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Computers and Your Eye Health

October 11, 2018

computer eye health

 

With an increase of technology in our everyday lives, we are constantly surrounded by screens – computer, phones, and televisions. According to a study done by The Vision Counsel, over 83% of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours a day. This extended screen exposure that is now a routine part of our lives has caused eye exhaustion, known as computer vision syndrome or digital eye strain. The symptoms of digital eye strain are headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck or shoulder pain.

Here are 5 tips that can offer relief:

  1. 20/20/20 Rule: If you spend long hours in front of your computer or on your cell phone, make sure to take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and shift your vision to focus on something that is 20 feet away.
  2. Blink: When you are focused on a computer or phone screen, you will often blink less. This can lead to dry eyes and blurry vision. Therefore, make a conscious effort to blink when using a digital device.
  3. Move: Take a minimum of two 15-minute breaks throughout your day, but don’t just hop on Facebook when taking a break from work. Instead, make a concerted effort to get up and move or stretch during these breaks to truly give your eyes a rest.
  4. Light: Adjust your computer to avoid glare and change the brightness of your computer screen. By adjusting the brightness to match the light of the room you are in – make sure it does not look like a light bulb or lamp or too dull. You can also adjust the size and color of your phone or computer’s text to help your eyes. It is easier for your eyes to look at dark letters on a lighter background.
  5. Eye Exam: It is crucial for keeping your eyes healthy by visiting us at Allied Eye for a comprehensive eye exam. When you come in, make sure to mention that you are concerned about digital eye fatigue. This will help Dr. Matzkin and our team to come up with solutions for you to address the symptoms you are experiencing. Call Allied Eye today at 423-855-8522 to schedule.

Halloween and Eye Safety

October 11, 2018

halloween eye safety

Halloween should be a fun time for kids and adults to enjoy dressing up, eating candy, and spending time together making memories. However, every year there are hundreds of eye injuries related to Halloween masks and costumes treated in emergency rooms across the country. There are many things that you can do to prevent eye injuries and help your kids have a safe night of Trick or Treating.

   Here are 4 tips for a safe Halloween:

  1. Avoid unsafe costumes. Make sure that all masks, wigs, etc. do not block your child’s vision and tie hats so they don’t slip over their eyes. Also, make sure that costumes fit correctly without dragging on the ground so that your child doesn’t trip. Finally, avoid props that are sharp or pointed, such as swords or wands that could poke your child or another child.
  2. Increase visibility. Make sure that children carry flashlights to make sure that they can see clearly. Add bright, reflective patches to costumes and Trick or Treating bags to make it easy for other people to see your little monster or witch.
  3. Have a buddy. Younger children should go Trick or Treating with an adult and older children should go in groups.
  4. Obey traffic safety. Trick or Treat with your child in a neighborhood versus a commercial area with heavy traffic. Do not allow your child to ride a bike or scooter while wearing their costume. Make sure that children know to avoid streets with construction and to use sidewalks.

By following these tips, your children can have a spooky and safe Halloween! And make sure that your child has their yearly eye appointment by contacting us at Allied Eye (423-855-8522).

Naturally Increase Tear Production!

September 17, 2018

 

For years, patients have sought out a drug-free way to naturally increase tears in the eye. However, eye drops can be frustrating and an inadequate solution. We’re incredibly pleased with with one of Allergan’s newest products- TrueTear®. TrueTear® is a handheld neurostimulation device with disposable tips that is inserted into the nasal cavity to induce the production of natural tears. This novel and innovative approach can be incredibly effective for patients with inadequate tear production. We’re most pleased with its safety record- in two clinical trials, TrueTear® was shown to be safe and effective for temporarily increasing tear production in adult patients.

If you struggle with tear production, please text or call our office. Dr. Matzkin would be happy to consult with your to see if TrueTear® would be an option for your specific needs!

Now is the Perfect Time to Get LASIK!

September 3, 2018

If you’ve been considering LASIK, the waning days of summer present the perfect time to schedule your appointment. Dr. Matzkin has been performing vision correction surgery for over 15 years and is experienced with the latest vision technologies available. Our office does not use treatments like LTK, CK, and Crystalens that do not work and don’t last. Instead, Dr. Matzkin takes a big-picture view of your overall eye health. We ensure that you receive the right procedure to address your eye issues with lasting results. Often, LASIK is actually not the correct choice for vision issues, so we’re happy to provide consultations to ensure you receive the correct solution for your unique needs.

Dr. Matzkin has successfully performed corrective eye surgeries on celebrities and world-class athletes, as well as numerous other eye doctors and men and women of wide age ranges. Every patient is different and Dr. Matzkin will choose the procedure best suited to your circumstances and vision goals. Sometimes a combination of lens replacement and laser surgery is necessary to optimize your vision. We pride ourselves in having a consultative approach, explaining every step of the way to ensure you feel empowered with information.

Consider the 3 reasons below for why now is the best time for LASIK!

  1. You Still Have Plenty of Time to Recover for Fall Activities- Looking forward to football season? Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to remember your glasses to actually see the game? How about being able to clearly see your child score the winning soccer goal? Corrective vision surgery makes clear vision a reality, freeing you to see clearly without being held back by scratchy contacts or frustrating glasses.
  2. No More Foggy Winter Glasses- Aren’t those minutes of blindness following walking inside a warm building from the cold winter air annoying? Wiping the fog off of your glasses is no help, because the fog just reappears. By that point, you might be getting back in the car again! Corrective vision surgery can help you to ditch your glasses this winter, ridding you of one of those pesky daily frustrations.
  3. No Squinting in Holiday Photos- Ah the holidays! Family time presents great moments, but taking off your glasses and having to squint because you cant see often makes for a strange looking photo. Corrective vision surgery makes it possible for your smile to be the brightest because you aren’t having to squint to see the camera.

When you’re thinking about your fall and winter plans, LASIK or another corrective eye surgery could have a positive impact on your life. We’d be happy to talk with you about corrective vision surgery!

Give us a call at (423) 855-8522!

How to Reduce Your Cataract Surgery Recovery Time

August 30, 2018

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. Many times, the actual procedure takes less than half an hour to complete! However, we often see patients slow down their recovery by failing to properly plan for the days following their procedure.

After the surgery, you will rest in the recovery area for around an hour. It’s important to arrange for someone to drive you home for your recovery to begin. Driving yourself is a very bad idea since your vision can appear cloudy or blurry because your eyes must adjust to the removal of the cataracts that were plaguing you. Your eyes will need time to adapt to the clearer lens. Typical full recovery for cataract surgery is around one month, but by being proactive during your recovery, you can ensure the process is smooth and that any complications are limited.

First and foremost, it is important to pay attention to the directions Dr. Matzkin gives you, such as how to use special eyedrops designed to prevent infections. You will also need to wear an eye shield (or eyeglasses) to help protect your eyes. Avoid rubbing or pressing on your eye so that no damage is done to the area while it is recovering. When you are home, try not to bend from the waist to pick up objects on the floor and do not lift any heavy objects. This ensures you don’t strain your eye muscles. You can walk, climb stairs, and do light household chores, but use this as a time to take it a bit easier than normal. In most cases, healing will be fully complete within eight weeks. We will schedule a follow-up exam to check on your progress.

If you have any questions following your cataract surgery, or if you are wondering if cataract surgery may be a solution for you, please contact us at Allied Eye at (423) 855-8522.

5 End of Summer Tips for Healthy Eyes

August 20, 2018

The end of summer season is about more than just getting used to the school year and getting ready for football season. We think it’s a great time to think about the health of your eyes! When you stop to consider the remaining sunny days of summer, as well as all of the activities that are about to kick off in the busy fall, there are few better times on the calendar to take a few minutes and focus on your eyes. Take advantage of this time of year when schedules are usually a bit more flexible and consider these end of summer tips to focus on your eyes.

  1. Buy a New Pair of Sunglasses– Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion accessory. If you purchase sunglasses that block 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays, you are protecting your eyes from the damage that can be caused by the sun’s radiation. Recent studies from the National Eye Institute show that sun exposure has a dramatic effect on the development of cataracts, placing even more importance on eye protection. Also, for the sake of your eyes and skin, consider wearing a hat when spending any time outside. We’d love to see you at the Allied Eye Optical Shop to show our new line of stylish sunglasses!
  2. Wear Goggles in the Pool– While goggles enable you to see clearly in the pool, they also protect your eyes from redness and irritation from pH levels in the pool water. Chlorine and other chemicals used to keep the pool water clean and safe often cause eye irritation. Additionally, we see a significant number of eye infections this time of year that are largely caused by the bacteria that can live in pools. Also, you are more likely to lose a contact if you swim without goggles! Sick of your contacts? We can help with that too!
  3. Use Eye Drops for Allergies– If you suffer from seasonal allergies often the summer provides a much-needed break. However, many of us struggle even more at this time of year because of the dryer weather than can cause dust and grass pollen. When your eyes are irritated, you can scratch your cornea or another part of your eye unintentionally, causing additional damage and pain. Eye infections regularly result from rubbing and scratching your eyes as well, so take care to wash your hands and avoid touching your eye area with your hands.
  4. Get Plenty of Rest– We all know that an adequate amount of sleep can help our body stay healthy, but a lack of rest can have an impact on your vision too. Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (damage to your optic nerve that causes eye pain and makes it difficult to see clearly), glaucoma, and eye spasms are all potential issues caused by a lack of sleep. So, in order to keep your eyes strong and healthy, make sure you get plenty of sleep at night- and a nap on the weekend. With the sun staying up later, it’s easy to get to bed later in the summer, but your overall health relies on consistent and significant amounts of rest!
  5. Get an Eye Exam– It’s a fantastic time of year to get your regular eye exam, especially if you have kids! As the Fall gets busier, numerous challenges can present themselves to scheduling eye exams, especially considering after-school activities. With classes starting soon, make sure your entire family receives an annual eye exam and that your prescriptions are up-to-date. Dr. Matzkin can spot changes in your eye health if you are routinely attending your vision well checks.

To schedule your eye exam, contact us at Allied Eye at (423) 855-8522.

Sunglasses are More Than Just a Fashion Statement

August 14, 2018

Sunglasses are one of the most fun accessories for fashionable folks. Whether you’re in a stylish pair of aviators or you prefer a fun print on your frames, fashion designers have stepped up their game more than ever in recent years by extending their designs into beautiful eyewear. But those sunglasses you’re wearing are more than just an accessory. They can protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays similar to the way that sunscreen protects your skin. While only half of Americans who purchase sunglasses actually check the UV rating, we think it’s important to keep in mind the UVA and UVB rays that can damage your eyes when picking the perfect pair!

Without sunglasses, the sun can have very negative effects on our eyes. For example, 20% of cataracts are caused by extended UV exposure. Also, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage our retinas, which destroys central vision and leads to macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is one of the top causes of blindness in the United States. Finally, UV exposure can cause tissue growth over the white part of the surface of the eye, called the pterygium. This tissue growth can then change the curve of the surface of your eyeball, causing astigmatism.

Keeping eye health in mind doesn’t mean being stuck with a pair of sunglasses that are any less stylish. The Allied Eye Optical Shop is fully stocked with numerous pairs of frames from top designers. Jamie loves to help consult with patients on picking the right pair for their personal style and eye health. Many of these frames can even be fitted with prescription lenses.

We’d be happy to provide you with any information about what makes a super pair of sunglasses. To speak to the Allied Eye Optical Shop, or to receive more information about corrective eye surgery or an eye appointment, please call or text our offices at (423) 855-8522.

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June 18, 2018

Celebrate National Sunglasses Day with Allied Eye!

June 15, 2018

Get up to 50% off on select styles starting now and leading up to July 1st as we celebrate National Sunglasses Day! Sunglasses are incredibly important to protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays along with providing critical blue ray protection. Plus, there’s no reason you can’t look great wearing them! Come see Jamie and the team at our Optical Shop. We’ll have you in a great pair of shades at the best prices of the year! 

Why Early Detection for Glaucoma is Key

May 14, 2018
Of all the eye diseases we encounter, glaucoma can be one of the most frustrating for our patients. This eye disease that affects over 3 million Americans is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” because it generally has no apparent symptoms patients recognize, such as pain or discomfort. Because of this, early detection is critical for patients to save their eyesight.
Glaucoma affects the optic nerve of the eye, which is responsible for the transmission of images between the eye and the brain. If glaucoma isn’t treated in time, lasting damage can occur in this crucial nerve, causing patients to lose their peripheral vision and eventually their entire eyesight. Patients over the age of 40 are especially at risk, though glaucoma can affect people of all ages.
How to Catch Glaucoma Early? 
The first and most important thing to know about glaucoma is that early detection is critical to be able to address the problem. Dr. Matzkin can start treatment for glaucoma immediately following the diagnosis. For many patients, this treatment can include medication or laser/ surgery options.
During regular, comprehensive eye exams, Allied Eye checks for glaucoma for our patients to ensure we care for our patients. The disease must be monitored for life, but can be managed. Have you scheduled your regular eye exam? We’ve recently increased our capacity to see more of our valuable patients to ensure we catch eye problems like glaucoma early. Call or text us today to book your appointment!