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How To Winterize Your Eyes

How To Winterize Your Eyes

By on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog |

Casa Grande Eye Care loves our community and wants everyone to have healthy, happy eyes. This time of year is great and even though our local weather isn’t as extreme as other places, we are still faced with factors that can be damaging to our eyes and eyesight. Below are some tips on how to winterize your eyes!  Sun Exposure Most people associate sun exposure to the summer, but it can be just as often and sometimes even more intense in the winter. Regardless of what time of year it is, overexposure to the suns UV rays can cause Photokeratitis. This condition is like sunburning the sensitive tissues of the eyeball. Even though this can heal with time, it can easily be avoided by wearing protective eyewear. UV Exposure is also known to cause certain types of cataracts and also speed up the aging process. Wearing appropriate eyewear, and having sunglasses ready on gray days if the sun decides to come out unexpectedly.If you decide to hit the slopes or spend anytime in snow, also make sure to wear protective sunglasses or goggles because of the intense reflected sunlight.  Atmospheric Irritations The dry air, extra wind, and spending time by a fire this winter can all result in dry, irritated eyes. This is especially true if you wear contacts so make sure you are cleaning them properly. These conditions normally cause us to rub and sometimes accidentally scratch our eyes. If your eyes are dry or irritated it is good to try an eye lubricant a few times a day or going a step further and getting a humidifier for your common areas. So in short: protect your eyes, make sure to keep them hydrated, and don’t forget to give them a rest. We hope you are having a great Holiday season and as always we here to help with any vision questions and concerns. Give yourself the gift of amazing eye health because what better way to start off 2015 then to see it perfectly?!   Sources:...

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What Is CVS And How To Alleviate Symptoms?

What Is CVS And How To Alleviate Symptoms?

By on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog |

What is CVS? Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) has become more common these days with computers and screens so incorporated in everyday life. CVS is a temporary condition that occurs when focusing on a computer screen for too long. Some of the symptoms include: headaches, blurred or double vision, and eyes that are red, irritated or dry. Below are some tips on how to help avoid the many factors that can contribute to CVS and how to alleviate symptoms. Take your Surroundings Into Consideration There are many variables to consider if you are experiencing symptoms of CVS so first lets start with the environment. If your eyes are feeling dried out the airflow should be something to consider and using lubricating eye drops might help. Specific glasses for reading close up or maybe a pair with a little tint added if the room is bright are good options also. Always make sure to change your settings so the font can be easily read also. How Much Time Spent in Front of a Screen According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, CVS affects approximately 90% of the people who spent three hours or more at day looking at a computer. Taking breaks by closing your eyes or focusing on objects farther away could help give the overused muscles the necessary time out they need. If giving your eyes a break is hard to remember you could have a reminder or timer set. If you are not sure of how much time is spent looking at a screen than you can start keeping a log of screen time and or eye issues. If you have tried some troubleshooting without any luck, then it is time for Casa Grande Eye Care to take a look. Give us a call and we can get you on your way with happy eyes today!     Sources:...

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Diabetes and Your Eyes

Diabetes and Your Eyes

By on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog |

One of the health issues that people are facing world over is diabetes. Diabetes not only is a serious health condition by itself but also affects other parts of the body indirectly. It affects the smooth functioning of organs in the body and can often lead to failure, or be an impediment in recovery. Type I or Type II diabetes can affect the eyes. It is advised to have regular eye checkups should one be diagnosed with the problem. The elevation of blood sugar due to insufficient production of insulin is harmful to the blood vessels that support the vision of the eyes. It can lead to vision problems, to dryness and even can cause one to become blind. The part of the eye that is most affected is the retina. The retina is the lining at the back of the eyes. It is very important part of the eye as it translates the rays into images in the brain. The retina is nourished by oxygen and the blood flow. When one is diabetic the blood is affected and the viscosity in the blood reduces the natural flow. It needs a higher pressure to reach the blood vessels, therefore causing numerous problems. What Eye Problems are Associated with Diabetes? Type II diabetes causes other problems which could take a serious turn. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common problem. It starts with increased pressure which results in the weakening of the blood vessels. Eventually due to the high pressure it clogs and ruptures the blood vessels. The blood starts leaking and therefore stops the flowing of light into the retina. This can cause floats in the form of spots or even restricts clear vision. If this is neglected and not treated, the damaged blood vessels form scar tissue that detach the retina from the eye. The end result is permanent blindness and is not reversible. The other common problem is glaucoma. Type II diabetes causes damage to the optic nerve. The increased pressure in the blood due to diabetes prevents the excess fluid in the eyes to drain out. This damages the nerves and tissues in the eyes and results in partial or permanent loss of vision. A cataract is...

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Eye Allergies and Simple Remedies

Eye Allergies and Simple Remedies

By on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog |

Your eyes are the most delicate organs of your body. However, they can be affected by allergies which may be seasonal or perennial in nature. Burning sensation, droopy or bulging eyelids, inflammation, redness, itchy or teary eyes are all symptoms of eye allergies. Typically allergies that affect the eyes are known as ocular or conjunctivitis allergies. Almost one in every ten people suffer from eye allergies. Seasonal Allergies As the name suggests these allergies are seasonal in nature and do not happen all the year around. They occur at a particular time of the year or a season. For example, at the onset of spring, pollen can cause allergies for many and cause red and teary eyes. Sometimes the problem persists throughout the day or is at its height during the day, and as the day progresses the itchiness subsides. Perennial Allergies Unlike seasonal allergies that occur at a season or a particular time of the year, perennial allergies last throughout the year and are often subjective. One might be affected by things like dust, mites, pet fur, and particular chemicals in cosmetics, perfumes, smells from products or medicines for that matter. With that said, one needs to stay away from these as one might be sensitive to these. Simple Remedies for Ocular Allergy Relief One can take simple steps to protect their eyes and see that allergies will not affect the eyes as much. Here are some simple relief techniques providing measures that will help relieve the discomfort caused by allergies: Cayenne Although cayenne is a rich and a powerful spice, a concoction made with warm water and cayenne soaked in that water helps to relieve the eyes of any infection or itchiness. It also enhances the blood circulation as well as increases the inflow of oxygen in the eyes. Cayenne also helps to get rid of the toxic elements present in the eyes. Eyebright This herb helps reduce the inflammation in the eyes. It effectively shrinks any irritated tissues and calms swollen mucous membranes with its antiseptic properties. This is easily available and can be kept handy by those who suffer from extreme allergy problems. Red raspberry leaves It works like eyebright as the red raspberry leaves...

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Astigmatism – Symptoms and Care

Astigmatism – Symptoms and Care

By on Mar 4, 2014 in Blog |

Eyes are the most delicate organs of your body. With that said, there may be small or big problems that can affect your eyesight. Astigmatism is one of them. It is a refractive eye disorder which leads to blurred vision. What is Astigmatism? It is not an uncommon problem. 20-30% of people in the world suffer from this problem. In a normal situation a person’s cornea is perfectly spherical in shape. When the light enters the cornea, it is in turn refracted equally in all directions. This causes a focused and a perfect image to be formed on the retina. But such is not the case with those that suffer from astigmatism. Here the shape of the cornea is distorted and results in the image so formed being distorted. In short, a person suffers hazy and imperfect vision. Continuous blurry vision is one symptom of astigmatism. Even from very close distances, things will look blurry and hazy. It is also followed by dizziness, tiredness, red eyes, and the inability to focus on anything in particular. Causes of Astigmatism Astigmatism has been attributed to being a hereditary problem. However, research has also shown that it occurs to those who need to focus on something for long hours, typically said, one who spends hours in front of the computer, or those that are engaged in sharp crafts like knitting or sewing or other such work. In short, one that needs to focus on the minutest of things. Bad posture has also been said to be one of that causes as well. Treatments for Astigmatism One can be affected in various degrees. More often than not, the problem can be treated with lenses or eye surgery. Specific lenses help treat the problem. However, if the damage is severe refractive surgery may be prescribed. This surgery corrects the curvature and shape or the cornea. It makes the eye perfectly spherical and therefore objects to look perfect. If you sense some kind of a blurriness which lasts from a few seconds to a stretch, it may help to consult with your optometrist at the earliest possible to help mitigate the...

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A Cataract: Symptoms and Treatments

A Cataract: Symptoms and Treatments

By on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog |

It is important to know what a cataract is before one looks at the treatments for it. Our eye work like a living camera. The lens in the eye acts like a camera lens and in turn focuses the light on the retina and makes objects visible. With age and pressure on the eyes, the lens can get cloudy and make vision blurry and hazy. This phenomenon of the lens going cloudy and blurring vision is typical and in medical terms known as a cataract. A cataract generally happens after a certain age. But it can also be attributed to various other factors. Below are the situations when the cataract formation may speed up: Diabetic patients Eye injury or inflammation Over usage of steroids Excessive smoking and a bad diet Exposure to radiation and too much natural sunlight Various eye infections Symptoms of a Cataract Most of us may not have perfect vision and it could also be due to an abnormal eyesight. For those with a cataract, the symptoms are: Deteriorating vision The lens looks cloudy and can be seen from outside Cataract formation affects the vision very slowly and painlessly but with the time vision gets worse With age there is loss of color problems, glare sensitivity, vision problems at night, and double vision Unnatural glows around lights Excessive redness or continuous watering Vision is not only impaired at night, but gets affected in broad daylight as well Treatment for a Cataract A cataract can be easily treated these days. In its early stages, power lenses can help correct the vision. However after 50, it is best to get your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist at regular intervals. It is rather easy to get a cataract operation done. With advancement in the field of micro surgery, a cataract can be operated and removed rather easily. One may not get 20/20 vision, but clarity can be restored to a point where one can see clearly and have the fuzziness and the blurriness...

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