What To Know About Eyeglasses

optical wear (2)Eyeglasses have come a long way now since it was originated in 1268 in Pisa, Italy. Although the exact inventor was unknown, the first users of eyeglasses were scholars and monks. As the printing press grows, the rising rate of literacy encouraged mass production for eye glasses. Hundred years ago, eye glasses were made by hand, but by the time of the 1900s and as technology advances, so does eyeglasses. Eye glasses used to be thick and heavy. But in our generation, today, thinner, lighter and scratch resistant lenses are commonly used to place in our glasses.

There are several reasons why people wear eye glasses, although some people do for fashion statement, most people do because of the following eye problems:

• Myopia – is when a person can clearly see things that are close, but needs eyeglasses to see clearly things that are far away. This is also called as near-sightedness.

Astigmatism is the result when a person’s cornea is shaped like oval rather than round. Having astigmatism causes blurry vision but it can be amended with eyeglasses.

• Anisometropia – is when a person has two eyes that are different, it usually causes unbalanced vision. Eyeglasses tend to help each eye individually, and both lenses are different.

• Hyperopia – is usually common and does not require eyeglasses. Still, if the hyperopia is serious, a person’s eyes will have to work focus harder on close objects. Hyperopia is also called as the far-sightedness.

• Accommodative Esotropia – is when a person has excessive hyperopia which results in a person’s eyes to cross at times. Wearing glasses are can usually aid the “crossing of the eyes.”

Now that we’ve established the common reasons why people wear eye glasses let’s get to the types of lenses to get for your eyewear. Each one is different, and each one will properly cater to your need.

optical wear (1)• Trivex lenses – these lenses are light when it comes to weight and thin. It is made from plastic materials which can result to better vision.

• Polycarbonate lenses – just like tribes, polycarbonate lenses are made from plastic materials that are usually impact-resistant. It is regularly used by people who play in sports. These lenses contain ultra violet protection that significantly protects the eyes from the sun.

• Multifocal Lenses – people who have more than one problem in eye vision needs multi focal lenses to aid their eyes. It can also be termed as “bifocals” and “trifocals”.

High index plastic lenses – is meant for people who needs strong eye prescriptions. It is better, lighter and thinner than regular thick lenses for people who have poor eyesight.

Polarized lenses – is used to reduce reflected glares from sun or water. It is usually used for driving and sports.

Photochromic lenses this lens is usually made from plastic or glass. Photochromic lenses change from tinted to clear whenever it is exposed to sunlight.

Aspheric lenses – this lens is typically spherical in shape. It is made to differ in the surface which results to flatter and thinner lenses.

Since lenses are already enumerated, there are also several coatings necessary for different lenses. The decision can be according to what you want in an eyeglass-like:

• Scratch-resistant with ultraviolet lenses
• Tinted lenses
• Anti-reflective coating
• Mirror coatings

Tips For Healthier Eyes

eyesight (1)We all know that our eyes are the organ assigned for vision. Perhaps it is also one of the most important parts we have. Despite its small size, it has several parts and layers like the cornea, iris, pupil, conjunctiva and the sclera. The majority of our eyes are filled with vitreous, which is a clear gel to protect our eyes. And behind our eyes are optic nerves that carry information to our brain.

It’s amazing how many wonders our eyes do for us. It made us appreciate and notice our surroundings a lot more. Not to mention, our eyes helped us survive, even in the early years of the human existence. In fact, according to an AOA (American Optometric Association) survey, around 40% citizens of America worry about losing their vision than losing their ability to hear or walk. Despite all these, worries, not everyone takes precautions and securities when it comes to their eyes.

With all the wonders our eyes have given to us, I think it’s also fundamental to properly take care our eyes. It is part of our health, after all. Below this article, I’m going to provide you some tips how to properly take care of your eyes.

• Get regular eye check-ups
It’s easy to take eye check-ups for granted if a person is pretty much seeing well. But even if you have a perfect 20/20 eye vision, it’s still recommended to get regular eye check-ups. Eye exams are not a just fancy way to purchase another product, but it is also a way to check if there are changes in your eye health. Eye check-ups are also a great way to check other serious health issues such as diabetes and glaucoma. People aged 40, and above are urged to have yearly eye check-ups, mainly to prevent macular degeneration that is caused by old age.

Also, when visiting for an eye check-up, make sure to provide your family’s eye history. It’s important to know if someone in your family or relatives has been through eye diseases because it may be hereditary.

eyesight (2)• Wear protective glasses
Even if you’re not suggested to wear eye glasses, it’s still important for you to wear protective glasses to guard your eyes. Our environment nowadays is filled with dry air and pollution that can cause eye irritation and dryness.

Wearing the right type of protective eye gears can protect your eyes from these harms. The sun’s rays are also extremely dangerous for the eyes, so make sure you choose a sunglass that protects your eyes at least 99% from UVB and UVA rays.

• Eat right for a better eyesight
To fully make your eyes healthier, it’s better to begin by doing it inside. You’ve probably heard about carrots being good for our eyes, but we all know you can’t just eat that forever just to protect your eyes. Another food contains proper nutrients to take full care of the eyes such as salmon or tuna, which contains omega three fatty acids. Green vegetables are also suggested such as kale, spinach and collards, most of which are rich in Vitamin C. Nuts, eggs and beans are also a great source of protein to take fully care of our eyes.

• Rest your eyes from time to time
We all know that this is the generation of technology, and part of that technology are computer and phone screens. Did you know that staring too much in the screen can cause blurry vision and dry eyes? To prevent these issues, the simplest way to aid this is to rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Then start looking at other things except your screen for at least 20 seconds.

Five Unusual Ways Lasik Improved My Wife’s Life (#3 is Epilator?)

image of the benefits of lasik eye surgery 1Some of you may know that my wife received Lasik eye surgery last summer. The procedure was done by one of the best eye doctors in the country (hey, I just trying to be light-hearted).  While the title of this article might seem a little farfetched, it speaks volumes to the impact that Lasik had on my wife.

Prior to the surgery, my wife’s vision wasn’t great. She couldn’t see anything close to her and reading wasn’t even an option without sunglasses. After the surgery, her entire world changed in front of her eyes.

Here’s how Lasik surgery changed my wife’s life:

1 – She sleeps better because she can read at night

Many Americans choose to read before bed (and for good reason). Reading has been shown to reduce stress and help people fall asleep fast; much better than watching the Television. Yes, my wife could have opted for simple wear her glasses as she read, but she often complained that she had to strain her eyes.

2 – The House Is Cleaner

Trust me, she told me to write this section in the article (I’m not saying the house was dirty before!). My wife has always been a bit ADD when it comes to keeping a clean house. She kept is spotless when her vision was good, but she admits her skills went south as her vision left her.

After the Lasik, my wife is able to spot the tiniest of things. Say goodbye to small gatherings of dust, and our utensils are spotless. There isn’t a place in our entire house that is dirty. Thank you, Lasik.

3 – She Found A Great Epilator (say what?)

This one might be embarrassing and the most shocking. Most women prefer to shave their legs with a manual shaver. Well, my wife wasn’t able to shave effectively when her vision was at its worst. Not only would their be areas of hair growth, it was unsafe because she was cutting her skin from time to time.

After the surgery, she was able to see what the manual shaver had done to her legs. She was outraged and upset. She decided that she would need an alternative to shaving. She went online and found a shaving device called an epilator (click here if you have no idea what it is–it’s okay, I didn’t). She ended up finding a top rated epilator and has been using with smiles.

The only downside is that the epilating process takes longer than a regular shave. But we are both happy because her legs are able to heal (and her eyes are happy about that).

image of playing tennis lasik 14 – She Can Finally Play Tennis With Friends

Yes, my wife can finally exercise in a way that is fun for her. When her eyesight was bad she was forced to run on the treadmill, which isn’t something she loves to do. Her passion has always been tennis, especially with friends.

Wearing glasses and playing tennis is definitely possible and has tried it many times. You may start to see the point: She didn’t like the idea of glasses. The glasses got in her way when playing tennis, and she couldn’t enjoy the experience. She would miss shots that were normally easy for her.

Lasik has given her a big smile as she’s able to play tennis at her full potential.

5 – She Thinks I Look Better

If you made it this far, you know this has been a lighthearted blog post. My wife says she is able to see me clearer than ever. At first, I was scared to know she could she every little detail on my face (and elsewhere).

Of course, she quickly turned the opportunity into a moment of “being cute”. She told me that she can now she how beautiful  I am. She says I look handsome!

I will take it.

Let us hear how Lasik has helped your life. You can be serious or funny; it’s your choice!

Can Good Food Help You Heal?

In today’s world, it seems like we’re constantly being told about which foods to avoid, which foods will make us sick, and which foods will lead to disease later in life. Of course, we should all heed the words from nutritionists and food experts, but instead of focusing on the foods we should avoid, it may be more productive to pay attention to the foods that we should be consuming. There are actually plenty of foods that can help us to heal from various conditions, as well as prevent disease from striking us later in life. Here is a closer look at some of those foods (all of which have been recommended by culinary professionals.

In the fruit department, grab a banana. It doesn’t seem like much, but a single banana can actually be quite filling and contains enough sugar to give you a slight blood sugar boost, and along with a plentiful amount of vitamin B6 it will help your brain to naturally produce some serotonin to help you feel better by relieving some stress and anxiety. You may also want to add apricots to your diet, especially if you have a history of kidney stones or have a family history that makes you susceptible to them. Dried apricot contain fiber, sodium, and potassium, all of which help prevent the minerals that cause kidney stones from forming. Another great fruit that has health benefits are pears. Eating pears on a regular basis will help you to lower your cholesterol, which will help reduce your risk of heart disease.

On the vegetable front, potatoes are great at curing headaches. Potatoes are loaded with carbs that will increase serotonin levels and can help if you’re experiencing a tension headache. Another helpful vegetable is cabbage, which is great for stomach health and can actually prevent or cure ulcers. Cabbage attacks the bacteria that cause gastric and peptic ulcers, stopping potential ulcers dead in their tracks. Great chefs know this, and if you are interested in being a great chef, head to culinarydreaming.com to learn more.

For people who frequently experience nausea or indigestion, there are two foods that can provide some relief: ginger tea and basil. Studies have shown that a nice cup of ginger tea can soothe nausea that’s brought on by either motion sickness or pregnancy, and it’s much safer than over-the-counter medicines. As for basil, studies show that it can calm stomach pain, nausea, cramps, and various other symptoms of indigestion.

Finally, if you’re having trouble sleeping, reach for some turkey. Remember, there’s a reason why Thanksgiving meals tend to put people to sleep; it’s because of tryptophan, which helps the body produce the hormones that regulate sleep. Three ounces of turkey gives you all the tryptophan you need in a day, so if you’re struggling with some sleepless nights, make yourself a turkey sandwich in the evening. Of course, if you didn’t get to the turkey in time and you’re feeling tired, drink a glass of orange juice. The fructose in orange juice can give you a great pick-me-up, while the vitamin C helps to metabolize iron and provide you with extra energy when you need it and providing another example of food that has healing power.

The Importance of Great Eyewear in Paintball

If you’ve experienced being hit in the mask with a paintball, you know all too well the advantages of wearing a great eyewear. Protecting your eyes with eyewear may have saved you from irreversible eye damage or worse, blindness. Aside from curbing eye injuries, here are some advantages of having a great eyewear when playing paintball.

Recently, we talked about why you should wear protective eyewear most of the time – even when you think you shouldnt, and today we are going to talk specifically about eyewear in one sport that can really put an eye out. Paintballs travel fast and hit hard, and you do not want to be on the wrong end of one.

  1. Enhanced visibility

You can stop complaining about having impaired vision when you put on a tactical eyewear. Going for paintball eyewear with scratch-resisting features will make you forget you even had them on the first place.

  1. More mobility

Never fall for a notion of paintball eyewear being bulky and cumbersome. Nowadays, a paintball eyewear is lightweight and gives you proper protection without interfering with your mobility.

  1. Enhanced comfort

Getting stuck on uncomfortable eyewear can be a drag as this can interrupt your game play. A great paintball eyewear not only offers breathability but fits snuggly around your head for optimal comfort all throughout the game.

  1. Cool designs

A cool-looking paintball eyewear can add to your style as opposed to detracting from it. Eyewear featuring cool and powerful designs will immediately intimidate your paintball opponents. You can even have a graphics artist to customize your eyewear and helmet so it matches what you’re exactly looking for.

  1. Long lasting

By making the right investment, expect your paintball eyewear to last you for a long while. Opt for an eyewear with switchable lenses, straps, and foam to ensure your investment will lost for a long time. A wax product on an eyewear makes sure paintballs can easily be wiped off, ensuring the graphics can last for years.

  1. Anti-fogging

In addition to the advantages mentioned of a great paintball eyewear, an eyewear with anti-fogging properties can actually enhance your success in the field. New quality plastics for eyewear not only provides your eyes with protection but they also have anti-fogging features that helps you see clearly without frequent wiping of the lenses.

If you ever had the misfortune of taking a hit on your eyewear by a paintball, then there’s little need to lay out the importance of having a protective eyewear one. It’s likely that if you’ve taken a shot in the face that your paintball eyewear helped you curb any permanent sight injury or blindness. Damage to the eyes can happen anytime and considering a tactical eyewear will ensure you can last long in the field without leaving your eyes vulnerable to anything you’ll regret.

The Importance of Wearing Protective Eyewear

Protective Eye WearAir rifle safety is extremely important. How many times have you been probably told that air rifles are not toys? Still, some shooters take this for granted. Have you ever heard someone going blind just because he had a freak shooting accident? If only he had worn a protective eyewear, he would have been fine. He would have gone enjoying more hunting galore… if only…

O well, I guess some people are just hard headed and do not care on how important their eye sight are and don’t even give a damn about pellet gun safety and regulations. I hope you’re not one of them. Many people do not realize how easy it is to injure or even kill someone with an air rifle. Adherence to the safety rule must be followed when using this type of rifle or any gun for that matter.

Wearing protective eyewear is a mandatory accessory when firing an air rifle. Shooting causes hot gasses casings or shrapnel to fly through the air and appropriate eye gear should be used at all times. Regular or prescription glasses or any eye glasses do not measure up to the protection a REAL shooting eyewear offers.

Choosing the Proper Protective Eyewear

  • Impact Resistance Material

Opt for lenses that are made from polycarbonate material – less than half the weight of a glass for comfort and more impact-resistant compared to other materials.

  • Highest Standard of Safety – Certified

Make sure that the protective eyewears you are using are certified by regulating bodies for safety and standards. This will guarantee that your protective eyewear will really do its job.

  • Tints and Lenses

“Plano” lenses – Protective eyewear may have prescription and non-prescription lenses and should meet specific criteria that can be used during shooting or firing. Moreover, shooting requires acute visions; use a sport specific tint such as amber or yellow tints for lenses, this enhances contrast for targeting. Heavy tints are not recommended for this type of activity. Also consider photochromic lenses, these ensure optimum vision in changing lighting conditions outdoors.

  • Side Shields

Side shields are added protection from objects such ricochets and splashback flying through during shooting.

  • Frames

Wrap-style frames with a non-shiny matte finish frames and lenses with anti-reflective coating are highly recommended. These eliminate reflections that can be so distracting.

  • Comfort and Fit

Protective eyewear should be comfortable and fits perfectly. This is also important, common sense says that eyewears that don’t fit right is useless – it may slip or fall during the shooting activity, that may even cause another accident or probably make you a “looser” during a competition.

Accidents are unpredictable but preventable. Always consider the worst case scenario. Without a protective eyewear you may soon be shooting air rifles with an eye patch or never shoot at all. Even if you’re plinking in the backyard with friends, do not let safety take a vacation. Eye patch may be cool on pirates but never on you. Eye sight is essential and so precious for living the life, investing on proper eye gears will reduce the risk of getting blind. So wear the best shooting glasses money can buy!

Tips on How to Take Care of Your Eyes Properly

There is nothing more important for us nowadays but to be able to live a normal life and make use of all the senses we have to perform our daily tasks. This is why it is important that you consider taking care of all the parts of the body including your eyes.

Maybe you have encountered various tips on how you can take care of your skin as well as be able to keep your teeth and gums clean with the latest electronic toothbrush gadgetry all the time to ensure oral care (just look at the incredibly information packed websites out there like WaterFlosserHQ). This time around you should also learn how to take good care of one of the most important organs in your body – your eyes.

Here are a few tips for you to consider:

1. Do not strain your eyes. We are all aware of the hard work that has to be done just so you can impress your boss or just so you can finish your work in time. However, if you’re tired red eyes don’t get the typical amount of rest in needs, sooner or later you will find yourself suffering from various eye ailments.

2. Keep your eyes protected all the time. If you will be in front of the computer for a long period of time and you are finding your eyes to feel somewhat stressed with the rays coming from your computer screen or from the sun when you are outdoors, You can opt to wear protective clear glasses which can deflect light and sunglasses which can protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays as well.

3. Take good care of your glasses and contacts. If you are wearing prescription glasses, you have to take note of the necessary steps to keep it safe from scratches so you can use them for a longer period of time. However, if you are using contact lenses instead, you will have to lubricate your contacts as often as prescribed to make sure that the contact lenses won’t irritate your eyes.

4. Live a healthy lifestyle. If you want to make sure that you can keep your eyes free from any type of disease, it is essential that you eat healthy food and as much as possible you should do away with smoking. Eating the right food and doing away with the usual cigarette habit will not only help you maintain good eyesight but it as well promotes overall health benefits.

Taking care of your eyesight is one of the most important things that you should keep in mind. With good eyesight you can definitely perform many tasks and accomplish a lot of things in your life.

Preventing Eye Injuries in Combat Sports

Boxing has always been a fairly popular sport, but with the continuous increase in popularity of MMA, more and more athletes are suffering eye injuries that are keeping them out of the ring. More importantly, these eye injuries can have negative short-term and long-term effects. Many of these eye injuries can be preventable, and this article focuses on various prevention methods (if you are have children, there are ways you can protect their eyes, too!).

One of first things to consider is how the athletes are actually injuring their eyes. The most common scenario is they were hit by an opponent. We aren’t necessarily talking about taking a crushing blow that fractures the orbital bone, but just being hit “the wrong way” can also cause injuries. I guess you could say the best prevention method is to not get hit, but that’s nearly impossible.

Perhaps the most common eye injury prevention method in boxing and MMA is to incorporate or upgrade the protective headgear. Although none cover your eyes, as you do still need to see, many are shaped differently with different thicknesses of padding. The type of headgear that leaves you most susceptible to eye injury is the open face type that covers your forehead, side/back of your head, and a little bit of your face (down the sides of the cheeks to the jaw), but not anything else. You can now find lots of headgear that has pieces extended out to cover the whole cheeks, and some even have a bar that extends across your face protecting your nose as well. This is generally the best type of headgear, but has often been avoided because of reduced visibility. This is something that has been recognized by many companies, and therefore we are now seeing headgear that has been optimized for reduced risk of injury without reducing vision. For more information on different types of headgear and what may be best for your sport, we recommend the website tomatocanchamp.com.

Another prevention method is to wear the appropriate boxing gloves. You can spin this two ways. If you have boxing gloves that are big enough and offer appropriate protection to yourself, there may be a lesser chance of punches making it through to your face. However, you don’t really want to count on the size or shape of your gloves to protect your face, and improve skill instead. Where gloves really come into affect is for your opponent (or your opponent’s gloves for you). Making sure the padding is evenly distributed without lumps and flat zones caused by frequent use is one of the first things to check. Additionally, ensure your gloves have an attached thumb. A surprising amount of eye injuries occur from the thumb as opposed to the fist, so a simple attachment can drastically reduce this risk. There are lots of resources on the internet that can help you find the best boxing gloves for your style of training.

Those are the two simplest methods of significantly reducing the risk of eye injuries. Obviously, appropriate training, as well as little tips and tricks specific to your sport help as well (e.g. Vaseline on face and headgear when sparring) . In any case, the more aware you are the better chance you have of not dealing with a terribly frustrating eye injury. Happy sparring!

Your Eye Skin Needs Attention, Too!

You use your eyes everyday, and you probably want them to last a lifetime, so you need to plan on taking good care of them. That includes getting regular check-ups, even if you do not wear glasses. Our eyes, like the rest of our bodies, can tend to wear out with age, and having them looked at by a professional can help mitigate any problems that start to occur due to the normal aging process.

Regularly wearing sunglasses outside is also important to help your eyes. Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement. The right sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays. Were you aware that your eyes can become sunburned just like your skin? It’s true, and it is called photokeratitis.  That is a short term problem, and long term exposure can cause additional issues such as an increased possibility of cataracts or macular degeneration.

For these reasons, taking care of your eyes is important, but it is also important to take care of the skin around your eyes.  For one thing – where do people look when they are looking at you?  Your eyes, right?  If the skin around your eyes has bags and wrinkles then people will notice.  However, there is more than just the cosmetic reason to take care of the skin around your eyes.

The skin around your eyes, if it droops or pulls, can also interfere with your vision, and this is a serious problem.  The reason that the skin around our eyes tends to have more problems sooner than the other skin on our bodies is due to its composition.  It  is thinner than the rest of the skin on our faces, and as we age collagen breaks down and the skin loses elasticity.  Aside from normal activities (like rubbing your eyes, removing make-up or crying), blinking alone results in 10,000 movements per day, and each of the movements is a tiny little tug on the skin around your eye.

So what can you do to care for the skin around your eyes?  Here are a few helpful tips, and incidentally, most of them are good tips for your health overall:

  • Drink plenty of water (this is for all your skin, not just the skin around your eyes
  • Avoid execssive alcohol, which can lead to dehrydation (see above – we need plenty of water!)
  • Avoid smoking cigarettes – which is good for your while body
  • Wear sunglasses – as we discussed, this helps with the UV rays, but it also keeps your from squinting, which will increase your wrinkles
  • Use a quality moisturizer or eye cream.

You don’t need to invest in the top of the line most expensive moisturizer or eye cream to gain benefits.  In fact, you can even use a few household ingredients, and a mini food processor, to whip up your own eye cream at home.  Here is an example of a great make at home eye cream.  If you don’t have the best food processor then don’t panic, you can also make a variety of soothing eye treatments without one.


Protect Your Children’s Eyes to Avoid Future Optical Expenses

Parents who are concerned about the health of their children want to do everything they can to prevent potential problems with eyes and vision. In addition to having children with healthy eyes, this may also help save your family a great deal of money over the years. There are several easy actions parents may take to protect the precious eyes of their children and hopefully keep them healthy for their entire lives. Some of those simple steps are listed here.

Use Sunglasses

baby sunglassesWhile it might be difficult to keep them on their little faces, sunglasses are a great way to protect children’s eyes from harmful UV-A and UV-B rays and simply the brightness of the sun. Make sure to read the labels on the sunglasses because many children’s options are manufactured only to be cute and do not actually have the UV protection coating. It’s worth it to pay just a little more in order to provide this kind of care for your child’s eyes. If sunglasses are difficult to keep on little ones, a wide brimmed hat can provide some help from the direct sunlight rays. However, the combination of sunglasses and a hat is truly the best form of protection you can offer.

Using Organic and Natural Shampoo

While we assume that if a label says that it is a “baby shampoo” then it is certainly safe for our babies, that is not always the case. Even some of the shampoos which claim to be very mild may contain harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, sulfates, parabens, and other potentially harmful ingredients. To make sure your baby’s eyes are safe, use baby shampoos which are labeled as all natural or are certified organic. Read labels carefully. You may even want to go back to the basics and use only a castille bar soap or vegetable based glycerin soap, since babies don’t truly need a different soap for their hair than they do for the rest of their bodies. [Read more…]