eye health

Eye Care for People Over 40

As we age, our eyes’ ability to focus on objects that are close to us declines. This especially becomes an issue for people once they enter their 40s and beyond. 

Presbyopia is the term for our eyes’ ability to focus.

It is a normal change that occurs with time and leads us to hold certain reading materials farther away from us or when items that are close to us appear blurred. 

During this time in your life, there are several symptoms you should be cognizant of such as fluctuating vision, seeing spots or floaters, seeing blind spots, or losing your side vision.

What is Low Vision?

Low vision is a term that refers to eyesight that is so severely poor it cannot be corrected using eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. 

There are numerous causes of low vision, and despite the inability to reverse it, many people can still go on to live their life with low vision. 

Individuals with low vision often experience a loss of their best corrected visual acuity to 20/70 (in the better eye), tunnel vision, blind spots, or legal blindness. In the United States, legal blindness is defined as a visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye. 

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.

Seeing Stars? Here’s Why!

Have you ever seen stars or spots of color in your vision? Maybe you stood up, or laid down, and suddenly there are colors swimming across your vision. If you suffer from migraines or were (unfortunately) knocked on the head, you could also see these colors. This phenomenon is quite common and is called phosphene. It is an experience of seeing light where there is no light entering the eye. And this phenomenon is not a cause for concern or an eye care issue for adults or in children.

Here Are Great Tips for Keeping Good Vision Health

Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways for you to maintain good vision health at home. Several of these tips may seem obvious, but others not so much. The most obvious vision tips is to wear your glasses or contacts regularly and as prescribed. This may seem like a simple tip, yet your glasses or contacts can’t help you seem properly if you keep them on your dresser or don’t use them. Eat healthy, whole foods too. There are countless benefits towards eating fruits, vegetables, and whole foods, coupled with reducing processed junk food from your diet.

Learn About the Vision Skills Required to Play Sports

Playing sports requires a great deal of athleticism, but also requires good vision skills, such as hand-eye coordination. If your child is playing sports, here are some vision-related things to consider. Having solid hand-eye coordination is integral in order to play sports, and excel at them. This vision skill requires moving your hands using visual information, such as swinging a baseball bat or anytime you are required to aim. Visual acuity is the ability to see objects clearly at different distances.

Tips for People Who Wear Contacts Daily!

Millions of people everyday wear contact lenses to improve their eyesight. Yet issues can arise if you do not use or wear your contacts properly, especially if you use daily disposable contact lenses.

Daily contacts are simply not designed to be worn more than once. Many consumers may try to wear them more than once, as a way of stretching their investment. But this practice can actually cause more harm to your eyes and increases the risk that bacteria will grow in your eyes.