COVID-19 AND UV PROTECTION

COVID-19 AND UV PROTECTION Recent information about UV radiation destroying the Covid-19 virus may confuse many people. The UV wavelengths with germicidal properties are in the UVC range. UVC from sunlight is absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere, making its harmful effects of little concern. Usually UVC isn’t part of the discussion we have with patients about UV protection since there is no natural exposure. With some of the current reports, some people may draw erroneous conclusions and abandon their sunglasses and sunblock thinking they are protecting themselves from Covid-19. It’s easy to understand how people can confuse germicidal UVC with the UVA and B we receive from sunlight which d

COMPUTER-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS

COMPUTER-RELATED VISION PROBLEMS With so many Americans working remotely on computers each day, up to 90% of them will report eye strain and vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association. Computer Vision Syndrome is the term coined to refer to a variety of symptoms caused by computer use. Symptoms range from headaches and tired eyes to double vision and neck and shoulder problems. CVS can reduce productivity by as much as 20%. It might seem obvious that when an individual isn’t seeing a computer screen clearly, he or she would not be as productive, but many users are not aware of how much it is affecting them. Sometimes individuals who do not require the use of eyeglas

COVID 19 AND CONTACT LENS WEAR

COVID 19 AND CONTACT LENS WEAR In the weeks since COVID-19 has emerged, many have wondered if it’s okay to wear contact lenses. The Contact Lens Institute has shared guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supporting continued contact lens wear for people who are healthy and practice safe hygiene habits. In a time when there is considerable misinformation and rumor, the CDC has clearly stated that contact lens wearers can continue to wear their lenses safely while caring for their lenses as prescribed by their eyecare professional. Should contact lens wearers take special precautions to prevent COVID-19? Currently there is no evidence to suggest contact lens w

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAIR OF SUNGLASSES

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PAIR OF SUNGLASSES Choose lenses that block 100% of UV rays. Go with frames that provide the most coverage to reduce light coming in from the side. If glare is a problem, select polarized lenses for the best protection and comfort. Different lens colors have different benefits: Red, rose or amber heightens contrast; good for partly cloudy days. Copper or brown blocks blue light and heightens contrast. Green slightly improves contrast and maintains color balance, soothing to look through. Yellow or orange filters the most blue light and heightens contrast; good for skeet and target shooting and night driving. Blue or purple improves contrast, contours and color perceptio

Glaucoma Facts

GLAUCOMA FACTS Glaucoma is one of the most insidious diseases of the eye. With virtually no symptoms, glaucoma is often called the “sneak thief of sight”. With the aging population, the impact of glaucoma is expected to increase in the coming years. Everyone is at risk for glaucoma. One in 200 people age 50 and under have glaucoma. By age 80, one in 10 people have glaucoma. 2.2 million Americans presently have this disease. If untreated glaucoma can cause blindness. It is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Approximately 120,000 Americans are presently blind from glaucoma. Once vision loss from glaucoma occurs, it cannot be reversed. There are often no symptoms with g

Eye Exams and Hypertension

EYE EXAMS AND HYPERTENSION Happy New Year!! Let’s all vow to take care of our eyesight this year, starting with a complete thorough eye exam! There are many things discovered during a comprehensive eye exam besides our visual acuity. One such thing is high blood pressure. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is often called the “silent killer” because many individuals aren’t aware they have the condition. High blood pressure is one of the risk factors for stroke, heart attacks, heart failure, arterial aneurism and chronic kidney failure. Untreated hypertension can also affect eyesight and cause damage to the blood vessels in the retina. Left untreated, this damage can be serious. Eye c

The Gift of Sight!!

THE GIFT OF SIGHT!! Vision! What a precious ability it is to see clearly. Many of us take clear vision for granted until we lose it. If you know someone who wears eyeglasses or contact lenses or appears to be having visual difficulties, why not give them the gift of sight for the holidays? When you are looking for that unique and greatly appreciated gift idea that you want your loved ones to be able to truly use all year long, consider gifting an eye exam or eyeglasses. There are several ways to give this gift of sight. You can arrange for an eye exam appointment, volunteering to drive them and pay for the visit. If you would prefer, you can give them a gift certificate for a certain a

MAKEUP TIPS FOR HEALTHY EYES

Here are some handy makeup tips to keep in mind. Wash your hands before applying makeup. Bacteria grows quickly on makeup. If your makeup has an unusual smell or changes color or texture, don’t use it. Don’t use makeup past its expiration date. Clean your brushes and eyelash curler regularly. Never share makeup. If you know you have sensitive skin, introduce only one new cosmetic at a time. When sampling eye makeup, try to get a fresh sample that hasn’t been used. Remove all eye makeup before bed. Avoid glittery eye cosmetics. Flecks of glitter or shimmer can get into your eyes and cause injury. Avoid blocking your eyes’ oil glands by always applying makeup outside the waterline, away fro

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