There are many easy ways to take care of your eyes; the most convenient is just throwing on a pair of your favorite sunglasses.
The Future’s so Bright You Gotta Wear Shades!
Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but they serve an even greater purpose than just making you look like a movie star! Their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Here Comes The Sun!
Everyone knows that the sun’s rays are bad for our skin, but did you know that the sun can also do damage to your eyes? For example:
- Cataracts are a clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. An estimated 20% of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration, which results from damage to the retina that destroys central vision, is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium, a tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causes astigmatism.
So, Hats Off to Good Choices!
When choosing sunglasses, look for ones that block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your vision and your looks sharp and healthy. A hat offers great protection, too. So enjoy Healthy Vision Month by making smart vision choices.
Eyesight has the largest impact on our day-to-day life. Vision is the ONE sense that people fear losing the most. Pay attention to your eye health so that you can spot problem areas in your vision sooner.
Healthy Vision Month is a great time to learn more about eye health- care and an opportunity for you to gain a better understanding of how at-risk you may be for potential vision problems.
How do you know if YOU are at risk?
Many common eye diseases that can lead to vision loss or blindness, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD), often have no early warning signs or symptoms. Scheduling regular eye exams to make sure your eyes are healthy and seeing their best is most important. However, the risk of vision loss and blindness is higher for some based on race, ethnicity, and other demographic and socioeconomic factors.
SEE if it’s you
You might be at higher risk for vision loss if you have a family history of eye disease; have diabetes; are African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, or Alaska Native; or are older than age 50.
- Glaucoma affects your side or peripheral vision first. Turns out it’s three times more common in African Americans than in Caucasians, in fact, in African Americans it is a leading cause of blindness.
- Diabetic retinopathy can lead to blindness caused by uncontrolled diabetes. Studies show that it occurs more often in Hispanics/Latinos than in Caucasians.
- American Indians and Alaska Natives are 35 % more likely to get diabetes than the average adult in the U.S, putting them at increased risk of diabetic eye disease.
- Older adults are at higher risk of developing age-related eye diseases and conditions such as AMD, glaucoma, or cataracts. AMD is a leading cause of blindness in Caucasians.
What does all this mean? It means that now more than ever, you should look to The Rand Eye Institute for all of your vision needs. Schedule your yearly comprehensive eye exam today to maintain healthy eyes all year long.
Johnny’s No-Flap LASIK – (Episode 5) – 4 months after No-Flap LASIK
Johnny first came to the Rand Eye Institute for a vision consultation, to see if he was a Laser Vision Correction(No-Flap LASIK) candidate. He was!
It’s been 4 months since Johnny had his No-Flap LASIK procedure with Dr. Allison L. Rand. Johnny’s had wonderful results! He is now glasses free and can enjoy life without the need for glasses, or contact lenses, to correct his vision.
“For anyone that’s considering (No-Flap) LASIK, I would highly recommend having it here at the Rand Eye Institute.”
- J. Marino
Living an overall healthy life is good for your eyes. You can start taking steps toward living a healthy life by:
Maintaining a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
Eating healthy foods: Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Not smoking: Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Managing chronic conditions: Many conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and multiple sclerosis, can greatly impact vision, resulting in inflammation of the optic nerve, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and even blindness. Managing these conditions with the help of your health care provider can often prevent these eye problems from occurring.
When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor or nurse regularly to ensure that our bodies are healthy, but what about our eyes? Our eyes are just as important.
During Healthy Vision Month, it is important to be educated about the proper ways to protect your vision.
One of the ways to keep your vision young and working it’s A-Game, is to schedule regular eye checkups and yearly comprehensive eye exams.
While you might think your vision is good enough and that your eyes are healthy, visiting The Rand Eye Institute for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be completely certain.
When it comes to common vision problems, many people don’t realize their vision could be improved with glasses or contacts. In addition, many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no symptoms, so a dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
During a comprehensive dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil. At Rand Eye Institute we use a special magnifying lens to examine your retina and look for signs of damage and other eye issues. After the examination, your close-up vision may be blurred for several hours, so it’s recommended that you have someone with you to drive you home.
An annual exam could end up being a life saving event.
“I’m very excited that my eye sight is a lot better than it used to be. It’s not blurry when i wake up in the morning, anymore. I can go to sleep watching tv, without having to worrying about falling asleep with my contacts on, or breaking my glasses when i’m rolling over.
I used to wear contacts for 8 years, before surgery(No-Flap LASIK), and i was so used to the daily routine that even after surgery i find myself thinking that i need to take my contacts out. But i don’t have to any more, and that’s AMAZING!”
- J. Marino
An unprotected eye is an invitation for an injury to occur, especially while playing sports. But there are so many ways in which we can protect our eyes.
Here are some precautions that should be taken, when playing sports, to prevent eye injuries from happening.
Baseball: Players should wear a faceguard made of a sturdy plastic or polycarbonate material along with eye goggles or eye guards.
Basketball: Players should wear eye goggles at all times in the event of an errant elbow, a stray poke from another player’s finger, or an errantly thrown basketball.
Soccer & football: Like other contact sports, an errant elbow, ball, foot, or finger can cause serious damage to the unprotected eye. Players should always wear sports eye guards and, in football, a full faceguard.
Hockey: Players should wear full polycarbonate material or a wire mask to prevent eye injuries and possible facial injuries.
Tennis or racquetball: To protect your eyes from a ball, or your opponent’s racquet, protective eye goggles should be worn at all times while playing this sport.
The most common types of eye injuries that can result from sports injuries are blunt injuries, corneal abrasions and penetrating injuries
✦ Blunt injuries occur when the eye is suddenly compressed by the impact from an object. Blunt injuries, often caused by tennis balls, racquets, fists or elbows, can sometimes cause a black eye or hyphema (bleeding in front of the eye). More serious blunt injuries often break bones near the eye, and may sometimes seriously damage important eye structures and/or lead to vision loss.
✦ Corneal abrasions are painful scrapes on the outside of the eye, or the cornea. Most corneal abrasions eventually heal on their own, but a doctor can best assess the extent of the abrasion, and may prescribe medication to help control the pain. The most common cause of a sports-related corneal abrasion is being poked in the eye by a finger.
✦ Penetrating injuries are caused by a foreign object piercing the eye. Penetrating injuries are very serious, and often result in severe damage to the eye. These injuries often occur when eyeglasses break while they are being worn. Penetrating injuries must be treated quickly in order to preserve vision
Signs or Symptoms of an eye Injury:
● Pain when looking up and down, or difficulty seeing ● Tenderness
● Sunken eye ● Double vision ● Severe eyelid and facial swelling ●Difficulty tracking ●The eye has an unusual pupil size or shape
● Blood in the clear part of the eye ● Numbness of the upper cheek and gum ● Severe redness around the white part of the eye
Ouch! It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt!
Do You Know, that more than 25,000 people are treated for sports-related injuries each year, but there is good news: 90% of those injuries can be prevented!
Here are some tips to increase your injury Eye-Q:
- Always wear proper safety goggles (lensed polycarbonate protectors) for racquet sports or basketball. In order insure that your eyes are protected, it’s important that any eye-guard or sports protective eyewear be labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This eyewear is performance tested to give you the highest levels of protection.
- Use batting helmets with polycarbonate face shields while playing baseball.
- Use helmets and face shields approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association when playing hockey.
- Know that regular glasses don’t provide enough protection.
Know your Eye-Q, not just this month, but all year long, and take care of your eyes and your eye-health.
In this interview Jim explains why he chose to treat his Cataract at the Rand Eye Institute. Watch as he discusses his struggles with vision and not being able to see clearly. The options available and what finally made him take the initiative to treat his Cataract to improve his vision.
“I was so glad to have this done, Don’t Wait.”
- Former Fire Chief, J. Mathie.