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Polarized Eyewear for Summer.

Everyone wants to drive safer, see more comfortably and protect the long term health of their eyes. What many don’t know is the advantages that polarized eyewear can give when trying to accomplish these goals, and more.sunglasses african american woman

Polarized lenses aren’t new. For many years now, polarized sunglasses have been a popular accessory for boaters and fisherman who are looking to reduce glare while out on the water. In more recent years, those who spend significant amounts of time outdoors, such as skiers, bikers, golfers and joggers have also discovered the advantages of these amazing lenses. Polarized lenses are also great for reducing glare while driving, for safer vision while behind the wheel.

Polarized lenses are great for many uses from boating and fishing to biking and jogging. They are also increasingly being offered in combination with other beneficial eyeglasses features. Polarized bifocals or progressives are an excellent choice for those with presbyopia that are also looking to have comfortable vision and guard the health of their eyes, and photochromic lenses are also great for those with light sensitivity, as the lenses get darker when you walk into the sun, protecting your eyes both from intense glare and bright sunlight.

 

Polarized sunglasses are the right choice for anyone who wants to enjoy the active life only afforded by the beautiful outdoors, whether you’re a person who likes to spend your time waterskiing or boating, in-line skating or mountain biking, driving or jogging.

10 Eye Healthy Foods to Eat this Year

The New Year is coming and many people include healthier eating and exercise in their resolutions for the year ahead. Well other than weight loss and overall health and disease-prevention, a healthy diet and regular exercise can protect your eyes and your vision. In particular, there are certain vitamins and minerals that are known to prevent eye disease and act to strengthen and safeguard your eyes. Here are 10 foods that you should make sure to include in your healthy diet regimen this coming year and for the rest of your life.

  1. Dark, leafy green vegetables: Greens like kale, spinach or collards are rich in vitamin C which strengthens the blood vessels in your eyes and may prevent cataracts, and vitamin E, lutein and zeaxanthin which are known to prevent cataracts and reduce the risk and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  2. Orange vegetables and fruits: Orange foods such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, orange peppers and apricots are rich in beta-carotene which improves night vision and may slow the progression of AMD, specifically when taken in combination with zinc and vitamins C and E.
  3. Oily Fish: Fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna or trout are a complete source of Omega-3 fatty acids which boost the immune system and protect the cells and nervous system. They are essential for retinal function and the development of the eye and vision. Omega-3s can alleviate dry eye symptoms and guard against AMD and glaucoma. They are also rich in vitamin D which may also reduce the risk of AMD.
  4. Beans and legumes: Beans and legumes such as chickpeas, black-eyes peas, kidney beans and lentils are high in zinc. Zinc is a trace mineral that assists in the production of melanin, a pigment that protects the eye. Zinc is found in a high concentration in the eye in general, specifically in the retina and the surrounding tissues. Zinc can reduce night blindness and may help in reducing the risk and progression of AMD.
  5. Eggs: Eggs pack a big punch in terms of valuable vitamins and minerals. They are rich in zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin, and vitamins D and A. In addition to the eye benefits already discussed, vitamin A protects against night blindness and may prevent dry eyes. Some eggs are also a source of Omega 3.
  6. Squash: Squash is also a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin and vitamin C. Winter squash also has vitamin A and Omega 3 fatty acids, while summer squash is a good source of zinc.
  7. Cruciferous vegetables: These vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts have a power combination of nutrients including vitamins, A, C and E, lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. These antioxidant compounds protect the cells in your body and your eyes from free radicals that can break down healthy tissue and cause disease.
  8. Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Flax and chia seeds also good sources of omega 3, vitamins and antioxidants. These boost your body’s natural protection against AMD, dry eye, and other diseases.
  9. Lean meat, poultry, oysters and crab meat: These animal products are all good sources of zinc.
  10. Berries: Berries such as strawberries, cherries and blueberries are rich in bioflavonoids which may protect the eyes against AMD and cataracts.

Many patients ask about taking vitamins or supplements for eye health nutrients and the answer depends on the individual. While some of the eye nutrients may be better absorbed in the correct proportions when ingested as food rather than supplements, some patients have sensitivities or conditions (such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or allergies) that prevent them from eating certain foods such as fish or leafy greens. In these cases there are a number of good lutein and Omega 3 supplements that they might be able to tolerate better than ingesting the actual food. Seek the advice of your eye doctor to determine what is right for you. While studies have indicated that higher levels of certain vitamins are required to slow the progression of certain eye diseases like AMD, these supplements should only be taken under the guidance of your eye doctor.

This list may seem overwhelming but if you focus on filling your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables of all types and colors, eating whole foods and limiting processed foods and sugar, you are on your way to preventing disease and improving your eye health and your overall health for years to come. To health!

Inside a Life With Color Vision Deficiency

What’s it like to be color blind? Contrary to what the name implies, color blindness usually does not actually mean that you don’t see any color, but rather that you have difficulty perceiving or distinguishing between certain colors. This is why many prefer the term color vision deficiency or CVD to describe the condition. CVD affects men more than women, appearing in approximately 8% of men (1 in 12) and .5% of women (1 in 200) worldwide. 

Having color vision deficiency means that you perceive color in a more limited way than those with normal color vision. This ranges from mild, in which you may not even be aware that you are experiencing color differently, to severe, which is perhaps the more appropriate from to be called “color blind” and involves the inability to see certain colors. 

CVD can be inherited; it is caused by abnormalities in the genes that produce photopigments located in the cone cells in your eyes. The eyes contain different cone cells that fire in response to a specific color, blue, green or red and together allow you to see the depth and range of colors that the normal eye can see. The type of color blindness and therefore the type of color vision that is impaired, is based on which photopigments are abnormal. The most common form of CVD is red-green, followed by blue-yellow. Total color blindness or the complete inability to perceive color is quite rare. About 7% of males have congenital color blindness that they inherit from the mother’s X-chromosome. 

Color blindness can also be the result of eye damage, specifically to the optic nerve, or to the area in the brain that processes color. Sometimes an eye disease, such as cataracts, can also impact one’s ability to perceive color. Systemic diseases such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis can also cause acquired CVD. 

Living with CVD

Red-green color blindness does not mean only that you can’t tell the difference between red and green, but rather that any color that has some red or green (such as purple, orange, brown, pink, some shades of gray, etc) in it is affected. 

You many not realize all of the ways you use even subtle distinctions in color in your daily life. Here are some examples of ways that CVD can impact your life and make seemingly everyday tasks challenging:

  • You may not be able to cook meat to the desired temperature based on color. 
  • Most of the colors in a box of crayons will be indistinguishable.
  • You may not be able to distinguish between red and green LED displays on electronic devices that indicate power on and off. 
  • You may not be able to tell between a ripe and unripe fruit or vegetable such as bananas (green vs. yellow) or tomatoes (red vs green). 
  • Chocolate sauce, barbecue sauce and ketchup may all look the same. 
  • Bright green vegetables can look unappealing as they appear greenish, brown or grey. 
  • You may not be able to distinguish color coded pie charts or graphs (which can cause difficulty in school or work). 
  • Selecting an outfit that matches can be difficult. 

Knowing that one is color blind is important for some occupations that require good color discrimination such as the police officers, railway workers, pilots, electricians etc.  These are just a few of the ways that CVD can impact one’s daily life. So is there a cure? Not yet. 

While there is no cure for CVD, there is research being done into gene therapies and in the meantime there are corrective devices available including color vision glasses (such as the Enchroma brand) and color filtering contacts that for some can help to enhance color for some people. If you think you might have CVD, your optometrist can perform some tests to diagnose it or rule it out. If you have CVD, you can speak to your eye doctor about options that might be able to help you experience your world in full color. 

Light Sensitivity

Are Your Eyes Sensitive to Light?

Light sensitivity, also known as photophobia, is a condition in which bright light – either natural sunlight or artificial light – can cause significant discomfort, pain and intolerance. People that experience light sensitivity will find themselves needing to close their eyes or squint when exposed to light and often experience headaches and nausea as well. In mild cases, the discomfort accompanies exposure to bright lights or harsh sunlight, but in severe cases even a small amount of light can cause pain and discomfort.

Photophobia is more common in individuals with light eyes. This is because the greater amounts of pigment in darker eyes help to protect the eye from the harsh rays of light. The darker pigment of the iris and choroid absorbs the light, rather than reflecting the light and causing internal reflection or glare experienced by those with lighter eyes. People with albinism, which is a total lack of eye pigment, also experience significant light sensitivity for this reason.

Acute photophobia is usually a symptom that accompanies a condition such as an eye infection or irritation (such as conjunctivitis or dry eyes), a virus, or a migraine (light sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms of migraines). It could also be caused by something more serious such as an eye condition like a corneal abrasion, a detached retina, uveitis or iritis or a systemic disease like meningitis or encephalitis. Light sensitivity is also a side effect of refractive surgery (such as LASIK) and some medications (such as tetracycline and doxycycline).

How to Deal with Photophobia

The most effective way to reduce the discomfort caused by photophobia is to stay out of sunlight and dim indoor lights as much as possible while you are experiencing symptoms. Wearing dark sunglasses and keeping your eyes closed may also provide some relief.

In the summer it is more common for UV to trigger corneal inflammation (keratitis) and cause photosensitivity as well. Wind and eye dryness can also set off photosensitivity, which are more good reasons to wear sunglasses.

If the sensitivity is new and the cause is unknown, you should seek medical attention immediately, especially if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Blurry vision
  • Burning or pain in the eye
  • Fever and chills
  • Confusion and irritability
  • Severe headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Foreign body sensation

In cases where the photophobia is a symptom of an underlying issue, treating the issue will likely cause relief in your sensitivity. This will vary depending on the ailment but could include pain medications, eye drops or antibiotics, or anti-inflammatory medications. If the sensitivity is mild due to your genetic predisposition or a result of surgery, make sure you take your sunglasses every time you leave the house. People who wear prescription eyeglasses may consider photochromic lenses which automatically darken when exposed to light.

If you are uncomfortable, speak to your eye doctor about the best options for your condition.

See What You’re Missing Up Close With The Latest Daily Multifocal Contact Lenses!

If you are having difficulty seeing in dim light and small print is getting tougher to make out you may be a good candidate to try one of the new multi focal (bifocal) soft daily disposable contact lenses.

Presbyopia is a condition that happens to everyone over time, usually after age 40. It can lead to symptoms of near vision difficulty especially trying to read things like menus, books, newspapers or text messages on your cell phone. Others also have dry eyes, headaches and eye strain especially trying to focus up close.

Well we now have the very newest soft daily disposable contact lenses for presbyopia and they are available in trial lenses, often in stock to get the same day as your appointment, to try and experience the latest in technology and optics with high success rates. There are 4 brand names to choose from and Dr.Krill will advice you based on your prescription and symptoms which is best for you.

The 4 that we have available for you are:

1. One Day Acuvue Moist Multifocal contacts

2. Bausch and Lomb Biotrue One Day for Presbyopia

3. Ciba Dailies Aquacomfort Plus Multifocal lenses

4. Cooper Vision Proclear 1 Day Multifocal lenses

Or if you prefer we also have both two week and monthly replacement multifocal contacts. The advantage of replacing your contacts daily is to have a very fresh clean lens on your eye which really eliminates irritations and infections from deposits and filmy coatings. These lenses have come down in price, often have good rebates, and you will save money on not having to buy expensive contact lens solutions.

New Bausch and Lomb Contact Lenses

We now have the newest and best Bausch and Lomb 30 day disposable contact lens available called Ultra, with MoistureSeal technology. The new Ultra contact lenses help prevent lens dryness and retains moisture for a full 16 hours.

This provides our patients with superior end-of-day vision especially for all of us digital device users! Long hours focusing at a computer or other digital devices can cause your contact lenses to dry out and feel less comfortable especially toward the end of the day. When you use digital devices it could contribute to lens dehydration. That's because you blink up to 60% less when your eyes are focused on smartphone, tablet or computer screens.

In addition to discomfort, you may experience symptoms such as eye strain, blurred vision, delayed focusing and tired eyes. So break the cycle of contact lens discomfort and get unsurpassed comfort and vision all day by calling Dr.Krill's office to set up an appointment and get fit with the new B&L Ultra disposable contacts, in expanded parameters from +6 to -12 diopters, which covers most patients prescriptions, even for monovision contact lens wearers!

Introducing Ciba Air Optix Color contact lenses, the first color silicone hydrogel contact lens setting a new standard.

We now have the brand new Air Optix Color soft disposable contacts to change the color of your eyes. Air Optix Colors contact lenses are made with a unique surface technology that provides consistent comfort throughout the day. These contacts have a smooth surface technology which creates a protective layer of moisture that resists irritating deposits so that lenses stay comfortable from Day 1 to Day 30. The proprietary 3-in1 color technology blends with your eye color to provide a beautiful,natural appearance.

Your eyes are often the first thing people notice about you and can reveal a lot about your personality. Make a statement with the stunningly beautiful colors of the Air Optix Colors contact lenses. Whether you want to express cool confidence or sophisticated warmth, we can help you turn your eyes into your best feature.

Air Optix monthly disposable soft contact lenses are available in a full range of beautiful colors from subtle to vibrant. You can stop on in or make an appointment with Dr.Krill to either get a brochure, view our postures or have a contact lens fitting, and actually try on one of the following color contact lenses. They are available in Pure Hazel, Green, Blue, Gray, Brown, Honey, Gemstone Green, Brilliant Blue or Sterling Gray.

PureVision 2 for Presbyopia by Bausch & Lomb is now available!

We now carry the very newest multifocal (Bifocal) disposable contact lens for patients over 40 having trouble seeing clear up close, which is PureVision 2 for Presbyopia by Bausch & Lomb.

This is a new multifocal contact lens that provides a clear view of the real world. It is designed to improve near and intermediate vision while continuing to provide excellent distance vision along with exceptional comfort. The new design allows for a more natural visual experience including clear vision for working at your computer or mobile device. This great contact lens also optimizes your distance vision for driving or seeing far across the room and is approved for extended wear.

So if you are looking for a multifocal contact lens that offers a real world solution for clear near, far, and everywhere in between, have no desire to wear readers, rely on digital devices every day, or are dissatisfied with your current contact lenses, please give Dr. Krill's office a call to set up an appointment for a trial pair of PureVision 2 for Presbyopia contact lenses today!

New BIOTRUE ONE DAY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES By BAUSCH & LOMB

BIOTRUE ONEday contact lens placed in the top 100 most technologically significant products of 2013 by R&D Magazine for its breakthrough bio- inspired attributes. The first daily disposable lens that combines three bio-inspired features-BIOTRUE ONEday contact lenses contain 78% water, the same water content as your cornea,and deliver the oxygen level needed by the open eye to maintain healthy, white eyes. The outlet surface of this lens is designed to mimic the actions of the lipid layer of the tear film with a surfactant enriched surface to prevent dehydration, thus less dry eye symptoms. BIOTRUE ONEday lenses provide the maximum moisture on the eye for incredible comfort and retains moisture and shape better than other daily contacts with older materials.

In a recent survey of BIOTRUE ONEday contact lens wearers, nine out of ten respondents believe that BIOTRUE ONEday daily disposable lenses provide consistent,crisp,clear,comfortable vision throughout the day and would recommend that their friends and family ask their optometrist about the new BIOTRUE ONEday contact lenses.

Daily disposable contact lens wear is thought of as the safest,healthiest,and most convenient contact lens option and is an ideal choice for current,new and part-time wearers. There are no solutions to worry about and replacing your contact lenses daily is the best option for dry eye,allergy, and sensitive eye patients and for patients that have a history of infections, irritations,filmy coatings, deposits, or solution reactions. They are also the fastest growing segment of the contact lens market.

BIOTRUE ONEday daily disposable contacts also have a UV blocker, visibility tint,are available in trials and in stock at our location up to a Minus 9 Diopter. And with the great current rebates and our every day low price they cost only about $1/day for both eyes! So make an appointment with Dr.Krill to try this award winning new daily disposable contact lens for a worry-free contact lens option.