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Strategies to Keep Eyes Comfortable during the Winter

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Strategies to Keep Eyes Comfortable during the Winter

As winter approaches, dry and uncomfortable eyes become a concern for many people. If you can relate to that concern, use these effective strategies to avoid optical discomfort throughout the winter months. Managing Glare Glare can be a problem at all times of the year, caused by sunshine reflected from vehicles and other shiny surfaces. Snow on the ground can make the problem worse because it’s highly reflective—and sometimes it’s everywhere. Snow glare is especially troublesome if it’s developed a sheen due to thawing and refreezing or from being covered in sleet. Prescription Sunglasses High-quality sunglasses can prevent eyestrain due to glare. If you already wear prescription eyeglasses, consult an optometrist about getting a pair of prescription sunglasses, too. Carry them in your car’s glove box for easy access or keep them in your purse whenever you go out. Over-the-Counter Sunglasses If you don’t wear prescription eyeglasses, choose over-the-counter sunglasses with polarized lenses. Polarized lenses filter the sunlight that reflects off shiny surfaces. Try on mirrored lenses as well as lenses of different colors. Do your shopping on a sunny day and look out of a window to see which product appears to work best for you. Preventing and Relieving Dry Eyes Sunglasses Wearing your sunglasses when you’re outdoors will also help prevent dry eyes to a certain extent since they’ll shield your eyes from the cold wind. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses, which contribute to problems with dry eyes. Artificial Tears However, winter air tends to be dry even when there’s no wind. Apply artificial tears when your eyes start to feel a bit gritty so they stay lubricated. Avoid products designed to resolve bloodshot eyes since their main effect is to constrict blood vessels. An optometrist can recommend the best products or write you a prescription for a higher-quality solution if you don’t have much luck with over-the-counter items.  Humidifier Add moisture to your home with a portable humidifier if the humidity levels are too low. This is especially common when running forced-air furnace systems. You can determine the humidity level with an inexpensive hygrometer, but assume the air is too dry if you’re getting static electricity shocks. Water Intake In addition, add moisture to your body by drinking plenty of water every day. That replaces some of your body’s normal exterior moisture that evaporates due to dry air.  Punctal Plugs If you have dry eyes all year round, talk with an optometrist about semi-permanent and permanent punctal plugs. These tiny devices fit into the tear ducts and prevent tears from draining away too quickly. If you’d like further information or advice, speak with a representative from an establishment like Vision Eyeland Super Optical...

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Choosing Between Contacts And Glasses

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Between Contacts And Glasses

Choosing to go with contacts or glasses will depend on your own preferences. However, if you are in the position of choosing one or the other and you have no experience with wearing either, then you may want to consider the information in this article. It will explain the different benefits and drawbacks both contacts and glasses offer. Benefits of glasses Glasses are maintenance free and this makes them a good choice if you want something to help you see without worrying about any work being involved. The only thing you need to do is clean your glasses when you notice they are dirty and store them so they don’t get broken. When you order your glasses, you can order extra options such as anti-glare and tint. Having a tint added will make your prescription glasses more like sunglasses. This tint can also get lighter indoors and darker outdoors, making the glasses good for both indoor and outdoor vision correction. You can choose a design that suits your needs and preferences the best. Some people go with designer frames that help add to their appearance, making their glasses one of their accessories. Drawbacks of glasses One of the drawbacks of wearing glasses is there may be times when you would still like to have your vision corrected, but it isn’t comfortable for you to wear your glasses. A few examples of these times can include when you are wearing protective headgear, when you are laying down or when it’s raining. Benefits of contacts Contacts can offer you a lot more freedom since you can wear them with protective headgear, when you are laying down, when it’s raining, or many other times when glasses wouldn’t be feasible or comfortable. Once you get used to wearing contacts you won’t even think about having them in. You will be able to wear the sunglasses you want while still being able to enjoy corrected vision. You will also be able to put on makeup without it being hidden behind glasses. If you are interested in changing the appearance of your eyes, then you can order colored contact lenses. Drawbacks of contacts Wearing contact lenses means you have to get comfortable with the idea of sticking your finger in your eye, as well as having something in your eye. Some people have a big problem with this part and it can cause you to avoid wearing them which means going around with uncorrected vision. You can lose a contact while you have them out caring for them or they can come out of your eye when you rub your eye or blink. If you don’t have an extra set with you, then you will have to go around with one good eye until you can replace the one you lost. Now that you know more about what each has to offer, you should have an easier time choosing the right corrective lenses for you needs. As soon as you can, it may be a good idea to invest in both so you have options. To learn more, contact a company like  Bass River...

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Getting Your Children The Most Comprehensive Eye Care Available

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Your Children The Most Comprehensive Eye Care Available

Your children’s health is of primary concern for you, which is why it is so important to take them in for regular medical checkups. For example, you ensure that they receive the best optical care. The optometrist you visit probably does the traditional exam to ascertain whether your children need a new eyeglass or contacts prescription. Yet, more can be done. For parents who want their children to receive some of the most comprehensive optical care possible, there is the ophthalmoscope retinal exam. This procedure will provide the attending eye doctor with more information to help your child than what is possible through the regular checkup techniques. What is the Traditional Exam? Regular exams focus on the front of the eye. Optometrists conduct them to establish the right eyewear prescription, for example. This level of observation proves sufficient in some cases. However, there are children who have underlying conditions that require a more thorough look. It is these children for whom the retinal exam would prove most beneficial. The problem is that it is impossible to know if there are latent conditions without first using this sort of more involved procedure; consequently, for parents who want assurance that their children are free of latent eye diseases, the retinal option is a wise choice. How Does an Ophthalmoscope Procedure Differ? The ophthalmoscope exam is a full retinal screen, done using laser technology. Doctors receive a view of around 80% of the retina in each scan. Thus, this examination provides optometrists with the ability to diagnose eye diseases before they fully form, which is an obvious prevention advantage. Types of eye diseases often detected by a retinal exam include: cancer diabetes glaucoma Quick, effective and painless, the ophthalmoscope exam is virtually without any problems. Of course, any parent can understand the benefits of a hassle-free exam. Even children of a young age will sit still through the retinal screening process. Find an Optometrist Today When it comes to your child’s eye care needs, sparing no resources is the best course of action. Relying on the standard examination may be enough if obtaining prescription eyewear information is the main objective. However, to find those unseen complications that can cause havoc in the future, an ophthalmoscopic retinal exam comes recommended. Locating an optometrist experienced in performing retinal exams is easy, because most list their practices on the Internet. Contact a center like Bergh-White Opticians, Inc. for more information. ...

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Three Ways An Ophthalmologist Can Help If You’re Experiencing Chronic Eye Strain

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways An Ophthalmologist Can Help If You’re Experiencing Chronic Eye Strain

Eye strain is a fairly common experience to have while using computers, driving, or doing another activity that puts stress on your eyes. However, if you’re experiencing eye strain frequently, you should see your ophthalmologist right away for a checkup. In addition to helping to reduce your eye strain, they can also determine if there’s a more serious cause to your eye problems. Common Causes If your eyes are experiencing strain, fatigue, or blurriness after using the computer or driving, it’s possible that your glasses may be causing the problem. While glasses are great for helping you to see things up close and far away, the strong light that is emitted by your computer monitor can reflect off of your lenses, creating a glare. This same type of glare is also possible when you’re driving, either from exposure to sunlight or other cars’ headlights. If your glasses are the problem, your ophthalmologist can set you up with a prescription for lenses with a glare-resistant coating. In addition, if you haven’t gotten a new prescription recently, your eyes may be experiencing strain because the prescription on your glasses is no longer appropriate for your eyes. Moderate, Less-Common Causes While a great deal of eye strain can be blamed on reflected light, it’s not always to blame. Believe it or not, having allergies may actually increase your risk of eye strain. Allergies can affect your eyes by making them itchy, inflamed, and even reduce or increase the amount of tears your eyes naturally produce, which can make your vision blurry or out of focus. In addition, if you’re frequently rubbing your eyes because they itch, that may worsen the blurriness. If you think that allergies aren’t the culprit because you don’t normally suffer from allergies, keep in mind that 2015 is the worst year for pollen yet. Even people with little to no allergic symptoms are experiencing higher allergy symptoms due to the extreme levels of pollen. An ophthalmologist can prescribe a medication to you to help with the allergy symptoms, which may improve your levels of eye strain. Extreme Causes It’s also a good idea to see an ophthalmologist to make sure that your eye strain isn’t being caused by something else. While it’s reasonable to believe that if your vision is blurry that eye strain is to blame, a wide variety of diseases can cause blurry vision. Diabetes, cataracts, eye infections, and many other ailments can cause blurry vision and need immediate treatment in order to reverse the symptoms and prevent serious, permanent damage. If your eye strain only happens once in a while, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, if you’re developing a pattern of eye strain symptoms, or regularly experience eye strain, an ophthalmologist can not only treat the problem, but give you peace of mind. To learn more, visit a website...

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3 Tips For Preventing Eye Strain

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Preventing Eye Strain

As more people become dependent on technology, such as computers, problems with eye strain are growing more frequent. Eye strain can lead to a host of problems, including decreased productivity. If you spend a large portion of your day staring at computers and tablets, here are some things you can do to reduce the strain on your eyes.  Pay Attention to Lighting When bright lighting hits your computer screen and you stare at it for long periods of time, you can develop eye strain. As a result, you can start to experience headaches, watery eyes, double vision, and shoulder pain. When working with a tablet or computer, it is important that you have the right amount of lighting.  Although some believe more light is better, it actually is not. Instead of using overly bright lights indoors, turn down the lights. Opt for low intensity bulbs and ensure that light is not being directly reflected on the computer monitor. You also need to reduce the amount of sunlight that your monitor is being exposed to. Indirect lighting is always better than direct lighting.  Frequently Blink Several things happen as you blink, but one very important thing transpires that can help you avoid eye strain. When you blink, natural lubricants that cover or coat your eye are preserved. If you are blinking less, you are more susceptible to dry eyes. Dry eyes is one of the causes of eye strain. When you are staring at a computer or tablet, you tend to blink less, which means the lubricant dries out.  To decrease the odds that you experience eye strain, it is important that you take time out to blink. It might seem odd, but every 20 minutes, take time to blink 20 times. This simple action helps to preserve your natural lubricants and rewets your entire eye. Get Prescription Computer Glasses If you spend a significant amount of time working on a computer, the best way to ensure your eyes are shielded from eye strain is to ask your optometrist about computer eyeglasses. The specially made glasses are designed to provide the best view of the screen so that you are not constantly moving closer to the screen to view it.  There are many other ways that you can help to reduce the strain on your eyes. Talk to your optometrist (like those at Linden Optometry PC) for more tips and to learn what other prescription options are available for...

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4 Tips For New Contact Lens Wearers

Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For New Contact Lens Wearers

Contact lenses are a very convenient way to correct your vision, but if you have only ever worn glasses, there are a few things that you’ll need to learn about caring for your new contacts. The learning curve for learning how to care for contact lenses is typically short, and it most likely won’t be long until wearing and caring for contacts is second nature. If you’re about to get your first pair of soft contact lenses, use the following tips: Always Clean Your Hands Before Inserting Your Contacts Clean hands are essential for inserting contact lenses, as you don’t want to transfer dirt, debris, germs, or oils into your eyes. Clean your hands with a mild soap, and then dry them with a lint-free towel so you do not transfer any lint fibers onto the surface of your contacts. Avoid using moisturizing soaps or lotions on your hands before inserting your contacts as compounds in these can damage your contact lenses and also irritate your eyes. Start with the Same Eye Each Time You Insert Your Contact Lenses If you’re like most people, there is a good chance that your eyes have different prescription strengths. You can prevent accidentally inserting the contact for your right eye into your left eye, and vice versa, by always starting with the same eye. Over time this will become a natural routine, and you’ll have no problem making sure that the correct contact lenses goes in each eye. Do Not Sleep With Your Contact Lenses In While there are a few brands of contacts that are designed for around the clock wear, the majority of soft contact lenses need to be taken out at night before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your contacts in can cause severe eye irritation, and if you neglect to remove your contacts for days on end you may end up with a serious eye infection. Don’t Ignore Pain or Irritation When you’re wearing the right brand of contacts and they are properly cleaned, you should not feel any discomfort. If your eyes are feeling irritated, or you’re experiencing eye pain, immediately take your contacts out. Try cleaning and disinfecting your contacts thoroughly before inserting them again. If they are still irritating your eyes after being cleaned contact your eye doctor- you may need to wear a different brand of contacts, or you may need to use a different type of cleaning solution. To find out more about contact lenses, speak with a business like Brooks Eyecare....

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Why Do Contact Lenses Hurt?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have just taken the leap from glasses to contact lenses, you may not be too familiar with how they are supposed to feel. When you first put them in, they may have felt hard and floated around your eyeball. While the initial wearing may have felt strange, additional wear should become easier. In fact, you shouldn’t be noticing your contacts at all while they’re in. If you feel any discomfort whatsoever—scratching, burning, redness, etc.—then you shouldn’t wear them until you figure out the problem. What are Some Possible Causes and Solutions? 1. Inside-Out Lenses: While contacts look relatively the same either way you hold them, you should only be wearing them one way. And, if you accidentally put them in while they’re inside-out, they’re bound to be uncomfortable. There are a couple of things you can do to figure out whether your lenses are inside out. Hold the lens on your finger and look at the profile. You should see a shape with a nice curve—similar to a crescent moon. If the lens is inside-out, the lens-shape will look more like a soup bowl shape. You can also look at the rim of your contacts to see whether they are inside out. There will usually be a slight bluish color on the lens rim of the side that touches your eyes. 2. A Dirty Lens: Dirty lenses are a common reason for eye irritation. If there is any dirt, small hairs, or other debris, they can get trapped or even scratch the lens, making it extremely uncomfortable to wear. If you’ve been slacking on cleaning, then there’s a good chance that it could be the source of your sore eyes. If you live in a place with lots of allergens like pollen, this debris can cause your lenses to become dirty relatively quickly as well. Don’t make the mistake of cleaning your lenses with water. Optometrist Vivian Phan says that newbie contact wearers may not realize how detrimental that can be, since water can cause the lens to warp and stick to your eye. You should always use the contact lens solution you store your contacts in to clean them. First, you’ll need to wash your hands and then you can use your fingers to work in the contact solution on your lenses once they’re out. After cleaning, you can store them in their case. 3. Patient Factors: If you have dry eyes (sometimes caused by certain medications), you may not produce enough tears to keep eyes lubricated enough for contacts to be comfortable. An easy solution is to split your wear-time between your glasses and your contacts so that your eyes won’t dry out more quickly. Some soft contact brands let oxygen pass through the lense more easily and may feel better on your eyes than hard contacts would. Also, you may want to talk to your optometrist about eye drops. You can apply some before you put in your contacts every day. Another patient factor you may suffer from is an astigmatism. An astigmatism just means your eyes have an irregular shape that doesn’t conform to the contact lenses shape. If you have a cleaning regimen, change your contacts regularly, and have ruled out other problems, you may want to see your optometrist to verify that you have an...

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Tips To Help Your Child Switch From Eye Glasses To Contact Lenses

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As a parent, you might be cautious about allowing your child to switch from eye glasses to contact lenses, but you might be worrying for nothing. According to All About Vision, kids and teens find it easy to use and wear contact lenses, and contacts offer many benefits over eye glasses. If you decide to go through with this, here are two important things you will need to know to help your child make this switch. Choose the right type of lenses In the past, you could only get long-term contact lenses, which were designed to last for six months or entire year. Not only is this type harder to keep clean, but it also requires a lot more responsibility. If a teen gets this type and loses them, you will have to buy a new pair, which could cost a lot of money. Instead of choosing this type, there are two other options for you to consider: Daily disposable lenses – Daily lenses are designed for one-day usage only. In the morning, your child would insert a new pair, and he or she would throw this pair away at night. Each day, the child would get to wear a brand new pair of lenses. Monthly lenses – The other common option is monthly contact lenses. With this type, he or she will wear the same pair for a month and will then throw them away. These kinds of contact lenses are less risky for you as a parent, and they are also easier to clean because they do not last long. Know how to treat dry eyes People that wear contact lenses often experience more problems with them in the winter when the air is dry. There are several things your child could do if this happens, including: Avoid contacts for a few days – If your teen’s eyes are really bothering him or her, have the child leave the contacts out for a couple of days. This often gives the eyes time to relax and recover from any harm that occurred while they were dry. Use eye drops – Your eye doctor can recommend eye drops to use too during dry seasons. Placing a few drops in each eye several times a day usually helps a lot. If you would like to find out if your child is ready for contact lenses, make an appointment at an eye care center today. The doctor can examine his or her eyes to tell you if this is a good idea for the...

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What You Should Know About Cataract Surgery

Posted by on Mar 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have been told by your optometrist that you have cataracts, then you will likely need to have surgery. With cataracts, the lens of your eyes are clouding, which can cause gradual vision loss over time. While it is typically a condition affecting people due to the natural aging process, anyone can have cataracts. Here is more information about this condition and cataract surgery. About Cataracts Cataracts are something many people get as they age. The exact cause is unknown, but there are some risk factors that can make you more susceptible to them. This includes having a history of eye trauma or eye surgery, diabetes, a family history of cataracts, or if you smoke cigarettes. You may also get them due to UV exposure to the eye. The first symptom of having cataracts is slow and gradual vision loss, where the eyes become cloudy and you don’t see as clearly or sharply. Determining if You Need Surgery Your doctor will first decide if you are a good candidate for cataract surgery. In general, you should get surgery if the cataracts are affecting your lifestyle or daily activities due to the disruption of vision. You will need to get an eye exam done and have a series of diagnostic tests performed to see how bad your cataracts are. The eye doctor will use different tests to decide if surgery is right for you. This includes measuring your visual acuity, doing a PAM test to see how much vision you could get back with the surgery, and a slit lamp exam to look at the severity of the cataracts. Prepare for Cataract Surgery Once you and your eye doctor have decided that cataract surgery is right for you, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First of all, learn about the side effects following surgery so you know how much time you need to take off work. You should arrange to have transportation to run errands and get to doctor’s appointments, and it helps to have at least one person at home to help you while you recover. On the day of the surgery, make sure you don’t wear any makeup, especially not eye makeup.  What to Expect From the Surgery Cataract surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you won’t be checking into a hospital. You are usually sent home the day of surgery. You will be given eye drops and a mild sedative to relax during the procedure. Your eyelid and the skin around your eye is cleaned thoroughly. You will have mild anesthesia during the procedure. Small incisions are made in your cornea so the lens bag can be opened. Then, a probe is inserted into the eye to dissolve and suck out the cataract. You then get a clear lens implant before closing the incision. You will feel a scratchy feeling and mild discomfort for the first couple days after the procedure. You may still have blurry vision, so you should not be driving and getting plenty of rest. Use antibiotic ointment as recommended by your doctor. To learn more about cataract surgery, visit the experts at Alta View Eye Care...

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The Three Main Types Of Eyeglass Frames

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When considering purchasing new eyeglass frames, there are a number of different factors to take into account, such as color, style, price, and designer. However, before you begin to consider any of these variables, you should know what type of frame you are looking for in order to narrow down your search. There are three main types of frames for eyeglasses, all of which offer different benefits over each other. Understanding the differences between the three types of eyeglass frames can help you choose the one that best fits your needs. Full Frame Glasses Full frame glasses are glasses that have a frame that goes around the entire outer edge of the lenses. Full frame glasses are the heaviest type of glasses that you can get, though the actual weight of the glasses will of course depend on the model that you choose. However, this extra weight means that they are also much sturdier and are able to hold up to more wear and tear than other types of glasses. Full frame glasses may also be the only option for patients with strong prescriptions that require thick lenses, as they are the only type of frame that can support thick lenses. Half Frame Glasses Half frame glasses have a frame that only goes partially around the lenses of the glasses, offering a lighter weight than full frame glasses. This makes half frame glasses much more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, and they offer a more open look, providing a different aesthetic than full frame glasses. However, their lighter weight means that they are more fragile, which means that half frame glasses are not ideal for physical activities. Additionally, the lack of a full frame means that they are not ideal for strong corrective lenses, which require more support. Rimless Glasses Rimless glasses have no frame around the lense, and instead hold the lenses in place only through the connection at the arms of the glasses. This means that rimless glasses are extremely lightweight and much less noticeable on your face, as they tend to have a lower profile and thinner lenses. However, rimless glasses are extremely fragile and can break even if you don’t perform any physical activities while wearing them, as the lenses are precariously held in place. The only reason to purchase rimless glasses would be for aesthetic purposes, as besides their low profile they offer no real benefit over half or full frame glasses. For more information, contact a business such as Spectacles of...

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