In memory of our fallen heroes.
In memory of our fallen heroes.
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.
June brings us much anticipated warm weather but it also brings us Cataract Awareness Month. It is a great opportunity to learn more about this common eye condition. Right now, cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss across the U.S. It is also the leading cause of blindness across the world.
How Are Cataracts Treated?
The good news is that getting cataracts doesn’t mean you are going to go blind. This condition is easy to treat. An ophthalmic surgeon removes the affected part of your lens. The missing portion is replaced with an intraocular lens (IOL). The procedure usually takes about 20 minutes and has a relatively short recovery time. Cataract surgery has a very high success rate of around 95%. It’s safe and effective.
Who Is at Risk for Cataracts?
Anyone can develop cataracts. However, some are more at risk than others. Most people don’t experience symptoms until after age 40. Some factors that can increase your risk include:
More than half of Americans over age 80 have cataracts or have had them removed at some point in their lives.
How Can I Prevent Cataracts?
There is no guaranteed way to prevent cataracts. In some cases, it can be part of aging. There are things that you can do to lower your risk or slow cataract growth. These include living a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and exercise. Those who smoke are more likely to develop cataracts at a younger age.
You should also keep up with your regular eye exams. This is the best way to detect cataracts and other conditions early. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey today to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our ophthalmologists.
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.
Eye health should be a priority for everyone, especially women. Studies have found that females have a greater chance of developing eye disease than males. This often comes from conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Approximately 66% of patients with blindness are women, along with 61% of glaucoma and cataracts cases and 65% of AMD reports.
Why Are Women’s Eyes at a Higher Risk?
While there isn’t one definitive answer, there are several theories that could shed light on why women are more prone to developing eye disease. One is that, on average, women tend to live longer than men. More years means more time to develop age-related conditions.
Other factors could also be at play. For example, social and economic factors may cause women to be at risk. Women are also more likely to develop some conditions, like dry eye.
What Can I Do to Protect My Vision?
Taking a proactive approach to eye care is a great way to protect your vision. This goes for women and men of all ages. What can you do to lower your risk?
The best thing you can do for your vision is to keep up with regular eye exams. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Bloomfield Hills office today to schedule a visit with one of our exceptional ophthalmologists.
Cataracts are a common problem that affects over 24 million people over the age of 40 in America. More than half of all U.S. citizens develop cataracts by the time they are 80 years old.
Do Cataracts Cause Vehicle Accidents?
When people grow older and develop cataracts, it becomes much harder to do the things they used to do. That includes everyday activities like driving. Oxford Academic published a study on September 28th, 2018 that found cataract surgery had a positive impact on the number of seniors involved in car crashes.
The study involved 2,849 drivers age 60 or older in Western Australia. Each had undergone cataract surgery on both eyes and were involved in a vehicular accident as the driver. A total of 1,312 participants were involved in 1,347 accidents during the 12 months before they had cataract surgery. A total of 775 were involved in 850 accidents during the time between their first and second surgeries. And 895 were involved in 916 accidents during the year after their second cataract surgery.
Researchers compared the results and worked in other risk factors to find that there was a 61% reduction in accident risk after the first cataract removal. There was a 23% reduction after the second surgery.
Cataract Removal Reduces Accident Costs
The total cost of all the accidents counted in the study was around $80.5 million AUD (or $57.30 million USD) during the year before the first removal. The total was $60.4 million AUD after the second surgery. The total surgeries cost $5.1 million AUD, which netted a savings of $14.9 million AUD for the community that was credited to participants having their cataracts removed.
If you experience vision changes, contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey’s ophthalmologists for an appointment. They can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment that will keep you driving safely well into your golden years.
Cataracts are a common problem that affects over 24.4 million Americans above the age of 40. Around half of all adults in the U.S. develop the condition by the time they reach age 75. It can cause changes in vision ranging from minor blurriness to blindness. There are ways you can lower your risk of cataracts.
Make Sure Your Diet is Rich in Nutrients
Your diet affects every part of your body – including your eyes. A study of over 35,500 women was conducted in 2008. The results found that participants who consumed more antioxidants from yellow or dark green leafy vegetables lowered their risk of cataracts by 18%. Additional studies have also pointed to omega-3 fatty acids as being beneficial.
Don’t Smoke or Stop If You Already Do
It’s a well-known fact that smoking is not good for you. It can also affect your vision. Research has suggested that people who smoke are twice as likely to develop cataracts compared to those who do not. The risk increases based on how much you smoke.
Enjoy Adult Beverages in Moderation
Adult beverages are not inherently bad for your eyes. However, much like other vices, enjoying them in excess can increase your likeliness of getting cataracts. Drink in moderation and keep your risk low.
Avoid Long-Term Use of Oral Steroids
Oral steroids are known to cause cataracts when used long-term. There is conflicting information about whether nasal spray or inhaled versions are also as risky. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about steroid use and cataract risk.
Schedule Regular Eye Exams
Living a healthy lifestyle and scheduling regular eye exams are the best ways to avoid cataracts and to receive proper treatment if you do develop them. Your ophthalmologist can check for signs of this condition and suggest ways to keep your risk minimal. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Alan Spigelman discusses his practice which is eye care.
How to deal with symptoms as you get older such as cataracts, glaucoma, and issues with your retina.
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