.

Here are some important eye health and safety tips we’d like you to be aware of:

Stylish Sun Protection for Your Eyes

Are you ready for all the fun in the sun this summer?  Make sure you protect your eyes in style!  The sunglasses you choose will not only affect the way you look, they will actually impact the way you see!!  Here are some cool options to consider as you purchase new sunglasses this season.

Mirrored Lenses:  Mirrored lenses are back and better than ever.  Besides looking totally cool, these lenses help protect your eyes by reflecting excess light away.  If you’re looking to make a bold statement, try reflective lenses in a bold color like gold or emerald blue!

Colored Lenses:  The beauty of colored lenses is that they allow you to make a bold statement without compromising the ability to block dangerous ultraviolet rays.  Still, it’s important to consider that colored lenses do affect the way you see color.

Making the Gradients:  To really shake things up, consider purchasing gradient lenses!  Gradient lenses allow you to have a darker tint at the top and a lighter tint at the bottom.  This makes them ideal for driving, as sunglasses with gradient lenses protect the eye from sunlight coming in from above, while leaving the vision clear below to see the road and your dashboard.

Whether you’re on the golf course, on the boat, at the pool, or just sitting on the front porch this summer, it’s important to make sure you have the best UV protection for your eyes.  Come in to Gailey and let us help you choose the right lenses for your lifestyle.  We are pleased to carry Essilor Colors with Xperio UV polarized lenses to make you look and see your very best!

Introducing NEW, Exclusive Glasses!

If you’re looking for unique glasses, something no one else has, we can help with that! Gailey is now offering the exclusive brands; KIO YAMATO and Maui Jim Ophthalmics.

KIO YAMATO comes to us from Japan! The name Kio Yamato literally means “pure and clean” and their frames fulfill that description perfectly.  This is a luxury eyewear brand that prides itself on offering modern, comfortable, handmade frames.  Their unique craftsmanship boasts unique hinge and temple designs that are sure to grab your attention. Gailey Eye Clinic is the only retailer of this brand in central Illinois. You can try KIO YAMATO frames in our Champaign and Springfield clinics – coming to Bloomington soon!

Maui Jim offers more than just sunglasses??  Yes, Maui Jim now offers an ophthalmic line of eyewear for everyday, indoor use.   As you probably know, Maui Jim is known for their incredible sunglasses, but, lucky for us, they’re branching into ophthalmic eyewear as well!  This new line of eyewear is designed to deliver all day comfort to those with prescriptive needs.  They are made with the highest quality materials and finishes, and their custom lenses give a crisp, clear view of the world around you.  Before they make their way to optical boutiques around the world, you can shop Maui Jim ophthalmics exclusively at Gailey Eye Clinic (these new frames aren’t even on Maui Jim’s website yet)! Fun fact: did you know Maui Jim headquarters are right here in Peoria, Illinois?

Celebrate National Eye Donor Month!

March is National Eye Donor Month and we’d like to honor the thousands of eye donors and their families who have made the decision to give the gift of sight through tissue donation.


Eversight Illinois- Bloomington is central Illinois’ very own eye bank.  It has carried on the mission of restoring sight in communities throughout central Illinois since its inception in 1952.  Initially, the eye bank was named the Watson Gailey Foundation Eye Bank and was part of Mennonite Hospital.  Now, many years later, the eye bank is part of a network of community eye banks called Eversight Illinois that provides the resources and expertise for eye tissue donation, transplantation, and research.

Gailey Ophthalmologist, Dr. Gregory Halperin, serves as one of the Medical Directors of Eversight Illinois-Bloomington and is proud to offer cornea transplant surgery.   Dr. Halperin, as well as, Gailey’s Dr. Robert Lee, offer hope and restored vision through transplant surgery for people with eye diseases like Fuchs’ Dystrophy.

It is only through the gracious act of tissue donation that we are able to perform life-altering, vision-restoring procedures like cornea transplant surgery.   Although we have a wealth of technology at our fingertips, we still need people like you to say ‘yes’ to donation. Take time to celebrate with us this month – discuss donation with your family, friends and colleagues and encourage them to become a registered eye, organ and tissue donor.  Find out more at

Eye-Healthy Smoothie Recipes

There are many studies that show that consuming more fruits and vegetables may help protect against age-related eye problems.
Why not pack the essential vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids that give your eyes the nutrition they need in to a delicious smoothie? Yes, please!

Beta-carotene from fruits and vegetables is converted in the body to vitamin A, which is essential for eye health. Foods that are rich in beta-carotene include carrots, spinach, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, mangoes, apricots, pumpkins and just about all orange and yellow fruits and vegetables as well as dark, leafy greens. Red grapes and citrus fruits are also hydrating, and may improve acute vision problems caused by dehydration. We also like to incorporate flaxseeds which are one of the very best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. These fatty acids help regulate the fluid retention and flow in our bodies, preventing dry eye and normalizing eye pressure to reduce the risk of glaucoma.

Smoothies are such a yummy way to enjoy fruits and veggies. Here are just a few popular smoothies that will be sure to support your eye health and be tasty, too!


Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

2/3 cup spinach

2/3 cup kale

1 cup water

1 banana

5 strawberries, frozen


Blend the greens and water first until the greens are completely liquefied. Add the fruit and blend until thoroughly combined. Enjoy immediately!


Blueberry Peach Smoothie with Flaxseeds

3/4 cup blueberries

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds

2 Tbsp. honey

1 cup frozen peaches


Blend all ingredients in a blender until pureed and smooth, stirring several times. Serve immediately.


Mango Green Smoothie

1 ½ cups frozen mango pieces

1 ripe banana, cut into chunks

1 cup spinach

3/4 cup almond milk


Place all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


Vision Source. March 4, 2015.

Incredible Smoothies. 2017.

Ophthalmologist or Optometrist – Who does what?

There are two main types of eye doctors: optometrists and ophthalmologists. Confused about who does what?

Here’s a look at how they’re different.

An optometrist is an eye doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. Our optometrists at Gailey Eye Clinic examine eyes for both vision and health problems and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. They also participate in pre- and post-operative care if you have eye surgery performed by an ophthalmologist.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in eye and vision care. They are trained to perform eye exams, diagnose and treat disease, prescribe medications and perform eye surgery. Ophthalmologists generally complete four years of college, four years of medical school, one year of internship, and a hospital-based residency in ophthalmology. Many ophthalmologists have specialties in certain areas. Gailey Eye Clinic’s physician specialties include cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retina, iLASIK, and certain oculoplastic procedures.

One type of doctor isn’t better than the other. It just depends on your needs. Their jobs may overlap, and they most definitely will collaborate to take care of your vision. Learn more about the doctor specialties and read all of our doctors’ bios at


AAOPOS. 2011.

Bothered by Eye Floaters?

Floaters appear as black spots that can be semi-transparent or dark and appear to float in front of your vision.

Some people are born with floaters. For others, floaters occur with age, when the tiny pieces of the eye’s gel-like vitreous break loose within the inner back portion of the eye. When we are born and throughout our youth, the vitreous has a gel-like consistency. As we age, the vitreous begins to dissolve and liquefy to create a watery center.  Some undissolved gel-like particles will occasionally float around the more liquid center of the vitreous, which is why we refer to them as floaters. Even though floaters can be a nuisance, most people become used to them and they rarely cause problems with your vision.

Occasionally an increase in floaters can be a sign of problems inside the eye. If you notice a sudden increase in floaters – either one or more large ones or a shower of tiny ones – call Gailey Eye Clinic immediately at 1-800-325-7706. This may be a sign of a retinal detachment or other serious problems.


The College of Optometrists. 2000-2017.

Cleaning and Avoiding Foggy Glasses this Winter

Cold weather is upon us. For those who wear glasses, nothing is more frustrating than having your eyeglasses fog up when you come in from the cold. Aside from the frustrations, foggy glasses are also potentially dangerous for those who work in jobs that require clear vision at all times. Here are a few solutions to help stay fog-free this winter:




Essilor of America, Inc. 2016.

VINT & YORK. 27 October 2015.

Why is My Eye Twitching?

Twitching eyes may not seem serious from a medical perspective, but they can be seriously annoying! Eye twitching is the involuntary, spontaneous contraction among the fine muscles of the eyelid. In most cases, minor eye twitching resolves as spontaneously as it began and isn’t associated with any disease. However, sometimes a twitching eye can last for weeks or even months.

It is relatively easy to find the cause of this bothersome problem. Your twitching eye could be triggered by:

Usually a few lifestyle-related questions can help determine the likely cause of the twitching. Eye strain, or vision-related stress, can occur if you need glasses, a change in prescription, or are consistently working in front of a computer. If your eye is twitching and it feels dry, see your doctor for an evaluation as there are many treatments for this.

See your doctor if the twitching won’t go away, despite the remedies above. If you experience twitching that completely closes an eyelid or spasms that involve other facial muscles, see your doctor immediately.




Dr. Matthew Alpert. November 2015.

Mayo Clinic Staff. 21 January 2016.

Green Bean Casserole

Treat your taste buds and your eyes with this delicious green bean casserole, one of the most requested holiday dishes! Fresh green beans are an excellent source of several vitamins that contribute to healthy eyes.  Green beans may not show it, but they contain the same pigments that give vegetables their red, yellow and orange colors. These pigments are called carotenoids. They all function as antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of developing serious Age-Related Eye Disease.

While you can substitute canned or frozen beans, they lose some vitamins during processing. We love to stir-fry green beans with any other favorite veggies or meat, but we’ll definitely be cooking up some green bean casserole this holiday season! Enjoy the delicious recipe below.


1 tablespoon butter

1/4 cup diced onions

1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

3 cups sliced fresh green beans

3 cups chicken broth

1 (10 1/2 –ounce) can cream of mushroom soup

1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onion rings

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup grated cheddar



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Boil the green beans in chicken broth for 10 minutes and drain.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Sauté the onions and mushrooms in the butter.
  4. Add the green beans, mushroom soup, cheese, half of the onion rings, and the seasoning to the onion and mushroom mixture. Stir well.
  5. Pour into a greased baking dish. Spread the rest of the onion rings on top.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.



Sandi Busch “What Are the Benefits of String Beans?” 21 October 2013. LIVESTRONG.COM.


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