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5 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses In The Fall

When we think of fall accessories, the first things that come to mind are warm sweaters, plush scarves, or a snug pair of boots. Here’s another essential item to add to your list: a good quality pair of UV-blocking sunglasses. 

But why is it so important to protect your eyes when the sun seems to be hiding behind clouds on most days? While it may not make much sense, you’ll get a better understanding by the time you finish reading this article. So let’s dive in and explore the 5 reasons you should protect your eyes from the sun in the fall. 

Sunglasses: Summer Vs. Fall

The Sun’s Position

While we may squint more in the summer, the sunlight’s path to the eyes is more direct in the fall as the sun sits closer to the horizon. This places our eyes at greater risk of overexposure to UV rays. 

Changing Temperatures 

Irritating symptoms like dry, red, or watery eyes are often due to the season’s cool and harsh winds. The colder the air, the stiffer and thicker the eyes’ tear oils (meibum) become. Because thicker meibum doesn’t spread as evenly over the surface of the eyes, the tears can’t offer sufficient protection and moisture. 

Minimize irritation by shielding the eyes from cool winds with wraparound sunglasses.

UV Rays 

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays is problematic year-round, as it can result in serious eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. That’s why it’s important to wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses anytime you’re outdoors, no matter the season.

Make sure to sport your sunnies even on cloudy days, as up to 90% of UV rays pass through clouds. Furthermore, outdoor objects like concrete and snow reflect a significant amount of UV rays into the eyes. 

Fall’s Dangerous Sun Glare 

Because the sun is positioned at a lower angle in the fall, it can produce a brutal glare that poses a danger for driving. Rays of light that reflect off of smooth surfaces like the metal of nearby cars can be so bright to the point of blinding the driver.  

You can combat this dangerous glare by wearing polarized sunglasses. These lenses reduce the glare’s harmful effects by filtering out horizontal light waves, such as the ones reflected by a shiny car bumper. 

Protection From the Elements

Aside from its drying effects, winds can carry dust, debris, and pollutants that can irritate the delicate areas in and around the eyes. Wear sunglasses to shield and block out irritants and certain allergens that drift in the autumn air.

Looking for Sunglasses Near You?

Here’s the bottom line: you need to protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses in the fall and year-round, no matter the season or climate. Investing in a stylish pair of durable, UV-protective sunglasses is — simply-put — a worthwhile investment in your eye health.

So if you’re looking for advice about a new pair of high-quality sunglasses for the fall, with or without prescription lenses, visit Optix Family Eyecare. If standard sunglass lenses are too dark for you at this time of year, ask us about green or brown tinted lenses; they transmit more light and contrast to the eyes than standard grey tints.  

We’ll be happy to help you find that perfect pair to protect your eyes, suit your lifestyle needs and enhance your personal style. To learn more, call 516-252-0725 to contact our Plainview eye doctor today.

The Best Foods for Your Eyes

We all know that eating nutrient-rich foods, drinking plenty of water, and exercising can boost our health. So it’s no surprise that these same activities also support eye health. Research has shown that regularly consuming certain vitamins and nutrients can actually prevent or delay sight-threatening eye conditions and diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. 

Here’s a list of the best vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help keep your eyes healthy for a lifetime. 

We invite you to consult with our eye doctor, Dr. Schiffer, to discuss which nutrients are most suited to your specific eye health and needs. 

Vitamins and Nutrients That Support Eye Health

*Always best to speak with your primary care doctor before taking any vitamins or supplements, and to ensure you consume the correct dosage for your body.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A deficiency can cause a host of eye health issues, including dry eyes and night blindness. In fact, vitamin A deficiency is a leading cause of blindness worldwide.

Vitamins A and A1, which are essential for supporting the eye’s photoreceptors (the light-sensing cells) in the retina, can be found in foods like carrots, leafy greens, egg yolks, liver, and fish. 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Eating Omega-3 rich foods like fatty fish can support eye health in a few ways. DHA and EPA, 2 different types of Omega-3 fatty acids, have been shown to improve retinal function and visual development.  

Omega-3 supplements can also ease dry eye symptoms. A randomized controlled study found that people who consumed Omega-3 supplements experienced improved tear quality, which resulted in reduced tear evaporation and increased eye comfort.  

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that accumulate in the lens and retina and help filter out damaging UV rays and blue light. One study showed that individuals who had the highest levels of these nutrients in their diets had a 43% lower chance of developing macular degeneration than those who had consumed the least amount.  

Spinach, egg yolks, sweet corn, and red grapes are some of the foods that contain high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Vitamin C 

High amounts of vitamin C can be found in the aqueous humor of the eye, the liquid that fills the eye’s anterior chamber and supports corneal integrity. This has prompted scientists to consider this vitamin’s role in protecting eye health. 

Research suggests that regularly taking vitamin C (along with other essential vitamins and minerals) can lower the risk of developing cataracts, and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and visual acuity loss.

While vitamin C appears to support eye health in a variety of ways, it’s still unclear whether taking this supplement benefits those who aren’t deficient. Vitamin C can be found in various fruits and vegetables, like bell peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, broccoli, and kale. 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect fatty acids from becoming oxidized. Because the retina has a high concentration of fatty acids, sufficient vitamin E intake is crucial for optimal ocular health. 

Vitamin E can be found in almonds, flaxseed oil, and sunflower seeds. 

Zinc

Healthy eyes naturally contain high levels of zinc. A zinc deficiency can cause night blindness, and thus increasing zinc intake can improve night vision. Zinc also helps absorb Vitamin A, an essential antioxidant. 

Make sure to avoid taking high doses of zinc (beyond 100 mg daily) without first consulting your eye doctor. Higher doses of zinc have been associated with side effects such as reduced immune function. You can increase your zinc intake naturally by consuming more oysters, meat, and peanuts. 

Phytochemical Antioxidants

Phytochemical antioxidants are chemicals produced by plants that contain several health benefits. Some studies show that these plant-based chemicals may enhance vision and eye health as well as prevent age-related eye diseases and complications by alleviating ocular oxidative stress. Oxidative stress within the eyes contributes to several eye conditions, including  dry eye syndrome. Consuming more produce with these antioxidants can help balance the anti-oxidant and pro-oxidant system, resulting in healthier eyes. 

Personalized Eye Nutrition 

If you or someone you know is looking for ways to boost or maintain eye health, speak with an optometrist near you about what supplements and vitamins are best for you. For an eye doctor in Plainview, give us a call at 516-252-0725.

 

Beware of Blue Light and Eye Disease – Part 2

In my last article I spoke about the effects of harmful blue light on the eyes. Adult onset macular degeneration, or AMD, causes a reduction or loss of central vision, rarely affects the peripheral vision, and can be devastating to a person’s independence. People can no longer drive a car, read standard print books or newspapers, see the beautiful faces of their grandchildren, and in many cases have difficulty walking or navigating their way without help.

A recent article published in Vision Monday on nutrition and the eye offers this information. More than 43 million Americans will develop age-related disease by the year 2020. There are 1.7 million Americans with some form of AMD and approximately 100,000 of them are blind from the disease. Of the 8000 Baby Boomers turning 60 every day, half will develop an age related eye disease.

So what is AMD and what can be done to minimize the chances that you will develop AMD?

Think of AMD as rusting of the retina, the delicate tissue that allows us to see. The retina is like the film in the old style cameras. Our retina’s contain pigment called melanin in one of its many layers. Melanin is protective to the retinal tissue that lies just below it. In many people, this pigment is very thin in the area of the retina called the macula, and offers little protection to the tissue it is meant to protect. If we did not paint or wax our cars, the metal would rust with time. If we did not follow certain dietary guidelines, ignored the use of specialty protective eyeglasses, smoked, and did not care for our diabetes or elevated cholesterol, we would all undoubtedly develop a rusty retina…. AMD

Fortunately, there is now a way to measure the pigment in the retina with a very hi-tech device called a Densitometer. Optometrists in many parts of the country have been using the early generations of the Densitometer for a couple of years. Our practice will be one of the first eye care offices on Long Island to be using the latest and most sophisticated Densitometer to date, as part of our overall patient eye care assessment. The test takes just 2 minutes and tells our doctors if our patients have enough retinal pigment to protect them from harmful blue light. If not, our optometrists will counsel our patients on how to increase this pigment.

To do this, diet is most important. Leafy green vegetables contain 2 important carotenoids………. lutein, and zeazanthin. Lutein is converted in the body to meso-zeazantin. Unfortunately, our bodies cannot convert enough of lutein to meso-zeazanthin which is the most important of them all. Lutein and zeazanthin alone are available in many over-the-counter supplements also containing vitamins C, E, copper and zinc (the AREDS formula). As I just stated, the most important of all 3 carotenoids, meso-zeazathin has not been available in supplement form until now. Our office prescribes MacuHealth, a small one-a-day supplement containing only the 3 carotonoids. This supplement alone has been shown to increase the pigment of the macula, improving the “rust protection”. Patients have reported improved night vision, improvement in vision quality during sports activities, and improvement in overall quality of vision in those people previously diagnosed with early onset macular degeneration.

Other important supplements include Omega3 fatty acids, or fish oil, shown to have multiple benefits from the heart to the skin and on multiple levels, in the eyes.

Eating healthy is important. Supplementing to add another layer of defense for the eyes is equally important for vision protection. Our doctors intensively read the current studies on AMD and attend many lectures discussing eye health. We are attempting to take the confusion about supplements away from our patients and guide them based on those studies indicating the supplements determined to have the most positive effect. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team of doctors at Optix.

See Well,

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

Optix Family Eyecare Center

Beware of Blue Light and Eye Disease – Part 1

What is blue light and why is it a problem all of a sudden? More and more information is surfacing in the news about what I will call the “Blue Light Phenomenon”. For years, doctors have been warning patients about the long-term effects of ultraviolet (UV) light on the skin and on the eyes. Smart consumers have been protecting their skin with suntan lotions or by wearing long sleeves, hats, and sunglasses. It is proven that those that did not protect themselves are more likely to develop skin cancer and cataracts at earlier ages. And now we have the Blue Light Phenomenon?

Scientists have studied the long term effects of all forms of light, both visible and invisible, on the skin and eyes for many years. Current studies are proving that certain wavelengths of visible blue light are dangerous to the eyes and are a major cause of adult-onset macular degeneration. Adult-onset macular degeneration, or AMD, causes a reduction or loss of central vision, rarely affects the peripheral vision, and can be devastating to a person’s independence. People can no longer drive a car, read standard print books or newspapers, see the beautiful faces of their grandchildren, and in many cases have difficulty walking or navigating their way without help.

Visible light is composed of an infinite number of colors. For simplification, try to get a mental picture of a rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet are the main colors. But if you really look at this rainbow, you will see that each color is actually a blend of colors. The red is not just one red but a blend of different hues of red. The other colors follow along in the same way. The blue light however is the one of major concerns to humans. Certain hues of blue light are damaging to the eyes and can cause AMD with exposure over a lifetime. What is a lifetime? For some, eye doctors can see the signs of AMD in a patient’s early thirties and for others, it shows up in the early to mid-sixties.

As we all know, harmful UV rays come from the sun. And so does harmful blue light. Pre-1975, the sun was about the only place we were exposed to harmful blue light. Today, we are exposed indoors as well. Cell phones, tablets, LED lighting, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED and LCD TV’s all emit harmful blue light rays. We have almost constant exposure and it is not healthy.

The good news is that eye care professionals now have access to eyeglass lens materials and oral supplements that can help protect the retina from developing AMD. Understand that the Blue Light Phenomenon is not the only thing that has been shown to contribute to AMD. Family history, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and other health issues are also implicated in leading to AMD. As eye care providers, it is our job to both educate our patients about health issues and provide guidance to minimize the possibilities of AMD development.

In our practice and in forward-thinking eye care practices across the country, we have embraced the use of BluTech lenses. These lenses are the only available lenses that filter out the most harmful wavelengths of blue light and UV light, thereby offering the ultimate in eye protection. Patients anecdotally have told my staff that their eyes feel so much more comfortable with these lenses. Burning sensations have disappeared. Computer use is more comfortable and patients are less fatigued at the days’ end. There are both indoor and outdoor BluTech lenses.

In my next blog I will talk more about “What is AMD” and the supplements that are available to offer protection to our most valuable sense…..our sight.

See Well,

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

Optix Family Eyecare Center

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

At Optix Family Eyecare, we help children like yours achieve clear and comfortable vision, so they can succeed at the important things in life.

Methods of Myopia Correction

Contact Lenses 

Contacts can be a great choice, especially for physically active children or teens who don’t want to worry about breaking or misplacing their eyeglasses. In some cases of very high myopia, contact lenses can offer clearer vision than glasses. 

Corrective contact lenses are usually placed in the eyes upon waking and removed at night before bedtime. There are several types, including: soft contacts, daily disposables, extended wear, and rigid gas permeable (hard) lenses. Navigating through the differences between them can be daunting. Fortunately, if you’re located in Plainview our eye doctor will be happy to guide you. Speak with Dr. Schiffer to determine whether your child is ready for contact lenses. 

Prescription Glasses 

Glasses are a popular choice among our younger patients. Choosing from an array of styles makes the process fun and exciting! Allowing the children to be active participants in selecting their eyewear increases the likelihood that they’ll actually wear them. There are strong, flexible and resilient frames which look great and are comfortable too.

The optician can customize the lenses with additions and upgrades like impact-resistant or shatter-proof materials, scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings, UV filters, and transition lenses that darken in the sun. For those requiring vision correction for distance and near, we also offer bifocal or multifocal lens prescriptions. 

We Can Help Correct Your Child’s Myopia 

If you’re located near Plainview, New York, an eye exam with our optometrist can determine your child’s exact prescription, and give you the opportunity to receive answers to any questions you may have about your child’s eye health and vision. Progressive myopia, where a growing child’s prescription continues to worsen, is why it’s important for myopic children to undergo eye exams at least once a year. 

At Optix Family Eyecare, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to recommend the most suitable method of correcting your child’s myopia to meet his or her individual needs. Thanks to the wide range options available, your child will walk away with eyewear that will not only enhance his or her style but will also be a boost of confidence. 

Let us help your child see the world in a whole new light. To schedule your child’s annual eye exam or if you have any further questions, contact Optix Family Eyecare at 516-252-0725 today. 

Top 8 LASIK Myths

In recent years, more and more people have chosen to undergo LASIK. However, as the popularity of this procedure rose – so did the number of myths circulating about it. We think it’s high time to set the record straight about LASIK!

LASIK is a relatively simple laser eye surgery done to correct refractive errors, including nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. LASIK works by reshaping the cornea of your eye in order to properly refract (bend) light that enters your eye, allowing images to focus clearly on your retina. Many of our eye care patients in Plainview and Long Island, New York, have enjoyed the results of LASIK.

Instead of leaving you to wonder what’s true and what’s false when people talk about LASIK, an eye doctor near you debunks some of the most common myths:

LASIK is painful

Before starting the procedure, your eye doctor will insert numbing eye drops into your eye. Once they take effect, you may sense mild pressure on the surface of your eye, but in general your eye will lose all sensation for the entire LASIK procedure. This numbness typically lasts for at least another 30 minutes after LASIK is completed. At that point, your eyes may feel dry, gritty and itchy, but resting your vision and/or taking aspirin or ibuprofen usually helps the discomfort to disappear. Most people can get back to their regular daily activities within 24 hours.

LASIK can burn your eyeball

The lasers used in LASIK are “cold” excimer lasers, which don’t burn the surface of your eye. Also, they are guided by a precise, high-tech tracking device that follows your eye – so the laser can’t miss its target.

LASIK is a leading cause of blindness

This statement couldn’t be further from the truth! In fact, the risk of a sight-threatening infection being caused by LASIK is even lower than the risk of eye infection caused by wearing contact lenses. Since the 1980s, LASIK has been performed safely on millions of people, and there have never been any confirmed cases of blindness as a result of LASIK.

Blades and cutting are always used for LASIK

Actually, there is more than one method of performing LASIK, and some newer types of the procedure don’t use any blades. Ask our eye doctor at Optix Family Eyecare about iLASIK and LASEK, both of which are bladeless.

LASIK is very expensive

Although the initial cost of LASIK may sound expensive, compare it to years of buying new prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses and related products. Then, you’ll realize that the price of LASIK comes out significantly less over the long term.

Everyone is a candidate for LASIK

Most people over age 18, in good health and with a refractive error in their eyes can have LASIK. However, like all surgical procedures – nothing is suitable for everyone. Certain corneal conditions are contraindicated for LASIK, as are people in poor health – such as someone with uncontrolled diabetes or particular autoimmune diseases. Consult with your eye doctor in Plainview and Long Island regarding your candidacy.

LASIK gets rid of glasses or contacts forever

While LASIK corrects refractive error, it’s not a miracle procedure that can stop time or roll back the years! Normally, as you age, vision changes. Once you’re over 40, it’s likely you’ll need to wear reading glasses to see small objects or fine print. After LASIK, visit our eye doctor for regular eye exams and we’ll monitor your vision for any changes that require treatment.

All eye doctors are equal for LASIK

Remember, this is your vision we’re discussing – the skill and experience of your eye doctor matters. When you choose where to have LASIK done, make sure to check references. Research the LASIK eye doctors near you, checking into how long they’ve been performing the procedure and their success record.

Interested in learning more about LASIK and how you could benefit? Book an appointment at our eye care center in Plainview or Long Island for a pre-LASIK consultation.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Are Floaters and Flashes Dangerous?

You’ve likely experienced occasional visual “floaters” or flashes and may have wondered what they were and if they’re a cause for concern. They look like tiny lines, shapes, shadows, or specks that appear to be drifting in the visual field. More often than not, seeing floaters is a normal occurrence and does not indicate a problem with ocular or visual health. However, when floaters become more frequent and are accompanied by flashes of light, that can indicate a more serious problem. 

Eye flashes resemble star-like specks or strands of light that either flash or flicker in one’s field of vision. They can either be a single burst in one visual zone, or can be several flashes throughout a wider area. Flashes can sometimes be missed as they most often appear in the side or peripheral vision.

Floaters & Flashes Eye Care in Plainview, New York 

If you suddenly, or with increasing frequency, experience flashes or floaters, call Optix Family Eyecare and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Schiffer right away to rule out any serious eye conditions. 

What Causes Floaters?

The vitreous in the eye is a clear gel that fills most of the eyeball and resembles raw egg-white. Within the vitreous are small lumps of protein that drift around and move with the motion of your eyes. When these tiny lumps of protein cast shadows on the retina — the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye — the shadows appear as floaters. 

As we age, the vitreous shrinks, creating more strands of protein. This is why the appearance of floaters may increase with time. Floaters tend to be more prevalent in nearsighted people and diabetics, and occur more frequently following cataract surgery or an eye injury. 

If seeing floaters becomes bothersome, try moving your eyes up and down or side to side to gently relocate the floaters away from your visual field. 

What Causes Flashes? 

Flashes result from the retinal nerve cells being moved or tugged on. As the vitreous shrinks over time, it can tug at the retina, causing you to “see stars” or bursts of light. The process of the vitreous separating from the retina is called “posterior vitreous detachment” (PVD) and usually isn’t dangerous. 

In about 16% of cases, PVD causes tiny tears in the retina that can lead to retinal detachment — a sight-threatening condition that causes irreversible blindness if left untreated. 

Other possible causes of flashes are eye trauma or migraine headaches. 

When To Call Your Optometrist About Floaters

If you experience any of the following symptoms, promptly make an appointment with an eye doctor near you for emergency eye care. 

Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

  • A sudden onset of floaters accompanied by flashes (which can be any shape or size)
  • An increase of floaters accompanied by a darkening of one side of the visual field 
  • Shadows in the peripheral vision
  • Any time flashes are seen

In many cases, seeing floaters is no cause for concern; however the above symptoms could indicate retinal detachment—which, if left untreated, could cause a permanent loss of sight or even blindness. 

If the receptionists pick up the phone and hear the main concern is floaters or flashes, they will try to squeeze in the appointment within 24 hours. Expect the pupils to be dilated during your eye exam, so the eye doctor can get a really good look at the peripheral retina to diagnose or rule out a retinal tear or other serious condition, as opposed to a non-vision-threatening condition such as uncomplicated posterior vitreous detachment (quite common) or ocular migraine. 

Please contact Optix Family Eyecare in Plainview at 516-252-0725 with any further questions, or to schedule an eye doctor’s appointment. 

What is a Contact Lens Specialist? Do You Need One?

Hard-to-fit with contact lenses? Consult with our eye doctor in Plainview

In just about every field of healthcare, there are specialists with expertise in treating specific conditions – and eye care is no exception. When it comes to vision, certain ocular conditions are better treated by a specialist than by a general eye care provider. A specialist will have more extensive experience and training that enables you to benefit from more advanced, progressive treatments. At Optix Family Eyecare, our eye doctor is a contact lens specialist. That means we use the latest technologies and techniques to ensure that even hard-to-fit patients can enjoy clear, comfortable vision with contacts.

Have you found it difficult to achieve sharp, stable sight with standard contact lenses? Visit our contact lens specialist in Plainview, New York, for a precise fitting and customized vision solution.

What conditions require a contact lens specialist?

When regular contact lenses are painful or always uncomfortable, it’s a sign that you may need specialty lenses for a hard-to-fit condition or visual disorder, such as:

  • Keratoconus or other corneal irregularity
  • Extreme astigmatism
  • Sensitive cornea
  • Dry eye syndrome

If you have any ocular condition that prevents you from wearing regular contact lenses comfortably and with visual clarity, contact an eye doctor near you for a consultation.

What does a contact lens specialist do?

At our Plainview eye care centers, we are equipped with a range of high-tech devices and diagnostics, including digital imaging tools with superior resolution and advanced corneal topography. Our eye doctor will use these tools to create contact lenses for you that are custom-fit. The most commonly crafted type of specialty contacts are scleral lenses and Ortho-k (orthokeratology) lenses. Bifocal and multifocal contact lenses, and gas permeable contact lenses are other kinds of specialty contacts for hard-to-fit conditions.

Questions? Book an appointment at Optix Family Eyecare so our contact lens specialist can help you.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Do your eyes hurt after spending a significant amount of time reading, playing video games, driving, or staring at a screen? These visually intense activities can sometimes be hard on the eyes, causing uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Other symptoms of eye strain can include light sensitivity, neck and shoulder pain, trouble concentrating, and burning or itchy eyes. 

Fortunately, preventing painful computer vision syndrome and eye fatigue symptoms can be as simple as trying a few of these eye exercises. To learn more about digital eye strain and discover the best relief options for you, call Optix Family Eyecare at 516-252-0725 and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Schiffer. 

Relax Your Eyes with These Supportive Techniques

Many of these exercises are designed for computer users. Eye strain resulting from long drives, reading, or other activities, can be alleviated by modifying some of these recommendations.

The Clock Exercise

The clock exercise relieves strain on overworked eye muscles and can help you avoid headaches and eye pain, among other symptoms. Begin the exercise by imagining a large analog clock a few feet in front of you. Keep your head still and move your eyes to the imaginary 9, then to the imaginary 3.  

Keep moving your eyes to the opposite pairs on the clock — 10/4, 11/5, 12/6, and so on. Hold your gaze for a second or two on each number before moving on to the next one. Continue doing this for 4-5 minutes. 

The 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule helps you avoid dry eyes and eye strain by giving your eyes frequent breaks. After about 20 minutes of screen time or doing close-up work, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a much needed rest and helps them relax. There are also free apps available that provide pop-up reminders that notify you when it’s time to shift your gaze.  

Screen Ergonomics

The American Optometric Association recommends placing computer monitors 20 to 28 inches, or 50-70 cm, away from your eyes and the top of the computer should be at eye level or right below for optimum eye comfort. Glare filters can reduce the amount of glare produced by digital devices and improve your viewing experience. 

Poor sitting posture can also contribute to eye strain. Your chair should be situated so that your feet are flat on the floor, or use an angled footrest for additional comfort.  

Optimize your Eyewear

Since regular prescription lenses or glasses may not adequately meet your visual needs for lengthy computer use, you may benefit from wearing computer glasses. These prescription glasses are customized to your needs and also reduce glare and block blue light. 

 

You don’t have to live with the discomforts of eye strain. If symptoms persist, it may be time to visit Optix Family Eyecare and get the relief you seek. Call our office to schedule a convenient eye doctor’s appointment.

 

Can Your Eye Doctor See Floaters?

Eye floaters look like little specks or shapes that glide Eye Care Clinic across your visual field. They can resemble dark specks, outlined strings, or fragments of cobwebs – all of which are actually little pieces of debris or clumps of cells floating in your vitreous gel. When they cast shadows on your retina, you see them. Can your eye doctor also see them?

Yes, your eye doctor can see eye floaters during an eye exam. While most of the time floaters are harmless, sometimes they can indicate a serious, sight-threatening eye problem – such as retinal detachment. Your eye doctor will perform a dilated eye exam to inspect your eye health closely, looking out for signs of a problem.

If you only experience mild floaters without any retinal problem, there’s usually no need to treat eye floaters. However, if they’re severe and interfere with vision (and don’t go away on their own after several months), you may need laser treatment. But this is rare.

If eye floaters appear suddenly and in a large quantity, call your eye doctor immediately for an emergency eye exam. They could signal the start of retinal detachment, which can cause blindness when left untreated.

In the vast majority of cases, eye floaters are nothing more than bothersome, and people can usually ignore them more easily as time passes.

At Optix Family Eyecare, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 516-252-0725 or book an appointment online to see one of our Plainview eye doctors.

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