How To Prevent Dry Eyes Throughout Winter

How To Prevent Dry Eyes Throughout Winter

With colder temperatures comes colder air, leading to dry eyes and nasal airways. This time of year does not have to be spent enduring burning and/or watery eyes though. There are a few products and tricks you can use to keep your eyes feeling refreshed and comfortable. What causes dry eyes? Your eyes are lubricated by a tear film that consists of three layers. The three layers are lipid (oil), mucus, and aqueous (water). Eyes become dry when these layers are out of balance. Dry eyes can be a constant problem, but it can also happen temporarily. When your eyes do not produce tears properly or when those tears evaporate too quickly, you end up with dry eyes. This condition not only causes you discomfort, but it can also make it difficult to do everyday tasks like using a computer or reading a book. Seniors are more likely to develop dry eyes, but it can occur at any age. Winter is the season when people experience this condition the worst. It is the time of year when the air has less humidity (moisture), and furnaces are used to heat the air, making it even drier. Those factors combined with windy conditions and sun glare can intensify dry eye symptoms throughout the winter. What are the symptoms? Dry eyes may cause your eyes to sting, burn, or feel scratchy. It can also cause these uncomfortable symptoms: ● Redness ● Light sensitivity ● Fatigue ● Excess mucus around the eyes ● Increased irritation of smoke or wind ● Feeling like something is in your eye ● Watery eyes ● Trouble wearing...
8 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Eyes Tested

8 Signs It’s Time to Get Your Eyes Tested

Eyesight is something most people take for granted until it’s too late. Make it your mission to keep your eyes as healthy as possible by regularly visiting your eye doctor. Not sure when you should go? Other than once a year, book an eye exam if you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms. Changes in Night Vision It’s common for the first sign of your eye health dwindling as an adult is when you start having difficulty seeing at night, especially while driving. This can be extremely dangerous if left untreated, for both you and other drivers. Seeing halos around light sources, having trouble recognizing objects at night or are unable to read signs are warnings that you need to talk to your optometrist, now. Health Conditions Certain health conditions can affect the way your eyes feel and function. Diseases like diabetes, lupus and other conditions can affect your eye’s functionality. Even your nutritional habits and sleep patterns can affect your eye health. Mention any conditions to your doctor during an exam. An Eye Infection Sitting through an eye exam gives the optometrist an opportunity to identify changes in your vision while checking your overall eye health. Some eye infections can clear up on their own. However, many can be contagious and lead to permanent eye damage if left untreated. Schedule an appointment right away if you experience itchy or red eyes, discharge or any other uncomfortable sensations. Constant Headaches Several things can cause headaches and migraines, but these conditions can also be a warning sign that something is wrong with your vision. An increase in headache frequency...
How to care for your eyeglasses?

How to care for your eyeglasses?

Eyeglasses are expensive items, especially if they are prescription based. Cleaning them the wrong way may cause them to scratch or suffer other damage. Listed below are common steps which can be taken to ensure that your prescription glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses, and sports eyewear remain in a good condition for an extended period of time. Clean Hands Prior to touching the lens, ensure that you get rid of all the dirt, lotion, and grime on your hands. Wash your hands with lotion-free soap and lint-free clean towel to avoid getting any specs of dirt particles onto the lenses. Rinsing Dust and debris can cause glasses to scratch while we clean them. Thus, it is important to gently rinse the glasses under a lukewarm stream of water. Completely avoid hot water since it can cause significant damage to the glasses. Washing Apply lotion-free dishwashing liquid to the lenses. Since dishwashing soaps are highly concentrated, a small amount of soap will be sufficient. Rubbing Gently rub all parts of the lenses for a couple of seconds. Ensure cleaning the nose pads, ends of the temple, and behind the ear rests too. Thoroughly cover the edges where lenses meet the frame, since skin oils, dust, and debris often accumulate in this area. Rinse again Clean the soap off from all areas of the glasses thoroughly, since failure to do so can cause the lenses to appear dirty after they dry. Shake Gently shaking the glasses will help eliminate most of the water. Drying Use a new dish towel or a cotton towel to wipe the lenses dry. Make sure the cloth...
3 Reasons that will make you buy Sunglasses today!

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...

Myopia (Near-sightedness)

Myopia is a very common eye condition.  Objects in the distance appear more blurred, while closer objects are clearer.  This is because either the power of the eye is too strong, or that the eye itself is too long.  Either way, the image of the object you see is formed before it reaches the retina and so is blurred.  Myopia is easily corrected with glasses or contact...