Hart Optical in La Mesa offers back-to-school vision tips

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

MichaelEmerson_0785retouchedHart Optical Co., 8685 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, is noting August as “Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month” with back-to-school tips about children’s vision. “Approximately one in four school age children have some type of vision problem which can affect their success in school,” said Michael Emerson, a Registered Ophthalmic Dispenser who has owned and operated Hart Optical Co. since 1987.

Emerson said, according to Prevent Blindness America, parents should be aware of the following possible warning signs of vision problems in children: Consistently sitting too close to the TV or holding a book too close; Losing their place while reading or using a finger as a guide when reading; Squinting or tilting their head to see better; Frequent eye rubbing; Sensitivity to light or excessive tearing; Closing one eye to read, watch TV or to see better; Avoiding activities such as reading or homework, which requires near vision, or participating in sports or other recreational activities, which requires distance vision; Complaining of headaches or tired eyes; Avoiding using a computer, because it “hurts my eyes.”

As part of back-to-school preparations, Emerson recommends scheduling an eye exam with either an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. He also said free screenings will be available on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Grossmont Healthcare District’s Kids Care Fest at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.