EYE CARE BLOG

Because we care about your eye health we will post general information and tips on how best to take care of your eyes.

HERBS & VITAMINS FOR EYE HEALTH

Information provided by MedOp Inc.

The Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was the first major National Institutes of Health study testing nutritional supplements for treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It firmly established a therapeutic rationale for treating dry macular degeneration with supplements.

Since this original study, there have been others showing that lutein is helpful in reducing the risk of macular degenerative disease. In addition, other studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA reduce the incidence and progression of age-related macular degeneration. In addition to visual health, the omega-3 fatty acids are also important in overall health — especially cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association recommends 1,000 mg per day of these important fatty acids.

Card’s Opticians carries MaxiVision products which are based on all current research and formulated by an Advisory Board composed of leading doctors and researchers.

CONTACT LENSES

Contact lenses can be worn safely at any age and you may be surprised to know that there may be good reasons for children to get them. Extremely far or nearsighted children who must wear thick glasses may experience some visual distortion that contact lenses can eliminate. Furthermore, contact lenses can be a practical solution and improves self-esteem in children who are embarrassed by glasses and refuse to wear them.

Although very young children can wear contacts, lenses are not recommended until a child is mature enough and sufficiently coordinated to insert, remove and care for the lenses by him or herself.

Most children reach that point when they are approximately 12 years old. The most important factor, however, is a child’s motivation to wear contacts.

Children must be impressed with the fact that cleaning and sterilizing contact lenses is of the utmost importance.

Dr. Menjivar further recommends that children wear daily wear (disposable) contact lenses.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS EYE PROTECTION

We all want our children to enjoy playing sports but there are some important facts that parents should be aware of:

Approximately every 13 minutes a person with a sports related eyed injury visits an emergency room.

There are over 600,000 eye injuries related to sports and recreation every year.

Most children do not utilize protective eyewear in situations where eye injury could occur.

More than 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented with the use of appropriate protective eyewear.

Considering purchasing sports eye protection? Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for appropriate eyewear:

All eye protection purchased for outdoor sports should include appropriate UV protection, including both UVA and UVB.

Adding an anti-reflective coating can add comfort by reducing glare for both indoor and outdoor sports.

Always use a sports band or retention strap to ensure that the frame stays in place.

Card’s Opticians has information available to help you determine the appropriate type of eye protection for the sport or sports that you or your child is involved in.

THE DANGERS OF UV RADIATION

Our sun is the source most of the ultraviolet light (UV) that you are likely to come in contact with. UV is not part of the visible light spectrum because it has a shorter wavelength. It gets its name from the fact that it is closer to the part of the visible light spectrum where we perceive the color violet. Other sources of UV light are older computer monitors, fluorescent lights, high-intensity mercury vapor lamps, xenon arc lamps, and even a welder’s flash.

UV light is generally divided into three types: UVA, UVB, and UVC. Virtually all of the UVC is blocked by the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere of the Earth along with some of the UVA and UVB. UVB is important to human health because when our skin is exposed to UVB it induces the production of vitamin D. However, too much exposure causes sunburn, DNA damage, and skin cancer.

Our eyes can also be damaged by exposure to UV light:

UVB is absorbed by the cornea of the eye. Too much exposure can lead to pterygia (a non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue that lays over the white part of the eye), pingueculae (yellowish, slightly raised lesions that form on the surface of the white part of the eye), and photokeratitis (a burn of the cornea).

UVA is the most damaging to the eye because it is not absorbed by the cornea, instead it affects the lens of the eye. Adverse effects include photochemical eye damage and cataracts.

What can you do to protect yourself? Wear appropriate eyewear that is treated to block UV radiation.

DON’T PITCH IT, FIX IT

Winter Park Public Library Workshop

The City of Winter Park and Winter Park Public Library will partner to host the very first “Don’t Pitch it, Fix it” Workshop. This unique community event will provide the opportunity for residents to have broken items repaired by skilled volunteers and/or swap items with other members of the community.

The workshop is designed to support the city’s Sustainability Action Plan by reducing the daily consumption of goods in homes, encouraging recycling, helping to save money through trade, and learning valuable skills and resources from volunteers within the community. Items that may be considered for fixing or swapping include clothing, eyeglasses, bicycles, furniture, electronics, tools, fishing poles and much more.

Services are subject to change or increase. Please call ahead for a complete list.

When:
Saturday, May 13, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where:
Winter Park Public Library
460 E. New England Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 623-3300
http://www.wppl.org/

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Winter Park, Florida 32789

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