Child Growth and Effects on Vision

As your child develops, their eyes develop along with them. Many people think that children are born with a fully functioning set of eyes, but the reality is that when babies are born, they have about 20/400 vision. They see the world as very blurry. While this does dissipate within a week, to the point where they can focus around 8 to 12 inches from their faces, their eyes and eyesight still have a long way to go in their development. Here is a comprehensive explanation of how children’s vision develops. Babies As said before, babies cannot see very well after they are born, and their sight will not improve for about a week. At this time babies only hold their gaze for a couple of seconds. Also, newborns only see in bold colours and black and white. This is one reason that so many baby toys are brightly coloured. So while you may want to paint your babies room pastel, know that it is not a very stimulating colour. With babies, there are milestones for each month of their vision development. Month One Track objects horizontally Make eye contact Moves head and eyes towards light sources Months 2-3 Vertical and circular tracking Face recognition Eyes moving independently from the head Studies hands and feet Increased light sensitivity Makes eye contact for more extended periods of time Months 3-6 Moves gaze left to right Can focus almost to the other side of a room Can observe objects falling or rolling away Enjoys looking at their own reflection Months 7-10 Recognizing objects that are partially hidden Can see small objects...

3 Reasons that will make you buy Sunglasses today!

  Basking in the sun for rest of the summer sounds like a great Idea! But there are some dangers sunrays bring with them. Our eyes are susceptible and must be protected with a pair of Sunglasses at all times during the day. Sun-Related Health Problems Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to severe health problems, which sunglasses can protect us. Skin Cancer: The skin around our eyes and eyelids is susceptible and a significant degree of skin cancers are discovered near the eyes. Utilizing UV-protective sunglasses with large lenses will help protect your eyes and skin around them. Glaucoma and Cataracts: Lengthened exposure to sun’s UV rays contribute to glaucoma and cataracts. Cataracts are cloudy areas on eye’s lens, and Glaucoma is a serious condition that can lead to blindness. Sunglasses with complete UV protection will alleviate the difficulties associated with glaucoma and threat of cataract. Macular Degeneration: Types of UV radiation can worsen Macular degeneration – a condition in which part of the retina, named macula, deteriorates and poses a risk of blindness. Pterygium: Commonly known as surfer’s eye, Pterygium is growth on the eyeball and can be painful. It is usually treated with eyes drops, steroids and surgery. Optometrists recommend prevention by wearing sunglasses with UV protection, especially on clouded days when the sun isn’t as visible, but UV rays are present in the environment. Headaches and Migraines: Harsh sunlight can trigger severe headaches and migraines. While some people are more prone to experience headaches, protecting our eyes from overexposure to light can alleviate the severity and prevalence of these painful experiences.   Hazardous Elements...

Your LATISSE® Questions Answered

Not all of us are born with long, thick, or dark eyelashes. You can look at pictures online, you can read tutorials with helpful tips, you can use makeup products, but you still might need something more to give you the elegant look you want, especially without all of the fuss of mascara and eyeliner. While there are some things you can do to naturally improve the look of your eyelashes, when you want to go one step further and look for a prescription, LATISSE® applications may be just what you need. There is some great information out there about this medication, but it’s scattered and can be hard to get a clear answer. Well, here are answers to all of the questions you have about LATISSE® treatments. Is LATISSE® Covered by Insurance? Unfortunately, a LATISSE® prescription is not covered by insurance. This is because health insurance companies cover medication based on necessity. If you have madarosis, a condition that causes eyelashes to fall out, you can ask your doctor or insurance company if LATISSE® applications will be covered. If you are simply looking to increase the length, color, or thickness of your eyelashes for cosmetic purposes, the prescription is not covered. How to Get a LATISSE® Prescription The good news is that a LATISSE® prescription can be provided by any qualified doctor. There’s no need to “qualify” for using the medication, but your doctor will most likely have a few questions about your eyes, health, and why you’re looking for a LATISSE® treatment prescription. If you have a primary care doctor that you see, simply mention that you...

Tips For Thicker, Beautiful Lashes

Women can spend a lot of time in the morning getting ready for the day or hours in the bathroom before a big event. We have tubes of mascara, eyeliner, blush, eyeshadow, makeup foundations, and medicine cabinets that are full of unused products that may have been sitting around for months. All in an effort to add some definition to our faces and create a focal point. That focal point is our eyes. We love to show off this feature that is unique to us. But some women have short, light colored, and thin eyelashes that make it hard to create a beautiful look, even with piles of makeup products. That’s where LATISSE® applications come in. Keep reading for tips on how to naturally nourish your eyelashes and see how LATISSE® eyelash treatments can help. Reduce Stress We understand that reducing stress isn’t as easy as it sounds and it can take time to remove stressful triggers from our lives. But when you can take some time to relax each day and give your mind a break from the daily grind, it may help improve the look of your hair and eyelashes. Our bodies can react to stress in various ways, including a higher chance of getting sick. Stress can also affect the process of hair growth. So after a long day of work or a stressful weekend filled with chores, give yourself an hour to take a long bath or watch a movie on the couch. Your eyelashes may thank you. Lubricate Your Lashes Just like we want to moisturize our skin to prevent it from becoming dry...

5 Things Your Optometrist Wants You To Know

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not staring at a computer can harm your eyes, or if you’ve ever slept with your contacts in, you’ll want to read this blog. An optometrist isn’t just there to check on your glasses prescription and have you read the tiny letters on the wall, but your eye doctor can learn a lot about the health of your eyes and your body with a quick visit. There’s also a lot your optometrist can teach you about your eyes and the habits and myths you may have picked up on. Computers Don’t Damage Your Eyes While sitting at your desk and working on a computer all day can cause your eyes to feel tired, strained, and even cause temporary blurriness, it doesn’t actually cause any damage or harm. This doesn’t mean you should work longer and push your chair up closer to the screen though. Any optometrist would recommend giving your eyes a break by looking away from the screen every 20 minutes for two to five minutes. Closing them regularly will also help them to stay moist with natural tears. Glasses Don’t Make Your Eyes Weaker If you’ve noticed that you, friends, or family get fitted with glasses and then need to regularly go back to get an updated prescription, it’s just a coincidence. Our eyes can change depending on our age and other circumstances, but it’s not because we got glasses. If you’re experiencing difficulty reading, a hard time reading street signs, or blurred vision, it’s time to visit the optometrist for another look at your prescription. Your Eyes Are Brown Even...