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Common Eye Injuries: What Are They and How Can You Prevent Them
Posted on Thursday October 19, 2017

  There are many scenarios you may find yourself in where you are at risk for an eye injury. Whether you are playing a sport, handling chemicals, or in the way of any foreign objects you could find yourself dealing with an eye injury. Don’t worry - they are common and with the right information and care they are usually manageable and easily taken care of. Here are 4 of the most common eye injuries and how you can prevent them!   Scratched Eye: There are many things that occur that can leave you with an irritated, scratched eye. Whether its dirt particles that got into your eye, an accidental slip of a makeup brush to your eye or even a paper cut there are endless possibilities of what's to blame for your irritated eye. To prevent scratching your eye it is important to be extremely careful when handling anything around your eye and to protect yourself from an object that can cause damage to your eyes. If you think something may have gotten in your eye it is important not to rub or dig at your eyes. Instead try blinking or washing your eye with saline solution or clean water in an effort to get out what is scratching your eye. If you have scratched your eye it is important to call your eye doctor to get it taken care of safely and quickly.   Chemical Exposure: The next common eye injury involves substances or chemicals getting into your eyes and causing discomfort and damage. When you are surrounded by chemicals there is a chance that some of the substance could get splashed or sprayed in your eyes. It is important to protect yourself from chemicals and be cautious but if find yourself in this situation don’t panic. You should immediately rest your head under a stream of water (slightly warm) to try and wash the chemicals away from your eye. It is also very important to call your eye doctor or an urgent care center to see what they recommend as the next steps, make sure to tell them as much detail about the incident as possible including what chemical you’ve been exposed, how it entered your eye and how long ago it occurred.0   Sports-Related Injuries: When playing sports, you are putting yourself at risk on many injuries. Especially injuries related to your eyes. It is important to take steps to reduce your chances of an injury by wearing the protective gear necessary. It is estimated that 90% of sports-related eye injuries can be avoided by wearing the correct protective gear. If you do find yourself in a situation where you have injured your eyes while playing a sport it is important to call your eye doctor to get an over the phone evaluation and figure out what the next steps are to treating your injury. Each sports-related eye injury is going to vary in steps to take and seriousness that’s why it is very important to treat every eye injury as an emergency at first.   Now that you have learned more about different types of common eye injuries we hope that this will help you further protect your eyes and vision down the road. Some injuries are unavoidable and when you do find yourself in a situation like that give us a call so we can help you take the next steps towards healthy eyes!   :

The Difference Between Nearsightedness and Farsightedness
Posted on Wednesday September 27, 2017

  You go to any appointment and you hear an abundance of medical terminology that you might not understand - we’ve been there too. When you are at your eye appointment you might hear the terms nearsightedness and farsightedness. You might even be dealing with one of these conditions. But what do they both mean?   First, let's start off with nearsightedness. Nearsightedness, also known as myopia is a condition where you have trouble clearly seeing objects that are far away from you but have no issues seeing objects up close. For example, if you are dealing with myopia you generally won’t have any problems when you are using a computer or reading. People who suffer from myopia may have trouble reading road signs while driving, a white board at school, or being able to make out objects that are at a distance away from you. In most cases, people generally start experiencing blurry vision caused by nearsightedness at an early age. It was reported that 40% of the world's population suffers from this condition and that percent will only continue to grow over the years.    Next up is farsightedness. Farsightedness also known as hyperopia is the condition where people have no problem seeing things at a distance but struggle when they are trying to see things close up. Someone with this condition may have trouble reading or using a computer but will have no problem seeing objects that are further away from them. Farsightedness tends to run in families and is commonly present at birth.    Luckily for people dealing with nearsightedness and farsightedness, there are many options you have to enhance your vision. Some options you have are getting prescription eyeglasses or contacts in order to see clearly again!  :

Helpful Tips to Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain
Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

Growing up in today’s day and age it’s not if you will use technology throughout the day - it’s about how long your day will be consumed behind a screen. Whether you’re sitting at work behind a computer for 8 hours or lounging on the couch scrolling through your newsfeed you could be experiencing the side effects of Digital Eye Strain.    Digital Eye strain is also known as computer vision syndrome and is the physical discomfort you may experience from looking at a screen for too long throughout your day. As technology has become increasingly popular over the years there has been an increase in the number of people who experience the side effects of this condition. Luckily for you, there are many steps you can take to help relieve and reduce your symptoms of digital eye strain.    Some symptoms of digital eye strain that you may experience include:  Dry eyes Squinting  Headache Neck, shoulder, or back stiffness Double or blurred vision Increased sensitivity to light Difficulty concentrating  Feeling like you cannot keep your eyes open    Tip 1: The first suggestion we have to give you in an effort to reduce your symptoms is to try and follow the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule states that if you are working behind a screen for an extended amount of time it is important to take a break after 20 minutes for 20 seconds to look at something that is at least 20 feet away from you. In doing this you are giving your eyes a chance to completely relax and to focus on something other than your device.   Tip 2: Blink. This is a very important step to follow when looking at a screen for a long time because it's something people often forget to do. As natural and easy as it is to blink a lot of times when using a computer, smartphone, or tablet our blinks are incomplete. Incomplete blinks can result in a number of the symptoms listed above. In order to reduce dryness in your eyes, it is important to keep blinking and keep your eyes hydrated.    Tip 3: Adjust your work area. It is important to make sure that you are reducing the amount of overhead lighting in your work area which will decrease the glare that reflects off your screen. This is a big advantage for your eyes. Another crucial step to take is to make sure that you are not sitting too close to your screen which can cause additional eye damage. To reduce eye strain make sure you are positioned slightly above your screen when doing this you cut down on the amount of stress that you are putting on your eyes throughout the day.   Tip 4: Schedule an eye exam. It is important to regularly get your eyes examined. At your next appointment talk with us about how much digital use you are having so, we can discuss viable solutions and alternative steps you can take to reduce your symptoms of digital eye strain.     :