Properly Caring for Your Contacts

Properly Caring for Your Contacts

Millions of people wear contact lenses every single day. However, many of these people suffer from problems like eye infections and vision problems because they do not properly care for their lenses. Soft and hard or rigid gas-permeable contact lenses both require a great deal of work to properly maintain. When you follow the right steps to properly care for your lenses, you will have fewer problems with your eyes. Here are the best ways to care for contact lenses. Always Handle Them with Clean Hands Your hands should always be thoroughly clean before you handle contact lenses. Wash with soap and rinse your hands completely. Make sure to dry them with a clean towel that is free of lint. Be Careful with Beauty Products If you wear hairspray, you should apply it before you put in your lenses. If you are a woman who wears makeup, you should also always apply your makeup before putting your lenses in your eyes. Remove your contacts prior to removing your makeup as well. Use the Right Solution Some contact lenses require special solutions for wetting and cleaning. If you have hard or rigid gas-permeable lenses, you will also have to use a solution that removes protein deposits at least once per week. Soak your lenses in the right product and avoid using tap water. Water contains many microorganisms that can damage your lenses and lead to a myriad of eye problems if you soak your lenses in it. Likewise, never use saliva on your contacts. If you are an eye drops user, check with your doctor to see what he or...
Family History and Eye Health

Family History and Eye Health

Living a healthy life is the best way to keep your body functioning properly well into the future, but many people often forget that eye health is equally as important as the rest of your body. If you do not take care of your eyes, then you will likely have vision issues later in your life. Eye health is even more important if you have a family history of eye conditions because almost every common eye condition can be passed down in your genetics. If someone in your immediate family has developed an eye condition at some point in their life, then you will be at a much higher risk of getting this condition too. Some of the most common vision problems that can run in your family are astigmatism, glaucoma, macular degeneration, myopia and hyperopia. Since vision is a vital sense that you rely on every day, it is highly important to know your family history when it comes to eye health. Learning this information can make it much easier to keep your eyes healthy and avoid any vision issues. Your eyes need to be treated like the rest of your body, so it is very important to get regular exams from a doctor. These eye exams are even more important if your family has a history of eye problems. The doctor will be able to easily keep track of your vision once you start getting an annual exam. If you develop an issue with your eyes, then it can be treated before your vision is damaged. Catching glaucoma or another serious eye condition early can potentially prevent...
How Vision Changes as You Age

How Vision Changes as You Age

Vision is like other parts of our bodies that feel the effects of aging, and our eyes will show signs as we meet good old father time. A lot of adults will notice changes in their late ‘50s with vision up close; this explains why you can look around a restaurant and see 50-somethings looking at their menu from afar or with reader glasses on the tips of their noses. These glasses come in different magnifications and help with making those little details or small text much clearer to see. Another issue aging eyes deal with are changes to regular vision: nearsightedness tends to change as you age as well and you may notice difficulties seeing far away. If this happens, an ophthalmologist can prescribe you glasses or increase your current prescription. Night driving is another difficulty that people complain about as they age and there are special lenses to make the glare of oncoming headlights less. Some elderly people prefer to not drive at night, but there are corrective helpers. Dry eyes, which can be extremely annoying, are a complaint of aging vision. Dry eyes happen as your eyes age because of the decrease in the production of tears. There are several reasons for this condition and it’s important to consult an ophthalmologist as soon as possible because this can affect the cornea. There is also the opposite of dry eye which is that your eyes tear too much. This could be a sign of a blocked tear duct or some kind of infection and both can be fixed by an eye professional. Older eyes may also see...
How Healthy Vision Will Help Your Child in School

How Healthy Vision Will Help Your Child in School

Along with books, pencils, and teachers, a child’s vision is a key ingredient in their education. Most children take in their surroundings visually, and poor or unhealthy vision can cause a number of problems in their learning environment. Your child may not realize that he or she has a vision problem. So, If you notice signs that your child might be having difficulty seeing, then it’s time to schedule an eye exam right away. Signs of a problem can include: Frequent complaining of headaches Excessive rubbing of the eyes Head tilting Short attention span Losing their place during reading Avoiding or omitting small words when reading The need to use a finger to keep track of words when reading If you notice these or any other signs of a problem, have your child’s eyes examined. Poor vision can cause a child to not live up to their potential. Children need healthy vision to study and excel at school. If you notice that your child is “giving up too easily” or if you get reports from their teacher that your child is not paying attention in class, unhealthy vision may be to blame. In order to learn effectively, children must have healthy vision. In the event of a problem, they will not be able to see the chalkboard clearly, they will not be able to complete assignments effectively, and they won’t be able to comprehend or retain information. By correcting any vision problems, you can help your child to better thrive in their learning environment. Children aged 6-18 need to be able to read effectively as well as take in...
How Computer Glasses Can Help with Digital Eye Strain

How Computer Glasses Can Help with Digital Eye Strain

If you work at a computer several hours per day, then you are prone to experiencing blurred vision, red eyes and eye strain. This is caused by computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome often occurs because the eyes are unable to remain focused on the computer for a long time. If you are over the age of 40, then computer vision syndrome may be caused by a condition known as presbyopia. This is vision loss that is caused by the normal aging process. If you have been suffering from computer vision syndrome, then you will need to get a comprehensive eye examination. This will ensure that you do not have any serious eye conditions. You may need to get customized computer glasses. These glasses are designed to keep you comfortable while you are looking at the computer. They will also reduce eyestrain. Why Should You Use Computer Glasses? Computer glasses are different from reading glasses and regular glasses. Computer screens are typically 20 to 25 inches from the face. Prescription glasses are designed to correct vision problems such as farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism. Reading glasses work by magnifying small print. Computer glasses have 40 percent less likely magnifying power than reading glasses. They will have to be customized in order to meet your needs. How close you sit from your computer and how close you hold your devices to your face will determine the type of computer glasses that you need. Lens for Computer Eyewear It is important to note that glasses that are designed for computer use are not designed for everyday wear or reading. Single vision lenses are one...
Protecting Your Eyes While Watching the Solar Eclipse

Protecting Your Eyes While Watching the Solar Eclipse

This month sees the return of a rare astronomical phenomenon. The total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st will turn day into night from coast to coast across the United States. The path of the full eclipse will cover from Oregon to South Carolina, areas where, at totality, the sun will appear to be completely blocked by the face of the moon. Those outside of the direct path of the moon’s shadow will see the eclipse as a partial solar eclipse, but either experience will be an event that is not to be missed. The last total solar eclipse crossing the entire United States was in 1918. As the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, the sky will begin to darken, and at its peak, celestial bodies, such as planets and some of the brightest stars, may become visible. The solar atmosphere—the corona—will also be visible, and as its name implies, a halo of light resembling a crown radiating with swirls and jets of solar energy will appear as well. In order to safely view an object as bright as the sun, special filters must be used. Looking at the sun directly with the naked eye—even for a few seconds—can cause eye damage and possibly blindness. NASA states that at the moment of the sun’s total eclipse behind the moon, it is safe to view the sun without protection, but using special eclipse filters will be necessary to know when that moment of totality occurs. Never look directly at the sun unprotected. Special disposable glasses can be purchased or ordered with dark filters specifically made for solar...