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Is Your Eye Health a Priority?

May is healthy vision monthYour eye health plays a huge role in your overall well being. And even though vision and health changes can happen at any age, we often take our eyesight for granted until it’s too late. It can be hard to imagine what it would be like to lose your vision.

One way to keep your eye health top of mind is by learning about different eye diseases and conditions.To give yourself the best chance at catching one of these eye diseases early, schedule regular eye exams with us. We can discuss how wearing sunglasses, resting your eyes, eating well and being active can also play an important role in keeping your eyes healthy and promoting overall wellness.

Choosing to focus on your eye health could lead to improvement in your overall health and wellness so schedule an appointment today!

Relieve Your Allergy Eyes

Blow spring eye allergies away.

High levels of pollen, mold, dust, and other irritants can make for miserable eyes! These airborne allergens may be the primary culprit of watery, itchy eyes, but relief may be closer than you think. Check out these do-it-yourself remedies for mild cases of seasonal allergies.

  • Keep the windows shut in your car and home—especially in the early morning hours when pollination tends to occur.
  • Wear wrap-around glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Place a cold compress over your eyes to soothe discomfort.
  • Use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to flush out any irritants.

Don’t let allergy season get you down. Talk to your eye doctor about more ways to combat eye allergy symptoms this spring!

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The Signs are in Your Eyes

Blow spring eye allergies away.Even before we see the sunny weather, blooming flowers, and greening trees, there are a few sure signs that spring is near. You’re more likely to feel the season change versus seeing it with your own eyes. The problem is, sometimes, it’s your eyes that get hit the worst with the first signs of spring. 
Considering the time of year, if your eyes are itchy, watery, and red, chances are your eyes are reacting to pollen. Allergens stimulate the histamines located in the eyes causing these symptoms. Pet dander, dust, dirt, and cigarette smoke can also cause a similar reaction to plant allergies. 
Here are some tips to help arm yourself as we head into spring: 
  • Avoid allergens - Stay indoors to limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. If you do go outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, dust, etc. 
  • Remove contacts - Contact lenses can attract allergens and accumulate throughout the day. Consider wearing your glasses or switching to daily disposable contacts during allergy season. 
  • Over-the-counter eye drops – There are a number of allergy drops that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness, and watery eyes. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms that won’t go away, your eye doctor might need to prescribe something stronger. Make an appointment today to discuss these options and get your comprehensive annual eye exam. 

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Women are more likely than men to suffer from eye-related disease and conditions such as: Cataract, Glaucoma, and Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Ladies, stay ahead of your eye health and schedule your annual exam today! #Women’sEyeHealth

Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

21st Century Eye: Ways to Protect your Eyes

Eye protectionWhen it comes to really seeing what’s going on with your eyes, there is no substitute for a comprehensive, yearly eye exam by our eye doctors. Despite catchy claims, there is truly no ‘app’ for that. While a variety of new mobile applications claim to evaluate vision or the fit of eyeglasses, often these apps give inaccurate or misleading information, and misinformed consumers end up delaying essential, sight-saving exams. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical and can often prevent a total loss of vision and improve quality of life.  Get your eyes check annually.

Clues to a healthy heart can be found in your eyes.

Healthy Heart Healthy Eyes

 

Did you know your eyes may help show how healthy your heart is? A yearly eye exam does more than check your vision – it can help detect signs of chronic conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes that could lead to heart disease.

Schedule a comprehensive eye exam so we can keep your heart pumping and your eyes seeing. And in the meantime, here are 5 things you can start doing today to show your eyes and your heart more love:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Don’t smoke
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Reduce stress

Schedule an appointment today! 

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Am I at risk for glaucoma?

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Did you know that Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of vision loss and blindness? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are more than 3 million people affected by the disease in the U.S. today, and that number is expected to reach 4.2 million by 2030.

It’s important to know some of the potential risk factors for glaucoma, which include:

  • High myopia (very severe nearsightedness)
  • Diabetes
  • Previous eye surgery or injury
  • High blood pressure
  • Family history of glaucoma
  • Use of corticosteroids (for example, eye drops, pills, inhalers and creams)

For those at risk of developing glaucoma, the American Optometric Association recommends an annual comprehensive eye exam. Early detection through regular eye exams, is the key to protecting your vision from damage caused by glaucoma.

Has it been a while since your last comprehensive eye exam? Give us a call to schedule one today!

Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy For A Lifetime

Carrots are good for your eyes.
Carrots are good for your eyes.

Here are some healthy vision tips from Dr. Dan an Dr. Tracie

  1. We feel that patients should schedule yearly comprehensive eye exams Seeing an eye doctor regularly will help keep you and your eyes healthy for a lifetime.
  2. Protect your eyes against ultra violet (UV) rays. Living in Hawaii, ts important to wear sunglasses.
  3. Give your eyes a break from digital devices use. Practice the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.  Limit your screen time.
  4. Practice good nutrition.  Eat your greens. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables – particularly the leafy green variety.  Leafy greens keep your retina helthy.
  5. Practice safe wear and care of your contact lenses. Keep them clean and don’t over wear them too long.  Don’t forget to dispose of your contact lens on a regular basis.

Dr. Tracie Inouchi’s Simple Tips to Relieve Digital Eye Strain at Work

 

Digital eye strainOur optometrist, Dr. Tracie Inouchi recommends the following tips to reduce digital eye strain.

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
  • Blink often: Decrease the chances of dry eyes when using a computer by making an effort to blink frequently.
  • Keep a distance: We recommend sitting at a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the optimal viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen.
  • View from a different angle: We feel the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4 to 5 inches, below eye level as measured from the center of the screen.
  • Decrease glare: While there is no way to completely minimize glare from light sources, consider using a glare filter. These filters decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen.
  • Get an annual eye exam

Improper Use of Halloween Contact Lenses can Cause Harm

Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices—including decorative contact lenses and flammable costumes—and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.

Enjoy a safe and happy Halloween by following the guidelines from FDA, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on the label. If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
  2. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape so you’ll be more visible; make sure the costumes aren’t so long that you’re in danger of tripping.
  3. Wear makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
  4. Test the makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will be wearing it a couple of days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop where the makeup was applied, that’s a sign of a possible allergy.
  5. Check FDA’s list of color additives to see if makeup additives are FDA approved. If they aren’t approved for their intended use, don’t use it.
  6. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses.Eye Safety

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What is Causing my Dry Eyes?

Get Relief from Dry Eyes.

Are you experiencing a stinging, burning scratchy feeling in your eyes, or a sensation that you have something in your eyes, have difficulty wearing contact lenses, or driving at night? These could all be symptoms of dry eyes. Dry eyes can be incredibly uncomfortable to live with day-to-day. According to the Mayo Clinic, dry eye syndrome could be the main source of symptoms—it occurs when your supply of tears becomes insufficient in lubricating and nourishing your eyes. Although it can happen at any age, typically dry eye syndrome happens over time and most commonly in people over 40.

However, there may be other culprits for your dry eyes that are not directly connected to dry eye syndrome according to the American Optometric Association. Reasons for your eyes to feel dry could include:

  • Antihistamines, antidepressants, and birth-control pills
  • Dirty, old, or improperly fitted contacts
  • Dry air caused by indoor heaters and/or ceiling fans
  • Allergies
  • Long hours in front of a computer or digital device

As you can see the causes range from minor to more challenging. If you suspect you may have dry eye syndrome or any of the above causing your dry eyes, it’s best to visit your eye doctor to explore options. During your eye exam, your doctor can check for vision problems and signs of health conditions that could result in dry eyes. An accurate diagnosis is important!

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