everyday eye care

Tips on How to Treat Pink Eye

Chances are you have had pink eye previously, or encountered someone with pink eye especially if you have children.

Here are some simple tips for treating pink eye, which is highly contagious.

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, is extremely common in school children and teachers since the germs spread rapidly and the classroom setting is incredibly close. Pink eye is an inflammation of the thin, clear covering of the white of your eyes and the inside of your eyelids, or conjunctiva. It can be a viral, bacterial, or allergic issue.

Switching from Glasses to Contacts

When it comes to vision options for your child, it’s never too soon to consider switching them from eyeglasses to contact lenses.

As with many things in life, the answer depends on a variety of factors. And it depends on your own unique child and his or her ability to be responsible. There is no age requirement for contact lenses and more children every day are using contact lenses to improve their vision.

Is Your Child’s Eyesight Interfering With His/Her Learning?

When it comes to our children, their education is a top priority for any parent. But can your child’s eyesight actually hinder his or her ability to learn? And when is an appropriate point to take action?

Since vision issues in children can directly affect your education, or discourage them from learning, it’s important to stay on top of your child’s vision care needs. Some estimates show 1 in 4 students suffer from vision problems that can hinder their learning.

So what are some signs to tell if your child struggles with their vision?

Near-Sighted vs. Far-Sighted

It’s often a confusing part of eye care issues — deciphering the difference between near-sightedness and far-sightedness, and which you may suffer from. Both are actually refractive eye conditions, meaning they are problems related to how the light is focused as it enters the eyes. Ideally, as light enters the eye the light would be perfectly focused onto the inside lining of the eye which detects light. This part of the eye is called the retina. If this occurred, the brain would see a clear view of the world and people would not need glasses to correct these types of issues.

Always Protect Your Eyes; Tips for Around the House

Our house is considered by many a safe space and a spot where we can relax at the end of a hard day at work. Yet many eye injuries occur around the house performing common chores, hobbies or other activities. It’s important to protect your eyes with protective eye wear as a part of practicing eye care for the whole family when performing these tasks, such as mowing the grass, edging, or trimming trees. Anytime you spread fertilizer, operate power tools, or use hazardous chemicals it’s a recommended that you wear some form of eye protection.

What Glasses Will Complement Your Face Best?

When shopping for a set of eye glasses there are several things to consider in the frames and lenses themselves to suit your specific needs. Yet a pair of glasses can also complement your face and help highlight the shape of your face. There is a pair of frames for each face shape, but first you must spend some time looking at yourself in the mirror to determine the shape of your face. Specifically, look to see if your face is more angular or curved. Once you have studied the shape of your face, it’s time to fix a set of glasses.

Ever Wake Up with Crusty Eyes?

Have you ever got up in the morning to start your day and notice a crusty substance in the corner of your eyes? This discharge from our eyes has different causes in adults and children, especially in newborns. In adults, the most common reason for those “eye crusties” is simply that tiny pieces of matter, bits of bacteria (usually from makeup), oily skin, and other sources of dirt get into your eyes. Crusty eyes can also be a symptom of conjunctivitis (commonly known as pinkeye).

Eye Glasses: How to Prevent Them From Breaking

When it comes to eye care for children and adults alike, the eye glasses are still a popular option to help people of all ages see clearly. So, what are some of the best ways to help keep them from breaking, since eye glasses are expensive? Breaking a set of eye glasses is never fun. So when you are not wearing them, keep your glasses in a protective case. There’s nothing more frustrating that not knowing where your glasses are and setting something on top of them or sitting on them. A case comes in handy to protect your glasses.

How Diabetes and Eye Problems are Related

Diabetes is a disease that brings a slew of health complications along with it. Unfortunately, eye problems are one of those issues that can be directly related to diabetes, such as blindness.

 

Diabetes has been linked to three major eye ocular complications — cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Each of these three eye issues presents their own challenges.

 

Contact Lens Care: The Do’s & Don’ts

 

Taking the appropriate care when handling and dealing with contact lenses is paramount. Yet, so many people still develop bad habits when it comes to contact lenses.

 

It may be tempting to tell yourself you can extend the life of your contacts by wearing them a few extra days or to sleep in them instead of going through the inconvenience of taking them out every night.

 

Any of those habits can in fact be life changing though and are not recommended family eye care tips.