Sunlight May Be Good For Vision

Sunlight May Be Good For Vision

Myopia, aka nearsightedness, is an eye condition affecting many of us. It simply means our eyes are longer than optimum, causing blurred vision unless corrected. Myopia usually requires optical aid (glasses or contact lens) for optimal vision. A trip to the nearest eye clinic should be all you need to get your vision to the way it should be. Often patients ask if it’s possible to prevent myopia, or the progression of nearsightedness?

In the past few decades, the prevalence of myopia have increased. Science have yet to produce evidence of how eyes may become nearsighted, but research have lead us to believe near work or sunlight may play a role in the development and/or the increase of myopia. When comparing eyes that are farsighted against those that are nearsighted, it was found people who are myopic tend to be those who spent more time indoors; working at desks on computer screens. People that are hyperopic, farsighted, are typically those that spend more time outside. 

A recent research revealed that those who spent more time outside, in the sun, are less likely to develop myopia. Should we all go outside and blast our eyes with UV? Not necessarily! UV rays are harmful to our eyes and are linked with numerous eye diseases. Until further experimental evidence are released to support this research, it wouldn't hurt to step out into the sun. Wear your coolest shades and enjoy some time outdoors away from the desk. Even if it may not stop you from becoming more nearsighted, hopefully you've had some fun outside.

Win Prada Frames!

Win Prada Frames!

We are excited to offer a brand new stylish Prada frame giveaway! Simply follow the link below to our facebook post, like & follow our facebook page, tag at least 2 people in comments, and share our giveaway post. We will announce the winner on March 31st, 2018 via Facebook messenger. Good luck!

Enter using our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/concepteyecare

The nitty gritty details:

  • A winner will be chosen randomly.
  • Winner must be able to pick up their prize at our retail location in person.
  • Allow us to take a photograph of you with the frame for our social media.
  • Winner must respond to our Facebook message in 1 day, and prize must be claimed in 1 week.
  • Failure to respond to our message or failure to claim prize will result in forfeit, another winner shall be chosen at random.
  • Prize may not be exchanged.
  • Prize frame is brand new, is as pictured and offered as is. Our frame warranty is not applicable.
  • Prescription lenses not included.

Blue Light and Your Eyes

Blue Light and Your Eyes

It's no doubt when asked, many patients are familiar with how UV light may be harmful to their eyes. Perhaps not the nitty gritty details of how, but the agreed upon understanding that the accumulation of UV light hastens cataracts and increases the risk of developing macular degeneration. When patients are questioned about their knowledge of blue light, many are unfamiliar with where it comes from and how it may affect their eyes. 

If you work inside an office environment, you are most likely surrounded by blue light. Digital devices such as computer monitors, laptop, tablet and mobile phone screens all emit blue light. LED lights and CFLs are low energy and provide great savings when it comes to paying your electric bill. However, they are also a source of blue light. Blue light rays surround us and continuous exposure to these lights may be harmful. 

Why do your eyes feel so tired after working on the computer screen for a few hours? You're probably thinking you've been overworked and a vacation is needed. While we could all use a break, reducing blue light from your computer screen may help you work more comfortably! Prolonged exposure to blue light while working on computer screens may cause digital eyestrain. Blue light may also increase your risk of developing macular degeneration; a disease causing retinal cell death leading to a loss of functional vision. Those fancy words do not sound pleasant at all! Simply put, chances of you losing your vision increases with blue light exposure.

The solution is quite simple: blue light filters. Few computer monitors and mobile phones may have a setting to reduce blue light. You'll notice when such option is enabled, your screen may change to a yellow shade. You may also find screen protectors with the ability to filter blue light, however this is a costly option -- you will have to purchase a screen protector for each device. At our office, we simply place blue light filters directly onto our glasses. No matter where you are, what devices you are on, knowing harmful blue light is filtered is assuring. 

The 20-20-20 Rule for tired or fatigued eyes

The 20-20-20 Rule for tired or fatigued eyes

Lets start our blog with a topic that relates to many of our patients: working on the computer. Many patients report they are working in front of a monitor at least 8 hours per day. With few patients pushing up to 12 hours of digital devices per day. The amount of harmful blue light accumulates over time and could be damaging to the eyes' retinal tissue in the future! We'll discuss blue light rays in a future discussion. Let's focus on the common complaints reported by patients working on digital devices: eye strain and fatigue.

Why do eyes fatigue after prolonged hours of computer use? It's a simple matter of eye muscles being overworked. When you engage in near work, such as the use of digital devices, the eye muscles responsible for near focus are engaged. When the eyes focus on a distant object, those muscles are relaxed.

The solution? Find a new career! But that's unrealistic. One of the simplest helpful tidbit is to apply the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes of work, take 20 seconds of break and look at an object 20 feet away. So find your tape measure and lets mark 20 feet away from your desk. That's also unrealistic! Try and gaze off at the distance. Look outside the window, across the room, or just choose something simple to look at far away.

When applied, the 20-20-20 rule may not eliminate tired eyes or fatigued eyes completely, but it should provide some relief. We'll provide more helpful tips in future readings. Thanks for reading.