Swim Season And Your Eyes

Now that Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, we are all excited about jumping back into the swimming pool. Most all of us will remember to bring the sunscreen, which is a good thing, but what are you doing to protect your eyes at the pool?

Did you know UV radiation increases as much as 25% when you are in or near the water? That is why we sunburn so easily poolside. That same UV radiation can be damaging to your eyesight as well, increasing your chances of acquiring cataracts, macular degeneration, or even skin cancer around the eyelids. That is why we carry a wonderful array of sunglasses that filter out those damaging UV rays. We have a complete line of sunglasses in both Rx and non-Rx to choose from.

The sun isn’t the only thing your eyes need to worry about at the pool, however. Pool chemicals can do a number on your eyes. The tear film that coats your eyes is one of nature’s magical wonders in that it’s the water, protein, and lipid combine to protect your eyes and keep them from drying out too quickly. Chlorine and saline, however, wreak havoc on your tear film, leading to redness and itching. These chemicals can also lead to Dry Eye Syndrome. If you wear contact lenses swimming, you are providing a surface for bacterial growth that can lead to complications such as corneal ulcers and in rare cases, vision loss.

This swim season we want to recommend you bring 3 things with you to the pool and 4 things back. The first is a good sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The second is […]

By |2019-10-18T09:52:54-05:00June 6th, 2017|Conditions, Exams, Fun Facts, Safety|Comments Off on Swim Season And Your Eyes

May is Cataract Awareness Month

Every May we pay special attention to cataracts. Cataracts are one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. If not treated through a change in eyeglass prescription or surgery, cataracts can lead to blindness. In addition, the longer cataracts are left untreated, the more difficult it can be to successfully remove the cataract and restore vision.

 

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A “cataract” is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. If any of the following signs are present, it may be an indication that a cataract is forming and that an eye exam should be scheduled: hazy, fuzzy, or blurred vision; the need for frequent changes in eyeglass prescriptions; the feeling of having a film over the eyes; changes in the color of the pupil, which is ordinarily black; experiencing problems with light, such as difficulty with night driving due to the cloudy part of the lens scattering the light of oncoming headlights; or, “second sight,” which is the temporary improvement in reading vision experienced when cataracts reach a certain stage of development.During Cataract Awareness Month in May, the doctors and staff of Midwest Vision Center remind the public that early detection and treatment of cataracts is critical to preserving sight. Schedule an eye exam today and let us make sure your vision stays the best it can be.

By |2019-10-18T09:28:33-05:00May 10th, 2016|Conditions, Exams|Comments Off on May is Cataract Awareness Month

Smoking Is Bad For Your Eyes

Despite over 50 years of being told how bad cigarettes are for us and the mountains of scientific evidence that link smoking to lung cancer and heart disease, close to 60 million Americans still smoke cigarettes regularly. Smoking however, is bad for more than your heart, your lungs, and your wallet. Smoking is bad for your eyes as well. If you value your eyesight and we believe you do, our friends at All About Vision have put together this infographic sharing how cigarettes can harm your vision and even contribute to blindness. Guess there is something to that old Jerome Kerns song, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

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By |2019-10-21T10:04:15-05:00March 24th, 2016|Conditions, infographic, Safety|Comments Off on Smoking Is Bad For Your Eyes