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Eye Care Tips While Working From Home

Why is it important to take care of your eyes

You may find it difficult to work from home, but here’s what you can do to make the transition easier on your eyes. Read on to learn our top tips, and how we can help.

Where is the nearest Eye Clinic? Freedom Eye Care, near you in Austin, Texas

Many people have swapped cubicles for couches as COVID-19 “work-from-home” policies have become the new norm. Working from home has its benefits, but some people are reporting more headaches and eyestrain due to several factors in their home/workplace.

If your eyes are giving you trouble — whether you work from home or not — Freedom Eye Care in Austin, Texas can help!

Eye Care Tips While Working From Home

  • Stick to The 20-20-20 RuleTaking regular breaks from staring at a screen gives your eyes a chance to relax and refocus, minimizing eye strain.

    Every 20 minutes, try to shift your gaze to something that is 20 feet away from you, for 20 seconds. It doesn’t have to be exactly 20 feet away — just anything that is significantly distant from your eyes.

    And during your short break, why not grab a glass of water? Hydrated eyes feel better than dry eyes.

  • Sit Comfortably
    It’s hard to be productive when you’re uncomfortable — which is why you shouldn’t overlook the importance of ergonomics when it comes to working from home.

    The right seating and positioning can make all the difference for your eyes, and ultimately, for your productivity. Choose a comfortable chair that supports your back and aim for an overall neutral posture, avoiding strain on any joint or muscle.

    Position your laptop or monitor at or below eye level, about an arm’s length away. Gazing at a screen above eye level can cause eyestrain.

  • Blink OftenDid you know that we blink 66% less when staring at a screen?

    A decreased blink rate contributes to computer vision syndrome, a common eye problem that affects 75% of individuals who work in front of screens, especially those above the age of 40.

    Blinking hydrates our eyes, and that’s important for eye health. Set up a reminder to pop up on your screen every 15 minutes or so.

  • Minimize GlareHere’s another cause of computer vision syndrome: glare and reflections that bounce off your screen and into your eyes.

    Thankfully, reducing glare is pretty simple. You can easily apply an anti-glare screen protector for a more comfortable working experience. Ask your eye doctor about computer glasses or anti-glare coatings for your glasses, if you wear them.

    You can also position your screen so that it’s not facing any bright windows or lights.

  • Visit Your Optometrist You may have seen this one coming, but it’s too important to skip.

    If your work environment just isn’t cutting it for your eyes, we can help!

Book an eye exams at an eye clinic near you to learn more about your candidacy for contact lenses and which type is right for you.

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What Are Symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)?

Common symptoms of CVS include eye fatigue, headache, dry eyes, blurred vision, burning eyes, light sensitivity, and neck or shoulder pain. The severity of symptoms can vary, and each treatment is personalized to target your specific symptoms.

Can Computer Vision Syndrome Be Treated?

Your eye doctor can guide you on how to optimize your workspace to accommodate your vision. Ask your eye doctor if computer glasses are right for you, or if there are any filters or coatings that can be added to your glasses to help. Don’t suffer any longer! There is help out there for those suffering from computer vision syndrome.

What You Should Know About Night Blindness

Our Optometrist in Austin, explains About The Causes of Night Blindness

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again.

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

  • Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness.
  • Cataracts
    A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
  • Diabetic retinopathy
    Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
  • Glaucoma
    This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both Glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness.
  • Myopia
    Also called nearsightedness, Myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
  • Keratoconus
    An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
    A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.
  • Usher Syndrome
    This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors.

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; Myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery.

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision.

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness.

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Freedom Eye Care in Austin to schedule your appointment today.

Book an eye exam at an eye clinic near you to learn more about your candidacy for contact lenses and which type is right for you.

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Frequently asked questions answered by our Eye Doctor in Austin, Texas:

  • What are the reasons for Cataract Removal?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.

  • Why Diabetic Eye Exams are Essential?

    At present, one in 10 Americans has diabetes – and the trend is continuing upwards. While routine comprehensive eye exams are important for diagnosing the early signs of diabetes, that doesn’t mean eye exams become insignificant after diagnosis!

  • What is glaucoma?

    Glaucoma describes a type of ocular disease that causes damage to your optic nerve and destroys your quality of vision. With no early symptoms, glaucoma can only be detected by a complete eye examination. When left untreated, glaucoma can result in detrimental vision loss. When treated early by one of our professional, knowledgeable eye doctors, we can help preserve your healthy eyesight.

  • What is Myopia?

    Cataracts can interfere with your ability to live normally. They may make it impossible to drive, read, use a computer, watch TV, climb staircases, or identify faces. Cataracts can also get in the way of medical treatment for other eye diseases, such as macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy because they prevent your eye doctor from inspecting the back tissues of your eye thoroughly. These are all reasons why your eye doctor may recommend cataract surgery.