The eyes are some of the most sensitive parts of your body. In fact, they often react to even the slightest changes in temperature. This is why when the temperature drops, particularly during the winter months, you may have a few complaints about your eyes.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Here are some of the reasons you’ll schedule for eye exams during this time of the year:Dry EyesDid you know that cold outdoor air has less moisture than usual? This is why apart from dry skin and chapped lips, you also have dry eyes during winter. What makes this even worse is that heated indoor air also has low humidity. To prevent having to deal with this problem, keep yourself hydrated during the cold months. You should also increase your intake of omega-3-rich foods, like fish.Excessive TearingSometimes, your eyes may compensate for the dry feeling by producing more tears. As a result, you could be teary-eyed all throughout the winter season. Wearing goggles or sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors can help block the cold winds from coming in contact with your eyes. If symptoms persist, this may be due to seasonal allergies. Head to your eye care center so we can prescribe an appropriate medication.Increased Sensitivity to LightAlthough the skies during winter may appear dark and gloomy, keep in mind that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present. In addition, the snow-covered ground is more effective at reflecting sunlight, making the surroundings too bright. This may cause you some visual discomfort, like frequent blinking. Protecting your eyes by wearing snow goggles when walking or performing other activities in the snow can help.Eye SunburnWhen we talk about sunburn, people initially think of the skin, most of the time. But did you know that your eyes can get sunburned too? This can happen when you’ve spent long periods under the sun, exposing your eyes to too much UV light. As a result, you may experience eye itchiness or even pain. Your eye doctor recommends wearing UV-protective glasses or goggles when enjoying winter sports, like sledding and skiing.To learn more about eye problems during winter, call us at (757) 340-7070 or complete our contact form. We serve Virginia Beach and nearby VA areas.
Your eyesight is very important, which is why you should take care of it properly. Visiting your eye care specialist is one of the best things you can do to ensure this. Since these visits are often done only yearly, it’s necessary that you make the most of your time. Whether it’s about LASIK or eye conditions, ask everything you want to know about your eyes. [Read more…]
Millions of people wear contact lenses every day, and they are a perfectly safe and affordable alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses. Sometimes infection comes from wearing contact lenses, keratitis (scarring of the cornea) being one of the most common. In this blog, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care shares the common causes of infections from contact lenses.
Each year, there are around 30,000 U.S. emergency room visits due to eye injuries from high-risk sports. In fact, every 13 minutes, an ER treats a sports-related eye injury. Regular eyeglasses don’t provide sufficient eye protection and at times they can break and can make the wound worse.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but what does that number mean exactly? These numbers follow a grading system used by your eye doctor to measure visual acuity— that is, the clearness of your eyesight. It’s a measure of the focal length for both your eyes with the first number representing your left eye and the second number is for your right. The higher the numbers are, the shorter the focal length is, which means you likely have to move objects much closer to your face just get a good look at them.
Contact lenses are one of the best and safest ways to correct your vision without having to go for expensive Lasik surgery. However, it’s surprising to know that a majority of users are still unclear about how to properly use their contact lenses. While they understand the basics, some safety measures still remain ignored or left unknown to many patients.
More than one in 10 people in the U.S. wear contact lenses for a clearer vision. However, it was found that 40 to 90 percent of wearers are not practicing healthy contact lens wear habits. The American Optometric Association (AOA) says that improper contact lens use can result in rare, serious eye infections.