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3 Reasons Why Washing Your Face is Good For Your Eyes

3 Reasons Why Washing Your Face is Good For Your Eyes

As it turns out, washing your face every day is not only rewarding for healthy skin but your eyes as well. It’s a simple daily habit that helps to remove dirt, bacteria, and foreign particles that thrive on the skin’s surface. And, while it may seem like a routine task, skipping your nightly cleansing can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria on the face and eyelids. As such, this can lead to swelling of the eyelid, redness of the eye, and even certain infections. But, your first line of defense is proper hygiene. Here are 3 reasons why washing your face is good for your eyes. 

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What is Peripheral Vision and Why is it Important?

What is Peripheral Vision and Why is it Important?

You know when you see something out of the corner of your eye? That’s what we call your peripheral vision. It allows you to see objects all around you without moving your eyes or turning your head. Also called indirect or side vision, peripheral vision helps you sense motion, view objects and sceneries, and walk around without running into things. Learn more about this all-important visual component, including peripheral vision loss and testing, below.

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What To Do If You Scratch Your Eye

What To Do If You Scratch Your Eye

A corneal abrasion, more commonly known as a scratched eye, is a small mark on the clear, protective area (cornea) of the eye. This common injury can occur during routine household tasks, yard work, or sports accidents. Oftentimes, a corneal abrasion occurs when dust, dirt, wood shavings, or even contact lenses are trapped beneath the eyelid. So, if you feel like you have something stuck in your eye, along with tearing and redness, then you may have a corneal abrasion. Learn about the immediate steps to take if you scratch your eye.

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9 Causes of Blurred Vision & When to See a Doctor

9 Causes of Blurred Vision & When to See a Doctor

It’s estimated that nearly 70% of adults experience some sort of vision problem in their lifetime. Most, however, are easy to treat with the correct diagnosis and/or prescription. Blurred vision, on the other hand, is a little bit more complicated and can be caused by a number of factors, some of which may be serious. Continue on to learn more about the 9 common causes of blurred vision, treatment options, and when it’s time to see a doctor. 

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This is How Dark Mode Really Affects Your Eyes

This is How Dark Mode Really Affects Your Eyes

In a world of virtual learning, smartphones, and nearly round the clock access to screens, eye strain is a real thing. That is why many people prefer dark mode. This is a setting offered on many cellular devices and now browsers on desktops. Dark mode, or dark themes, basically invert the color schedule. This makes the text light and the background dark. The default, light mode, is dark text with white or light background. It might seem new to us, but actually, computers started out with a dark mode default. Still, many believe this will help with computer eye strain. But, does it? Let’s talk about some misconceptions.

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How to Prevent Eye Strain Through Office Ergonomics

How to Prevent Eye Strain Through Office Ergonomics

Office ergonomics are commonly associated with back/neck, and hand/wrist health. Yet, proper desk ergonomics is also beneficial to the health and comfort of your eyes. Nearly 80% of U.S. jobs are considered desk-bound or sedentary. Now, with the pandemic even more people have been required to work from home. Because of this shift, there is less walking and more sitting. While office ergonomics might have been considered by your employer, not many apply it to their home office.

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Do Kids Need Blue Light Glasses?

Do Kids Need Blue Light Glasses?

Summer is quickly coming to an end and that means the school year is upon us. And, as we know, many of the kids will be learning remotely. Which also means that extra screen time is inevitable. Now, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the benefits of blue light glasses for adults that stare at screens all day, but are they a good idea for the kiddos? Here’s everything you need to know about blue light and protective glasses.

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What You Should Know About Photokeratitis

What You Should Know About Photokeratitis

With summer in full swing (and an ongoing pandemic) most of us are outdoors quite a bit these days. And, while we’re aware of the dangers of the sun to our skin, you might not know that sunlight can also cause damage to your eyes. Photokeratitis, a painful eye condition, occurs when ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or a man-made source are exposed to the eyes. Essentially, it’s a sunburn of the eye.

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The Importance of Using Protective Sports Eyewear

The Importance of Using Protective Sports Eyewear

Each year, emergency rooms in America see over 40,000 sports-related eye injuries. That’s nearly one injury every 13 minutes, according to the National Eye Institute. In fact, injuries to the eye are the leading cause of blindness in children in the U.S. Fortunately, with the proper use of protective sports eyewear, 90 percent of sports-related eye injuries can be prevented.

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The Best Ways To Protect Your Eyes This Summer

The Best Ways To Protect Your Eyes This Summer

While most of us are pretty diligent when it comes to protecting our body and face from the damaging effects of the sun, it’s easy to forget about our eyes and eyelids. But, did you know that certain sunscreens are actually safe to use on and around the eyelid? It’s true. Now, whether you’ve feared getting sunscreen in your eye (ouch!), or you just didn’t know you could apply sunscreen there, dermatologists agree it’s a must. Learn more about your eye health, as well as the best precautions to protect your eyes this summer.

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