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How Sleep Apnea Affects The Eyes

Did you know that some eye conditions are associated with sleep apnea? According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and Health Canada reports similar prevalence. It’s a sleep disorder where people stop breathing — often multiple times per night — while sleeping.

If you have sleep apnea: it tends to take longer for your tears to be replenished, you’re more likely to have ocular irritation, you have a higher chance of developing floppy eyelids, and you’re at increased risk for glaucoma.

What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

There are different types of sleep apnea. The most common one is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During OSA, your airway becomes partially blocked due to relaxed muscles in your nose and throat. This causes apnea (the absence of breathing) or hypopnea (abnormally shallow, slow breathing). It’s twice as common in men, and is more likely to affect people with obesity, hypertension, diabetes or heart disease.

What are the common symptoms of sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. These temporary breathing lapses cause lower-quality sleep and affect the body’s oxygen supply, which can lead to potentially serious health consequences.

While snoring is a common symptom, not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Interrupted sleep can cause excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, irritability or depression, headaches in the morning, difficulty concentrating and thinking, and a sore throat.

Which Eye Conditions Are Associated With Sleep Apnea?

Glaucoma

Glaucoma occurs when increased pressure within the eye damages the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, leading to vision loss and sometimes blindness. In some cases, it might be due to a drop in blood oxygen levels, which happens when you stop breathing. However, CPAP machines, one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea, can also cause glaucoma.

So, people with sleep apnea — even if it’s being treated — need to get their eyes checked on a regular basis for glaucoma.

Floppy Eyelid Syndrome

Floppy Eyelid Syndrome (FES) is an eye condition where a person has an unusually large and floppy upper eyelid. It can cause eye redness, irritation, discharge, or blurry vision — and over 90% of people with FES also have sleep apnea.

Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy

Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is an eye condition that occurs when there is a loss of blood flow to the optic nerve. Patients typically complain of significant vision loss in one eye without any major pain. Approximately 70-80% of patients with NAION have been found to have OSA.

Retinal Vein Occlusion

Also referred to as an ‘eye stroke,’ retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a blockage of the small veins that carry blood away from the retina. A recent study of 114 RVO patients found that sleep apnea was suspected in 74% of the patients that had previously been diagnosed with RVO.

Other Eye Health Issues Associated With Sleep Apnea

Some other ocular conditions that are more common in patients with sleep apnea include: papilledema, keratoconus, and central serous chorioretinopathy. Furthermore, in addition to glaucoma mentioned above, CPAP machines are associated with dry eye syndrome and bacterial conjunctivitis.

Talk To Your Doc

Get eye exams regularly to rule out eye disorders and prevent potential vision loss, especially if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea. At Eastern Shore Eye Care in Fairhope we encourage you to share your medical history with us so we can better diagnose and treat any eye conditions or ocular diseases you may have, and help you keep your eyes nice and healthy.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Duane Schrock

Q: What Causes Sleep Apnea?

  • A: Sleep apnea occurs when in-part or completely stop breathing when sleeping. This causes your lungs to strain harder for oxygen, and makes the brain send signals that jerk your body awake to resume proper breathing.

Q: What are the Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea?

  • A: A common sign of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Snoring that is loud enough to disturb the sleep of the patient as well as others around, even across the walls. That said, not everyone who snores suffers from obstructive sleep apnea.

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3 Benefits of Anti-Glare Coating

Glare refers to the excessive brightness caused by direct or reflected light. It can cause eye strain, digital eye strain (when using a computer, for example), halos, and headaches. Glare can also reduce visibility, making it unsafe to drive.

Anti-glare coating, also known as anti-reflective (AR) coating, is a thin layer applied to the surface of your eyeglass lenses that allows more light to pass through your lenses. By reducing the amount of glare that reflects off of your lenses, you can see more clearly and experience more comfortable vision. You can request anti-glare coating for lenses when you buy eyeglasses.

AR Coating Offers 3 Major Advantages

Better Appearance

Without an anti-glare coating on your glasses, camera flashes and bright lights can reflect off your lenses. This can hinder your appearance when speaking to people or in meetings, cause flash reflections when picture-taking, and make it difficult to find the right angle for video calls. Anti-reflective coating eliminates the harsh reflections and allows others to clearly see your eyes and face.

Reduced Digital Eye Strain

You know that tired, irritated feeling you get after staring at a digital screen for several hours? That’s digital eye strain. Anti-glare coating helps reduce digital eye strain by lowering exposure to excessive glare from digital devices and lighting.

Safe Driving at Night

The bright headlights from cars driving in the opposite direction can pose a serious danger when driving at night. These sudden glares can lead you to momentarily lose focus of the view ahead. AR coating on your prescription eyewear effectively reduces reflections from headlights at night, allowing you to enjoy a better view of the road and safer driving at night.

Let your eyes look and feel better every day with anti-glare coated lenses. Contact us to book your appointment today!

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Duane M. Schrock, O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Fairhope, Alabama. Visit Eastern Shore Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

What You Should Know About Night Blindness

If you don’t see well while driving at night, there’s a chance you have night blindness. Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is the inability to see well at night or in dim lighting. It’s not considered an eye disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.

Our eye doctor in Fairhope can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness with specialized digital eye exams, so that you can enjoy being out and about at night again.
Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

Causes of 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.
    • CataractsA buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.
    • Diabetic RetinopathyDamage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.
    • GlaucomaThis 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.
    • MyopiaAlso called nearsightedness, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.
    • KeratoconusAn 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 SyndromeThis 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 Eastern Shore Eye Care in Fairhope to schedule your appointment today.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Duane M. Schrock, O.D.

Q: Can you request lenses made from glass? Is glass still used for lenses?

  • A: Yes. Opticians still sometimes use glass for lenses. However, glass is not used very often because they aren’t as safe. If these glass lenses breaks, they can shatters into many pieces and can injure the eye. Glass lenses are much heavier than plastic lenses, so they can make your eyeglasses less comfortable to wear.

Q: Can a coating be added to eyeglasses to protect them from further scratches?

  • A: A protective coating can’t be added to a lens after it’s scratched. The coating is applied when the lens is manufactured and can’t be put on later.

Quality Frames For Prescription Eyeglasses & Computer Glasses In Fairhope, Alabama. Visit Eastern Shore Eye Care for an eye exam and eyeglasses that match your style.

Can You Limit Blue Light Exposure?

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Computer Glasses Available at Eastern Shore Eye Care

The topic of blue light has grown in popularity over the last decade, as indoor blue light exposure from computer screens and handheld digital devices has grown. You may hear varying opinions about whether blue light affects the eyes and to what degree, so continue reading to learn what we think is the most relevant information on the subject.

What is Blue Light?

Every color of visible light has a different wavelength and energy level. Colors like red, orange, and yellow have longer wavelengths and carry less energy than colors like blue and purple.

Because blue light carries higher energy, it can easily reach the retina at the back of the eye. Although some of the eye’s structures filter out harmful rays like ultraviolet light, they allow blue light to penetrate.

The sun, digital screens, and LED and fluorescent lighting all emit blue light.

How Does Blue Light Affect Eye Health?

The retina’s light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) can be damaged by blue light when overexposed. In severe cases, this kind of cell damage produces similar symptoms to macular degeneration, and can even cause blindness.

Further research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is excessive, and what effect it has on eye health. Until more is known, many people err on the side of caution and try to limit their blue light exposure, especially from digital devices.

What is certain is that blue light contributes to digital eye strain. Because blue light has more energy and scatters more freely than other light (the reason that the sky appears blue), it is not easily focused. As the scattered blue light rays enter the eye, they create visual “noise” that is believed to be partly responsible for digital eye strain symptoms such as watery eyes, headache, blurry vision, and dry eyes.

How You Can Limit Blue Light Exposure

There are several ways to limit the amount of blue light that enters your eyes. You can purchase blue light filters for your devices, or simply reduce screen time.

If you spend a significant amount of time staring at a screen daily, you may want to consider purchasing computer glasses or blue light filters for your lenses. These glasses are available with or without a prescription, so they are compatible with contact lenses as well. Computer glasses are customized to meet the needs of your eyes and lifestyle.

To learn more about computer glasses or blue light, call Eastern Shore Eye Care and make an appointment with . We can help guide you in choosing the right glasses that meet your visual needs.

REFERENCES:
Blue Light and Your Eyes
Blue light – What is all the fuss about?
Blue light facts: How blue light affects your eyes

Eye Exams Are Important Even With 20/20 Vision

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Local Optometrist | Eye Doctor Near You

People typically visit their dentist or family doctor on a yearly basis, if not more. But when it comes to their eyes they tend to overlook the importance of getting that annual eye exam — particularly if they have perfect eyesight.

To ensure healthy vision, adults should visit their eye doctor every 1-2 years for a routine comprehensive eye exam to determine whether their optical prescription is providing the clearest vision possible and to check for eye diseases and other health issues before they worsen or even manifest.

Eye Exams Can Detect Eye Diseases Early On

Many eye diseases go undetected for long periods of time because symptoms may become apparent only when the condition is at an advanced stage. Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration are prime examples. Unfortunately, by then it may be too late to prevent irreversible damage leading to potential vision loss and even blindness.

By undergoing annual comprehensive eye exams you are proactively taking measures to protect your eye health. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed, the better the outcome. Annual eye exams are all the more important if you have a family history of ocular problems.

Older Adults Need More Frequent Monitoring

As you age, your vision changes in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. With age comes the risk of developing vision-robbing diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. For this reason, older adults should visit the eye doctor more frequently for regular monitoring.

Eye Exams Can Reveal Your Overall Health

Your eyes are the windows to your overall health and reveal much more than eye problems. An eye doctor can often detect issues such as diabetes or hypertension by analyzing your eyes’ blood vessels; your inflamed retina may signal a potential autoimmune disorder; blurry vision may indicate fluctuating blood sugar levels, and the bulging of the eyes signals thyroid disease.

Safeguard your ocular health and wellness by contacting Eastern Shore Eye Care in Fairhope today. No matter how perfect your vision, Duane M. Schrock, O.D. can identify potential problems early on, preventing irreversible damage.

Can I Get Sunglasses With Progressive Lenses?

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Optical Store in Fairhope

If you wear prescription bifocal or progressive eyeglasses, you may be wondering whether you can get “progressive sunglasses” — sunglasses with progressive lenses. The answer is yes, you can!

Progressive sunglasses offer sharp vision at any distance. They allow you to go on hikes and road trips, or enjoy a lazy afternoon reading under the sun. Enjoying sharp vision at every distance—without needing to switch glasses—is worth the short adjustment period most people need to feel fully comfortable with their new progressive lenses.

Contact Eastern Shore Eye Care to learn more about progressive sunglasses. Our dedicated eye care team is here to answer any questions you may have, and will be happy to help you find the perfect progressive sunglasses for your face shape, style, and lifestyle.

What Are Progressive Lenses?

Progressive lenses accommodate three prescriptions in a single lens. They offer clear vision and a smooth transition from distance vision to intermediate vision to near vision — without the usual line typically found in traditional bifocal lenses. Progressives have the added benefit of solving the need to buy multiple pairs of prescription glasses or having you switch glasses depending on your activity.

These lenses are used by people of all ages, though the majority are worn by people aged 40 and older, as they tend to develop presbyopia (age-related farsightedness), which prevents them from clearly seeing images or objects up close.

Progressive Sunglasses

Progressive sunglasses offer an excellent solution for those with several prescriptions seeking eyewear for the outdoors. With progressive sunglasses, you’ll not only see better in the sun and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. You will no longer have to switch between glasses and sunglasses.

Should I Get Progressive Sunglasses?

Although there’s a short adjustment period while learning to use progressive lenses, most people say they’d never go back to bifocal lenses. The same goes for progressive sunglasses! And with essentially three glasses in one, you can be sure you’re making the best choice in terms of comfort, aesthetics and convenience.

Here at Eastern Shore Eye Care in Fairhope, you’ll find a wide array of sunglasses, from exclusive brands to ultra-affordable models from our own hand-picked suppliers. We’ll be happy to prescribe quality progressive lenses for ultimate comfort in the sun.

Are Mirrored Sunglasses More Than Just a Trend?

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Optical Store in Fairhope

When people see mirrored sunglasses, the first thing they notice is their trendy style and mirror-like reflective surface. These lenses are among the most popular choices for both prescription and non-prescription sunglasses.

Do people get mirrored sunglasses just because they’re stylish or are there other advantages? Keep reading to see whether this distinctive eyewear is right for you.

What Are Mirrored Sunglasses?

Mirrored sunglasses are made of several coatings, including specialized reflective optical coating (also called mirror coating or flash coating) that create a mirror-like finish. The color of the coating has nothing to do with the tint of the lenses, which, from the wearer’s perspective, appear greyish or brownish in color.

The main advantage of having a mirror coating is that it decreases the amount of light passing through the tinted lens by 10–60%.

Reflecting on the Benefits of Mirrored Glasses

They Keep Glare Away

The fact that mirrored sunglasses reduce glare is particularly useful if you’re driving in high-traffic conditions, where light is often reflected off of other vehicles; if you play outdoor sports; or spend time in higher altitudes.

Undeniably Fashionable

These shades are undeniably stylish and come in several colors. The most popular lenses are blue, silver, and multi-colored, allowing you to rock the shades that most express your personal flair while protecting your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) light!

Durable

Because mirrored lenses are made of multiple layers of advanced coating, they are more durable and scratch-resistant than untreated lenses.

Maintain Anonymity

Mirrored sunglasses conceal your eyes. When people look at you, they see their own reflection, not your eyes. On your end, you’ll have no problem seeing everyone through these one-way mirrored lenses.

Mirrored Sunglasses Offer Extra Eye Protection

Though mirrored sunglasses may at times be pricier than standard shades, the benefits far outweigh the cost. You’re paying not only for the style and quality but for extra eye protection.

At Eastern Shore Eye Care in Fairhope, we supply an extensive collection of stylish frames and lenses with the most advanced technologies and latest trends from the fashion world, offering you the best solutions — no matter your style.

COVID-19 –  What Constitutes an Eye Care Emergency? 

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An eye care emergency is defined as medical care for conditions requiring prompt medical attention due to a sudden change in ocular or visual health.

Eye trauma, chemical exposure to the eyes, foreign objects in the eye, and ocular infections are all considered eye emergencies and should be given immediate medical attention. If you have an eye emergency, it’s critical to get immediate care in order to avoid permanent damage to your vision.

While some may opt to visit an emergency room for an eye injury, research shows that most emergency room visits for eye emergencies could have been treated by an experienced optometrist. Furthermore, going to the hospital for an eye emergency during the coronavirus pandemic isn’t the fastest or safest way to treat the problem; the hospitals are already overloaded and you risk catching the virus during your visit.

Duane M. Schrock, O.D. can offer personalized treatment for a wide range of eye emergencies and other ocular conditions. Call Eastern Shore Eye Care for further instructions or call the number provided in the voicemail.

What Is an Eye Emergency?

Eye emergencies refer to any sudden onset of symptoms or obvious eye trauma that affect vision. These emergencies range from severe eye pain or vision loss to a sudden blow to the eye or chemical exposure. Call us if you experience any of the following:

  • Eye pain
  • Bleeding of the eye
  • Blood in the white of the eye
  • Swollen or bulging eye
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • New eye flashes or floaters
  • Pupils that are unequal in size
  • Severe photophobia (light sensitivity)
  • Being hit in the eye
  • Bruising around the eye
  • Eye discharge
  • Suspected eye infection
  • Severe burning, stinging, itching eyes
  • Scratched or cut eye or eyelid
  • Split contact lenses in the eye
  • A piece of broken eyeglass lens in your eye
  • Foreign object stuck in the eye

If you’re uncertain whether or not your condition is an emergency, contact Eastern Shore Eye Care immediately.

What Should I Do If I Have An Eye Emergency?

If you have a cut or foreign object in your eye, or if you suffered from other forms of eye trauma, DO NOT:

  • Rub your eye
  • Attempt to remove any foreign objects embedded in the eye
  • Use tweezers or swabs in your eye
  • Put any ointments or medication into your eye

First Aid for Eye Injuries

Refer to the following guidelines to prevent any long-term vision loss or eye damage.

Chemical Exposure

If a contact lens is in the eye, do not attempt to remove the contact lens using your fingers. Instead, flush saline solution or water over the lens immediately as it may dislodge the lens. Contact lenses can trap harmful chemicals against the cornea, causing unnecessary damage.

Seek emergency medical care promptly after flushing.

To avoid eye exposure to toxic or abrasive chemicals, always wear protective eyewear and use caution when handling these types of products.

Foreign Objects

Although your first instinct may be to rub your eye to get the foreign object out, try to resist the urge–as rubbing can further damage the eye.

If the object isn’t embedded in the eye, you may try to remove it by flushing it out. First, wash your hands with warm water and soap to prevent contamination or infection. Then, flush the eye thoroughly with clean water or preferably saline, if available. You can also try to induce tearing by using your fingers to gently lift the upper eyelid over the lower eyelid. Causing the eye to tear may flush out the foreign object.

If the object is visible, and not embedded on the eye, you can try to gently wipe it away with a damp, clean washcloth.

Seek immediate medical attention if the above methods do not work.

Blows to the Eye

To treat a black eye, apply a cold compress to decrease swelling and support healing. Use the compress for 5 to 10 minutes at a time, allowing the eye to rest between applications. A cold compress can be made by wrapping a bag of peas, or other soft frozen items, in a clean cloth.

Never place ice directly on the skin; use a clean cloth between the skin and ice.

Call Duane M. Schrock, O.D. immediately if you notice any of the following symptoms after the eye is impacted:

  • Changes in vision
  • Persistent or increasing pain
  • Bleeding or any blood on the outside or inside the eye
  • Any visible difference to the appearance of your eyes

Cut or Puncture to the Eye

This type of injury always requires immediate medical care, so after you call us, make sure to follow these precautionary measures to avoid further injury:

  • Don’t attempt to remove something embedded in the eye
  • Don’t wash the eye or eyelid
  • Try to shield the eye with something protective, for example – use a pad of cotton wool as an eye shield and tape it to the surrounding eye area

If you have an eye emergency, don’t delay treatment. Timing is everything — the earlier you get treatment, the less vision damage you’ll have over the long term. Take immediate action by contacting Eastern Shore Eye Care today. Duane M. Schrock, O.D. will treat any eye emergency you have or refer you to specialized care (i.e. surgery), as needed.

Eastern Shore Eye Care serves patients from Fairhope, all throughout Alabama.

6 Ways To Bid Dry Eyes Goodbye

Eye Doctor in Fairhope, Alabama Dry, itchy, and irritated eyes are no fun. Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a multifactorial condition that is...

6 Ways To Bid Dry Eyes Goodbye

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Eye Doctor in Fairhope, Alabama

Dry, itchy, and irritated eyes are no fun. Dry eye syndrome (DES) is a multifactorial condition that is generally caused by poor tear quality, insufficient tears, allergies, or other irritants. The symptoms of DES can range from slightly uncomfortable to debilitating and can include:

  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Grittiness
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Blurred vision

If you suspect you have dry eyes, speak with Duane M. Schrock, O.D. about the latest treatments to manage or eliminate your symptoms. In the meantime, below are a few of our tips to ease dry eye symptoms for lasting relief.

Here Are Our Top 6 Tips for Dry Eye

1. Use Artificial Tears

Artificial tears can provide the eyes with the moisture they lack, thus relieving irritation and discomfort. Duane M. Schrock, O.D. can advise on which lubricating drops best suit your eye condition.

2. Stay Hydrated

This may sound obvious, but keeping hydrated is a crucial component in managing DES. Since the eyes are part of a larger system (the body), dehydration will affect them as well. Try increasing your water intake to see if symptoms clear up on their own. You’ll want to stick to drinking water and avoid excess caffeine or alcohol, as these can dehydrate the body. Many health authorities recommend drinking about 2 liters of water per day to stay hydrated.

3. Eat More Fish or Flax seeds

Healthy tears are made of water, oil, and mucus, and any imbalance of any of these components can result in DES. Including the recommended amount of Omega-3 fats in your diet can help support healthy tear production. The U.S Department of Agriculture recommends consuming at least 250mg of Omega-3 fatty acids daily.

4. Shield Your Eyes

Wearing protective eyewear, such as wraparound sunglasses or UV blocking lenses, can shelter your eyes from harmful debris and irritants in the air. Breezy weather can also contribute to dry eyes, as the wind causes the eye’s tear film to evaporate faster than the normal pace.

5. Check Your Surroundings

Be aware of environmental factors that may be contributing to dry eyes. Always make sure your car air conditioner vents are pointed away from your eyes so as not to cause irritation. If you style your hair with a blow dryer, be sure to avoid the eye area, as the warmth and forced air will cause the tears to prematurely evaporate. Additionally, if you find that your home or work environment is too dry, try using a humidifier next to your desk or by your bed to put moisture back into the air.

6. See Your Eye Doctor

This is perhaps the most important step in treating your dry eyes. An eye exam with Duane M. Schrock, O.D. will help determine the underlying cause of the dryness and best treatment options. Our goal here at Eastern Shore Eye Care is to alleviate any eye discomfort and increase our patients’ overall quality of life. If you or a loved one are suffering from DES, schedule your appointment today and find the relief you deserve.

Call Eastern Shore Eye Care to find out our eye exam appointment availability: 251-929-4575 or alternatively you can look available appointments online here REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT

Top 5 Tips To Manage Eye Allergies This Spring

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With spring just around the corner, there’s no better time to learn about managing those uncomfortable eye allergy symptoms that pop up when the weather gets warmer. While eye allergy symptoms can negatively affect quality of life, they are often treatable. If you or a loved one is suffering from eye allergies, call Eastern Shore Eye Care for an eye exam to get the relief you seek.

What Are Eye Allergies?

Allergic conjunctivitis, or eye allergies, are the eyes’ response to various allergens and irritants that tend to be airborne.

Symptoms and Causes of Eye Allergies

Some eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritated or painful eyes
  • Sneezing or runny nose
  • Swollen eyelids

Eye allergies can be triggered by both airborne and non-airborne allergens. Some of most common include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Makeup
  • Dust mites
  • Perfume
  • Skin care products

5 Tips To Manage Eye Allergy Symptoms

  1. Clear the air of allergens by using air filters on all of your cooling systems. Keeping your home as clean as possible will also help reduce airborne allergens.
  2. Use cold eye compresses to alleviate symptoms. You can either purchase a cold eye compress at your local drugstore or easily make one at home. Soak a clean, soft washcloth in cold water, wring it out, and place it over closed eyelids for a few minutes at a time or until it is no longer cool. The coldness will help to soothe irritated eyes and reduce swelling.
  3. Try removing your contact lenses, as they can attract and accumulate allergens and irritants on their surfaces. Switching to glasses or daily disposable contacts during allergy season may help to reduce your symptoms.
  4. Use medicated eye drops to reduce redness and itching. There are over the counter options as well as prescription eye drops, which can be prescribed by Duane M. Schrock, O.D.. Antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, multiple-action, and decongestant eye drops can all help manage eye allergy symptoms.
  5. Wear protective eyewear while outdoors, such as wraparound glasses, to shield your eyes from direct contact with airborne irritants and allergens. Opt for eyewear with larger lenses that provide fuller coverage.

We Can Help Treat Your Eye Allergies

Eye allergies can be bothersome, but they don’t have to be. An eye exam with Duane M. Schrock, O.D. can help diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms and determine the best treatment to alleviate any discomfort.

Call Eastern Shore Eye Care today to make an appointment: 251-929-4575 or alternatively you can book an appointment online here CLICK FOR AN APPOINTMENT.