Yoga for your Eyes – Exercises to Improve Your Vision

Exercising your body makes it stronger. So can exercising your eyes make your vision stronger, too? The need for glasses is based on the shape of the eye, the size of the pupil, and the ability to shift focus, which declines as we age. However, there are those who swear eye conditions are related to faulty ocular muscles caused by chronic mental and emotional tension. Yoga-like exercises can help improve the condition of eye muscles and even help  improve disorders such as myopia and hypermetropia. Practicing these eye exercises regularly for a few months could help improve functioning of our eyes. Tip: Keep the head and spine straight throughout the exercises. Palming  – relaxes and soothes Close your eyes Take several deep breaths Rub your palms vigorously until warm Place your palms on your eyes Repeat 5 times Blinking – … Read More

5 Myths About Sunglasses | Tinted Sunglasses vs Polarized

Five (5) Myths About Sunglasses Darker does not mean better protection. Correct. In fact, unless darker lenses are fabricated to block UV, they can be more harmful than not wearing sunglasses, because they can cause pupils to dilate, allowing more UV light to enter your eyes. “Polarized” is not the same thing as 100 % UVA/UVB protection”. Correct! Polarization blocks glare or reflected light while 100% UVA/UVB  protection (or UV400)  refers to the percentage of  ultraviolet rays blocked. You only need to wear sunglasses when it is sunny and not in fall or winter. Wrong! Ultraviolet (UV) rays can be just as harmful when the sun is setting or on cloudy days. It’s even possible for the sun’s rays to do maximum damage when it’s overcast. You should never wear sunglasses indoors. Wrong! If you are using a computer, tablet, phone or … Read More

Fall Means Shorter Days and Longer Nights

  Autumn is here! And that means leaves are turning beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown colors and baseball season is coming to an end and football is on. We feel a crisp in the air, wind on our face and we yearn to indulge in pumpkin pie, hot chocolate and apple crumble. There will be Halloween and Thanksgiving parties and gatherings to attend and gifts to buy for the winter holidays yet to come.    And with shorter days and longer nights comes more night driving, which is something many of us avoid and dislike.  It gets darker earlier in autumn and that means many of us will be driving to and from work in the dark, running errands and shopping in the dark and driving to and from gatherings and parties in the dark.     Why the … Read More

Do you really need Sunglasses after Cataract Surgery?

  Yes!! After cataract eye surgery, protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays is more important than ever as your retina may be less able to protect you from those rays. 1 Prevent- A number of scientific studies indicate that spending long hours in the sun without eye protection can damage your eyes by contributing to cataracts and growths in the eye, including cancer. Based on these studies, ophthalmologists  recommend wearing  99 percent and higher UV (ultraviolet radiation)-absorbent sunglasses and a brimmed hat outdoors.   Protect- Proper sunglasses are key to protecting your eyes from sun-related damage and should always be worn outdoors particularly by individuals who have just had cataract surgery, LASIK or photodynamic therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More than two million Americans have cataract surgery each year. During this procedure, the eye’s lens is removed and … Read More

Can LOW VISION be helped with Amber Tinted Sunglasses?/ Can You Improve Low Vision?

Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses. Low vision can manifest in many forms: Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity. Poor depth perception can cause us to misjudge the height of a step for instance. Visual processing – Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain. Approximately 1 in 28 Americans over age 40 suffer from low vision. Aging is the number one factor linked to increased risk of developing low … Read More

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