Computers, Smartphones, and Your Eyes

Computers, Smartphones, and Your Eyes

Today’s digital age presents a unique set of potential problems for your eyes. Many professions require people to sit in front of a computer screen for eight or more hours a day. At the computer, images and texts are constantly moving and shifting back and forth, in and out of focus as you work. This movement makes your eyes focus and refocus on all of the different things you are looking at. Over a period of time, overexposure to computer screens and smartphones can cause eye strain and problems in the future. This article will talk about some of the solutions to combat eye strain with your digital devices and explain what actually happens when you experience computer vision syndrome. Computer Vision Syndrome Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) does not cover one specific ailment, but rather, a wide range of problems or issues that could fall under CVS. Looking at a computer screen requires more effort from your eyes than looking at a piece of paper with writing on it. Computers or handheld devices have screens that vary in contrast, brightness, flicker, and glare. All of these factors increase the demand from your eyes and play a major role in developing CVS. Symptoms of CVS Headaches Blurred vision Eye irritation Red Eyes Double Vision Neck Pain   People who suffer from prior vision problems are more susceptible to experience CVS. Solutions There are a few simple solutions that you can implement to counteract the effects of CVS: Lighting The position of your computer relative to where you sit or stand plays a huge role in the way light reflects off...
Properly Taking Care Of Your Glasses

Properly Taking Care Of Your Glasses

Now that you have finally decided on a pair of glasses that you want, it’s time to talk about taking care of them. Properly taking care of your lenses is ideal to ensure the longevity of your purchase. This article will talk about some useful tips and habits in cleaning and maintaining your glasses. Water Before you clean your glasses with a solution, make sure you rinse them off with water to remove dirt and dust particles that may have accumulated throughout the day. Small bits of dirt, if not washed off first, can become abrasive and scratch your glasses leaving permanent marks on your lenses. Use A Spray Avoid using any cleaning solution that is not specifically designed for cleaning glasses. Other solutions could damage your glasses or cause them to lose their shine. Use chemical sprays that are made to clean delicate areas of your glasses. Drying Avoid using any kind of tissue or other surfaces to dry your glasses once you have cleaned or rinsed them. The materials in tissues, paper towels, or even shirts can cause scratches and fade on your glasses. The best way to dry your glasses is with a lint-free cloth or to let them air-dry. Storage Putting away your glasses when they are not in use plays an equal role in making your glasses last a lifetime. Whenever you are not wearing your glasses, make sure you put them in a glasses case where they are secure. Having a glasses case will conceal them from exposure to dust and dirt as well as protect them from being bent or broken. Another...
Dealing With Photophobia

Dealing With Photophobia

Many people around the world suffer from mild to extreme forms of photophobia. Photophobia, in the most literal sense of the word, means a fear of light. Although people who suffer from photophobia are not necessarily afraid of bright light, they are sensitive to exposure from bright light. Photophobia is an underlying symptom of a number of conditions, and the best way to go about treating photophobia is to understand the main component of the problem. In this article, we will talk about some of the conditions that have symptoms of photophobia and how to treat them properly. Causes There are some conditions that do not directly affect the eye that may be the cause of photophobia. The onset of a migraine is a very common condition in which photophobia may occur. Other eye-related conditions that can cause photophobia are a corneal abrasion, or in other words, a scratched eye. Meningitis is a common infection that can cause photophobia in patients. Uveitis is a general condition that deals with swelling or inflammation of your eye can that can tie directly to photophobia. Damage to your retina, dry eyes, a serious brain injury, or even blepharospasm, which is incessant eye-twitching, can all have direct relations to one suffering from photophobia. People who have lighter eye color are more susceptible to photophobia than others who have darker iris’s. There are a certain number of mental disorders and even medications that can cause someone to suffer from photophobia. Treatment The best way to treat symptoms like photophobia is to discover the underlying condition of the symptom. Work closely with your eye doctor...

Makeup and Eye Safety

Makeup is a fun way to play with our facial features and achieve a desired look or style. But, when used improperly or irresponsibly, certain makeup items like mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow can cause damage not only to the skin, but to the eyes. Examples of this damage include irritation around the eyes, premature aging, infection, and more serious health complications. When the proper precautions are taken, there is little to nothing to worry about, but you should be taking extra care to follow a routine that preserves the health of your eyes. Here are the top tips for practicing eye safety while using makeup! Wash Your Hands Before the Application Your hands pick up all sorts of dirt, dust, and bacteria. If you don’t wash your hands before applying your makeup, that bacteria can get into your eyes and cause infection. Renew Your Makeup Every Six Months It often goes overlooked that makeup has a shelf life just like any other product. Spoiled makeup is bad for the skin. Using a marker to write the purchase date on your makeup and get rid of it after six months. Close Containers All the Way Leaving containers open can allow bacteria and germs to permeate your makeup. When exposed to a large amount of oxygen, the shelf life of the makeup also shortens. To keep it safe, keep it closed! Do Not Use Sharp Objects Around the Eyes This one explains itself. If you use a sharp object to separate your eyelashes, for example, you are putting yourself at risk for a major eye injury. Better safe than sorry. Use...

The Signs That You Might Need Glasses or Contacts

Either because of heredity or age, sixty percent of Americans wear glasses or contacts to correct their vision. Others prefer to save 20/20 vision by ignoring warning signs, passing up an eye exam. The latter is not wise. If eyesight isn’t as sharp as it was previously, there are warning signs to help decipher the dilemma. If these problems match current eye issues, contact an eye doctor immediately. Blurred Vision When once-clear vision becomes fuzzy, it’s not always a warning. Clear vision allows people to see far away and up close. Blurry vision comes from dry and un-rested eyes. When eyes can’t see far or near, the results are nearsightedness or farsightedness. Astigmatism comes from trouble seeing near and far. An eye exam is mandatory when blurry vision doesn’t leave. Squinting The same fuzzy vision forces people to adjust just to read the information. People adjust their eyesight by squinting. This process makes reading information better at the expense of eye health. Squinting isn’t a one-time thing for eyesight problems. It’s a continuous dependence required for seeing the outdoors, road signs, items inside the home, grocery shopping, movie watching, and much more. Headaches An unusual side effect of squinting or blurry vision is headaches. Headaches come from eye strain. Besides squinting, eye strain originates from staring at the computer, phone, and tablet screens. While headaches from tech eyestrain are reversible by resting the eye, squinting or blurry vision headaches cannot. Night to Light Adjustment Eyes going back and forth between night and light are easy thanks to the iris muscles contracting and expanding accordingly. If it takes longer to...
The Dangers of Eye Tattoos

The Dangers of Eye Tattoos

Sclera tattooing is becoming the latest trend for individuals into body modification, but many people don’t understand the dangers associated with this practice. The process involves injecting ink into the white portion (known as the sclera) of the eye to tint it, but it’s not as harmless as tattoo artists may claim. The Parts of the Eye are Interconnected The sclera, the white part of the eye that is the object of this dying process, is connected to the other parts of the eye. It has been established that it’s one piece with the cornea, which is the transparent protective covering of the eye. This means that just one slip could cause permanent eye damage. Piercing the cornea may mean leaving scars that can affect vision. This is why getting dirt and debris in the eye is so painful. The cornea’s three protective layers are designed to keep foreign objects out of the eye. Deliberately injecting ink into the eye can cause serious damage that can even prevent the cornea from protecting the eye from other risks, such as the sun’s UV rays. The Cornea is Key to How We See In addition to providing protection of the eye, the cornea also helps in the eyesight process. The cornea is responsible for focusing light and images for the retina, which transmits those pictures to the brain. Damaging the cornea with a needle or ink can lead to permanent eyesight problems, such as fuzzy vision or full blindness. Even if the cornea isn’t damaged, there are cases where sclera tattooing led to infection of other parts of the eye. The...