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Fashion October 21

2 years ago

With Wendy

:: New York City ::

Hi everyone!  In this photo-story, we’re taking a trip from NYC to LA.  I was actually in LA for only 24 hours, but it was completely worth it.

I don’t know if I shared this with you, but after getting PRK laser eye surgery a few years ago (very very painful experience, shared my story here), my vision actually retracted.  It’s definitely not as bad as before the surgery, but my vision is still not sharp.  I function fine throughout the day, but need a little help seeing far (and specifically at night).

Target trench | Club Monaco feather vest | Express top | Dolce & Gabbana glasses

:: Los Angeles ::

I took a short trip to LA to take care of my eyes, and more importantly, to accompany my kids (as you can see, they’re not kids but in my mind, they are =) from the Wendy’s Lookbook Foundation.  Vision health is extremely important, and most of the youth from the Foundation do not have access to vision care.  The inability to see clearly is often misidentified as a learning disability.  For example, I had a young man who took a very long time reading.  At work, he would look down, count his steps, and follow the exact same path.  When faced with paperwork, he would ask others to read it to him.  After some investigation, it was discovered (that he did not have a learning disability) that he simply couldn’t see.  He didn’t have the means or resources to take care of his vision.  These stories are unfortunately very common with the communities I work with.

Knowing that vision care is so important and much needed, I took the youth from the WLB Foundation to LensCrafters.  Equipped with the latest technology CLARIFYE, LensCrafters took care of us by giving us the most comprehensive eye exam.  CLARIFYE, an advance digital system, gave precise measurements and information during the exam with our optometrist, Dr. Meredith Barber who thoroughly explained every detail to us.  After the exam, we were fitted with glasses using the AccuFit system and the MyLook app.  AccuFit took specific measurements of our face and pupils so that the lenses are aligned in the most accurate position in the frame while the MyLook app took snapshots of us in different frames so that we could compare the different styles.

We’re so incredibly grateful for the kindness from the team at LensCrafters.  The technicians, optometrist, and store associates were so friendly, helpful, and sensitive to all of our questions and needs.  And they shared a few tips that I wanted to pass on to you:

  1. The 20-20-20 Rule: When it comes to computers and eye strain – every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away.
  2. When it comes to direct and indirect sunlight – wear sunglasses as much as possible to protect your eyes.
  3. Yearly eye exam – the eyes are the only place where you can see pumping blood vessels, so getting regular eye exams not only is for vision care, but these blood vessels can help detect diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Thank you so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the photo-journey and tips.  And special thanks to LensCrafters for partnering on this post and for your support of the Wendy’s Lookbook Foundation.  The youth and I are so thankful for your kindness (read more about LensCrafters’ community initiatives at

Thank you so much for reading!
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