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THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT, BY LEXI KORTSEN, O.D.

Did you know that ultra-violet (UV) light can have harmful effects not only on your skin but also on your eyes? These damaging rays can lead to skin cancer, premature cataract development, and even macular degeneration. Therefore, it is important to wear sunglasses that block out 90-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, eyewear …

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MYOPIA CONTROL VOL 2, PART 2 of 4, BY BENJAMIN V CLINGAN, OD

  So, we are back on with myopia control again.  If you were able to use the calculator with the link from the last post, you may have noticed that the most effective way to control myopia is with 1% Atropine eye drops once at night.  While effective, the drops do come with some significant …

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KEEP YOUR EYES HEALTHY PART IV BY BENJAMIN CLINGAN, OD

Last post, we discussed how cosmetics can interfere with our ocular hygiene.  This post we will discuss a couple of ways everyone can improve ocular hygiene. Warm compress – As mentioned last time, we have important glands (Meibomian glands) that line our eyelids.  Keeping these glands open and working properly is essential.  The oil (or …

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Blue Light Series – Part 4 – Supplements, By Benjamin V. Clingan, OD

Last week we gave you an overview of various lenses and screen filters that block blue light from ever reaching your eyes. This week we will focus on supplements designed to protect your eyes from the inside. THE SOLUTION – Supplements As mentioned in an earlier post, when light hits your photoreceptors a biochemical reaction …

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Blue Light Series – Part 3 – The Solution, By Benjamin V. Clingan, OD

Our last post had some disturbing news about negative consequences of blue light. These next three posts will each discuss a specific way to limit your exposure to blue light. THE SOLUTION – Lenses and Screen filters Most of you that wear glasses are already aware of anti-reflective (AR) coatings and their benefit. Another coating …

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Blue Light Series – Part 2 – The Problem, by Benjamin V. Clingan, OD

In blue light exposure, the two major consequences are the reduction of melatonin and an increase in macular degeneration. Without getting too technical, we will explain these below. Blue light inhibits the release of melatonin and that can affect your circadian rhythm. When your circadian rhythm is altered, many of the body’s systems can be …

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What is Blue Light? By Benjamin V. Clingan, OD

Last post, we discussed Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and how proper ergonomics with proper blinking can improve your screen time with electronic devices. Over the next few posts, we will focus on ways to prevent possible damage from the blue light emitted from your electronic devices and LED lights. What is BLUE LIGHT? Back to …

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