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Going Bump in the Night

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Do you find yourself bumping into furniture and doorways when the lights are out at night? How about being able to clearly see faces when it’s dark out? Or how about having trouble driving when winter comes and the nights are longer? These may all be signs of nyctalopia, more commonly known as night blindness.

The American Optometric Association describes night blindness as not being able to see outside at night under starlight or moonlight, or in dimly lit interior areas such as movie theaters or restaurants.

While most people experience temporary vision adjustments when suddenly moving from a bright space into a dark one, night blindness is usually a lingering sensation and a symptom of other vision problems. The American Academy of Ophthalmology lists the following conditions as contributors to having difficulty seeing in the dark or in dim light:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness)
  • Glaucoma (a change in medication could help with this)
  • Cataracts (surgery to remove cataracts can help to improve night blindness)
  • Diabetes
  • Vitamin Adeficiency (can be corrected by eating carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, green-leafy vegetables, and sweet potatoes – all foods very high in Beta Carotene/vitamin A)

 

Interestingly, our day vision and night vision changes fairly dramatically. At night, we become essentially colorblind and typically only see shades of gray instead of the full-color spectrum (without any light source). The center of our vision is less clear, while our peripheral vision becomes better, allowing us to see objects moving.

If you find that it is becoming harder to see at night, schedule a visit with your eye-care professional here at All About Eyes to see if there are remedies available to you.


Condiciones y enfermedades de los ojos

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For our Spanish-speaking patients, we’re providing a link to articles in Spanish about common eye conditions at AllAboutVision.com. This site provides information about the following conditions:

If you have specific questions about your eyes, call us at (609) 653-9933 and ask to speak to Fransheska who speaks both English and Spanish and can help you.


Free E-book about Back-to-School Eye Exams

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August and September are busy months for us and many of our new patients are students who discover they are having trouble seeing the white board. If your child needs an eye exam for the first time, they may feel a little anxious or excited or both. To help them understand what will happen at the eye doctor, we recommend downloading and reading this free e-book from The EyeSolution called Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam. Howard is a hedgehog who goes to the optometrist and learns how his eyes work and how fun a visit to the eye doctor can be.

We encourage you to share this book with your child or grandchild and let us know if it was helpful. Enjoy the rest of your summer and don’t forget to schedule your child’s back-to-school eye exam!


Flirting with Your Eyes

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You can’t hide it – your eyes give you away! Take a look at these 31 flirty tips to discover how your eyes are the most flirtatious form of body language. (Brought to us by Optilase.com)

Eye Contact - The Most Flirtatious Form of Body Language
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Celebrate National Sunglasses Day!

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Why-Wear-SunglassesHelp us celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27, 2015 by wearing your sunglasses every time you step outside. Whether it’s a sunny day or a cloudy afternoon, your eyes need the protection that sunglasses provide. You’ll want to chose a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable, provide maximum protection from UV rays (look for labels that say the lenses block 99-100% of UV rays), and are the right style for the activities you participate in. To help pick the right type of sunglasses for your lifestyle, The Vision Council provides sunglasses recommendations for adults, teens, and kids. Of course, you can always stop by our office and one of our associates will be happy to help you choose the right pair.

Who wears sunglasses?

Did you know that your age plays a big part in how frequently you wear sunglasses? According to The Vision Council’s report Protection for the Naked Eye: Sunglasses as a Health Necessity, if you were born between 1965 and 1980, you wear sunglasses more often than any other living generation? Overall, 25% of Americans wear sunglasses rarely or never. That’s 1 in 4 Americans who are at risk for sun damage to their eyes every time they are outdoors. Children are particularly susceptible to sun damage because they are outside more often and have larger pupils than adults.

 What are possible affects of sun exposure to your eyes?

Except for squinting due to glare, you don’t feel immediate affects of the sun on your eyes, so it’s understandable that you may not think the sun is harmful. Because the affects of the sun are often delayed, you may not associate age-related vision problems to years of sun exposure. Common vision problems that can be prevented by wearing sunglasses include: 

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Sunburned eyes

Learn more about the five main reasons you should wear sunglasses in the summer, but don’t put your sunglasses away when winter rolls around. Seeing life through tinted sunglasses doesn’t just make you look cool, it keeps your eyes healthy!

Join in the Celebration

With prescription sunglasses, sport sunglasses, polarized sunglasses in hundreds, if not thousands of styles and colors, it’s easier than ever to join in the celebration. Just remember to always buy a pair that blocks 99-100% of UV rays. If they don’t block rays, they won’t protect your eyes.

Stop by our office on June 27th to show off your sunglasses!

 

 


You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out, Kid!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the doctors and staff at All About Eyes!

We hope you are enjoying this holiday season! In honor of the classic Christmas film, A Christmas Story, we thought we’d share this online quiz from WebMD called “Are Your Eyes Protected?” (Hint: The first question is whether or not you can shoot your eye out with a BB gun.) Take a few minutes and answer these 9 true/false questions to score your eye smarts. The next time you’re in our office, let us know how you did.