We know that the day to day stress on our eyes from electronic screens to school work, homework and reading can be taxing. Leaving our eyes feeling tired and dry. What if there was more to your eye fatigue? In some cases you may be experiencing a more severe case of visual stress. In today’s post we’re going to take a closer look at visual stress and a possible solution for people suffering from this condition.
What is Visual Stress?
Visual stress describes a condition where the person affected notices symptoms within 10 to 15 minutes – if not immediately – when they begin reading. This can leave their eyes feeling strained and uncomfortable. In some cases eye stress can leave you with headaches or migraines! Not only is it uncomfortable it can cause the person affected to miss information resulting in frequent mistakes. Could you or someone you love be suffering from visual stress? Below we’ve compiled a list of common, but not inclusive, signs you may be experiencing visual stress.
Signs of Visual Stress
Rapid eye fatigue, skipping lines or words while reading, text moves/floats/shifts/waves while reading. Difficulty copying text, headaches or migraines occur while reading, difficulty tracking words on pages/screens.
These are just a few common symptoms of visual stress. We encourage you to visit your doctor if you have symptoms like these and have your eyes evaluated. It can be incredibly difficult to endure these symptoms on a daily basis. If someone you love or if you are dealing with these on a daily basis we recommend seeing your doctor. They can then help you determine a course of action to begin reducing eye strain. One interesting, although controversial, solution is tinted lenses. While the effects are disputed it is an interesting idea on reducing visual stress.
As the weather is changing and ushering in cold, dry winter weather it’s no wonder more people experience dry eyes. Not only do we have the climate contributing to dry eyes but there are a number of other factors as well. In today’s post we’re going to look at the common contributors to winter dry eyes as well as simple tips to help prevent dry eyes!
Contributors to Winter Dry Eyes
Not only do we have the winter climate to deal with but we have these unavoidable factors as well. As the temperatures drop most of us turn up the heat. In our homes we fire up our furnaces, in our office spaces we have space heaters, and in our cars we turn up our heaters. Unfortunately while these things help keep our spaces comfortable they do a number on our eyes!
Simple Tips to Help Prevent Dry Eyes
Because it’s impossible to avoid these winter time necessities here are some tips to help prevent excessive dryness.
1. On the Go
To help prevent dry eyes while driving follow this simple tip – keep your air vents pointed away from your face.
2. At Home
A simple way you can improve the air in your home my come as a surprise. To help prevent dry eyes at home invest in a humidifier.
3. Talk to Your Doctor
If you suffer through wintry dry eyes we recommend talking with your doctor. While occasional dry eyes can be remedied by over the counter eye drops severe or extra dry eyes may require professional care.
Now you can see how a few simple changes can make a difference. We hope this post has been insightful and these tips will help you enjoy the winter season free from dry eyes! To learn more about the leading causes of dry eyes visit our prior post.
As North America begins to transition from summer to fall the holidays are right around the corner. Before the busyness of the season kicks in we wanted to share with you a few simple tips to care for your eyes. We all know during the holiday season it’s easier to take care of others before yourself. That’s why now is the time to make sure your eyes are in tip top shape.
1. Adjust Your Vehicles Air Vent
One way you can help prevent seasonal dry eyes is adjusting your vehicle’s air vents. As we transition from air conditioning in our cars to blasting the heater it can affect your eyes. Try pointing the vents toward the floor and away from your face. This will help prevent your eyes from drying out while driving.
2. Stock Up on Vitamins
In a previous post we discussed the importance of taking vitamins for your eye health. Now what happens when you run out of your daily vitamins? As the holidays are approaching now is a good time to stock up on your supply. That way if you happen to run out of vitamins you have a back up ready and waiting. You can’t take your vitamins if you don’t have any!
3. Get An Eye Exam
We cannot stress this tip enough. As the holidays are approaching it’s likely you’ll put your own priorities to the side. Before the hectic schedules ensue why not take time for yourself? It’s recommended that you see an eye care specialist annually. So if you haven’t seen an eye doctor yet this year now’s the time!
Simple Tips to Care For Your Eyes
We hope this post has been insightful and has encouraged you to take steps toward caring for your eyes. Especially with the holiday season approaching now is the time implement these simple tips.
We do a lot to ensure our eyes stay healthy. On a daily basis we take vitamins, eat eye healthy foods, we even wear protective eye wear. All of these things can become habits over time and over time we start to see the benefits. Unfortunately the same can be true for unhealthy habits. In today’s post we’re going to take a look at how smoking can affect your eyes.
How Smoking Can Affect Your Eyes
In North America people choose to smoke for many different reasons. Some smoke to help relieve stress and others smoke socially. Whatever your reason it’s important to be informed of the potential health risks. According to an article published by Medical News Today, smoking can increase your risk of cataracts as well as macular degeneration.
- Cataracts. We know that cataracts are painless but progressive cloudiness that develops in the internal lens of the eye. Over time cataracts block light and can cause limited eyesight and/or blindness. While cataracts can appear naturally smoking increases this risk. Fortunately through medical advances there are procedures to help reverse the damage.
- Macular Degeneration. Is the leading cause of serious vision loss although it will never cause complete blindness. It takes place in the retina located in the back of the eye. Typically this develops as the individual ages and can create significant visual disability. Unlike cataracts it is irreversible.
Steps Toward Healthier Eyes
While everyone has the right to choose whether or not to smoke you can think about it just like you would any other area of your life. Does this decision help me take steps toward a healthier life? Just like choosing healthy foods over unhealthy food or protecting your eyes from damaging sunlight. If you need help taking steps toward healthier eyes you can start by talking with your doctor.
With summer coming to an end along with it’s adventures and memories made it seems like you can already feel fall in the air. It’s no wonder since many retailers are already launching back to school sales and specials. Are you, your child or grandchild returning to school this fall? If so we’re going to share some advice with you about going back to school with your eyes in mind.
Back to School with Your Eyes In Mind
Whether you, your child or grandchild is returning to school this fall it’s important to make an appointment with your eye doctor. You may be wondering if you may even need to see a doctor if you haven’t noticed any changes in your eyesight. The answer is yes! Changes to your eyesight can be gradual and almost completely unnoticeable – especially in children since changes can occur without them noticing. While in some cases children my know something with their eyesight has changed but they may not mention or bring it up thinking it is normal.
Eye Fatigue – Reading Glasses
Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you or your child returning to school has been reading over the summer. While many schools require students to finish summer homework or complete a reading list some students finish these projects quickly or don’t read at all over the summer. Because of this students can often find themselves experiencing eye fatigue or strain when they return to the classroom and reading extensively begins again. If this is the case many students can be prescribed reading glasses to help aid in any changes that have occurred over the summer. In some cases doctors will prescribe reading glasses to students to help combat eye fatigue. This is fairly common and is no cause for concern.
Whether you’ve spent your summer on the go with no books in sight or you’ve enjoyed the countless adventures you can only experience in the pages of a book – it’s important to have your eyes checked before returning to school.
You may know that your eye health is a very important part of life since your eyesight is a vital factor in everyday life. Did you know that summer time poses specific challenges that require your attention in regards to your eye health? We’re compiling a short series of posts that will address specific challenges we face when it comes to preserving your eye health during the summer months. In today’s post we’re going to visit why you need to take extra care to protect your eyes specifically during summer.
What’s So Bad About Summer?
While most people enjoy the longer days and warmer weather brought on by summer few are familiar with the fact that they put themselves at risk to harmful UV(ultraviolet) radiation. There are three primary forms of radiation given off by the sun, UVA, UVB and UVC. In a pervous post we explored the difference between UVA and UVB rays – you can visit that post here, while UVA and UVB rays pose a threat UVC rays do not enter our atmosphere and are not normally attributed to causing cancer. During the summer months (May-August in North America) the sun’s UV rays are at their peak. This leads to stronger and a prolonged period of UV radiation. Exposure to the sun’s intense radiation can cause irreversible damage to not only your skin but to your eyes as well.
Prevention and Protection
While it may be tempting to lay out at the pool or spend hours outdoors it’s important to remember that the strongest period of radiation is between 10 am and 4pm. If you can try scheduling your outdoor time in the morning or later in the afternoon. If it can’t be avoided and you find yourself exposed to the sun during the peak hours the best option is to keep yourself protected. Apply ample amounts of sunscreen to exposed skin, wear suitable eye protection, or keep your skin covered by wearing loose clothing. You can often find clothing specifically provides UV protection. For more about UV protecting clothing visit this link.
Every year thousands of people suffer with dry eyes – did you know that eye dryness can be a symptom of your lifestyle? Today we’re going to have a look at a few leading causes of dry eyes and how to avoid them.
One of the main causes of eye dryness may simply be related to where you are living, working, partaking in activities. Because dust, dirt or airborne allergens can cause your eyes to be red, itchy, swollen and dry. This is especially true for allergy sufferer since often times it’s the unseen contaminants that affect your eyes causing them to water excessively and in result drying out your eyes. Another common environmental factor is the climate you’re living in if it’s an arid climate with low humidity you may find yourself dealing with dry eyes more frequently. Even if you live in a humid environment you may still find yourself dealing with dry eyes on windy days.
Another common factor that can lead to dry eyes may be lurking in your medicine cabinet. Did you know that it’s not an uncommon side effect of many over the counter as well as prescription medications to include eye dryness? If you’re regularly taking prescription or over the counter medications and suffering from dryness of eyes take a closer look at your medicine cabinet or talk to your doctor.
In our day and age we’re surrounded by electronic screens, from our computers at work, in line at the grocery store, at home in front of our television to even while enjoying a book on our e-readers. We’ve already written about how too much screen time can have an affect on your eyes, including causing your eyes to become dry. If you’re certain screen time is causing your eyes to dry out don’t worry since that can usually be solved by taking breaks away from a screen.
We know that there are supplements and food we can eat to help promote healthy eyes and we know practical ways to protect our eyes from the sun. Amongst all the information we’ve learned have you ever found yourself wonder what’s the difference between UVA and UVB rays? In today’s post we’re going to explore this question and leave you with some insightful information.
UVA – Long Term Effects
Dark spots, damaged skin, wrinkles? These are the long term effects caused by UVA rays – unfortunately UVA rays are present year round no matter the season or weather. Over your lifetime you are exposed to countless hours of UVA rays – penetrating deep into your skin it is responsible for common signs of aging.
UVB – On the Surface
If you’ve been sunburned you’ve felt the effect of UVB rays. Unlike UVA rays UVB rays increases in strength over the summer months and decreases during winter. While it’s only at its strongest for a few short months, you should beware the UVB rays. The effects can be seen on the surface of your skin by resulting in sunburn, however just under the surface it can cause cell damage.
Take Proper Precautions
We hope this post has been insightful to you and we wanted to leave you with a couple tips on how to take proper precautions against UVA and UVB rays. We recommend protecting your eyes all year long by wearing sunglasses. It’s important to make sure your sunglasses offer UVA (in addition to UVB) protection since exposure can cause long term damage to your eyes. During the summer months we recommend staying indoors or properly protected from the sun between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm since this is when UVB rays are the strongest and pose the greatest threat to your eyes.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, there’s one essential accessory you should never leave home without. That is your sunglasses! Not only do your sunglasses provide your eyes with protection from the elements – including damage from harmful ultraviolet(UV) rays – did you know your sunglasses can be a fashion statement? Today we’re going to share a few tips with you to help you choose sunglasses that not only offer protection but will compliment your own personal style.
It’s All about Coverage
When choosing a pair of sunglasses, one very important factor to take into consideration is the level of UV protection. You should look for lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV rays. Anything less will not provide you with adequate protection. Another important thing to consider is how much coverage the frames will provide. You want to find a pair of frames that will block as much unfiltered light from your eyes. Especially if you plan to use your sunglasses while you drive you want to make sure they don’t allow light to pour in the sides unfiltered.
Embrace Your Style
If you prefer a classic and casual look, new or edgy, or even retro you’re in luck. In our day and age there are countless varieties of shapes, styles and colors available for sunglasses. Whether you plan on buying sunglasses over the counter or if you need to order prescription lenses we recommend evaluating your personal style. Make note of colors or styles you tend to lean toward and start shopping.
How to Choose Sunglasses: Take Recommendations
While your opinion and choice of style is the most important it couldn’t hurt to bring a friend or family member along to help you decide between styles. Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new – sometimes all it takes is a nudge out of our style comfort zones to find our new favorite fashion statement!
As a parent you want the best for your child and it’s understandable to want them to achieve in life to the best of their abilities. Whether it’s through academics, athletics and sports, and even on a social level you want them to succeed. Often times when a child is struggling to keep up with their peers it’s easy to address a variety of potential roadblocks. Did you know that oftentimes when a child is struggling academically, athletically or even socially the cause may not be what you think.
According to Dr. Gary Heiting in his article Vision Problems of School Age Children, 1 in 4 school age children have vision problems, that if left untreated can affect the child’s academic ability. Below we’ve put together a few tips for Childhood Eye Care.
1. Regular Eye Exams
It is strongly encouraged for children to regularly see a doctor and in some cases specifically an eye doctor. Especially if there is a family history of vision problems or eye diseases. In that case you’ll want to see an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist. Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that provides eye exams, general eye care and can diagnose and treat eye diseases as well as perform eye surgery. An Optometrist is a healthcare professional who does not treat complex vision problems or perform surgery, however they do provide eye exams, diagnose common vision disorders, treat a specific range of eye diseases and prescribe corrective lenses.
2. Open Communication
While sometimes children are able to specifically bring attention to a potential vision problem it’s not uncommon for them to live with symptoms and not know it’s a problem, especially if the problem has existed for most of their childhood. Because of this it’s important to keep open communication both with your child and their teachers, tutors or coaches. Usually the adults in your child’s life will know if your child squints or shows difficulty reading up close or across the room. Headaches or complaints that their “eye’s hurt” after a prolonged activity might be a sign to have a doctor take a closer look.
3. Watch for Eye Fatigue
Sometimes symptoms that might look like a potential vision problem in a child can be simply be a case of “Eye Fatigue”. For more information on Eye Fatigue and how to treat it check out our previous post, How Screen Time Affects Your Eyes. [http://pingueculaeye.staging.wpengine.com/screen-time-affects-eyes/]
As a parent you are your child’s best advocate, if you think something may be wrong don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider. In some cases just a little care is what your child needs to succeed.