Bad Habits Aging Your Eyes

7 BAD HABITS THAT ARE AGING YOUR EYESBad Habits Aging Your Eyes

 

  • Rubbing Your Eyes

 

The skin around your eyes is one of the first areas on your face to show signs of aging. Rubbing your eyes can break tiny blood vessels under the skin’s surface and cause dark circles and puffy eyes, as well as premature crow’s feet and drooping eyelids. Botox injections and cosmetic eyelid surgery can rejuvenate the eye area, but prevention is best: refrain from pulling and tugging at the skin around your eyes.

  • Forgetting Your Sunglasses

 

Exposing your eyes to the sun’s harmful UV and high-energy visible (HEV) rays is a surefire way to prematurely age and damage your eyes and eyelids. Extended sun exposure leads to: sunburn of the front surface of the eye (photokeratitis); cataracts; macular degeneration; pinguecula and pterygium (unsightly growths on the eye); and even cancer of the eyelid. Wear sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and the most damaging HEV rays — even on overcast days!

  • Smoking

Smoking harms just about every organ in your body — including your eyes. Research has linked cigarette smoking to sight-threatening eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, dry eyes and diabetic retinopathy. In fact, smokers are up to four times more likely to go blind, compared with non-smokers. The good news is that quitting smoking, no matter what your age, can reduce your risk of developing a serious eye condition.

 

  • Eating Poorly

Eating too much fast food and not enough fruits and vegetables? Then you’re probably not getting the necessary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids for optimum eye health. Leafy greens, colorful fruit and vegetables, and wild-caught fish such as salmon can help prevent or manage many age-related eye diseases. Eye vitamins can fill in nutritional gaps, but a healthful diet, daily exercise and watching your waistline are more effective ways to keep your eyes in top shape.

  • Not Getting Enough Quality Shut-Eye

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason: not enough sleep can accelerate aging, and your eyes may be the first to suffer! Lack of sleep causes red, bloodshot eyes, dark circles under the eyes, eye twitching, dry eyes and blurry vision.

 

  • Not Drinking Enough Water

Not getting the recommended eight glasses of water a day and eating a high-sodium diet can cause your body to dehydrate and in turn not produce enough tears to keep your eyes moist and properly nourished. Eye-related symptoms of dehydration include dryness, redness and puffy eyelids.

 

  • Not Seeing Your Eye Doctor

Regular eye exams can detect vision problems, eye diseases and general health problems before you’re aware problems exist. Sight-threatening diseases such as glaucoma often have no warning signs until there is a permanent, irreversible loss of vision. Inform your eye doctor of your family’s eye health history to help determine if you have a high risk for a particular eye disease or condition.

 

Call Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates today to schedule an eye exam.

 

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Drive, Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

 

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

7214-772-9090

 

Pittsburgh Location:

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15238

 

412-782-0400

Online Eye Exams

For many people, the notion of being able to get an eyeglass prescription and buy glasses without a trip to the eye doctor sounds appealing. But is this really a good idea?

Here’s what you need to know about online eye exams and vision tests before thinking about saying goodbye to your eye doctor.

Online Eye Exams

Online Eye Exams can be very frustrating and inaccurate.

First of all, it’s important to understand that an online eye test — even if it’s called an “online eye exam” — does not evaluate the health of your eyes.

Usually, an online eye test (more accurately, an “online vision test”) only measures your visual acuity and refractive error. In some cases, other vision tests, such as contrast sensitivity and color blindness, are included.

But these measurements tell you little or nothing about the health of your eyes and whether you have conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration.

Even if you choose to try an online vision test, be aware that you should still have routine eye exams as frequently as your eye doctor recommends. A comprehensive eye exam is the only way to insure your eyes are healthy and free from sight-threatening conditions.

More research is needed to guarantee that the accuracy of an eyeglass or contact lens prescription generated by an online vision test is comparable to a prescription determined in person by your eye doctor.

Our doctors at Scott and Christie take the time for each patient to make sure that the results of the eye exams are accurate. We strive to make sure our patients feel comfortable and safe at all of our locations.

Call today to schedule an appointment with our doctors at Scott and Christie Eyecare associates and Good Looks Eyewear.

Cranberry Locations:

Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates

105 Brandt Dr. Suite 201

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-5420

Good Looks Eyewear

20215 U.S. 19

Cranberry Twp., PA 16066

724-772-9090

Pittsburgh Location:

Fox Chapel Plaza

Good Looks Eyewear

1101 Freeport Road

Pittsburgh, PA 1523

412-782-1919

Eyeglass Cleaning

When you purchase glasses, they usually come with a microfiber cloth or two for cleaning the lenses. While excellent in a pinch, those little cloths just don’t always cut it. We wear our glasses a lot, and they can get pretty dirty. Lotion and oils cause smears and fingerprints, and dust and fibers can build up. Even lens cleaner can leave streaks. If you’re tired of the mess and want to give your glasses a deep clean but don’t know how, look no further.
The first step to cleaning your glasses is to clean your hands. If your fingers are dirty or oily, you’ll just make your glasses worse in the process of trying to clean them! Wash your hands with lukewarm water and a gentle soap that does not contain lotion or moisturizers (think Dawn dish soap). Once your hands are clean, carefully rinse your glasses in lukewarm water. This should wash any debris off the lenses that might cause scratches when you clean them. It’s important to not rub any dirt into the lenses, because there might be sharp bits that can scratch the glass surface. Take a tiny drop of Dawn (or another oil and moisturizer free soap) onto your fingertip and gently rub the surface of the glass with it on both sides of the lenses, cleaning away any smudges. Rinse the glasses thoroughly, as any soap residue remaining will cause smearing when you dry the lenses off. Once you are sure that the soap is completely gone, take a gentle cloth (ideally microfiber, similar to something you would use to dry off fine glassware) and carefully dry the lenses, taking care to avoid smearing and fingerprints. Enjoy your squeaky-clean glasses!
If there are scratches on the surface of the lenses, do not try and buff them out with a cloth. This will only cause more problems. If there is serious scratching, you may need to get new lenses. To avoid dirty glasses and scratched lenses, store your glasses in a hard case when you aren’t wearing them, and give them a good cleaning periodically. Sometimes, though, you won’t have time to do such a detailed cleaning as the one outlined above. In cases like these, you can use glasses cleaner sprays. Just make sure that the spray works with the type of lenses you have, as some have protective coatings that certain sprays can damage. Use a liberal amount of the spray to flush away any debris before you rub at the lenses. Avoid cleaning your glasses with your shirt or other clothing items, as these fabrics can scratch at the glass and leave fibers stuck to the lenses, causing more damage than help in the long run.

Badgley Mischka Eyewear

Badgley Mischka Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly added Badgley Mischka Eyewear to our already impressive collection of luxury frames. Badgley Mischka caters to a younger, more modern couture customer with their timeless designs and superior craftsmanship. Mark Badgley and James Mischka began their company in 1988 and have since been captivating the fashion industry. Starting with bridal gowns, Badgley and Mischka have been able to keep their names among the top ranks of fashion designers. Now selling dresses, shoes, day wear, hand bags, watches, swimwear, and eyewear, Badgley Mischka has made a name for themselves as luxury designers. Stop in to our Good Looks Cranberry store or Good Looks Fox Chapel store for your pair of Badgley Mischka glasses.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Badgley Mischka sunglasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh Eyewear

Fysh Eyewear:

Good Looks Eyewear has proudly brought Fysh Eyewear into our designer collection. Fysh is a high end fashion company that specializes in eyewear. Their optical collection sports beautifully designed frames with an array of bold colors and intricate patterns. This exclusively women’s brand brings out a modern and original look to the wearer. The sunwear collection is fun, sexy, and most importantly original. Much like the optical collection, colors are the attention grabbers of this collection. Shapes also are what gives these glasses a style of their own, and bring uniqueness and originality to the wearer. Stop in to our Good Looks Eyewear Cranberry store or Good Looks Eyewear Pittsburgh store for your pair of Fysh glasses.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

Fysh glasses found at Good Looks Eyewear.

SYMFONY Lens

Scott and Christie and Associates is only 1 of 10 locations nationwide that currently offer the SYMFONY lens to patients that suffer from cataracts. The SYMFONY lens from Abbot Medical can reduce and in many cases eliminate a patients need to wear glasses after cataract surgery. The Tecnis SYMFONY Intraocular Lens was specifically developed to improve both the range and quality of vision.

In 2014 Scott and Christie participated in a clinical study that compared the SYMFONY lens to an aspherical monofocal lens. Compared to the monofocal group, the SYMFONY lens achieved greater improvements in near and intermediate vision. It also provided seamless day-to-night vision, a higher quality of vision, and demonstrated a low incidence of halo and glare.

If you have cataracts, please contact Scott and Christie Eyecare Associates to schedule an evaluation to see if you qualify for the SYMFONY lens.

 

Choosing Contacts

You’ve come to an important crossroads: should you get contacts or not? There are many factors to consider.

Types of Contacts

There are multiple types of contacts. Soft contact lenses are comfortable and easy to wear full time, or just occasionally. There is little to no adjustment period with these lenses. You can also get daily contacts, lenses that you throw away at the end of each day, in this form. This eliminates the need to clean your contacts. The downside to soft lenses is that they do not offer the sharpest vision.

Rigid gas permeable contact lenses, also called RGP or GP lenses, on the other hand, must be worn daily to be comfortable. They usually require a 1-2 week adjustment period before they feel completely comfortable on the eye, as they are rigid. They provide the sharpest vision you can achieve with contacts, and can help correct astigmatisms. They do not come in a daily disposable form.

If you want the clarity of the RGP lenses but the comfort of the soft lenses, you can get hybrid lenses, which have rigid centers for clear vision, but a “skirt” of soft lens to make the contact comfortable. The downside of hybrid lenses is the price, as they can be more expensive than both regular soft and RGP lenses.

Things to Consider

You need to consider what type of contacts you want, if you prefer the daily soft lenses that require no care, or the RGP or hybrid lenses, which require an adjustment period and more care but give you clearer vision. If you decide against daily lenses and decide to get lenses that you will be wearing daily for some interval of time, you must consider the cleaning process. You must clean and disinfect the lenses daily, or you run the risk of harming your eyes through the buildup of dust, allergens, and debris on the lenses. Cleaning is fairly straightforward, and usually all you need is the right cleaning solution and a case for the lenses. If your teen or child wants contacts, you must consider their responsibility, as caring for the lenses correctly is very important. It is also important to NEVER try on someone else’s contacts or let them use yours. Doing so can cause eye infections and spread of disease.

If you are interested in getting contacts for extended wear – that is, overnight wear, talk to your doctor. Only certain contacts are designed for extended wear, and most people’s eyes can’t handle them. Whether or not the lenses are meant for it, you shouldn’t always wear your contacts overnight or for extended periods of time, as it deprives your eyes of oxygen and cause serious damage to the cornea. Talk to your doctor about whether or not you are a good candidate for extended wear contact lenses.

Do you have dry eyes or allergies that affect your eyes? If so, contacts might not be a good idea, period. This is another issue to discuss with your doctor. He or she can give you a clearer idea of whether contact lenses are a good choice for you, and point you towards options that will fit your needs.

Contact lenses are a wonderful way to enjoy clearer vision without glasses. While they don’t completely eliminate of your need for glasses, they can give you a nice break from your frames. If you want to get contact lenses, consider the information above and talk to your doctor about your options. Good Looks Eyewear in Cranberry and Pittsburgh offers eye exams to assess your needs and many different contact options to fill them! Come by for a check up and fitting.

Celebrity Eyewear Trends

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gone are the days when glasses were unfashionable and geeky. Eyewear has become a huge statement piece in the fashion world. Many celebrities wear glasses with pride, and they have even made their way onto the red carpet.

Kate Winslet and Patricia Arquette turned heads wearing thick-rimmed black glasses and black cat-eye glasses respectively with their gowns at the Academy Awards, and men like Steve Carrell, Jimmy Napes, and Brad Goreski were proudly sporting their eyewear on the red carpet as well. Men wearing glasses on the red carpet is not uncommon, but Winslet and Arquette’s statement eyewear sparked discussion and helped cement the fact that glasses for women are in no way unflattering, but totally chic. Designer eyewear was found in abundance at the Met Gala, where the technology theme offered a lot of opportunities for unique accessories. Justin Bieber’s gold wire and black sunglasses made a bold statement, while Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner, and Jenna Lyons wore squared off glasses with thick black frames. The style “geek-chic” is trendy right now, as seen in publications like VOGUE magazine, and the frames seen on the red carpet fit right into this genre of fashion. Eyewear collections by designers like Vera Wang (Salon collection) and Dior are the perfect place to start looking for these types of frames.

A new trend for women are either tortoise frames with colorful sides, or solid colored frames with tortoise or patterned sides. Styles like these are bold and make a big statement, even in soothing colors like dusty blue or grey, as seen on stars like Gigi Hadid. Thick black frames are in for men and women alike. Actors like Eddie Redmayne and Ryan Reynolds have been seen wearing these classic and complementary styles. Frames by Original Penguin fit the bill to achieve this look. Another trendy look for men is rounded glasses, as seen on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tom Ford and Giorgio Armani have collections of eyewear that match these styles. Rounded rectangular frames like Jennifer Aniston’s are a classic look for any woman, while clear frames like Ty Burrell and Jaime King’s are becoming a popular statement. Wire accents like those found on Cate Blanchet’s glasses are very trendy and make a unique statement, as do two-toned glasses like Chloë Sevigny and Emmy Rossum’s. Which celebrity eyeglasses trend is your favorite? Come to Good Looks Eyewear in Cranberry or Pittsburgh to shop our designer collections and find the perfect frames to replicate that Hollywood look!

Match Frame Colors to Your Complexion

You’re picking out the frames for your glasses! How exciting! Remember, it’s important to look at color as well as shape. Your frames can be both colorful and complementary. Even though it’s easy to go with black or brown to play it safe, thinking that they’ll match with everything, it’s important to consider how the color of the frames aligns with your skin tone and hair color. Something more colorful might just look better with you complexion and help you make a statement!

When matching glasses to your skin tone, think fire and ice. Let me explain. If your skin is cooler in tone, plum, pink, jade, black, and blue frames look great. Look at “icy” colors, including silver, charcoal, rosy pinks, or purples. Warmer skin tones go best with colors you would see in a fire. They are complemented by red, coral, copper, off-white, and tortoise frames, as well as some warm shades of blue.

Amber tortoise frames by Jhane Barnes

Amber tortoise frames by Jhane Barnes for warm skin tones

Translucent frames by Penguin brand

Translucent frames by Penguin brand for cool skin tones

Hair color is another factor to consider. People with fair hair and cool skin tones tend to look better in darker frames, which create a contrast to their light complexion. Just avoid colors like yellow! They will wash you out.

Embellished cat-eye frames from Bvlgari

Embellished cat-eye frames from Bvlgari

Black and purple statement frames by Dior

Black and purple statement frames by Dior

Dark haired people with both warm and cool skin tones can wear bold pinks, blues, tortoise, and black, but it’s best to reserve shades of purple, green, and white for those with cooler skin only!

Classic tortoise frames by Dior

Classic tortoise frames by Dior

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

Gold and black by Dolce & Gabbana

If you have red hair, strong frame colors are great! Green, warm neutrals, and black-and-white are also very complimentary if you prefer something less bold.

Green glasses by Coach

Green frames by Coach

Translucent frames by Hackett

Translucent frames by Hackett

Finally, if your hair is gray or white, bright colors like red are excellent choices. They brighten your face and give you a bold statement. Slightly translucent pinks, lilacs, and blues are also complementary. Styles with upturned sides also help brighten and lift the face. Avoid browns and other “drab” colors, as they will wash you out.

Translucent purple and floral frames by bebe

Translucent purple and floral frames by bebe

Next time you’re looking at frames, don’t be afraid to go bold! Consider your complexion and try on some of those more unique colors to find your perfect match! Good Looks Eyewear offers a wide selection of designer eyewear in many colors and styles at their Cranberry and Pittsburgh locations. Contact us or stop by to take a look!

Children’s Ocular Health

Why is it so important to have your child’s vision checked?

It is extremely important to check your child’s vision from a very young age! Vision is a huge part of a child’s development, and it is best to catch any problems early on and find a solution quickly. Vision problems can hurt a child’s school performance, as much of what they learn there is presented visually. Children don’t know how their vision “should be”, so having your child’s eyes checked is the best way to catch any potential problems. It is better to get a full eye exam than to rely on the results of the simple vision check that children receive at a regular doctor’s appointment.

When should you have your child’s vision checked?

Doctors recommend that children get their eyes checked first at the age of 6 months. While this may seem young, it is around this time when a child has sharper and more accurate color vision. It is also the time when vision problems begin to manifest themselves. If there are no problems, children should get their eyes checked again at age 3 years, and then again right before they start school. These are formative times when vision problems appear. If your child does have some sort of vision problem, it is important to take corrective measures immediately. It is also important to schedule appointments at the times of day your child is most focused. You don’t want to take them to get their eyes checked when they are tired, cranky, or hungry if you want to get accurate results.

What are common vision problems in children, and how do you correct them?

Some of the most common vision problems children experience are nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eyes, and crossed eyes. The first three are caused refractive errors and can be easily corrected with glasses or contacts, and in serious cases, surgery. Lazy eyes, while sometimes initially caused by refractive issues, can require more extensive correction. These issues occur when one eye has better vision than the other, or the eyes are crossed. The brain begins to only acknowledge input from the stronger eye, and the weaker eye is ignored. If it is not corrected, the brain will ignore the weaker eye to the point of it shutting down, potentially causing permanent vision loss. Lazy eye can be fixed with patching the stronger eye to force the weaker one to grow stronger. If a child constantly removes the patch, there are other options, including special eye drops and contacts that block light. Crossed eyes occur when the eyes fail to align and work together. This can be caused by extreme farsightedness, a problem in the muscles of the eye, or issues in the nerves or vision centers of the brain. This can lead to double vision, or in severe cases, to a lazy eye as discussed above. Crossed eyes can be treated with prescription lenses, vision therapy, or surgery, depending on the seriousness of the issue.

While excessive reading as a child is not a scientifically proven cause of nearsightedness, studies have shown that having children simply go outside can greatly reduce the chance of nearsightedness and other vision problems, or at least slow their progression. It is important for kids to take a break from electronic devices especially, and to rest their eyes after extensive time reading. Getting outside allows them to do just that, encourages exercise, and helps with overall health. It’s important that they wear sunglasses while outside, though, to protect their vision from harmful UV.

Signs that there may be a problem:

Common symptoms of vision problems or vision-related learning disabilities are headaches, eye strain, blurred or double vision, crossed eyes, short attention spans during reading, turning or tilting of the head to only use one eye when reading, reading with head very close to the book, excessive blinking and rubbing of the eyes, losing place frequently when reading, poor comprehension or retention, omitting or repeating words while reading, and poor hand-eye coordination. These do not always mean that there is a problem, but they are an indication that your child should get their eyes checked. Just remember, a vision problem does not mean your child has a learning disability. Color blindness, difficulty focusing the eyes when reading, refractive errors, and perception problems can slow learning, but with the proper treatment, your child should be fine!

Picking children’s eyewear:

There are lots of options now in children’s eyewear that are both durable and cute, and will appeal to children. Getting your child to wear the glasses can be a big battle, though. If your child needs eyeglasses, involve them in the process of choosing them. If your child helps to pick the frames, he or she will be much more motivated to actually wear the glasses. You can encourage them during the process by reminding them of how these glasses will make things better, for example: “You’ll be able to see the ball so much better when you play with your friends.” Make sure the glasses are comfortable!

Good Looks Eyewear in Pittsburgh and Cranberry offers comprehensive and routine eye exams, eye care, and collections of children’s eyewear. Come by for an eye exam and check out our selections of frames!