Self Diagnosing Vision Problems and Why It’s a Bad Idea

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So~~~~ your eyes are bothering you?

You all of a sudden cannot read small print.  Your eyelid is twitching.  You’re getting. headaches.  Your eyes feel dry and sore and vision can be blurry at times.

Is it a good idea to self diagnose the resolution to any vision problem?  NO. IT. IS. NOT.  and here are the reasons why.

Marketers of blue light glasses are falsely stating that you should wear blue light glasses when using a digital device all day.  We actually get more blue light exposure from sunlight! and those rack glasses can cause even more eye fatigue if the lenses are not good optical standard and are ill fitting.

If digital overuse is causing vision problems, VISIT YOUR EYE DOCTOR

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It is important to know the reason for eye fatigue and the proper solution.  It may be as simple as needing eye drops (artificial tears) to moisten the eyes bc of a lower blink rate while staring at a computer or looking at a distance of 20 feet every 20 min for at least 20 sec. If you buy the wrong kind of artificial tears they can actually make your situation worse.  In our climate, a humidifier will add moisture to the air and also can help minimize dry eye.

Usually blue light glasses will not help relieve digital eye strain from overuse unless you are using digital devices into the evening hours, then they can help alleviate the suppression of melatonin from over exposure of blue light, allowing you to sleep better.  There actually is no scientific evidence that blue light coming from a computer screen causes digital eye strain or damages the eye.

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You should sit 18 to 25 inches away from your computer screen, about arm’s length. Adjust screen brightness and contrast so that it feels comfortable and not too much brighter than the room light that you’re in. Position the screen so your eyes gaze slightly downward, not straight ahead or up.  Read About Computer Glasses Here

What if all of a sudden it’s difficult to see text on your phone?   Rush to a Big Box for reading glasses?  BAD.  IDEA.

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Around age 40-42, our near vision starts to deteriorate.  Using self diagnosed Add powers in over the counter readers can damage your near vision making it worse.  Why?  Poor quality lenses, incorrect add power, and poor fitting making them uncomfortable and can create eye strain by not properly correcting your vision needs.  It’s better to have the health of your eyes checked and to obtain a proper Rx by Scheduling an Eye Exam today

Want to delay needing reading glasses? Put on Your Sunglasses

A prescription, whether for reading glasses or a bifocal, will take into account any vision difference between your eyes, which most people have, and correct for it to provide a balanced image from both eyes to your brain.

          Benefits of prescription reading glasses:

  • No more on and off. Unless you wear half-eye readers (Ben Franklin style), you’re likely removing them frequently to see at a distance. Progressive lenses will eliminate this problem.
  • Tailored to match vision needs. One lens can be made more powerful than the other. Lenses can be ground to correct for astigmatism, an imperfect curvature of the eye.
  • Custom fit, including nose bridge and temple arms. Your fitter will also ensure the optics in each lens line up with the centers of your eyes. The optics in OTC glasses maybe too close together or too wide apart and the wearer may feel some eye strain or headache.
  • Available with special lens coatings to decrease glare and/or resist scratching.
  • Longer lasting because they are typically of higher quality and YES. THEY. DO. COST. MORE.  BUT HEY, IT’S YOUR ONLY PAIR OF EYES!
  • Endless frame styles from which to choose.
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