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What You Can Do To Relieve Red, Irritated, Blurry Swimmers Eyes

July 17, 2018

Many of us enjoy the fun Summer months, especially the opportunity to go swimming but all that swimming can also leave you with red blurry eyes. All you need to know are a few basic things like how the swimming pool water actually affects your eye’s health which could stop your irritated swimmer’s eyes from ever happening in the first place..

Ever wondered if either chlorine or saltwater is actually safer for your eyes?

Chlorine treated swimming pools are normally safe and free of bacteria. Organic matter is mixed with Chlorine and destroys unsafe bacteria. The major problem with chlorine however is that it creates compounds made up of harsh chemicals that can irritate your eyes and skin.

Saltwater works pretty much the same way to treat and sanitize pools. Salt keeps the pool clean rather than by actually breaking down into chlorine which is a byproduct of the salt. Very little amounts of chlorine are present in pools sanitized with saltwater.Generally saltwater pools are regarded as safer and more gentle to your skin and eyes.

Swimming in saltwater treated pools is a much more natural, safer effect on your skin, hair, and your eyes. Irritated eyes are typically reduced greatly.by swimming in saltwater. Remember that pools treated with chlorine are safe but just may cause more irritation than in some people.

Is Swimming In Contacts Recommended?
Wearing goggles when wearing contact lenses is always recommended when swimming with your eyes open in pool water. Chlorinated water may damage your contact lenses. Chlorine may change the shape, rip, fold the contact lenses in your eye. It is also possible for the lenses to get flushed out of your eyes which making it not only difficult to see but costly as well. Bacteria may also contaminate your contact lenses which could cause eye infections as well.

What Causes Your Eyes To Turn Red?
When blood vessels at the surface of your eyes become enlarged and dilated red eyes will occur. Exposure to chemicals and other irritants could irritate your eyes. If you’re susceptible to getting red eyes from swimming, then goggles are always recommended to be worn while in the pool.

How Can You Get Relief For Your Red Swollen Eyes?
After spending the day at pool and your vision becomes foggy and blurry make sure and rinse out your eyes with a cool eye wash or even saline eye drops. Either of these remedies provide quick relief. Make sure to keep them with you on your trips to the pool or while enjoying the on in your backyard.

If your eyes are irritated, itchy and red even if you haven’t been swimming, you could have pink eye. Make sure to visit your eye care professional to see if your symptoms match those of the highly contagious infection.

The Danger of Fireworks and Your Eyes

June 14, 2018


The Danger Of Fireworks And Your Eyes

Did you know that over 10,000 fireworks related injuries happen each year. Many of these injuries result in eye damage, very often resulting in permanent vision damage!

Many people forget that fireworks are very dangerous, explosive devices, not some kind of child’s toy. Make sure you always follow safety precautions when using or around fireworks. it doesn’t matter if you’re attending a professional fireworks production or just using fireworks you bought at your local store in your backyard. Make sure that you are educating yourself about the different firework ordinances and restrictions in your town. These rules are put there to help keep you and your community safe. Also remember that any type of fireworks from and professional display 2 sparklers you bought at the store require careful attention to use them safely.

Follow These Simple Rules For Fireworks Safety

  1. Never leave children alone playing with fireworks. Ensure to always include responsible a adult to supervise.
  2. Respect safety barriers, whether you’re attending professional fireworks or using store bought fireworks.
  3. Familiarize yourself first with the fireworks, read every label and follow all manufacturer recommendations and safety warnings!
  4. Never relight a firework that did not explode the first time. Wait for 20 minutes and then soak the dud in a bucket of water.
  5. Always protect your eyes by wearing goggles!
  6. If any ash gets in your eyes, flush it out thoroughly with water and don’t rub.
  7. Keep in mind that regardless of the size, or fun factor, every type of firework has the potential to reach dangerously high temperatures. The level of heat maintained by a single firecracker easily surpasses 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot enough to liquidize certain metals, imagine the potential damage to your eyes!

Hopefully You Won’t Ever Need This, But Just In Case…
If you or someone you know encounters an eye injury as a result to fireworks, act fast: immediately travel to the emergency room, or call an ambulance. Refrain from touching the eye, attempting to remedy the situation yourself or consuming painkillers. Medical assistance is key to assessing damage and protecting your eyesight.

Show Your Eyes The Respect They Deserve
Don’t risk your eyesight this summer season by careless behavior with fireworks. By being cautious while having fun, you can prevent eye injuries and protect those around you. For additional questions regarding the safest way to enjoy fireworks, contact Beach Eye. We’re here to address all of your eyesight and health questions. Enjoy your summer safely!

Eye Allergy Diagnosis

May 10, 2018

If your eyes itch and are red, tearing or burning, you may have eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis), a condition that affects millions of Americans. Many people will treat their nasal allergy symptoms but ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes.

Eye Allergy Diagnosis
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Eye allergies stem from the body’s immune system becoming sensitized then overacting to something in the environment which usually does not cause a problem for most people. Allergic reactions are caused by the eyes coming in contact with antibodies which are attached to the mast cells found in your eyes. These cells respond by releasing histamines and other substances that cause the tiny blood vessels in your eyes to leak and become red, itchy, and watery.

Some symptoms are shared by allergies and some diseases of the eye, which makes diagnosing allergies accurately important. Eye allergy symptoms can range from Annoying redness to severe inflammation which may impair your vision. If symptoms persist or remedies sold over the counter do not provide relief you should see an eye doctor who will look at your past medical history and your specific symptoms to conduct tests which may reveal and eye allergy.

Tests may include an examination of your eye with the microscope which will show the blood vessels that have swollen on the surface of the eye. Additionally your doctor can test for particular white blood cells that show up in areas of the eye which have been affected by allergies. Your doctor will gently scrape the cojunctiva and see if those white blood cells are found.

Management and Treatment
Avoiding the allergens that trigger your symptoms should be the first approach in managing perennial or seasonal forms of eye allergies.

Outdoor exposure:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are at their peak, usually during the midmorning and early evening, and when wind is blowing pollens around.
  • Avoid using window fans that can draw pollens and molds into the house.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to minimize the amount of pollen getting into your eyes.
  • Try not to rub your eyes, which will irritate them and could make your condition worse.

Indoor exposure:

  • Keep windows closed, and use air conditioning in your car and home. Air conditioning units should be kept clean.
  • Reduce exposure to dust mites, especially in the bedroom. Use “mite-proof” covers for pillows, comforters and duvets, and mattresses and box springs. Wash your bedding frequently, using hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • To limit exposure to mold, keep the humidity in your home low (between 30 and 50 percent) and clean your bathrooms, kitchen and basement regularly. Use a dehumidifier, especially in the basement and in other damp, humid places, and empty and clean it often. If mold is visible, clean it with detergent and a 5 percent bleach solution.
  • Clean floors with a damp rag or mop, rather than dry-dusting or sweeping.

Exposure to pets:

  • Wash your hands immediately after petting any animals. Wash your clothes after visiting friends with pets.
  • If you are allergic to a household pet, keep it out of your home as much as possible. If the pet must be inside, keep it out of the bedroom so you are not exposed to animal allergens while you sleep.
  • Close the air ducts to your bedroom if you have forced-air or central heating or cooling. Replace carpeting with hardwood, tile or linoleum, all of which are easier to keep dander-free.

Avoiding eye allergies isn’t always as easy as it seems. Our eyes’s allergies are often triggered by allergens which are airborne. Discussing your symptoms with an eye doctor will help determine which treatment options are right for you.

Over the counter non prescription eye drops are often used for short-term relief of symptoms. Often they will not relieve all your allergy symptoms and extended use of some of the OTC eye drops could actually cause your condition to get worse.

Oral medications and prescription eye drops are often used to treat eye allergies as well. These prescription eye drops give short and long-term relief of eye allergy symptoms. Your eye doctor can help determine which treatments are best for you.

Children may also be treated with prescription and over-the-counter eye drops and medications. Artificial tears can be used at any age and are safe as well. Antihistamines and Mast Cell stabilizers can be used in children 3 and older. But any treatment should be discussed with your eye doctor and child’s physician.

What is color blindness?

April 17, 2018

Most of the people in the world share a common color vision experience. However, some people are color vision deficient. This means they perceive colors differently from what most others see. The most severe form of this deficiency is referred to as color blindness. Color blind people are not aware of the difference between colors that are so simple and obvious to those who perceive colors normally. People who have less severe types of color blindness may not even notice that they have a condition unless a clinic or laboratory tests them.

Inherited color blindness is caused by abnormal photopigments. These color-detecting molecules are located in cone-shaped cells within the retina, called cone cells. In humans, several genes are needed for the body to make photopigments, and defects in these genes can lead to color blindness.

There are three main kinds of color blindness, based on photopigment defects in the three different kinds of cones that respond to blue, green, and red light. Red-green color blindness is the most common, followed by blue-yellow color blindness. A complete absence of color vision —total color blindness – is rare.

Sometimes color blindness can be caused by physical or chemical damage to the eye, the optic nerve, or parts of the brain that process color information. Color vision can also decline with age, most often because of cataract – a clouding and yellowing of the eye’s lens.

Who gets color blindness?

Colorblindness is much more common in men than in women. This is because the genes that are responsible for inherited color blindness are found on the X chromosome. Males only have one X chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes. In females, a functional gene on only one of the X chromosomes is enough to compensate for the loss on the other. This kind of inheritance pattern is called X-linked, and primarily affects males. Inherited color blindness can be present at birth, begin in childhood, or not appear until the adult years.

How do we see color?

The way we see color is determined by the way our eyes and our brain work together to perceive different properties of light.

Natural and artificial light is collectively viewed as being a white color, although it is actually a mixture of colors that,vary across the visual spectrum from deep blue to deep red. You can see this when rain separates sunlight into a rainbow or a glass prism separates white light into a multi-color band. The color of light is determined by its wavelength. Longer wavelength corresponds to red light and shorter wavelength corresponds to blue light.

Vision begins when light enters the eye and the cornea and lens focus it onto the retina, a thin layer of tissue at the back of the eye that contains millions of light-sensitive cells called photoreceptors. Some photoreceptors are shaped like rods and some are shaped like cones. In each eye there are many more rods than cones – approximately 120 million rods compared to only 6 million cones. Rods and cones both contain photopigment molecules that undergo a chemical change when they absorb light. This chemical change acts like an on-switch, triggering electrical signals that are then passed from the retina to the visual parts of the brain.

Rods and cones are different in how they respond to light. Rods are more responsive to dim light, which makes them useful for night vision. Cones are more responsive to bright light, such as in the daytime when light is plentiful.

Another important difference is that all rods contain only one photopigment, while cones contain one of three different photopigments. This makes cones sensitive to long (red), medium (green), or short (blue) wavelengths of light. The presence of three types of photopigments, each sensitive to a different part of the visual spectrum, is what gives us our rich color vision.

What are the different types of color blindness?

The most common types of color blindness are inherited. They are the result of defects in the genes that contain the instructions for making the photopigments found in cones. Some defects alter the photopigment’s sensitivity to color, for example, it might be slightly more sensitive to deeper red and less sensitive to green. Other defects can result in the total loss of a photopigment. Depending on the type of defect and the cone that is affected problems can arise with red, green, or blue color vision.

Red-Green Color Blindness
The most common types of hereditary color blindness are due to the loss or limited function of red cone (known as protan) or green cone (deutran) photopigments. This kind of color blindness is commonly referred to as red-green color blindness.

Protanomaly: In males with protanomaly, the red cone photopigment is abnormal. Red, orange, and yellow appear greener and colors are not as bright.
Protanopia: In males with protanopia, there are no working red cone cells. Red appears as black. Certain shades of orange, yellow, and green all appear as yellow.
Deuteranomaly: In males with deuteranomaly, the green cone photopigment is abnormal. Yellow and green appear redder and it is difficult to tell violet from blue
Deuteranopia: In males with deuteranopia, there are no working green cone cells. They tend to see reds as brownish-yellow and greens as beige.

Blue-Yellow Color Blindness
Blue-yellow color blindness is rarer than red-green color blindness. Blue-cone (tritan) photopigments are either missing or have limited function.

Tritanomaly: People with tritanomaly have functionally limited blue cone cells. Blue appears greener and it can be difficult to tell yellow and red from pink. Tritanomaly is extremely rare. It is an autosomal dominant disorder affecting males and females equally.
Tritanopia: People with tritanopia, also known as blue-yellow color blindness, lack blue cone cells. Blue appears green and yellow appears violet or light grey. Tritanopia is an extremely rare autosomal recessive disorder affecting males and females equally.

Complete color blindness
People with complete color blindness (monochromacy) don’t experience color at all and the clearness of their vision (visual acuity) may also be affected.

Cone monochromacy: This rare form of color blindness results from a failure of two of the three cone cell photopigments to work. There is red cone monochromacy, green cone monochromacy, and blue cone monochromacy. People with cone monochromacy have trouble distinguishing colors because the brain needs to compare the signals from different types of cones in order to see color. When only one type of cone works, this comparison isn’t possible. People with blue cone monochromacy, may also have reduced visual acuity, near-sightedness, and uncontrollable eye movements, a condition known as nystagmus. Cone monochromacy is an autosomal recessive disorder.
Rod monochromacy or achromatopsia: This type of monochromacy is rare and is the most severe form of color blindness. It is present at birth. None of the cone cells have functional photopigments. Lacking all cone vision, people with rod monochromacy see the world in black, white, and gray. And since rods respond to dim light, people with rod monochromacy tend to be photophobic – very uncomfortable in bright environments. They also experience nystagmus. Rod monochromacy is an autosomal recessive disorder.

How is color blindness diagnosed?

Color vision testing

Eye care professionals use a variety of tests to diagnose color blindness. These tests can quickly diagnose specific types of color blindness.

The Ishihara Color Test is the most common test for red-green color blindness. The test consists of a series of colored circles, called Ishihara plates, each of which contains a collection of dots in different colors and sizes. Within the circle are dots that form a shape clearly visible to those with normal color vision, but invisible or difficult to see for those with red-green color blindness.

The newer Cambridge Color Test uses a visual array similar to the Ishihara plates, except displayed on a computer monitor. The goal is to identify a C shape that is different in color from the background. The “C” is presented randomly in one of four orientations. When test-takers see the “C,” they are asked to press one of four keys that correspond to the orientation.

The anomaloscope uses a test in which two different light sources have to be matched in color. Looking through the eyepiece, the viewer sees a circle. The upper half is a yellow light that can be adjusted in brightness. The lower half is a combination of red and green lights that can be mixed in variable proportions. The viewer uses one knob to adjust the brightness of the top half, and another to adjust the color of the lower half. The goal is to make the upper and lower halves the same brightness and color.

The HRR Pseudoisochromatic Color Test is another red-green color blindness test that uses color plates to test for color blindness.

The Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Test uses a set of blocks or pegs that are roughly the same color but in different hues (shades of the color). The goal is to arrange them in a line in order of hue. This test measures the ability to discriminate subtle color changes. It is used by industries that depend on the accurate color perception of its employees, such as graphic design, photography, and food quality inspection.

The Farnsworth Lantern Test is used by the U.S. military to determine the severity of color blindness. Those with mild forms pass the test and are allowed to serve in the armed forces.

Are there treatments for color blindness?
There is no cure for color blindness. However, people with red-green color blindness may be able to use a special set of lenses to help them perceive colors more accurately. These lenses can only be used outdoors under bright lighting conditions. Visual aids have also been developed to help people cope with color blindness. There are iPhone and iPad apps, for example, that help people with color blindness discriminate among colors. Some of these apps allow users to snap a photo and tap it anywhere on the image to see the color of that area. More sophisticated apps allow users to find out both color and shades of color. These kinds of apps can be helpful in selecting ripe fruits such as bananas, or finding complementary colors when picking out clothing.

Color blindness can go undetected for some time since children will often try to hide their disorder. It’s important to have children tested, particularly boys, if there is a family history of color blindness. Many school systems offer vision screening tests that include color blindness testing. Once a child is diagnosed, he or she can learn to ask for help with tasks that require color recognition.

Simple everyday tasks like cooking meat to the desired color or selecting ripe produce can be a challenge for adults. Children might find food without bright color as less appetizing. Traffic lights pose challenges, since they have to be read by the position of the light. Since most lights are vertical, with green on bottom and red on top, if a light is positioned horizontally, a color blind person has to do a quick mental rotation to read it. Reading maps or buying clothes that match colors can also be difficult. However, these are relatively minor inconveniences and most people with color blindness learn to adapt.

The Importance Of A Dilated Eye Exam

March 5, 2018

You may think your eyes are healthy, but visiting Beach Eye Medical Group for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. During the exam, each eye is closely inspected for signs of common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs. It is generally recommended to start getting annual comprehensive dilated eye exams starting at age 60. For, African Americans, there is a higher risk of glaucoma and they are advised to start having comprehensive dilated eye exams starting at age 40. It’s also especially important for people with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated exam at least once a year.

Key elements of a comprehensive dilated eye examination include dilation, tonometry, visual field test and a visual acuity test.

Dilation is an important part of a comprehensive eye exam because it enables our Physicians to view the inside of the eye. Drops placed in each eye widen the pupil, which is the opening in the center of the iris (the colored part of the eye). In the same way that opening a door allows for more light to enter a dark room, dilating the pupil allows for more light to enter the eye. A magnifying lens, that provides a clear view of important tissues a the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula and the optic nerve, is used to examine the eye once it is dilated.

In a person with diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in the United States, the exam may show swelling or leaking of blood vessels in the retina, the light-sensitive layers of tissue at the back of the eye. Our Physicians may also see abnormal growth of blood vessels in the retina associated with diabetic retinopathy.

In age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 50, the exam may show yellow deposits called drusen or clumps of pigment beneath the retina. In some cases, the exam may also show abnormal growth of blood vessels beneath the retina. These AMD-related changes tend to cause deterioration of a small area of the retina called the macula, which is needed for sharp, central vision.

A comprehensive dilated eye exam is also critical for detecting glaucoma, a disease that damages the optic nerve, which carries information from the eyes to the brain. In a person with glaucoma, the dilated exam may show changes in the shape and color of the optic nerve fibers. The exam may also show excessive cupping of the optic disc, the place where the optic nerve fibers exit the eye and enter the brain.

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Tonometry is a test that helps detect glaucoma. By directing a quick puff of air onto the eye, or gently applying a pressure-sensitive tip near or against the eye, Beach Eye’s Physicians can detect elevated eye pressure, which can be a risk factor for glaucoma. Numbing drops may be applied to your eye for this test.

A Visual field test measures your side (peripheral) vision. A loss of peripheral vision may be a sign of glaucoma.

A Visual acuity test will require you to read an eye chart, which allows us to gauge how well you see at various distances.

As part of a comprehensive eye examination, pupil dilation is very important at revealing the status of your optic nerve and retina, and is critical to preventing and treating eye conditions that could potentially lead to vision loss.

Preventing Vision Loss for People with Diabetes

February 16, 2018

You can’t feel it. You can’t see it—till it’s already too late. The most common type of diabetic eye disease is Diabetic Retinopathy and is the leading reason of blindness in adults age 20–74. It occurs when diabetes destroys the blood vessels in the retina.

Diabetic Retinopathy impacts 7.7 million americans, and that number is projected to increase to greater than eleven million people by 2030.

Only approximately half of of all people with diabetes get an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam, which is critical for detecting diabetic eye disease early, when it is most treatable.

With no early symptoms, diabetic eye disease— a collection of conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, and diabetic Retinopathy—can have an effect on all people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. African americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Hispanics/Latinos are at higher threat for losing vision or going blind from diabetes. The longer a person has diabetes, the more the threat for diabetic eye disease. As soon as vision is lost, it frequently can not be restored.

Managing your diabetes is key to slowing the development of vision problems like diabetic Retinopathy. There are crucial steps people with diabetes can take to keep their health on the right track:

  • Take your medications as prescribed with the aid of your doctor.
  • Attain and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Add physical activity to your every day routine.
  • Manage your ABC’s—A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
  • Kick the smoking habit.

Moreover, people with diabetes should have annual comprehensive dilated eye exams to assist in protecting their sight. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care can lessen a person’s chance for extreme vision loss from diabetic eye disease by ninety five percent.

Greater than ever, it’s critical for people with diabetes to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year. New treatments are being developed all the time, and we are learning that specific treatments may work best for different patients. What hasn’t changed is that early treatment is always better.There has never been a more hopeful time in the treatment of diabetic Retinopathy.

Did you know?

  • Diabetes impacts greater than 9 percent of the U.S. population.
  • More than 1 in 3 people have prediabetes.
  • Everyone with diabetes is at risk for diabetic Retinopathy—the number one cause of vision loss and blindness in operating-age adults.

Keep in mind, if you have diabetes, make annual comprehensive dilated eye tests part of your self management routine. Living with diabetes can be hard, but you don’t have to lose your vision or go blind due to it. To help friends and loved ones lessen their risk, share this blog.

Maximizing Hope and Independence for Those with Low Vision

January 16, 2018

Though many things are prospering in today’s booming society, being able to see without glasses is becoming novelty. According to recent research the wide variety of Americans who are visually impaired—consisting of people with low vision— is predicted to double to more than eight million by 2050.

Impaired vision is when individuals strain to see, even with the assistance of visual aids such as glasses, contacts or surgery. Individuals who suffer from this disorder often have difficulties participating in everyday tasks, such as laundry, grocery shopping and maintaining a job.

The majority of people who are effected by low vision are over the age of sixty five. Their vision loss is usually attributed to medical conditions like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Those under the age of sixty five who experience sub-par vision have the disorder because of genetic eye conditions, infections or an autoimmune disease.

Since vision loss leaves individuals feeling helpless, we’re here to help restore your sense of independence. If you experience vision loss, it’s important to discuss your condition with a qualified eye care professional and speak to a low vision specialist immediately.

Finding an ophthalmologist or optometrist is key because these professionals are trained to help you get the most out of your remaining vision. The specialists will steer patients in the right direction and allow them to live a fuller and more productive life. A good eye doctor will establish a vision rehabilitation plan tailored to your abilities and goals and recommend visual aid devices. The care-plan established with your physician is designed to help you reach as much clarity as possible.

Partaking in vision rehabilitation is vital, it maximizes your independence and helps individuals feel more included in society. These services are offered via the competent training and state-of-the-art equipment possessed by a team of qualified eye-care professionals.

These specialists work collectively to educate people with vision loss a variety of skills, including the following:

  • The use of magnifying and adaptive devices
  • Navigating safely around the house and in public
  • Performing every day activities including cooking, shopping, and reading
  • Finding assets and support

Low vision research efforts, including learning how the brain adapts to vision loss; finding strategies to improve vision rehabilitation; and developing new technology that help people with low vision to read, shop, and find their way in unfamiliar locations will help people with low vision make the most of their remaining sight and preserve their independence and quality of life.

Winter Eye Health Tips

December 11, 2017

It’s that time again when the trees have dropped their leaves and the cold air moves in. We all know the harsh winter can be particularly difficult to bear for those who suffer from dry or itchy eyes. Cold and even snowy days can bring additional problems that affect your vision negatively, making your eyes very irritable and uncomfortable even though they were fine during the rest of the year.

Luckily there are many simple techniques that can be applied to effectively relieve dry eyes and keep your eyesight clear, healthy and pain-freed during the winter months. Make sure to check out these dry eye tips to help keep your eyes healthy and happy during the cold, dry winter season.

Keep the moisture in, not out.

Dry air is just a natural side effect of the winter. It makes it difficult for our eyes to produce the tears they need to stay moist and lubricated. There is an easy way however to fight against this by using simple rewetting drops for your eyes. You simply use them when your eyes feel like they’re getting dry. They can easily be purchased at almost any convenience store. You may also speak to your eye doctor to find out where to get them or have them write you a prescription if you feel that the dryness is persistent and very painful.

Keep yourself away from the heat.

It’s cold out so now actually you’re going to have your heat on during the winter and heat can cause dry eyes as well. Thankfully simple lifestyle changes such as sitting further away from heaters are Rady Ater’s can make a big difference for your dry eyes. You can also find yourself humidifier which will help keep moisture in the air and control the air flow in room to keep your eyes feeling comfortable and happy.

Put down those cell phones and tablets.

Many folks spend practically their entire day staring at a computer screen or their phone. And now that it’s winter you’re probably going to head inside to keep warm and spend even more time gazing at your electronics devices longer than normal. So you may be keeping warm but let us tell you looking at these electronics for extended periods causes you to blink less which keeps your eyes from producing the tears they need to prevent pain and redness. Always use the 20 2020 rule. This works by finding something at 20 feet away and looking away from your electronic devices every 20 minutes at it for at least 20 seconds. This will help reduce eyestrain caused by your dad caused by your digital devices and will help keep your eye sight from getting worse.

Sunglasses are a must.

Every winter seems like the sun disappears however its UV does not. When you go to the beach you always wear your sunglasses to keep those nasty UV rays from harming your eyes so why not in the winter when the sun’s rays are being reflected from the snow lying on the ground. This actually makes it even more important to keep your eyes protected in the winter. Always be mindful to wear sunglasses whenever you are outside or driving for more than a period of 15 minutes; especially on bright sunny days. You can always put on a hat with a brim to also help combat the harmful effects the sun ha on your eyes.

You are what you eat.

Your eyes are still a part of your body and just as your body feels better when you put the proper fuel into it your eyes feel and function better when you feed your body. Healthy eating will not improve your eyesight but can help them from feeling dry or achy. Making sure you drink plenty of water and hydrating yourself also helps keep moisture in your eyes. Mega three fatty acids in your diet will also help maintain and improve your eyes function.

Give them a little TLC when they’re in pain.

If your eyes are bugging you after a long day of at staring at the computer screen, or working long hours don’t sit there and rub them to try make them better. Take a warm damp cloth and place it over your eyes for at least 15 minutes for quick easy relief. However if you experience chronic eye pain regularly you should schedule an appointment with an eye doctor so they can assess and treat your eyes individual needs.

Get yourself some goggles.

If you are outside a lot in the winter months especially for winter sports, the wind at high-speed‘s, can really irritate and take the moisture from your eyes. Your vision can become blurry and even leave them susceptible to dirt and other debris. Make sure that when you go goggle shopping you find a pair that will cover both your eyes and actually have built in UV protection.

If your eyes remain irritable and in pain during the winter months it’s always best to see an eye doctor. We can make sure that you are treated properly. If you ever have any questions or need advice on the best way to help protect your eyes this winter please come see us. We are more than happy to see you and provide the correct and best treatment that is possible for you.

Eye Changes During Pregnancy

November 26, 2017

While you are pregnant your body will go through many different changes very quickly as the new life is developing inside you. You will notice many different changes from flattening feet, ligament pains, swollen ankles and many other things. Most women however don’t realize that their eyes will also be affected by this new life developing inside them. It’s funny but the reason for this is actually the same reason many women have complaints during pregnancy. Complaints such as increased blood volume, fluid retention, and the fluctuation of hormones. All those things we just mentioned are the primary factors for most of the body’s changes during pregnancy. Most of these things however will return back to normal after the baby is born.

A important thing for women to know is that their vision may change during pregnancy. These vision changes however are typically temporary and will resolve themselves after the child is born. Women often worry if they will need a new eyeglass prescription after noticing a change in their vision. Typically this is not the case. One thing to take note of is that you should never have LASIK during or shortly after being pregnant.

Dry eye is actually the most common change to a woman’s eyesight while she’s pregnant. As a result of the changing hormone levels the eye maybe come dry. Make sure to schedule an appointment with Beach Eye Medical Group If you experience any dry eye discomfort during your pregnancy. We can recommend and prescribe safe to use eye drops during your pregnancy. Also wearing contact lenses may also become very uncomfortable while you’re pregnant and many women find it much more practical and comforting to just wear their eyeglasses.

The effects of dry eye while being pregnant may also be reduced by consuming certain foods and vitamins. Omega-3 fatty acid rich foods such as flaxseed, fish and walnuts can also help keep dry under control. Make note however that certain types of fish should be limited while you’re pregnant because of the high levels of mercury. Make sure to speak with your OB and your ophthalmologist or optometrist concerning the treatment and symptoms of dry eye and the proper procedures for keeping your eyes healthy throughout your pregnancy.

If your vision where to change rapidly or become extremely blurry while you’re pregnant it may be an indication of high blood pressure or even gestational diabetes. If you experience any of these symptoms make sure to contact your doctor immediately.

Just like you would contact your primary physician about anything that concerned you regarding your body during pregnancy, you should also make sure to contact your eye care professional if you were concerned about the health of your eyes while your pregnant. Make sure, for the sake of yourself and your baby that you listen to what your body is trying to tell you throughout your entire pregnancy.

Ten Tips for Protecting Your Eyes

October 16, 2017

Being human we tend to take our incredible physical abilities that our bodies afford us for granted. Too often we are worried about things like, “when is our next oil change” or “am I over the recommended mileage” than we are about maintaining our own unique body parts and systems.

For instance our eyes. Too often our eyesight is taken for granted. We fail to have our eyes examined, forget to protect them when mowing the lawn or participating in sports and leave them vulnerable to the harmful effects of the sun and so on.

At Beach Eye Medical Center, your vision is our passion. Ensuring our patients are physically able to appreciate the advantages of having excellent vision, either naturally or corrected by LASIK or vision correction. So with that here are ten great tips to help protect your eyes.

  1. Be aware of and up to date on your family’s eye disease history. — Identify if you’re at greater risk for problems like diabetes or high blood pressure. Being over the age of 65 or of African-American descent over 40 can also put you at a higher risk for eye disease. This makes having regular eye exams with the doctors at Beach Eye Medical very important.
  2. See your family doctor for regular physical exams. — Regularly having your blood pressure checked and ruling out the possibility of diabetes is extremely important since both of these diseases can lead to eye diseases like macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
  3. Monitor changes in your vision — Difficulty seeing in low light, double vision, repeated flashes of light, red eyes, floaters, persistent eye discomfort. All of these symptoms need urgent attention paid to them.
  4. Safeguard your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun — Protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses. Why? Cataracts are often caused by UV rays from the sun as well as other eye problems.
  5. Change your diet — Studies have shown that eating antioxidants like blueberries and broccoli can decrease the risk of developing cataracts and eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
  6. Physically exercise more — Exercising regularly can reduce the chance of having age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent.
  7. Don’t start or quit smoking — If you smoke you are much more prone to developing diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and uveitis and other eye problems like cataracts.
  8. Have your eyes examined at the minimum of every two years — Various eye conditions do not show symptoms until your vision has been damaged already. Comprehensive eye exams however, including the dilation of your pupils, may uncover your chance of incurring diseases like diabetic retinopathy.
  9. Wearing eye protection — Playing sports, doing yard work, working with tools, and so on require wearing protective eyewear. Professional sports athletes like Horace Grant of the Chicago Bulls wear protective eyewear while working so why shouldn’t you while you’re trimming your sidewalk.
  10. Rest your eyes and don’t forget to blink! Staring at the computer screen or looking at something close for extended periods of time can contribute to eyestrain. To help alleviate eye fatigue, we recommend following the 20-20-20 rule. At 20 minutes intervals, shift your gaze. Look at something 20 feet away and count slowly to 20.

Is it time for your regular eye exam with Beach Eye Medical? Call us at 714-965-9696 to make your appointment

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