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Possible Causes for the Recent Surge in Dry Eye Cases

Dry eye disease is quite common in older patients, but the number of young sufferers is clearly on the rise

According to the American Optometric Association, “Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn’t have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye.” This one sentence sums up dry eye in a nutshell, but finding adequate treatments can be much more difficult. Symptoms of dry eye disease include: Burning or stinging of the eyes Redness of the eyes or eyelids Itching Light sensitivity Eye fatigue Contact lens irritation Here in the world of health and eye care, we’re currently experiencing a dry eye surge. The condition has always been quite common in older patients, but the number […]

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Smartphone Overuse & Eye Health Risks in Teenagers

Many young teens just don't understand the consequences of smartphone overuse

An interesting eye health story recently made its way onto NBC Nightly News. The segment entitled Kids’ Eyes Aged by Intense Use of Tablets & Phones tells of a Minnesota teenager who spends nearly 8-hours a day using a smartphone. As a result, this particular teen has been having trouble taking exams at school and has developed Dry Eye Disease (DED). In describing the effects of smartphone overuse, Dr. Ralph Chu states (in the video), “… you see this (DED) commonly in people who are in their 50’s & 60’s, but now with children who are using their smartphones a […]

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Computer Vision Syndrome – Blinded by Blue Light?

The optimal work environment begins with controlling the things you can control

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) may have you down, and you may not even know it. According to the American Optometric Association, CVS “describes a group of eye and vision related problems from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader, and cell phone use.” Some symptoms of CVS are obvious, but others can throw you for a loop. If you stare at any computer screen for long enough, you’ll eventually start to notice at least one of the following symptoms: Dry eyes Burning sensations in the eyes Blurred vision Light sensitivity Neck and back stiffness Tension headaches felt more around the eyes Feeling tired […]

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iOS 11 to Feature “Smart Invert” Option in Dark Mode

Apple plans to improve "dark mode" options when iOS 11 rolls out later this fall

So how much sleep did you get last night? Regardless of your answer, your performance TODAY will be drastically affected by how much time you spent between the sheets LAST NIGHT (literal, not figurative). If you get less than optimal sleep on a regular basis, most of your waking hours will be less productive than they should be. Loss of sleep can lead to decreased critical thinking skills and short-term memory problems. It may also cause you to eat more during the day, which could contribute to weight gain. Not to mention the excess caffeine you’ll need to compensate, which […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, Indoor Lighting, & Eye Health

It's common that depression increases during winter months when there is a lack of light and warmth

Every year around mid-February it starts to hit me. The winter blues. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy having the seasons here in the northeastern part of the United States. But the lack of warmth and daylight does start to take its toll. As far as my daily affairs are concerned, this is where grit kicks in. The holidays are well behind us and there’s not much to look forward to. On top of that, Punxsutawney Phil says there’s still six more weeks of winter, which leaves me feeling a bit like Phil Connors (Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog […]

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Optical Innovations for Preventing Digital Eyestrain

New advancements represent a change in our basic eye care needs, and a growing demand for more relevant options

Like most people in my age group, I’m a big fan of technology. Without it, I wouldn’t be able to check my email every ten seconds. I wouldn’t be able to Google an answer to most of my questions. And I’d need more than 140 characters to speak my mind. Without technology, I’d also have to pick up the phone to make a dinner reservation. I’d have to walk to the street corner to catch a cab. And I wouldn’t be able to post pictures of my life that make me look cooler than I actually am (guilty as charged). […]

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Establishing a Healthy Indoor Environment for CPU Time

As the weather cools off, more time gets spent indoors, but blue light never takes a break

The fall season can take you by surprise in New York. Sure, the temperature drops slightly and the sun takes longer to rise. But you have to dig deeper for the more traditional signs. As far as I know, there aren’t many pumpkin patches or apple fields within a close range. There’s no (major) college football team to root for. And the leaves don’t change color because there aren’t that many trees. Despite the apparent lack of nostalgia, there’s one sure sign of seasonal change in Manhattan. You know it’s fall in Midtown when Bryant Park transforms into a construction […]

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NightTone – The Next Step in Blue Light Blocking Tech

NightTone seems a bit easier to use than F.lux, but both programs are very similar when up and running

It looks like Mac users have another option when it comes to digital eye strain prevention. A new app called NightTone is supposedly just like F.lux, but with way more screen color choices. I recently purchased NightTone to see if it’s worth recommending. The following is the break down of my findings. Step by Step: Unlike F.lux, NightTone isn’t a free download. And unlike NightShift, it isn’t available on your iPhone (iOS 9). NightTone is only available to Mac users (download the latest version of OS X) at the bargain price tag of $2.99. If you are indeed a Mac […]

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Apple Counters F.lux with Night Shift Feature

After stirring the pot with the creators of f.lux, Apple comes out with its own blue light blocking technology

Good news for iPhone and iPad users, iOS update 9.3 is the friendliest “eye-phone” update yet. After stirring the pot with the creators of f.lux, Apple has come out with its own blue light blocking technology called Night Shift. Those of us who’ve kept an eye on this development would tend to support the creators of f.lux (I’ve been a loyal advocate for years). But regardless of which side you take, it’s safe to assume that the release of Night Shift is a step in the right direction for second screen eye health and overall eye care in general. And […]

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Maximizing Vision While Watching Sports on Television

There's virtually no difference in blue light emissions from the television screen and your computer

If you’re a big college hoops fan, tourney time is definitely the best event of the sports year. March Madness always brings a thrill like no other, especially when your team makes the field of 64 (or even 68). Unfortunately for fans watching at home, blue light emissions shine from every screen. The television is no exception. The longer we watch television, the greater our exposure to blue light. If your team is poised to make a run, you might want to revisit the best ways to keep your eyes comfortable all the way to the Final Four. Keep in […]