Category: Health Talk

Why You Need Special Glasses to View Next Week’s Eclipse

Next week, on August 21st, millions of Americans will be able to view a total solar eclipse as it passes over the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time we were treated to an eclipse of this magnitude was way back in 1979. But you can’t just walk outside and look up to…

How Does Sunlight Damage Our Eyes?

Just as sunlight damages the skin, the eyes are also susceptible to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Eyelids are particularly vulnerable to UV damage due to their thin skin and fragile tissues. Years of unprotected UV exposure can also damage the lens and cornea over time. Without adequate protection, prolonged sunlight exposure can lead to…

Don’t Skimp on UV Protection. It Could Save Your Vision!

Unlike most accessories, sunglasses are far more than just a stylish trend. Volumes of research have shown they help protect our eyes against harmful UV rays and other forms of radiation, which can later contribute to cataracts, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis. And there’s more — new research has found that exposure to the sun’s “blue light,” or…

Eat These 5 Foods to Protect the Health of Your Eyes

Our vision shapes the way we see the world. Likewise, it’s important that we do whatever we can to protect our eyes from harm, like wearing UV-blocking sunglasses when we’re outside. But wearing sunglasses isn’t the only thing we can do to protect our eyes. We can also eat foods that promote eye health and…

Skiing, Sun and Shades: Risks on the Slopes

You apply sunscreen, wear a hat and put on pair of polarized shades to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays before heading to the beach, but these steps should be followed before partaking in winter activities too – especially if you are going skiing this season. Most people don’t think to protect their…

Snow Blind: Why Sunglasses Are Important in the Winter

Sunglasses aren’t only for sunny summer days. Have you ever experienced snow blindness in the winter months? We’re talking about being out on a bright day in the snow, leaving you with eyes that ache and seeing spots for a few seconds before you recover and can keep moving. Snow blindness may not seem like…

How Much Does Snow Reflect Harmful UV Rays?

With winter now arriving in full force across much of the country, there’s no better time than now to review the dangers of snow for your vision. Yes, snow is white and fluffy, but it can cause all types of harm, especially to your child’s eyesight. According to the World Health Organization, snow reflects up…

Enjoy a Discount and Help Support Breast Cancer Research

Do you like saving money while also donating to a very worthy cause? Then we have the deal with you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness, we are giving you a great deal by offering a 10 percent discount on all regular prices! But that’s not all. We will also be…

Do Sunglasses Expire? A New Study Suggests They May

We all know that sunglasses are important. They protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. We know that a nice pair of sunglasses is a great investment not only in your eye health, but also in your sense of style. Not wearing sunglasses can lead to issues down the road with your eye health, including…

Light Colored Eyes? You Could Be at Greater Risk

We’re exposed to UV light on a daily basis. Now while it may be what gives us those great tans in the summer, it can also be very damaging to our skin and our eyes, especially those whose eyes are lighter colors. It turns out that having lighter colored eyes can actually mean you are…

Darkness vs. Protection: Darker Lenses Don’t Block UV Rays Better

Exposure to ultraviolet rays can be harmful not just to our skin, but also to our eyes. Luckily, wearing the right sunglasses can help you avoid problems, while also keeping you looking stylish. Choosing the best pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes does not have to break the bank, though. Sunglasses can be incredibly…

Advantages of Polycarbonate Lenses

One of the strongest and safest materials on the market, polycarbonate material offers exceptional strength and resilience. According to a Vision Service Plan article on the topic, polycarbonate was originally designed for canopies covering cockpits in fighter planes, offering an impact-resistant, yet optically clear window. In the 1970s, NASA used polycarbonate material to construct visors…

Photokeratitis: Know the Signs

We’ve blogged about photokeratitis before, and discussed the long-term damage that can occur to your eyes if they are not protected from the harmful rays of the sun. But do you know the signs and symptoms of photokeratitis? It’s important to be able to identify the early warning signs and symptoms of this UV damage…

Five Factors that Can Amplify Your Risk in the Sun

We’ve talked about why the sun’s rays are harmful to your eyes and your child’s sensitive eyes, and some safety measures you can take to protect yourself and your family. Today, we’re taking it one step further to talk about some risk factors that could potentially amplify the powerful and harmful rays of the sun…

New Campaign Highlights Risks of Kids’ Sunburns

We’ve been blogging about the long-term health risks that you and your children can face after being exposed to the harmful rays of the sun without the proper protection, like sunglasses and sunscreen. A new campaign spearheaded by Mollie’s Fund strives to make those risks more obvious with a new campaign that offers a more…

Understanding UV: Differences between UVA and UVB (and UVC)

When it comes to UV rays, many people know that they are a dangerous radiation that comes from sunlight, but less well known are the differences and the damages they can cause to our skin and eyes. As part of UV Safety Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at the three types of UV…

Make Your Child Love Getting Glasses

We understand. Nobody truly WANTS to get glasses – especially kids. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma for children when they need glasses, which can cause some anxiety when the infamous “glasses day” rolls around. Although your child may initially fight you on needing glasses, there are some awesome ways you can help him or…

Generation Sun Smart

When the weather is nice, kids love to play outside. While playing in the sun, however, they can also be exposed to harmful UV rays that can end up being very damaging to their skin. That’s why a program in Ireland is taking the initiative to help educate children about the importance of protecting themselves…

Near-Sighted or Far-Sighted, Sunglasses Should be in Your Sights

Making sure your child has accurate and comfortable – not to mention un-bent and un-shattered – prescription glasses can get expensive, so you may not have wanted to spring for sunglasses at the eye doctor’s office. However, it’s very important that you make sure your child’s eyes are protected from harmful UV spectrum sun rays.…

Why You Shouldn’t Look at the Sun

We all know the feeling that you get when you accidentally look at something that’s too bright – you may experience eye pain, and your gut reaction will be to squint or turn your head. When we were kids, our friends and our curiosity probably tempted us to try to stare into the sun anyway,…