Important Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses

Discover how to care for your lenses effectively!

Recently, a 67-year-old woman was experiencing an uncomfortable sensation in her eyes. As the doctors prepared for a routine cataract surgery, they discovered the source of her discomfort: 27 contact lenses held together by mucus. The doctors were shocked to discover the mass, and amazed by the patient’s composure during the ordeal. While it isn’t common to discover a mass of contact lenses in one’s eye, the news serves as a friendly reminder to practice safe and hygienic eye care at all times. (more…)

Optometry Tips for Swimming Safely this Summer

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Whether you’re taking a dip in your backyard or heading to the neighborhood swimming pool, ensure that you’re practicing eye safety.

During a Maryland summer, walking outside of your front door means experiencing a shocking wave of humidity. A light rainstorm sometimes provides some respite from the heat, but if the sun is shining it’s best to cool off in your local pool. Whether you’re taking a dip in your backyard or heading to the neighborhood swimming pool, ensure that you’re practicing eye safety. (more…)

3 Ways to Observe UV Safety Month

During the month of July, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public of the importance of practicing UV Safety.

The Fourth of July fireworks have come and gone, which means the summer is just starting to heat up. As you plan your next big vacation, take some time to educate yourself on the dangers of excessive sun exposure. During the month of July, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds the public of the importance of shielding eyes from the sun’s harmful rays by promoting these helpful tips. (more…)

Encouraging Children to Spend More Time Outdoors Could Decrease Myopia Development

Discover how spending time outdoors can benefit your child’s visual health. 

Most kids love to spend as much time outside as they possibly can.  We all know that spending time doing physical activities outside is good for our overall health, but did you know that encouraging your kids to spend more time outside could be beneficial to their visual health? A recent study found a correlation between time spent outdoors during early childhood and reduced risk of pediatric myopia later in childhood. So what exactly is the connection? Here is some more information from that study. (more…)

4 Tips for Safely Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse

Learn how you can safely view the solar eclipse!

Learn how you can safely view the solar eclipse!

On August 21 of this year, over 500 million people will be able to observe a solar eclipse, in partial or total form.Observers within the path of totality will have the chance to observe the total solar eclipse when the moon will completely cover the Sun and the Sun’s tenuous atmosphere. Whether you’re traveling across the country to witness the phenomenon or catching the eclipse from your backyard, ensure that you’re doing so safely. (more…)

A Guide For Choosing the Best Eyeglasses For You

Learn how you can select the perfect pair of glasses!

Learn how you can select the perfect pair of glasses!

Corrective lenses, or eyeglasses, are used to correct refractive errors, alleviate the effects of conditions such as nearsightedness, and improve the quality of life for the person wearing them. As functional and practical eyeglasses are, they’re also a way to add character or style to a person’s aesthetic. The next time you go shopping for a new set of frames, determine which pair is best for you! (more…)

How to Practice Yoga Safely with Glaucoma

Learn how you can practice yoga safely with glaucoma!

Learn how you can practice yoga safely with glaucoma!

Yoga was created to instill strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body. It’s a popular way for people of all ages to practice breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming postures necessary for stretching various muscle groups. As therapeutic and meditative yoga can be, there are various risks that people with glaucoma need to be aware of before picking up a mat. Certain headstand positions, such as downward facing dog pose, are associated with a dramatic increase in intraocular fluid pressure (IOP). If you’re a yogi and have recently been diagnosed with glaucoma, read on to discover how you can improve your practice. (more…)

June is Fireworks Eye Safety Month!

As the Fourth of July approaches, remember to practice safe fireworks etiquette.

Did you know that fireworks are involved in thousands of injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms each year? As summer begins to heat up, Maryland residents will take to the closest open field to enjoy a beautiful display of spectacular fireworks. This year, ensure that you’re partaking in the American pastime safely. Here’s how you can start. (more…)

3 Ways You Can Start Reducing Your Risk of Cataracts Today

Maintaining a healthy diet could reduce your risk of developing cataracts!

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40, affecting more than 22 million Americans today. According to Prevent Blindness America, more than 30 million Americans are expected to have cataracts by the year 2020. No matter your current age, there is always time to start changing your daily habits in order to reduce your chance of developing cataracts. Here’s how to start. (more…)

This Week is World Glaucoma Week!

Honor World Glaucoma Week by scheduling an eye exam!

World Glaucoma Week is a collaborative project between the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association aimed towards eliminating glaucoma blindness by the encouragement of regular eye exams, including optic nerve checks. Learn how WGW is making an impact on the world! (more…)