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You may have noticed that Midtown Optometry was shut down this Tuesday morning. The entire staff was out at Twin Lakes Beach doing a trash pick day. It is one of our favorite things that we do each year to help out the community. All of us spend a lot of time at our wonderful beaches and it is important to keep them clean both for the wildlife there as well as for our own enjoyment.
Are you an environmentalist like us? Midtown Optometry loves nature and wants to do it’s part to preserve our special ecosystem. We want you to stand with us and help us make this world a better place. Luckily, a few progressive companies have addressed this risk and you no longer have to even put them in the trash. You can now recycle these lenses along with their packaging to make the world a better place.
Although we know how dangerous UV light is for our skin, not many people realize our eyes are just as susceptible to harmful side effects from UV light. A recent research showed that over 1/3 of the adult population has experienced symptoms associated with prolonged UV exposure, such as red or swollen eyes, eye irritation, and even impacted vision.
Pink eye, which is also known as conjunctivitis, is a relatively common eye condition which can cause painful, red, and itchy eyes. Although most of you have probably heard of pink eye before, did you know that there are multiple different types of pink eye? This article looks at the three main types of pink eye and a treatment for each.
You want to avoid using your shirt, or any clothing in general, for cleaning your glasses. Fabrics usually contain dust and small debris, especially the ones you’ve been wearing all day long.
Dust and debris can leave deep scratches in the glasses themselves, and you can’t get rid of scratches that easily sadly. It’s best practice to stop using your shirt to wipe your glasses off and do it the proper way. The best method is dishwashing liquid and water.
People who experience color blindness aren’t necessarily aware of the differences among colors most people see. In fact, people with mild color blindness might not be aware that they’re living with the condition at all.
In most cases, color blindness is detected via clinics and through lab tests. Color vision deficiency is more common than you might think. Around 8% of men worldwide have the condition, but only 0.5% of women experience the same.
Red eye is so common that most of us have experienced it. The red streaks that run over the sclera —the white part of the eye— often occur when we are tired or fatigued, and they can make your eyes feel uncomfortable, watery, or itchy.
The appearance of red eye can vary widely. It can look like there are many pink or red lines on the sclera, or alternatively the whole of the sclera may appear diffusely pink or red.
Red eye can occur in either eye, or both simultaneously. Here are a few of the most common symptoms, aside from the redness of the sclera:
After all, it would seem that they should be similar to those that your eye doctor would make for you. While it’s very tempting to save some money wherever you can, online glasses may not be the place to skimp.
While children rely on all their senses to learn, around 80% of what your child learns in school is taught visually: reading and writing, class participation, board work, and using computers are some of the most common, and most vital, tasks schoolchildren perform. Children’s eyes are constantly at work. And when their vision functions improperly, their performance in school and sports suffers.
For eyeglasses, choosing the right type of lenses can be quite challenging. We all want to look good in our glasses while at the same time, prioritizing comfort without compromising vision and visual acuity.
Technically, pink eye is the acute, contagious form of conjunctivitis – inflammation of the clear mucous membrane that lines the inner surface of the eyelids and overlies the white front surface of the eye, or sclera.
Certain nutrients: lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C, and Vitamin E, protect you from age-related eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, helping to preserve healthy eyes into old age. These are the best eye health vitamins and the best foods for eye health will be rich in these; to get enough of these nutrients and vitamins, ensure that you eat the following foods at least once every day.
Living in Santa Cruz, many of us are excited about fitness. From world class mountain biking, to breathtaking hiking and big wave surfing, we live in a Mecca for the outdoors. What many of you might not know, however is that exercise is also important for your eye health.
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids which casues the formation of red, itchy, dandruff-like scales around the eyelashes —the condition is often chronic and becomes more and more difficult to treat as its severity increases.
While our eyes are amazing organs, they aren’t made for staring at screens all day —that’s why our eyes feel tired and sore when we spend too long focusing on our devices, or even straining to read in the dark.
Contact lenses are a wonderful way to correct your vision and can provide a convenient way to see the world without glasses. They improve your experience for a wide range of activities from SCUBA diving, to surfing, to mountain biking to playing with children who would otherwise pull off your glasses. That said, contact lenses are medical devices that interact with the surface of the eye and as such, proper maintenance and hygiene are important to keep the eye healthy.
When it comes to looking good in glasses, it isn’t all about owning the most stylish frames of the moment, in fact it’s not that difficult at all to look stunning in even a simple pair of frames —if the frames fit.
Every sport has its own unique visual demands with regards to both vision and eye protection. Without the right pair of sports sunglasses or goggles, you could adversely affecting your own performance, and at worst you may even be putting yourself at risk of accident and injury.