Can Blue Light and Digital Eye Strain Lead to Ocular Conditions?

The number of people spending numerous hours a day on their cell phones, tablets, and computers has risen dramatically in the past few years. In fact, roughly 90% of us spend at least a couple of hours a day on devices. The question on many minds is whether the human eye can handle that much use or will a majority of people face ocular conditions down the road.

Can Blue Light and Digital Eye Strain Lead to Ocular Conditions?

It is always challenging to gauge the long-term effects of lifestyle changes and new technology, but optometrists are already seeing their patients complain of more dry eye issues. When we concentrate on a computer screen, cell phone or other digital device, we naturally blink less. If you’ve ever noticed burning and itchiness, you should be concerned that your eyes aren’t getting the tearing they need for optimal health. Blue light that emits from devices is also a concern, but we just don’t know the long-term ramifications yet.

There are a few things you can do to avoid ocular conditions both in the short and long term. First, take breaks. A good rule of thumb is to take a break every 20 minutes. Look away for at least 20 seconds, preferably to something across the room. Concentrate on blinking. Although it comes naturally, if you think about it, you can avoid the reduction in blinking that happens. Practice good posture that will keep you a safe distance from your computer screen and be sure to position the screen to reduce glare. It is best not to tilt it upward. There is also specialized eyewear that can reduce the amount of blue light that reaches your eyes. Talk about this and other ways to avoid ocular conditions with your optometrist.

Finally, if you can’t reduce your screen time, which is also recommended, be sure to schedule regular visits with your optometrist to check for ocular conditions and keep your eyes healthy. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, give us a call at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry.

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We Offer a Variety of Contact Lenses and Glass Frames in Our Optical Boutique

Optical BoutiqueSo, you’ve survived your eye exam and now need glasses and contact lenses. Where should you look? What will look good? Here at Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, don’t look any further! We have our own optical boutique that offers a variety of contact lenses and glass frames.

Here is a list of the brand names we offer for eyeglass frames:

  • Oakley
  • MiraFlex
  • RayBan
  • Silhouette
  • Prodesign Denmark
  • Coach
  • Dilem
  • Italia Independent
  • Etnia Barcelona

Here is a list of the brand names we carry for contacts:

  • Acuvue
  • CooperVision
  • PureVision
  • Air Optix
  • Focus Night & Day
  • Aqua Comfort Dailies

Appointments are not necessary – you are free to come in and explore what we offer at any time. Not only does our optical boutique have a wide variety of frames and contacts, we also offer extended warranties, repairs, and adjustments for our options.

We are confident you will find what you are looking for in our optical boutique. If there is a brand that you would like, but we do not carry, please let us know so that we can take steps to get you the brand you need. We want to ensure that once you find the prescription, the right fit, and the right look, you will be taken care of.

The next time you need new glasses or contacts, visit our optical boutique. Contact us today if you have any questions!

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Ask Us About Our LASIK Procedure

 LASIKNot all of us are born with perfect vision. Some are born with stigmatisms and other issues. Some develop problems with their vision later in life. The solutions to most optical problems after being checked over by a certified optometrist are glasses and contact lenses. However, this means that regular vision check-ups are in order as well as new prescriptions every few years. For contact lenses, glasses, or both, it costs money even with the help of insurance. The amount of money spent to acquire tools to help you see can build up over time. Having great vision should be a necessity, not a luxury. Why not try LASIK?

LASIK surgery involves the use of a laser reshaping your cornea. This will ensure better vision, and more importantly, you will no longer need glasses or contacts and the burden of those costs. If you are interested in LASIK surgery, call our office and ask to speak with one of our LASIK consultants. We will have you come in for an assessment where the following will be tested:

  • Dilation of eyes
  • Thickness of corneas
  • Pupil size
  • Tear production
  • Overall stability of eyes

By observing these features, our LASIK consultants will be able to determine if LASIK will be a beneficial procedure or if other options would be better. It’s essential that these assessments occur before the actual procedure. This way, we know exactly how to proceed and ensure you receive the best vison possible. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!

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We’ll Be There for All of Your Ocular Emergencies

Ocular EmergenciesIf you’ve had any sudden problems with your sight, the first question you need to ask is, “Is this an ocular emergency?” Why is it so important that you ask yourself this question? Here is the answer: your optical health is just as important as your physical health. You rely on your eyesight heavily. Should something go wrong or issues occur, it is vital that you seek appropriate help immediately. Prolonging aid could cause the issue to escalate and leave irreparable damage. Ocular emergencies should be treated with the same severity as any other kind of emergency involving your health.

Here is a list of issues that are considered ocular emergencies:

  • Flashing lights – While normal if you just had your picture taken with the flash on, it is not normal if it occurs at random.
  • Floaters – These are spots in your vision, and while they might also occur from looking at the flash of a camera, if no camera was involved and if floaters are accompanied by flashing lights, this poses as a serious problem.
  • Sudden Vision Changes – This includes a curtain-like shadow and partial or full vision loss.
  • Pain/Discharge – Should this occur, you may have a foreign body (metal or organic) in your eye, an infection, or an allergic reaction. Rubbing the area could make it worse, putting you at risk for a corneal abrasion.
  • Damage – This includes chemical burns, trauma from hemorrhages, or blunt force trauma, like a fist to the face.
  • Irritations –Ingrown eye lashes, red eyes, and eye lid skin lesions fall under this category.

For whatever reason, should any of these ocular emergencies happen to you, it’s vital that you come in to our ocular emergency walk-in clinic. Should you have an ocular emergency outside of our standard hours, contact our office immediately so you can receive proper treatment.

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Eye Exams: What You Need to Know

Eye ExamsWhen approached about eye exams, you may put it off thinking that your vision is fine, so no big deal. While this may be your attitude, it’s recommended that eye exams be scheduled every year, not just when you start experiencing problems. The reason behind this is so that your eyes will be monitored with the potential of catching future problems before they become worse. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we want to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Here’s what you can expect from our eye exams:

  • Close & Distant Vision – If you have visions issues already, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, it’s critical you have an annual eye exam. Prescription glasses, contact lenses, or corrective surgery can help solve these problems.
  • Your Eyes – We can see how your eyes are functioning together. If your eyes are working individually, instead of as a team, this can cause headaches and distorted vision.
  • Eye Disease – By having a routine eye exam, you can prevent eye diseases, such as glaucoma. If diabetic, we can also help with any vision concerns we detect. There are a variety of eye diseases that are present – having an annual eye exam is an essential preventative step to help you maintain great eye health.

Eye exams are not meant to scare you – just as a physical ensures that your body is functioning as it should, so should an eye exam ensure your eyes are performing at their best. Your optical health is just as important as your physical health – your eyes are part of your body, so when you schedule your annual physical, make sure to schedule your annual eye exam.

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Why Adult Eye Exams Are as Vital as Your Annual Physical

Adult Eye ExamsYou may read this title, and think “’Adult Eye Exams?’ Shouldn’t that just read ‘Eye Exams?’” and “Are eye exams really as important as physicals?” To the first question – no. To the second question – yes and here’s why.

“Adult Eye Exams”? Shouldn’t that read “Eye Exams?”

Eye exams should be exact in who they are designed for. A child’s eyes versus an adult’s eyes are two vastly different scenarios. Whatever type of vision you are born with, one thing is guaranteed: your sight will change as you age. Some may retain 20/20 vision, while others may need to see an optometrist early in life. Children’s eyes are different than adult eyes. Having a specific eye exam will better help you receive the best care possible.

Are eye exams really as important as physicals?

Adult eye exams shouldn’t be scheduled when you notice changes or problems with your vision. It’s actually recommended that adult eye exams be scheduled annually, more so if you are over the age of 60. This is to monitor your vision and be able to find potential problems before they escalate.

Here are a series of questions you can expect when you come in for your appointment:

  • What vision issues are you experiencing?
  • What is your eye history, especially in your family?
  • What medications are you currently taking?

At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we want to make sure you receive the best care possible to ensure prolonged optical health. In addition to adult eye exams, we also do children’s and senior citizen eye exams. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

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What to Expect at LASIK Post-op Exams

LASIK Post-op ExamsHaving LASIK is an exciting experience, and we want you to know exactly what to expect from start to finish. It can be nerve-wracking to some people to consider doing LASIK, but it is such a simple and careful procedure that has really been mastered with recent technology. People everywhere are benefiting from the joys of being able to see without needing contacts or glasses.

Here we’ll go into a little bit of detail about what to expect at your LASIK post-op exam.

•   Usually the LASIK post-op exam will occur the day after your surgery.
•   Although your vision may not be perfect just yet, we want to ensure that your eyes are healing well and that they are progressing toward perfect or nearly perfect eyesight.
•   We will spend a few minutes closely looking at your eyes. We want to ensure that there is no infection and that the flap that was created has started to heal adequately.
•   We will also measure your vision at this appointment. It will help us to know how well you are able to see right away and will ensure that everything went smoothly during your procedure.

LASIK post-op exams are very exciting visits. This is when you’ll start to recognize the benefits of having LASIK. You’ll also realize during this appointment how simple the entire process really can be for you. If you’re considering LASIK, don’t put it off. In just a few days, you can complete the pre-op exam, the surgery, and the post-op exam. The simplicity of this process is amazing.

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What to Expect at LASIK Pre-op Exams

LASIK Pre-op ExamsMany people are nervous when they arrive for their LASIK pre-op exam. We are here to assure you that it is a simple and easy process that will be life changing. Here we will briefly describe what you can expect from LASIK pre-op exams, so you will feel prepared and calm prior to your appointment.

•  First we will take measurements of your eye to ensure that you are a good candidate for LASIK.

•  We will also want to verify your prescription, so we can determine if you have recently had fluctuations in your vision or if your prescription has remained constant for a long period of time.

•  For this reason, we’ll also have you bring in your current glasses or contact lens prescription.

•  Once we have done a variety of measurements we will have you meet with the optometrist who will determine your current vision.

•  Following all of these measurements and tests, we’ll be able to determine if you’re a good LASIK candidate.

•  We’ll discuss different options that are available to you, as well as financing, so you don’t have to worry about any of these details on the day you come in for surgery.

•  During our meeting, we’ll set up an appointment for your LASIK surgery and give you all the instructions and materials that you need to prepare for that day.

Having a more clear understanding of everything that a LASIK pre-op exam consists of will help you feel confident and calm. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you and helping you through this life-changing process.

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The Importance of Frame & Spectacle Lens Fittings

 Frame & Spectacle Lens FittingAfter you have been diagnosed with vision problems, you will be given a prescription for your eyesight. At the end of your appointment, we will assist you in selecting a frame for your glasses. Once you’ve picked out your frames, we will perform a frame & spectacle lens fitting to ensure that the glasses you chose will fit you appropriately.

Although comfort is certainly an important reason for having a frame & spectacle lens fitting, there are a few other reasons why you need this fitting.

•   Everyone’s faces differ in size and shape. In order to make sure the lenses are appropriately lined up with your eyes, we need to fit the frame to your face.
•   We also have to ensure that your glasses are tight enough that they won’t slip off your nose, but not so tight that they’re uncomfortable.
•   The nosepiece and earpieces may need to be adjusted so that the frames are the right size.
•   Another important part of the frame & spectacle lens fitting is to make sure the frames are a good style for you. This gives you a chance to physically try on a large variety of styles, to find something that you will really be happy with.

Once we have measured and checked all of these different aspects of your frames and lenses, we will use tools to change the shape of the frames to fit you as perfectly as possible.

There are several different parts of the glasses that need to be fitted correctly. The lenses need to be in the right place. The nosepiece and earpieces also need to be lined up so that your glasses will stay in place and will remain comfortable throughout wear. We look forward to helping you find the right glasses for you.

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Top 3 Reasons to Consider Getting Contact Lenses

Contact lensesGlasses are certainly a modern day miracle. For individuals who have gone for years trying to make out something in the distance, it is so exciting the first time they are able to see clearly. Glasses can also be frustrating and inconvenient in a lot of situations, though. That’s why contact lenses have become so popular. People don’t want to have to deal with glasses all the time.

That’s why we’ve explained the top 3 reasons for considering contact lenses.

1. If you are active, glasses can be such a hassle to try to work with. If you run, bike, swim, or participate in other physical activity, glasses may be uncomfortable, or you may not be able to wear them. There is no need to sacrifice clear vision to be active, though.

2. Not that looks are all that matter, but most people prefer how they look without glasses. Wearing contacts makes it less obvious that you have vision problems.

3. Glasses can amplify the brightness of the sun and create an additional glare for your eyes. There are some glasses that will tint in the sunlight, and there are other ways to shade your eyes even if you are wearing glasses. However, it is much nicer when you can just put on sunglasses without having to wear them over glasses.

Some of our patients worry that they will have a hard time sticking something in their eye every morning, but it really is not a difficult learning curve. For all the benefits that contact lenses offer, you will soon realize that for such a small barrier, it is definitely worth learning how to wear contacts. You will enjoy a lot more comfort, and it will become a seamless routine for you.

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