Tanning Beds and Eye Safety: How to Know if Tanning is Safe for Eyes

Tanning Bed and Eye Health

There are a lot of myths surrounding tanning bed safety, especially when it comes to your eyes. The claim that tanning beds are safer for eyes simply isn’t true – the fact is, a tanning bed is no different than laying out in the sun. If you are an avid tanner, you may be curious how damaging to the eyes tanning can be and whether it’s safer to use a tanning bed. The ultraviolet rays from tanning bulbs are the same as the UVA and UVB rays emitted by the sun – and no UV rays are safe for your eyes. What’s more, people over the age of 35 have a 75 percent higher risk of sun-related damage. Therefore, older folks should be even more careful when exposed to UV rays.

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How Sleep or Lack of Sleep Can Affect Your Vision

Sleep Can Affect Your Vision

Did you know that lack of sleep can affect your vision? After a long night with too little sleep, you’ve probably experienced eye twitching, spasms, and puffy eyes. You’re not alone. Nearly one-third of all nights of sleep in America are “terrible.” On average, people need 7 hours of nightly sleep for optimal health but get only 5.5 hours. That’s over 100 million Americans suffering from lack of sleep. Yet lack of sleep can cause more than twitchy eyes. You need good sleep to keep your eyes in top-notch working condition. Let’s explore how sleep and vision are related – and how you can use sleep to keep your eyes healthy.

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How Does Air Quality Affect Your Eye Health

Air Quality Affect Your Eye Health

Spring is around the corner. That means no more gray skies or cold weather. It is the advent of summer! And when summer arrives, it is time for fun in the sun. Pool parties. Barbeques. Lots of sunlight. More outdoor time also means more air exposure. Sunshine, temperature, and storms all affect air quality. During heat waves, air quality can be at its lowest – especially during wildfire season in states like California or Idaho. Now, you might think air quality only affects your lungs. It doesn’t. It affects your eyes too. Because they are extremely complex and delicate, human eyes are fragile. They are just as vulnerable to air quality as your lungs. That might sound scary, but have no fear! In this post, we’ll show you how air quality and eye health are related and how to keep your eyes healthy.

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Why Can Eye Contact Be So Powerful?

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The eyes are the window to the soul. While this may sound cheesy, studies have proven that eye contact can cause physical and psychological reactions. For example, prolonged eye contact can make your skin crawl and give you the creeps. On the other hand, locking eyes with an attractive individual across the bar could lead to feelings of arousal and excitement. Don’t believe in things such as love at first sight or the eyes being the window to an individual’s soul? Then you will want to check out what science has to say.

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3 Reasons Why Washing Your Face is Good For Your Eyes

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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?

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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

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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

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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

Dark Mode and 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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The Best Ways To Protect Your Eyes This Summer

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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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