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Top 5 reasons to consider lasik eye surgery

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As a child you learn very early on about the five sense: touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. Each sense does its part to help you go about your life, learn, find your likes and dislikes and generally grow up. All five of the senses are part of the human experience and it is important to do your best to take care of them. As people age, some of their senses start to deteriorate. Most people probably have an older family member who has become hard of hearing or whose vision has begun to change. It is not just age that does this however. In today’s society, people are constantly staring at screens. Their computers, televisions, iPads, phones and more are harming eyes and causing more and more people to need glasses. Glasses are not the only option, though. Here are a few reasons why you should consider getting lasik eye surgery.

  1.       You do not like the way you look in glasses- The reality is, some people just do not like how they look in glasses. They find them to be distracting, uncomfortable and overall unflattering to their style or face shape. If this sounds like you, consider getting lasik surgery because then you will not need to wear glasses at all.
  2.       You tend to lose glasses often- If you are already a glasses-wearer thinking about getting lasik surgery, you are a good candidate if you are constantly misplacing and losing your glasses. After a while, it can get extremely expensive to replace glasses over and over again, so the investment in lasik surgery would likely be more cost effective in the long run.
  3.       No more paying for contacts- Similar to replacing glasses, contacts can be expensive! Especially if you wear the kind that need to be replaced often, like daily contacts. If you are sick of paying for contacts, having them shipped to your house or having boxes and boxes of contacts taking up precious storage space in your bathroom or medicine cabinet, consider lasik surgery.
  4.       You can buy sunglasses without a prescription- Have you ever been out shopping and seen  a great pair of sunglasses, only to discover that they aren’t prescription and thus won’t work for you? This can be frustrating and keep you from being spontaneous. With cornea surgery, you can now wear any sunglasses of your choosing regardless of prescription!
  5.       Healing time is short- As the years have gone on and technology has improved, the healing time for lasik surgery has gotten shorter and shorter. In fact, many people are surprised by how quickly they can get back into their normal routine, sans vision correction. If you are someone who is a little nervous about any kind of surgery, you should know that the procedure is painless and the heal time is quick.

Lasik surgery is a wonderful option for those who want to live a life without glasses, contacts and vision correction. Lasik can provide a lot of freedom to someone, which is why it has continued to grow in popularity over the years.

The most important things to look for in an engagement ring

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If you have decided to propose to your significant other, you are making one of the biggest, most important decisions of your entire life. It is entirely normal to feel stressed out, nervous, worried, excited, or even sick to your stomach. After all, few events in your life will seem as big and meaningful as the proposal that is about to occur. Naturally, there is much to be done before proposing, including getting the family’s permission, coming up with a proposal plan, inviting the necessary people, practicing what you will say and making sure all the other details come together. Aside from all of these things, however, you must decide on an engagement ring to present to your beloved. This decision is probably the most stressful because you have to decide on a piece of jewelry they will wear for their rest of their life…and it is usually without any input from them at all! If you want to truly surprise your significant other with the marriage proposal of their dreams, you must make sure you do not leave any hints or clues that could help them figure it out. Instead, you must be as stealthy as possible. To help you on your journey of picking an engagement ring, keep these things in mind.

  • What is your significant other’s style? Your significant other’s style is important to be familiar with because it will help you to pick the perfect style of ring. A custom engagement ring is a piece of jewelry they will wear every day so you need to make sure it is something they will love to wear and that matches their overall vibe. Does your significant other have a crisp, modern style? Round or princess cut diamonds on a solitaire setting might be a good choice.
  • What is a feasible price point for you? It is easy to get swept away by all the beautiful pieces when talking to a Denver jeweler, but that does not mean you should throw your budget out the window. If you see a ring you love that is out of your price range, explain this to your jeweler and they can help you find something with a similar look and feel that is more cost effective for you.
  • Wedding band coordination- Eventually, you and your fiance will get married, in which case you will likely get coordinating wedding bands. Just because your significant other has a wedding band, does not mean they will stop wearing their engagement ring. In fact, it is important to think about how an engagement ring will coordinate with a wedding band so they look good together. In addition, it should ideally match the wedding band you will wear as well.

There is a lot to think about when buying an engagement ring, but remember to make a list, ask the right questions and know what you are looking for ahead of time. The above list will make the process a little easier and more streamlined, making for a less stressful proposal planning process.

Countries without water testing face many obstacles

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People in developed nations often take much for granted. Their lives are simple in many ways they do not even think about. For many people in the United States, people don’t worry about filtering and boiling their water before they eat it. They do not worry about only eating fresh produce that has a thick peel to protect it. They also do not worry about keeping their mouths tightly shut in the shower to make sure they do not ingest contaminated water. In other countries, though, this is normal behavior. In many developed countries, extensive water testing eliminates the need for taking numerous precautions when dealing with water, whether showering, drinking, using it to cook and more.

In less developed countries such as places in Central America like Guatemala, Southeast Asian countries like India or many African countries, clean water is a luxury resource. These countries usually do not have the governmental funds for free water testing for citizens, meaning citizens learn to deal with contaminated water and water borne illnesses as part of daily life.  This can be especially difficult for Americans traveling to different countries because they are not used to taking the precautions that many locals do. For example, a backpacker from America who is backpacking through Guatemala will probably stay at a hostel during part of their trip. In the hostel, they must be careful in the shower so as not to get any water into their mouths. This means keeping the lips clamped shut and showering while facing away from the stream of water. It also means brushing their teeth with bottled water or washing their face with bottled water or keeping their lips clamped shut here too. If a traveler fails to do this, chances are they can get uncomfortably ill with symptoms like chills, fever, nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting and more.  This can ruin quite a few days of travel and compounded over numerous days exposed to contaminated water, a traveler could effectively be sick most of their trip.

In many countries, people rely on microbiological testing to provide them with access to safe food and water, but as mentioned, this is a luxury that many people do not experience in less developed countries. A good way to keep safe when traveling abroad to less developed countries is to be aware of what is safe versus what is unsafe. For example, not ingesting tap water is a big, important component. This means brushing your teeth with bottled water and taking special care to keep water out of your mouth in the shower. Additionally, buy bottled water instead of drinking from the tap.

Also, it is smart to avoid eating raw food like fruits and vegetables particularly if they do not have a peel that would have protected them from becoming contaminated by bacteria in water. Rather than eating an apple, a banana or watermelon would be a much safer option. Additionally, porous vegetables like lettuce are generally recommended against in favor of more dense greens like cabbage.

Finally, be particularly aware of any bodies of water that you swim in like lakes or rivers. Often times there are bacteria like E.Coli in water that can make you ill.

There are many ways food testing can increase consumer trust

food testing

Have you ever thought about what’s really in your food? It’s easy to figure it out if you’re eating whole foods (meaning foods that haven’t been processed in any way), but it becomes more and more difficult the more processed foods become. A chip is a long way from the potato it’s made of. Cakes and pies and cookies no longer resemble the eggs and sugar and flour they started as. If you think about it, it’s actually quite easy for processed foods to contain way more ingredients than you would think, many of which don’t even seem like food. If you have ever examined the ingredients label on a food package, you’ve probably noticed that many of the ingredients are hard to pronounce. They sound like chemicals and you probably have no idea what they are or what purpose they serve in your food. In fact, if you were offered one of these ingredients on its own, for example a plate of high-fructose corn syrup or monosodium glutamate, you probably wouldn’t eat it. That’s a smart way to think about food choices: don’t eat things that contain ingredients you wouldn’t want to put in your body on their own.

So how do people figure out what’s in food? Most of this information actually comes from food testing. This is the scientific process of determine what types of elements exist in food and it can be extremely helpful when companies are looking to justify specific claims about their product. For example, if a company claims its yogurt or cheese or cereal is “low fat”, a simple food test can determine whether or not the product meets the federally mandated standards that determine if an item is, in fact, low fat.

Another common and helpful application is for more expensive items such as olive oil. If you have ever purchased it, you know that extra virgin olive oil can be quite expensive. Imagine if you found out that your expensive extra virgin olive oil had also been cut with another cheaper oil like canola oil? Food testing can help determine if this is the case, which is good for companies because it can build trust with their consumers. No customer wants to pay more for a subpar product, so a company that invests in microbiological testing is a good one to support as a consumer.

As science and technology increase and as the world’s population increases, companies are needing to find ways to produce more food at a much faster rate. This means that some companies may resort to using additives, fillers and cheaper ingredients while attempting to pass it off as the same product. With the help of food testing, scientists can catch these items and ensure the end users (the customers) aren’t misled. Consumers pay money for food, meaning they should get what they pay for and expect. By testing the food to ensure its authenticity, customers will have more trust and a better overall relationship with the companies they buy from.

Organize any space using magnetic labels

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Everyone all over the world, no matter your job, your home life or your hobbies, could use a little extra organization. It is no surprise that nearly everyone has felt the stress of a disorganized space at some point in their lives. It is stressful because you cannot find what you need, you waste precious time hunting for it and you end up turning your home or job upside down, leaving things in disarray as you look for something. You have probably tried many different ways to organize like bins and baskets and shelves, but even though those tactics might last for a little while, eventually you will probably become a little more laid back in your systems, not put things back exactly where they were meant to go and then, you will end up being even more confused and overwhelmed than you were before.

One of the best ways for the human mind to keep things in order is by having clear labels for items that they then associate with the item itself. If you see visual cues that let you know where things should go, chances are you will be more likely to stick to that system of organization. So how do you provide these visual cues to yourself? A good way is by using label magnets, which can stick to shelves and help you organize your spaces like closets, pantries, and shelving in garages, basements and attics. With other labels or stickers, you risk leaving a filmy, hard to remove residue. Besides that, if you ever decide to switch up the order of how you are organizing things, magnets make for quick and easy removal and reorganization without needing to scrape off the sticky residue left behind by other types of stickers or labels.

Any kind of magnetic strip can be equipped with your organizational labels. For example, in your garage you could label tools, gift wrapping supplies, Halloween decorations, Christmas decorations, gardening tools, auto parts, paint and paint supplies like brushes, rollers and stirrers, luggage, out of season clothes, potential garage sale items and more. If you have a large pantry, you can organize by grains, canned goods, dried fruits, nuts, cereals, pasta, beans, spices, and other shelf stable items. Magnetic labels will give you the chance to organize your space exactly how you want it so that you save time and energy looking for items. A good organizational system can make a huge difference in your life and make it much easier to live day to day. Imagine how much time you could save if everything in your life had an appropriate place and you were able to find things easily. Not to mention the time you would save putting things away after using them because they would have clearly marked places to live.

If you have tried other ways of organizing but to no avail, give magnetic labels a try as a clean, sleek, easy to use way to bring a little extra intention to your space.

 

There are many benefits of a mobile window tinting service

 

Have you been thinking about getting the windows of your car tinted? Perhaps you are concerned with dangerous sun exposure and want to keep out harmful UV rays. You might want to change the aesthetic of your vehicle to give it a more streamlined look. You may even want to add a bit more privacy as you drive down the road. Perhaps it is a combination of all three. All of these are popular reasons for seeking out car window tinting services. However, people today are busy. They work long hours at full time jobs or even multiple part time jobs. Some people are students, balancing class and studying. Some are stay at home parents who spend their days tending to children, doing laundry, making lunches, helping with homework, cleaning the house and other daily chores. The thing all of these people have in common is that they don’t have time to get to a specialist who can do the window tinting. Because of the fact that window tinting does not dictate whether a car runs or not, many people may put it off because it is inconvenient to travel to a location to get the service done.

Now, however, there are options for these busy people and that option is a mobile window tinting service. Mobile window tinting service takes out the inconvenience of traveling for service by coming to you. A mobile window tinting service has all the tools needed to provide your car with window tinting no matter where you are. That means, you can have your windows tinted while you are at work, in meetings, crunching on that big report or catching up on emails. You can have your windows tinted while you are in class or the library studying for a big, important test. You can even have your windows tinted while you are in your home, making lunch for your children.

When you choose Express Mobile Window Tinting, you will receive fast, professional car window tinting service wherever you are. You are also ensuring that those three or four hours you were worried about losing can now be productive, efficient and effective. You can use that time to catch up on emails or reports for work, do some studying or writing a paper for school, or even get ahead on some household chores or spend extra time with your kids. It will feel good to not only do something for yourself, but to cross something off your to do list that you have likely been putting off for a long time due to time constraints and other obligations.

When you get behind the wheel of your newly tinted car, whether it’s to go to work, to school or to run errands, you will be pleasantly surprised by the way your tinted windows provide a private, secure ride. Your tinted windows will also block out harsh sunlight, making your drive much more pleasant for you and your passengers. You’ll also notice that your car has a more sleek appearance overall.

Top 5 things to think about when designing your new website

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Websites are one of the most important aspects to online presence, especially for e-commerce sites. These days it seems like every company has a website and each is trying to outdo one another to be more attractive, more functional, more modern and more flashy. While all these things are important to spend some time thinking about when developing a website, there are also a few basics that shouldn’t be ignored. When it comes down to it, the website that is easiest for users to navigate is the one they will return to. Here are a few other elements to think about when designing your new website.

  1. Layout- As mentioned, ease of use is key in gaining and retaining customers and viewers. Put some thought into your layout. How can you streamline the process of getting people where they need to go? The less times a customer has to click to find what they are looking for, the better. Spend some time figuring out what kinds of tabs or sections can best house all the information that will go on your site.
  2. Voice- The text on your website should feel authentic. Think about the voice of your company: what kind of personality does it have? Who is it speaking to? Deciding on the voice will help you reach the customers you want and simultaneously grow the relationship with the customers you have.
  3. Social Media- People love to connect with brands they support. Gone are the days of calling a customer support line or 1-800 number for answers. Now, consumers take to social media to interact with brands. People ask questions, compliment and even complain to brands on platforms like Twitter and Facebook so it is important to think about how your social media accounts will link to your website.
  4. Images- Finding good images is not always easy. If you have someone on staff who is a good photographer and can get images of your real business, in action, that will feel the most authentic. Sometimes, though, you may not have this person on staff or you may be a company with a mission that’s difficult to show in pictures. If this is the case, you may want to think about budgeting for a photographer or high quality stock photos. A website that is all text is difficult for customers to connect with, so the images you choose to display are important.
  5. Resources- Similar to a photographer, decide if you have someone within your organization with the skills to create a website. If not, you should look into options for companies, like Digital Design Solutions to tackle this for you. Working with a company ensures the backend of your website is coded and functioning correctly and that you are getting a site that’s competitive with others in your industry.

A website is an important aspect of your business and website development should be prioritized in both your long term and short term strategies. Think about some of these important factors before moving forward in creating and enhancing your online presence.

Top 5 things to know about record management

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Record management, also called RIM, or records and information management is the practice of maintaining and organizing records in a certain field or industry. Though many fields require some system of records management, it is particularly important in fields such as the medical field. People who manage records have difficult jobs. They must not only keep track of a highly complex system of organization but are constantly around sensitive information and documents. In a smaller company, a records manager may be able to keep a spreadsheet of records, but in larger companies, a records manager may be required to learn and utilize difficult software to manage and track necessary records. Here are a few things that are important to know about record management:

  1. Record management is specifically designed to track the life of the record. What does that mean? It means that from the initial creation of the record all the way through the time it is destroyed if it has reached the agreed upon length of time it needs to be stored for.
  2. There are lots of steps in medical record management. This includes initial entry, classification, storage, tracking, retrieval and additional maintenance as necessary. Once a record is identified and stored, it does not mean it is forgotten about until it is destroyed. There are numerous times a record may need to be retrieved or updated for certain purposes like audits.
  3. Lawyers often utilize medical record retrieval when they are working on a case that could depend on certain medical issues, timeline, fraud or more. Lawyers will often use companies such as MRC Houston who can do the legwork of getting the appropriate documents that can help with a case. When there is appropriate documentation, lawyers are able to use these records as evidence to prove things such as a timeline of events or anything about a client’s medical state or medical record.
  4. Not all documents are considered records. Contrary to popular belief, not every scrap of paper, email, note or list is considered a record. By definition a record actually only tracks activities or transactions made within a company or client relationship. Think of a record as evidence that something was agreed upon or something happened. In the medical industry this can be work orders for certain procedures or perhaps even receipts of payment from a patient.
  5. Records have what is called a “life cycle” and it is broken up into phases. Phases include the creation phase, when the record is entered, the modification phase when any changes need to be made, the movement phase when the record needs to be moved to a new country or state and the destruction phase when a record can be destroyed after a previously agreed-upon timeline by the institution.

As you can see, record management is an extremely crucial component to an institution and the institutional memory. When records are managed properly, it can provide a detailed timeline of everything that happened in an organization and provide correct details in the event of an audit.