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Halloween contact lenses, are a must-have for a spook-tacular Halloween look! While you are spoilt for choice with a plethora of options available in the market, there are a few important things to keep in mind before choosing that perfect pair of Halloween contacts to complete your spooky look.

In order to bust myths around contact lenses and create awareness regarding the types of eye diseases which may result from wearing such lenses without prescription, we have made a concise and easy-to-follow infographic so that you dress up this Halloween with care!

Take a look at this infographic to know how you can treat your eyes with a safe choice when it comes to Halloween contact lenses.

Book an appointment with InSight Vision Center to know more about it.

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It’s no secret that exercising is the best way to get in shape and stay fit. It keeps you healthy and helps you avoid serious health conditions. But, did you know that exercising is also extremely beneficial for your eye health? This is because the act of exercising releases hormones and anti-oxidants that are known to combat the effects of cell damage in the body, which also includes your eyes.

How Physical Exercise Can Help You?

Researchers have also conducted numerous studies on the matter and have found a strong correlation between exercising and good eye-health. When our body is undergoing physical stress in the form of a work-out, it stimulates our endocrine system, which releases chemicals and hormones that control the various cellular functions of the body. The hormones released while working-out are known to control a number of physiological reactions in the body. These hormones allow you to build new muscle and tissue while helping you burn fat. They also play a large role in facilitating the following bodily functions:

  • tissue growth and regeneration
  • hydration levels
  • synthesis and degradation of muscle protein
  • energy generation
  • metabolism levels

The endocrine glands also produce a number of anti-oxidants that help fight the effect of free radicals in your body as well as your eyes. Free radicals in the eyes are known to cause a number of eye-diseases, listed as follows:

  1. Cataract
  2. Glaucoma
  3. AMD or Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  4. Diabetic Retinopathy
  5. Dry Eye
  6. Low Vision

If you are suffering from any of the eye-diseases mentioned above or are looking to reduce the chances of their occurrence all together, cardiovascular exercises are the way to go. Exercises such as Aerobics, Zumba, jogging or even brisk walking will help lower the pressure in your eyes, otherwise known as help intraocular pressure. The hormones and anti-oxidants that release post-workout also helps keep the retinal ganglion cells protected by fighting free radicals in the eye. Cardio exercises are especially beneficial as it helps increase the flow of the blood to the optic nerve and the retina. While vision related problems cannot be fixed completely, exercising helps enhance overall eye health while protecting it from free radical damage and reducing their long-term effects.

If you are facing eye-related health problems or need an assessment of your current eye health, call us on +559-449-5050 to contact our team of professionals at Insight Vision Centre in Fresno, California and schedule your eye exam today!

According to Blindness America, in its report titled “Vision Problems in the United States: Prevalence of Adult Vision Impairment and Age-Related Eye Disease in America”, women are more prone to vision problems than men. The report states that women are at higher risk for eye disease after the age of 50, especially:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

According to Prevent Blindness:

  • Women form the majority of Americans over 40 with visual impairment or blindness
  • 25% of women have not had an eye exam in at least 2 years
  • 5% of women believe men are at greater risk of permanent vision loss
  • 86% believe the risk is equal for men and women
  • Less than 10% understand that they are at greater risk

To protect your eyes and reduce the risk of vision loss, here are 7 eye care tips for women:

  1. Understand Potential Risks – Obesity, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, autoimmune disorders, and thyroid problems increase the risk of eye disease. Know your family medical history. If vision loss, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts or glaucoma are common, you may have inherited these problems. Exercise regularly and get regular medical checkups if you’re overweight, since obesity can lead to diabetes and other conditions that affect eye health.
  2. Get the Right Nutrition – A balanced diet plays an essential role in women’s health, but certain foods are known to boost eye health as well. For instance, spinach, kale, broccoli and other dark green leafy vegetables are loaded with lutein. This antioxidant may help protect against AMD, the leading cause of blindness. Other antioxidants such as vitamin C, E and A, minerals and Omega 3 fatty acids are also essential for eye health.
  3. Wear Protective Eyewear – Your eyes are extremely delicate, so it’s essential to protect your eyes from excessive UV exposure, accidents and other damage. Wear sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays, to reduce the risk of cataract and eye tumors. You should also wear protective eyewear to avoid eye injury while playing sports, swimming, cleaning with strong chemicals, or working with sharp tools.
  4. Care for Contact Lenses – A lot of women prefer to wear contact lenses instead of glasses, usually for aesthetic reasons or comfort. If you’re a contact lens wearer, follow a proper routine for cleaning, removing and replacing your lenses. Poor hygiene or over-wearing lenses can cause corneal scarring, which may lead to blindness. You can also opt for Lasik refractive surgery to get rid of both glasses and contact lenses permanently.
  5. Be Careful with Makeup – If you use eye makeup regularly, remove it at the end of the day. Sleeping with makeup on can clog your tear ducts or trap dirt and bacteria, leading to scratches, eye disease, and a host of other problems. Using eyeliners, mascaras and eye shadows past their expiry date can also cause eye irritation, allergic reactions and eye infection, so throw away old makeup and avoid sharing cosmetics with others.
  6. Watch for Vision Problems – Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause can also affect your vision. For instance, water retention can cause a change in your number or power, as well as puffy eyelids or dry eyes when you’re pregnant. Dry eyes are also common during menopause, along with redness or heaviness in the eyes or eyelids. Be aware of changes that may occur as you get older, and get a checkup if you face any problems.
  7. Get an Eye Exam Regularly – A comprehensive eye exam can help you prevent eye disease, eye infection and even vision loss, since early detection and treatment keeps minor problems from turning into serious health concerns. Dilated eye exams may help with early detection of diabetes, high blood pressure and other medical conditions as well. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, get an eye exam every 1-2 years, and annually after the age of 50.

Women are caregivers, often looking after family’s wellness before their own. However, it’s equally crucial to care for your own vision and health, so you can continue to care for your loved ones. Head to InSight Vision Center for a comprehensive eye exam today!

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You may already be busy with Back to School shopping, orientation and checkups, but make make sure your little one’s eye care is up to date. You can’t afford to take any chances with your child’s eye care safety!
Here are 6 simple ways to maintain eye health and prevent vision problem in young kids:

  1. Schedule an Eye Exam – Good vision plays an important role in your child’s academic success, and vision problems could mean that fall behind their peers. While many schools conduct eye tests during the school year, this may happen weeks or even months later.

    If your child has blurred vision, nearsightedness, or farsightedness, they could lose out on learning time or even face serious vision complications down the line. Scheduling an eye exam before school starts is the best way to detect and treat problems early, and keep them from getting worse.

  2. Prioritize Good Hygiene – School offers a ripe playing field for infections such as conjunctivitis or pinkeye, which are easily transferred through dirty hands or contaminated surfaces. Teach your kids to wash their hands regularly, and avoid touching or rubbing their eyes.

    In addition to the risk of getting germs, dirt and foreign objects into their eyes, rubbing can also cause abrasions or small tears in the cornea. To avoid injury and eye disease, little ones should to wash their hands before touching eyes, and splash them with clean water in case of irritation.

  3. Get Protective Eye Wear – Sports are fun, but they can also expose your child to all manner of injuries, especially eye injury. With the high number of sports-related eye injuries that take place in school, you need to educate your kids about proper eye protection and safety.

    Encourage them to wear protective goggles or helmet-mounted face shields during contact sports, as well as swimming goggles to protect against chlorine and germs when they’re in the pool. If your child has other hobbies such as wood shop, get the right eye wear to keep them safe.

  4. Make Screen Time SaferDigital eye strain is a common complaint for people using computers for extended periods, but it’s becoming a problem among children too. Discourage your child from spending long hours staring at the TV, computer, mobile phone or other electronic screens.

    Teach your little ones to maintain a proper distance between the screen and their eyes to prevent strain. Also, ensure that they’re working in well-lit areas while using electronic devices or reading books, so their eyes don’t have to work so hard to focus on the screen/page.

  5. Encourage Proper Rest – Your child may spend most of their time hitting the books or working on the computer when the school year gets underway, but they need proper rest too. Without it, they’re more likely to be tired and irritable, or even face concentration and learning problems.

    For healthy eyes, encourage them to sleep well, step outdoors for fresh air and exercise, take frequent breaks while reading and using digital screens, and blink often. If their eyes get enough rest, there’s a lower risk of eye strain, dry eye, blurred vision, headaches, backaches, and more.

  6. Feed Them Right – Are carrots good for eyes? Does diet really affect vision care? Yes! Your child needs to eat foods that boost eye health, especially during the early years. You need to ensure they get the right nutrients is with a balanced diet, which is your responsibility.

    Yellow foods such as carrots, mango and papaya are rich in beta-carotene, which helps our bodies process eye-friendly Vitamin A. Green leafy veggies such as spinach, kale and broccoli are loaded with healthy vitamins, while omega-3 fatty acids in fish, nuts and whole grains are also essential for eye health.

Eyes are both delicate and important, so it’s crucial to look after them right. Help your child understand proper eye care, eye protection, precautions and safety, and bring them to InSight Vision Center for a checkup today!

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In the excitement of the much awaited solar eclipse make sure you don’t forget the one thing that you’ve grown up listening to – Do not look at the sun with your naked eyes. This solar eclipse is no exception to the rule so if you plan to catch a glimpse of the rare event taking place on August 21, here are 7 tips to keep in mind:

  1. Sunglasses, color films, media X-ray films, floppy disks, and smoked glass should never be used for viewing a solar eclipse as none of these options offer any protection against harmful UV radiation.
  2. You can use a telescope or binoculars to project the sun’s image on a screen while avoiding the side-mounted finder scope.
  3. You can also buy eclipse glasses at a local welding supply store but be sure to check that the glass grading meets the safety requirements set by the ISO.
  4. If you happen to live in the path of the solar eclipse, you can safely witness it with your naked eyes at the moment of totality when the moon blocks the sun completely.
  5. Those of you who do not wish to take any risk can view the event from the comfort of your couch while it is being streamed live on your TV screen.
  6. If you normally wear glasses do not remove them to put on your eclipse glasses. Instead, wear your eclipse glasses over your normal eyeglasses or you can also hold them in front of your regular glasses.
  7. If you are into a lot of DIY, an alternative method is using a pinhole projector where you stream the sunlight from a small pencil hole onto a makeshift screen. Make sure you do not look at the eclipse through this pinhole but only at the partially eclipsed sun on the projector screen.

Eclipse blindness is not a myth so do not risk your lifelong healthy vision when viewing a grand solar phenomenon for a few seconds. You pair of sunglass definitely won’t protect you against the harmful UV rays and infrared light. In order to educate people on the perils of unsafe viewing practices and how to view this captivating celestial occurrence safely, two experts – Dr. Eric Poulsen and Dr. White have made a few recommendations. Read them in detail here and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience safely:

http://abc30.com/amp/society/tips-for-safely-viewing-the-solar-eclipse/2311505/

Could you have cataracts? When should you have them operated on? These are probably the thoughts going through your mind right? Don’t worry as you are not alone in this and this article is sure to help you put some of your doubts to rest. Cataracts are an eye condition, particularly common amongst elderly people, that causes the lens of the eye to become clouded and reduces your vision. Cataracts are different from glaucoma which cannot be reversed; cataracts can be treated with eye surgery by an ophthalmologist. Here are 7 facts that you need to know about cataracts:

1. Cataract Eye Surgery Replaces Your Clouded Lens with Artificial Lens

Cataract surgery can restore your vision that was lost due to cataracts. A cataract occurs when proteins clump together in your eye which causes clouding or causes the loss of transparency in your natural eye lens. Cataract surgery removes the non-functioning eye lens and replaces it with artificial implants which are called intraocular lens (IOL). The IOL then become a permanent part of your eye.

2. Cataracts are Common

Cataracts are common, the age-related clouding of the eye and the number one cause of blindness globally. More than half of all Americans will have had or undergone cataract surgery by the age of 80, more than 3.5 million cataract surgeries are performed annually and it is one of the safest and most effective types of surgeries.

3. Age is Not a Factor Anymore as the Number of Surgeries Have Risen

The annual number of cataract surgeries is increasing annually and the average age of the surgery patient is dropping. Research indicates that the rate of cataract surgery had increased 5 times between 1980 and 2010. The average age of a patient undergoing cataract surgery has now dropped to 65. Records show that the average age for the same was previously 73 to 75 years in 2004.

4. Cataract Surgery Allows You to See Things More Clearly

After having cataract surgery, you will experience the best possible vision due to accurate incisions and corrections which will help you achieve your goal of being less dependent on your spectacles. Studies have shown that there was a decline in car accidents amongst the elderly after their cataract surgeries. Another study depicted a drop in the rate of falls experienced by older women after they underwent cataract surgery. A study in Australia found that there were less reports of anxiety or depression after cataract surgery, this was probably due to improved visibility, improved confidence, reduced social isolation and increased activity.

5. Cataract Surgeries are Not Painful

Cataract surgery is not as painful as most patients have described a mild sensation around their eyes. In certain cases, your doctor may administer a small anesthetic block around your eye. The majority of patients have not found the operation stressing or painful. You can also opt for a general anesthetic to knock you out throughout the procedure.

6. People are Opting to Have Cataract Surgeries Earlier Nowadays

The Boomer generation is opting to have cataract surgery earlier than their predecessors. Their line of reasoning being that the surgery is safe with a lot less complications due to technological advancements. Most patients want to get rid of the cataracts immediately rather than waiting for them to get worse. Research indicates that today’s generation does not want to slow down in their lives due to vision problems and choose to get rid of their vision problems as soon as possible.

7. Cataract Surgery is Not Risk-Free But due to Major Advancements it Offers Benefits Beyond Improved Vision

The rate of there being any serious risks is pretty low ranging between 1-4% according to the American Academy of Opthalmology. You need to discuss with your surgeon about whether the future benefits to your eyes are worth the small risks he will take when removing your cataracts. Today patients may spend just 15 minutes having their surgery with an incision which is just 1/5 the previous size with no sutures after which the patient has to spend just 2 hours at the outpatient surgical center.

If you are facing any symptoms of cataracts then it’s time for your eye exam! Contact our team of professionals at Insight Vision Centre in Fresno, California to schedule your eye exam today!

Photo Refractive Keratectomy is a laser eye surgery that is designed to correct vision problems. PRK recovery takes a bit longer than recovery from LASIK eye surgery. Both surgeries are done by changing the shape of the cornea.

Both LASIK and PRK treatment provide great visual outcomes. So why should you have to choose between PRK vs LASIK? Some patients prefer LASIK for its faster healing, and others prefer PRK for its extra safety.

What is PRK?

Photo Refractive Keratectomy is a type of refractive surgery to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. PRK is the very first type of laser eye surgery for vision correction and is the predecessor to the popular LASIK procedure. PRK recovery takes a bit longer in terms of recovery than the LASIK procedure. PRK is still commonly performed and still offers advantages over LASIK for some patients.

PRK works by reshaping the cornea using an excimer laser, allowing light that enters the eye to be properly focused onto the retina for clear vision.

In PRK the thin outer layer of the cornea is removed and discarded prior to reshaping the underlying corneal tissue with an excimer laser. The epithelium heals itself back over the corneal surface within a few days.

PRK vs. LASIK- What’s the Difference?

In LASIK eye surgery, the eye surgeon makes an incision in the cornea to create a flap of tissue. The flap of tissue is lifted so the laser can be applied to reshape the inner layers of the cornea. The laser is computer controlled and reshapes the layers of the cornea to repair imperfections in curvature that lead to a distorted vision. The corneal flap is then placed back into place and heals over the reshaped part of the cornea in a few days.

The 2 Differences

  • 1) In the PRK procedure, the eye surgeon does not create a flap of corneal tissue but rather removes the outer layer of the cornea to expose an area for a laser to reshape. This makes PRK the best choice for people whose eyes meet a certain criteria, such as having thin corneas or dry eyes as well as a much shorter healing time as the outer layers of the cornea need time to heal.
    PRK patients are given prescription eye drops to promote healing and to reduce discomfort after eye surgery and the drops are usually prescribed for several months post surgery as it may take up to 6 months for your vision to gain absolute peak clarity and vision. Longer recovery time, discomfort during recovery and the results can take longer to manifest, maybe even 6 months.
  • 2) Only certain people are eligible for LASIK hence PRK is recommended for people who have either thin corneas, steep corneas, have a history of dry eye syndrome and people with large pupils. So anyone who is worried about flap complications can opt for PRK.

What to Expect from PRK?

You will have to have a thorough eye exam conducted on your eyes which covers the following factors:

  • The size of your eye pupils
  • How moist your eyes are, to evaluate the risk of developing dry eyes after laser eye surgery and have them treated accordingly.
  • Measuring the corneal curvature, using a corneal mapping device to measure the contours of the front surface of your eye.

Corneal thickness is also measured and taken into considerationPRK can be the best procedure under certain circumstances. Your doctor will assess all the above factors before taking the decision about whether you are a suitable candidate.

What is Right For You

The best way to getting rid of your glasses and contacts is to visit a few of your local area eye doctors for a consultation and see if you are eligible for either or both procedures. It is possible that you may be a candidate for only one or both surgical procedures; these doctors will give you their professional opinions, options, and recommendations. It is advised that you visit a couple of eye doctors in your area and their professional opinions on what to do regarding your eyes after which you can draw up your own conclusion.

To learn more about the best laser corrective procedure for you, contact our professionals at Insight Vision Center in Fresno today!

Are you experiencing blurred vision along with sore and irritated eyes? Do you find it difficult to focus your vision some times? If yes, then you like thousands of others might be suffering from strained eyes without realizing it. Other symptoms include dry eyes, double vision, increased sensitivity to light etc.

If neglected for long, eye strain may weaken your vision. Fortunately, there are some easy-to-implement tips which can soothe your tired eyes without much effort. Let’s take a look –

Ensure Correct Display Setting

Always make sure that the display settings of the screen you are working on are set to optimum and maximum brightness, so that you don’t have to strain your eyes. And if you still use the old-fashioned computers or the CRTs, you are at a greater risk of suffering from computer eye strain. Switch to LCD display monitors. These come with superior clarity and a host of display features which make working with them relatively easy for your eyes.

Use Computer Eye Wear

Working for long hours on screen continually, results in irritated and dry eyes. Consult your ophthalmologist and get yourself customized computer glasses. These are prescription glasses for those who have to work long hours on computer. They are anti-glare and ease the strain of your eyes to a great extent.

However, do keep in mind that it is essential to take frequent breaks from staring at the screens to avoid stress building up in your eyes.

Massage Eyes Regularly

This is a quick DIY technique to relive eye fatigue. Close your eyes and use your fingertips to gently massage the eyelids and the area around the eyes. You can also choose olive oil to aid easy movement of fingers. This will not only help relax the muscles around your eyes but also boost blood circulation, thus reducing the stress. If you are in constant contact of digital screens, this should be done 2-3 times a day, regularly.

Exercise to De-stress the Muscles

It has been proven that working with digital screens decreases the frequency of blinking, which is essential to keep eyes moist. So, while working for long hours on your gadgets, remember to look away from your screens and blink a few times. You can also follow the famous 20-20-20 rule, i.e. every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

There are other simple eye exercises easily available on the internet, and you can even ask your ophthalmologist for some of them to reduce eye fatigue.

Wash Eyes Frequently

Just splashing your eyes with cold water by keeping them closed or open can soothe them within no time at all! The cold water promotes blood circulation and also alleviates pain in the muscles surrounding the eyes. Another great option is to use a warm compress.

Pro-tip: After splashing your eyes with cold water, lightly soak cotton balls in rose water and place them on your closed eyes. Rose water is deemed as a natural relaxer and helps reduce the eye strain.

Work in Appropriate Lighting

Majority of people are oblivious to this aspect. Extremely bright-lighted, under-lighted or shadowy work surroundings can also stress out the eyes. Whether at work or at home, always ensure first that the lighting is appropriate. This means it should neither be too harsh nor too dim, and you should be able to see, read and work without feeling any pressure on your eyes.

Be Regular with Eye Check ups

Religiously getting your eyes checked up as per your ophthalmologist’s prescription can help you save a lot of trouble, not only in terms of your eye health, but also your overall physical health. For instance, Retinopathy – a condition in which the blood vessels around the retina are damaged due to high blood sugar levels, is one of the first symptoms which indicate the presence of diabetes. Your ophthalmologist can warn you for any such risk indicators early and thus help you mitigate any related health issues in time.

In case you have more queries about how you can keep your eyes free from strain and maintain a healthy vision, visit us at Insight Vision Centre today!

Pregnancy is a joyful time, full of expectations and hope, but it can also take a toll on your body. Along with nausea, backaches and mood swings, you may find your vision affected too. LASIK surgery is the most popular choice for vision correction, but you should avoid getting it done during your pregnancy.

Let’s look at some of the ways in which being pregnant could affect your eyes and why LASIK vision correction should be conducted either before or after your pregnancy.

8 Ways in Which Pregnancy Might Affect Your Vision

Here are some common eye-related issues women face during pregnancy:

1. Dry Eyes – Your eyes might feel dry during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, as a result of hormonal changes. This is temporary, so ask your doctor about lubricating eye drops to help keep your eyes moist and comfortable.

2. Vision Changes – Hormonal surges can cause changes in power during pregnancy, but this is also temporary. Your vision should return to normal within a few weeks after giving birth, but get a checkup to ensure there are no serious issues.

3. Distorted Vision – Fluid retention and high blood pressure during pregnancy can affect your cornea, causing changes in its shape or thickness. Blurred vision or spots in front of your eyes will normally go away after delivery or breastfeeding.

4. Central Serous Choroidopathy – Fluid retention may also cause fluid leaks under the retina of your eye, causing blurry vision or making things seem smaller. This will stop after childbirth, but keep your doctor informed about any symptoms.

5. Migraines – Hormonal changes can cause migraine headaches, which are not only painful but may also make your eyes more photosensitive. Consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter, alternative or prescription medication.

6. Pregnancy Diabetes – Also known as gestational diabetes, this temporary condition can cause blurred vision if the small blood vessels supplying your retina get damaged. Keep sugar levels under control during and after your pregnancy.

7. Pituitary Adenoma – This is a benign tumor that affects the pituitary gland, causing tunnel vision. The tumor may grow when you’re pregnant since hormone secretions from the pituitary gland are higher during this time.

8. Puffiness – Hormonal surges can cause puffiness in the eyelids and around your eyes, affecting your side vision. Stay well-hydrated, eat healthy, and avoid high-sodium or caffeine to reduce water retention during pregnancy.

There are many benefits to LASIK vision correction, and if you’ve been considering the procedure, make sure you time it right. Set up an appointment with your eye care center before you plan to get pregnant, or after delivery.

Why Is It Better to Plan LASIK Before or After Your Pregnancy?

Here’s why you should get LASIK surgery before your pregnancy or delay till after you stop breastfeeding:

1. Medication – You will be given a sedative before the procedure, as well as eye drops to dilate and numb your eyes. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotic eye drops and painkillers, and you should avoid these medications while you’re pregnant.

2. Radiation – LASIK surgery exposes you to very low radiation levels for a few minutes, when the laser is being used to create incisions in the cornea and reshape it. However, even this minimal radiation exposure may pose a risk to your baby.

3. Refractive Changes – Pregnancy and breastfeeding hormones can cause your prescription or power to change temporarily. If you were to get laser surgery during this time, your prescription may change again when your eyes stabilize.

4. Nursing Hormones – Hormonal changes will take place in your body even when you’re breastfeeding. These can interfere with healing or cause temporary changes to the cornea, so LASIK should not be performed when you’re nursing.

How Soon Can You Get LASIK after Your Baby is Born?

Ideally, wait 3-6 months after you stop breastfeeding, or one menstrual period from the baby’s birth if you aren’t nursing. This way, you can be sure that your hormones are stable and your eyes have reverted to normal before you plan LASIK surgery.

To learn more about the best time to plan a laser corrective procedure, contact Insight Vision Center today!

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While technology is great, the devices we rely on for everything might be exposing our eyes to danger. Adults and children alike are using computers, smartphones, tablets, TVs, video games, Fitbits, GPS devices and other gadgets on a daily basis. However, staring at backlit LED screens, especially at night, has a negative impact on vision and eye health!

6 Frightening Outcomes of Using Digital Devices on Eye Health

The potential outcomes of overexposure to digital devices include:

1. Digital Eye Strain (DES) – This is a term used to describe problems with vision or eyes that are caused by using computers or digital devices for two hours or more daily. Symptoms include eye strain, headaches, redness, dry eye syndrome, blurry vision and neck/shoulder/back pain. It occurs due to screen glare/position, decreased blinking, and poor posture.

2. Texting-Related Issues – Continuous texting can also cause vision issues, including dryness, eye strain, fatigue, headaches and perhaps even myopia or nearsightedness. This happens because of holding a phone too close to the eyes, not blinking enough while staring at a phone screen, and squinting or straining to read text displayed in small fonts.

3. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) – CVS is becoming a common problem for those who stare at digital screens for long periods without blinking, from too close, or at uncomfortable angles. It can cause symptoms such as eye strain, headaches, trouble with focusing, dry eyes, blurred or double vision, light sensitivity, and burning, itchiness or watering in eyes.

4. Tension Headaches – Using digital devices for too long can lead to tension headaches, which are caused by extended eye strain. Screen glare and high contrast between dark-colored text and bright screens are usually to blame. Your eyes need to work much harder while focusing on the screen, leading to muscle spasms near the temples.

5. Retinal Damage – High Energy Visible Light (HEV) is the blue/violet light emitted by digital devices with LED screens. It lies at the blue end of the color spectrum, and direct exposure may contribute to retinal damage. This can affect your central vision and cause macular degeneration or make age-related macular degeneration (AMD) worse.

6. The Risk of Cataracts – There may be a link between blue light from digital devices and an increase in cataract development. While more studies need to be conducted in this regard, there is cause for concern. Doctors report that some patients in their mid-30s are showing cataracts with the same level of cloudiness normally seen only in patients over the age of 70.

Who Is At Greatest Risk of Vision Issues?

Children using digital devices on a frequent and regular basis face a higher risk of vision-related issues, since their eyes are still developing. They do not have the natural defense against blue light found in adult eyes as a result of the lens yellowing with age, which keeps blue light from efficiently penetrating and reaching the retina.
Millennials who have grown up using digital devices, students, and people working on computers all day are also at a higher risk of eye strain, especially if they do not follow proper eye care practices.

Top 10 Ways to Prevent Digital Eye Strain

Here are 10 preventative measures that can help protect your eyes from damage:

1. Avoiding glare helps prevent eye strain, so use an anti-glare screen or coating on devices that you use often.

2. Follow the “20-20-20” rule – look away from the screen every 20 minutes, at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.

3. Keep your phone as far from your eyes as possible, but at a distance where you can still comfortably read without straining.

4. Adjust the brightness on your digital display so it matches the brightness of the area around it.

5. Position yourself at an arm’s length from the computer screen, with the screen just below your eye level.

6. Take frequent breaks to rest your eyes. Stretch, go outside or take a nap – whatever works for you!

7. Get an eye exam regularly to help nip any eyesight or eye health issues in the bud, before they get worse.

8. Make a conscious effort to blink more frequently, since this keeps your eyes clean and lubricated.

9. Place a light source behind you instead of behind the device, so your eyes don’t have to work so hard to adjust.

10. Wear glasses with an anti-reflective coating while using any digital device for prolonged periods of time.

Are you experiencing symptoms of eye strain? Schedule a consultation at InSight Vision Center to combat the negative effects of digital eye strain while preventing it from progressing and inviting other problems.

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