Photophobia Post Cataract Surgery: What You Need to Know

Some patients experience photophobia (sensitivity to light). A sudden onset of substantial or even painful light sensitivity (photophobia) may be caused by inflammation in the eye. This may occur after LASIK or cataract surgery. 1 & 2 Post-operative infections related to cataract surgery primarily include endophthalmitis and corneal suture infection. Symptoms of endophthalmitis include decreased vision, mild to severe ocular pain, photophobia, and floaters. 3 The course of treatment of photophobia is dependent upon the underlying cause of the light sensitivity. To deal with the photophobia itself, it is best to eliminate exposure to bright lights and when one cannot avoid exposure, limit its effects with sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat.4 Wearing polarized sunglasses with 100% UVA/UVB protection can help reduce the discomfort of light sensitivity.  Solar Shield Fits Over Sunglasses can help alleviate photophobia symptoms since they allow … Read More

Blue Light is bad for you! Read this to learn what you can do to avoid it

Blue light at night is bad for your health! Exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient light bulbs may be especially so. Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown. Even dim light can interfere with a person’s circadian rhythm and melatonin secretion. A mere eight lux—a level of brightness exceeded by most table lamps and about twice that of a night light—has an effect, notes Stephen Lockley, a Harvard sleep researcher. Light at night is part of the reason so many people don’t get enough sleep, says Lockley, and researchers have linked short sleep to increased risk for depression, as well … Read More

The New Haven® Breckenridge is making Oakley®, Costa® and Julbo® wish they sold fits overs or sunglasses for eyeglass wearers!

Haven®, Premium fits over sunglasses, is proud to introduce the brand new Breckenridge! At the forefront of innovation, Haven premium fits over sunglasses and clipons continue to amaze eyeglass wearers with original concepts and styles. In the last few years, Haven has introduced camouflage styles, the Signature line of embellished fashion fits overs and this year, they are proud to launch the Breckenridge fits over style of sunglasses, also known as sunglasses for eyeglass wearers. Inspired by the mecca of outdoor enthusiasts – Breckenridge, Colorado – the Haven® Breckenridge fits over sunglasses do its namesake proud! They are sporty, modern and the perfect sunglasses for any outdoor activity! The Haven® Breckenridge has reinvented the concept of fitsover sunglasses; also known as fitovers or over-the-glass sunglasses. They feature a sporty, comfortable, youthful and trend-forward design complemented by quality materials, the latest technology and fine … Read More

Motorcycle Night Riding Glasses

Riding motorcycles at night can be one of the most enjoyable experiences as a motorcycle rider. It is a stimulating experience to slice through the night while taking in the quiet, stillness, brisk air, starred sky and the feeling of solitude….unless you are riding in a metropolitan area. There’s no question that riding at night can be pleasurable but it is also dangerous. When the sun goes down, your vision decreases and that of everyone else on the road. This means you have to be extra alert and practice safe riding. Do not over-ride your headlights! You can only see what your lights can illuminate. If you cannot bring the bike to a safe stop within the range of your window into the darkness, you could be in trouble. In order to avoid hazards you need to see them and … Read More

How do I know if I need reading glasses?

Around age 40 the lenses in our eyes begin to lose their elasticity which is what allows us to focus on small close up things. The scientific name for this ‘condition’ is presbyopia and everyone over 40 will experience it sooner or later. You will notice you can’t read the small print, you are holding things farther away so you can see them better, you are getting frequent headaches, experience eyestrain, or your near vision seems blurry. Presbyopia is different to astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness and it can be easily corrected with reading glasses. Reading glasses are available in different magnifications, strengths or diopters ( 1.00, 1.25, 2.00, 2.25, 2.5, 3.0 etc.) which people tend to wear only for specific tasks or activities. If you constantly switch your vision from near to far, you might want to try half-frame, half-moon … Read More

One Good Deed Leads to Another – How Sunglasses and Food Come Together to Help Kids

   The U.S. is a wealthy and plentiful country but nearly 16 million  American children wouldn’t know it.  These kids live without many of  life’s essentials including food.  And these are not just poor children  who are going hungry. There are many families who live pay check to  paycheck or barely above poverty, to whom it only takes a hospital bill,  an unexpected home repair or an interruption in utilities service due to  late payment to force them to choose between two necessities. Food  often loses. Feed the Children’s vision is to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry and they are committed to providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. This is easier said than done.  It takes many who are willing to pool their resources and expertise to work together for change. Over … Read More

10 Things to Make Driving at Night Easier

Why is driving at night more difficult and stressful than driving during the day? One reason is vision. About 90% of driver’s reactions depends on vision.  Without sunlight it is harder to see road signs, cars, pedestrians, cyclists and animals. Diminished visibility also makes it harder to gauge distances between your car and other objects. Poor vision at night means drivers have to be extra alert which contributes to eye fatigue. This would be another reason why driving at night is more challenging and stressful. Another reason why night driving is daunting is nigh- blindness. Night Blindness is a condition also known as nyctalopia. This condition makes it harder to see in low light or at night. It can be caused by eye conditions like cataracts. Age also adds to the stress and difficulty of night driving. The older we get, … Read More

Is Smoking Making you Blind?

Is it possible smokers delay quitting because the damage to their arteries, lungs and heart is not readily visible? Perhaps seeing (or more accurately, not seeing) the detrimental effects of smoking would make more people quit smoking sooner. If you need visible (or rather not visible…as in blinding) proof smoking has appalling effects on your health, you don’t need to go further than your eyes. As with the rest of your body, smoking has an appalling effect on your vision. If you smoke and need a few more reasons still to quit smoking, here are 5 reasons: Smokers have double the chances of getting cataracts, a clouding of the eye’s lens, and have triple the chances of developing macular degeneration, a blind spot in the center of our vision. The more you smoke, the greater your chances of forming cataracts … Read More

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun!

We’ve been hearing it loud and clear – Protect Your Eyes from the Sun! Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection or a UV400 rating, protect your eyes from dangerous UV rays!  UV light damage has been linked to eye cancer, macular degeneration, cataracts, eye-blindness and other eye-health issues. Also, sunglasses help reduce the onset of some fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.  Your eye-health and wrinkle-prevention alone should be enough reasons to compel you to wear sunglasses every time you go outdoors. But if you need more reasons, read on. Wearing sunglasses is not just good for your eye health it is a fun and fabulous fashion and personality statement. Sunglasses, particularly fits overs and clip-ons, have been the unsung fashion heroes until recently.  Sunglasses, including many of the new fit overs and clip ons, add pop to your personality … Read More

Can sunglasses reverse a bad mood and make you feel better?

Darwin believed our facial expressions could directly affect our mood.  He proposed that facial expressions are not just the visible sign of an emotion, but that they actually contribute to the feeling itself.  New studies support the theory that facial expression can influence mood, but there is still debate over what physiological mechanisms cause this and how important it is in emotional life. Our face reflects our internal emotions, but it also works in reverse. Our facial expressions can affect our emotions.  We can change our emotions by varying our facial expression! Smiling, even if you are faking it, can improve your mood and reduce stress. Psychologists at the University of Cardiff in Wales found that people who couldn’t frown due to cosmetic Botox injections were happier, on average, than people who could frown.  Conversely, if you frown, due to … Read More