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Protect Your Eyes While Swimming | Allied Eye
Posted on Monday May 15, 2017

The team at Allied Eye understands how much fun swimming during the summer can be. Whether you’re swimming in a pool at your home, a local pool or at a water park, it’s important to protect your eyes from the risks the water can cause to your eye health.

Swim at Your Own Eye Risk

When a swimming pool is cleaned, many different chemicals are used to help kill and disinfect any bacteria lurking in the water. However, these same chemicals that are used to treat the water and keep it safe can also cause harm to your eyes. Symptoms like redness, itchiness, inflammation and even chemical-related pinkeye can occur. Therefore, it’s important to take preventive action when swimming in the water.

For starters, wear swimming goggles. Swimming goggles are also needed for swimming in oceans, rivers and lakes, too, since bacteria and animal waste can be living within those waters.

Goggles are the best way to protect your eyes while swimming, but they don’t always prevent all water from getting to the eyes. If you wear contacts, it’s best to remove them while swimming, since goggles aren’t a fool-safe method of keeping the eyes dry. This is for a couple reasons: For one, contacts are extremely easy to lose. Plus, it is also easy for bacteria to live on your contacts, which makes you more prone to eye infections from the water.

If goggles are not available, make sure you close your eyes while swimming under water. However, it’s best to just keep your head above water, if possible.

Take note that conjunctivitis, particularly “chemical conjunctivitis,” is extremely common among swimmers. Therefore, if you experience any of the symptoms, such as redness, swollen eyelids, blurred vision or leaky discharge from the eye, be sure to make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Are your eyes stinging or burning? Make an appointment with Allied Eye today so that our highly trained ophthalmologist can take a look at your eyes and decide on the proper treatment plan to get you back quickly to having some fun this summer.




Open a New Window to Eye Health | Allied Eye
Posted on Monday May 01, 2017

The team at Allied Health wants your vision to be as sharp as possible for years and years to come. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help improve and protect your vision for the long haul.

Seeing Into a Healthier Future

While corrective lenses or surgery can sometimes be the answer to helping people improve their vision, there are also lifestyle habits that can benefit your eyes, including:

A Healthy, Eye-friendly Diet

You need to eat anyway, so why not choose foods that satisfy your tummy and your vision? The next time you eat at a restaurant or go to the grocery store, try choosing some of these items:

  • Bananas
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Collards
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Salmon
  • Spinach
  • Tuna

Smoking Cessation

Now would also be a great time to stop smoking, especially since smoking can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts. Plus, tobacco use is bad for your overall health. Therefore, by quitting smoking, you could be saving your eyesight, as well as improving other aspects of your health.

Sunglasses

Just like your skin needs protection during the warmer months, so does your eyesight. In fact, just like smoking, the sun’s strong UV rays can also lead to macular degeneration and cataracts. Visit our Allied Optical Shop to take a look at our sunglasses that help to block UVA and UVB rays, as well as some that can help block the sides of your eyes for added protection from the sun. And one other tip: The sun’s rays are powerful all year long. Eighty percent of the harmful rays come through even on cloudy days.

Make an appointment with Allied Eye today if you have questions about how you can improve and protect your eye health. We’re here to help you see things more clearly.




Your Smartphone Is Not a Friend to Your Eyesight | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday April 15, 2017

The team at Allied Health wishes our smartphones could be our friends. It probably wouldn’t be as bad if the so-called “digital world” wasn’t staring us in the face 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But, it is. We spend most of our time in front of some type of electronic device, whether it be a computer, smartphone, tablet or other device, and we aren’t giving our eyes the break they need. And it’s hurting our vision.

If you had to take a guess, how much time would you say you spend in front of an electronic device during the day? Would it be four hours? Six hours? More than eight hours? Chances are, it’s more than you should be for your vision’s sake.

When you’re staring at a digital screen all day, you’re increasing your risk of suffering eyestrain, itchiness, and red eyes—which can all end up causing retinal damage.

Protect Your Eyes

While you may not be able to fully get away from being in front a computer or smartphone for your job, there are ways you can help reduce the risk looking at the intense light of the screen can bring to your vision.

First, limiting your screentime as much as possible is the best way to protect your eyes. Therefore, if you don’t have to be in front of a screen, don’t.

When you’re using a device, try to reduce the glare that comes from your screen by using screen protectors and dimming the brightness of the screen.

Try to give your eyes a break, too. One of the rules most experts recommend following is the 20-20-20 rule, which means that for every 20 minutes you are in front of a screen, you need to stare at something that is at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

If you’re experiencing any vision issues, such as dry eyes, redness, or itching, make an appointment with Allied Eye to have your eyes checked.




Protect Your Vision | Allied Eye
Posted on Saturday April 01, 2017

What would you do without your vision? It can be hard to imagine. Fortunately, our team at Allied Eye wants to help you keep your eyes healthy for years to come!

Avoid Eye Problems

Who doesn’t want to keep their eyes healthy? We all do! Here are some things to help our eyes stay protected and healthy for the long haul.

First, keep in mind what you eat. While you may automatically think about what you eat in conjunction with your weight, what you eat can also help keep your eyes healthy. Therefore, be sure you are eating a diet full of brightly colored vegetables, salmon and other cold water fish, and foods filled with vitamin A like carrots to help relieve dry eyes and fight eye disease.

Second, be sure to keep your eyes safe from the sun, especially since the weather outside is becoming sunnier and warmer. Obviously your skin can burn, but your eyes can also be damaged by the sun. Wearing sunscreen on your face and sunglasses to protect your eyes can help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

How long do you stare at a computer screen every day? Chances are, it’s actually longer than you realize. Whether you’re working during the day on a computer at your desk job or you’re looking at your phone, tablet or television in the evenings, screen-time is a reality today. Many of us spend more time looking at a screen than at anything else during the day. Which, in turn, leads to digital eye strain. When possible, try and stay away from technology in order to give your eyes a break. When you’re at work and time at a computer is required, be sure to take regular breaks where you look away from the computer screen for at least 20 seconds at a time.

Finally, you need to make sure you have a regular eye exam every year. These comprehensive eye exams check to see if your vision has changed, but they also help detect diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts at the earliest stage possible for treatment.

When’s the last time you had your eyes checked? Make an appointment at Allied Eye to keep your vision in check.




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