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Digital Devices: Are they hurting your family’s eyes?

Are you concerned that spending time in front of a digital device is hurting your family’s eyes?

A study by Broadband Insights states the first quarter of 2020 showed a 47 percent increase in screen time compared to 2019. Whether it is a parent working remotely from home, a child using zoom to participate in class, or a teenager staring at their phone, we have seen a dramatic increase in how many hours our eyes are staring at a digital screen. Digital devices and LED lights emit blue-violet light with an intense spike at 455 nm. This type of blue-violet light (along with outdoor UV light) unfortunately causes an increase in retinal cell damage, leading to age-related macular degeneration. This artificial light also disrupts your biological clock and causes digital eye strain—negatively impacting sleep, health, and productivity.

The best way to protect your family’s eyes is to filter and block the damaging rays that cause macular degeneration. Wearing glasses designed for the computer with special blue light filters can protect your eyes for the long haul. Wearing the proper sunglasses outdoors also makes a difference. Beware that not all lenses advertised actually have the proper filters to keep your eyes healthy.

Talk to the doctors at Vision Center PC to see which computer glasses and sunglasses are best for your family. We are here to help preserve your family’s vision for life.

Glaucoma: The Best Reason To Have A Yearly Eye Exam

I have patients ask why they should have a comprehensive eye exam if they are not having vision complaints. Great question! There are several eye diseases that can cause permanent vision loss that is undetectable and painless until it is too late to reverse the course from blindness. The most common example is Glaucoma, commonly known as the Silent Thief of Sight.

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Glaucoma affects almost 1 out of 50 Americans and is more common after age 40. It causes damage to the optic nerve (the delicate cable that connects the eye to the brain). It initially causes small areas of blindness in your peripheral vision with no pain and no symptoms. If left untreated, it will cause total blindness in about 10 years.

High eye pressure is a risk for glaucoma but 15% of glaucoma patients suffer from vision loss despite having normal eye pressure. Other risks for glaucoma include steroids such as oral prednisone, or nasal steroid inhalers and sprays-Flonase is an example.

The good news is that most cases of glaucoma can be treated very well with eye drops or simple procedures that can control the progression of the disease and protect your vision.

The best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam, especially before age 40 so the doctor can look at your optic nerve. If you or your child are using steroid inhalers or taking oral prednisone, be sure to have an eye exam once a year to monitor your eye pressure. The doctors at Vision Center PC are trained and licensed to diagnose and treat glaucoma. We have the latest diagnostic equipment to detect this disease and we will find the right treatment for your specific situation to prevent vision loss.

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