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Leading Causes of Dry Eyes

Leading Causes of Dry Eyes

Every year thousands of people suffer with dry eyes – did you know that eye dryness can be a symptom of your lifestyle?  Today we’re going to have a look at a few leading causes of dry eyes and how to avoid them.


Leading Causes of Dry Eyes

One of the main causes of eye dryness may simply be related to where you are living, working, partaking in activities.  Because dust, dirt or airborne allergens can cause your eyes to be red, itchy, swollen and dry.  This is especially true for allergy sufferer since often times it’s the unseen contaminants that affect your eyes causing them to water excessively and in result drying out your eyes.  Another common environmental factor is the climate you’re living in if it’s an arid climate with low humidity you may find yourself dealing with dry eyes more frequently.  Even if you live in a humid environment you may still find yourself dealing with dry eyes on windy days.


Another common factor that can lead to dry eyes may be lurking in your medicine cabinet.  Did you know that it’s not an uncommon side effect of many over the counter as well as prescription medications to include eye dryness?  If you’re regularly taking prescription or over the counter medications and suffering from dryness of eyes take a closer look at your medicine cabinet or talk to your doctor.

Screen Time

In our day and age we’re surrounded by electronic screens, from our computers at work, in line at the grocery store, at home in front of our television to even while enjoying a book on our e-readers.  We’ve already written about how too much screen time can have an affect on your eyes, including causing your eyes to become dry.  If you’re certain screen time is causing your eyes to dry out don’t worry since that can usually be solved by taking breaks away from a screen.

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How to: Choose Sunglasses that fit Your Style

How to Choose Sunglasses that are Functional and Stylish

How to Choose Sunglasses that are Functional and Stylish

It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, young or old, there’s one essential accessory you should never leave home without.  That is your sunglasses!  Not only do your sunglasses provide your eyes with protection from the elements – including damage from harmful ultraviolet(UV) rays – did you know your sunglasses can be a fashion statement?  Today we’re going to share a few tips with you to help you choose sunglasses that not only offer protection but will compliment your own personal style.

It’s All about Coverage

When choosing a pair of sunglasses, one very important factor to take into consideration is the level of UV protection.  You should look for lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV rays.  Anything less will not provide you with adequate protection.  Another important thing to consider is how much coverage the frames will provide.  You want to find a pair of frames that will block as much unfiltered light from your eyes.  Especially if you plan to use your sunglasses while you drive you want to make sure they don’t allow light to pour in the sides unfiltered.

Embrace Your Style

If you prefer a classic and casual look, new or edgy, or even retro you’re in luck.  In our day and age there are countless varieties of shapes, styles and colors available for sunglasses.  Whether you plan on buying sunglasses over the counter or if you need to order prescription lenses we recommend evaluating your personal style.  Make note of colors or styles you tend to lean toward and start shopping.

How to Choose Sunglasses: Take Recommendations

While your opinion and choice of style is the most important it couldn’t hurt to bring a friend or family member along to help you decide between styles.  Don’t be afraid to branch out and try something new – sometimes all it takes is a nudge out of our style comfort zones to find our new favorite fashion statement!

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Tips for Childhood Eye Care

Tips for Child Eye Care

Tips for Childhood Eye Care

As a parent you want the best for your child and it’s understandable to want them to achieve in life to the best of their abilities.  Whether it’s through academics, athletics and sports, and even on a social level you want them to succeed.  Often times when a child is struggling to keep up with their peers it’s easy to address a variety of potential roadblocks.  Did you know that oftentimes when a child is struggling academically, athletically or even socially the cause may not be what you think.

According to Dr. Gary Heiting in his article Vision Problems of School Age Children, 1 in 4 school age children have vision problems, that if left untreated can affect the child’s academic ability.  Below we’ve put together a few tips for Childhood Eye Care.

1. Regular Eye Exams

It is strongly encouraged for children to regularly see a doctor and in some cases specifically an eye doctor.  Especially if there is a family history of vision problems or eye diseases.  In that case you’ll want to see an Ophthalmologist or an Optometrist.  Ophthalmologist is a medical doctor that provides eye exams, general eye care and can diagnose and treat eye diseases as well as perform eye surgery.  An Optometrist is a healthcare professional who does not treat complex vision problems or perform surgery, however they do provide eye exams, diagnose common vision disorders, treat a specific range of eye diseases and prescribe corrective lenses.

2. Open Communication

While sometimes children are able to specifically bring attention to a potential vision problem it’s not uncommon for them to live with symptoms and not know it’s a problem, especially if the problem has existed for most of their childhood.  Because of this it’s important to keep open communication both with your child and their teachers, tutors or coaches.  Usually the adults in your child’s life will know if your child squints or shows difficulty reading up close or across the room.  Headaches or complaints that their “eye’s hurt” after a prolonged activity might be a sign to have a doctor take a closer look.

3. Watch for Eye Fatigue

Sometimes symptoms that might look like a potential vision problem in a child can be simply be a case of “Eye Fatigue”.  For more information on Eye Fatigue and how to treat it check out our previous post, How Screen Time Affects Your Eyes. []

As a parent you are your child’s best advocate, if you think something may be wrong don’t hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.  In some cases just a little care is what your child needs to succeed.

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How “Screen Time” Affects Your Eyes

How Screen Time Affects Eyes

How Screen Time Affects Eyes

In our day and age we are surrounded by screens.  Between our smartphones, electronic readers, computer screens at work and our home televisions the average American devotes up to 10 hours a day looking at screens according to a report by CNN.  With all of this time spent looking at screens the questions has been raised, “How does Screen Time affect your eyes?”  Today we’re going to have a look at what you may expect from prolonged screen time.

Eye Fatigue

One of the most widespread issues with prolonged screen time is eye fatigue or eye strain.  This simply means that your eye is tired from extended periods of focusing without blinking to help keep the eye properly moisturized.  This can also result in eye redness as well as temporarily blurred vision.   While eye fatigue or strain may be uncomfortable it is typically superficial and can be remedied by taking a break from whatever task has you looking at a screen.  If you’re at school or work try taking a break by stretching or taking a trip to the water cooler if you have the opportunity.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Another possible risk with prolonged screen time is what has been called Computer Vision Syndrome.  This is prevalent in not only adults but in children as well.  This can lead to myopia which is a refractive error in which a person can see near objects clearly but objects in the distance are blurred – this is also called nearsightedness.  If you are concerned about Computer Vision Syndrome in either yourself or a loved one especially school aged children consider breaking up screen time with alternative activities.

Protect Your Eyes During Screen Time, and Get Regular Checkups

While it’s important to limit screen time, especially when you notice an effect on your eyesight, we encourage you to have regular eye examinations.  Consistent eye care will help you monitor your eye health and help you make informed decisions regarding the amount of screen time that is right for you!

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Eye Protection and Winter Sports

Eye Protection and Winter Sports

Eye Protection and Winter Sports


As spring continues to close in avid skiers and snowboarders a like are still hitting the slopes in hopes of enjoying every last bit of snow brought on by winter storms.  As the weather warms up on the slopes winter sport enthusiasts are often tempted to shed unnecessary layers.  Did you know that one accessory you should not ditch despite the warm temperature are your ski or snowboard goggles?

Increased Exposure on Snow

Because snow is reflective this increases your exposure to damaging UV rays which explains why so many skiers and snowboarders come back from vacation sunburned.  And make sure you’re not fooled by gray skies – this risk is not reduced when the skies are overcast – have a look at our post regarding protecting your eyes even when the skies are gray.

Goggles over Glasses

When you prepare to hit the slopes it’s important to take your eye protection into consideration.  While most people own at least one pair of sunglasses that provide protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays it’s recommended that you invest in a pair of ski or snowboarding friendly goggles.  Most goggles on the market not only provide protection from the damaging ultraviolet rays but usually they come with a strap to help keep them securely on your head where they belong.  While when skiing or snowboarding with sunglasses there is always the possibility that they will fall off while you’re out on the slopes.  In addition many popular styles of sunglasses have “gaps” where light can still filter in.  With goggles securely fitted to your face you don’t have to worry about large gaps being exposed to sunlight.

If you or someone you know is preparing to enjoy the last of the ski and snowboard season remember the importance of protecting your eyes on the slopes – don’t leave your sunglasses or better yet, your goggles behind!

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Gray Skies? You Still Need to Protect Your Eyes!

Gray Skies? You Still Need to Protect Your Eyes

Gray Skies? You Still Need to Protect Your Eyes


When the skies are clear and the sun is shining it’s easy to remember to take precautions for your health.  Especially over the summer when we’re out enjoying the sunshine the most. Between sunscreen, hats and layers of clothing that provide UV protection your sunglasses may seem like an easy accessory to remember to wear.  What about spring?  Do you need to bring along eye protection even while the days are cold and gray?  Did you know that you should be wearing eye protection even in the spring when most people wouldn’t expect you should? Learn more about protecting your eyes on sunny days here. Read on to learn more about why you need to protect your eyes – even when it’s gray.

Gray Skies – An Unexpected Risk

In the cool gray days of spring it’s easy forget the habits that keep our skin and eyes safe and healthy during the summer months.  It’s a common thought that overcast skies mean you don’t need to worry about bringing along your sunglasses.  That eye protection is only useful during bright summer months.  Unfortunately most people believe that the harmful UV rays that can cause eye damage are blocked or are filtered out by the cloud cover.  This is a harmful misconception since gray skies don’t act as a barrier or filter for the sun’s powerful UV rays.  In fact if you are at the beach or by water or even surrounded by fresh snow you are exposed to a potentially damaging amount of UV rays to your eyes as well as your skin.

Play It Safe and Protect Your Eyes – Even When It’s Gray

As April Showers cloud the sky preparing to bring on the May Flowers and you find yourself surrounded by sunshine or gray skies take the proper precautions and bring along your sunglasses.  Especially if you plan on being by water or gliding over snow during spring break keep your eye protection handy.  It is just as important to protect your eyes in the spring as it is during summer – don’t fall victim to gray skies the unexpected risk.

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Eye Health for Adults over 60 – Tips and Insight

Tips for Eye Health Over 60

Tips for Eye Health Over 60

We all know that our bodies change after we hit 60: Our eyes are not immune to the aging process. Most of us look into protecting our bodies as we age, but, many do not pause and think about specific ways to protect their eye health. Here are a few tips and insights into how to keep your eyes healthy once you are past 60.

Get Plenty of Sleep

One of the best ways you can protect your eye health as you age (and even when you’re young), is to get enough sleep. Our eyes get lubricated, and cleared of any dust, allergens, smoke, or other irritants. To get the best rest, some research has shown that your eyes need exposure to some natural light during the day, as it affects our wake-sleep cycles.

Get Plenty of Exercise

Exercise is good for our bodies, but it is also specifically beneficial to our eyes. Exercise stimulates good blood circulation, which is important for our eye health. Additionally, exercise keeps our weight regulated, which fights off diseases such as diabetes – and, diabetic retinopathy.

Eye Injuries from Falling

One of the most common ways people injure their eyes is in or around the home, and many are the result of home improvement projects. While this may be worrisome, when you realize that most eye injuries could be prevented by wearing protective eye wear during projects and maintenance, those numbers are less worrisome. Be careful about your potential to fall – make sure railings are secure, rugs are tacked down, and there are no sharp edged protruding from tables or the corners of walls.

Stay Current with Your Eye Doctor for the Best Eye Health

Finally, our last tip for the day: Be sure to stay current with your eye doctor. The sooner you catch many eye diseases, the better. Be sure to go in for a yearly eye exam, and if you notice anything strange with your vision, be sure to make an additional appointment.

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Why You Should Drink Coffee: How it Benefits Your Eyes

Why You Should Drink Coffee

Why You Should Drink Coffee

Most Americans are waking up and starting their day with a habit that is benefiting the health of their eyes. Little do they know this daily ritual has been proven to have long term benefits. So, what are they doing on a daily basis that helps prevent eye damage? It’s likely you have some in your cupboard or picked some up in a drive through on your way into work.

Benefits of Coffee

The answer is your daily cup of coffee. Loaded with powerful antioxidants this simple indulgence can have worthwhile benefits beyond providing you with a caffeine boost. Here’s what USA Today says about the health benefits of drinking coffee.

While in general, most people might call your daily habit a vice, you can be rest assured. There’s more to your cup of coffee then a morning buzz or an afternoon pick-me-up. In fact one day you might be prescribed a specific scientist formulated brew to help combat eye damage, according to Medical Daily.

How to Keep it Healthy

Keep in mind to go easy on cream and sugar. Particularly if you’re reaching for an ice blended drink or something so indulgently sweet. If you can’t remotely find the taste of coffee behind the medley of vanilla, chai, mocha topped with whipped creamm you may be outweighing the health benefits. It may take time, however, learning to enjoy coffee in it’s simpler form will give you the best result.

Why You Should Drink Coffee

So the next time you’re pouring yourself your usual cup, or two, of coffee remember to use the cream and sugar in moderation. Your eyes and body will thank you for the antioxidants. Maybe one day your indulgence will be a prescribed as a part of a healthy diet. For now, raise your mug in honor of scientists who continue to research the health benefits linked to coffee and enjoy your caffeine boost.

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Remedies for Aching Eyes: A Few Helpful Tips to Get Relief

Remedies for Aching Eyes

Remedies for Aching Eyes

We’ve all experienced it: Eyes that just ache after a long day at work, pain after reading a book, and an overall heaviness you just can’t get rid of. In our quest to find remedies for aching eyes, we came across quite a few helpful tips.

Use Ice-Cubes

Ice cubes can cool your eyes, and improve blood circulation. They also help relax the muscles around your eyes. Simply put some ice cubes in a clean town, and compress it lightly on your tired eyes to get some relief from the achiness.

Potato Slices

If you’re adverse to using ice-cubes, try putting some potato slices in the refrigerator. Place them over your eyes to reduce inflammation. You’ll also get the added benefit of a little shuteye!

Hot Compress

Some pain requires heat for relief. Putting a warm compress on your eyes can provide relief from the achiness by relaxing the muscles around your eyes, soothing dry eyes, and reducing strain. Place a warm towel on your eyelids – refresh it every time it cools.

Chamomile Tea

Sometimes, your aching eyes might be the result of not getting enough sleep. Try drinking some chamomile tea with honey before bed to melt stress away and calm your body before you go to sleep. Getting a good night’s rest will go a long way to relieving your aching eyes!

Use Tea Bags

Tea can be ingested, but it can also be used directly on your eyes. Tea contains bioflavonoids, which fight infections and bacteria. They can also be used warm to soothe your eyes. Use green or black tea for the most benefit.

Use a Chilled Spoon

If you don’t have ice cubes or potatoes handy, put a few spoons in chilled water. Place them over your eyes, and switch them out as they grow warm. This can be a great way to get relief when you’re at work and don’t want to ruin your makeup, but need relief.

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Contacts vs Glasses: How to Choose the Best Option for You

Contacts vs Glasses - How to Decide

Contacts vs Glasses - How to Decide

There are many things to consider when you have vision problems. One of the decisions you must make is decide whether contacts or glasses are right for you. The debate of contacts vs glasses comes down to personal preference, and the eye problems you have. Here is a closer look at how to choose the best option for you.

Personal Preference that Impact Contacts vs Glasses

There are many different factors that play into whether or not you choose contacts or glasses. These include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Comfort
  • Convenience
  • Budget
  • Aesthetics
  • Lifestyle

Take a minute to consider: Are your eyes usually quite dry? Glasses might be a better option, because contacts can dry out your eyes. Do you play a lot of sports? Contacts might be the better option, as you don’t have to worry about your frames breaking or falling off during your activity. Keep in mind that one isn’t better than the other when it comes to contacts vs glasses. Write a list to determine the best option for you. Here are a few pros and cons of each that we have considered:

Pros of Glasses:

  • Can be a fashion statement.
  • Easy to clean.
  • You don’t have to touch your eyes!
  • Generally cheaper than contacts.
  • Can protect your eyes from foreign objects.

Cons of Glasses:

  • Can make it difficult to play sports.
  • Can be broken easily.
  • Sight can be obstructed by elements – fogging up glasses, etc.
  • Can distort peripheral vision.
  • Thickness can change the appearance of your eyes.

Pros of Contacts:

  • Easy – put them in in the morning, and take out at night.
  • Great for sports and outdoor activities.
  • Aren’t affected by environment.
  • Less vision distortion.
  • You can try out different eye colors!

Cons of Contacts:

  • Can exacerbate eye dryness and irritation.
  • You have to touch your eyes.
  • Require additional cleaning and care.
  • Can exacerbate computer vision problems.
  • Cost to replace can be higher.

As you can see, there are many pros and cons to both glasses and contacts. Again, it really does come down to personal preference. If you have questions about the right option for you, speak with your eye doctor!