Are You Experiencing Blur at Near, Eye Fatigue, or Are Your Arms Getting Too Short?

Presbyopia is a condition where the eyes gradually lose the ability to see things clearly up close. It is a normal part of aging. The muscles around the lens inside your eye become more rigid, thus making it more difficult for close-up tasks.

Here are some things to watch out for!

  1. Your arms feel like they are not long enough to let you read that book

  2. The seasons are changing or does something else explain the headaches and eyestrain after reading or doing close up work?

  3. You may be working too hard but is that really why you are tired after working on the computer?

  4. Unless your phone is broken, there is another explanation for why you can’t read the texts so well anymore.

  5. Did somebody change the lightbulbs? Suddenly they are too dim for reading or playing on devices.

  6. Getting wrinkles? Squinting to read will give you some!

  7. There’s no cloud cover so why are things so blurry?

  8. And, finally, you wish the increasingly hard-to-read dials on the dash were under warranty.

There is no way to stop or reverse the normal aging process that causes presbyopia. However, it can be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. We can help you with these visual needs at Insight Vision Care. www.insightvisionmn.com

Written by: Dr. Afira Hasan, Insight Vision Care

5 Tips to Beat Winter Dry Eyes – Insight Vision Care

One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. In the cooler climates (like Minnesota!) cold winds and dry air, coupled with dry indoor heating can be a recipe for eye discomfort. Dryness and irritation can be particularly debilitating for those who wear contact lenses or suffer from chronic dry eyes – a condition in which the eyes produce a low quality tear film.

Dr. Hasan who also suffers from dry eyes, has a particular interest in treating them. She has been seeing an increase in patients who come in because they feel like something is in their eye, when in actuality dry eyes are to blame. What’s more, having dry eyes can cause your vision to fluctuate . So if you’re noticing increased glare or blurriness, especially when driving at night – you guessed it: once again, dry eyes might be the source.

Whatever the symptoms, dry eyes can cause significant discomfort during the long winters and relief can seriously improve your quality of life. The good news is, the problem is fixable. Here are five tips to keep your eyes comfortable during the harsh winter months:

1. To keep eyes moist, apply artificial tears/eye drops a few times a day. If you have chronic dry eyes, speak to your eye doctor about the best product for your condition.

 

2. Drink a lot of fluids – keeping your body hydrated will also help maintain the moisture in your eyes.

 

3. Staring at a computer or digital device for extended amounts of time can further dry out your eyes. If you spend a lot of time staring at the screen, make sure you blink often and practice the 20/20/20 rule – every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

 

4. Give your eyes a break and break out your glasses. If your contact lenses are causing further irritation, take a break and wear your glasses for a few days. Also, talk to your optometrist about switching to contacts that are better for dry eyes.

 

5. Protect your eyes. If you know you are going to be venturing into harsh weather conditions, such as extreme cold or wind, make sure you wear protection. Try large, 100% UV protective eyeglasses and a hat with a visor to keep the wind and particles from getting near your eyes. If you are a winter sports enthusiast, make sure you wear well-fitted ski goggles.

 

If you find that after following these tips you continue to suffer, contact us at Insight Vision Care, 952-486-7858, www.insightvisionmn.com