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WEAR YOUR SUNGLASSES – EVEN IN THE WINTER

If there is one thing us Michiganders know, it is how to do winter. When we step out in the winter, we don’t leave home without multiple layers, a scarf, a hat, and waterproof, insulated boots.

But, what many of us are missing is a crucial part of our winter wardrobe; sunglasses. Frigid temps and feisty flurries do not mean your eyes are protected from the sun. If you’re heading out the door and wondering, “Should I grab these super stylish, fantastic sunglasses I got from Rx Optical?” your answer should always be yes. Here are a few reasons why.

More Exposure

In the winter, the sun actually sits lower in the sky and at a different angle than it does in the summer. This means your eyes might be getting more exposure to harsh rays. You’re also getting more exposure the more the snow falls. Snow can reflect up to 85 percent of the sun’s UV Rays which can lead to a troubling condition called, “snow blindness.” This condition primarily affects skiers and those who participate in winter sports but everyone is susceptible without protection and it can damage your cornea for up to a week. Look out skiers, the risk gets higher for every 1,000 feet you go above sea level.

Eye Damage

Sun Blindness isn’t the only condition caused by winter rays. Research has shown that the sun’s UV Rays can contribute to various ailments such as cataracts and macular degeneration. UV light on your eyelids can also lead to skin cancer.

Early Aging

Nobody wants to look older than they are, but if you’re not protecting your eyes, you might be susceptible to premature aging. UV rays can cause wrinkles, fine lines, scaly red patches, and tough, leathery brown spots. The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and is more prone to damage from the sun than other areas.

Protect Your Eyes

So, add one more item to your winter attire and grab a pair of sunglasses from any Rx Optical location. Our Sun Solutions Program allows our patients to own the very best (and coolest if you care) prescription and non-prescription sunglasses at a great value. Be sure to contact your local Rx Optical for discounts on lens and frame options.

Your sunglasses should block 100% of harmful UV rays and be large enough to completely protect the skin around your eyes.

Want to check out our selection? Stop on in to any location or give us a call with any questions you might have (800) RX-CARES.

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Important Factors in Women’s Eye Health

Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to have eye-related problems. With two-thirds of blindness and other visual impairments worldwide occurring in women, it is important that women understand their eye health risk factors and schedule routine comprehensive exams.

Because women tend to live longer than men, and have hormonal fluctuations throughout their lives that can negatively impact their eyes, glaucoma, cataracts and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) are more common in women.

It is especially important to monitor eye health as you age, as vision problems become more prominent in aging adults.

Other factors that may cause women to have more eye problems include:

 

Birth Control

Certain birth control and hormone replacement treatments can cause blood clots or strokes, which can lead to vision problems. A woman’s risk for cataracts and dry eye may also increase while taking birth control.

 

Pregnancy

A woman’s body goes through many changes while she is pregnant, including vision changes. Common eye health problems when pregnant include dry eyes, light sensitivity, and eye puffiness, and in some cases, eye prescription changes. Those who suffer from high blood pressure during pregnancy may experience blurry vision, or even a retinal detachment.

 

Menopause

Dry eyes and uveitis (eye inflammation) are very common for women who are undergoing menopause.

 

Breast Cancer

Certain drugs that are taken to treat and prevent breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk for cataracts, eye bleeds, itchy eyes, and light sensitivity.

 

Preventing Future Vision Issues

While certain eye health problems are unavoidable, there are things that can be done in order to prevent future vision issues:

  • Make sure to receive an annual eye exam. Talk with your doctor about certain risk factors that may apply to you and make a plan.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Make sure you are drinking enough water and avoid high amounts of caffeine. Vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial for eye health.
  • Put down the cigarettes. Smoking drastically increases chances of eye disease.
  • If you are pregnant, discuss any vision changes that you notice with your eye doctor and make regular appointments.

It’s time to take steps to care for and protect your eyes. Make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable eye doctors today. Feel free to call or stop in at one of our 54 locations, we can’t wait to see you!

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RX OPTICAL CELEBRATES WORLD SIGHT DAY

Every year, to support eye health around the world, all of us at Rx Optical participate in World Sight Day.

More than 600 million people around the world are blind or vision impaired because they don’t have access to the eye examination and glasses they need. The organization Optometry Giving Sight funds projects that gave sight and hope to more than 1 million children in 2017 alone. They are passionate about the work they do, and we are excited to support that work. The money raised on World Sight Day supports programs that train local eye care professionals, establish vision centers, and deliver eye care and low-cost glasses.

Leading up to World Sight Day, Rx Optical gathers donations by putting together fun baskets to auction off. We create baskets with themes such as golf, family game night, toolkits, and more. Our employees buy raffle tickets to win those baskets, and the money from the raffle goes toward the World Sight mission. We also purchase World Sight t-shirts and wear them in the office.

We are passionate about promoting good vision health around the world and are especially excited that this year’s campaign will support children’s vision and will help give kids who have struggled to see properly their first pair of glasses.

It’s sad to think that there are millions of children around the world struggling to learn and frustrated with their lives simply because they can’t see and can’t afford proper eye care. The World Sight Day Challenge makes it simple and fun to help these kids. And, even our patients can get involved. You can make a donation to support the World Sight Day mission here. By becoming a donor, you will be helping to transform lives through the gift of vision.

You can learn more about the Optometry Giving Sight organization on their website, and you can see how we are celebrating sight by stopping in to any of our locations!

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3 Common Sports Eye Injuries and How to Treat Them

With the official start of fall right around the corner, and back-to-school season in full swing, it’s time for sports!

If your child is involved with sports, or you play one yourself, then you know that there are risks when you play the game. In a society where sports injuries are very common, and sometimes ignored due to the “walk it off” mentality, it is important that sports eye injuries are taken seriously.

We want to make sure your child is safe this sports season, that you know what to look for in an eye injury, and how to properly treat it.

Classification
Sports are classified as either collision or non-contact, which can be misleading in terms of the level of risk for an eye injury. Some collision sports, like hockey or lacrosse, require helmets that often times have built-in eye protection. Non-contact sports, like golf, tennis or baseball, may sound more safe, but these sports do not require eye protection, leaving the eyes more susceptible to injury.

Types of Injuries
There are several different types of eye injuries, however the most common are:

  • Blunt
    Blunt injuries are the most common sports-related eye injury. A direct blow to the eye from something that is bigger than the eye socket, usually a ball or an opponent’s body part, will cause fractures of thin bones in the eye.
    A direct blow to the eye that is smaller than the eye socket will cause rapid compression and dilation in the eye, which transfers a strong force on the eye, often times causing bleeding.
  • Penetrating
    Penetrating eye injuries occur when something cuts the eye. This can be from someone else’s finger or finger nail, sports equipment, large projectiles, or broken glasses from regular glasses frames.
  • Radiation
    Radiation injuries occur when there is overexposure to the sun. This is most common in outdoor sports where there are reflective surfaces, like snow skiing, water skiing, or fishing.
    Don’t forget, it is possible to get a sun burn on your eyes, so be sure to wear proper UV protection.

How to Treat
The best thing you can do when a serious eye injury occurs is to immediately seek medical attention. If the injury is less serious, make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Don’t let your child return to playing the sport until they have been officially cleared by a doctor. Additional physical activity may worsen the injury.

How to Prevent
With eye injuries being the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, it is extremely important that children wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Sports safety lenses are made from polycarbonate material, which provides the highest level of impact protection and prevents eye injuries.

Sports safety frames can be fit with prescription lenses, which are a sports-safe alternative to glasses or contacts.

You can also avoid eye injuries by wearing a helmet that is equipped with an eye shield. Even if a helmet or sports safety glasses are not required for your sport, consider wearing them for add-ed protection. Set an example for the rest of your team by playing smarter, and safer.

At Rx Optical, we care about you and your children’s eye health. We understand how important sports can be, but we want to make sure everyone is safe when playing the games they love. Our skilled team of eye doctors can evaluate eye injuries and quickly set up plans for treatment.

For more information, check out our recent blogs on the importance of sports safety glasses and how to choose the right sports safety frames.

Before your child hits the field this year, set up an appointment with us to have them fitted for sports safety frames at one of our 54 locations. We can’t wait to see you!

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Vision Problems in Aging Adults

Many parts of your body change as you grow older, and your eyes are no exception. Older adults often have to be aware of, and deal with, a variety of different eye problems that may not be an issue for most children or young adults.

At Rx Optical, we are devoted to ensuring that our patients, of all ages, receive the best vision care. If you are noticing changes in your vision, or think you may have symptoms of an eye disease that needs to be addressed, schedule an eye exam with us right away.

According to a recent survey, half of people in the U.S. are neglecting their eyes, despite 84% of people rating vision as their most important sense. Skipping out on annual eye exams can leave you at risk for serious health issues.

Widespread issue
More than 10 million Americans have undiagnosed eye problems and conditions that can affect their vision and eye health. In addition to these conditions, over 180 million Americans have vision impairment: near-and far-sightedness, or in some cases, both.

Being aware of eye health changes that come with age will be key in ensuring that your vision stays clearer, longer.

Common eye diseases in older adults
Many common eye diseases have no early symptoms and can only be detected through an eye examination. Early detection and treatment is key when it comes to saving your sight. Common causes of vision loss in older adults include age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Everyone over the age of 50 should strongly consider routine comprehensive dilated eye exams, as this will help catch diseases in their early stages.

Warning signs
If you notice you are seeing double, have difficulty reading or working with objects up close, or the way you see colors has changed, it is important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. If you aren’t experiencing any warning signs, an eye doctor can still assess your eye health and let you know your specific risk factors.

To further assist our patients in understanding potential vision problems, our blog page has resources and information on topics such as trouble with night driving, the effect diabetes can have on your eyes, what an astigmatism is, the dangers of technology’s blue lights to your eyes, and glaucoma.

Next steps in your care
While an eye exam is an important first step in eye health, it is important to think about, and take care of, your eyes on a daily basis. According to The Vision Council, eating healthy foods, ending tobacco use, limiting screen time, and regular exercise are all great steps to achieving healthy eyes.

Our doctors are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to understanding the intricate relationship between eye health and your overall wellbeing. Be proactive about your health and schedule an eye appointment today. Young or old, your vision is a valuable and important part of your everyday life. Don’t wait – schedule an exam online today at one of our 54 locations.

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The Signs of Eye Injury or Damage

Our eyes are one of the coolest parts of the body; the design of our eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes are so complex and vital to our health. Did you know, with the blink of an eyelid, a layer of mu-cus, oil, and tears cover the corner to clean out dirt, dust, and other irritants? Your tears stop the spread of infections, too!

Even though they are amazing, eyelids cannot protect our eyes from everything. Eye injuries, or eye damage, occurs from time to time. It’s important that you can recognize when something is not right (and then give us a call).

Signs of Injury or Damage
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has put together an extensive list of injuries and damage that can occur in the eye; here are the most common:

  • One eye is not moving as well as the other
  • One eye is sticking out compared to the other
  • A cut or torn eyelid
  • Pupil is an usual size or shape
  • Blood in the clear part of the eye
  • A foreign object is in the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swelling

Common Eye Injuries
One of the most common eye injuries is a scratched eye, also known as a corneal abrasion. This is usually caused by a foreign object in the eye like dust or sand. An important identifier in this injury is eye redness and sensitivity to light.

Another common injury can occur when a blow is taken to the eye, causing the eye to swell and puff. We see this injury when sports seasons pick up, usually baseball season. If you have a black eye, the best treatment is ice and a call to Rx Optical. We need to make sure there is no internal damage.

Eye bleeding, or subconjunctival hemorrhages, is an eye injury that looks much worse than the injury itself. This injury can happen when blood leaks from one or more blood vessels in the white of the eye. This can occur even in minor injuries to the eye.

The Don’ts of Eye Injuries

  • DO NOT touch, rub or apply pressure to the eye
  • DO NOT try to remove an object stuck in the eye
  • DO NOT apply any medication to the eye without a doctor consultation
  • DO NOT rinse with water (for cut or punctured eyes only)

The Do’s of Eye Injuries

  • DO rinse with water (for chemical burns or small debris in the eye)
  • DO call your eye doctor as soon as possible to receive the care your eyes need

We are here for your whole eye care, not just eye exams and prescriptions. Rx Optical can per-form the proper exams to recognize the cause of your injury and provide you with a plan to treat the injury. Noticing anything strange about your eyes? Come and see us, we can help you care for your eye injury.

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are Comfortable and Feel Confident.

Kids and Contacts: When Can They Wear Them?

As stylish as our frames are, at Rx Optical we know that your child may be itching to throw out their glasses and start wearing contacts. Deciding whether or not your child is ready for contacts can be a tough decision to make. A great first step, as always, is consulting one of our doctors. Before scheduling your appointment, check out a few of our tips and suggestions when it comes to kids and contacts.

GLASSES, CONTACTS, OR BOTH?
If your child is an athlete or struggling with self-esteem due to their glasses, contacts are a great alternative that will maintain their vision and likely make them feel more comfortable. Alternating between glasses and contacts is a good way to ease into contact use. New contact users sometimes experience dry eyes or irritation, so it is important to keep glasses handy. Glasses may still be a good option for your child when they are relaxing at night, reading, or doing homework.

START THE CONVERSATION
Vision is extremely important to your child’s overall well-being and success in life, so if you have noticed that your child has stopped wearing their glasses, it may be time to explore contacts as an option. Whether it is for fashion, comfort, sports, or self-esteem, it is important to understand why your child wants to make the switch. If you and your child come to the decision that it is time to switch to contacts, one of our knowledgeable doctors can sit down with both of you and talk through the pros and cons of contacts.

If the main reason your child wants contacts is to feel more comfortable when playing sports, consult an Rx Optical doctor about prescription sports glasses.

THE BEST AGE
There is no standard age for children to start wearing contacts, however most doctors prefer to start prescribing contacts after the age of 10. For most kids, it depends on their level of maturity and need for contacts. Since contacts require delicate care and can be difficult, or even intimidating, for first-time users, it is typically easier to make the switch when your child is closer to their teen years.

RESPONSIBILITY
Just like glasses, contacts require care. There are two kinds of contacts: dailies and monthlies. According to the American Optometric Association , most doctors like to prescribe daily contacts to younger patients, as they require less responsibility. Monthlies are typically better suited for older patients who can keep track of, and carefully clean, their contacts.

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are comfortable and feel confident. If you think your child may be ready to shift over to contacts, come visit one of our 54 locations and speak with one of our doctors. Your child’s vision is as important to us as it is to you. We hope to see you soon!

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At Rx Optical we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life.

How to Take Care of Your Child’s Eyes

At Rx Optical, we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life, and we want to help you in caring for your child’s eyes. While a comprehensive eye exam is a great first step to overall eye health, there are important ways to take care of your child’s eyes between their annual exams.

SYMPTOMS
There are certain habits and behaviors to be on the lookout for that could indicate something is not right with your child’s vision. The Vision Council shares these warning signs: squinting, closing, or covering an eye, holding objects close to their face, tilting of the head, rubbing eyes, and redness or tearing.

Other factors that are important to note include if your family has a history of eye issues, or if your child was born premature, be sure to pay close attention to any eye health warning signs.

AT HOME
Your child may not be able to tell you if they are experiencing eye problems if they have never known anything else. Find ways to ask if they are seeing multiples of the same image or if images are blurry. When reading a book with pictures together, try, “Do you see one or two bears on this page?”. Your child could be living with astigmatism or double-vision and not realize it. Pay attention to their eyes when they are talking to you in order to detect any lazy eye or eye crossing behaviors.

BACK TO SCHOOL
As your child heads back to school this fall, be sure to watch their behavior when they are doing school work at home. If your child is avoiding reading or visual work, attempting to do reading work, but has low levels of comprehension, or appears to be experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or a short attention span, these issues may be caused by vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.

Address these problems with your child, as their vision is their key to success at school. While your child may not like the idea of having to wear glasses or contacts, talk to them about the importance of being able to see, and how better vision will help them succeed in the classroom.

To help you prepare for your child’s return to school, all of our Rx Optical offices are hosting a Back-To-School Special, through September 15, where complete eye examinations for children between the ages of 4 and 18 will be only $19. The Back-To-School special will also offer $59 off all kids’ frames.

THE EYE EXAM
If you have noticed any of the vision warning signs or symptoms in your child, it is smart to bring them in for a comprehensive eye exam. Our knowledgeable doctors are here to make the exam a positive experience for both you and your child.

Taking care of your child’s eyes is an important part of their development. Our attentive doctors are here to provide the best care for your child and help correct any vision problems. Come visit us at one of our 54 locations.

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With the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit.

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO WEAR GLASSES

At Rx Optical, we know that glasses can be an important aspect of a child’s health, but we also know that it can be difficult to convince kids to wear them every day. The idea of getting glasses, wearing them daily, and keeping them clean can seem daunting for both parents and kids. But, with the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit; here are our top tips that will make the process a lot simpler:

THE EYE EXAM
The eye exam will be helpful in deciding if your child needs glasses or not, and from there, what kind of glasses they need. Not sure if your kids need an exam yet? Check out this blog on how to know when you child needs glasses. And although they may not need glasses right away, we still highly recommend regular eye exams in order to monitor any changes in vision.

Before the exam, brainstorm questions that your child can ask that you know they will find interesting. If your son or daughter loves science, prep him or her to ask about eye anatomy. Or, maybe the equipment will seem cool to children who like robots and machines: what questions can be asked to learn more? Our friendly staff is happy to answer questions that will make sure your child feels safe and interested.

MAKE IT FUN
If an exam determines that it is time for your child to get glasses, don’t worry, picking frames is the fun part! We encourage kids to try on a variety of different frames in order to find ones that are comfortable and that make them feel confident.

Letting your child pick out their own frames, and ones that they love, will make it feel like the glasses were ultimately their decision.

AT HOME
You’ve made it back home with your glasses, now what? It is important to let your kids know that wearing glasses at all times is the new normal. Practice taking the glasses straight on and off with two hands. Keeping the glasses clean is especially important to ensure that they are able to see through the lenses. Teach your child how to clean their lenses properly and let it become their responsibility. Make sure their glasses are being put in the same safe place at night, ideally in their case on a level surface.

KEEPING GLASSES SAFE
Kids like to play rough when they’re outside, so the idea of wearing their new glasses when they’re playing may be nerve-wracking. While safety is important, we offer a worry-free warranty that covers scratched, broken, or lost eyeglasses for 12 months and comes with a cleaning kit. We also offer options for additional pairs of glasses. While it is important to talk about and remind your child to be safe with their glasses, we know that kids will be kids, and accidents will happen.

If your child is in sports, be sure to check out our sports glasses, which offer unparalleled levels of protection.

At Rx Optical, we are partners with you in wanting what’s best for your child’s vision. We are here to help you and your child receive the best eye care so that their future is as clear and bright as their vision.

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Proper protective eyewear can prevent up to 90% of all eye injuries

FIT + FRAME MATTER: PRESCRIPTION SAFETY GLASSES

At Rx Optical, our patients trust us to protect their eyes and support overall health. That’s why we carry the best prescription safety glasses available. We take safety glasses seriously, as we know that the work our patients do when wearing them is important. Proper protective eyewear can prevent up to 90% of all eye injuries, and we are here to help.

When selecting your next pair of prescription safety glasses, make sure to keep the following in mind:

THE RIGHT FIT
Working with a trained professional who makes sure your glasses fit correctly is key. If your prescription safety glasses are either too snug or too loose, you will find yourself struggling with them all day. It’s not safe to have to continually adjust your glasses. The right fit will allow you to not notice them at all, meaning that you can focus on what is important: the work at hand and staying safe. If you find yourself adjusting your glasses throughout the day, it’s time to make an appointment.

THE RIGHT FRAME
Selecting the right frame is so important when it comes to prescription safety glasses. Glasses that are approved to use for protection are tested for high mass impact, durability, and high velocity impact – quite the rigorous tests! Rx Optical offers superior frame selection to make sure your pair of prescription safety glasses are the best frame for you. Our glasses meet both OSHA and ANSI standards, and come in a variety of materials and finishes.

THE RIGHT REPLACEMENT
This may seem obvious, but it is not safe to wear the same pair of prescription safety glasses beyond your doctor’s orders. Regular eye exams to check to make sure your prescription strength is correct and that your frames, lenses, and fit are still on-point is an important step to ensure your eyes are healthy and protected.

With competitive prices and superior frame selection, our team is able to provide the most technically advance safety glasses on the market. Schedule an exam today to find the right frames for you.

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24% of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider. -The Vision Council

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED GLASSES?

For most kids, summer means a break from school and days that are filled with playtime, camp, and other adventures. Between checking to make sure that your child has evenly applied sunscreen and is staying hydrated, summer is also a key time to watch for signs that your child may need glasses.

The Vision Council shares that “24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider, which can be problematic because kids don’t understand what ‘normal’ vision entails.”

So, what symptoms should you be on the watch for this summer? We’ve compiled a list below.

TOP WAYS TO TELL YOUR CHILD MAY NEED GLASSES

Squinting
If you notice your child squinting when sitting down to tackle summer reading or when she is up-to-bat during a baseball game, it is time to schedule an exam.

Closing One Eye
Like squinting, if you notice that your child often covers or closes one eye when concentrating on something like a sport, a screen, or a book, it may be time to see an eye doctor.

Frequent Headaches
If your child has an increase in headaches, it could be a key indicator that it is time for an eye exam. While many things cause headaches in children, eliminating or identifying the need for glasses is an important step in supporting overall health.

Excessively Rubbing Eyes
If you notice your child constantly rubbing his eyes, it could be time for an eye exam. You will also want to rule out other potential causes, like allergies, but excessive eye rubbing that isn’t due to being tired can be a red flag. If you notice your child rubbing her eyes when concentrating on something, schedule an eye exam.

The key to eye health is early detection. A comprehensive exam will identify any issues and ensure that if your child is on the right path.

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YOUR EYES AND SLEEP DEPRIVATION

While juggling jobs, family life and extracurricular activities, it sometimes feels impossible to get enough sleep each night. However, sleep deprivation can impact many parts of your health, including your eyes. If you find yourself with eye dryness, irritation or spasms, you may be experiencing the effects of sleep deprivation.

Your eyes recover and prepare for the next day while you sleep, so make sure you are getting enough rest. Sleep deprivation side effects can be harmful to your eyes in many ways.

Side effects

While it is easy to assume that the only side effects on your eyes from lack of sleep are cosmetic issues, there are some more serious problems to look out for.

Sleep deprivation may affect your appearance in a few ways. Puffy eyes or dark circles under your eyes are only one way to notice that your eyes need more rest. This happens because the lack of sleep causes your blood vessels to expand and look more reddish-blue. Sleep deprivation is not the only cause for dark circles, many other things contribute to the issue, but eliminating sleep deprivation can impact the overall appearance of your under-eye circles. Eye spasms are another side effect associated with lack of sleep. While eye spasms are not painful, they can cause irritation and disruption throughout the day.

Dry, itchy and bloodshot eyes can also be a side effect of sleep deprivation and can cause pain and irritation. Some of this occurs because your eyes are not getting the lubrication that they need.During the night, your eyes should produce new tears and cleanse themselves. If your eyes are irritated and itchy, you may be likely to rub them, leaving you more vulnerable to eye infections.

Extreme sleep deprivation is also correlated with symptoms of eye degeneration and can attribute to other serious eye conditions.

Combating lack of sleep

Instead of reaching for a pair of giant sunglasses to cover up your under-eye circles, try to combat your sleep deprivation in a healthier way: getting more sleep at night. Concealer, sunglasses and eye drops may help for the time being, but they don’t provide a lasting result for your overall health.

Our recommendations* for getting more sleep each night include:

Create a sleep schedule that you can follow. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day to create a schedule that your body is used to.
Evaluate the atmosphere in your bedroom. It is suggested to keep your room dark, cool and quiet, with light-blocking curtains and a white noise machine or fan.
Exercise daily to relieve stress and create a healthier lifestyle.
Adapt a routine that helps you relax every night before bed. This could include, reading, taking a bath and even listening to music.

Our team at Rx Optical cares about the health of your eyes and ensuring that your vision is the best it can be. If you’re experiencing eye irritation, redness or swelling, promptly make an appointment with your eye doctor. We will be able to evaluate the issue and assist with treatment. If you experience any examples of sleep deprivation side effects, schedule an appointment ASAP: (800) RX CARES.

* Sleeping tips provided by the National Sleep Foundation.

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BOUTIQUE FRAMES WE LOVE

Every once in a while, it feels good to enjoy the finer things in life. That’s why we carry several lines of specialty boutique frames, offering our patients a chance to invest in something extra distinctive.You get what you pay for with optimal quality and expert manufacturing behind each specialty frame, and we have a variety of styles to suit a range of personalities. Here are a few of our personal favorites:

Miu Miu

This spunky line of eye wear is known worldwide for its design, but what many people don’t know is that it was born in the Prada fashion house. In 1993 Miu Miu was established as a high-fashion women’s clothing and accessory brand stemming from Prada. Miu Miu was a family nickname for Miuccia Prada, who became the head of the Miu Miu brand.

Today, the Miu Miu frames are part of the well-known and revered brand, and we are proud to offer these iconic glasses and sunglasses in our offices. With infinite color, texture, and pattern possibilities, our fashionista customers thoroughly enjoy these sophisticated looks.

Miu Miu
Miu Miu Glasses

OGA Wood

For all of our outdoorsmen, we offer the Öga Wood line. This line of eye wear boasts exceptional craftsmanship and feature natural tones with hints of the great outdoors in every detail. These frames are developed in collaboration with cabinetmakers, so the artistry is unparalleled. As if that’s not enough, the crafters use a combination of wood and aluminum, which constitutes a huge technical feat in the development of eye wear. The handiwork and dexterity behind each frame is undeniable, and customers are guaranteed a top-quality product with great durability every time.

OGA Wood
OGA Wood

Airlock

Don’t identify as a fashionista or an outdoorsman?Not to worry, the Airlock line has something for everyone with it’s fun mix-and-match capabilities. introduced the Airlock Drill Mount Collection in 2001, and during the past 17 years Airlock has remained ahead of the times with the latest features and styles.

Focusing on minimalistic and modern aesthetics,the Airlock Collection has a rimless look with innovative details. Their frames are crafted from super light materials that provide ultimate comfort and durability.

Every Airlock style is unique, and this collection features a wide array of shapes, colors and materials for both men and women. With dozens of styles to choose from and endless mix-and-match opportunities, there’s an Airlock style to compliment every face and personality. It is truly a crowd pleaser.

Airlock

These are just three of the many specialty boutique frames we offer. Stop in at your local Rx Optical to see what other brands we carry and find the perfect, luxurious match for you. #treatyoself

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UNDERSTANDING POLARIZED LENSES

It’s no surprise that eye doctors everywhere recommend that we wear sunglasses year-round – even when it is overcast – to protect our eyes against the sun’s harmful rays. Luckily, we carry a range of styles that make it easy and stylish to rock sunglasses every day.

When picking your next perfect pair, you may want to consider ordering polarized lenses. If you aren’t sure if this option is right for you, here is a quick breakdown of what polarized lenses are and if you might need them.

WHAT ARE POLARIZED LENSES?
Usually, light scatters because it bounces unevenly off of uneven surfaces. If a surface is smooth, like calm water or a piece of flat sheet metal, the light doesn’t scatter and can reflect at just one angle. If that angle hits your eyes, you will experience a really harsh glare, which is terrible for your eyes.

Polarized lenses are coated with a special film that reduces glare caused by smooth surfaces. The light that enters your eye after passing through a polarized lens has been filtered, allowing you to take in your view more comfortably, more clearly, and with protection. Put simply, polarized lenses take the glare off of other surfaces (i.e. water, car hoods, wet roads, etc.).

WHO ARE POLARIZED LENSES FOR?
Polarized lenses are very popular among people who spend a lot of time outside: bikers, joggers, golfers, boaters, and more, appreciate the reduced glare that can be associated with their hobbies. Imagine the glare that is created by a calm lake when you are trying to catch fish!

If your day-to-day work or other activities put you in consistent contact with glare, then polarized sunglasses are a great option for you.

ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
There are some instances when polarized lenses aren’t the right fit. You might have difficulty seeing images on LCD screens, cell phones and even some watches.

Polarized lenses might not be the right choice for snow sports because it will reduce your ability to see icy patches; however, if that is not a concern, they will reduce the glare on snow that some find bothersome. For the same reasons that most of us should wear polarized lenses, pilots should not. Polarized lenses will reduce a pilot’s ability to read instruments in the cockpit and can also reduce their ability to see through the air crafts windscreen. Also, a pilot will not need to worry about glare on other surfaces unless they are seeing another aircraft, which would be important for them to see.

Still not sure if polarized lenses are right for you? Contact us to setup an appointment with our expert team to discuss if anew pair of sunglasses should be in your future.

Our Sports Frames

Our Sports Frames

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, making it the perfect opportunity to share some of our favorite sports eyewear with you! We love providing comfortable, stylish, and effective solutions that are guaranteed to protect your eyes whether you are on the court, field, or even in the pool.

Our sport safety frames come from two main manufacturers: Leader Sports (HILCO) and Wiley X.

LEADER SPORTS (HILCO)

For more than 30 years, the Leader Sports line by HILCO has offered a high-quality line of innovative sports eyewear. The company’s products have been worn by top athletes around the world, and they are known to provide exceptional performance and durability.

Whether you’re at the beginning stages of your athletic journey or you’re at the top of your game, Leader products can help you achieve peak performance. All Leader eye guards and shields include.

  • High impact, scratch resistant polycarbonate lenses
  • Optically correct lenses for minimal distortion
  • 100% UV protection

Leader Sports also has a line of swim protection offering exceptional solutions with the same guaranteed safety for underwater activities.

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WILEY X

Since 1987 Wiley X has positioned themselves as a world leader in researching, developing and selling protective eyewear. Originally they focused on military and law enforcement markets, with high-profile partnerships in the U.S. Armed Forces and elite Special Forces units.

Wiley X soon evolved into commercial markets, and their tremendous reputation has only continued to grow. From sport hunting, shooting, motorcycle riding, fishing, hiking, biking, extreme sports, and traditional sports, Wiley X is a worldwide leader in sports eyewear.

With their entire adult line exceeding OSHA safety standards,100% ANSI ratings, and distribution into some of the toughest environments worldwide, Wiley X is providing sporting goods, industrial safety, tactical and optical commercial retailers the ultimate level of protection.

Additionally, Wiley X believes that eye protection for everyday life only works if people want to wear it, so they remain committed to making stylish eyewear that is desirable and appropriate for every occasion. This includes great youth line with fun styles and colors that kids will enjoy wearing.

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Stop in at your Rx Optical office and try on these great sports protection options today!

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPORTS SAFETY GLASSES | RX OPTICAL

April is Sports Eye Safety Month, so we are working to spread awareness about the importance of wearing proper eye protection when playing sports. Our previous blog touched on the staggering statistics of those not properly protecting their eyes during games, the most common types of sports-related eye injuries, and why it is especially important for children under 15 to be protecting their eyes. Once you make the smart decision to purchase sports safety glasses, there are a few things to keep in mind:

FITTING GLASSES WITH YOUR PRESCRIPTION
If you already wear prescription glasses, the team at Rx Optical can fit your sport frames with the correct lenses. Wearing regular glasses while playing sports does not provide you with proper protection and can potentially lead to further injury.

COMFORTABLE FIT
It is important that you feel comfortable when wearing your sports safety frames, as it should become a habit to wear them often. It may feel strange at first when you put them on, but you will slowly get used to the frames and it should not affect your game performance. Make sure to adjust the straps on the frames to ensure they are not too tight or too loose. Being slightly uncomfortable at first is no doubt better than a trip to the emergency room for an eye injury.

ASTM F803 APPROVED / TESTED FOR SPORT USE
When looking for frames, make sure that they are labeled as ASTM F803 approved. This means the eyewear has been approved to adequately provide the highest levels of protection while playing sports. The sports safety glasses packaging should also say that the frames have been tested for sports use.

ALWAYS USE LENSES
Some sports safety frames come without lenses, but in order to have the highest level of protection, it is important to use only “lensed” frames. Frames without lenses may stop a larger ball or piece of equipment from hitting the eyeball, but you are then still vulnerable to penetrating injuries from fingers, debris or smaller equipment. If you are playing outdoor sports, also check that the lenses provide UV protection.

POLYCARBONATE LENSES

Sports safety lenses should be made from polycarbonate materials, as this provides the highest level of impact protection. This material can withstand a ball or other projectiles traveling at 90-miles per hour. Polycarbonate lenses will not reduce vision.

RIGHT FRAMES FOR YOUR SPORT
In order to find the recommended frames for a variety of different sports, talk with the team at Rx Optical, or refer to this helpful chart (page 5) provided by The Vision Council and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.

HOW RX CAN HELP
Rx Optical carries an extensive line of sports safety glasses, including options from sports safety frame leaders HILCO and WileyX. Our collection offers sports safety glasses that are made with high-impact polycarbonate lenses, which are scratch resistant and provide 100% UV protection.

Our team at Rx Optical can help you find the right fit and ensure that you are fully protected when playing your favorite sport. Stop into your nearest Rx Optical office soon to browse our collection of sports safety frames. It’s time to make wearing sports safety glasses a habit.

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WHY DO YOU NEED TO WEAR SPORTS SAFETY GLASSES?

Did you know that there are more than 600,000 sports-related eye injuries every year, with a third of those occurring in children? Participating in sports is great for overall physical health, but can expose people to potential injury, including injuries to the eyes.

When it comes to sports, people’s first safety concerns are usually that of broken bones, bruises, scrapes, or concussions, but most fail to realize that they are not protecting something that can be vital for their well being – their sight. Every 13 minutes an emergency room in the U.S. is treating a sports-related eye injury, and patients are spending more than $175 million a year in health costs on what should usually be avoidable injuries.

SPORTS SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
Almost half of sports-related eye injuries involve children under 15, so it is very important that parents encourage their children to wear the proper eye protection. Most parents are adamant about their children wearing the correct helmets, pads or clothing when playing sports, but right now only about 15% of children are wearing proper eye protection.

With eye injuries being the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, and most of them being sports-related, it is extremely important that children wear protective eyewear when playing sports, regardless of whether or not they already wear glasses or contacts. Regular glasses do not provide the same protection as certified protective eyewear, and can even contribute to further injury when worn while playing sports.

TYPES OF SPORTS EYE INJURIES
The most common eye injuries in sports are blunt trauma injuries, penetrating injuries and radiation injuries.

Blunt trauma injuries are when something or someone hits someone’s eye, and usually results in a bruised or black eye. More serious blunt trauma injuries can cause broken bones under the eyeball, a ruptured globe, also referred to as a “broken eyeball,” and in some cases, a detached retina, which is when part of the eye separates.

Penetrating injuries occur when something cuts the eye. This can be caused by someone else’s finger or finger nail, sports equipment, or even regular glasses that are being worn during games.

Radiation injuries are from overexposure to the sun during outdoor sports. This is very common in cycling, skiing, or water sports. It is important to find sports safety frames for these activities that provide the proper UV protection.

Sports Safety Solution Program that helps drive down costs for some of the top name brand frames.

Be sure to check out our blog later in the month where we give advice on what to look for when you are purchasing sports safety frames. We will also let you know what types of frames are recommended for different sports.

Vision is precious, and it’s time to prevent unnecessary eye injuries by protecting yourself during practice and games.

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HOW IS THE DIGITAL WORLD IMPACTING OUR EYES?

According to a Nielsen Company audience report, adults in the United States spend on average a staggering 10 hours and 39 minutes each day consuming media (including tablets, smartphones, personal computers, multimedia devices, video games, etc.). This is a one-hour increase when compared to 2015 and based on those statistics, one can predict what 2017 is going to look like.

While our entertainment factor is on the rise, how does continued immersion in the digital world affect our vision? Does it really matter? While researchers in the past have said no, more recently, all signs point to yes.

COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME
Originally reserved for office employees who spend most of their time in front of a computer, computer vision syndrome (CVS) or digital eyestrain, now affects millions regardless of age or occupation. When the visual demands of the task exceed the visual abilities of the person to comfortably perform them, CVS can occur. People who spend two or more continuous hours at the computer or device screen every day are at the highest risk of experiencing the condition – so basically everyone.

Symptoms include:

  • Eyestrain
  • Headache
  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Itchy, burning eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Light sensitivity

Constant exposure to screens can cause CVS for several reasons. For one, when staring at a screen you tend to blink less. Under normal conditions, a person will blink 12-15 times per minute, but when you are glued to a screen and your brain is distracted, your blinks per minute decrease to 7 or 8. Less blinking leads to a decrease in lubrication and dry, sore eyes. Staring straight ahead at a computer screen versus looking down at a document also increases the drying of eyes – when you look down more of your eye is naturally covered.

Eyes tend to work harder when viewing text on a screen instead of a paper document as well. Letters on a computer or device are generally not as precise or sharply defined. The color contrast between the letters and background is reduced and any screen glare or reflection can also make viewing difficult, causing an increase in eye fatigue. Any existing, uncorrected vision issues will exacerbate the occurrence of CVS and severity of the condition. In addition, when glasses aren’t designed for extended computer use, people may tilt their heads at odd angles for ease of viewing, resulting in chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain.

RETINA DAMAGE
Direct exposure to the blue light emitted by LED devices can damage retinas, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. LED screens are found in most electronic devices and retinal damage that affects your central vision system can occur from staring at the light for long periods of time, especially in the dark (something that many American do before bed).

Retinas are the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye, and a new report out claims that internationally, our population is facing a global epidemic of sight loss related to screen time and retinal deterioration. As people age, retinas become increasingly sensitive to damage, but this report warns that it’s not adults that should be mindful of sight loss, but the millions of children exposed to digital screens at a young age. The Guardian reports that there are approximately 900 million children that use devices worldwide without protective screens or glasses.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Making small changes to your daily routine combined with regularly scheduled eye care can help alleviate many of the negative effects brought on by added screen use.

FOLLOW THE 20-20-20 RULE
Take a 20-second break to view something at least 20 feet away every 20 minutes. This will help prevent eyestrain and give your eye a chance to refocus. Beyond that, take a 15-minute break away from a screen after two hours of continuous screen to give your whole body a much-needed break.

POSITION YOUR SCREEN AND DOCUMENTS CORRECTLY
Any screen should be positioned 15 to 20 degrees below eye level as measured from the center of the screen and 20-28 inches from the eyes to reduce eyestrain and overexertion. Any reference materials should be positioned just below a computer monitor, but above the keyboard. The goal is to place the document in an area where you don’t have to move your head much to view them.

REDUCE LIGHTING AND GLARE
Avoid glare by positioning the screen correctly avoiding overhead light. Utilize blinds when needed and replace light bulbs with a lower wattage option. If glare from outside light sources is unavoidable, consider using a screen glare filter to help your eyes remain comfortable throughout the day.

REMEMBER TO BLINK!
Reduce incidence of dry eye by consciously blinking frequently, this will help keep your eyes moist naturally.

BLUTECH LENSES
BluTech lenses improve contrast, clarity, visual acuity and night vision and most importantly improve your quality of sleep.

Overexposure to blue light may put you at risk for: Sleep problems, eye strain, headaches, migraines, and macular damage.

BluTech Lenses filter blue light via a unique, patented combination of Ocular Lens Pigment and melanin. No other clear lens filters more of the damaging blue light known to be associated with blur, glare, macular damage, and sleep cycle disruption without distorting color.

WHAT YOUR EYE CARE PROVIDER CAN DO FOR YOU.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that resemble computer vision syndrome or retinal damage be sure to schedule an appointment with a trusted eye care provider. CVS and/or retinal damage can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. Testing may include a discussion of your visual history, visual acuity measurements, a refraction assessment, and a measure of how well your eyes focus, move, and work together.

Your Rx Optical doctor can then either adjust your prescription to meet the unique visual demands of consistent computer use or if haven’t experienced vision issues in the past, can prescribe a pair of eyeglasses for screen use only. Our eye doctors are well-equipped to meet the changing needs of any lifestyle and is there to make sure your eyes remain healthy and active – no matter what.

Sources:

https://www.vsp.com/computer-vision-syndrome.html

https://www.ft.com/content/435eef82-654e-11e6-8310-ecf0bddad227

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/health/americans-screen-time-nielsen/

http://blutechlenses.com/

Experts predict global epidemic of blindness in 10 years

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MAKEUP AND YOUR EYES

MAKEUP AND YOUR EYES
Applying eye makeup is part of a regular morning ritual for many. Eye makeup is a fun way to give the appearance of longer lashes, more definition and brighter eyes.

However, if cosmetics are not used properly, they can affect the health and appearance of your eyes. Applying makeup incorrectly or without proper care can cause infections, allergic reactions and injury – definitely not the desired result.

Keep your eyes healthy and beautiful by practicing our eye care safety tips, just in time for Workplace Eye Wellness Month!

THROWAWAY EYE MAKEUP EVERY THREE MONTHS
Eyelashes naturally have bacteria on them. Each time you use a mascara wand and stick it back into the container, you are introducing bacteria. To reduce the chances of buildup and potential infections, throw away your eye makeup every three months – no matter how expensive it was.

WASH YOUR HANDS AND TOOLS BEFORE APPLYING EYE COSMETICS
Always wash your hands before you begin applying eye makeup. Transferring bacteria or makeup residue into your eyes can cause injury, infection or irritation. Also ensure that all cosmetic tools you’re placing near your eyes are clean. If you plan to curl your eyelashes, always do it before applying mascara and clean the tool prior to placing it on your eyes.

STAY AWAY FROM GLITTER (SORRY, LADY GAGA FANS!)
While fun in theory, glitter can easily transfer off your face and into your eyes causing irritation and injury.Avoid makeup that has glitter in it to prevent the chances of it moving around on your face and scratching your cornea. A corneal abrasion (scratched cornea) is one of the most common eye injuries (and it isn’t fun).

DON’T SHARE MAKEUP
Sharing makeup increases the chances of sharing infection. Cross contamination can occur when two or more people share the same cosmetic. The biggest concern for sharing makeup is passing along infections or bacteria; not surprisingly, another person’s bacteria can be harmful to you.

AVOID USING MAKEUP ON YOUR WATERLINE
Unsharpened eyeliners can potentially scratch the cornea and injure the eye. Corneal injuries often cause significant discomfort, red eyes and hypersensitivity to light. Eyeliners and eyeshadows on the waterline may be trendy, but they can also shift and get into the eyes, causing discomfort and irritation (not worth it).

THOROUGHLY WASH YOUR FACE EACH NIGHT
Listen to your mom on this one. Sleeping with makeup on increases the possibility of makeup and bacteria shifting and can cause irritability and soreness in your eyes. Use a warm washcloth with makeup remover or water each night to thoroughly wash all your makeup off. Your pillowcase (and your face) will thank you!

SO, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GET MAKEUP IN YOUR EYES?
If you do get makeup in your eyes, rinse them thoroughly with clean water or eye-wash solution. If you are wearing contact lenses, take them out before flushing out your eyes. Flush out your eyes until you have removed the eyeliner, mascara or other cosmetics. Once you’ve removed the makeup from your eyes, apply moisturizing eye drops. Clean your contact lenses with cleaning solution before storing or inserting them. Do not re-insert your contacts until the irritation has passed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DEVELOP AN EYE INFECTION OR ENCOUNTER AN INJURY?
If you experience eye soreness, redness, irritation, buildup or swelling, promptly make an appointment with your eye doctor. Your doctor will be able to diagnose and treat viral infections and injuries. After encountering an infection, dispose of all your eye makeup to avoid re-infection.

Take care of your eyes and follow our safe makeup tips. If you experience any unexplained redness or irritation, schedule an appointment ASAP – (800) RX CARES.

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THERE’S MORE TO VISION AND EYE HEALTH THAN YOUR PRESCRIPTION

Scheduling a comprehensive eye exam isn’t normally in the top 10 of anyone’s to-do list, unless they are experiencing vision issues and/or optical discomfort – but it should be. An eye exam evaluates your vision, determining whether a prescription is necessary, but much more is happening behind the scenes. So much so, that it can closely resemble a physical when you consider what a comprehensive eye exam can detect.

People say that eyes are the windows to the soul, and that kind of makes sense. The retina, or the thin layer at the back of the eye, is where doctors can get a close-up view of your blood vessels and nerves (without going under the knife). This means optical doctors can detect a variety of medical conditions in their earliest stages, just by looking into your eyes.

What can optical doctors detect?

DIABETES
Diabetes can affect the small capillaries in the retina of the eyes. If your doctor detects a small amount of retinal bleeding, or the leaking of a yellow-like substance, this may be a symptom of diabetic retinopathy.

HYPERTENSION
When blood vessels in the retina narrow and display kinks, bends, or tears, this may be an indication of high blood pressure. Since this is the only place small blood vessels can be seen, any problems found in your retina (such as high blood pressure) are repeated in the unseen blood vessels within your body.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL
Some people who develop high cholesterol have small pockets of fat deposited under the skin and these can occur on the eyelids. Giving it a yellowish color, a xanthelasma on the eyelid isn’t necessary uncomfortable, but may appear slightly raised. If the cornea (the transparent layer forming the front of the eye) has a yellowish appearance, that may be a sign of high cholesterol as well.

TUMORS
During an optical examination, doctors will look for signs of droopy eyelids, blurry vision, improper pupil dilation, and optic nerve color. If something doesn’t check out, you will most likely receive a referral to a neurologist for more in-depth testing.

THYROID DISORDERS
While there are many signs of a thyroid disorder such as fatigue, weight fluctuations, mood swings, and muscle pain, bulging or protruding eye balls can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder called Graves Disease. There are varying levels of eye-related symptoms – on one hand, the eyes may just seem a bit puffy, but to the other extreme, you can suffer from vision loss if the pressure of the swelling interferes with the optic nerve.

CANCER
Ocular melanoma can develop in the cells that produce eye pigmentation. While rare, this form of skin cancer can develop inside your eye and can be detected through a routine eye exam. Skin cancer can also be detected, and is often found more often than Ocular melanoma.

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS
While everyone may experience eye ticks now and then, a chronic eye tick could be an indicator of neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. During an exam, the doctor can check for abnormalities in your retina and see if there’s any inflammation in your optic nerve, an indicator of MS.

Going beyond the prescription also involves testing for additional eye related issues such as cataracts, corneal diseases, eye infections, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Comprehensive eye exams are recommended every 1 to 2 years – and not just to ensure the health of your eyes, but your entire body as well.

Looking for an eye care provider? Find your Rx Optical doctor today.

Sources:

http://yoursightmatters.com/7-health-problems-eye-exams-can-detect/

https://www.vsp.com/health-conditions.html

http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/shocking-diseases-eye-doctors-find-first/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/403487-can-you-tell-if-you-have-high-cholesterol-by-an-eye-exam/