Oh spring, so pretty, but from some, so miserable. With this year’s early spring in the Mid Atlantic, many are noticing allergy symptoms earlier than usual. As pollen levels rise you may notice symptoms like itchy, watery, red, eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. There a few things you can do to reduce symptoms and help make this time of year more enjoyable and less miserable.
Dr. A’s 5 Ways to Make Spring Less Miserable For Allergy Sufferers
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.
4.) 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.
5.) 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.
Establishing the cause and having a doctor manage your eye allergies will help make sure you suffer less, click here to make an appointment with the doctors at eye2eye.
We are nearing spring break! That time of year when we take a few days to travel, rest, clean the house – hopefully you are planning a fun trip out of town to celebrate this little break from work, school and daily routines.
While you are planning your spring break packing list – there is one crucial item you cannot forget – a fresh new pair of sunglasses.
The sun is hanging around a little longer this time of year, which means we need to all be wearing our sunglasses more often. UV protection is key to preventing vision damage and even premature signs of aging. Yes – wearing your sunglasses protects your delicate eye skin from uv damage and wrinkles.
Good thing we have a fabulous selection of sunglasses from brands like Ray-Ban, Bevel, Face a Face, Kate Spade and Prada. Pack any of these sunnies in your spring break luggage and you’ll look stylish while protecting your eyes.
Shop our selection this week or make an appointment to come in and see us, we’ll help you select the perfect pair, get it properly fitted and make sure your prescription is correct.
Next week Dr. A, and our opticians Granville and Liz, will be heading the International Vision Expo in New York. We attend this annual conference for many reasons, including continuing education, access to the newest information about how to take better care of your eye health, to view revolutionary new products and the latest trends.
Attending this conference is important to us because it helps us be on the cutting edge of the industry and ensures that we are providing our patients the very best eye care available.
We learn so much about emerging technologies in care and burgeoning eyewear brands – and we bring it all home to eye2eye for you.
Stay tuned next week, we’ll be sharing what we see at the conference on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram – there will be lots of stylish eyewear!
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.
Dr. A is just back from her fun, informative and exciting trip to Las Vegas to attend the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Digital Health Summit. And wow – did she see some awesome new tech and share lots of information with attendees about digital eye strain and the effects of using digital devices on our eye health. Below she shares her perspective on the experience.
“When I first arrived at the CES conference, I didn’t quite know what to expect. In my mind, I thought I would only see a roomful of new HDTV’s, smart phones, and audio equipment. I thought, what roll/impact will I have via The Vision Council at the Digital Health Summit that I will be attending?”, said Dr. A.
“This role became immediately evident the moment I stepped into the convention center. All around me, the very latest in health, fitness, wearable fit bands and new apps and devices that will allow people to be more proactive in maintaining and tracking their overall health.,” said Dr. A.
Dr. A participated in the CES and the Digital Health Summit with The Vision Council to promote eye-healthy use of digital devices and how to prevent and protect eyes from digital eye strain.
At The Vision Council booth, developers, engineers, and regular consumers were very interested to hear about how digital eye strain affects our everyday lives (including Survivor contestants and winner Tyson Apostol & Rachel Foulger). We demonstrated the innovative lens technology that is available with and without a prescription to help alleviate eye strain from looking at digital devices. The Vision Council released a report about digital eye strain, and found that we look at our digital devices more than 100x a day – this includes smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops. These digital devices emit a blue light that can be damaging to our eyes as well as cause many other serious health concerns – including interrupted sleep.
The Digital Health Summit held a fireside chat, moderated by Lygeia Ricciadi, where Dr. A was a panelist. Many topics that connect our digital world to our health were discussed. Wearable health and wellness tracking devices were a topic of interest as well as the harmful blue light emissions from digital devices. See a recap of Dr. A’s fireside chat below.
Dr. A also got the opportunity to demo and try many of the new tech on display at the CES. Below is a rundown of her favorites and what they offer.
Dr. A’s Tech Picks CES 2015:
1. JINS MEME – Dr. A demoed this eyewear that tracks eye movements, blinking and more.
2. eyeSight – Dr. A demoed a touch-free interface that controls any screen with your fingers by using any camera on any device compatible with their software. Amazing!
3. Brothers Sewing – Automated sewing technology that will change how we use sewing machines.
4. Tobii Eye Experience – This technology uses your eye movements to scroll and click instead of a mouse. Dr. A was able to find Del Ray on Google Maps using just her eyes.
5. Rochester Optical 3D – These 3D and virtual reality glasses augment reality for patients suffering from vision-related medical conditions including macular degeneration.
6. Wonderwoof – Super adorable smart bow ties that track the health of your pet – from whether they have eat and drank to if they are stressed.
7. 3D Printing – Dr. A got to experience 3D printing in action – someday we may be able to 3D print a custom pair of frames for you!
8. Wearable Wellness Tracking – Wearables were everywhere – especially bands. These bands track everything from steps taken to heart rate and fitness information. Drawing the connection between these bands and health care professionals was a big topic of conversation at the Digital Health Summit.
9. SmartMat – The first interactive yoga mat that provides feedback and helps users to perfect their poses.
And a few more awesome tech ideas like interactive home tech (control the dishwasher from work!), curved TV screens to allow for a more enhanced visual experience, interactive 3D eyewear that allows you to read text and shift your gaze within the screen to view a 3D graphic like maps of what you’ve read (a great educational tool), and robotics – from cleaning your house to acting as your personal nurse aid – robotics were everywhere in all sizes!
“All in all, as an eye care provider I have an important role to play keeping my patients’ eyes and vision healthy. By utilizing the latest emerging technologies in health and wellness, I am able to be an active participant in my patients’ health. This technology enhances the open dialog with my patients about their personalized health plans and keeps me engaged with their concerns and questions about keeping themselves healthy,” said Dr. Dora.
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This Tech Tuesday we are discussing the convenient and life changing technology offered by Transitions lenses. Transitions lenses offer flexibility, UV protection and vision correction, 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.
Transitions lenses are lenses that react to UV light by getting darker when you go outside, and lighter when you go inside.
Dr. A finds this helpful when running errands like grocery shopping and don’t have the free hands necessary to switch to prescription sunglasses. With Transitions lenses, your glasses automatically turn dark when outdoors and turn clear when inside. This is most helpful when having to go in and out of buildings for meetings or errands and on overcast days when the light is still bothersome to the eyes, but it is not bright enough to wear darker sunglasses.
Transitions lenses use photochromic technology to darken the lenses in UV light – advances in their technology have enabled their line of lenses to change from dark to light faster than ever before. There are three lines offered by Transitions lenses, below we will highlight the benefits of each line.
Fully clear indoors, more responsive than ever outside. More reactive to UV light so they get darker in more conditions, including bright sun, partially sunny, cloudy, etc. They also adapt to indirect light – such as light reflected from buildings, cars, and many other surfaces.
- Fully clear indoors and at night
- Fast fade back speed
- Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
- Fit any prescription and frame
- Suitable for any age including children
Transitions Vantage lenses don’t just adapt to changing light, they also polarize as they darken. Outdoors, the polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare, which can vary as the day progresses and conditions change.
- The only everyday lenses with variable polarization
- Polarization adjusts to match the level of outdoor glare
- Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
- Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames
Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt to help protect your eyes from fatigue and strain caused by UV light and bright glare outdoors, and activate behind the windshield. Indoors they have a hint of tint to shield your eyes from strain caused by harsh indoor light.
- Activation behind the windshield of a car
- Comfortable hint of tint indoors to shield the eyes from harsh indoor light
- Our darkest lens outdoors, even in the hottest temperatures
- Block 100% of UVA & UVB rays
- Designed to work with most prescriptions and frames
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.
Transitions lenses are a great addition to traditional glasses and are recommend for any patient looking for a convenient and simple solution to prescription sunglasses.
Want to discuss Transitions lenses more or learn more about them? Drop us a note at email@example.com or schedule an appointment!
With play beginning in just two days for the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta Georgia, we thought this was the perfect time to discuss golfers and their eyewear technology.
Most professional golfers wear sunglasses, especially if they have a prescription. But wearing their prescription sunglasses isn’t just about correcting their vision – its about enhancing it. Proper lens tint and optics help to reduce overall brightness while maintaining 100% of true color perception, which is crucially important for golfers who need to decipher intricate green conditions.
The Shamir lens company has create a golf lens that has revolutionized sport sunglasses and resolves common issues like distortion of color and difficulty seeing through multiple zones clearly.
To understand Shamir’s lens technology, we must understand how your vision works at different ranges. There are essentially three zones that make up your range of vision, these zones determine your ability to see objects close to your eyes, objects midway from your eyes and objects far away from your eyes.
The three zones are your near vision zone, your intermediate vision zone and your distance vision zone. Progressive lenses correct and improve vision in all three zones using seamless lens technology. Many athletes and golfers who need multiple zone corrections choose to wear progressive lenses.
What Shamir has done is optimize these progressive lenses for the specific needs of golfers. Often golfers were struggling to see their feet clearly through the intermediate zone in their current progressive lenses. Shamir developed technology that creates a longer focal point in the intermediate zone of their lenses – this helps golfers wearing progressive lenses to see the ball at their feet, better than ever before.
If you find yourself hitting the green often or golf is a favorite pastime – now is great time to stop in and discuss how Shamir lens technology can help you bring your best game. Just like a good club, a good swing and good pair of shoes – a good pair of sunglasses is an essential tool in a great golf game.
Schedule an appointment for a vision evaluation or stop in to learn more about the wide range of lens technology we offer!
In optometry, as well as in medicine, family history can tell us so much about what diseases to look out for and how to take steps to prevent them. Sometimes it can seem like a bit of puzzle – one side of the family has a history of cataracts, the other macular degeneration.
How you can make sure you are taking steps to reduce the likelihood that it will happen to you? Some age-related vision problems can be delayed by practicing good vision health habits. In this blog post, Dr. A discusses common vision problems, what to expect and how to ensure your vision is healthy now to set the stage for healthy vision later.
I have a family history of cataracts. What do I need to know for myself?
Cataracts will eventually develop in everyone and the age when it starts to occur varies. Cumulative UV exposure, diabetes, and trauma trigger cataracts to form earlier. A cataract is like having a “film” over your vision that slowly dims and blurs your normal sight. The onset of cataracts can be delayed by ensuring proper UV protection – wearing a good pair of sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection. Taking steps towards diabetes prevention will also help prevent the early onset of cataracts. Eating a diet with plenty of leafy greens and healthy fats also helps to protect your eyes, read more about 5 steps you can take today towards healthier vision in this blog post from the doctor.
I have a family history of age-related macular degeneration. How do I protect myself?
Lutein and Zeaxanthin have proven roles in reducing the risk of AMD. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are both carotenoid nutrients found in leafy greens like spinach, kale and carrots. Diet, UV protection, and cessation of smoking are all important factors to reducing your risk of AMD. Your doctor will be able to detect any early signs of AMD during your exam and consult you accordingly. Again, taking preventative steps is key to ensuring that your vision is healthy for as long as possible.
If you have a family history of vision problems or eye diseases, make an appointment with Dr. A to discuss this history and exam your eyes for any early symptoms.
Feast for Your Eyes
Its that time of year – holiday parties, family celebrations – it all means plates full of foods that are most likely not the best for us. We all tend to splurge and eat a little more than usual during the holidays, so why not take the opportunity to pack a few eye-healthy foods into your diet and onto your plate?
Patients are always asking what they can do to keep their eyes healthy. A response they don’t often expect is to incorporate more eye-healthy foods into their diets. Below is a chart of some of the essential nutrients that specifically impact your eyes, along with the best foods that pack the biggest punch of each nutrient. Always check with your health practitioner before adding or changing your diet, specifically nutrients, at it may interact with medication.
Protecting your eyes and keeping them healthy is a lifelong process. Along with diet, you can help maintain your best visual performance and decrease your risk of age-related eye changes by:
-maintaining healthy levels of lutein and zeaxanthin
-wearing sunglasses and hats when in sunlight (even in the winter!)
-examining your eyes annually
-watching your weight
-limiting alcohol intake
It’s never too late to start incorporating these healthier changes into your everyday life. Great idea for New Year’s resolution!