ALLERGY ALERT

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ALLERGY ALERT

Today’s allergy levels:
Sunday – 7.2/Medium – EASTER ITCH!

Today’s predominant pollen:
Maple, Alder and Cedar/Juniper.

Tomorrow’s allergy levels:
Monday – 8.9/Medium-High —OUCH!

If you need any support with eye symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, please call 516-546-4800. There is help in sight!

TAKE A SECOND LOOK @ EGGS!

Move over carrots, you’ve been riding on your reputation as the best food for eye health for too long. The incredible, edible egg is chock full of eye friendly antioxidants. It is true that carrots are high in the chemical family of carotenoids, but eggs yolks are high in lutein, a type of carotenoid that helps fight macular degeneration, the leading cause of legal blindness.

It is true that eggs don’t contain as much lutein as green leafy veggies, like kale and broccoli, but according to nutritional biochemist Elizabeth Johnson of Tufts, the body is able to absorb these antioxidants better from eggs.

Eggs are definitely a food to stop avoiding. They are good for brain function, as well asdieting since they provide a protein filled breakfast that keeps you full, which in turn prevents overeating later in the day. Now it seems, they are good for your eyes!

Fit’s Tip: Eating one egg a day is not considered unhealthy nor will an egg a day increase your risk for stroke or cardiovascular disease. The National Institute of Health found that the small adverse affect of cholesterol in an egg is counterbalanced by the effects of other nutrients including antioxidants, folate, and other B vitamins.

POLLEN COUNT FOR SATURDAY 3/30

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POLLEN COUNT FOR SATURDAY 3/30

According to the Pollen People at Pollen.com, Saturday March 30th is going to be a medium-high allergy day. On a scale from 1-12, the index for 3/30/13 is going to be an 8.2.
Allergies will often affect your eyes resulting in itching and discomfort. If you are experiencing any eye related allergy symptoms, please feel free to call my office at 516-546-4800. There are several great prescription drops that can help almost immediately- no need to suffer!

CONTACT LENSES CAN PROVIDE UV PROTECTION?

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CONTACT LENSES CAN PROVIDE UV PROTECTION?

Almost everyone is aware of the damage solar energy, including ultraviolet (UV) radiation, can do to the skin. What is not as well known is the damage UV radiation does to the eye. This UV exposure is cumulative, so the exposure while on the beach as a child will add to the effects that result in damage later in life.

Solar radiation reaching the surface of the eye is focused and concentrated by the cornea, the clear outermost layer of the eye. The rays that pass through the pupil of the eye are absorbed by the lens of the eye. This UV radiation may cause cataracts in the lens of the eye. Studies show that the UV radiation that reaches the eyes from above, below, and the sides is concentrated and focused when it reaches the tissue on the opposite side of the eye. This radiation may cause changes to the tissue there. Small tissue elevations, called pingueculea and pterygia, may result.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends the use of sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV-A and UV-B rays to protect the eyes from this radiation. However, many styles of sunglasses do not protect the eyes from the solar radiation entering from the sides or around sunglasses.

Additional protection is offered by some contact lenses. These contact lenses absorb UV radiation by reducing the amount of radiation that reaches the surface of eye. The contact lenses also protect the areas of the eye from the radiation that comes from above or around the sides of sunglasses.

EYE COLOR CONTEST

Which Eye Color Do You Think Is Most Attractive? Here’s the Answer

November 2012 — After collecting 46,318 responses to our eye color poll, we thought it was time to share the latest results with you:

Graph of eye color poll results

Green is the winner among our site visitors, but responses were spread pretty well over most of the other shades, too.

To some, eye color isn’t that significant. As someone said on our Facebook page, “All eye colors can be ‘the most attractive.’ … Your eye color has to be about you and express the truth of you to others.”

Another person posted this comment about eye health being much more important: “The most attractive color is the white of the eye when it is clear and bright, which makes any iris beautiful.” 

WHAT IS COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME?

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WHAT IS COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME?

Eyestrain, red eyes, blurry vision, and irritation can all be signs of computer vision syndrome, which means your eyes are reacting to too much screen time. Take regular breaks to rest your eyes, install anti-glare filters, change the position of your computer monitor, and make sure you have adequate lighting. When you spend too much time staring at a computer screen your eyes may feel exceptionally dry. A frequent response to dryness is burning and tearing. Using lubricating eye drops and speaking to your optometrist about special computer glasses also might help with the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome.