10 REASONS AN EYE EXAM SHOULD TOP YOUR TO-DO LIST

Posted by on November 16, 2016 · 2 Comments 

How long has it been since your last eye exam? Don’t think you need one? Considering your eyes allow you to take in information about the world around you, use light to help regulate brain chemicals that hold depression at bay, and let you see and learn, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to keep on top of their health?

It’s easy to take your vision for granted — especially when it isn’t presenting any obvious issues. There are at least 10 compelling reasons for both adults and children to receive annual eye exams; it isn’t just to check for vision changes, as you will see in the information below. Read More: 10 Reasons to Schedule an Eye Exam

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ARE COLORED CONTACTS SAFE?

Posted by on October 31, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

From cats’ eyes to clocks, shapes and symbols to spirals, and in any color imaginable, decorative contact lenses entice the costume-oriented and aesthetically-minded alike. Purchased for special occasions or everyday use, these fashion accessories are available as either simply decorative lenses or with additional vision-correction functionality.

However, as easy and fun as they may seem, decorative contact lenses are far from benign trinkets like earrings and necklaces. They are medical devices that are regulated by the FDA and legally require a prescription to be sold. Colored lenses are not one-size-fits-all: they must be fitted by a qualified practitioner to ensure their safety. Proper care and cleaning are essential.. Read More: Are Colored Contacts Safe?

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PROTECT EYES FROM FOREIGN OBJECTS

Posted by on September 2, 2016 · 1 Comment 

Eye injuries, particularly eye trauma, happen all the time, and to nearly everyone at least once in their life. However, trauma caused by foreign objects hitting or entering the eye is simply one of the most preventable eye injuries imaginable. When foreign objects hit the eyeball they can cause blunt eye trauma, penetrating and orbital “foreign body” injury, corneal lacerations or abrasions, radiation injury, and chemical burns. Everyone has experienced at least some degree of discomfort from a foreign body injury: a fleck of dust or debris hits your eye while driving with the sunroof open in the car, a tiny piece of metal scratches your eyeball while assembling a baby crib, etc. You never expect it, and yet the threat to your eyes remains ever present in your daily life. Read more about Protecting Your Eyes from Foreign Objects

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT LENS COLOR FOR YOUR SPORT

Posted by on January 14, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

A quality pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful glare by blocking 99 to 100 percent of the ultraviolet rays aimed at your eyes (In fact, a cheap pair of sunglasses can work just fine, too, but be sure to check for the sticker). Aside from blocking ultraviolet (UV) radiation, sunglasses can minimize eye fatigue and eyestrain by reducing exposure to bright light. While the UV protection is typically the most important reason to wear sunglasses, many athletes prefer lenses that are tinted a specific color to allow for a competitive advantage in their sport of choice. Read More: How to Choose the Right Lens Color for Your Sport

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VISION IMBALANCE: WHEN BOTH EYES REQUIRE A DIFFERENT PRESCRIPTION

Posted by on January 12, 2016 · 7 Comments 

Anisometropia is a vision condition in which the refractive power of both eyes is unequal by a difference of of 2 diopters or more). A person affected by anisometropia will usually see a smaller image in one eye and a larger image in another. In many cases, anisometropia is present from birth, which can be difficult (but certainly possible) to detect. Anisometropia can develop at any age, however, and seems to equally affect males and females. An estimated six percent of children between the ages of six and eighteen will suffer from this visual condition. Read more

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HOW OBESITY CAN AFFECT YOUR EYESIGHT
(HINT: IT DOESN’T HELP)

Posted by on January 7, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

A breathtaking 68.8 percent of American adults are considered obese. That’s over two-thirds of our nation’s population over the age of 18. Furthermore, three out of every four men are obese. Because of its high rates, and its health risks, obesity is a major concern of health care providers in the United States.

The health risks associated with obesity include:

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • breathing problems
  • diabetes
  • flattened foot arches

One problem associated with obesity that the public attention often overlooks is its effect on your eyes. Read more

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BURNING SENSATION IN YOUR EYES

Posted by on January 5, 2016 · Leave a Comment 

We’re all familiar with that burning feeling you can sometimes get in your eyes. Maybe it’s because you spent the day at the swimming pool, maybe it’s because you got smoke in your eyes from a firepit, or maybe you have been staring at a screen for too long–in fact, if you’re reading this and you’ve been staring at the screen for too long, take a little break before reading on. But, these are explicable and expected reasons your eyes might get irritated. What does it mean when you’re eyes are burning and you cannot think of a reason why? Read more

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HOW STRESS AND ANXIETY CAN AFFECT YOUR VISION

Posted by on December 31, 2015 · 9 Comments 

Ahh, stress. We all have different thoughts that come to mind when we hear the word. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” For some people, this stress piles on in high-pressure situations. For others, stress is accumulated over a period of time. You may be aware of the negative effects emotional stress can have on your physical health. But, you probably haven’t given much thought to the effects of stress on your eyes. Read more

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WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMETHING GETS STUCK IN YOUR EYE

Posted by on December 10, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

Oh no! You got something stuck in your eye! An eyelash? Some dirt? No matter what it is, you know it’s one of the most irritating and uncomfortable experiences you can endure. We’ll discuss in depth what to do when you have an object stuck in your eye, but first let’s get this important announcement out of the way: DO NOT RUB IT! Read more

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POLLUTION MAY HAVE AN EFFECT ON YOUR EYES

Posted by on December 8, 2015 · Leave a Comment 

In December 2015, the city of Beijing, China issued its first “Red Alert” warning to its citizens because of the extreme levels of toxic smog in the air. In the United States, pollution has been a problem (not on par with Beijing) in some cities, and it got us thinking about the public’s awareness of the effects of pollution on your vision.

When you look at pictures of people in polluted cities, such as Beijing, you often see them wearing masks, but many don’t protect their eyes. Unfortunately, this neglect can lead to development of dry eye syndrome, in turn leading to opportunities for further vision problems to develop. Read more: Pollution may have an effect on your eyes

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