Friday, May 3, 2013

Your eyes.  They’re the only eyes you have.  But do you really take care of them? 

If you get frequent migraine headaches, chances are you have something going on with your eyes.  Eye doctor visits should be at least once a year and more often if you or your children play video games or spend 90% of your time on the computer. 

When you were a child, chances are your parents told you not to sit too close to the TV or to not squint trying to read a book due to improper lighting (i.e. you were reading in the dark).  

Today we have big screen TVs that are closer to us now than they were when we were younger.  We have iPads and tablets where everything we read is really up close to our eyes.  

Have you paid attention to the fact that everything you are doing TODAY is opposite of what your parents told you growing up?   

What do you think that is doing to your eye health?  You still have the same eyes, right?  

When you get your eye exam be sure to ask what kind of tests you are getting. Because times have changed and technology has changed, so must the eye exams!! 

Distance exam (better known as both eye chart and lenses – ‘is this better now?’ exams)

Distance driving exams (the electronic exam where you see the cartoon road and they test your eye reaction

Glaucoma test (the puff of air in your eye that most people hate)

Retinal health test (the health of the eye) – this is either done by dilating your eyes or by doing a retinal scan (non-dilated)  Sometimes an eye pressure test is done with drops, in addition to the retinal health test.  Looking at retinal health can be an early detector for a lot of other things going on in your body including Diabetes. 

Depth Perception test.  This is new in terms of testing your eyes for the difference of when you are reading vs. reading on a computer and the distance your computer is from your face.  It is possible you will get two different eyewear prescriptions for this type of computation of how well your eyes do.   Don’t try to skimp by sticking to just one prescription if you need glasses.  Make no mistake, the strain put on your eyes for distance in terms of driving and distance in terms of computer usage is very different and can make all the difference in the world in terms of migraine headaches.

Another way to help with headache issues is getting an anti-reflective lens on your actual prescription eye wear so that it cuts down on the harsh lighting in your office at work.  This can actually solve the problem of chronic headaches due to eye strain, eye fatigue and general vision problems for the work you do and the health of your eyes.

Also be mindful of wearing sunglasses.  Not all sunglasses are created equal.  And while sunglasses are fashionable, they may not be the best eyewear in terms of the health of your eyes.   If you spend a lot of time in the sun, consider polarized lenses and always be sure to have enough coverage in your eyewear to protect your eyes (size of the sunglasses and shape).   

Your doctor will check for sun damage.  That’s right.  It’s not only skin that gets damaged by the sun, but eyes develop their own type of melanoma from excess exposure, so it’s important to always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Keep your eye on your eye health – you’ll soon see that this is just as important as the rest of your regular checkups.  

~ Athena & Tess – We Solved It


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