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

Spring, Allergies and Eyesential Sunglasses

Spring is finally here! Warm weather, flowers, green grass and a cool breeze all sound wonderful unless you suffer from allergies. For allergy-sufferers, spring conjures up a slightly different image: sneezing, runny noses and itchy, watery, swollen and red eyes. Sooner or later, allergy sufferers learn to avoid the outdoors in springtime. But regardless of how severe your allergies are, there is no need to detest spring or shun the outdoors.  Eyesential sunglasses help alleviate allergy symptoms that affect the eye thanks to a hypoallergenic foam seal on the perimeter of the inside of the glasses.  The hypoallergenic foam seal of Eyesential sunglasses acts like a gasket, blocking out wind, pollen, dust and allergens from reaching your eyes. Wearing Eyesential sunglasses whenever you step outdoors will help minimize allergic symptoms in the eyes. Eyesential’s foam gasket is a soft rubbery … Read More

How to Combat Dry Eye Syndrome

The prevalence of dry eye syndrome increases with age. An estimated 3.2 million women age 50 and over and 1.68 million men age 50 and over are affected by dry eye syndrome. Chronic Dry Eye Syndrome/Disease is known by the medical name of keratoconjunctivitis sicca (pronounced “carrot-oh-con-junk-tiv-it-is seek-a”). Dry Eye Syndrome is typically an age-related disease due to insufficient tears to lubricate the eyes, but many people, who wear contact lenses, take certain medications, have had eye surgery or live in windy, hot or dry climates may also experience dry eye. Causes of Dry Eye Age-reduces tear production is a natural effect of aging. Gender- women are more likely to develop dry eyes due to hormonal changes Medications – Some medications like antihistamines, decongestants, anti-depressants,   and blood pressure medications, can cause dry eye by reducing tear production. Health Conditions- Diabetes, … Read More