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Jalepeno Poppers Recipe

09/11/2017 02:44:00

How to make easy bacon-wrapped, cheesy jalapeño poppers in the oven or on the grill.

Makes 12 poppers

Ingredients

6 jalapeno peppers

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons chopped chives or green onion

4 slices thin-cut bacon

12 wooden toothpicks, soaked (see notes)


Prepare Peppers
Slice each pepper in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and white membrane. (Seeds and the white membrane are where most of the heat comes from).

Stir the cream cheese and chives (or green onion) together. Fill pepper halves with the cream cheese mixture.

Slice bacon into twelve 1 1/2-inch pieces. Wrap one piece of bacon around each filled pepper-half. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.


Baked Poppers

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Arrange the peppers, filling side facing up, onto the baking sheet. Bake until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender; 20 to 25 minutes.


Grilled Poppers

Heat grill to medium-high heat. Place a grill basket or aluminum foil on the grill. This prevents the poppers from falling through the grates. Arrange the peppers, filling side facing up, in the basket or on foil. Grill until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender; 15 to 20 minutes.

 

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The Science Of Sunglasses

09/11/2017 02:32:00

Have you ever wondered just what sunglasses do for your eyes, and how? It’s a little more complex than just dropping a dark filter over your vision.

Different Tints Do Different Things

Did you know that the color of your sunglasses’ lenses affects what they do for your eyes? This goes beyond just putting a color filter on your field of vision; different colors actually serve different purposes:

Glare Elimination With Polarized Lenses

Polarized lenses are particularly effective at getting rid of glare. Think of them as windows that have microscopic slats. Light can only enter from certain directions, so light bouncing off shiny or bright objects around you can’t get past the lenses!

A quick way to tell whether lenses are polarized or not is to hold them up to a light source and slowly rotate them to see if the light coming through changes. If it does, they’re polarized and will protect your eyes from glare!

Cheap Sunglasses Are Dangerous

A cheap pair of sunglasses might look cool and save you from having to squint your way through a sunny day, but you could actually be putting your eyes in more danger by wearing them than you would if you simply went without. You might think that as long as the sunglasses are dark enough, you’ll be fine from eye-damaging UV radiation. Not so!

What makes these sunglasses worse than no sunglasses at all is that the dark tint tricks your eyes into dropping their guard. You won’t squint and your pupils will dilate, letting in all those harmful rays that squinting and contracted pupils offer some protection against.

That’s where high-quality and prescription sunglasses come in. UV protection is one way you get what you pay for. Prescription sunglasses have it, and you can check the labels of non-prescription pairs to make sure they do. Only buy sunglasses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection or up to 400nm UV protection!

Any Questions?

Is there anything else you’d like to know about sunglasses, the protection they offer, and how to choose the right pair for you? Don’t hesitate to contact Lentz Eye Care to find out more about our incredible selection of prescription and non precription sunglasses we have.

 

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How Does Our Night Vision Compare?

09/11/2017 02:24:00

Our eyes are easily the most complex sensory organs we have.

Our ability to see the world around us in clear, precise images is frankly incredible. But since we are a diurnal (awake during the daytime) species, our night vision is nowhere near as powerful as that of many animals.

Human Vision Tag-Team: Rods and Cones

Two of the most important types of cells involved in making vision possible are rods and cones. Cones, in human eyes, come in three varieties: red, green, and blue light sensitive. These cells are what allow us to see sharp, detailed images full of color. The reason some people are colorblind is that they’re missing one of the types of cones, which limits the range of colors they can perceive.

The biggest weakness of cones is that they only work with a lot of light. Any darker than about the brightness of the night of a half moon and the cones can’t function. That’s where the rods come in. Rods can function in much dimmer light, but they can’t detect the different wavelengths (or colors), and the overall picture they generate is far less sharp or detailed.

You may have noticed that you can see objects better in the dark when you aren’t looking directly at them. That’s because we have more rods around the edges of our retinas, while the center (the macula) is densely packed with cones.

The Animals With The Best Night Vision

Which animals would you think have the best night vision in the animal kingdom? Owls? Cats? While both do have exceptionally good night vision, the answer is actually frogs. Based on current research, frogs (and toads) are the only animals that can see in color in almost total darkness. This is because their rods come in two different sensitivities, like the way our cones come in three.

Good Night Vision Comes At A Price

Seeing in the dark isn’t everything, however, so don’t get jealous of frogs just yet. Some of the other tools they use to see in the dark compromise their sight in better lighting. The cells that process visual information essentially work like long-exposure photography, which means moving objects appear as blurs.

They also, like many other animals (including cats and owls), have a special mirror-like layer called the tapetum lucidum behind their retinas that bounces light back out. This layer is the reason these animals’ eyes appear to glow in the dark. It gives them a second chance to see something in low light if they missed it at first, but it also means that everything they see is a little blurry.

How Is Your Vision Doing?

At the end of the day, we’ll take sharp, clear vision that doesn’t need things to move before we see them over a frog’s ability to see color in the dark, but it’s still fascinating to learn how the eyes of different species work. And if your vision isn’t working the way it should, it could be time to schedule your next appointment with one of our optometrist at Lentz Eye Care.

 

 

 

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Contact Lens Care for Teens

09/11/2017 02:14:00

What if my child wants contact lenses?

Wearing contact lenses can help teenagers feel more confident in their appearance. Contact lenses are also a great option for sports. These are advantages during this self-conscious age.

How do I know when my child is ready for contact lenses?

There’s no “right age” to begin wearing contact lenses — almost anyone of any age can wear them. But it involves a level of responsibility and ability to follow a wear-and-care routine. If you feel your child can responsibly care for lenses, then call Lentz Eye Care to discuss options.

What, exactly, is a proper wear and care regimen?

A proper wear and care regimen is critical for contact lens success. The wear and care instructions are based on the lens and wearing cycle your doctor recommends. So follow your doctor’s recommendations for proper lens disinfection, and how often to replace them.

Regardless of what kind of lens your doctor recommends, everyone wearing contact lenses should always wash their hands before touching them, or their eyes.

Four tips every parent should share.

  1. New quarter, new case. It’s important contact lens cases be replaced at least every three months.
  2. Just say no to H20. Water from the tap might be clean enough to drink or bathe in, but it’s a major bacteria-carrying no-no when it comes to rinsing and soaking contact lenses or cases. Never swim, shower or go in a hot tub wearing contact lenses either.
  3. Think twice before snoozing. Unless the contact lenses are prescribed by your doctor for 24-hour wear, it is not a good idea to sleep in them.
  4. It’s too late if you wait. If you see any symptoms of eye infection, such as redness, pain or light sensitivity, see your eye doctor as soon as possible. Don’t take chances with vision.

We hope this answered all your questions regarding your teenager wearing contact lenses. If you still need help determining whether your child is ready for contact lenses, please schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care today!

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September Sports Eye Safety Month

09/11/2017 02:07:00

Every year, 42,000 athletes have to go to the emergency room for eye injuries, and eye injuries like these are the leading cause of blindness in children still in school. An impact from a ball or another player in just the wrong place can lead to a host of injuries including corneal abrasions, fracturing of the orbital bone (eye socket), or swollen or detached retinas, just to name a few.

Eye injuries aren't limited to contact sports and those with projectiles like baseball and tennis, however. For outdoor sports, the sun can also be a problem, damaging players’ eyes with harmful UV rays.

Find The Right Eyewear For Your Sport

Now, before you pull your kids out of all of their fall sports programs, we’ll tell you the good news: eye injuries are easy to prevent. All it takes is the right eye protection.

Polycarbonate safety goggles offer excellent eye protection in sports like basketball and racquetball. Just make sure the goggles are labeled ASTM F803 approved, because these have been performance tested.

 

What About Regular Glasses?

If you already wear corrective lenses, it might not be such a great idea to take them onto the field with you. Glasses lenses could cause serious damage to the eyes if a blow causes them to shatter. Polycarbonate safety goggles, on the other hand, are designed to be shatter-proof. Contact lenses would also be preferable to glasses during a game—except in water sports. You should never wear contact lenses in the pool if you can’t also wear goggles.

We Can Help You Gear Up!

Eye injuries in sports are far too common and easy to avoid. Don’t leave the most vulnerable part of your face exposed to injury as you enjoy playing your favorite sports, and definitely don’t leave your kids vulnerable while they play theirs. If protective eyewear is an option, it should be worn, and Lentz Eye Care can help you find the perfect gear for the job!

 

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Free Eclipse Glasses!

07/31/2017 01:29:00

Have you heard about the total solar eclipse that is happening on August 21st?  Lentz Eye Care will have available free pairs of eclipse glasses for safe viewing.  Hurry in to any of our locations to pick up a Free Pair of Solar Viewing Glasses, one per family please.   Limited supply available on a first come first serve basis.


A truly awe-inspiring event, a solar eclipse is when the moon blocks any part of the sun from our view. The bright face of the sun is covered gradually by the moon during a partial eclipse, lasting a few hours. During the brief period of a total eclipse when the moon fully covers the sun (only a couple of minutes), the light of day gives way to a deep twilight sky. The sun’s outer atmosphere (called the solar corona) gradually appears, glowing like a halo around the moon in front of it. Bright stars and planets become more visible in the sky.

Watching a solar eclipse is a memorable experience, but looking directly at the sun can seriously damage your eyes. Staring at the sun for even a short time without wearing the right eye protection can damage your retina permanently. It can even cause blindness, called solar retinopathy.

There is only one safe way to look directly at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not: through special-purpose solar filters. These solar filters are used in “eclipse glasses” or in hand-held solar viewers. They must meet a very specific worldwide standard known as ISO 12312-2.

Keep in mind that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, or homemade filters are not safe for looking at the sun.

Steps to follow for safely watching a solar eclipse:

 

 

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Make Sure A Back To School Eye Exam Is On Your Back To School Plans!

07/31/2017 01:28:00

Our days will soon be filled with back-to-school shopping, stocking backpacks with folders and rulers and numerous other preparations as children get ready to go back-to-school. However, you may not have eye exam on your list of things to do. Even if your child doesn’t complain about blurry vision or headaches, their eyes are constantly changing.

School is a visually-oriented learning environment. According to the American Optometric Association, about 80% of information in school is portrayed visually. However, it’s estimated that 25% of school-aged children experience vision problems. Eye problems can lead to decreased performance in school.


Signs can help you as the parent determine if your child has vision problems
• Headaches
• Excessive blinking or eye-rubbing
• Leaning into a book while reading
• Trouble with comprehension and/or retention of information
• Closing or covering one eye
• Dislike of reading or close visual work
• Abnormally slow reading pace
• Turning or tilting the head to use one eye only
• Losing place while reading
• Double vision



So in the midst of your back-to-school preparations, be sure to make scheduling a comprehensive eye exam for your children a top priority. Contact Lentz Eye Care today to schedule your appointment!

Protect Your Vision from outside UV rays

07/28/2017 01:02:00

We all know how important it is to shield our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays by applying sunblock to our exposed skin.

Much like our skin, your eyes are extremely sensitive to the sun’s UV rays too, and it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun, as it is your skin. Any amount of continual contact with harmful UV radiation may cause eye damage.

Exposure to harmful UV radiation, even in just a small period of time, could actually result in photokeratitis, also known as sunburn to the eye, resulting in pain, blurred vision, or even temporary vision loss. If the eye is exposed for a much longer period of time, threatening eye diseases such a cataracts or macular degeneration could occur.

The Right Amount of Protection 

The obvious answer on how to avoid getting UV rays in contact with your eyes is to wear sunglasses. But not all sunglasses are created equal.

When shopping around, look for sunglasses that have a UV protection of 100 percent. Surprisingly, the amount of UV protection is unrelated to the color and darkness of the lens. A light colored lens may provide the same UV protection as a darker lens.

To best protect your eyes make sure to select sunglasses that have a shade of UV 400. A UV 400 protection, will block out any and all harmful UV light from entering your eyes with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.

Also, remember to wear your sunglasses even when you’re in the shade. Although shade reduces the UV ray exposure, your eyes may still be exposed to UV rays reflecting off of other surfaces.

 

Protect your vision both inside and outside with BluTech Lenses

BluTech Lenses are a revolutionary solution for the lifelong preservation of eye health and prevention of macular degeneration.

Ideal for both indoor and outdoor environments, BluTech Lenses are the ultimate in protective eyewear and visual performance. Developed with the perfect amount of ocular lens pigment and melanin they emulate your eyes natural defenses. BluTech Lenses are crafted from durable material and offer you complete protection from UV rays and harmful, high-energy blue light.

Benefits of BluTech Lenses

-       UV ray and high-energy blue light protection

-       Natural depth and color perception

-       Improves visual acuity and night vision

-       Improves contrast and reduces glare

-       High Impact resistan

BluTech Lenses Are Perfect For:

For more information about blue light and how to protect yourself, schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care today!


 

Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza

07/27/2017 02:12:00

Looking for something different to try in your crockpot. Try this unbelievable Slow Cooker Deep Dish Pizza. That’s right, Chicago style pizza made in the crockpot.

  • 1 pound homemade pizza dough (or frozen pizza dough, thawed)
  • 2 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 pound italian pork sausage, cooked
  • Garnishes: Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. This recipe works best in a large oval 6-8 quart slow cooker. Roll the pizza dough out onto a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure to roll and stretch to dough into an oval 2 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the crock of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with cornmeal and press into both sides of the crust. Then use the edges of the paper to lower the crust into the crock.
  2. Place the butter and onions in a saute pan. Saute for 1-2 minutes, then add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian Seasoning, sugar and salt. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pork sausage in a separate skillet, breaking apart with a wooden spoon.
  4. Spread the cheese over the bottom of the pizza crust. Lift and stretch the sides of the dough so they stand up past the cheese. Sprinkle the crumbled sausage over the cheese. Then spread the tomato sauce over the sausage. Lift and stretch the sides of the crust again so it is above the edge of the sauce.
  5. Cover the slow cooker with a long piece of paper towel. Then place the lid over the paper towel and pull it tight. This helps catch excess moisture.
  6. Slow cook the pizza for 2-4 hours on high, or 4-6 hours on low. When you are ready to serve, lift the pizza out of the crock by the edges of the parchment paper and sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese and parsley. Cut into 4 pieces.

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Help protect your vision from dangerous UV rays by wearing the best sunglasses for your eyes.

06/22/2017 03:11:00

We all know how important it is to shield our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays by applying sunblock to our exposed skin.

Much like our skin, your eyes are extremely sensitive to the sun’s UV rays too, and it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun, as it is your skin. Any amount of continual contact with harmful UV radiation may cause eye damage.

Exposure to harmful UV radiation, even in just a small period of time, could actually result in photokeratitis, also known as sunburn to the eye, resulting in pain, blurred vision, or even temporary vision loss. If the eye is exposed for a much longer period of time, threatening eye diseases such a cataracts or macular degeneration could occur.

The Right Amount of Protection 

The obvious answer on how to avoid getting UV rays in contact with your eyes is to wear sunglasses. But not all sunglasses are created equal.

When shopping around, look for sunglasses that have a UV protection of 100 percent. Surprisingly, the amount of UV protection is unrelated to the color and darkness of the lens. A light colored lens may provide the same UV protection as a darker lens.

To best protect your eyes make sure to select sunglasses that have a shade of UV 400. A UV 400 protection, will block out any and all harmful UV light from entering your eyes with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.

Also, remember to wear your sunglasses even when you’re in the shade. Although shade reduces the UV ray exposure, your eyes may still be exposed to UV rays reflecting off of other surfaces.

Sunglasses Size and Material

Choosing the size of your sunglasses is just as important as picking the proper lens protection. Sunglasses that offer side protection are more likely to block out dangerous UV light from entering your eyes through the side and back of the glasses.

Oversized or wrap around sunglasses offer the best coverage for the soft tissues inside and outside of your eyes.

Not only will the size of the glasses protect your eyeballs, but they also will protect your eyelids, which are very sensitive and easily susceptible to skin cancer when exposed to harmful UV rays.

Glass lenses offer the best protection because the material is a natural UV protector. However, a much more common lens is a coated plastic lens, which can potentially offer just as much protection for your eyes.

Wearing Sunglasses in the Winter

When most people think of sunglasses, they automatically picture the summer. But wearing sunglasses in the winter months is just as important.

UV rays reflect off snow, which can nearly double the harmful UV rays your eyes are exposed to. Don’t neglect your sunglasses in the winter!

Maintain a Healthy Vision

It’s important to maintain healthy vision by always properly protecting our eyes. Stop by Lentz Eye Care to checou our great selection of sunglasses. Sunglasses give us the best protection for our eyes no matter the season.

 

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Fabulous Fajitas Recipe

05/16/2017 04:10:00

 

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, brown steak in oil over medium heat. Place steak and drippings in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, chili powder and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until meat is almost tender. Add green pepper and onion; cover and cook for 1 hour or until meat and vegetables are tender.
  3. Warm tortillas according to package directions; spoon beef and vegetables down the center of tortillas. Top each with cheese, salsa, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes if desired.

Ingredients

 

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Knowing Your Family History Helps Us Protect Your Eyes

05/11/2017 04:02:00

Many Eye Conditions Have Genetic Links

Does someone in your family—a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt—have AMD (Age-related macular degeneration)? If so, your risk of developing AMD goes up significantly!

Has someone in your family been diagnosed with glaucoma? According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, you’re 4–9 times more likely to have it too. In fact, 10% of people who have a sibling with glaucoma will have glaucoma too.


Catching Early Signs Allows Us To Preserve Your Sight

We don’t want these statistics to stress you out! Instead, we want you to be vigilant so that you can protect your eyesight. Few patients notice the early warning signs of vision problems. The longer you wait to have it diagnosed and treated, the more of your vision you lose.

However, when we catch early signs through regular comprehensive dilated eye exams, we can take measures to protect your sight. This can slow and sometimes halt the progression of eye disease.

Learn Your Family’s Vision History

  1. Talk to your family. Learn about any vision challenges that your immediate family has experienced, and about conditions farther back in your family history.
  2. Let us know what you learn so that we can more closely monitor specific things.
  3. Educate yourself on the signs of developing eye disease.

We’re Your Vision Health Partner For Life

If you have a history of eye problems in your family, know that you have a support system at Lentz Eye Care. We can help you learn what to be aware of, monitor your risk, and preserve your sight. We’re passionate about helping you see the very best you can! Even without eye problems in your family, you’ll still need to carefully monitor your risk for eye diseases. Be smart, and be healthy.

 

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Houseplants for Healthier Eyes and Cleaner Indoor Air

05/08/2017 03:50:00

Did you know that indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air? In fact, according to the EPA, indoor air pollutants may be 2–5 times higher than outdoor pollutants!

How much can this affect our eyes? Dramatically! Particles from cleaning agents, paint, carpet and mold (not to mention just super-dry indoor air) cause a host of health issues—including chronic dry eye.

Air-Purifying Plants Can Help Clean Your Personal Space

Indoor air purifiers can run hundreds of dollars. Why not try Mother Nature’s solution first? Houseplants! Houseplants absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and increase moisture levels in the air. In addition, they can remove up to 89% of harmful chemicals and irritants from the surrounding air.

 

A Few Favorites

1. Bamboo palm, or Reed Palm - This plant can grow large and lush and thrives in shady areas. Other palms, like the Dwarf Date Palm and the Areca Palm, are also great air purifiers.

2. Rubber Plant - Rubber plants are super easy to care for. You have probably seen them around a lot with their large and shiny leaves.

3. Philodendron - Philodendrons have always been popular indoor plants, even before we knew about their great purifying qualities. They’re durable, beautiful and come in many different forms, from climbing vines to tree-like plants.

4. Peace Lily - The Peace Lily is small but tough! It absorbs toxins like acetone, ammonia, xylene, and even mold. They’re great for dark, moist places. As a bonus, they grow beautiful flowers!

 

Put Houseplants To Work For Your Eyes!

Besides helping your eyes, studies suggest that having houseplants can reduce stress and increase attention span. Your eyes will thank you—not only for having something beautiful to look at, but also for creating a more eye-friendly environment! If dry eye is a chronic problem for you, or for someone you care for, contact Lentz Eye Care. We can help find other solutions.

 

 

 

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Check out the latest styles by Costa Sunglasses

05/04/2017 03:46:00

As the leading manufacturer of the world's most clear polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology, unparalleled fit and durability, and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer's defects. Still handcrafted today in Daytona Beach Florida, Costa has created the highest quality, best performing sunglasses for outdoor enthusiasts since 1983.

Costa Del Mar is a leading designer of sun eyewear for fishing and boating enthusiasts and for anyone who loves to spend time on the water. Costa Del Mar eyewear is built for adventurers whose active and rugged lifestyles demand frames built with durable materials that can withstand exposure to sun, sand, and water. 


Contact Lentz Eye Care to learn more about Costa sunglasses.

Knowing When It’s Time For New Frames

05/03/2017 03:22:00

Eyeglasses don’t exactly age quite as well as wine and cheese. Wear-and-tear is guaranteed to take a toll on your frames. Vintage may be “in” right now, but know the signs that indicate that it’s probably time to consider new frames.

 

“How Do I Know When It’s Time?”

Of course, the #1 sign that you should consider new lenses and frames is if you’re noticing changes in your vision! How long has it been since you've updated your prescription? Most of the time such changes are so gradual that you don’t think about it until it becomes a problem. Schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care to check your vision and prescription.

Other signs that you shouldn’t ignore include:

Reduce everyday stress with a new pair of glasses that fit you comfortably and correctly. No more worrying about them sliding off or breaking—or going through the day with a vision-related headache.

While You’re At It, Get Frames You Really Like!

Yes, the primary purpose for eyeglasses is to help you see better, but in addition, great-looking frames are fun to wear and boost your confidence. At Lentz Eye Care we are experts at recommending frames that both compliment your individual look and fit your lifestyle. We have lots of awesome choices for you to consider!

 

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Lighting Tips For Less Eye Strain And Better Visibility

05/01/2017 03:02:00

Light… it's the most essential element of vision. We are surrounded by it all day, whether it be natural or artificial.

So it’s no surprise that we frequently get asked if certain types of light can negatively affect our eyes. Here we’ve compiled some tips so you can protect your eyes and prevent strain!

Adjust Your Workspace To Reduce Eye Strain

The American Optometric Association reports that over half of office workers who regularly use computers suffer from eye strain. You may not know it, but it’s not just caused by staring at your computer. The lighting surrounding your workspace could be making it worse. Here are some tips:

Improve The Lighting In Your Home

Remember when your parents used to tell you that reading in dim lighting will ruin your eyesight? While reading in the dark won’t do any lasting damage, it can give you a nasty headache. Doing any task that requires more intense focus in poor lighting can result in eye strain and all the uncomfortable symptoms that come with it.

Here’s a hint: take advantage of task lighting around your home. Desk lamps, reading lamps, under-cabinet lighting for kitchen work areas, among other types of task lighting, can help reduce your risk of eye strain when you’re doing near-work for longer amounts of time.

Good Lighting Is Even More Crucial For Those With Low Vision

In general, lighting needs to increase as you age. Research shows that a 60-year-old needs almost twice as much light to see as a 30-year-old!

Lighting is even more important for those with low vision. People with macular degeneration, glaucoma and other vision conditions should consult with their eye doctor about specific lighting improvements they can make in their homes to improve visibility.

See Things In A New Light

Believe it or not, small changes can make a big difference! The right kind of lighting can improve our reading ability, create a more noticeable difference in colors and prevent eye strain. At Lentz Eye Care we recommend making some of these small changes and you’ll definitely start seeing things in a whole new light!

 

 

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Prepare Your Eyes For Allergy Season

04/20/2017 12:15:00

Chirping birds, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are just a few of the things we look forward to when spring comes around. We have to admit though, there is one thing about the season that’s not particularly appealing, and that’s allergies.

What Your Eyes Can Expect This Spring

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that approximately 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Many of you have experienced it… you walk outside to enjoy the fresh air of a new spring day, only to find yourself sneezing and congested soon after. Not only that, but your eyes suffer too! If you struggle with allergies, your eyes might experience the following symptoms:


We know that nothing can ruin your spring fever quite like an allergy attack, so read on to find out ways to protect yourself this season!

Tips To Help You Survive Allergy Season

The best way to treat allergies is prevention. Here are some tips to protect your eyes when seasonal allergies strike!

Avoid Allergens

This goes without saying. Be aware of the pollen count in your area and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are at their highest, usually mid-morning and early evening. Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning at home and in your car. If you have to go outdoors, wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.

Try Home Remedies

Applying a cold compress to your eyes can bring a surprising amount of relief. This reduces eye itchiness and swelling. You should also remove your contacts if you feel your allergies are getting the best of you. Allergens can get trapped in between your contact lenses and the surface of your eye, causing constant irritation.

Use Over-The-Counter Medication

Artificial tears can help wash out any allergens in your eyes, so keep these on hand. You can also use over-the-counter allergy eye drops or oral antihistamines. If you feel that these aren’t helping you, schedule an appointmet with Lentz Eye Care and we can write you a prescription for stronger medication that may provide more relief.

 

 

 

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Do Your Child’s Eyes Cross Frequently?

04/16/2017 12:34:00

Do you ever notice your child’s eyes crossing or moving in different directions?

Just as babies slowly learn to walk and talk, they must also learn how to see and correctly use their eyes to experience the world around them. Learning to focus their eyes, move them and use them together accurately is a process that takes place over time during infancy and childhood.

Crossing Eyes Are Normal In A Newborn

A common question we hear from parents is, “My baby’s eyes keep crossing. What does it mean?” Since a baby’s visual system isn’t fully developed until later in childhood, it is normal for their eyes to cross or wander occasionally during the first few months of life. This should stop, however, after four months of age.

Past Four Months, It May Be Strabismus

If you notice that your child’s eyes are crossed or turning in different directions most of the time or beyond the age of four months, they may have strabismus. Strabismus is an eye condition in which both eyes don’t look at the same place at the same time. It can occur in one or both eyes, be constant or occur intermittently, and can be present from birth or develop later, most often by the age of three.

Strabismus can be caused by a number of things. The problem may occur in the muscles around the eye, the part of the brain that directs eye movements, or the nerves that transmit information to the eye muscles. Certain health conditions such as down syndrome and cerebral palsy may make a child more likely to develop strabismus.

Early Treatment Is Important

Strabismus can cause double vision and interferes with a person’s ability to perceive depth. Some people may think that their child will outgrow strabismus, but this is untrue. In fact, if strabismus is left untreated, it can progress to amblyopia, or lazy eye.

When the eyes are misaligned, the brain receives two different images. If left untreated, the brain will eventually ignore the image from the turned or crossed eye, permanently reducing vision in that eye. This is when amblyopia occurs.

The good news is that strabismus, if treated early, can be corrected with much success. Treatment options include:

Eye Exams Are Crucial To Your Child’s Vision Health

Infants should have their first comprehensive eye exam at six months. During their exam, your optometrist ensures that your child’s eyes are developing and working together properly. If you notice your child’s eyes frequently turning or wandering before they are six months old, call Lentz Eye Care to schedule at appointment with one of our optometrist. It’s never too early to make sure that your child’s vision is healthy!

Are You Blinking Enough?

04/13/2017 12:41:00

We don't often pay attention to our blinking habits throughout the day. But whether we realize it or not, blinking is vitally important to our eye health.

The average adult blinks between 10 and 20 times per minute. Even though a blink only takes one tenth of a second, all those blinks add up to about 10 percent of our waking life! So, what’s so important about blinking that we need to miss out on 10 percent of everything that’s happening right in front of us?

Blinking Nourishes And Lubricates Our Eyes

Blinking is necessary to clean and moisturize our eyes. Each time we blink, a thin layer of tears is spread across the eye surface, keeping them from drying out as well as brushing away any small particles of dust or dirt that could otherwise irritate our eyes or impair our vision.

When We Focus, We Blink A Lot Less

Did you know that the number of times we blink decreases drastically when we are focused on something? On average we only blink three to eight times per minute when reading, watching TV, listening to a podcast, working on a computer, or another activity that requires intense focus. That’s roughly 60 percent less than our normal rate of blinking! This lack of blinking over time can lead to eyestrain and dry eyes.

Blinking Exercises Can Relieve Strain And Help Dry Eyes

For the most part, we may not realize when we’re blinking. However, making a conscious effort to blink more often during high focus activities can do our eyes a world of good.

Make it a habit to close your eyes when you are thinking or doing something that doesn’t require your vision. Set reminders for yourself to do a blinking exercise every hour during periods of focus. One good exercise that will leave your eyes feeling fresher is to simply close your eyes and pause, squeeze them for a moment, open them and relax.

A Lot Happens In The Blink Of An Eye

The mechanism of our eyes is incredible! Different types of tears along with multiple oil-producing sebaceous glands work together all day to nourish and protect our eyes.Truly, a lot happens in the blink of an eye!

Ask yourself, are you blinking enough throughout the day? Even though blinking seems minor to us, it essential to keeping our eyes healthy. If you feel like your eyes might be to dry, schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care and let one of our experienced optometrist see what might be causing your eyes to have discomfort.

 

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Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

04/13/2017 10:17:00
More women than men face vision problems

 

Awareness is the key to educating women on why vision problems can directly impact their health.

A new Harris Poll, revealed that only 9 percent of the women surveyed knew that they were at significantly greater risk of suffering permanent vision loss than men. Eight-six percent believed that men and women are at equal risk, and 5 percent believed that men were at greater risk. The responses indicate an alarming lack of understanding and knowledge regarding the gender specific symptoms, conditions and risks associated with their vision health.

 

 

 

 

Take Care of Yourself

Quit Smoking

Take Nutritional Supplements

Expectant mothers should be aware of possible vision changes during pregnancy.

Women who have diabetes or gestational diabetes should visit their eye doctor.

Other things you can do to protect your vision for life

Reach out to Lentz Eye Care to schedule an appointment today so they can make sure your eyes are in peak condition!

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