Bad Habits Aging Your Eyes

7 BAD HABITS THAT ARE AGING YOUR EYESBad Habits Aging Your Eyes

  • Rubbing Your Eyes

The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

  • Forgetting Your Sunglasses

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

  • Smoking

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

  • Eating Poorly

Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you’re probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health. Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

  • Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

  • Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor

Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware problems exist. Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family’s eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition.

Call Good Looks Eyewear today to schedule an eye exam.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

7214-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

412-782-0400

Online Eye Exams

For many people, the notion of being able to get an eyeglass prescription and buy glasses without a trip to the eye doctor sounds appealing. But is this really a good idea?

Here’s what you need to know about online eye exams and vision tests before thinking about saying goodbye to your eye doctor.

Online Eye Exams

Online Eye Exams can be very frustrating and inaccurate.

First of all, it’s important to understand that an online eye test — even if it’s called an “online eye exam” — does not evaluate the health of your eyes.

Usually, an online eye test (more accurately, an “online vision test”) only measures your visual acuity and refractive error. In some cases, other vision tests, such as contrast sensitivity and color blindness, are included.

But these measurements tell you little or nothing about the health of your eyes and whether you have conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Even if you choose to try an online vision test, be aware that you should still have routine eye exams as frequently as your eye doctor recommends. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to insure your eyes are healthy and free from sight-threatening conditions.

More research is needed to guarantee that the accuracy of an eyeglass or contact lens prescription generated by an online vision test is comparable to a prescription determined in person by your eye doctor.

Our doctors at Scott and Christie take the time for each patient to make sure that the results of the eye exams are accurate. We strive to make sure our patients feel comfortable and safe at all of our locations.

Call today to schedule an appointment with our doctors at Scott and Christie Eyecare associates and Good Looks Eyewear.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Dr. Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

 

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Fox Chapel Plaza

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 1523

412-782-1919

Sports Sunglasses

Have you ever been about to play a sport, whether tennis, volleyball, soccer, or anything in between, and realized your sunglasses just weren’t going to cut it? Normal sunglasses are not very useful when you’re playing sports. They fall off easily, you’re concerned about breaking them, and they don’t provide the best protection. If you are an active individual who spends his or her free time or weekends participating in sports or other athletic activities, it is important to have a pair (or two) of sports sunglasses to protect your eyes and fit your needs. While it is important to have functional sports sunwear, that doesn’t mean they have to be unfashionable. Designers like Oakley and Maui Jim offer comfort, durability, and style.

Sports sunglasses are important because of their design. The frames are designed for comfort and protection. They fit snugly to the head and lenses wrap around the sides a bit to offer protection for your peripheral vision. The lenses are made out of a more durable and shatter-resistant material than most sunwear.

Sport sunglass lenses are designed to block certain wavelengths of light and bring clarity to your vision by increasing your contrast sensitivity. This helps you to see your surroundings in a higher definition than you would be able to without the lenses. The clearer you can see, the faster you can respond, and wearing the right sunglasses can help you up your game!

Grey or black tints help you retain accurate color perception, while yellow and brown tints help with contrast enhancement. Also, remember the importance of UV protection! Sports sunglasses should help improve your performance by clearing your vision, but they should also protect your eyes. The color of the lenses does not determine how much UV it blocks. Make sure you purchase glasses that are 100% UV blocking. Good Looks Eyewear offers sports sunwear collections from Oakley, Maui Jim, and others at their Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations.

Winter Sunwear

With Winter right around the corner, Good Looks Eyewear wants to make sure that you are prepared to protect your eyes from the sunlight. Outdoor winter sports are very popular, certain sunglasses can help you perform better in the winter. One of the best kind of sunglasses an outdoor athlete can wear are wrapped sunglasses. Wrapped frames curve around your  eyes for maximum protection from the suns harmful rays.

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Oakley glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear

Oakley is a very popular brand of sunwear for athletes. The Oakley frames are wrapped and conform to your head shape perfectly so they will not fall off during exercise. Oakley frames can also come with polarized lenses to shield your eyes from the sun while you’re exercising outside.

Stop in to our Pittsburgh or Cranberry Good Looks Eyewear to pick up your Oakley frames before the Winter. Ask any of our ABO Certified opticians to find out more information on what frames suit you best and which frames will best protect you for all of your winter activities.

Children’s Ocular Health

Why is it so important to have your child’s vision checked?

It is extremely important to check your child’s vision from a very young age! Vision is a huge part of a child’s development, and it is best to catch any problems early on and find a solution quickly. Vision problems can hurt a child’s school performance, as much of what they learn there is presented visually. Children don’t know how their vision “should be”, so having your child’s eyes checked is the best way to catch any potential problems. It is better to get a full eye exam than to rely on the results of the simple vision check that children receive at a regular doctor’s appointment.

When should you have your child’s vision checked?

Doctors recommend that children get their eyes checked first at the age of 6 months. While this may seem young, it is around this time when a child has sharper and more accurate color vision. It is also the time when vision problems begin to manifest themselves. If there are no problems, children should get their eyes checked again at age 3 years, and then again right before they start school. These are formative times when vision problems appear. If your child does have some sort of vision problem, it is important to take corrective measures immediately. It is also important to schedule appointments at the times of day your child is most focused. You don’t want to take them to get their eyes checked when they are tired, cranky, or hungry if you want to get accurate results.

What are common vision problems in children, and how do you correct them?

Some of the most common vision problems children experience are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eyes, and crossed eyes. The first three are caused refractive errors and can be easily corrected with glasses or contacts, and in serious cases, surgery. Lazy eyes, while sometimes initially caused by refractive issues, can require more extensive correction. These issues occur when one eye has better vision than the other, or the eyes are crossed. The brain begins to only acknowledge input from the stronger eye, and the weaker eye is ignored. If it is not corrected, the brain will ignore the weaker eye to the point of it shutting down, potentially causing permanent vision loss. Lazy eye can be fixed with patching the stronger eye to force the weaker one to grow stronger. If a child constantly removes the patch, there are other options, including special eye drops and contacts that block light. Crossed eyes occur when the eyes fail to align and work together. This can be caused by extreme farsightedness, a problem in the muscles of the eye, or issues in the nerves or vision centers of the brain. This can lead to double vision, or in severe cases, to a lazy eye as discussed above. Crossed eyes can be treated with prescription lenses, vision therapy, or surgery, depending on the seriousness of the issue.

While excessive reading as a child is not a scientifically proven cause of nearsightedness, studies have shown that having children simply go outside can greatly reduce the chance of nearsightedness and other vision problems, or at least slow their progression. It is important for kids to take a break from electronic devices especially, and to rest their eyes after extensive time reading. Getting outside allows them to do just that, encourages exercise, and helps with overall health. It’s important that they wear sunglasses while outside, though, to protect their vision from harmful UV.

Signs that there may be a problem:

Common symptoms of vision problems or vision-related learning disabilities are headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes, short attention spans during reading, turning or tilting of the head to only use one eye when reading, reading with head very close to the book, excessive blinking and rubbing of the eyes, losing place frequently when reading, poor comprehension or retention, omitting or repeating words while reading, and poor hand-eye coordination. These do not always mean that there is a problem, but they are an indication that your child should get their eyes checked. Just remember, a vision problem does not mean your child has a learning disability. Color blindness, difficulty focusing the eyes when reading, refractive errors, and perception problems can slow learning, but with the proper treatment, your child should be fine!

Picking children’s eyewear:

There are lots of options now in children’s eyewear that are both durable and cute, and will appeal to children. Getting your child to wear the glasses can be a big battle, though. If your child needs eyeglasses, involve them in the process of choosing them. If your child helps to pick the frames, he or she will be much more motivated to actually wear the glasses. You can encourage them during the process by reminding them of how these glasses will make things better, for example: “You’ll be able to see the ball so much better when you play with your friends.” Make sure the glasses are comfortable!

Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh and Cranberry offers comprehensive and routine eye exams, eye care, and collections of children’s eyewear. Come by for an eye exam and check out our selections of frames!

Jack Spade Eyewear

Jack Spade Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly brought the Jack Spade collection into our Cranberry and Pittsburgh stores. This collection of men’s eyewear is a modern, stylish, and mature look that uses subtle colors and sleek design to demand attention. The Jack Spade company began in Manhattan designing fashionable bags for men. Having graduated from one item to multiple high end items, the company has risen to the top of the food chain of men’s fashion. Whether you decide to get stylish sunglasses or sophisticated ophthalmic glasses, you will not be disappointed with the look, feel, and quality of Jack Spade Eyewear. Stop in to Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry or Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh to pick up you pair of Jack Spade ophthalmic glasses or Jack Spade sunglasses today.

Badgley Mischka Eyewear

Badgley Mischka Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly added Badgley Mischka Eyewear to our already impressive collection of luxury frames. Badgley Mischka caters to a younger, more modern couture customer with their timeless designs and superior craftsmanship. Mark Badgley and James Mischka began their company in 1988 and have since been captivating the fashion industry. Starting with bridal gowns, Badgley and Mischka have been able to keep their names among the top ranks of fashion designers. Now selling dresses, shoes, day wear, hand bags, watches, swimwear, and eyewear, Badgley Mischka has made a name for themselves as luxury designers. Stop in to our Good Looks Cranberry store or Good Looks Fox Chapel store for your pair of Badgley Mischka glasses.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh Eyewear

Fysh Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly brought Fysh Eyewear into our designer collection. Fysh is a high end fashion company that specializes in eyewear. Their optical collection sports beautifully designed frames with an array of bold colors and intricate patterns. This exclusively women’s brand brings out a modern and original look to the wearer. The sunwear collection is fun, sexy, and most importantly original. Much like the optical collection, colors are the attention grabbers of this collection. Shapes also are what gives these glasses a style of their own, and bring uniqueness and originality to the wearer. Stop in to our Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry store or Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh store for your pair of Fysh glasses.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Choosing Contacts

You’ve come to an important crossroads: should you get contacts or not? There are many factors to consider.

Types of Contacts

There are multiple types of contacts. Soft contact lenses are comfortable and easy to wear full time, or just occasionally. There is little to no adjustment period with these lenses. You can also get daily contacts, lenses that you throw away at the end of each day, in this form. This eliminates the need to clean your contacts. The downside to soft lenses is that they do not offer the sharpest vision.

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, also called RGP or GP lenses, on the other hand, must be worn daily to be comfortable. They usually require a 1-2 week adjustment period before they feel completely comfortable on the eye, as they are rigid. They provide the sharpest vision you can achieve with contacts, and can help correct astigmatisms. They do not come in a daily disposable form.

If you want the clarity of the RGP lenses but the comfort of the soft lenses, you can get hybrid lenses, which have rigid centers for clear vision, but a “skirt” of soft lens to make the contact comfortable. The downside of hybrid lenses is the price, as they can be more expensive than both regular soft and RGP lenses.

Things to Consider

You need to consider what type of contacts you want, if you prefer the daily soft lenses that require no care, or the RGP or hybrid lenses, which require an adjustment period and more care but give you clearer vision. If you decide against daily lenses and decide to get lenses that you will be wearing daily for some interval of time, you must consider the cleaning process. You must clean and disinfect the lenses daily, or you run the risk of harming your eyes through the buildup of dust, allergens, and debris on the lenses. Cleaning is fairly straightforward, and usually all you need is the right cleaning solution and a case for the lenses. If your teen or child wants contacts, you must consider their responsibility, as caring for the lenses correctly is very important. It is also important to NEVER try on someone else’s contacts or let them use yours. Doing so can cause eye infections and spread of disease.

If you are interested in getting contacts for extended wear – that is, overnight wear, talk to your doctor. Only certain contacts are designed for extended wear, and most people’s eyes can’t handle them. Whether or not the lenses are meant for it, you shouldn’t always wear your contacts overnight or for extended periods of time, as it deprives your eyes of oxygen and cause serious damage to the cornea. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you are a good candidate for extended wear contact lenses.

Do you have dry eyes or allergies that affect your eyes? If so, contacts might not be a good idea, period. This is another issue to discuss with your doctor. He or she can give you a clearer idea of whether contact lenses are a good choice for you, and point you towards options that will fit your needs.

Contact lenses are a wonderful way to enjoy clearer vision without glasses. While they don’t completely eliminate of your need for glasses, they can give you a nice break from your frames. If you want to get contact lenses, consider the information above and talk to your doctor about your options. Good Looks Eyewear in Cranberry and Pittsburgh offers eye exams to assess your needs and many different contact options to fill them! Come by for a check up and fitting.