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.
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.
As we age, the recommended frequency for eye doctor visits changes. Healthy adults ages 40 to 64 are advised to see their eye doctor at minimum once every two to four years. After age 65, that recommendation changes to once every one to two years. That applies whether you are experiencing symptoms or not. If you do have an eye condition or wear glasses or contacts, it is suggested that you visit your ophthalmologist more frequently. Your ophthalmologist will provide you proper appointment frequency depending on your individual case and care needed. Why should you start or continue seeing your eye doctor after age 40?
Many eye-related conditions are silent. That means you will notice no symptoms until things have progressed. Once you start experiencing blurry vision or other effects, the problem may be much worse than it was when it started.
The most effective way to treat conditions is to avoid them altogether. Your ophthalmologist can monitor your ongoing health and make recommendations to help you keep your vision clear. For example, you may be advised to begin taking a vitamin supplement to help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
There is no way to avoid the fact that our eyes deteriorate as we grow older. Even if you live a model lifestyle with exercise and a good diet, your eyes will age. Your doctor can help manage these changes by adjusting your prescription and monitoring for other conditions.
Seeing your eye doctor regularly will establish a record of health. This can be beneficial in case you develop a condition later. It can also help you observe the way lifestyle changes are affecting your vision.
One comprehensive dilated eye exam could mean the difference between blindness and keeping your sight. An underlying issue could be present, but not yet obvious. Or, in some cases, you may attribute minor changes to other less concerning causes.
Regular ophthalmologist visits provide you more opportunities to catch diseases before they have a chance to rob you of your vision. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians located in Southeast Michigan to schedule your next appointment.
Men’s Health Week is a good time to remind yourself or the man in your life about the importance of taking care of your health including your eyesight. Contact Eye Michigan for your annual eye exam to preserve your sight so you can enjoy your vision for years to come.
Eye Michigan wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
LASIK Eye Surgery is a wonderful present for those still wearing contacts or glasses. Treat your loved one to the gift of vision this holiday season. Contact Eye Michigan to find out more.
Your eyes are a vital part of your overall health. To maintain optimal eye health and ensure that your vision is at its best, visit your ophthalmologist regularly. Many are unaware that they have vision problems or disease until they consult their eye doctor who performs a complete dilated eye examination. In some cases like glaucoma, diabetic eye disorder, and age associated macular degeneration, there are no warning signs. They can only be determined and diagnosed through a visit to the ophthalmologist.
Inform the ophthalmologist about your family history on eye health because some problems may be inherited. This helps the ophthalmologist determine your risk factors for certain eye conditions. Eating fruits and vegetables, specifically green leafy vegetables and fish rich in omega-3, and maintaining a healthy weight, contributes to helping keep your eyes in good condition and reduces the risk of eye disease. It is also suggested to stop smoking because smoking is associated with increasing your chance of developing macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve disorders. Ask your ophthalmologist about eye vitamins that have been clinically proven to aid in reducing vision loss from macular degeneration.
There is much that can be done to be proactive and to take charge of your eye health. Eye Michigan looks forward to your visit.
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