Category: <span>Eye health</span>

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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Your Eye Health Matters

Your Eye Health Matters
Your Eye Health Matters

May is Healthy Vision Month! Did you know that there are multiple ways you can promote healthy vision? One of the best ways is to get an eye exam regularly. Eye exams can provide early detection of vision problems and possible health conditions and taking steps to promote healthy vision is something you can do every single day! Here are 6 different ways you can keep your eyes and body healthy. 

  1. Schedule a Yearly Eye Exam. Regular eye exams go far beyond detecting blurry vision. In addition to serious health conditions, many eye diseases, such as glaucoma and cataracts, can also be detected early through annual eye exams.  
  2. Drink Water. Dehydration can greatly affect your eyes in addition to the rest of your body. Dehydration can worsen eye strain and dry-eye symptoms and can even cause blurred vision. Make sure water is a regular part of your day to keep your eyes healthy and protected. 
  3. Eat Well. Your diet affects your vision. There are key nutrients in leafy greens, berries, beets, citrus, and even foods with high omega 3s that are important for helping to maintain healthy vision.  
  4. Exercise. Many eye diseases are related to high-blood pressure and diabetes. Exercising 4 times a week can lower your blood pressure and eye pressure, which may reduce your risk for disease*.
  5. Cover Up. Just like sunscreen is important for your skin, sunglasses and hats are important for your eyes. Protect against harmful UV rays by wearing your sunglasses while the sun is shining.
  6. Limit Screen Exposure. Digital eye strain can cause visual discomfort as well as dry eyes, blurred vision, and headaches. Give your eyes a break throughout the day and look at something other than a screen! 
  7.  Put your vision first this month and every month going forward. Schedule an appointment today.
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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.

FDA warns consumers not to use 27eye drops from several major brands due to risk of eye infection

The FDA has issued a warning to consumers to immediately stop the purchase and use of 27 over-the-counter (OTC) eye drop products due to a potential risk for eye infection.

Anyone who owns the recalled eye drops should follow the FDA’s guidelines for throwing the products away, which may involve taking them to a drug take-back site.

Here is the list of all 27 eye drops that are on the warning list.

CVS Health

  • Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%
  • Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 1%
  • Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 1%
  • Multi-Action Relief Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyvinyl Alcohol 0.5%, Povidone 0.6%, & Tetrahydrozoline Hydrochloride 0.05% Eye Drops
  • Lubricating Gel drops 10 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Propylene Glycol Eye Drops 0.6%
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Propylene Glycol Eye Drops 0.6%
  • Mild Moderate Lubricating Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Polyethylene Glycol 400 Eye Drop ‘0.25%

Rugby (Cardinal Health)

  • Lubricating Tears Eye Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Hypromellose 2910-0.3% & Dextran 70- 0.1% Eye Drops
  • Polyvinyl Alcohol 1.4% Lubricating Eye Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredient: Polyvinyl Alcohol Eye Drops 1.4%

Leader (Cardinal Health)

  • Dry Eye Relief 10 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%
  • Dry Eye Relief 15 ml
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 1%
  • Eye Irritation Relief 15 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyvinyl Alcohol 0.5%, Povidone 0.6%, & Tetrahydrozoline Hydrochloride 0.05% Eye Drops

Rite Aid

  • Lubricant Eye Drops 15 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%
  • Lubricant Eye Drops 10 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Propylene Glycol Eye Drops 0.6%
  • Gentle Lubricant Gel Eye Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Hypromellose 0.3%, Glycerin 0.2%, and Dextran 70 0.1% Eye Drops
  • Lubricant Gel Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 1%
  • Lubricating Gel Drops 10 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops
  • Multi-Action Relief Drops 15 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyvinyl Alcohol 0.5%, Povidone 0.6%, & Tetrahydrozoline Hydrochloride 0.05% Eye Drops

Target

  • Up&Up Dry Eye Relief Lubricant Eye Drops 30 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops
  • Up&Up Extreme Relief Dry Eye 15 ml (single pack)
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops
  • Up&Up Extreme Relief Dry Eye 30 ml (twin pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium Eye Drops 0.5%

Velocity Pharma LLC

  • Lubricant Eye Drop 10 ml (triple pack)
    • Active Ingredient: Propylene Glycol Eye Drops 0.6%

Walmart

  • Equate Hydration PF Lubricant Eye Drop 10 ml
    • Active Ingredients: Polyethylene Glycol 400 0.4% & Propylene Glycol 0.3% Eye Drops

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes can affect your eyes . November is a special month for millions of people around the world as it marks Diabetes Awareness Month. During this time, individuals, organizations, and healthcare professionals come together to raise awareness about diabetes, a chronic condition that affects over 400 million people globally. The goal is not only to educate the public but also to promote early detection, prevention, and support for those living with diabetes. Many people don’t know that diabetes can affect the eyes.  An annual eye exams can detect early changes to the eyes by diabetes.  Our eye doctors can help you stay healthy and seeing well with an annual eye exam.  Schedule your eye exam today.

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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Do Your Contact Lenses Filter Blue Light? Oasys Max does.

Acuvue Oasys Max
Acuvue Oasys Max

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The next Level of ACUVUE® contact lenses are here! ACUVUE® OASYS MAX 1-Day has the highest-level blue-violet light filter* in the industry. Schedule your appointment now to see the MAX difference!

*Filtering of HEV light by contact lenses has not been demonstrated to confer any health benefit to the user, including but not limited to retinal protection, protection from cataract progression, reduced eye strain, improved contrast, improved acuity, reduced glare, improved low light vision, or improved circadian rhythm/sleep cycle. The Eye Care Professional should be consulted for more information.

 

Give Your Eyes a Break

Coumpter eye strain

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends following the 20-20-20 rule to ward off digital eye strain – take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.

Although ongoing technology use doesn’t permanently damage vision, regular, lengthy use of technology may lead to a temporary condition called digital eye strain. Symptoms can include burning or tired eyes, headaches, fatigue, loss of focus, blurred vision, double vision or head and neck pain. Overexposure to high-energy, short-wavelength blue and violet light emitted from electronic devices may also contribute to digital eye strain.  Our eye doctors can suggest lens options such as non-glare, filtering lenses to help protect vision from harmful blue light.

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