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  • Top Tips To Avoid Eye Strain Caused By Computers

    Eye strain or Asthenopia has become a leading office-related health problem with the increasing use of computers. Headaches, blurred vision, mild tears and pain at the back of the neck and temples are some of the most common symptoms of computer eye strain.

    Unfortunately, there are no medical tests available yet to detect the severity or degree of the strain. It entirely depends on the lifestyle of the patient.  People who spend most of their time in front of a computer screen are at higher risk of suffering from eye strain. If it occurs frequently, then it is recommended to see an ophthalmologist in Brickell as soon as possible.

    Here are the 5 top tips to avoid eye strain caused by computers:

    Use Proper Lighting- Bright lighting can be tough for your eyes. It is better to use floor lamps that provide indirect lighting. You can also have a customized eyeglasses prescription to avoid eye strain.

    Avoid CRT Monitor- If you have not done this yet, replace your old style CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitor with an LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or TFT monitor (Thin Film Transistor) as they have anti-reflective surfaces and a higher refresh rate.

    Do some eye exercises- You must learn some eye relaxation techniques to protect your eyes from deteriorating due to excessive usage of computers. This may also include eye massage, eye mask or warm cloth technique.

    Blink frequently- Blinking your eyes frequently keeps them clear, moist and comfortable. Doctors recommend keeping a bottle of artificial tears with you in case of prolonged computer use.

    Keep your screen clean- An untidy computer screen forces you to strain to see what you are trying to read. You can easily reduce computer eye strain by cleaning any smudges or finger marks from your computer screen.

    If the problem still persists, make sure to visit eye doctor Brickell to get the proper treatment before it becomes too late.

     

     

  • Eye Infections, Red Eyes, Contacts lenses, Eye exams, Brickell

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    Among eye doctors and technicians, sleeping in contact lenses and caring for them improperly is actually called “contact lens abuse.” And it turns out eye professionals can usually tell if you’re an abuser, no matter what you say at your eye exam, because your cornea (the outermost surface of your eye) will actually look bad.

    Here’s how it works:

    Your cornea is one of the only places in your body that doesn’t get its much-needed oxygen from blood vessels. It gets it from the air instead. When you wear soft contact lenses, a limited amount of oxygen gets to your eye, which is fine until you close those eyes for prolonged periods of time. During sleep, between those two layers (your eyelid and the lens), no oxygen gets through at all. The doctor can tell if your cornea has been starved of oxygen by looking at it under magnification – swelling and little bumps called “endothelial microcysts” are just some of the symptoms they might find.

    If these problems go on for too long, your eye will be at increased risk of eye infection and corneal ulcers (open sores on the cornea)

    Aside from being quite painful, these conditions can even get serious enough to causepermanent damage and can even lead blindness to Not cleaning your contact lenses, or using the wrong solution (or tap water) to do so, can also lead to infection and ulcers. I will address all of these things in the rules below.

    Contact lenses that don’t fit properly also present their own problems of discomfort and damage. Your eye has a unique curvature. One contact lens does not fit all eyes, which is why you need to always have a full fitting with a professional to find a brand and style that matches the shape of your eye most comfortably. Therefore:

    Rule 1: Always have a professional involved.

    Even if you don’t need prescription contact lenses, you might want them for cosmetic purposes. It could be crazy cat-eyes for Halloween, or maybe you just want to change your eye color for a day. What ever the reason or the event contacts are a medical device that by law require you to be fitted and we at Eyes on Brickell recommend you allow yourself an extra month before your costumed event and get a proper fitting from an eye doctor.

    As an additional bonus, a friendly technician or doctor will always be there to explain the proper care and use of contact lenses, such as:

    Rule 2: Don’t sleep in your contact lenses (regardless if they are designed for it.)

    Forgetting to take out your contacts might seem awfully convenient especially because you can wake up and  see and you dont have to deal with solutions etc…  However,  NO MATTER how much easier it seems Our doctors at Eyes on Brickell always recommend to all our patients never to sleep with your contacts.  Take 5 seconds and save yourself from an infection!   You simply can’t afford to let it become a permanent habit. If you find it impossible to remember no matter how hard you try (again, this was a problem I faced,) then you might need to give up on contact lenses entirely. Your eye health is more important than avoiding inconveniences.   Ladies i hate to say this but would you sleep for days with a feminine hygiene product and not expect to get health complications?  Disgusting thought right?   So why would you ever do it with your contacts?

    Rule 3: Care for your contact lenses properly.

    If you’ve gotten a proper fitting, the technician or doctor has likely already explained the need for replacing your contact lenses at regular intervals (which vary depending on brand and type) and cleaning them daily.  one of our contact lens experts, advises you to throw out your contact lens storage case at least every three months to prevent nasty things from growing there. Never use saline solution or any kind of water to store your lenses. You can use a no-rub solution to clean them, but Dr. Copty also advises you to use a gentle rub with your fingers as part of your daily care. Don’t ever reuse solution or “top it up” from your last use – always replace it completely with fresh solution.

    Rule 4: If there are problems…

    Take out your contact lenses immediately and make an appointment with your eye doctor. If you develop a red eye or itching, burning, swelling, or pain: don’t just wait for it to go away. An infection will only get worse with time. A corneal ulcer needs medical attention.  Visit us online to schedule your next appointment at www.eyesonbrickell.com or calls us directly at 305-914-0294

    LASTLY – NEVER OVER USE YOUR CONTACT LENSES AND FOLLOW PROPER WEARING SCHEDULES.

    The following list is the wearing schedule for the the most popular brands.

    Acuve Oasys and Acuve Oasys Astigmatism – 2 weeks

    Bioinfinity and Bioinfinity Toric – 1 month

    Air Optics – 1 month

     

  • Why Regular Eye Exams Are Essential If You Have Diabetes

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    While regular eye exams are important for everyone, they are even more important for diabetics. This disease can have a profound affect on your eye health, even leading to permanent blindness, so it’s vital your eye doctor gives your eyes a comprehensive examination at least once a year to detect any diabetic eye conditions or complications early.

    What eye problems can diabetes cause?

    Diabetic retinopathy: This condition occurs as a result of high levels of glucose building up in the blood vessels of the eye, reducing blood flow to the retina and leaking blood and other fluids into the retinal tissue. Symptoms occur gradually and include floaters, blurred vision, fluctuation of your vision, dark areas in your vision and vision loss. This is a very serious condition which causes irreversible damage, but often goes unnoticed because the symptoms build up slowly over time, so early diagnosis is important. Your eye doctor will be able to recognize and diagnose it rapidly and develop a treatment plan that will help slow down your vision loss. In serious cases, known as proliferative diabetic retinopathy, scatter laser treatment and a vitrectomy may be recommended to seal off leaking vessels and remove blood and fluid from the eye.

    Diabetic macular edema: This condition is similar to diabetic retinopathy, except that it affects the macular of the eye rather than the retina. This condition ranges from mild cases to severe, permanent vision loss, so it’s important to have an early diagnosis. Symptoms include blurred central vision and difficulty seeing details clearly, for example, fine print or recognizing someone’s face. This condition can be treated through focal laser surgery, sealing off leaking vessels and removing excess fluid from the eye.

    Temporary blurring: Blood sugar levels affect the functioning of all organs and the eyes are no exception. If your blood level changes significantly (or you are having uncontrolled blood sugar changes), you can experience temporary blurriness of your vision which comes and goes throughout the day. For many people, this issue goes away once their blood sugar is under control.

    Cataracts: A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded, reducing the light that can enter the eye and resulting in ‘foggy’ vision. This is a common condition that affects many people as they age, but diabetic patients are at risk of experiencing it at a younger age. Treatment for this condition includes a safe, quick surgical procedure where the lens is replaced, resulting in clear vision.

    Fast, professional eye exams for diabetics in Miami

    At Florida Eyecare Associates, we pride ourselves on providing high quality bilingual eye care through our experienced optometrist and state-of-the-art technology. Whether you have questions about your eye health as a diabetic or would like a comprehensive eye test, our team is happy to assist and advise you.

    The health insurance providers we currently accept at our vision center included Medicare, Vision Service Plan (VSP), Opticare, EyeMed Vision Care and many more. To find out more about our practice, please contact us today at one of our locations in Brickell, Miami.