November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and we want to take the time to not only bring awareness to the effect diabetes can have on your eyes but also on the effects the disease can have on your overall health.
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States, affecting about 193,000 youth under 20 years old.”
Diabetes can lead to blurry vision and is often one of the first warning… Continue reading
If you haven’t checked your FSA balance recently, now may be the time to check your account. These invaluable tax breaks can save you money, but it’s important to know your balance. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, and recent Internal Revenue Service guidance added more flexibility to these plans. You can now use the medical FSA for more expenses, you have more time to use the money, and you may be able to change the amount of money you set aside in your… Continue reading
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month. For nearly one million people who suffer eye injuries 90% of them could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear. Men are more likely to suffer an injury due to sporting accidents, working with chemicals and in woodshops, and operating yard equipment without the proper protection.
Think about the things that happen in the fall.
Closing up swimming pools, cleaning windows, and other projects around the house that involve the use of chemicals can lead to injury. … Continue reading
The pumpkins are out, the leaves are changing, and fall is in the air. Pumpkin patches are in full swing and children’s Halloween costumes are being planned. To boot – 2020 brings about a full moon on Halloween so we want to do our part to keep our little ghouls and goblins out of harm’s way. Trick or Treating can be a fun time for children and families and there are a few tips we’d like to share to keep everyone safe.
KEEP A CLEAR LINE… Continue reading
September is National Healthy Aging Month an effort to recognize aging adults. The Healthy Aging® organization was created over 25 years ago to draw attention to the importance of healthy lifestyles for adults, 45-plus. With proper diet and exercise and regular health screenings, each generation is proving that many older adults are vibrant, passionate, and not the image of old age at all. From the Greatest Generation (those now over 93), the Silent Generation (those between 75 and 92), and Baby Boomers (56 to 74) to Gen-Xers (40 to… Continue reading
Night driving hazards. Did you know according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) road fatalities triple during the night? Because you see less road ahead, there is less time to stop.
Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. As we age, we have greater difficulty seeing at night. Did you know that 9 of every 10 decisions you make behind the wheel are based on what you see? A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well… Continue reading
Do you find yourself spending more time in front of your computer? Working from home, remote learning for your kids, texting, social media, TV – we never seem to be able to take a break from technology. All that blue light can cause a number of symptoms. The artificial blue light emitted from our smart devices is high-energy and can have some long term effects on our vision.
Blue light is all around us, there are both natural blue light and artificial blue light. Natural blue… Continue reading
As the 2020–2021 school year begins parents and school districts alike are making decisions on in-person, hybrid, or remote learning. Regardless of how your children will be learning, this is a great time to schedule your kids’ annual eye exams.
August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety month. As a good rule of thumb, you should have your children’s eye examined by an eye care professional during their well visits starting around the age of three and also before the start of each school year. If your… Continue reading
As toddlers grow, some of the first things they learn are colors and shapes. When you think about early children’s games such as Candyland, Go Fish, and Uno – they all depend on recognizing colors. Children that have color blindness will have trouble distinguishing between colors, or not be able to recognize color at all. Color vision deficiency, or color blindness, is a hereditary trait that has a 50% chance to be genetically passed down.
As children enter school the problem continues as most grade schools focus… Continue reading
Our bodies produce tears to keep our eyes lubricated, and to help remove any foreign bodies. But when the body doesn’t produce enough tears or tear drainage is affected, the result is dry eyes. Dry eyes can be troublesome and irritating. Thankfully, this condition can usually be treated quickly and effectively.
Tears are a mixture of oils, water, mucus, antibodies, and protein that form to keep your eyes comfortable. Watery eyes are characterized by an excess of tears, which can give the eyes a glassy look, and may result… Continue reading