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

Polarization. Polarized Lenses.  What does that mean?

By now must of us know we should buy polarized sunglasses but most of us don’t know what polarization really is or does. Polarizing the lenses of sunglasses means a polarizing film has been laminated or cast onto the lenses. A polarized film is made up of special molecules running in horizontal parallel chains. This film acts as a filter, blocking out sun light that bounces off reflective surfaces such as car hoods, water, road surfaces, concrete, light colored or white surfaces, even fog. This reflected light, or glare, is 7 to 10 times brighter than normal daylight.  Polarization reduces glare. Glare is dangerous for several reasons: Glare is reflected UV light and ultraviolet sun rays have been linked to eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, eye cancer, and other diseases. Glare is blinding and can result in accidents especially … Read More

An Affordable Alternative to Prescription Sunglasses

Did you know that between 80-90% of adults who purchase eyeglasses don’t purchase sun-protection? Do we want to improve our vision but not protect it? Doubtful.  The reality is that prescription eyeglasses are not cheap. They can set us back between $100-400 easily.  Most people would not consider adding the high cost of prescription sunglasses on to their eyeglass purchase. And who wants to spend $200-300 on prescription sunglasses only to have your eye doctor tell you that your prescription has changed 8 months later? Our prescriptions change subtly over time and adults over 40 should expect to see changes in their prescription every year. Luckily there is an alternative to prescription sunglasses – fits overs! Sunglasses that fit over eyeglasses, commonly known as ‘fits overs’ or ‘fitovers’ have been around for decades and for good reason. They are an … Read More

Are UV Rays in winter more damaging than in summer?

Winter is not the time to stop wearing sunscreen or sunglasses.  In fact, during winter there may be an increased risk for overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation due to reflected rays from snow and ice. If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, the combination of higher altitude and UV ray reflection is even greater. Higher altitude means a higher risk of sun ray damage because UV radiation exposure increases approximately 5% with every 1,000 feet over sea level. According to www.skincancer.org, if you are going to be skiing at 10,000 feet, “UV radiation may be 35 to 45 percent more intense than at sea level.  In addition, snow reflects up to 80 percent of the UV light from the sun, meaning that you are often hit by the same rays twice. This only increases the risk for damage.” Sun … Read More

Fall Eye-Loving Foods

Eyes rely on tiny arteries for essential oxygen and nutrients, so it is important to eat a diet low in fat and nutrient rich. The good news is that many of the foods we love to enjoy in fall are also some of the most beneficial foods for your eyes. Granted, maybe not in the way we prefer to eat them, as in a pie, muffin or casserole.   One cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin has more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which supports vision, mainly in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin A in pumpkins can also help protect eyes from developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids which the body transforms into a form of vitamin A for additional eye- protection.   Apples can … Read More

Cataracts, Sensitivity to Light and Solar Shield ‘Fits Over’ Sunglasses

A cataract is a blurring of the lens in the eye making vision cloudy. Most cataracts are age-related. By age 80, more than 50% of all Americans will have a cataract. The lens is a clear part of the eye that allows light (images) through to the retina. The retina is the tissue in the back of the eye. In a healthy eye, light passes through the lens to the retina, reaches the retina, is changed into nerve signals and these are sent to the brain. The lens must be clear for the retina to receive a sharp image. If the lens is cloudy from a cataract, the image you see will be blurry. The eye lens is made of primarily of water and protein. The protein is arranged in a specific way that keeps the lens clear and lets … Read More

Are $200+ designer sunglasses really better than my $25 SolarComfort® s or my $20 Solar Shield®s?

The answer, in most cases, is NO! There are at least 8 basic things that make a pair of sunglasses ‘good sunglasses’. Number one, is UV protection. A good pair of sunglasses should provide 100% UV protection from both UVA and UVB rays. UV rays have been linked to many eye diseases like cataracts, macular degeneration, eye cancer and more, so it is very important that your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection. Number 2, good sunglasses should eliminate glare, which is the reflected light from surfaces like sand, snow, car hoods, mirrors, etc. Sunglasses with lenses that are polarized eliminate blinding glare. The only reason to avoid polarized sunglasses is if you constantly need to look at digital screens. Number 3, good sunglasses have a wrap-around design like the SolarComfort®  sport wrap or have side windows and top and bottom … Read More

Gardening Tips for Spring

I love gardening because it is one of those projects that can bring instant gratification. I get a lot of satisfaction from weeding the garden, planting a flower bed or growing my own tomatoes. Since it is spring, I am eager to tackle my little patch of nature. This year, I am planting zinnias, marigolds and tomatoes from seed and I’ve learned that the potting mix you use actually makes a difference. There are special mixes for growing seeds. I usually start my seeds in small containers in my kitchen by the window and once they are about 2” tall, I take the containers outdoors for short periods of time so they get acclimatized. After about 1 week, I transplant them to the garden. I plan to spend a lot of time outdoors this spring and I plan to wear … Read More