April is not only Sports Eye Injury Prevention Month, it is also Women’s Eye Health Month. It is a known fact that women are more likely than men to develop an eye problem. It is estimated that 2/3 of visually impaired or blind people in the US are women. This fact is due to the fact that women tend to live longer than men and the hormonal fluctuations their bodies experience. That’s why it’s important to create awareness and stress the importance of good eye health for women.
Causes for Eye Problems
The most common eye problems women encounter are glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration. The main reasons as to why these eye issues occur are:
- Birth Control/Hormone Replacement Therapy: These are known to cause blood clots and strokes which are known to lead to vision problems.
- Pregnancy: While pregnant, some women may experience dry eye syndrome, light sensitivity, prescription changes, and the eyes can become puffy.
- Menopause: When women go through menopause, they may experience dry eye syndrome and eye inflammation.
- Fertility drugs: Taking fertility drugs may cause spots in the vision.
- Breast Cancer: Drugs taken to prevent breast cancer may increase your chances of developing cataracts, eye bleeds, itchy eyes and light sensitivity.
- Autoimmune Diseases: Women who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis are prone to developing eye issues.
Preventing Eye Problems
Maintaining overall health is a good way to prevent potential eye problems. Other ways in which to prevent developing eye issues are:
- Regular comprehensive eye exams
- Visiting your eye doctor regularly when pregnant
- Healthy diet
- Getting a dilated eye exam every year
- Not smoking
- Regular exercise
If it’s been some time since your last eye exam, it’s time to schedule your FREE eye exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!
The snow is melting and the sun is starting to shine a bit brighter, which could only mean one thing…Spring has Sprung!
With this change in season, comes a change in wardrobe and eyewear. Here at Stanton Optical, we’ve got you covered when it comes to the latest styles in Spring Eyewear. Here are our top 5 frames for this Spring.
- Christian of Paris (COP-15-13): The snow is melting, and the sun is shining bright! Keep your eyes protected from the harmful UV rays with these gold and tortoiseshell vintage sunglasses. They are the perfect accessory for your spring wardrobe.
- Impression (IMPW-15-16): See red with these Impression square frames. The metal rope detail on the temples adds a touch of sophistication and style to a classic shape.
- Christian of Paris (COP-LE-15- 02): Can’t decide on one color? We’ve got the answer! These multi-tone square Christian of Paris frames are the perfect blend of blue, green and purple marble tones.
- Christian of Paris (COP-15-07): Looking to make a bold statement? These Christina of Paris two color frames are just for you! The tortoiseshell frames and blue arms make for a dynamic look and style.
- Swiss (SWW-15-17): Take a walk on the wild side with these electric blue and black cat-eye sunglasses. The spring hinges make for a comfortable and secure fit, while the black tinted lenses will protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays.
- Carter (CART-15-29): Great for keeping your eyes protected from the harmful UV rays during Sunday brunch, these Men’s Carter Aviator style sunglasses are a must for this Spring!
- Carter (CART-15-27): Show your best blue steel face with these Carter Men’s blue square frames. Their sleek spring hinge temples make for a comfortable yet secure fit.
- Impression (IMPM-15-22): Keep a classic demeanor and look with these Men’s Impression frames. The tortoiseshell detail at the temples add a touch of sophistication and style while the sleek metal keeps a classic element.
- Carter (CART-15-14): Ryan Goslin may have made this style famous, but you make them your own! The tortoiseshell pattern makes for an updated look on a classic and vintage style, while the spring hinges make them easy to remove.
- Impression (IMPM-15-07): Block out the harmful UV rays and vibes with these black and gray rimmed Men’s Impression sunglasses.
Flowers are blooming and it’s time to dust of your sports gear….Spring is here!
April does not only signify warmer weather, but it is also the designated Sports Eye Safety Month by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, there are more than 10,000 of sports and recreational related eye injuries each year. The good news is that 90% of these incidents and injuries can be prevented by purchasing and using protective eye gear. The chances of suffering from a sports-related eye injury depend heavily on the type of activity being performed.
Here are some helpful tips and steps you can take to protect your eyes from sports-related injuries:
- When purchasing sports safety goggles and eyewear, make sure they are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. ASTM F803 approved, means that the eyewear has bene performance tested and will give you the highest level of protection.
- When playing baseball make sure to wear protective helmets approved by the U.S. Amateur Hockey Association.
- Remember that regular glasses do not provide enough eye protection.
- Ensure that the lenses stay in place or will pop outward in case of an accident. If the lenses pop in, it can be dangerous to the eyes.
- Purchase protective eyewaer that is fog resistant, as fog can create a hazard.
- The eyewear should be cushined or padded around the eyebrows and bridge of the nose. This will prevent the eye protection from cutting into the skin.
- It is best to try on the protective eyewear before purchasing to ensure that it is the correct fit and adjusted to your face.
- Aside from using protective eyewear when playing sports, it is important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Getting an eye exam can help improve your vision and performance, along with saving your vision for the future.
Need an Eye Exam? Schedule your FREE eye exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!
Contact Lens Fitting vs. Eye Exam
Are you considering getting contact lenses? Did you know the difference between a contact lens fitting exam and a routine comprehensive eye exam?
If you are considering trading your eyeglasses for contact lenses, it is important to notify your eye doctor when you schedule your next eye exam. This is important because they will need to schedule a contact lens fitting exam, in addition to the routine comprehensive eye exam.
Contact Lens Fitting
When it comes to a contact lens exam, the eye doctor will need to perform additional tests and procedures. They perform these additional tests to evaluate and test your vision with contacts. The first test they will perform will measure the surface of your eye to determine what size and type of contacts will be best for you, and fit your eyes best. The second test they will perform is a tear test, which determines whether you have enough tears to wear contacts comfortably.
The results gathered from those tests allow the eye doctor to prescribe the best contact lens prescription for your eyes. It is important to understand that a contact lens prescription and eyeglass prescription are not the same. When it comes to a contact lens prescription, the eye doctor measures for lenses that sit directly on the surface of the eye. An eyeglass prescription measures for lenses that are positioned approximately 12 millimeters from your eyes. Having an incorrect prescription of fitting can damage your eye health and vision.
The next step after getting your contact lens prescription is deciding whether you would want disposable contacts or extended wear contact lenses.
In order to ensure that contacts are the right choice for you, your eye doctor will prescribe a trial pair of contacts to wear for a week. After that trial week, you will need to visit your eye doctor again for a follow-up exam to make sure you’ve adjusted to your new lenses.
A comprehensive eye exam will examine your eyes for signs of potential eye diseases, check your vision for sharpness, determine your prescription strength, examine how your eyes are working and check the fluid pressure in your eyes. Furthermore, the eye doctor may dilate your eyes to see if you have any eye conditions or signs of other serious health conditions such as diabetes.
Schedule your next FREE Eye Exam at a Stanton Optical location near you!