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.
Did you know vision benefits included in your health plan expire at the end of the year? If you were unaware of this, then you’re included in a large group of people who didn’t know “use it or lose it” applies to vision health insurance. If you do not use up all the money allotted to you before December 31, 2017, it will not roll over into 2018.
That’s why the end of the year is the perfect time to get an eye exam, which is highly recommended to catch and treat eye conditions before they become major issues.
Thanksgiving brings together people and it’s the one time of the year where you can guarantee your eyes will be bigger than your stomach.
There are many health benefits that come with Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it comes to your eyesight and vision health. Here are just a few classic Turkey Day dishes that will leave your eyes searching for more:
All month long, here at Nationwide Vision, our dedicated Arizona eye doctors have been working hard to bring awareness to a condition that can seriously affect your vision: diabetes. While it’s well known that diabetes can increase your chance of heart attacks, kidney damage, and cancer, many aren’t aware that diabetes can also have severe consequences for your eyesight.
Contact lenses that give you the eyes of a tiger, zombie or vampire can add that extra scary touch to your Halloween costume, but they can also cause some scary problems. However eye doctors are teaming up to warn parents and teens that purchasing decorative contact lenses without a prescription can create serious problem for eye health.