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Computer Vision Syndrome, Are You at Risk? by Dr. Clingan, OD

Well done!  You have just survived another holiday season.  You made sure everyone got what they wanted including all those fancy new computers, tablets, phones, video games, TVs, etc…  A common question we face a lot is, how long should I or my family be spending on our electronic devices?  While there are no hard time limits established in the scientific community, there are a few simple daily practices you can utilize to make your viewing experiences safer from ocular complications.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a multi-factorial problem that can lead to many eye problems or exacerbate other eye diseases like dry eye.  Common symptoms after prolonged use of electronic devices include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Which can result from:

  • Poor lighting
  • Glare on a digital screen
  • Improper viewing distances
  • Poor seating posture
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • A combination of these factors

A few quick tips to alleviate some symptoms are:

  • 20/20/20 Rule
  • Blinking exercises
  • Reduce glare from overhead light or windows
  • Better ergonomics

Also, an updated glasses prescription with an anti-reflective coating is always a great place to start and enhance your viewing.  Please make an appointment today and our eye care specialists will keep your eyes healthy in this digital age.

For further education click on these links and videos below:

https://www.vsp.com/computer-vision-syndrome.html

https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wMqzF6_q9s

Image from AOA.org

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Countdown to the Great American Eclipse

Sunshine
Countdown to the total eclipse has begun, with nine days to go until the August 21st event. Remember that if you don’t view safely, ocular complications can arise with direct exposure to the damaging sun’s rays. People who view eclipses directly without proper protection have experienced pain, tearing and even permanent eye damage. Sun injury to the eyes may not be immediately evident, and if you experience difficulties following the event, please call our office right away. Nasa has a safe viewing website with detailed information that you can visit here: eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
 
If you’re staying in Flagstaff on the 21st, Lowell Observatory may be a great choice for viewing. They will offer special hours and activities including telescope viewing and a direct link to a live stream of the total eclipse from Madras at 10:19am. The maximum eclipse viewing from Flagstaff will happen at 10:34am. lowell.edu/event/great-american-eclipse/
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July is Ultra-Violet (UV) Light Awareness Month

SALT Optics Elkins Sunglass

Did you know that UV light can damange your eyes in addition to your skin? There are quite a few different problems that can arise from over exposure to UV light. Dr. Danoff explains this quite well in this short video. www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITFY2SVWc2w

Wearing sunglasses that filter out 100% of both UVA and UVB are recommended. Stop in to see our 2017 collection. The frame featured here is the SALT Optics Elkins modeled by Julia at SALT Optics.

 

 

 

Image credit: Julie Wear Elkins Sunglass by SALT Optics

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Kale Reduces Risks of Developing Glaucoma

Green Flowering Kale

New research suggests a relationship between eating kale and a reduced risk of developing open-angle glaucoma. A study published by JAMA Ophthalmology found that people who ate around 240mg of nitrates from leafy greens every day were less likely to suffer from open-angle glaucoma by as much as 30%.

 
Image credit: Green Flowering Kale, by Bobbi Jones