You only get one pair of eyes in your life, so take care of them now. These six easy tips for good eye health will go a long way toward maintaining proper vision throughout your life.
Wear sunglasses. It’s important to protect your eyes from damaging UV rays not only during summer but also year-round—especially if your eye color is blue or falls in the lighter spectrum. A habit of not protecting your eyes from the sun can eventually result in cataracts and macular degeneration. Vision damage from ultra-violet rays is irreversible. So, don’t take a risk. If you have to squint, you should be wearing shades.
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..Have you or a loved one suffered with macular degeneration? Macular degeneration symptoms can seem fuzzy at first. If you are in the early stages of macular degeneration, you may experience no symptoms at all. Or you may brush it off as your eyes being ‘tired’ or ‘off.’ Here is what you need to know about this progressive disease of the eye.
Macular Degeneration Symptoms
When you do start showing macular degeneration symptoms, they can seem minor or vague. At first, you may notice either a gradual or sudden change in your vision quality. You may also notice that straight lines appear to be slightly wavy or distorted. However, this initial change in eyesight can gradually develop into a dramatic loss of your central vision.
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We’ve long maintained that the eyes are not only the window to your soul but also to your health. That’s why we recommend at least an annual eye exam—even if your eyesight is fine. Hidden conditions within the eye can be early precursors of other bodily illness and disease.
When a patient came to Dr. Fruchtman in 2018 with a complaint of blurry vision along with other symptoms he’d been experiencing, Dr. Fruchtman knew that something was definitely wrong.
Of course, blurry or cloudy vision by itself can be caused by a number of circumstances: an eye or head injury, typical vision loss, poor dietary habits, and more. So, Dr. Fruchtman took his time listening to the patient and performing a thorough eye exam. And he began to connect the dots.
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How do you know when it’s time for an eye exam? If you’re getting an eye exam each year, then you’re probably already on a good schedule. But if it’s been a while, you may want to schedule an eye exam as soon as possible. And if you’re experiencing an eye issue, you’ll want to know if you should get it checked right away or if you can wait until your next exam.
First, most people do well with an annual eye exam. This is usually the right frequency to catch any eye health issues early. However, if you are over the age of 50 or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then you’ll want to increase the frequency of your eye exams in order to continue to maintain the best vision possible for you.
Conditions That Warrant an Eye Exam Soon
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Glasses are an investment not only in preserving your eyesight, but also in how you look. No matter your age, and if it’s your first time being fitted for eyeglasses, you’ll want to take home some tips to keep your glasses in tip-top shape. This quick guide to glasses care gives you 12 reliable tips to keep your glasses safe at all times.
The number one reason we replace glasses is due to carelessness. It’s easy to lose your glasses somewhere if you put them down and walk away. And accidents can and will happen. Place them on a table and they could get knocked off. Place them on the floor or sofa next to you and they’re almost guaranteed to get stepped on or sat on. Place them in a purse or bag unprotected and they’ll likely get crushed. Then you’re without glasses until we can get you a new prescription.
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Have you ever sat in front of a wall of glasses not knowing where to start?
Have you tried on one pair after another, but still can’t find the right one?
You’re not alone. Choosing the best frames for your face can be a challenging decision. That’s why we’re here to help you find the eyeglasses that complement your face the best. But before we get started, here are some tips to help you narrow the selection.
Face shape plays an essential role in frame selection. To find your face shape, pull back your hair and note the overall shape of your face in the mirror. There are seven common face shapes.
The key to finding the right frames for your face shape is to remember that opposites attract. So, choose frames that are opposite and complement the shape of your face. Here’s what you’ll need to know for each type of face shape.
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Are you experiencing blurry or wavy vision?
Do you have blind spots?
Have you lost your central vision altogether?
Macular Degeneration is an incurable eye disease, and is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than glaucoma and cataracts combined.
This age-related disease is almost never totally blinding, but it can cause a significant and permanent reduction in vision. Scientists are currently working on breakthrough treatments to help those suffering with this currently irreversible type of vision loss. But what do we do in the meantime? Here’s what you need to know.
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Proper contact lens care is essential to keeping your eyes healthy.
Wearing contact lenses can be a major convenience when it comes to your daily activities. You don’t have to worry about glasses becoming lost, damaged or broken while participating in sports, entertainment, and other activities. However, because contact lenses are in direct contact with your eyes, they can introduce contaminants into the eye area that can cause irritation or damage.
Here are some tips straight from Dr. Fruchtman to help keep your eyes safe and healthy when using your contact lenses.
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Diabetes may be a fairly common—and manageable—disease, especially in the United States. But it is also a very serious disease that can result in loss of limb as well as loss of vision. As diabetes is currently on the rise, so also is a side effect of the disease that doesn’t get talked about much: blindness. In fact, diabetic eye disease has become one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness in America.
Diabetes and blindness can be a scary combination, but Dr. Fruchtman is here to help maintain your best vision possible—no matter what your health circumstance may be.
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How often do you wear eye protection around your home? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably close to never. When considering eye safety at home, you may want to think about adding eye protection to some of your daily tasks.
That’s because nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home while doing most mundane projects. That’s why they’re called accidents. And in fact, only 35% of people say they wear eye protection at home. So, let’s take a few minutes to cover the most common eye-related injuries that occur at home or in the yard.
Eye Safety at Home
Eye safety at home is as essential as anywhere else. Surprisingly cooking and cleaning around the home cause an average of 125,000 eye injuries every year. Household chemicals and hot cooking oil can splash in your eyes, causing a burn. Additionally, some eye injuries occur while decorating your home. If you are screwing or nailing something into concrete or brick, particles can jump from the surface and enter your eye, causing severe pain.
And while some eye injuries can occur from a simple slip or fall, others can happen due to a curling iron being accidentally held too close to your eye or even a champagne cork travelling across the room and hitting someone in the eye.
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