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!

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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.

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

How to Help Your Child Adjust To Glasses

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Getting glasses when you are young can be a difficult adjustment for any child. Helping children adjust properly and love their glasses may be difficult, but it can make all the difference!

We care about your child’s comfort and want them to become a proud wearer of spectacles! Here are some tips for parents to help make that happen.

Picking Out The Right Frames Is An Important Step

Allow your child to be a part of the selection process when choosing frames. If your child picks the frames themselves, they’ll probably be more eager to wear them. Let your child try on as many colors and styles as they want–we don’t mind fashion shows in our office! Choosing frames can and should be a fun experience.

Fit is just as important as style. Being comfortable in a new pair of frames can go a long way in helping a child grow to love their glasses. Our optical staff is trained to help ensure the perfect fit for your child.

Integrate Glasses Into Your Child’s Routine

One of the hardest parts of getting glasses is remembering to put them on! This is especially true for younger children. Help your child integrate glasses into their morning routine. Over time, remembering to put on their glasses will be second nature to them.

Make It A Positive Experience

It is important to make getting and wearing glasses a positive experience. Reward them for doing well at their appointment and picking out their frames with a treat, dinner or a movie. Help them celebrate the changes glasses will bring rather than dread them!

Help Them Discover How Cool Glasses Are!

Try to find pictures of their favorite celebrities with glasses and put a picture or two in their room. Sometimes even getting a cheap pair of glasses for yourself (if you do not already wear glasses) or your child’s friend can ease the transition! Knowing other people wear glasses helps them feel confident and that they are not alone.

We Partner With Parents To Help Kids Love Their Glasses

Vision correction for your child isn’t our only concern. We want kids to be excited about their new fashion statement and for their transition to be as easy as possible. If you have any questions about how to help your child adjust to glasses, call us or come in today!

Thank you for the trust you place in us!

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.

6 Ways To Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

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In today’s world, digital eye strain in the workplace is becoming increasingly common. However, being educated about eye strain is the first step in preventing it!

Over 70 percent of Americans who work on a computer on a daily basis suffer from digital eye strain. The good news is it’s avoidable if the proper precautions are taken.

To promote workplace eye health and safety, we’ve outlined some steps you can take to prevent and relieve digital eye strain.

Adjust Your Workspace

The optimal distance between your eyes and your computer screen is 20 to 24 inches, or about an arm’s length away. The center of your screen should be about 10 to 15 degrees below your eye level. Looking downward is often reported to be the most comfortable for the eyes as well as for the back and neck.

Use Proper Lighting

A major culprit in causing eye strain is glare. Glare on a computer screen is caused by harsh overhead lighting or light coming from windows, usually directly behind or in front of you. Position your computer screen to avoid glare and use drapes or blinds on windows if necessary.

Blink More

It seems simple enough, but we often forget to blink, especially when staring at a computer screen! Consciously make an effort to blink often while working. This will provide your eyes with much needed nutrients and moisture. If dryness persists, talk to us about lubricating eye drops!

Modify Your Computer’s Display Settings

For the greatest comfort at your computer, consider adjusting your display settings. Here are some tips on how to have an eye-friendly computer display:

  • Brightness: Adjust the brightness of your computer screen so it’s approximately the same as the brightness of your surrounding work station.
  • Text size: Your eyes strain to read small text. Enlarge text size to give your eyes a break!
  • Color temperature: Computers emit blue light which is associated with more eye strain than other hues, such as orange or red. Reducing the color temperature of your display lowers the amount of blue light emitted. This will reduce eye strain in the long run.

Take Breaks

Give your eyes a break from the screen by following the 20/20/20 rule. This will help to avoid and relieve digital eye strain. Every 20 minutes, look away from your computer toward something 20 feet away and focus on it for at least 20 seconds.

Come And See Us

If you are experiencing digital eye strain, come in and see us for a comprehensive eye exam. There are certain things we can do to help improve comfort and reduce strain!

Enjoy Your Work By Preventing Eyestrain

Promoting eye health and safety in the workplace is good for you and your employer! You will be more comfortable and productive if you take steps to avoid digital eye strain. So, work on and protect your eyes!

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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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This was my first time going to Levin Eye Care Center and I absolutely enjoyed the experience. The staff was very kind and helpful. The exam was pretty straight forward and easy to do. And picking out the perfect pair of glasses was a breeze, and I imagined it would be the most stressful part. The staff was there to answer any questions I had and gave me clear explanation of what I needed to get done. This was definitely the best experience I’ve had. Thank you!

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It was my very first visit and it was very smooth. Dr. Was very thorough with explaining how important caring for the eyes is. I would recommend friends and family

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Sensitive to the needs of the customer. Dr Levin and his staff are eye care professionals in every way. It's well worth the time and cost.

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