There a few doctors that the general public tends to cut when times get tough – eye care and the dentist. To some these two doctors seem somewhat unnecessary, if you can see your eyes are fine, if your teeth don’t hurt they must be fine. But, as we all know this is not really the case. No matter how often you brush your teeth and floss you can still get a cavity.
Many eye doctors have come out with eye exercises to help their patients improve their eye health while not in the office. Some people feel that wearing glasses will only exponentially decrease their vision, so they have chosen to also do eye exercises. I am sure each doctor has their own set of exercises, but we have compiled a list of the most common eye exercises.
These exercises are meant to be done through out the day when your eyes are feeling tired, restless, or you need a break. The first exercise is when you wake up in the morning to splash a bit of room temperature water on your eyes to remove debris and wake them up nicely. As the day goes on and your eyes begin to feel tired you can use a technique called palming. Cup your hands so that your palm is over your eye, but not on it and your fingers on your forehead. Put your elbows on a table and lean forward so your eyes are resting over your palms. Try and keep all the light out and just relax your eyes. Doing this helps to reset your color vision as well as relax your eyes. The recommended time for this exercise is three minutes.
Another exercise is the figure eight, which works your eyes flexibility and gives them a break. Stand or sit with your arms by your sides comfortably. Imagine that there is a figure 8 on its side (the infinity sign) about 10 feet away from you. Trace this figure eight with your eyes first in one direction and then in the other. If you work at a computer screen or hold documents close to your eyes for multiple hours this exercise should be done very often. Remember to breathe and blink!
The last exercise I will talk about is scanning. This helps to keep blood flow and muscle movement. When one stares it restricts blood flow and muscle movement-causing tension. Stand or sit, or you can move, but scan your eyes over the room. As you do so paint each object with your eye in order to get as much movement as possible.
Remember massaging your eyes is also great!
This article has 11 great eye exercises to help your eyes stay healthy!
Most of us take vitamins for any ailment and to keep our selves healthy. We know that Vitamin C is good for our immune system, and Vitamin D is good for our skin and sun health, and we all have our daily vitamin to cover all the basics. But, what about Vitamins for our eyes! We are constantly using our eyes through out the day and rarely stop to think about them until they are bothering us. Well, we do have a vitamin for them, it won’t correct or necessarily stop degenerating eye health, but it will help to prevent many eye problems!
Ever heard the myth that carrots help you see better? Well carrots do carry a very helpful vitamin for eye health – Vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidising agent that is known to prevent weakening vision, macular degeneration, cataracts, and even blindness. Carrots alone aren’t the total daily vitamins for eyes, but it is a main part. Like any part of the body other vitamins work in conjunction with Vitamin A to create a healthy effect. Vitamin C for instance is known to reduce the risk of glaucoma and degeneration.
We do have to be careful though, because like any vitamin, we can overdose and it can cause a bad reaction. When one has an overdose of Vitamin A the eyes will become red, itchy, and will worsen when taking more vitamins. Check with your doctor to find out more about the best vitamins for your eyes and if there are any other supplements you should be taking. Each of the “eye” vitamins are found in both your daily vitamin as well as in daily foods such as carrots, oranges, and nuts!
It is common knowledge that we need sunscreen when we go in the sun, but what about the areas that we can’t put sunscreen on like our eyes? Most people forget that the same way our skin can be damaged by the UV rays, so can our eyes.
Sunglasses are the best way to protect your eyes, but one needs to be careful that they have the right sunglasses. The sunglasses need to protect both UVA and UVB rays. For extra protection one can get larger frames or wrap around glasses so the sun doesn’t come in through the sides. Polarized lenses also give extra protection by blocking the suns reflections and decreasing the glare. A common misconception is that the darker the lens the more protection is offered. One wants to choose a lens color that is based on your activities.
Most sun damage is caused before the age of 18 so it is very important to remember to make your children wear sunglasses as well. One does not need the most expensive sunglasses; just make sure they have both UVA and UVB protection.
Over exposing one’s eyes to the sun has been known to cause many eye diseases such as cataracts, growths and eye cancer. An unexpected common cancer is cancer of the eyelids. It is practically impossible to put sunscreen there and if one is not wearing sunglasses the skin is so sensitive it burns easily.
Remember that any part of one’s body that is exposed to the sun has the potential to be damaged by the sun. Cover up all parts of the body remembering places like our eyes, and top of our heads. In order to make sure that one has not caused sun damage to your eyes go for a yearly eye check up!
As the rest of the world becomes totally digitized, so does the optometry world. One of the first steps to bringing optometry into the technological world is the installation of the electronic medical records (EMR). Almost every practice has hundreds of images of patients that pass through many hands and go into many files. The digital image management system with a single database is a way of simplifying this process while easily granting practitioners access to patient’s files. The process of tracking the testing of a patient’s eyes from an initial visit through to the point of prescription is known as image workflow management.
Automating the image workflow management has many benefits. There is a challenge to effectively and efficiently organize, store, and retrieve image files; this would be eliminated with the automated system. A digital image management system also eliminates having to annually review and document images, as well as having to access many databases through an EMR system.
An effective image management system has to flow in a similar fashion as clinical environment. It also must be compatible with the offices current electronic health record (EHR) system. When evaluating the best system for your company there are few standards that one should look for. Do you have on-click imaging opening, are the images automatically flagged and noted, and is it possible to merge the EHR system with the image management system?
Kowa DigiVersal offers a Digital Image Management System. The DigiVersal system offers practitioners the chance to display and review images on a single screen. It also offers Draw-It for the best integrations of your drawings. Its time to get rid of those bulky paper charts and switch to a digital system.
I would like to introduce Kowa Ophthalmic Systems. Kowa Ophthalmic Systems was founded in 1980 and is part of Kowa Company Ltd., which was founded in 1894. Kowa Electronics and Optics Division have combined electronics, mechanics, and optics to create the newest technologies in eye care. We are devoted to promoting progressive health legislations, and improving products and systems through out the health care industry. Kowa is currently offering 5 main systems for eye care – the Automatic Perimeter, Digital Imaging Systems, Slit Lamps, Tonometers and NEITZ Binocular Loupes.
The Automatic Perimeter (AP-5000C) is used for static and kinetic perimetry and is easy to operate using its mouse. The test results are visually easy to understand and the analysis functions are versatile. The data is store in a PC, which makes it easy to integrate other software programs.
We offer four different Digital Imaging Systems, each with a unique feature. Out Kowa VX-10 α/ VK-2 as well as our Kowa nomyd α-D III/VK-2 our both doctor and patient friendly. They integrate the most advanced components and technologies with imaging input as well as networking capabilities, which makes these products crucial for today’s practices.
Our Kowa nomyd7/VK-2 is an easy to use funds camera, which offers high-resolution photography. Our last Digital Imaging System is the Kowa Handheld Genesis D/Df/VK-2 is a retinal 2 mega-pixel camera for color and FA photography. It is small and light weight which can turn any space into a clinic.
We have two different Slit Lamps as well. Out Digital Slit Lamp Imaging System adds images to slit lamps and features live video feeds as well as still photos. Our Kowa SL-15 Slit Lamp is portable and has a rechargeable power source. It offers even illumination and high quality optics.
We provide two Tonometers, one portable and compact and one in-office machine. The Kowa Applanation Tonometer is lightweight and easy to handle using one hand. The direct reading type precision means no conversion tables are necessary. Our Kowa KT-500 is our newest Tonometer and offers 3D auto-alignment functions and high-speed printouts.
Our last product is the NEITZ Binocular Loupes the BLS-1 and BLS-3, which both offer large view of field diameter. Objects can be seen stereoscopically and focus and pupillary distance can be adjusted to minimize fatigue after prolonged use.
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