Tips for Better Sleep and Better Eye Heath: Ft. Myers Eye Specialist

Did you know that some of your habits before bedtime could be damaging your eyes, disrupting your sleep, and putting your overall health in jeopardy? Here are a few tips to make sure you get plenty of restful sleep. Dr. J. Michael Witherington OD has been a trusted resource for eye health in Ft. Myers for over two decades, providing comprehensive eye care services to the South Florida community from a state-of-the-art eye care center. OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Getting high-quality sleep every night is essential for good eye health and good overall health. Chronic sleep deprivation can put you at risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke — all of which can significantly damage the eyes. Everyone has a pre-bedtime regimen, but some habits are better than others. If you want the best quality sleep, to protect your eye health, and ensure optimal overall health, here are a few things to consider before hitting the sack.

Do: Always remove your contact lenses.

Regardless of whether you have standard contacts or long-wear, you should never leave any contact lenses in before going to sleep. Even breathable contact lenses restrict some airflow from the eyes, and limiting the amount of oxygen your eyes can access.

Sleeping while wearing contacts leaves your eyes vulnerable to infection, dry eyes, and corneal scratching/scarring. So, rather than risk permanent eye damage, remove your contacts before bed.

Don’t: Start smartphone scrolling.

It’s tempting to check social media feeds and watch videos on our smartphones or tablets at bedtime, but it’s a terrible habit. Looking at digital media at bedtime can throw you off of your sleep cycle because of the blue light exposure. This causes the brain to signal that it’s still daylight, inhibiting the release of melatonin and making sleep difficult.

Do: Snuggle up with a good book.

Not all reading is created equal. Although you might be reading text on your smartphone, the distraction and LED light cause sleep disruptions if done right before bed. However, books are another story altogether!

Reading books before bedtime is a fantastic gateway for sleep. Only six minutes of reading a book (or other material printed on paper) can reduce stress levels by nearly 70 percent, more than herbal tea or calming music. Reading also engages the imagination and strengthens mental acuity.

Reading books at night does not have any negative effects on vision; you just have to make sure the light is comfortable and the text isn’t so small that it causes eye strain. If you find reading at bedtime causes headaches or bothers your eyes, it’s probably time for an eye exam, whether you wear corrective lenses or not.

OptiExpress specializes in comprehensive eye health in Ft. Myers. If you need a full eye exam or one-hour onsite lab services, please visit our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral eye care center. If you have any questions about our services, please visit our contact page today!

Video Conference Eyewear Tips: How to Look Great on Camera

If you’re spending a lot of time attending Zoom video meetings, you want to make sure you look your very best. Here are a few strategies for making sure your eyewear helps you look fantastic! OptiExpress provides comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

Remote working has become the norm rather than the exception, so standard meetings that would traditionally take place in an office or conference room are now taking place in our dens and kitchens in front of a web cam. While we might be able to wear jeans or pajama bottoms during these on-camera meetings, we have to maintain a professional exterior from the waist up. Eyewear plays a significant role in preserving a tidy and attractive appearance.

While clothing and overall grooming are important for presenting an appropriate video conference appearance, eyewear is also an important factor. Wearing glasses that compliment the shape of your face is critical. Eyewear that emphasizes your best facial characteristics can actually make the glasses themselves appear less obvious.

Professionalism is another major consideration. While you might have highly colorful or fun glasses that are your fashion signature in everyday life, they might only be distracting in an on-camera context. You want to make sure your audience is listening to you, not wondering about your bright green glasses.

Lens coating is another feature that merits serious consideration. If you spend a good chunk of your day on your computer, whether it’s on camera or performing other tasks, a blue light-filtering lens coating can help you avoid eye fatigue. Additionally, anti-reflective coatings can help minimize and even eliminate distracting glare from your lenses.

Here are a few quick tips that can help you optimize your eyewear for your next on-camera meeting.

  • Check the lighting. Adjust your lighting to make sure that the light doesn’t produce a glare from your lenses or hit your glasses in such a way that it casts a shadow over your eyes.

  • Make sure your eyes are visible. Keep your glasses properly centered on your face so that your frames don’t obscure your eyes. If your glasses continually slip downward, consider having a fitting for new glasses.

  • Make sure your lenses are clean and clear. The camera can accentuate fingerprints and smudges on lenses. Using a moistened wipe designed specifically for cleaning lenses and clean your lenses before your video conference to ensure clarity.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is a trusted optometrist with a practice spanning two decades, who was voted one of South Florida’s top eye care specialists by the residents of Cape Coral. To book an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral eye care center, please visit our contact page.

Is Your Vision Blurry, Even While Wearing Glasses? Here’s Why

It’s not uncommon to experience blurred vision after getting a pair of corrective lenses. Here are a few reasons why you might be having blurry vision even when wearing your new glasses. OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, a gallery of designer frames, and a one-hour onsite lab.

If you’re frustrated because your brand-new prescription glasses don’t seem to be working – if you’re experiencing blurry vision after putting them on for the first time – don’t worry. There are several reasons why your vision isn’t adjusting to the new corrective lenses properly.

Your brain needs time to adjust.

It is extremely common to have blurred vision after putting on a new pair of corrective lenses, and it is likely a sign that your eyes are adjusting to their new reality. Remember, your eyes are used to processing information differently, and the blurring is simply a form of compensation that will quickly recalibrate after wearing corrective lenses consistently.

Your frames aren’t the best fit.

The way your glasses sit on your face is a big factor in your eyes’ ability to adjust to correction. This is particularly true if you’re used to wearing glasses of a certain shape or size. When you change that shape and/or size, your eyes have to adjust to a different lens curvature and sometimes a different distance from the lens to the eye. You can check whether the shape of the frames is the culprit by positioning the glasses on your face in different ways. If you notice that your vision becomes clear when you hold the lenses a certain distance from your face, you can check with your optician to see if your glasses can be restructured.

Your prescription is incorrect.

If the blurriness persists after a day or two, the culprit may be an incorrect prescription, which occurs less often than the other two issues but still happens on occasion. This could be due to an issue with transcribing the prescription order or a problem during manufacturing. If you suspect the prescription could be at fault, contact your eye care professional to double-check the prescription, and perhaps undergo another eye exam.

OptiExpress offers comprehensive eye health services, from thorough eye exams to contact lens fittings. If you are experiencing blurred vision due to any of the above issues or if you suspect something more serious, please don’t hesitate to contact our Cape Coral or Ft. Myers, Florida eye care centers for an evaluation.

OptiExpress founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington is widely considered one of Ft. Myers’s top eye care specialists, having practiced in South Florida for over two decades. To schedule an appointment for an eye exam at our Ft. Myers or Cape Coral location, please visit our contact page.

Kids Need Corrective Eyewear? Here’s How to Get Your Children to Embrace their Glasses

Few kids are enthusiastic about wearing glasses, but getting your children to wear their frames don’t have to be a chore. Here are a few tips that can help your child fall in love with their new glasses. OptiExpress is Ft. Myers go-to eye care center, offering a wide selection of designer eyewear, fantastic deals on eye exams and contact lens packages, an on-site one-hour lab, and a team of experienced eye care professionals. To learn more about OptiExpress services and special offers, please visit our home page.

If your little one needs glasses, you might expect a fair amount of resistance when it comes to wearing them consistently (and not losing them). Here are a few tips that might help your child accept – and even love – his/her glasses!

  • Get your child involved in selecting the frames. Although it might not be practicable to allow your child complete autonomy when it comes to selecting a pair of glasses, let him/her have a say in what type of glasses look and feel right. There are fantastic, kid-friendly style options that are colorful and fun enough to make a child feel comfortable and eager to show them off!

  • Choose strong frames. If you have an active child, there are going to be moments where playtime could potentially put glasses in jeopardy. Fortunately, there are new, highly durable glasses that are fantastic for kids – flexible and comfortable enough for them to safely run and frolic without worrying about breakage.

  • Make your child comfortable with the idea of wearing glasses. If you wear glasses, your child may be enthusiastic about wearing glasses, too. If you don’t, and if your child seems shy about the prospect of being the only member of the household wearing them, maybe get yourself a pair of non-prescription fashion frames so that you two can share the experience!

OptiExpress: The Leading Eye Care Center in Ft. Myers

OptiExpress has been Ft. Myers’s premier eye care resource for two decades. Founder Dr. J. Michael Witherington has provided the South Florida community with exceptional eye care services since 1998, earning warm testimonials from his diverse population of patients. To schedule, an eye exam with OptiExpress’s licensed and highly experienced optometrists, please visit our contact page or stop by our Ft. Myers location today!

Eye Health for Women: A Look at Women’s Common Eye Care Issues

While most of us know that men and women have different and specific health needs, we might not realize that there are also distinct differences between men’s and women’s optical health. These differences are not only due to variations in lifestyle, but also life expectancy and fluctuations in hormone levels. Here are a few factors that influence women’s eye health.

Women are more susceptible to dry eye than men.

Chronic dry eye is a condition that tends to affect more women than men – the National Women’s Health Resource Center estimate that the number of women who experience moderate to severe dry eye symptoms is double that of men. While it can be an uncomfortable nuisance, persistent dry eye is something that should be addressed by a medical professional, as it can signify a significant medical problem, or potentially lead to serious eye infection and possible reduction of visual acuity.

Hormone changes affect eye health.

In 2010, it was estimated that 61 percent of women over the age of 80 will have developed cataracts, compared to 39 percent of men. Considerable changes in hormone levels, like those associated with pregnancy, menopause, or birth control, may raise the risk of developing cataracts later in life. While cataracts are common in seniors, many people develop symptoms as early as their 40s. Regular eye exams will alert you to irregularities that could indicate the development of cataracts.

Longer life expectancy increases eye disease risk.

Women may be more likely to suffer from certain ocular conditions, such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, due to reaching a more advanced age than men. While age may be more of a risk factor than sex, it is nonetheless important for women to take eye care seriously, and get regular eye exams to detect potential complications that could affect long-term visual health.

The most important precaution women can take to protect their eyesight is to schedule comprehensive checkups with an eye care professional. If you haven’t had your eyes checked recently, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with an optometrist.

OptiExpress: We Can Process Your Prescription In-House in Our One-Hour Digital Lab

If you are in the Cape Coral or Fort Myers communities and need an eye examination, please drop by our family-friendly eye care center. We offer full eye exams, contact lens fittings, and a showroom of designer glasses. Drop by today and take advantage of our great package deals. We look forward to serving you!