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Happy Birthday America!

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Digital Eye Strain

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A recent study by the Vision Council found that 2/3 of American adults suffer from digital eye strain, a series of symptoms caused by too much time spent looking at our computer screens and other devices.
Do you know about the 20/20/20 rule? Take a 20-second break from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away.

Learn more in this article:
http://www.medicaldaily.com/digital-eye-strain-vision-council-finds-65-americans-suffer-too-much-time-spent-front-368406

Superfood Smoothie

barley-grass-800x525Did you make a pledge to eat healthier in 2016? Start your day with this tasty superfood smoothie, packed with eye-healthy nutrients. Happy New Year!

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE (Makes 1 Glass)

Ingredients
2 cups packed kale leaves, washed and coarsely chopped
2 ripe kiwis, peeled and quartered
1 cup sweet green grapes (or 1 banana)
Juice of one lime
1 cup filtered water

Directions
1) Put grapes in the blender.
2) Add kiwis, kale and water. Blend until smooth.
3) Check consistency and add water as needed.
4) Taste; flavor will vary depending on how sweet the kiwis and grapes are. Adjust accordingly.
5) If too tart, omit the lime juice and add grapes.
6) If too sweet, add lime juice.

Tip: If kiwis are quite sweet, you will get more eye nutrients by using more kiwis and less grapes or bananas.
Tip: If using bananas, using lime juice is essential to reduce oxidation (browning) of the smoothie.
Tip: Enjoy immediately and keep leftovers in individual reusable bottles in the fridge for up to four days. Before drinking leftovers, shake well.

 

Eye Safety for the Holidays

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We don’t want to take the fun out of your holidays, but please keep eye safety in mind when purchasing toys for children.

Here is a list of six kinds of toys that pose a high risk for eye injury:
1. Guns that shoot any type of projectile
2. Water balloon launchers & water guns
3. Games that include toy fishing poles
4. Toy wands, swords, sabers or guns with bayonets
5. Aerosol string
6. Laser pointers and bright flashlights

To learn more, check out this article in All About Vision

Dr. Sexton Interview

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Our very own Dr. Sexton was interviewed for the cover story in the most recent issue of Vision Monday, discussing how using advanced refractory technologies has helped him be able to spend more one-on-one time with patients. Follow this link to read the article!

Tips for Driving at Night

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Depth perception, ability to distinguish color, and peripheral vision are all worse in low-light conditions.

Now that it gets dark at, oh, approximately noon in Washington State, we thought we’d help out our patients with some tips to make driving at night safer. Be careful out there, everyone!

The Dangers of Costume Lenses

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Halloween is just around the corner and we know everyone is busy getting their amazing costumes prepared, but please don’t use those costume contact lenses!

Non-prescription, improperly fit contacts can cause corneal scratches, pink eye, and serious eye infections.

Trust us: your costume is cool enough already!

Have a look at this informative video for further details.

What Does 20/20 Really Mean?

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20/20 vision (or really, 20/20 visual acuity) is considered “normal” vision, meaning you can read at 20 feet a letter that most human beings should be able to read at 20 feet. Read this article to learn more about visual acuity levels and testing methods.

Optical Illusions

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Optical illusions are often described as visual images that differ from reality – the eyes and brain ‘see’ something that doesn’t quite match the physical measurement of the image. Optical illusions can work in various ways, they can be images that are different from the objects that make them, they can be ones that come from the effects on the eyes and brain through excessive stimulation, and others where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.

Below are links to some of the most interesting optical illusions and visual phenomena, along with explanations of how they work. Enjoy!

Illusion 1

Illusion 2

Illusion 3

Animals with Incredible Vision

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Did you know…
Mantis Shrimp have the most complex eyesight of any known animal?

That if a human’s eyes were proportionally as large as those of a Tarsier, they would be the size of grapefruits?

That chameleons have a full 360° field of vision?

Learn more interesting facts about animals and vision in this fascinating article from Healthy Pets.

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