Posts Tagged ‘American Optometric Association’

You Protect Your Skin from UV Rays - Do you protect your eyes?

Do you protect your eyes from UV Rays?

Do you protect your eyes from UV Rays?

Although there’s considerable public awareness about UV light’s ability to burn and age the skin, awareness of its effect on the eyes has “fallen in the shadows,” says optometry professor Jan Bergmanson of the University of Houston College of Optometry, founding director of the Texas Eye Research and Technology Center. A 2009 survey by the American Optometric Association found that one in three adults is unaware of the eye-health risks of spending too much time in the sun without proper protection. Just 29 percent of parents say they make sure their children wear sunglasses while outdoors.

The sun can be just as harmful to your eyes as it can be to your skin. Cumulative exposure to the UV rays can contribute to some serious and lasting damage to your eyes and your vision. Some possible consequences are:

Cataracts: A clouding of the eye’s lens that can blur vision. It afflicts one in six Americans over 40 and more than half over 80, about 20 million people. An estimated 20 percent of cases are caused by extended UV exposure.

Macular degeneration: Resulting from damage to the retina that destroys sharp, central vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in the USA.

Pterygium: A tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye that can alter the curve of the eyeball, causing astigmatism. If the pterygium starts to grow over the cornea, it can blur or obstruct vision and may need to be removed.

It is not exactly known as to how much sun exposure is needed to damage your eyes, as each person is different, but the increasing UV health related issues are a concern. If you are concerned about the amount of sun exposure you receive, contact Gordy EyeCare today to set an appointment.

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Baush + Lomb 40 Years Later - Still atop the Optometry Industry

Baush + Lomb continue to impress at the AOA Conference

Bausch + Lomb continue to impress at the AOA Conference

Bausch + Lomb is at the American Optometric Association’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah this week, and they are still head lining the event with new products. Forty years after they introduced soft contacts to the world, they are bringing some revolutionary innovations to the AOA.

The company will look to debut some of the following innovations this week:

  • Biotrue, a bio-inspired contact lens solution that works like the eyes to help lenses stay clean and moist throughout the day. A recent study indicated Biotrue could keep lenses moist for 20 hours. Biotrue brings together three key innovations: a lubricant called hyaluronan (HA) found naturally in the eyes, matches the pH of healthy tears, and keeps certain beneficial tear proteins active. Introduced one year ago this month, Biotrue has been the fastest-growing lens care product ever.
  • PureVision® 2 HD contact lenses with precision optics are designed for clear, crisp vision in low-light and help reduce halos and glare. These lenses are some of the thinnest on the market today, which allow for gentle lens/lid interaction and comfortable lens wear.
  • Ocuvite® 50+, an eye vitamin supplement developed to help replace essential nutrients which the eyes lose as one ages. Ocuvite contains three important nutrients, Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Omega 3 which are key to maintaining eye health.
  • Retisert®, the world’s first intravitreal drug implant for the treatment of chronic non-infectious uveitis affecting the posterior segment of the eye. Uveitis is one of the leading causes of blindness for middle-aged people in the Western world.
  • Alaway®, an eye drop designed to provide fast-acting relief to the eyes from itchiness caused by pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Bausch + Lomb continue to be industry leaders in contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. They continue to be a pioneer in the field of vision, even after being in business for over a 150 years.

If you have any questions on how these products or if they may be right for you, contact Gordy EyeCare today.

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Too much screen time: Can electronic devices cause vision problems for children and teens?

child playing a video game on an iPadTake a look around today and you’ll see a new generation fascinated with electronic devices.  From texting to video games and social networking, young people are spending more time than ever in front of a screen.

In 2009, children ages 8 to 18 spent an average of more than 7 hours a day on entertainment media, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  In the same study, teens were found to spend an average of 90 minutes a day texting.

But too much screen time can put children at risk for early myopia, or nearsightedness. Over the last 30 years, the prevalence of myopia has more than doubled, according to a large survey published by the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Even children may require computer eyeglasses to reduce eye strain and vision problems associated with heavy computer use.  The American Optometric Association advises parents to be aware of how much time their children are spending at their computer.

Parents can limit the amount of time their child spends on electronic media.  Encourage 20 second breaks every 20 minutes away from the screen to prevent eye strain and focusing problems.  Computer screens should be more than 18 inches from the eyes to avoid strain.  Reduce glare by matching interior lighting to the computer screen.

Children may not realize their vision is impaired, so it’s important to schedule annual vision checks. Before starting school, every child should have a comprehensive eye exam.

Contact Gordy EyeCare to schedule a comprehensive eye health evaluation. While you’re here, check out our wide selection of the best brands in frames and lenses.