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7 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy This Summer

As summertime rolls around, most people are looking forward to spending more time with family and more time outdoors

Change is a good thing and it’s happening all around us today. Cities are changing, technology is changing and (best of all) the weather is changing. As summertime (2018) rolls around, most people are looking forward to activities which include more time spent with the family and more time outdoors. Those activities also include (typically) lighter clothes, colder drinks and a fashionable pair of sunglasses. Speaking of sunglasses, the summertime definitely is NOT the time of year to forget them at home. It’s also not the best time to neglect your eye health. That said, the following summer eye health […]

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Eyes on Tech – Google’s Digital Wellbeing

Digital Wellbeing from Google is an upgrade to a platform of applications designed to minimize smartphone distractions

No matter what your feelings toward privacy may be, maximizing the potential of technology is always a step in the right direction. If any given user is concerned about her/his health, Google’s Digital Wellbeing certainly offers several usable tools. But there’s a catch. Google and Apple products aren’t necessarily compatible with one another. User access across both platforms isn’t impossible at all (especially from the Apple side), but it’s not ideal either. If you’re an Apple user, product integration of built-in features is seamless, which is why I believe Apple has a definitive advantage in this game. And Apple users […]

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Eyes on Tech – Screen Time (iOS 12)

Later this year, Apple is set to take parental control options to the next level with the Screen Time feature for iOS 12

Screen Time for iOS 12 is due out this fall (public beta, late June 2018) – and all I can say is I feel really bad for parents who didn’t get to take advantage of this feature. Sure, Apple is a bit late to the parental control party, but their appearance is anticipated because their user base is massive (obviously) and ease of access is extremely important, especially now that we know how addictive smartphones can be for adults and children alike. Features: One of the main features of Screen Time will be Activity Reports, which show users how much […]

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Eyes on Tech – 5 Parental Control Options for Smartphone Binging

There are several apps available to assist parents in monitoring the smartphone use of their children

I can’t start this post any better than Nara Schoenberg did recently in the Chicago Tribune. The title of her article contains a phrase we’ve all heard before, but in a different context: “Want to limit your tween’s smartphone use this summer? There’s an app for that.” The title means exactly what it says because there are several apps available to assist parents in monitoring the smartphone use of their children. Now this may seem a bit draconian (from a child or tween’s standpoint), but a give and take relationship is probably in the best interest of eye health as […]

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Biofinity Energys – “Designed to enhance eye function in today’s digital world”

In today's battle against digital eyestrain, advancements are being made on both the software and hardware sides

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, google an answer to most of my questions and speak my mind in 140 characters or less (although tweets are definitely getting longer). 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). It […]

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Optical Innovations (cont’d) – Computer Eyewear

One of the best options for preventing digital eyestrain is computer eyewear or lenses that filter out harmful blue light

In the grand scheme of things, digital eyestrain is a fairly new occurrence. As early as a couple decades ago, many people didn’t even think twice about staring at their monitors all day long. Fast-forward to today and there’s smartphones, tablets, readers and laptops along with a whole host of physical ailments that come with device overuse. Luckily for us, we have options for preventing digital eyestrain. One of the best options is computer eyewear or lenses (glasses) that filter harmful blue light. The computer eyewear space has definitely become a bit crowded as of late so there’s many choices. […]

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Optical Innovations for Preventing Digital Eyestrain – Blue Light Filters

If you haven't noticed, the market for blue light filtering software has expanded as of late

Computers have feelings too. Well, maybe not, but you still should be nice to them because they DO have the ability to block harmful blue light (if you download the right software). If you haven’t been paying attention, the market for blue light filtering software has expanded as of late. The biggest issue is distinguishing one program from the other. Your best bet is to separate each program by platform, then see which one is easiest to implement on your individual device. Some of the more notable blue light filters include: F.lux In my opinion, F.lux is still the easiest […]

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8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes While Working Behind a Computer

Computer Vision Syndrome can lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace

Computer Vision Syndrome makes the eyes feel tired, strained and uncomfortable. If we’re not careful, it can also to lead to a lower level of efficiency in the workplace (e.g. spaghetti code or mangled excel sheets). Luckily for us, we can take several precautions to help our eyes function at their best, especially at work. Here’s a list of eight ways to reduce digital eyestrain and optimize your time behind the computer. Turn on the Lights If your computer screen is the only source of light in the room, your eyes will tend to focus on it. Try to make […]

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Eye Healthy Foods – How Does Caffeine Affect the Eyes?

A recent study shows that people who consume caffeine produce more tears compared to those who don't

If you’re anything like me, your day doesn’t start until you get that morning “cup of joe.” It can come in the form of a latte, a shot of espresso (or two), warm or cold brew, even a cappuccino, a macchiato, or a flat white. The thought of coffee gets me out of bed in the morning, it’s just what I need to get going, and I look forward to it every day. You get it, right? A History Lesson: So for a brief history lesson (and this is my take on the whole thing)… The popularity of coffee in […]

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Managing Dry Eye Disease – Treatment Options (Update)

As 2017 nears it's end, I'm confident that help is on the way for the vast majority of dry eye sufferers

The last year has been an exciting one in terms of dry eye disease. The new medication Xiidra made its debut and DEWS2 officially updated the dry eye definition. If that’s not enough, Shire (the parent company of Xiidra) started a public health campaign called MyEyeLove, which increased the overall awareness of dry eye. This marked the beginning of celebrity endorsements in the eye care industry, which has definitely been a game changer. I say this because many new (and existing) patients have been asking me: “Do I have what Jennifer Aniston has?” Personally, I didn’t realize the impact would […]