Back-to-school time is just around the corner, and the scramble to buy school clothes, new pencils, backpacks and notebooks will begin. At Nationwide Vision, we remind busy parents not to neglect one of the most important learning tools: their children’s eyes.
Good vision and overall eye health are vital to learning. Nationwide Vision joins the American Academy of Ophthalmology in emphasizing the importance of healthy vision to academic success during Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month in August.
Eye exams aren’t just for people who have vision problems. An annual eye exam is important for everyone—no matter age or physical health—to maintain healthy eyes, prevent vision problems, and diagnose diseases early.
At Nationwide Vision, our doctors recommend a comprehensive eye exam every one to two years. The frequency of appointments will be determined by your age, physical health, and cases of hereditary eye conditions.
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National Sunglasses Day, brought to you by The Vision Council, is held annually on June 27. It is a commemorative date celebrating the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear to protect your vision.
How do you participate?
Today, post a #SunglassSelfie of yourself in your sunglasses on the social media channel of your choice using the hashtag #NationalSunglassesDay.
June is National Cataract Awareness month and awareness is vital as cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally in people over 40 years old. Not good! Cataracts affect 22 million Americans and typically begins to affect your vision after age 60, although some develop as early as their 40’s. By the time you turn 80 you have a 50% chance of having a cataract or having undergone cataract surgery. Those are odds you don’t want to mess around with. Cataracts cloud the lens of your eyes and makes it difficult for people to see the world around them.
May has been declared Ultraviolet (UV) Awareness Month!
When enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends, it’s sometimes easy to forget sun exposure can not only damage your skin, but your eyes too.
Understanding the effects of UV radiation on your eyes is an important step in learning how to protect your eyesight. To keep your eyes healthy, use these facts from the eye experts at Nationwide Vision to protect yours sight when exposed to sunlight.
Eye drops are used to treat a wide variety of conditions — from glaucoma and eye infections, to allergies and dry eyes. In many cases, eye drops are essential to preserving your vision and protecting your eyes.
To get the greatest benefit from eye drops, you must use them properly.
Your eye doctor or pharmacist may give you instructions that are specific to the prescription eye drops you need. But in most cases, the proper technique for applying eye drops is the same, whether you are using prescription or over-the-counter formulas.
Some people who wear contact lenses do not know that contact lenses and water are a bad combination—even when being worn. This includes wearing them while showering, swimming, or using a hot tub.
What precautions should you take when using eye cosmetics?
If you’re someone who regularly wears eye makeup, you’ve probably heard the usual safety tips: don’t share your eye makeup with others, replace makeup every 3 months, etcetera. But not all of us makeup-wearers follow these rules very closely, if at all. After all, makeup can get pricey and might take years to use up entirely, which leaves many people not wanting to waste precious materials just to avoid a possible eye issues.
Are you bothered by sore, red eyelids — perhaps accompanied by crusty debris at the base of your eyelashes? If so, you may have blepharitis.
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid margin. It's common and treatable. Eyelid hygiene is very helpful to treat and control blepharitis, but only if performed properly.
To begin, use a clean, warm compress to melt any blocked residue in the oil-secreting meibomian glands in your eyelids. Here's how:
· Wash your hands, then dampen a clean washcloth with warm (nearly hot) water.