4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

4 Eye-Damaging Habits You May Not Know You Have

Even if you have excellent eye health, you may be treating your eyes poorly without realizing it! Here are a few eye habits you should definitely break if you want to keep your eyes merry and bright.

Failing to wear sun glasses.

We wear sunglasses for fashion and comfort, but they’re more than just an accessory. UV saturation can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts later in life, so it’s important to wear UV ray-blocking sunglasses. And don’t think that cloud cover can protect you from exposure – if clouds are patchy, the rays can become more intense.

Failing to wear protective eyewear

If you’re handling caustic chemicals or performing maintenance work that may expose your eyes to particulate matter, wear protective glasses or goggles.

Most of us have used drain opening fluid at one time or another, but it doesn’t occur to us to wear protective glasses. However, many commercial drain openers contain lye, which can severely damage your eyes if it’s splashed in. Doing yard work or small home repairs can also expose our eyes to particles that can scratch our eyes or cause an infection.

Rubbing your eyes.

Eye-rubbing seems harmless enough, but rubbing the eyes, particularly with bare hands, can lead to eye infections. The pressure can also be damaging to vision in the long-term.

Staring at a computer or smartphone screen for extended periods.

Digital eye strain from staring at the blue light from a computer screen can cause significant discomfort, including headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision, and neck pain. Taking periodic breaks – every 20 minutes or so – may help alleviate the symptoms. There has also been promising research on the efficacy of blue light blocking glasses.

OptiExpress helps patients in the Florida communities of Cape Coral and Fort Meyers preserve their eye health and protect their vision. For a comprehensive eye exam, or to take advantage of our great deals on glasses and contacts, visit one of our locations today!

Caring for Your Lenses – Tips for Contacts and Glasses

Caring for Your Lenses – Tips for Contacts and Glasses

Neither glasses nor contact lenses will perform at their peak without proper care. Here are a few things to remember if you want to preserve your lenses.

Care for Glasses – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t use tissues on lenses. Tissues and napkins may feel soft, but they contain wood particles that leave scratches on lenses.
  • Don’t use ammonia glass cleaner. Cleaners – window cleaners or counter cleaners – will erode protective lens coatings over time.
  • Do purchase a microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses. Lint-free microfiber cloths are your best bet for cleaning glasses. Their fiber surfaces are far smaller than other types of cloth, making them softer and less prone to scratching. Moreover, their porous surfaces allow them to pick up a lot of smudges and dirt — even without the use of a liquid cleaner.
  • Do use eyeglasses cleaner. Eyeglass cleaners are formulated for soft eyeglass lenses, and can be safely used for the lifetime of your glasses. There are also pre-moistened towelettes specifically for glasses.

Care for Contact Lenses – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t use tap water on your lenses. Tap water isn’t sterile, and will contaminate your lenses. You might also drop a lens down the drain.
  • Don’t store your lenses reused storage solution. Always empty and refill your storage case with fresh storage solution
  • Do use the specific lens care system supplied by your optometrist. Do not use different lens care solutions for previous sets of contact lenses. Solutions should not be mixed.
  • Do wash and dry hands before handling contact lenses. Use a mild hand soap free of fragrances, and always use lint-free towels to dry them.

OptiExpress offers eye care solutions for the whole family. Visit our Cape Coral or Fort Meyers for excellent deals on glasses and contact lens packages today!

What does 20/20 mean

20/20 is an English measurement for detail resolution. The top number represents the testing distance, which is usually 20 feet. Testing vision at any closer distance will cause the distance glasses prescription to have too much convex lens power and will make the distance vision blurry. The bottom number is an old English measurement called foot-letter. So a 20 foot-letter size means that the letter that you see is 1 second of arc high at 20 feet.60 seconds of arc equals 1 degree of arc.

Some people can genetically see better than 20/20. For example 20/15. Typically athletes like professional baseball players that excel at hitting have this genetic ability. At Optiexpress, we take pride in making sure that your vision will be as clear as possible, even if you don’t care about your batting average!