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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.

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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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How Vitamin A And Beta-carotene Benefit Our Vision

04/11/2017 10:30:00

With so many vitamins available to us, it’s hard to know which ones you really need to keep an eye out for!

Today we want to share with you two vitamins in particular that both benefit eye health and prevent vision loss—vitamin A and beta-carotene.

What Are Vitamin A And Beta-Carotene?

Put simply, vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin found in various foods that is both good for our eyes and benefits our immune system. Beta-carotene is a provitamin “carotenoid” that helps give vegetables their bright pigmentation, and is also good for our vision and overall growth and development. The main difference between the two is that unlike vitamin A, carotenoids like beta-carotene only come from vegetables.

Vitamins Benefit Our Eyes In Various Ways

Vitamin A has a host of benefits for our eyes. One of the most important is reducing the risk of developing macular degeneration and vision loss. Vitamin A also soothes eye inflammation and makes it less likely to for us to develop eye infections.

Beta-carotene converts into Vitamin A in the body, and has similar benefits. Specifically as a carotenoid, beta-carotene reduces the oxidative stress put on our eyes from blue light emitted by the sun and our various devices' screens. It's even been found to make our vision sharper!

Which Foods Contain The Right Vitamins?

We’ve all heard that carrots are good for our eyes, and it turns out it’s true! Carrots aren’t the only vegetables that contain Vitamin A, however. Kale, spinach, and collard greens are other vegetable alternatives to keep your vision sharp! If you’re looking for other solutions, cantaloupe, eggs, and liver are also great solutions to help keep your vitamin A and beta-carotene supplies up to par.

Getting The Right Amount Is Important

As long as you’re getting the majority of your vitamin A and beta-carotene from vegetables, you don’t have to worry about ingesting too much of either. Vitamin A found from animal food sources can become toxic if ingested in excess, however—so be careful!

However you get your Vitamin A and beta-carotene, be sure you’re getting enough! When we don’t consume enough of these vitamins, our risk of vision loss and developing eye disease increases.

When It Comes To Your Vision Health, We're Here For You

Getting a good mix of nutritional vegatables and using EyePromise Supplements will benefit your sight. If you have any questions about Vitamin A, beta-carotene or EyePromise Supplements and how they affect your vision health, give Lentz Eye Care a call! We love answering your questions and want to help ensure your eyes are getting the vitamins they need.

 

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Make Your Own Salsa

04/10/2017 12:55:00

The jarred stuff is the easy way out, but it’s not hard to prep your own. If you’re a first timer, start with a simple chopped tomato salsa. Here are your basic ingredients:

2 pounds plum tomatoes (this variety has less seeds)
1 large onion, white or yellow
1-2 red or yellow bell peppers
1-2 jalapeno peppers (the more, the spicer! You can use less if spicy isn’t your thing)
1 tablespoon lime juice
Salt and chopped fresh cilantro to taste

You can spend a good 30 minutes finely chopping all the veggie or just use a veggie chopper to cut prep time down to about 10 minutes. Once you’ve chopped away, add lime juice and salt to taste. Experiment with different peppers to see which you love best. Your fresh salsa will keep in the fridge for up to a week.

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Zeavision Study

03/27/2017 03:06:00

Written by Dr. Matthew T. Boswell

 

Intro

Eat your carrots. Add green leafy vegetables to your diet. Start taking eye vitamins. We have all heard one of these things at some point in our lives, whether it is from our eye doctor, family members, friends, or even things we have read. There are so many options out there; what should I really be taking? Why are we taking these things? How does it really benefit us? As optometrists, I feel we have a unique opportunity to inform patients about incorporating supplements, or nutraceuticals into our diet when it comes to prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Here at Lentz Eye Care, our doctors want to lead the way in incorporating the latest clinical evidence into practice; passing on the latest information so our patients can make informed decisions. We will take a look at the newest case report regarding the benefits of taking EyePromise Supplements.

 

Background

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in patients over 55, affecting almost 2 million Americans. That number is expected to double over the next 30 years. At Lentz Eye Care, we want to be at the forefront and take a preventative care approach to this life-changing disease.

As research has shown, low macular pigment levels are associated with a higher risk of developing macular degeneration. What can cause this low pigment level in the macula? Smoking, a poor diet lacking green leafy vegetables, and harmful blue light emitted from the sun, computers, and all digital devices can damage the macular area of the retina, putting stress on the pigment levels there.

How do we measure the pigment level you may ask? One test we offer patients is the QuantifEye device that measures Macular Pigment Optical Density (or MPOD). This measures pigment in the macula and allows our doctors to make recommendations on supplements and lifestyle changes to prevent macular degeneration. At our offices, we recommend EyePromise Supplements, which contain lutein and zeaxanthin that increase your macular pigment to a healthier level to protect your vision. We know that taking EyePromise supplementation containing lutein and zeaxanthin can reduce your risk of AMD, but a recent case report gives us a more in-depth look at just how important dietary supplementation can be to preventing this terrible disease.

 

Report

A recent case report that was published in January 2017 was designed to investigate the macular pigment density in 521 patients over a 24 month period who were taking EyePromise Restore. We know that taking EyePromise Restore can improve your macular pigment levels, but by how much? What other benefits are there? Lets take a look.

On a scale of 0 to 1, the mean baseline MPOD score of all participants coming in was 0.28. After completing 24 months of EyePromise Restore, an 84% increase was seen to improve the average to a score of 0.51. An impressive 88.3% of all patients had at least a 30% improvement in MPOD score. Along with these improved scores, overall average visual acuity also improved from 20/30-2 to 20/25+2. Also, visual function improved in two categories, with a total of 67.9% of participants reporting a perceived improvement in low light/low contrast situations, as well as reduced glare while night driving. On top of all the benefits listed so far, the most intriguing was about the how hard drusen (early sign of macular degeneration), responded to patients taking EyePromise Restore. Over 98% of patients in the study did not have further deterioration of macular degeneration. Of those 98% - 71% stayed stable, while an incredible 27% showed a reduction in drusen, which was measured through SD-OCT (macular scan) imaging.

 

Conclusion

Looking at this newest case report regarding taking EyePromise Supplements, I get excited about sharing this information to patients everyday. There are benefits to anyone taking this supplement, but especially patients with a family history of macular degeneration or a low MPOD score. Taking EyePromise Restore, which contains lutein, zeaxanthin, antioxidants, and omega-3 with EPA/DHA, has been shown to not only increase macular pigment density (MPOD scores), but also improve visual acuity, night driving, contrast sensitivity, and vision in low contrast situations, while reducing overall glare sensitivity. Here at Lentz Eye Care, we believe that taking a few moments to talk about these things in the exam room can be worth a lifetime of good health and vision.

Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month

03/24/2017 03:22:00

As more people of all ages increase the amount of screen time, through computers, tablet devices, smartphones, etc., the risk of digital eye strain also increases. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety group, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to provide employers and employees with free information on topics ranging from eye strain to eye safety in industrial settings, in order to promote eye health at work.
According to a recent report from The Vision Council, “Eyes Overexposed: The Digital Device Dilemma,” nearly nine in 10 adults spend more than two hours each day using a digital device, with one in 10 people spending at least three-fourths of their waking hours on a digital device. Digital Eye Strain is defined as “physical discomfort felt after prolonged exposure to digital screens.” Symptoms may include dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, eye fatigue, neck and back pain and headaches.
Additionally, the Vision Council states that most digital devices have light-emitting diodes (LED) that radiate blue wave-length light. Cumulative blue light exposure has been linked to slow degeneration of the retina, which could affect long-term vision problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
In 2015, Prevent Blindness began a partnership with Healthe and its EyeSafe™ technologies. Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products, including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources.
For those who work outside of an office setting, Prevent Blindness warns of common causes for eye injuries and urges everyone to wear the proper eye protection for risks that include:

At Lentz Eye Care we have a great selection of safety glasses to help prevent eye injuries as well as BluTech lenses to combat harmful blue light. Contact Lentz Eye Care today to learn more!

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Healthy Chicken Fajita Recipe

03/22/2017 03:31:00
 
Healthy Chicken Fajitas and Peppers
Author: The Lean Clean Eating Machine
Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 21 mins
Serves: 2
 
Healthy chicken fajitas and peppers that come in at only 350 calories per serving!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs free-range, organic boneless and skinless chicken breasts; cut into ¼” thick slices
  • 2 red peppers; cut into thin strips
  • 2 yellow or orange peppers; cut into thin strips
  • ½ large yellow onion; cut into thick slices
  • 1 Tbsp. organic grape seed oil
  • ***Marinade:***
  • 1 Tbsp. organic grape seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  • 1.5 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Prepare your chicken by cutting it into uniform ¼” thick strips, and place into a Ziplock bag.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for your marinade, then pour finished marinade over your chicken.
  3. Seal Ziplock bag and set chicken aside.
  4. On a clean cutting board, prepare your peppers and onions.
  5. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. of grape seed oil and add in your prepared peppers and onion, cooking on medium/high heat until peppers are tender and onion is turning translucent.
  6. Remove finished peppers from skillet and place into a large mixing bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside.
  7. In the same skillet, cook chicken over medium-high heat for 6 minutes or until no longer pink. Return pepper mixture to pan to heat through.
  8. Serve fajitas as is, or use romaine lettuce leaves in place of tortillas.
  9. Top with salsa, hot sauce and freshly chopped cilantro (optional)

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Eyewear Tips For The Outdoor Enthusiast

03/20/2017 09:57:00

Don’t let vision correction stand in the way of the activities you love!

At Lentz Eye Care We Provide Eyewear For Your Lifestyle

We know that the eyewear you choose for everyday life may not exactly line up with your favorite after-work activities. If you’re an outdoor or sports enthusiast, managing your eyewear can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. That’s why we’ve compiled some eyewear tips for all of our weekend warriors out there!

Find some exercise-friendly glasses

There are many glasses options for those with an active lifestyle. Eyewear worn while hiking, biking, rock climbing or other outdoor sports will require a snug fit. Wraparound styles work well because they don’t jostle around as much as other styles and also decrease sun and dust exposure.

There are also different lens options available. Polycarbonate lenses are generally better for outdoor activities because they are shatter resistant. Polarized lenses minimize glare from the sun, allowing you to enjoy your surroundings even more. Mirror lenses block additional sun glare, especially at higher altitudes and in snow. If you don’t want to have to switch glasses throughout the day, we suggest photochromic lenses, which will darken when exposed to sunlight and lighten indoors or at night.

Looking for a great pair of sunglasses check out our collection from Costa! As the leading manufacturer of the world’s clearest polarized performance sunglasses, Costa offers superior lens technology, unparalleled fit and durability, and a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects on all of its products. Still handcrafted today in Florida, Costa creates what has been referred to as the highest quality, best performing sunglasses on the planet for outdoor enthusiasts. Contact Lentz Eye Care to learn more about Costa sunglasses!

Certain lens coatings can also be beneficial. Anti-scratch coating keeps your lenses clear and scratch-free while hydrophobic and anti-fog coatings will minimize the effects of rain, snow and fog. Whatever your preferred outdoor activity, we can help you find the right eyewear!

Switch to contact lenses

Even if you normally wear glasses, you may want to consider contacts for certain outdoor activities. Many people prefer one or the other–contact lenses or glasses–but there is no reason why you can’t own both and use them according to your needs. If you wear glasses and are interested in contacts, schedule an apointment with Lentz Eye Care to see how contacts could benefit you!

 

 

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Keep An Eye On Your Sight When Driving At Night

03/07/2017 09:44:00

When nights grow longer, and our morning and evening commute is spent driving in the dark, seeing the road clearly is a much more difficult task.

Driving With Visual Distraction Is Dangerous!

Unfortunately, many people don’t take this fact as seriously as they should. Perhaps they’ve become so accustomed to this type of blurred, haloed vision that they don’t notice it anymore. They simply squint and continue on their way.

Our night vision (especially when driving) can be impaired not only by the darkness, but also by the sudden glares of light from other cars, traffic signals, street lamps, etc. These things force our eyes to constantly adjust, leaving split seconds of impaired vision between adjustments.

 

As We Age, This Problem Is More Pronounced

Our eyes sense light with two different types of cells—rods and cones. Rod cells work best in low light. If you’re over 40, this may be more of a problem than it used to be.

Here are three reasons why:

  1. We have fewer rod cells, which work to pick up small amounts of light.
  2. The lenses in our eyes become stiffer and cloudier.
  3. The light receptors on our rods can’t regenerate as fast.

What Can Be Done To Help?

Whatever your age, there are things that can improve your sight at night. Often there are simple adjustments that can be made to your eyeglasses or contacts prescription that help. If you’re concerned about your vision as you drive at night, schedule an appointment with Lentz Eye Care and we can discuss options that are available to help you improve your sight at night.

 

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Eye Exams Help Identify Chronic Health Conditions

02/13/2017 08:08:00

Our eyes are often the truest indicators of health

A quick glance at someone’s eyes can reveal their mood, stress level, and whether or not they got enough sleep last night! But this goes much, much deeper. At Lentz Eye Care we take a closer look at your eyes and will detect early warning signs for a host of serious and chronic conditions. Diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases leave telltale markers in our eyes, and vision care professionals are often the first to notice them. When a routine eye exam leads to early disease detection, it can help patients prevent serious conditions from progressing, and in some cases even save a life.

OPTOS Retinal Exam

We offer the Optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The Optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as your fingerprint and provides us with a wide view to look at the health of your retina by allowing us to see a 200 degree view of the retina. Disseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure can be seen with a thorough exam of the retina.

Eye Exams Can Reveal Common “Silent Killers”

Some of the biggest health concerns we face today are “silent killer” diseases—conditions that progress slowly over time, without easily recognizable symptoms in the early stages. Many recent studies have identified some that are frequently found first by vision care professionals, including:

There are many other diseases that can be caught early by a routine eye exam, including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. Regardless of the condition, the sooner it is detected and diagnosed, the better chance a patient has to reduce its impact.

Take Charge of Your Health With an Eye Exam

At Lentz Eye Care we will help you inform your primary care physician of any health issues found during your eye exam.  Our mission goes further than just providing glasses and contacts for vision correction—we want to be your lifelong partners in health. Together, we’ll help you establish habits that will protect your eyes and your entire body.

 

 

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Cataracts And Lifelong Vision Care

02/12/2017 08:00:00

Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40 and are the principal cause of blindness throughout the world.

Considering the prevalence of this medical condition, we want to make sure you know the facts about cataracts, their signs and symptoms, and treatment options.

What Is A Cataract?

The lenses in our eyes are made up of mostly water and protein, with the proteins arranged in a specific way so as to keep the lens clear and let light pass through. Sometimes, these proteins can clump together causing the lens to become clouded—this is a cataract. Over time, the protein clumps that make up cataracts can grow larger, causing blurred vision and making it harder to see and even resulting in blindness.

Be Aware Of The Signs

Cataracts may begin small, and without you even noticing any changes in your vision. Over time, the cloudy area will get larger and your vision may become dull or blurry. It may look like looking through a cloudy piece of glass. Here are some common symptoms of cataracts:

Causes And Risk Factors

There are several potential causes for cataracts, but most are due to age-related changes in the lens. That being said, some risk factors include:

Prevention

Although cataracts cannot always be prevented, there are a few simple practices that can help ensure healthy vision. Simple things such as wearing sunglasses that offer protection from UV radiation can greatly help. When shopping for sunglasses look for lenses that are polarized and offer UV protection like Costa sunglasses. All Costa lenses are 100% polarized and have 100% UV A/B/C protection.

You can also block harmful blue light emitted from electronics by wearing BluTech lenses. The BluTech lenses that our doctors prescribe block 100% of the UV rays and filter out the harmful blue light emitted by fluorescent light bulbs, computer screens, smart phone, tablets and televisions.

Treatment Options

Fortunately, cataracts can be treated with full restoration of vision. Early symptoms may be improved with new eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses, or magnifying lenses. If these measures do not help, surgery is the only effective treatment.

Surgical cataract removal is the most frequently performed surgery in the United States. It is a simple and highly successful procedure that consists of removing the clouded lens from the eye and replacing it with a clear, artificial lens. While each person heals differently, many patients report clear vision within hours of the surgery.

Your Lifelong Health Is Our Priority

At Lentz Eye Care, we are committed to helping you achieve clear and healthy vision. As you age, watch for changes in your vision, as well as for signs of cataracts. We want to make sure you get the most accurate information and excellent care for your individual needs!

 

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