Home Care

BLEPHARITIS:

Directions For A Warm Soak Of The Eyelids (Blepharitis)*

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Moisten a clean washcloth with warm water.
  3. Close eyes and place washcloth on eyelids for about 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat several times daily.

Directions For An Eyelid Scrub (Blepharitis)*

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Mix warm water and a small amount of shampoo that does not irritate the eye (baby shampoo) or use a commercially prepared lid scrub solution recommended by your optometrist.
  3. Close one eye and using a clean wash cloth (a different one for each eye), rub the solution back and forth across the eyelashes and the edge of the eyelid.
  4. Rinse with clear, cool water.
  5. Repeat with the other eye.

*Blepharitis - an inflammation of the eyelids that leads to infections such as styes and dry uncomfortable eyes with flaky matter causing foreign body symptoms.


AGING EYES:

Make adjustments for aging eyes to stay active, independent

It may seem like the print is getting smaller on the page, or numbers on clocks are harder to read, but it's probably just a normal part of aging. Older eyes also need more light to function well, so some adjustments around the home may be needed to maintain a safe and independent lifestyle for persons over 60. Indirect room lighting coupled with lots of good task lighting can help older adults see well enough to read prescription bottles, tell time or use the stove. Since aging eyes tend to scatter light more, they are usually more susceptible to glare. Indirect lighting helps eliminate glare problems, while lamps with shades provide good task lighting. For more light, increase bulb wattage or use a three-way bulb, which provides lighting level choices. There are also numerous products available for persons with "low vision" (usually caused by various eye or other diseases) that older adults may find useful, such as talking alarm clocks and books and magazines with large print. To maintain eye health and keep pace with normal aging changes that may affect vision; we recommend a comprehensive eye and vision exam annually.


SUNGLASSES:

Choosing sunglasses: Function vs. Fashion

Translucent sunglass lenses may make a fashion statement this summer but don't expect them to keep wearers from squinting. To provide comfortable vision in the face of sun brightness and glare, sunglasses should block 75 to 90 percent of visible light. If lenses allow a clear view of the eyes, they probably aren't dark enough for subjective comfort. Some translucent lenses, such as those made of polycarbonate, can provide 99-100 percent protection from the sun's ultraviolet (UV-A and UV-B) radiation because UV protection isn't directly related to lens darkness or tint. Avoid blue lenses because they will expose the eyes to the sun's blue light, which can result in eye health problems, such as age-related macular degeneration, later in life.


SUNGLASSES AND CHILDREN:

Protect children's eyes from the sun

Parents need to add sunglasses to the list of outdoor protective gear for their children. The earlier children begin wearing sunglasses outdoors the better their chances of avoiding eye health problems, like cataracts, later in life. This is because the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation slowly damages the eyes over many years. Children's eyes are particularly susceptible because kids usually spend more time outdoors and their young eyes let more UV rays inside. It's important to get sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun's UV-A and UV-B radiation, both of which can damage the eyes. Only buy sunglasses that specifically state the amount of UV protection they offer.

Safety Eye Wear

Protect your eyes when gardening

Safety goggles are a must for home gardeners, and anyone working outdoors. Power lawn trimmers alone cause over 1,500 eye injuries per year. Tree or bush branches can cause painful scratches to the eye. Fertilizers and weed killers have the potential to cause burns or eye irritations. The doctors recommend gardeners wear wrap-around safety goggles made of polycarbonate, a plastic that is the strongest lens material available. Gardeners should look for a label saying the goggles meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 standard. Since ordinary prescription glasses, contact lenses, and sunglasses do not provide adequate protection in eye- hazardous situations, safety goggles should be worn over them.