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Blinking is something most of us do automatically without thought. Sometimes we blink because of external stimuli, like when an object comes close to our eye. Other times we blink because we are tired, or our eyes are experiencing fatigue. Why is blinking so important?
What Does Blinking Do?
Closing and opening your eyelid seems simple, but it serves an essential purpose. First, it cleans the eye by removing small particles that may have landed on it. It also helps moisturize eyes so that they don’t dry out.
Blinking is also part of our mental process. When you blink, it allows your brain to release attention on one thing and engage in cognitive activity. The act of blinking lets the brain assimilate what you are looking at. It gives us a brief mental rest while we observe and mentally process the world around us.
When Should I Blink?
Scientists estimate that the average person will blink between 15 and 20 times every minute. That totals as much as 1,200 times per hour or 28,8000 blinks per day. You should allow yourself to blink naturally.
There may be times when you need to blink more often. If you experience the discomfort of a foreign irritant in your eye, try blinking. The same goes for dry eyes.
People using computers for a prolonged period of time tend to blink 60% less. This can lead to dryness and strain. Remember to blink often when looking at a monitor or device screen. Also, practice the 20-20-20 rule: look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds once every 20 minutes.
If you are experiencing eye irritation or dry eyes, please let us know. Schedule an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists at Grosinger, Spiegelman & Grey today.
Sunglasses look cool. They come in numerous styles that it is easy to find a pair you love. There are classic cat’s eye and aviator frames as well as oval, rectangle, shield, and rimless designs. The key is finding a pair that offers 100% UVA and UVB protection for your eyes.
What Does the Sun Do to My Eyes?
Many learn at a young age that you are never supposed to look directly into the sun. It can cause damage to your retina that can lead to blindness. Even if you never stare into our favorite star, you can still be at risk for eye damage if you don’t wear sunglasses.
According to the National Eye Institute, approximately 20% of cataracts are caused by extended UV exposure. It can also worsen the symptoms of glaucoma.
Macular Degeneration causes a part of the retina, known as the macula, to deteriorate. This will impair vision and eventually lead to blindness. The U.S. National Library of Medicine published a study that found exposure to certain types of UV radiation can speed up macular degeneration.
Remember that you can experience sun damage on cloudy days. UV rays can pass through clouds, so you should still wear protection when it is overcast outside.
Finding the Right Sunglasses for Your Eyes
It is important to find the right type of sunglasses for your eyes so you will wear them and achieve the highest benefits. For example, surfers often wear wraparound shades for better sunlight protection next to the water. You may need something with a sturdy frame if you are playing a sport or working outdoors. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey today if you need a comprehensive eye exam before purchasing new prescription sunglasses.
Summer is an exciting season. The weather gets warmer and people begin enjoying outdoor activities. One favorite family pastimes are setting off fireworks. They are most common around the beginning of July but are often enjoyed all summer long. That’s why it is so important to think about your eyes this month.
Fireworks-Related Eye Injuries Are Real
It is easy to dismiss stories of people being injured by fireworks as old wives’ tales, but the fact is that these incidents are very real. People can and do get hurt when using fireworks. Many times, the injury occurs due to a lack of safety measures while handling these festive explosives.
Nearly 11,000 people are rushed to the emergency room each year. Approximately 18% of these injuries involve the patient’s eyes. Eyes are the second highest area of injury next to skin burns. Out of those, bottle rockets cause 15% of all fireworks-related eye injuries.
While those statistics are concerning enough, parents and grandparents will be alarmed to learn that children under the age of 15 are the most frequently injured age group. Those harmless sparklers everyone loves to give kids make up around 10% of fireworks injuries.
What Can You Do to Protect Your Eyes This Summer?
You don’t have to give up fireworks completely. What can you do to protect your eyes and the eyes of those around you this summer?
You can’t prevent every injury, but you can reduce the risk and reduce the severity of the injury if it happens.
Over the past two decades, LASIK eye surgery has given people a way to get great sight even if they were not born with it. The FDA approved the procedure in 1998. It’s become more accessible over the years. Why should you consider talking to an ophthalmologist about LASIK surgery?
LASIK May Be Cheaper Than Buying Glasses or Contacts
The younger you are, the more money you may save by having LASIK. Consider how much you pay every year for new glasses and/or contacts. You may never have to spend that money again after having surgery.
Less To Worry About When Playing Sports or Swimming
If you live an active lifestyle, then LASIK may be a great choice for you. You won’t have to worry about wearing special eyewear to see clearly. Instead, you can get right into the game!
It’s Far More Convenient Than Glasses or Contacts
Glasses and contacts can be a big hassle. Think about how much time you spend cleaning, storing, and looking for your glasses or contacts. Or that annoying dryness and discomfort that comes with falling asleep with contacts. LASIK surgery can remove all those inconveniences and give you clear vision.
May Offer Clearer Sight For Some Patients
Some patients struggle with their eyesight. Contacts or glasses may not be enough. LASIK reshapes the eye to correct curvature, which means it has the potential to provide even better results.
See What It’s Like To Have Great Vision Without Glasses
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up and see clearly without reaching for your glasses or putting in contacts? You can experience great vision every day with eye surgery. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Bloomfield Hills office to schedule an appointment to find out if you are a good candidate for LASIK.
May invites us to evaluate our eye care regiment with Healthy Vision Month. While everyone should take steps to protect their sight all year round, this month serves as a reminder to protect our eyes. When a person loses some or all of their vision, it can have an enormous impact on their life and livelihood.
What Can I Do to Protect My Vision?
Even if you are in excellent health, you should still take action to protect your vision. A healthy diet and exercise are a great start. Also remember to:
How Can I Help Spread Awareness During Healthy Vision Month?
There are several things you can do to help spread awareness during healthy vision month. Tell friends and family about this month’s focus. Share tips and information to help them protect their vision. You can also post information on social media to reach more people.
Volunteering is another great way to celebrate Healthy Vision Month. Look for organizations that support eye care and individuals with blindness.
Most importantly, don’t forget to make an appointment with an ophthalmologist to have your eyes checked. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule an exam.
Most people know that stress can have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing. It is often associated with headaches and fatigue. However, did you know that stress can also affect your vision?
Fight or Flight and Your Eyes
Stress can trigger certain reactions within your body. Long ago, these reactions would cause us to go into fight or flight mode to deal with a physical threat. Today, stress can be caused by many non-physical issues like an argument with a loved one or problems at work. Our bodies don’t differentiate between the different types of stress. Instead, they react the same way they used to: by producing adrenaline and other hormones.
If you sustain this state for a long time, it can cause eye problems. Constant dilation can bring on light sensitivity and strain. If you’re tense, you may tighten muscles in your face and around your eyes which can cause soreness. Common stress-related symptoms include:
How Can I Reduce the Effects of Stress On My Eyes?
The first thing you should do if you notice stress-related symptoms is to find ways to relax. A warm bath, exercise, meditation, and deep, slow breathing can help. If you experience chronic stress, then you may need to see a doctor or therapist. If you notice any changes in your vision, contact Grosinger, Spiegelman & Grey ophthalmologists for an appointment.
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The term optic neuritis describes inflammation that causes damage to the optic nerve. The optic nerve is a bundle of fibers that the body uses to transmit visual information from eyes to the brain. This type of inflammation is linked to multiple sclerosis (MS).
Signs of Optic Neuritis
The signs of optic neuritis are usually present in one eye. Common symptoms include:
Other Causes of Optic Neuritis
Modern medicine doesn’t know the exact cause of optic neuritis. Patients who have the condition have a 50% risk of developing MS in their lifetime. Other possible causes or factors include:
Do I Need to See a Doctor About Optic Neuritis?
If you suspect that you have a serious eye condition, then you should see an ophthalmologist right away. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey to schedule an appointment if you notice changes in your eyes, if you develop new symptoms, or if your symptoms don’t improve with treatment.
Eye disease includes a broad range of conditions. Some can be mild while others can be serious enough to cause poor sight or blindness. Early detection is the best way to manage any illness.
Herpes simplex is a common virus that can affect the skin, causing cold sores. It can also be transmitted sexually. The virus can cause ulceration or pitting of the cornea. Some patients can experience acute retinal necrosis (ARN) from chronic infections. This leads to destruction if retinal tissue and significant damage to sight. Approximately 15% of patients with herpes simplex lose at least some of their vision.
Bacterial keratitis can occur when common bacteria usually found in the mouth, nose, and on skin makes its way into the cornea. Usually, it cannot penetrate the outer layer of the eye, so the patient may only experience conjunctivitis. Certain conditions can allow the bacteria to get through the outer layer. Those with an eye injury or weak immune system are at risk. Also, patients who wear contacts can also develop bacterial keratitis due to a lack of oxygen from the lens.
Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome
Ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (OHS) is a fungal infection that occurs when spores are inhaled. In a small number of cases, the fungus can migrate to the retina and cause damage over years. Symptoms include retinal decay that’s similar to macular degeneration. While only a very small fraction of cases develops into OHS, it is a large reason for legal blindness in people ages 20 to 40 in the U.S.
Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey for an appointment and proper treatment if you think you may have an infectious diseases of the eye.
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