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.
Eye twitching, also known as blepharospasm, is a condition that can affect one or both eyes. The lid will spasm every few seconds over the span of a minute or two. It’s painless and usually goes away on its own. While modern medicine hasn’t found a specific cause, many believe eye twitching is linked to caffeine intake, smoking, air pollution, stress, or fatigue.
What If My Eye Twitch Keeps Happening?
Some patients may experience eye twitching over a prolonged length of time – like days, weeks, or even months. This situation isn’t common but can be upsetting. It may be a sign of another condition like pink eye, dry eyes, inflamed eyelids, or light sensitivity.
In rare cases, some patients may have a nerve or brain disorder like Tourette’s syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Dystonia, or Bell’s palsy.
Eye Twitching and Medications
Some prescription medications can cause eye twitching. The most common spasm-causing drugs are those used to treat epilepsy and psychosis. If you experience prolonged eye twitching, talk to your doctor about the side effects of any prescriptions you are currently taking.
When Should I Worry About Eye Twitching?
The good news is that most of the time, eye twitching is not a serious condition. It’s usually harmless and will eventually stop. However, if you notice excessive twitching or twitching that persists, you should talk to a professional to rule out a neurological condition.
Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey ophthalmologists to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam.
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.
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.
More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies. If you are one of them, Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey can create a personal plan for eye allergy relief so you can enjoy the season. Contact us to schedule an appointment at our Bloomfield Hills office.
Nurses should be thanked daily for their important work but we will do it publicly during National Nurses Week. We appreciate all you do!
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