Beware of Exfoliating Scrubs!

Some popular skin products contain micro beads that are used for exfoliating dead skin and dirt from the body and face, but have you ever thought about the danger that they present for your eyes? These tiny pieces of plastic can accidently become lodged in your eye if you aren’t being carful about where you are placing the exfoliating scrub. There are other active exfoliating ingredients that poise just as much of a threat as micro beads in face and body scrubs including coffee grounds, sugar, and even pumice stones. Accidently getting one of these ingredients in your eye can scratch the cornea, which covers the front of your eye, or worse.

Your Precision Vision Ophthalmologist would be happy to remove any micro beads or other gritty exfoliating fragments that may become lodged in your eye. If not removed immediately, lodged micro beads can lead to corneal abrasions, deep scratches on the cornea, or even a corneal ulcer, which can permanently damage vision.

To keep your eyes free of gritty exfoliates, consider these tips below:

  • Use self-care products free of micro beads and gritty exfoliates.
  • Wash your hands before you wash your face. This will keep dirt from getting into your eye.
  • Pat—don’t rub- your face dry to avoid brushing any remaining grit into your eyes. Rubbing can may also scratch your cornea.
  • If a skin care product gets into the eye, rinse it out with clean cold water immediately.

Contact your Precision Vision ophthalmologist today if you think you have micro beads or a gritty exfoliates in your eye or if you haven’t had your annual eye exam.


Protect Your Eyes from Age-Related Macular Degeneration!

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss central vision; in one or both eyes. While it does not cause complete blindness, loss of central vision can make it hard to recognize faces, drive, read, or perform other daily activities.

Reduce your risk and protect your eyes from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by following these four tips:

  • Maintain a normal blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Make sure to exercise regularly
  • Avoid smoking
  • Start each day with a healthy diet composed of fish, vegetables, and leafy greens.

Visual symptoms of AMD may not appear until late in the disease, so it is important for all adults over the age of 50 receive annual dilated eye exams to screen for “age spots” known as drusen in the macula, which is the central portion of the retina.

Schedule an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam with your Precision Vision Eyecare Specialist today to learn how to protect your eyes from AMD.


How to Shield Your Baby’s Eyes From the Sun

Spring is the perfect time to get off your couch and get moving outside. However, when you have a little one, getting outside isn’t as simple as walking out the door. Not only do you need to pack a diaper bag full of necessities but you also need to make sure their skin and eyes are shielded from the sun. You know that you should put sunscreen on your baby’s skin but how can you care for their eyes? From wearing a UV-proof hat to sunglasses, this article will discuss a few ways you can shield your baby’s eyes from the sun. Read on to learn more.

UV-Proof Hat

One of the easiest ways to make sure your baby’s eyes are protected from the sun is to make sure they are wearing a hat, and not just any hat but a UV-proof one. Made from material that is designed with extra layers to keep the sun out, a UV-proof that will not only protect your baby’s skin but it will also protect their eyes.

Stroller Cover

Another easy and effective way to shield your little one’s eyes from the sun is to make sure that you are using your stroller cover when outside. In fact, many stroller covers now contain a UV lining to help keep the sun out even more.

Sunglasses

One of the hardest things to get a baby to wear is sunglasses. Although they are an extremely effective way to protect your little one’s eyes, they are also almost impossible to keep on their faces. When choosing sunglasses for your baby, make sure that they aren’t too tight because they may cause headaches. Additionally, look for a pair that has an elastic back that wraps around their head to help prevent them from falling off.

It’s hard enough to keep your eyes protected from the sun, but it can be even harder to protect your baby’s eyes. Luckily, by using the tips listed above, you can make sure your child stays safe and comfortable for the rest of the warmer months. To learn more about vision care, contact Precision Vision today!