1. Use artificial tears – Preservative free artificial tear supplements are available. You want to choose a preservative free supplement in order to minimize your exposure to preservatives since you will be using the drops 2 or more times a day.
2. The 20/20/20 rule – When working on the computer or reading, every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Computer use and reading decrease your blink rate and the surface of your eye dries out faster than normal.
3. Use a humidifier – Add a humidifier near your desk at work and near your bed at home. At work, this will help alleviate some of the drier air you get in large office settings and even older buildings. At night, a humidifier would help because Sometimes your eyelids may not close all the way while sleeping and the exposed surface will dry out faster. A humidifier helps to keep your eyes moist throughout the night.
4. Single use contacts – If you are a contact lens-wearer, decrease your wear time in your contact lenses. Your days of over-wearing your contact lenses are over…If you want to stay a happy, comfortable wearer, take out lenses earlier and wear your glasses. Give your eyes more of a break! The best solution? Single use contacts-what feels better than a clean, fresh lens on your eye each day?
5. Visit your eye doctor – Your eye doctor can make sure that there isn’t a larger problem at hand. They can also prescribe eye drops not available over the counter.
6. Diet – Improving your diet. Increase your intake of salmon, tuna, walnuts and flaxseed. They are all great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. You may also take an Omega-3 supplement. Ask your doctor which supplement would be best for you.
7. Proper lid hygiene – Properly cleaning your eyelids helps to make sure that your tear ducts aren’t blocked – if they are blocked they can’t secrete the tears your eyes need to remain lubricated. While in the shower, use warm soapy water or a clean washcloth to gently clean your lids and eyelashes. Ladies, you have to get that makeup off at the end of the day!
8. Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help ensure you are well hydrated.
If you are experiencing dry eyes and are looking for relief, schedule an appointment here. We can help you establish the cause of your dry eyes, and help you implement a wellness strategy to improve them.
We are excited to announce our Presidents Day contest! During your visit, name as many presidents as you can and that will be your discount for the day. Name 10 presidents, save 10%. Name 40 presidents, save 40%! How many presidents can you name?
Bring the kids in with you and let them help!
**Discount cannot be combined with insurance discounts.
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Hey Parents! Bringing your little one to your appointment this week? Have them bring along the valentine they made for you and they’ll receive a special sweet treat just for them.
We love our eye2eye families! Watching the kiddos grow, graduate, helping you through each phase of your eye care needs.
Happy Valentine’s Day from eye2eye!
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Frames Friday is back! And we have a seriously stylish frame to bring you today.
A Prada frame – with tortoise brown acetate, oh my!
Our staff member and optician Liz, a style maven, picked these frames – they are classic but oh-so-current and a go to pair for fun and work.
Without further ado, here they are:
Love them? Schedule an appointment here to try them on & get your annual eye exam.
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. The good news about AMD is that there are many ways which we can combat its onset – including making changes to our diets. Do you have a family history of AMD? You may want to consider macular pigment testing, to help determine your risk – also annual comprehensive eye exams are crucial.
Even if you are not at risk for developing AMD – you can incorporate some wonderful foods into your diet that support overall eye and vision health. Watch our video below to find out which foods are best for feeding your eyes.
The carotenoids lutein (pronounced loo-teen) and zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-uhzan-thin), which are antioxidants and the only carotenoids located in the eye, may protect against cataracts and AMD.
One of the first large studies on carotenoids is the Eye Disease Case Control Study, in which diet was compared to the risk for developing AMD. Results found a significantly lower risk for developing the eye disease in people with high amounts of lutein+zeaxanthin in their blood. Also, those people eating a diet with the most lutein+zeaxanthin (as much as 5.8 milligrams (mg) per day) had a significantly lower risk for AMD than those whose diet contained the least amount (as low as 1.2 mg per day). Dietary studies confirmed the association between frequent consumption of spinach or collard greens, particularly good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, and lower AMD risk. (source)
For more information about these AMD fighting antioxidants, click here.
To schedule an appointment to determine your risk for AMD or to schedule your annual exam, click here.