In the Triangle, Developing Good Vision Habits Helps Prevent Eye Strain

Woman with tabletVision plays an important role every day in all of our lives. We know as well that some popular daily activities can strain the eyes, causing an annoying, but easily remedied, problem. Dr. Beth R. Friedland of Park Ophthalmology in the Triangle (Durham and Raleigh) educates patients on simple and easy ways to avoid eye strain.

Symptoms common to eye strain include headaches, dry or watery eyes, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, fatigue and sensitivity to light. The popularity of electronic devices, such as smart phones and tablets, allow individuals to spend more time looking at bright screens.

Park Ophthalmology suggests that when doing prolonged intense visual work, whether reading or working on a computer, the following six habits can help prevent eye strain:

  • Position Devices Correctly: Being too close to a bright computer or tablet screen can stress the eyes. Try to sit about 25 inches away from the computer screen, with it slightly below eye level.
  • Take Frequent Breaks: When working intensely on a project, surfing the internet or playing a computer game, take a break every 20 minutes to rest the eyes. Focus on something across the room to give the eyes a rest.
  • Use Proper Lighting: Some people develop eye strain as a result of the computer screen’s glare. Filters can reduce glare and most devices have settings that reduce the screen brightness.
  • Adjust Text Size: Instead of straining to see text that is too small, use the computer settings to increase the text size or zoom in on images.
  • Get Enough Sleep: Lack of sleep is one of the main causes of eye strain. Even if a deadline is looming, take a break and close your eyes for a few minutes. A 10-minute power nap can do wonders.
  • Practice Good Habits: Use glasses or contact lenses with the most current prescription. Older, incorrect lenses will make the eyes have to work harder. Contact lenses users should remove them for sleep and make sure to follow proper cleaning procedures.

Eye strain is easily preventable by following good vision habits, but if it continues even with all these habits in place, it might be time to schedule an appointment with Park Ophthalmology.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye strain is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

919 846 6915

Photo: freedigitalphotos.net

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Sleep Apnea and Eye Health in the Triangle

imagerymajesticMany people in Raleigh and Durham have experienced sleep apnea. This inability to sleep correctly each night puts great strain on the body and affects many organs. While many may guess it impacts the heart, it might be surprising to note that it can also affect the human eye.

In turn, many individuals have excessive sleepiness during the day that affects both work and normal life. Sleep Apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat block the airway, causing breathing to repeatedly stop and start during sleep.

These continuous pauses can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times per hour. The pauses cause the body to move out of a deep sleep into a lighter sleep. It is exhausting, and the human body agrees. After such exertion, the body does not receive the rest it truly needs causing sufferers to feel sleepy throughout the day.

The Mayo Clinic reports that more than 12 million people in the United States have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This is not a small number. If you live in the Triangle and think you may have this condition, contact Park Ophthalmology for an evaluation from Beth R. Friedland M.D. today!

Sleep Apnea is a risk for several eye conditions including these important four:

  • Glaucoma: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can cause two types of Glaucoma—the second most common cause of blindness. People with severe cases of sleep apnea tend to have more severe cases of glaucoma. It’s crucial for people with OSA to receive an annual eye examination to check for Glaucoma, especially if they experience any changes in vision.
  • Floppy Eyelid Syndrome: This disorder is uncomfortable to those who have it. It causes the eyelids to turn inside-out spontaneously during sleep, which leads to eye watering, stickiness, and blurred vision.
  • Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Nueropathy (NAION): While painless, people with this condition experience sudden vision loss in one eye, usually noticed upon wakening. Up to 6,000 people annually in the United States are diagnosed with NAION, which can cause irreversible vision loss.
  • Papilledema: Obstructive sleep apnea may also cause Papilledema, or swelling of the optic nerve. This swelling can lead to pressure, worsening vision and, in some cases, blindness. Although the links between these conditions and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are not always clear, knowing the links may exist can help ophthalmologists stay alert for these problems.

Call the team at Park Ophthalmology if you experience any signs of these conditions or excessive sleepiness. Remember, regular eye exams are critical to eye health!

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This article about Sleep Apnea is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

Locations:

Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

Office: 919 544 5375

Fax: 919 544 5829

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Park Ophthalmology North

6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

Office: 919 846 6915

Photo: imagery majestic, freedigitalphotos.net