Staring at the sun can damage the eyes

Staring at the sun can lead to solar retinopathy, which is an injury to the retina caused by prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays. Some complications are short-lived, but others can be irreversible. The blinding sensation one feels when looking at the sun is an effective protection against this phenomenon, no animal has the idea of doing it anyway!
However, human beings, especially in their youth, have a natural tendency to defy prohibitions. That is why it is all the more important to protect our children’s eyes. Think about having them wear sunglasses or, if they wear ophthalmic glasses, you could opt for Transitions lenses.

Transitions lenses block the UVA and UVB rays that cause many eye problems. They are completely clear indoors and darken outdoors even on cloudy days. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that their eyes are protected at all times.

Ask our eye care professionals for more information.

Interesting facts about your contact lenses

Contact lenses are a good alternative to wearing glasses every day. However, it is important to follow certain rules to ensure good visual health.

Here are a few tips on how to care for and use them:

  • If you use monthly or bi-weekly disposable lenses, it is very important to wash the lens case daily with the lens solution, even if you do not put your contact lenses in. A stagnant solution is an ideal bed for germs to grow. Do not use water to clean the case or contact lenses.
  • Change the housing regularly to prevent the development of bacteria.
  • Observe the manufacturer’s recommended lens wear time.
  • Stop wearing your glasses if you are uncomfortable or if your eyes become red.
  • Store your contact lens case in a dry place away from drafts. The bathroom is the worst place to leave your lens case because of pathogens.

 

Although contact lenses are a good alternative to glasses, having a pair of prescription glasses is highly recommended, whether it is to help you in case of broken lenses, an infection or simply to rest your eyes.

Your optician is the contact person for contact lenses. He or she can take the measurements of your eye, show you how to put them in and take them out, advise you on what to take according to your needs, and more.

 

                       

Children’s eyes and video games

Eyecare professionals agree that, in general, video games will not harm your child’s vision if you follow a few helpful tips, however. Video games usually put less strain on the eyes than precision activities such as reading and sewing. However, long hours in front of a screen can cause fatigue, tension and dry eyes. Your child’s eyes will have to work harder to focus in order to get a clear image.
There are some good habits you can adopt to keep your child’s vision healthy:
  • Encourage your child to take breaks. Encourage a balance between free play, outdoor games and games with screens.
  • Use the 20-20-20 rule. Teach your child to take a break every 20 minutes and look at 20 feet for 20 seconds.
  • Encourage your child to sit away from the screen. Details will appear more defined and lines and defects on the screen will be less visible. If your child insists on looking closely at the screen, he or she may be near-sighted. An annual eye exam is recommended to detect vision problems and ensure your child’s eye health.
  • Adjust the contrast of the screen to the room lighting. Provide subdued general lighting, as too bright lighting will reduce the contrast with the screen and thus “dilute” the image.
Did you know that we blink an average of 12 times in 1 minute, but only 5 times when we are in front of a screen? This practice can cause dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.

Protect your eyes from blue light!

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Because blue light is everywhere (Del lights, tablets, smart phones, televisions, computers, etc.) and the harmful effects are numerous (sleep disorders, macular degeneration, headaches, visual fatigue, etc.), it is important to protect our eyes with Bluselect lenses.

Did you know that…

  1. Children spend an average of 2.5 hours a day in front of a screen and are more sensitive to blue light than adults?
  2. Smartphone owners spend about 8 hours a day, during their free time, in front of one of the screens they own?

Think about it! Ask for specialized lenses that filter blue light in one of our 14 stores!

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How many hours do you spend in front of a computer screen?

If you spend several hours in front of a computer, we have lenses designed for you. They reduce the stress placed on your eyes, body and back during your hours spent in front of the computer.
The degressive lenses, adjusted for the working distance at your desk, increase your visual field compared to traditional progressive lenses.

With this type of lens, you’ll have a clearer view of your computer screen and documents while reducing the stress on your eyes and neck.

Ask one of our professionals at one of our 14 branches for more information.