Are you at risk for dry eye this winter?

lowering your risk for dry eyeAs the driest time of the year in most climates, winter often comes with increased chances of developing dry eye. Dry, dusty conditions can trigger and exacerbate this unpleasant eye condition, but these are not the only causes. In general, if anything is preventing your tear ducts from producing enough basal tears to keep your eyes lubricated, or if those tears are evaporating too quickly, you may develop dry eye and require medical attention from your ophthalmologist.

4 common reasons people avoid the eye doctor

reasons to avoid the eye doctorHave you been putting off a trip to your ophthalmologist? If so, you could be putting your vision at serious risk. Most people avoid going to the eye doctor for fear they’ll have to wear thick, unattractive glasses, or they’ll be billed for procedures and treatments that their insurance plans won’t necessarily cover.

Regular visits to your eye doctor can help prevent major vision problems, as well as help you out in your day-to-day life. Here are some of the reasons you might be putting off going to the ophthalmologist, and why you should make an appointment as soon as possible.

Surprising health conditions that can be detected by your eye doctor

health conditions your eye doctor can detectYou may already know that your eye doctor can diagnose glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, as well as a number of other eye disorders when performing a regular eye exam. However, did you know that your ophthalmologist can also be the first to detect diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or even multiple sclerosis?

3 secrets to achieving younger-looking eyes

getting younger-looking eyesAs you grow older, your eyes can tend to become weaker. Not only might you experience trouble seeing as well as you once did, but you may also develop crows’ feet around the corners of your eyes, worry lines, and sagging eyelids. Many people say that if you want to guess the age of any particular individual, look at his or her eyes for signs of aging and fatigue.

Have you ever met a person so youthful and vivacious that you could never have guessed his or her age? By visiting your eye doctor regularly and developing a few good habits, you can also be one of those people who never seems to age.

First-born children may have better eye health, says study

Throughout the last several decades, researchers and health care providers have proposed that birth order has a major affect on various aspects of a child’s development, from personality type, to IQ, and now, to vision. A relatively new study conducted by researchers at the Illinois College of Optometry has revealed that first-born and single children are more likely to have better eye movement skills and vision health than their younger siblings.

For the study, researchers examined the eyes of various children from the Chicago area who were all from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. All children were between the school ages of kindergarten and third grade, and had undergone a comprehensive eye exam in the summer prior to enrolling for kindergarten. Many of the children underwent another eye exam prior to entering the third grade.

first-born children have better eye healthThe study revealed that 30 percent of all participants had developed a vision problem sometime between kindergarten and third grade. Lead study author Dr. Christine Allison says that this trend could be partly due to the increased use of computers and mobile devices among young children, which puts added stress on a child’s developing vision health.

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