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Doctor’s Orders: Dr. Erickson On Blue Light Protection & How Sunglasses Aren’t Enough

iStock_000006729901LargeSunglasses have enjoyed immense popularity for use during sports and recreational activities. Tinted eyewear enhances visual performance in bright conditions by reducing undesirable glare and illumination. On a bright sunny day, the retina becomes saturated and reduces the ability to judge contrast sensitivity. For example, bright sunlight can affect the ability to judge the contours of the green in golf, or the spin on the ball in soccer or baseball. Continue reading Doctor’s Orders: Dr. Erickson On Blue Light Protection & How Sunglasses Aren’t Enough

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Blue Light Hazard: External and internal blue light protection

blue light protectionSunglasses have enjoyed immense popularity for use during sports and recreational activities. Tinted eyewear enhances visual performance in bright conditions by reducing undesirable glare and illumination. On a bright sunny day, the retina becomes saturated and reduces the ability to judge contrast sensitivity. For example, bright sunlight can affect the ability to judge the contours of the green in golf, or the spin on the ball in soccer or baseball. One of the benefits of filters is returning the retina back to maximal contrast sensitivity, thereby eliminating ‘visual noise.’ Continue reading Blue Light Hazard: External and internal blue light protection

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AMD and Patient Care: “Eye Promise” to protect my patients

ZVfemaleoptometristAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Caucasians affecting millions of Americans and threatening their quality of life. Prevalence rates are expected to reach epic proportions in the U.S. as baby boomers reach beyond middle age.

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Is my eyesight affecting my golf game? Five factors to consider

Man Golfing When the sun is bright, and the golf course is unfamiliar, it’s important to be able to rely on your most valuable piece of equipment: your vision.

When your golf game is “off” you probably practice your putting skills or recheck your swing. But have you ever asked, “Is my eyesight affecting my golf game?” Here’s five vision factors to consider:

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4 Tips on Protecting Vision From Blue Light

Blue light that comes from our phones, laptops, and televisions can actually harm our vision in the long run. Here are 4 tips to protect your vision from harmful blue light. Your morning probably started off like any other day. You might have watched the weather report on your flatscreen television before jumping in the shower, answered an email on your tablet shortly after getting dressed or texted a friend from your smart phone while eating breakfast. Odds are, you didn’t think about the blue light you were exposed to nor how this could affect your vision in the future…

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How Eye Color Can Affect Your Athletic Performance

The sun is shining on game day. You assume you’re prepared for the weather by wearing your contact lenses and sunglasses. But when you miss that ball because of the glare from the sun, that preparation seems useless. If you’re wondering what the problem could possibly be, take a look in the mirror: your eye color could be the source of your quandry.

You’ve probably never thought about how eye color can affect your athletic performance. Players with light colored eyes have less pigment in the macula of their eye. Because this pigment serves as “internal sunglasses” for the eyes, less pigment means your eyes have less protection from the sun and the resulting glare.

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Athletes and eye injuries: Are YOU at greater risk?

A baseball player pitching with spin on the ball. (motion blur on ball)Every 3 minutes, an E.R. in the United States treats a sports related eye injury, according to The National Eye Institute (NEI). Sports-related eye injuries cost $175 to $200 million a year (NEI). These statistics prove that protecting the eyes is critical to sports performance and overall eye health.

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Seniors and nutrition: Study proves nutritional counseling is needed

coupleThe statistics are startling. According to a recent study regarding seniors and nutrition, more than half of those who visit emergency rooms are either malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition – but not because of critical illness, dementia, or a lack of access to health care.

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Eight Tips to Protect Your Vision Today

Did you know it’s been estimated that up to three-quarters of blindness and vision loss cases could have either been prevented or treated prior? In fact, the three easiest ways to maintain optimal eye health are to adopt a healthy lifestyle, attend regular eye exams and protect your eyes from injury. Today, we’re sharing some additional tips to protect your vision. Continue reading Eight Tips to Protect Your Vision Today