Several months ago, The Vision Council released a report stating that nearly 70% of US adults experience digital eye strain while using digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.
Digital eye strain is defined as the physical discomfort experienced after two or more hours of staring at a screen. You might experience symptoms like dry, red or irritated eyes, blurred vision, fatigued eyes and back, neck or shoulder pain. You may also experience headaches. The symptoms of digital eye strain are not permanent and should dissipate after you discontinue use of digital devices. But, there could be long term damage as a result of digital eye strain.
The strain that focusing on mid-range digital screens causes our eyes tires the eye’s focusing system, causing possible long term damage. Another damaging element of digital eye strain and digital devices is the high-energy visible (HEV) or blue light emitted by these devices. Research suggests that overexposure to HEV light can damage the retina and increase the likelihood and severity of eye disorders like age-related macular degeneration and cataracts (source).
The Vision Council finds that six in 10 adults are unaware of the harmful consequences of HEV light – chances are you may be one of them. Here’s what you should know and how you can help reduce the likelihood of the long term damaging effects of digital eye strain;
1. The optical industry has developed several technologies that help address the causes of digital eye strain. Computer glasses are designed for the mid-distance range of computer screens, and they help bring digital content into focus. Computer glasses can be combined with special lens coatings and tints to help reduce screen glare and block out harmful HEV and blue-violet light.
2. Always be sure to use the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3. Be sure your workstation is optimized for your eyes with proper lighting, seat adjustments and monitor settings.
4. Enlarge your computer’s text, this can also be done on your smartphones and tablets. Enlarging the text helps to reduce strain.
5. This may be the simplest thing you can do – remember to blink. Staring at computer screens can dry your eyes. If you think you may be suffering from chronic dry eyes – schedule an appointment and we can help you.
If you spend a lot of your time behind the screen and find that you are suffering from the symptoms of digital eye strain, stop in and let Dr. A discuss options for how to help you. There are a wide range of options including computer glasses.
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We’ve all had one – a twitch in the bottom or top lid of our eye. It seems to come out of nowhere and is ever-so-annoying. Sometimes it takes a few minutes or hours for it to subside, sometimes weeks or even months. Today we are going to discuss a few reasons why your eyes twitch, when to talk to your doctor about it and how to prevent it.
Eyelid twitching is called myokymia – and is a rippling muscle contraction of the eyelid. There are many common causes of eyelid twitching, here are a few of them;
Everyone’s body reacts differently to stress. If you find yourself straining your eyes or having a particularly stressful week and an eye twitch appears, try some stress relieving tactics like exercise, yoga or rest.
– Exhaustion or Tiredness
Overdoing it, late nights, early mornings – too little sleep can mean a lot of things for your health but it can also cause eye twitching. The best remedy is catching up on your zzz’s.
– Eye Strain
If your eyes are straining to read and do basic daily tasks – it can lead to eye twitching. The solution? You might need new glasses. If you are staring at a computer screen all day, remember to follow the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds, this helps to reduce eye strain and prevent twitching. If you are experiencing frequent twitching that comes back often, it is probably time to schedule an appointment for an eye exam as you may need a new prescription.
– Caffeine & Alcohol
Experts believe high caffeine and alcohol consumption can lead to problems with eye twitching. If you are a drinking more than two cups of coffee per day (or other caffeinated beverages) you might want to consider cutting back or switching to herbal tea to see if that helps reduce your eye twitching.
– Dry Eyes
Dry eyes can be cause of eye twitching. You are especially prone to experiencing dry eyes from: aging, computer use, taking antihistamines, taking antidepressants, wearing contact lenses, consuming caffeine or alcohol or are under stress. There are many treatments available for dry eyes, make an appointment for a dry eye evaluation and we’ll examine your eyes and help you find the best treatment for you needs.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies or indoor allergies, you may experience itchy, watery eyes. If you rub your eyes – the histamine is released into the lid tissue and tears – there is evidence suggesting that that histamine release can cause eyelid twitching. If your eye allergies are not manageable with an oral allergy medication, it may be time to visit your eye doctor to discuss options for treatment – such as antihistamine eye drops.
Most of the time sudden eyelid twitching is not serious nor is it a sign of a medical problem, but this often means that it can be difficult to treat. Usually, treating an eyelid twitch that comes on suddenly means finding the root of the problem and solving that – whether its reducing caffeine intake, reducing stress, treating dry eyes or getting a new glasses or contact lens prescription.
However, there are more serious forms of eyelid twitching that are caused by neurological conditions such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are somewhat rare and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.
If you are experiencing eyelid twitching and think it may be caused by any of the triggers we discussed today, schedule an appointment with eye2eye and let’s get to fixing that annoying eye twitch!
First of all, a HUGE thank you to our wonderful patient who allowed us to share her before and after photos of her new frame purchase!
We think this is patient’s transformation is a great example of how much good frame design can change your look! And do you see that big smile? Her frame choice gives her a more youthful look and highlights her best features. Her beautiful blue eyes just pop with her colorful but understated new frames. This patient went with a ProDesign frame, ProDesign frames are made in Denmark.
Here is ProDesign’s mission statement: “Clean Danish design is the basis of our products but we always add a twist of something surprising – something unexpected. We aim to balance classic and clean with bold and bright to continuously keep classic styles updated. The most important thing is always to create eyewear that will create a synergy between the face and the frame. The frame and the face must interact to obtain a beautiful and harmonic look. We never design a frame that demands all the attention but rather a piece of eyewear that completes and enhances the lines of the face.”
We have to agree that ProDesign is true to their mission, providing stylish frames in classic but modern styles!
Are you looking to update your look? Maybe you just want a new frame to fit into your existing style? Make an appointment and stop in for an exam and fitting!
This week’s Frames Friday featured frame is the Bevel Walkabout frame! This frame offers a splash of color, purple in the particular one pictured, which is a welcome sight in this seemingly never ending winter. We are ready for bright colors, flowers and some real signs of spring.
Bevel is committed to maintaining a classic but minimal look, using high-quality materials and handmade in Japan.
Bevel is known for their small fitting frames, this being one of their highlights. Bevel offers an array of shapes and colors to choose from. Their titanium frames are made from 4mm thick titanium and are built to last, as well as comfortable.
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Transitions lenses offer lots of flexibility and the protection and vision correction you need, 100% of the time. There are many benefits to choosing a Transitions lens – including consistent and proper UV protection and the ease of one pair of glasses versus two. In this post, Dr. A discusses her thoughts on Transitions lenses and why she likes and uses them for herself. For more information about Transitions lenses take a look at the video at the bottom of this post, it reviews all of the Transitions lenses choices and benefits.
Dr. A on Transitions Lenses:
The latest technology from Transitions lenses allows you lots of freedom and flexibility with your eyeglasses. Transitions lenses are lenses that react to UV light by getting darker when you go outside.
I find this helpful when I’m running errands like grocery shopping and don’t have free hands to switch to my prescription sunglasses. My glasses automatically turn dark when I go outside and turn clear when I go inside. I also find this most helpful when having to go in and out of buildings for meetings or errands and on overcast days when the light still bothers my eyes, but it is not bright enough to wear darker sunglasses.
Transitions lenses are also perfect for kids, you don’t have to worry about making sure they keep track of two pairs of glasses. It also ensures that they always have proper UV protection all of the time.
I consider Transitions lenses a great addition to my glasses that I already have to wear anyway and recommend them to any patient looking for a convenient and simple solution to prescription sunglasses.
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This Friday’s featured frame is Lindberg frames! We have featured Lindberg before but we really wanted to highlight them again this week. Our staff just selected the newest Lindberg eyewear for the store!
Lindberg offers a featherweight feel with amazing styles and shapes. They are known for their minimalist design and their high-end, award-winning rimless glasses. They are often considered the best rimless glasses in the world! Their eyewear is remarkably lightweight, but still strong and flexible – boasting a titanium frame.
As spring nears many kids are signing up for spring sports – soccer, baseball, field hockey – you name it, the season for outdoor sports is almost upon us.
Many parents come to Dr. A with questions regarding their glasses-wearing children and sports. Coaches will often recommend that children wear sports goggles and not their glasses during play for safety reasons. Dr. A does agrees with these recommendations, but their are other options for your child.
We offer a a great selection of sports goggles to meet your child’s needs, but if you are looking an alternative – we have fit contact lenses for kids as young as 9 or 10. Whether or not your child is eligible for sports contact lenses will depend on several factors such as their particular prescription, maturity and activity.
If your child does choose to wear contact lenses for athletics, we would recommend single-use, disposable contact lenses worn only for practice and games. To find out if your child is a good candidate for sports contact lenses, schedule an exam with us. We’ll exam their vision and review options for athletic eyewear!
If you are interested in protective athletic eyewear, here is some important information to consider from AllAboutVision.com:
What to Look for in Protective Eyewear: – Lenses in sports eyewear usually are made of polycarbonate. Since polycarbonate is such an impact-resistant lens material, it works well to protect eyes from fast-moving objects. Polycarbonate also has built-in ultraviolet protection — a valuable feature for outdoor sports. – Most sport frames can accommodate both prescription and nonprescription lenses. Sport frames are constructed of highly impact-resistant plastic or polycarbonate, and most come with rubber padding to cushion the frame where it comes in contact with the head or the nose area. – Some sports styles are contoured, wrapping slightly around the face. This type of goggle works well for biking, hang-gliding and sailing. Contact lens wearers especially benefit from the wraparound style, as it helps keep out wind and dust. – Sports goggles are made in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many are designed for racquet sports and are available for basketball and soccer. Some are even designed to fit in helmets used for football, hockey and baseball. Sports goggles should allow the use of helmets when the sport calls for it.
As the spring sports season arrives – let us help you navigate ways to protect your child’s eyes! Click here to make an appointment for a comprehensive exam!
Well, this unexpected March snowstorm and crushing cold will definitely help curb the bloom for a few more days, but with the warmer days last week some of you may be feeling the effects of early allergy symptoms.
Now is the best time to start treating them, early treatment will help curb the overall severity of your symptoms. Below we discuss a few ways you can begin treating your allergies now, to help minimize the misery this season.
1.) Preventing & treating itchy, watery eyes.
-Always wash hands and face after coming in from outdoors, be sure to take frequent showers to remove pollen.
-Wash hair more often as pollen can linger in your hair and when you lie down on your pillow or couch, your face can rub around in it, exposing you to more of the allergens.
-Replace old makeup and use an applicator instead of fingers to prevent pollen contamination.
-There are great prescription eye drops you may use once a day to reduce and/or limit eye allergies. Contact lens wearers may still wear contacts if they wait 10 minutes after inserting the drops.
2.) Start taking your oral allergy medication now.
– The sooner you start taking your oral allergy medication, the better. Ideally, just before or once the pollen count starts to creep up, then one should start taking their oral allergy medicine as well as their allergy eye drops.
-People new to the area might feel that they have a cold, and after 1-2 years, they realize the pattern – its allergies! Again, the earlier the better when starting treatment!
3.) Switch to single use contact lenses during allergy season.
-Use one day disposable contacts during allergy season so that you insert a fresh, pollen free lens each day. This will greatly reduce your symptoms and keep your eyes itch-free.
-For those who have moderate to severe allergies, discontinuing contact lenses when the pollen is at its peak cuts down on the pollen “sticking” on the lens and staying on the eye all day. If using single use lenses is not reducing your symptoms, switching to glasses during peak season may be a better choice.
5.) Warning signs of something more serious.
If you have pain, decreased vision, or redness that gets worse, it could be signs of other eye issues and you should see the doctor right away.
6.) What about the kiddos?
-Be sure to encourage kids to wash their hands and face after recess or coming in from outdoors.
-Have them change their clothes when they return home for the day.
-Keep bedroom windows closed during peak pollen days.
-Change pillow case if kids did not wash hair that day.
-Discuss with their pediatrician options for treating their overall allergy symptoms, like taking an oral allergy pill.