A Life of Learning

img_0179In Las Vegas at the Global SPECIALTY Lens Symposium

A LIFE OF LEARNING to be able to help those patients referred to Dr. Landrio for SPECIALTY contact lens fittings.

World Class education with hands-on workshops and technology demonstrations!

 

 

 

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How Indoor Tanning Is Gambling With Your Vision

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Indoor tanning beds are infamous for their dangerous effects on skin. What most people don’t realize is that the very thing in tanning beds that causes skin cancer (ultraviolet radiation) can also damage your vision.

INDOOR TANNING IS RISKY BUSINESS

Indoor tanning initially gained its popularity as an easy way to maintain that bronze glow many seek to develop during the summer months. Awareness of how dangerous tanning beds are, however, did not catch on as fast as the beds themselves. Ultraviolet rays produced by the lamps found in tanning beds present serious health risks. In fact, people who use indoor tanning beds are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used them.

Unfortunately, not many people make the effort to protect their skin while tanning in indoor beds, let alone their eyes.

THE EFFECTS INDOOR TANNING BEDS HAVE ON EYES

Indoor tanning beds pose a more serious threat to health than we may realize. Recently, a group of eye doctors and other medical professionals highlighted the World Health Organization’s classification of tanning beds as a Group 1 carcinogenic to humans—the highest cancer risk category.

Immediate effects of direct and/or prolonged UV exposure radiation to the eyes are cataracts and photokeratitis. Photokeratitis is similar to a sunburn of the cornea and surrounding portions of the eye—including the lining of our eyelids. This painful condition can result in eyelid twitches, constricted pupils, tearing, and many other uncomfortable symptoms.

WE CARE ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR VISION

Whether you enjoy laying out on the beach or you prefer visiting the tanning salon from time to time, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect your vision health. As your lifelong vision partner, we are committed to protecting your vision and whole body health so you can continue to enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle. If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more about the harmful effects of indoor tanning, schedule an appointment with us or leave a comment below!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

DID YOU KNOW THESE 6 EYE FACTS?

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Our sense of vision is a wonderfully beautiful and complex part of our everyday life. On an average day it may be easy to take it for granted, but it’s important to take time to recognize what makes all of that beauty possible—our eyes!

We’d like to celebrate our fascinating eyes by sharing with you some fun eye trivia. Here are a few interesting facts about your eyes that you may not know!

6 Outstanding Eye Facts

1. If your eyes are blue, you share a common ancestor with every other blue-eyed individual in the world. Early humans all had brown eyes, until someone developed a genetic mutation that made their eyes blue.

2. Eyes use about 65 percent of our brainpower, more than any other part of the body. Proof that the eye is one of the most complex organs we have!

3. “Red eye” in photos occurs when light from a camera flash bounces off the back of the eye. The choroid layer at the back of the eye is rich in blood vessels. Light reflecting off of it makes the eye appear red!

4. Newborns don’t produce tears. Babies may make crying sounds, but actual tears don’t start flowing until they are between four and 13 weeks old.

5. The muscles that control your eyes are the most active out of all the muscles in your body. Your eyes are constantly making tiny jerking movements called “microsaccades.” Even when you think you’re staring at something unflinchingly, your eyes are actually moving involuntarily.

6. Eyes see an average 24 million different images in a lifetime. 24 million! Take it all in.

More Than Meets The Eye

Our eyes are far more impressive than we know. Scientists and researchers are discovering amazing new things about our eyes and bodies every day! We can all care for our vision and whole body health by eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and protecting ourselves from harmful substances and activities.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

VISION TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT’S SLEEP

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We all have a nightly routine. But what we may not realize is that some of our bedtime habits could be harming our eyes and overall health.

Here’s a few helpful tips to help you get some better shut-eye:

Take Your Contacts Out Before Going To Sleep

We know that after a long day it can be hard to take your contacts out, but you should never skip this step! Nearly one million Americans visit the eye doctor each year with infections related to exercising improper contact lens hygiene.

Because contact lenses rest directly on the eye, they decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches your eyes from the environment. When left on longer than recommended, they deprive our eyes of much needed oxygen. This can lead to infection, inflammation, abrasions, and even permanent damage. So do your eyes a favor and be sure to remove your contacts before going to bed at night!

Steer Clear Of Your Smartphone Right Before Bed

You may not know it, but your smartphone may be throwing off your sleep cycle. Light is an important natural cue that tells our bodies when to wake and when to sleep. Smartphones, TVs, laptops, and the like emit what is called blue light—a form of light emitted by the sun.

So, when you’re scrolling through your phone while in bed, your brain reacts as it would to sunlight. This causes your body to stop producing melatonin, an important hormone that regulates sleep cycles. Thus, inappropriately timed exposure to blue light can lead to insomnia.

Get Enough Quality Shut-Eye

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority. Sleep deprivation can cause red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles, eye twitching, dry eyes, and blurry vision. Not only is lack of sleep bad for your eyes, but it’s also extremely detrimental to your overall health.

Chronic lack of sleep can increase your risk of many long term health issues such as:
Weight gain
Depression
High blood pressure
Heart failure
Stroke
Accident-related injury
Poor quality of life
Studies even show an increased mortality risk for those reporting less than six or seven hours per night. So the next time you hit the hay, you can feel good knowing how important it is for your health!

Your Health Is Important To Us

As your trusted vision care providers, we make your health our priority! We know that sleep sometimes takes a back seat to the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, but don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Now go get some rest. You deserve it.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.