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Do You Know Rubbing Your Eyes Can Harm Your Vision?

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Do you ever find yourself rubbing your eyes as you wake up in the morning? How about after a long day working at your computer?

When our eyes are tired or irritated, our first instinct may be to rub them for relief. Even though it seems harmless, that small sense of alleviation may come at a serious cost to your vision. 

Why Do We Rub Our Eyes?

We often rub our eyes when they are irritated—either from dryness, fatigue, or from external irritants like dust or allergens. Tired and fatigued eyes often become dry as a result. Gently rubbing your eyes helps trigger the secretion of tears, helping lubricate eyes that are dry or itchy.

Rubbing your eyes doesn’t just help produce tears to provide relief. Surprisingly, it can help relieve stress too. Pressing down on the eyeball can stimulate the vagus nerve, which slows down your heart rate and relieves stress by triggering your oculocardiac reflex.

Despite the benefits associated with an occasional gentle ocular massage, rubbing your eyes can potentially do more harm than good.

Bacteria Transfers From Your Hands to Your Eyes

We use our hands for just about everything throughout the day. From working on your computer to cleaning up around the house, they are introduced to a host of bacteria. Anytime we touch our eyes without washing our hands, we risk transferring that bacteria and exposing our eyes to infection.

And if you’re rubbing your eyes for allergy relief, you could be making it worse!Allergens can become trapped in your eyelashes and when rubbed, can be transferred to the eye’s surface.

Rubbing Your Eyes Can Cause Dark Circles

As we get older, the skin around our eyes is one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can cause tiny blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface to break, resulting in dark circles, puffiness, and can even contribute to premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids.

Although eye rubbing can be a contributor, those dark circles—also known as periorbital circles—can also be caused by:

  • illness
  • allergies
  • prolonged tobacco use
  • alcohol consumption
  • excess salt intake.

Resisting the urge to rub your eyes and avoiding substances like tobacco and alcohol can keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh and vibrant.

Rubbing Your Eyes Can Cause Excess Pressure!

Even light rubbing can double the pressure in your eyes. Activities such as removing makeup or wiping away tears can add even more pressure. Aggressive eye rubbing can increase eye pressure by as much as 20 times. For most, the pressure will return to normal after they finish rubbing, but some with certain eye conditions risk seriously harming their vision.

Those with progressive myopia—a common type of short-sightedness—can find that excessive rubbing worsens their vision. In some cases, their retina may detach from the back of the eye due to the extreme pressure.

Rubbing can harm the front of the eye as well. The combination of the pressure exerted and the rubbing motion of the hand can potentially damage the cornea. This may either cause a tear, or weaken the cornea and cause it to be misshapen, resulting in a condition called keratoconus. Both causing significant loss of vision.

We Can Help You Achieve Clear, Healthy Vision

We understand how tempting it can be to rub your eyes when they’re a bit dry or tired. If your eye’s natural defenses aren’t quite enough, try using eye drops to relieve the discomfort. You’re health is important to us and we love helping our patients achieve clear, comfortable vision.

If you have any questions about how to calm your eye irritation, make an appointment or let us know in the comments below!

Thank you for continuing to place your trust in our practice!

These Super Smoothie and Salad Recipes will give your Eyes a Boost!

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Nothing makes us want a fresh spring salad more than chirping birds, blooming flowers, and a pleasant spring breeze. Not only can a good salad refresh your palette, it can benefit your vision as well!

We’re taking advantage of all of our favorite in-season fruits and vegetables this spring to provide you with super smoothie and salad recipes you’ll crave year-round!

A Fresh Salad Satisfies More Than Just Your Taste Buds

Many common salad ingredients provide nutrients that are essential to maintaining healthy eyes and vision. Walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds are excellent sources of vitamin E and zinc, which help keep your retina healthy. Grapeseed oil is also a good source of vitamin E.

Spinach contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Not only do these antioxidants protect against macular degeneration, they also absorb blue light, protecting your retina from any damage.

Strawberries, and berries in general for that matter, are a great source of vitamin C and help reduce the risk of eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.Blueberries are especially good for your health, reducing the risk of glaucoma, heart disease and cancer.

Try the recipe below and give your eyes a healthy boost!

Eye-Healthy Spinach And Fruit Salad

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 3 cups spinach
  • ½ cup blueberries and/or strawberries
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup walnut and/or almond pieces
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup white balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • ¼ cup maple syrup, or to taste
  • ¼ cup grapeseed oil, or to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Here’s how you make it: Toss spinach, berries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, nuts, feta and goat cheese in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar, syrup and grapeseed oil over the salad one at a time. Toss until evenly coated. Season with salt to taste.

Here’s our inspiration for this eye-healthy salad!

If you want to go the extra mile, eat your salad with a salmon on the side! Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are great for boosting eye health and protecting against disease.

If you prefer your greens blended, here’s an idea for a delicious smoothie to boost vision health!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 banana

Here’s how you make it: Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth.

A Healthy Diet Makes For Healthy Vision

These smoothie and salad recipes can help your vision and your overall health.  A healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, protects your eyes from damage and disease.

If you have any healthy recipes to share we’d love to see them in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

These Simple Tricks Can Reduce Eye Strain

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LIGHT… IT’S THE MOST ESSENTIAL element of vision. We are surrounded by it all day, whether it be natural or artificial. So it’s no surprise that we frequently get asked if certain types of light can negatively affect our eyes. Here we’ve compiled some tips so you can protect your eyes and prevent strain!

Adjust Your Workspace To Reduce Eye Strain

The American Optometric Association reports that over half of office workers who regularly use computers suffer from eye strain. You may not know it, but it’s not just caused by staring at your computer. The lighting surrounding your workspace could be making it worse. Here are some tips on how to reduce eye strain:

  • Reduce interior lighting: Most offices have harsh interior lighting that can contribute to eyestrain. If possible, use fewer light bulbs and fluorescent tubes.
  • Minimize glare: If there is a window directly in front or behind you, your eyes are working much harder than they need to be due to the glare and reflections on your computer screen. You can move or adjust your workstation, close the blinds, or get an anti-reflective coating on your glasses to reduce glare.
  • Adjust screen brightness: The blue light from the computer contributes to eye strain as well. Adjusting your brightness so it’s approximately the same as your surrounding workstation can help.

Improve The Lighting In Your Home

Remember when your parents used to tell you that reading in dim lighting will ruin your eyesight? While reading in the dark won’t do any lasting damage, it can give you a nasty headache. Doing any task that requires more intense focus in poor lighting can result in eye strain and all the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it.

Here’s a hint: take advantage of task lighting around your home. Desk lamps, reading lamps, under-cabinet lighting for kitchen work areas, among other types of task lighting, can help reduce your risk of eye strain when you’re doing near-work for longer amounts of time.

Good Lighting Is Even More Crucial For Those With Low Vision

In general, lighting needs to increase as you age. Research shows that a 60-year-old needs almost twice as much light to see as a 30-year-old!

Lighting is even more important for those with low vision. People with macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision conditions should consult with their eye doctor about specific lighting improvements they can make in their homes to improve visibility.

See Things In A New Light

Believe it or not, small changes can make a big difference! The right kind of lighting can improve our reading ability, create a more noticeable difference in colors and prevent eye strain. Make some of these small changes and we promise, you’ll start seeing things in a whole new light!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How to Clean Your Glasses and Keep Them Looking New

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You just bought a new pair of glasses. The last thing you want to see are dirty or scratched up lenses!

If you take good care of your glasses, they can last you several years. Here are 4 tips on How to Clean Your Glasses and keep your investment looking and feeling like new.

1. Don’t Wipe Your Lenses When They’re Dry

On the surface of the lenses there can be tiny dust particles or debris. If you try to wipe them without any moisture involved, the dust and debris can cause scratches. One of the most common mistakes people make is wiping their glasses with their shirt. Avoid this habit as your shirttail is likely filled with dust that can easily do damage to your lenses!

2. Use Spray with a Microfiber Cloth or Clean With Soap And Water

All of our frames come with a spray bottle and microfiber cleaning cloth to give your glasses the best possible wash when you are on the run. You may be surprised, but the AOA (American Optometric Association) simply recommends warm water and a little bit of kitchen soap to clean your glasses. Dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth. Doing this once a day will keep your glasses looking like new! 

3. Keep Your Glasses In Their Case

When you aren’t using your glasses, make sure to put them back in a properly sized hard-shell case. Don’t throw them in your purse, pocket or bag unprotected. Be careful about leaving them on the countertop or vanity as well. Hairspray, cosmetics, and perfume can damage any anti-reflective coating your lenses may have.

4. Handle Glasses With Care

A common problem we see is misaligned frames. This can often happen when glasses are put on and taken off roughly or with one hand. Remember to use two hands when handling your glasses to keep them straight and aligned as long as possible.

Little Changes Go A Long Way!

Try implementing these good habits and your glasses will last much longer! Remember, if you do need to replace your lenses or have your frames readjusted for a better fit, let us know. We are here to serve you!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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Congratulations to our newest Vision Therapy graduate MaryRose! Vision Therapy Success in Northwest Indiana

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Congratulations to our newest Vision Therapy graduate MaryRose! Thank you to the Cook family for outstanding passion, dedication, and commitment to your children’s vision. It was a pleasure to have you in our Vision Therapy program and we appreciate your continued diligence. 

 

Did you Ever Ask The Question… Why Does My Eye Twitch?

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You know it’s been a long day when your eye starts twitching. These annoying little tics are often signs from our body telling us to have healthier habits!

 Did you Ever Ask The Question…. Why Does My Eye Twitch? Eye twitching happens when the tiny muscles and nerves around the eye are stimulated. In most cases, minor twitching is painless and will go away on its own. But what causes these random muscle contractions and how can we control them?

Stress Can Induce Eye Twitching

Although everybody reacts differently to stress, a twitching eye is one telltale sign. When you’re in a stressful situation or trying to meet a deadline, try breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. This can help reduce your stress and hopefully reduce any eye twitches along with it!

Consume Caffeine And Alcohol In Moderation

Excessive consumption of caffeine and alcohol has been known to cause eye twitching. Try consuming coffee, energy drinks, soda, and alcohol in small amounts and spread throughout the day.

Get The Rest You Need

Fatigue is a common contributor to a twitching eyelid. Make sure you’re getting adequate rest to keep twitching at bay!

Dry Eyes Often Cause Twitching

Dry eyes often cause eye twitches and involuntary blinking. Dry eyes may result from medications, long hours on the computer or other digital devices, or wearing contact lenses. If your eyes are often dry, try using artificial tears to relieve immediate symptoms and come in and see us if irritation continues.

Try To Relieve Eye Strain

Eyes that work too hard and get tired more quickly than they should can trigger twitching. Eye strain often results from uncorrected vision problems or the need for a new prescription. Another reason for eye strain can be from the overuse of digital devices.

To reduce twitching and strain, consult with us about vision correction. If digital eye strain is an issue, take frequent breaks when working on the computer for long hours and consider talking to us about eyeglasses that minimize strain.

Whole-Body Health Is Important

If you are concerned about persistent eye twitching, come in and see us. We can help determine the cause and find a solution.

As a Vision Source practice, it’s not just your eyes that concern us. Getting enough rest, reducing stress and having healthy habits is good for your eyes and your life!

We are grateful for our patients!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Vote for Levin Eye Care Center : 2016 The Times Best of the Region

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The NWI Times 2016 Best of the Region contest is back!

Levin Eye Care Center has been serving Northwest Indiana for over 40 years and we need your votes to win the best of the region contest. We are asking our patents to take a few minutes to vote for us in the link below! Your vote could decide who is the best of the region and will be  2016 The Times Best of the Region winner.

Go to the link below and Vote us “Best Vision Care” in the “Healthcare” section

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20/20 Coach Promotion

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March coach 2016 Promo

BUY A COMPLETE PAIR OF SELECT SEASONAL COACH FRAMES AND RECEIVE 20% OFF

THE LENSES. 1 YEAR WARRANTY ON LENSES.*

* SEASONAL FRAMES DO NOT CARRY A WARRANTY.

PROMO NOT VALID WITH PREVIOUS PURCHASES NOT VALID WITH INSURANCE PLANS 

VALID 3/1/16 – 3/31/16

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