everyday eye care

Everything You Need to Know About Sunglasses and Protecting Your Eyes

Sunglasses come in a variety of styles and incorporate different tools to help protect your eyesight from the sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays. 

Depending on your exposure to UV rays, you may experience temporary or permanent vision issues. For example, if you experience excessive UV exposure over a short period of time you can get photokeratitis, or “sunburn of the eye.” This disorder can be painful, but the effects are temporary. 

Tips on How to Care for Common Eye Infections and Injuries

Protecting your eyes from common infections or injuries is an important daily activity. But with school back in session keeping your eyes safe from infection and other injuries takes on a greater emphasis. 

The most common eye infection is conjunctivitis or pink eye.

This issue is caused by an inflammation or swelling of the conjunctiva, which is a thin, transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid. The conjunctiva also covers the white part of your eyes. 

Under Eye Care & Beauty

Proper eye care doesn’t merely extend to your physical eyeball but also includes the skin surrounding your eyes. We have all experienced dark circles, or “bags” under our eyes at some point. But what exactly do dark circles indicate and how can we fix them? 

The History of Contact Lenses

The contact lens is a simple device where a lens is placed directly on the eye ball, and helps people see properly without requiring eye glasses. Today, an estimated 30 million Americans wear contacts. 

But how did contact lenses come about? Who invented them? And how did they evolve? 

Contact lenses were developed in 1888 by a German ophthalmologist named Adolph Frick. The first contact lens was made out of glass and were rather thick. They covered the iris and the whites of the eyes. And these early lenses could only be worn for about 4 hours at a time. 

Do You Struggle with Discomfort with Your Contact Lenses?

Millions of people wear contact lenses every day, most with little or no issues. But some people do in fact struggle with discomfort when wearing their contacts, leading to dramatically affecting their vision or needing to cease wearing contacts. 

There are numerous causes of discomfort while wearing contact lenses.

Issues can include an improper fit, incorrect positioning on the eye, allergies, makeup, or failing to adhere to the suggested wear time of your lenses. 

Vision Myths Debunked!

Like most things in life, urban legends or myths exist with our eyesight. You know you have heard some of them. So let’s take a moment to address the most common eye myths. 

First — eating a lot of carrots can improve your eyesight. Carrots do contain a great deal of Vitamin A, a crucial vitamin for functioning vision. But only a small amount of Vitamin A is required for our vision to work properly and most adults usually get enough Vitamin A without adding extra carrots to their diets. 

What You Need to Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of permanent central vision loss for adults over the age of 65. But what exactly is AMD, and how can you take steps to prevent it? AMD is developed naturally in the aging process and affects the macula, a tiny spot on the retina of your eyes. The macula is the most sensitive spot of your retina and contains millions of light-sensing cells. The macula is responsible for providing clear, sharp vision at the center of your field of vision.

What is Blue Light and Is It Harmful for Your Eyes?

Artificial light is a major component of modern society, as we no longer need to rely on the sun as our main source of illumination. And our eyes can detect and manifest (in the form of color) a range of light. In a spectrum, these colors arranged from longer to shorter wavelengths are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet. In today’s society, we are seeing a radical increase of blue light between our cell phone screens, laptops, LED lights, and other illuminated items. Like many things, blue light has drawbacks and advantages.