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Everything You Need To Know About Pink Eye
Posted on Wednesday December 27, 2017

  Chances are you or someone you know has dealt with an irritating, common eye condition known as pink eye or conjunctivitis. If you have never had any first-hand experience with the side effects of pink eye, it is when your eye becomes infected and can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or an allergy. Pink eye gets its name because when you become infected your eyes become irritated and turn pink and swollen as a result.  Some other symptoms of pink eye include but are not limited to:  Redness Irritation  Redness of eyelid Discharge Gritty feeling  Itchiness  Puffy eyes Swollen lining of eyes  Watery eyes  If you experience one or more of these symptoms it is important to schedule an appointment for a diagnosis which will allow you to get proper treatment. This is important because pink eye is a very contagious condition that can easily be passed from person to person.  You can become infected with pink eye as a result of a viral or bacterial infection as well as an allergy. The most common cause of pink eye is from a virus. People get pink eye as a result of a virus from things like the common cold, flu, respiratory infection and many others. Another way you can become infected with pink eye is from an allergic reaction, this can come from pollen, dust, contact lenses, cosmetics, and many other things. It is important to understand the signs and symptoms of this eye condition so that you can understand your treatment options and prevent spreading.     :

These 4 Habits Are Damaging Your Eyes
Posted on Friday December 15, 2017

These 4 Habits Are Damaging Your Eyes We all have a couple bad habits that we can’t seem to kick - whether it is biting your fingernails or skipping flossing we are all guilty of something. But what if you found out your bad habits were affecting your eye health? We are here to help! Here are 4 bad habits that could be negatively impacting your eyes.  Constantly Being Behind A Screen   Whether it's your cell phone, computer, or TV most people spent a lot of their time behind a screen. This can be harmful to your eyes because of the blue light that is emitted from these screens that can cause an increase in your eye strain. It is important to take breaks from looking at these screens throughout the day to ensure you are giving your eyes a rest.   Rubbing Your Eyes    Rubbing your eyes can have a negative impact on your eye health for multiple reasons. Firstly, your hands are covered in germs and bacteria and by rubbing your eyes with them you are exposing your eyes to these germs. In addition to this, you can end up damaging your cornea from the constant rubbing motion which can result in loss of vision. Your eyes will naturally use tears to wash away debris that may be in your eyes, so trust your eyes and try to keep your hands away from them as much as possible.   Sleeping In Cosmetics    If you wear makeup you have had this experience before - you are already in bed and realize you forgot to wash your makeup off. What next? Some will peel themselves out of bed to remove the day's makeup but others will shrug it off and go to bed. When you sleep in makeup you are also sleeping in all the collected bacteria throughout the day. To protect your eyes make sure you are removing away your makeup before falling asleep at night to reduce your risk of an eye infection. Not Wearing Sunglasses    It is important to take preventative steps to protect your vision. By wearing sunglasses outside you not only will protect your eyes from damaging UV rays but you will reduce your exposure to the wind and direct sunlight that can dry out your eyes. The longer that your unprotected eyes are exposed to UV rays the higher your chances of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in your life are. Next time you are headed outside don’t forget to grab your sunglasses on the way out!    :

4 Easy Steps To Take To Protect Your Vision
Posted on Wednesday November 29, 2017

  There are many steps you can take to keep your body healthy, including your eye health and vision. There are many factors that contribute to your eye health and these are a couple ways you can protect your vision!    Eat Healthy:  It is no secret that what we fuel our body with has an effect on every aspect of our health. To keep your eyes on their A game it is important to keep your diet rich in many things including Lutein, Zinc, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, and Vitamins C and E.    Some examples of food you can eat to fill your diet with these nutrients are:    • Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel) • Nuts & Seeds (walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds)  • Whole Grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa) • Leafy Greens (kale, spinach, collards)  • Citrus Fruits & Vegetables  Stay Hydrated:  It is important to keep your body not only fueled with the right food but plenty of water. Your eyes can only properly function when they have plenty of fluid that is keeping them hydrated. When you become dehydrated you can run into issues with tear production which will result in dry eyes. Drinking at least eight ounces of water every few hours is an easy way to keep hydration at the front of your mind. One way to make sure you are drinking water throughout the day is to keep a water bottle handy, filling it up whenever it may be getting low.    Wear Sunglasses:  Wearing sunglasses outside helps protect your eyes from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that come from the sun. The longer that your unprotected eyes are exposed to UV rays the higher your chances of developing cataracts or macular degeneration later in your life are. When buying a new pair of sunglasses, it is important to make sure that they block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.    Quit Smoking: It is well known that smoking is the leading cause of serious health conditions that affect your lungs, heart, and much more. What most people don’t know is how smoking negatively impacts your eyes and puts you at an increased risk of developing cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome. It is important to know the risks that are associated with smoking when it comes to your total health, including your eyes. By quitting smoking, you can help reduce your risks of developing one of these eye conditions!   :

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