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.
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.
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:
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.
Halloween is an exciting time for kids – getting to run around outside after dark, dressed as whatever their imaginations can conjure, getting all the candy they can carry – but it can also be dangerous. Costumes can limit movement and vision, making them both hard to see by drivers, and make the kids unable to see cars in the dark. Make sure their trick or treating experience is full of happy, safe memories with these tips.
Drinking Coffee May Protect Your Vision
You may have heard before that drinking coffee is bad for you, mainly because of the caffeine that it contains. You may have even told your own kids they couldn’t drink coffee because it would stunt their growth and stain their teeth. Sound familiar? Most parents probably say this, including your own parents. But recent studies show that drinking coffee can actually have benefits for your health, including protecting your eye health.
For many users, contact lenses can be worn and then forgot about until it’s time to take them out again. However, because of the seeming simplicity of their use, it’s often overlooked that they are still a medical device and have specific instructions for comfortable wear. Below is a list of common questions about being fitted for, buying, and wearing contact lenses.