“Enhancing vision today…to help reach goals for tomorrow” is more than a motto. It is the essence of our practice.—Dr. Wylie

Do you have the right kind of eyewear to protect yourself from serious injury or blindness - or even just daily irritation?

Ask us about blue light protectionEach year, tens of thousands of people are treated for eye injuries related to the hazards of their jobs, doing chores in the yard or playing sports. Most of these injuries could have been prevented by the right kind of eye protection - including wearing safety glasses, goggles or safety shields.

And for those not exposed to physical dangers, there are coatings that can be added to your regular glasses that protect you from UV rays from the sun and blue light from computer screens.

Ask us about how the right eye protection can help save your sight and what options you have based on your individual needs.

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Dr. Wylie gives you a brief background and his passion for better vision.

Dr. Wylie discusses Vision Therapy and how they use it to get you or your loved ones better vision.

Why we use different colors and prisms in therapy. We use new science and therapy options in our practice as well explain the what and why.

The effects of mobile computing on health

Our world has been inundated with mobile devices – smartphones, tablets, laptops and portable gaming systems are used daily. The proliferation of these electronic devices has been interwoven into the fabric of our society, transforming our culture into an always connected global community.

Smartphones, computer screens, tablets and most other back-lit devices emit High Energy Visible Light (HEVL) radiation and while these connected devices have made our lives easier, the daily use of these digital experiences may cause health risks.

Healthy human beings are born with natural defenses to this type of light. However, the aging process can deteriorate our ability to adequately deal with excessive or accumulated exposure.

What are the strategies to protect against the modern bombardment of blue light?

The easy answer would be to forsake all modern conveniences and return to a simpler way of life free from the electronic trappings of the 21st century, but for those not willing to part with their beloved devices, try HOYA’s solution, the new lens treatment Recharge.

This ophthalmic lens treatment provides a measure of health protection against the harmful effects of blue light. It also provides improved contrast and visual comfort when viewing digital back-lit devices. In addition to these benefits, Recharge reduces glare and reflections and provides superior scratch resistance.

The most effective way to reduce blue light exposure is to limit the daily use of digital devices. However, Recharge can help to reduce long-term accumulation of HEVL and the health risks associated with this new digital age, especially when complemented by special lens designs like Hoyalux TACT, ideal for office and computer work or Nulux Active 8 for active lifestyles in a media driven world.

Red, Itchy, swollen eyelids are often due to a condition called blepharitis. Blepharitis tends to be a chronic condition due to thick eyelid mucous gland production that sticks to the bases of the eyelashes. This adherent mucous can allow bacteria to overgrow and also attract and retain allergens. The standard treatment for blepharitis is doing warm compresses and cleaning off the eyelids with a mild baby shampoo and water solution.

This treatment works for some people but there are many more sufferers who have chronic irritation and relapses despite this treatment. If the warm compresses and eyelid scrubs are not quite keeping the condition under control there are several other additional treatments that can be used to control the symptoms.

One such treatment that your doctor may decide to use an antibiotic/steroid combination drop or ointment. We usually use these for short periods of time to try to bring the condition under control. They are not good to use chronically because it can build resistant bacteria and the steroid component can cause other eye issues like cataracts and glaucoma. The treatment is very safe for short term use but chronic use is usually not a good option.

There are also antibiotic eyelid scrubs such as Avenova which can be prescribed and used on a more chronic basis.

Oral Doxycycline can also be used more chronically in very low doses. Doxycycline is an antibiotic that when used to treat infections is generally prescribed in a dose of 100mg twice a day. For chronic Blepharitis suffers we generally use a much lower dose of around 50 mg a day. At that dose we are using the Doxycycline to help thin out the mucous production from the eyelid glands more than for it’s antibiotic properties.

In summary, Blepharitis can be a chronic issue that requires some persistent “maintenance” work be done to keep it under control with further intervention sometimes needed for flare-ups.

Article contributed by Dr. Brian Wnorowski, M.D.

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Dry Eye Syndrome is characterized by itching, burning, gritty, red eyes. There are many causes for Dry Eye and, consequently there are many treatments.

Your tears serve many important functions. They wash out debris, keep your eyes moist and have special enzymes that neutralize microorganisms that colonize your eyes. Tears are made up of three layers, the lipid, aqueous and mucus layers. The lipid layer is the outer oily section, the aqueous layer is the watery middle part, and the mucus layer is the inner section closest to your cornea. The layers are produced by different glands in your eyelid and a problem with any of them can cause dry eye syndrome. If left untreated, dry eye can cause tissue damage and scarring of the cornea, leading to major vision problems.

There are many factors that can cause dry eyes. Age, certain medications, insufficient blinking, chemical composition of tears and environmental factors like sunlight, wind, dust and smoke. Dry Eye is also the number one complaint of people who wear contact lenses. With all of these potential causes there are also a variety of ways to treat dry eyes.

Artificial tears drops can help simulate tears in your eyes, reducing redness and clearing vision. Wearing sunglasses, cleaning furnace and air conditioning filters, avoiding smoke and using a humidifier can also help you reduce dryness. If you are having problems with a medication or if you wear contact lenses and are experiencing dry eyes, consult with your eye care provider to explore other options.

Because of the wide array of causes and solutions for dry eye, make sure to visit with your eye care provider to determine the best solution for you.

Obesity is now hitting critical levels, and affecting every branch of medicine. The Center of Disease control (CDC) now reports obesity affects 4 out of 10 people. Furthermore, 3 out of 10 people are considered overweight, just shy of obese. The effect on eyes is greatest on the small blood vessels of the eye, which can cause bleeding which leads to blindness. This is mostly in association with systemic diabetes or hypertension in which obesity is a leading factor. Obesity has a very real and lasting effect on individuals and families.

Certain health effects that come as result of obesity are as follows:

Cancer: In some cases, excess fat cells can affect the growth of tumors, according tho the NCI (National Cancer Institute), and thousands of cancer cases are linked directly to obesity.

High blood pressure: Aneurism,stroke, heart failure, and death are the consequences of hypertension. According to the American Heart Institute, obesity is a leading cause of heart disease. Blood pressure is simply the force of the blood pushing against the arteries, and too much pressure weakens those vessels over time. Obesity causes these vessels to strain more than normal.

Diabetes (type 2): Being obese puts extra work and stress on the body’s natural ability to maintain proper glucose levels for the bloodstream, which in turn creates a greater need for insulin. Over time, the body cannot make enough insulin to keep up, thus creating a diabetic state. Over 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, so decreasing obesity can markedly lower your chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Infertility and premature birth: Overweight women have greater risk in delivery, because too much fat can weaken the cervical membranes. Additionally,overweight women have more trouble getting pregnant because of the effect of obesity on hormonal changes that impact conception.

Insomnia: According to the American Sleep Foundation, obesity is linked to sleep apnea, preventing a restful night sleep. Interruption in sleep patterns due to momentary gasping for breath can have a poor overall effect on all health aspects of life.

Losing weight through daily diet, exercise, and the help of your physician and dietician are viable solutions and treatment for obesity. Eliminating obesity can attribute to a healthier lifestyle and in many cases can extend or save your vision and your life.

 

Resources:

www.cdc.gov

www.cancer.gov

www.loseit.com

www.obesity-facts.com

 

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We all remember the acronym ROYGBIV to help us remember the colors of the rainbow..........red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. We are all very clear that there are seven colors in our spectrum of the rainbow, but what we may not be very clear on is the interpretation of those colors on an individual basis.

What gives us the ability to perceive color? Is it the eye or is it the brain? What if the same color looks like two different colors to two different people? Science is now explaining this common phenomena. It is caused from the brain trying to determine the color in certain aspects of daylight sun and light reflecting off certain objects.

There have also been known instances when patients who receive injections in the retina of the eye for the treatment of macular degeneration, experience a spectrum of colors that is not explainable to them by the seven colors of the rainbow. There seems to be a plethora of colors they experience that have been previously undetected.

Furthermore, a color blindness factor can play a role in perceiving colors. A certain percentage of people have an inherited condition of color blindness. Three common types of color blindness include protan (red), duetan (green), and tritan (blue). Color blind individuals have different color perceptions than a person with normal spectrum color vision.

A very notable event that highlights the difference in our perception of colors showed up when an English dress designer posted a picture online that began a craze. Some people saw it as a gold and white dress, while other people saw it as a blue and black dress. There was quite a dispute until an optometrist gave an explanation:

Color Constancy. This occurs when colors are viewed in a different light or with a shadow causing the brain to interpret it as one color when it is, in reality, another color. The color is determined by the perception of the one viewing it.

An article posted by website “WIRED.COM” explains the color constancy this way:

"The brain tries to interpolate a kind of color context for the image, and then spits out an answer for the color of the dress. When context varies, so will people’s visual perception."

More information comes from an article in USA Today:

“Color is our perception — our interpretation of the light that's in the world," says Arthur Shapiro, a professor at American University who specializes in visual perception.

"Individual wavelengths don't have color, it's how our brains interpret the wavelengths that create color," he says. In the case of the dress, some of us interpret those wavelengths to be blue and black, and others interpret the wavelengths as white and gold.

The physiological explanation can be described through the function of rods and cones.

The cones are color sensitive mainly to red, green and blue. The rods are sensitive to black and white, and in low or dim light, our rods help us see contrast. Furthermore, in bright light, our cones help us see color: the retina sends messages from rods and cones to our brain.

So instead of arguing with another over the color of a dress, argue instead over your perception of the color of the dress...after all, perception is greater than reality in some cases. Through our perceptions, we color our world into our own reality whether we are colorblind or not.

REFERENCES

www.wired.com; Adam Rogers 02/26/2015

www.usatoday.com; Lori Grisham 02/26/2015

 

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