4 Reasons Why Your Vision is Changing That Aren’t Because of Aging

4 Reasons Why Your Vision is Changing That Aren’t Because of Aging

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that most people’s eyesight changes and gets a little blurrier as you age. Most people see these changes starting in their 50s or 60s. However, sometimes your eyesight can change due to other reasons. Here are a few reasons why you might be seeing your eyes change other than aging.

You stare at screens for most of the day.

 Whether you are looking at a computer screen or your phone, screen time puts you at risk for digital eye strain. Your vision may get blurry, or your eyes may feel tired from a large amount of screen time. This can happen because when people look at screens, they don’t blink as often as they should be. This can lead to eye irritation. A quick fix for digital eye strain is to make sure you look away from your computer every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.

You are pregnant.

Women’s bodies go through a lot of changes when they are carrying a baby. This includes visual changes. Blurriness and double vision can be very common during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can cause women to become near or farsighted until after the baby is delivered. Moms-to-be are also susceptible to dry eyes, leading to blurred vision or uncomfortable eyes if you wear contacts.

You wear your contacts too long

 The longer you wear your contacts, the dirtier they get. Dirt, mucus, and minerals can build up, causing your sight to become blurry. It’s important to remember to clean your lenses daily and replace them according to their scheduled usage. These days, most contacts that are on the market are either daily, biweekly, or monthly. For the cleanest and clearest vision, daily contacts are the way to go. Or take a break from your contacts, and put on your glasses for a few hours!

You have glaucoma.

 The older you get, the more you are at risk for glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs when there is a build-up of excess fluid in the eyes, and it causes damage to the nerve, which can cause blind spots to develop. While it’s more common for older people to develop glaucoma, it can occur at any age.

It’s important to get your eyes checked every two years between the ages of 18-60. After the age of 60, you should get an eye exam annually.  Regular eye exams can help you keep up with the changing needs of your eyes.

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses While Driving

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses While Driving

Staying safe on the road also means taking care of your eyes! Wearing sunglasses while driving can help you stay safe on the road and improve your driving experience. Here are three reasons why it is important to invest in the correct sunglasses to stay safe on the road.

Reduces Glare

 Blinding sunlight can be deadly when you are driving. Wearing the right sunglasses can help reduce sun glare. Polarized lenses are beneficial for reducing sun glare at peak sun hours. Polarized sunglasses help to filter reflective light that may hit surfaces and then bounce toward your eyes, causing that glare.

Improves Vision

 Not only do sunglasses help to reduce sun glare to help you see better, but they can also help improve your vision when it rains or when it’s foggy. Ever see someone wearing sunglasses in the rain? It’s actually a smart thing to do! Sunglasses will help create a clearer picture during this kind of weather. Rain can scatter light and create a glare when you are driving. Sunglasses can help you see more clearly when you are driving in rainy or foggy weather.

Keeps Eyes Healthy

 When you are outdoors or driving, and the sun is shining bright, it is only natural to squint your eyes to help block out the light the sun gives off if you are not wearing sunglasses. Squinting your eyes can cause eye strain and headaches, and sometimes even nausea. Wearing sunglasses can help keep your eyes and your body healthy while in the car.

There are many types of sunglasses to consider when you are in the car driving. Choosing the correct lens color, polarized or non-polarized, and comfort are points to consider when looking to purchase sunglasses. Need help picking out the best sunglasses for your face so you can feel safer while driving? Come into the Sunglass Shoppe, and we can help. We have locations ins Petoskey, Charlevoix, Traverse City, and Saugatuck, MI.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses This Summer

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing Sunglasses This Summer

Now that the days are getting warmer and longer, it’s time to start thinking again about protecting ourselves from the sun. This includes protecting our eyes from the rays, too. Our eyes are very sensitive, and prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to a number of problems.

Here are five reasons why we should protect our eyes from the sun:

Loss of cells in your cornea
Believe it or not, your eyes can get sunburnt. Too much ultraviolet light (including light from the sun) can burn a person’s cornea. The cornea is the transparent layer in front of the eye. This can be very painful until your eyes rebuild more cells. Sometimes it can be so severe that a person will need to take oral antibiotics to prevent infection. Wearing ultraviolet-protection sunglasses can easily prevent this from happening.

Skin cancer
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive, including your eyelids. Wearing protective eyewear not only protects your eyelids, but it can also protect the skin around your eyes from developing skin cancer.

Protection from flying debris
Not only can the sun be damaging to your eyes, but flying debris such as sand or dirt can injure them as well. Getting sand in your eyes can scratch them and be very painful. It can also cause permanent damage.

Reduced headaches
Bright lights, including the sun, can trigger headaches and even migraines. This can occur from straining your eyes too much. Wearing sunglasses can reduce the number of headaches a person may get or eliminate them all together.

Macular degeneration
Having your eyes unprotected from sunlight can contribute to the development of macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina. If it gets serious, it can lead to permanent eye damage.

It is important to remember to wear sunglasses all year round, not just during the summer months. It is also essential to wear the right sunglasses when you are outdoors. Wear sunglasses that have UV protection for a lower chance of damaging your eyes.

You can check out some of our favorite sunglass brands such as Ray-Ban, Maui Jim and Zeal, along with lots of others, at one of our four Sunglass Shoppe-Unique Optics locations.

325 East Lake Street
(231) 348-4730

415 Bridge Street
(231) 547-4730

Traverse City
137 East Front Street
(231) 946-4730

131 Mason Street 
(269) 336-4730

A Guide to Lens Coatings

A Guide to Lens Coatings

When choosing a pair of eyeglasses, what appeals to you most? A certain color frame, a brand you love? Have you ever chosen based on lens colors and coatings? Here’s a guide to lens coatings to consider in your selection process for eyeglasses and sunglasses.

When choosing a pair of eyeglasses, what do you look for? A certain color frame, a brand you love? Have you ever chosen based on lens colors and coatings? Here's a guide to lens coatings to help you out.

There are four different types of lens coatings to consider when shopping for a new pair of shades. Each one is specific to your eyeglass needs.

Scratch Resistant: Scratches on a pair of sunglasses can be pretty annoying, especially since they’re often in the line of vision. Although no glasses are scratch-proof, you can get a scratch-resistant lens coating on your glasses. Some glasses have a scratch-resistant coating built-in and for others a clear coating can be applied.

Anti-Reflective: Anti-reflective lenses are pretty common. The thin coating on your lenses reduces glare and reflection in your glasses to better see and show off your eyes. Night-time driving can also be aided with an anti-reflective lens.

Tinted & Blue-Light Blocking: Have you ever bought a pair of sunglasses based on the color lens? There are pastel-colored lenses like light blue or yellow through various shades of gray, but did you know there are reasons behind the coloring? Gray reduces brightness and glare; brown lenses can brighten vision on cloudy days; yellow and orange can increase contrast in low-light conditions like fog, haze, and snow-related sports; blue lenses can reduce blue-light and glare; and red/pink lenses can block blue light and can help with driving visibility.

UV-Protection: If you spend a lot of time outdoors and or in the sun, ultraviolet (UV) protection is a must. Over time the sun’s damaging rays can harm your eyes and cause cataracts and retinal damage. All Maui Jim sunglasses block 100% of UV ray;  make sure to ask about others and lens coatings when purchasing your next pair of glasses and sunglasses.

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The 411 on Anti-Reflective Coating for Eyeglasses

The 411 on Anti-Reflective Coating for Eyeglasses

What is anti-reflective coating, and is it the right choice for you? Keep reading to learn more about anti-reflective glasses, the benefits, and if it’s the right fit for you and your lenses.  

Are you wondering about anti-reflective coating and why you might need it for your eyeglasses? Here's the lowdown that might help you decide if this coating is the right choice for you.

What is an anti-reflective coating? 

Anti-reflective coating was originally used to improve the view on telescopes, microscopes, and camera lenses and is now used in eyeglass lenses. It is a thin, multi-layered coating that is applied to the lens’s surface. Its purpose is to allow more light to pass through the lens, which in turn reduces the internal reflection and glare that reflects off your lenses. 

Benefits of the anti-reflective coating

There are several benefits to anti-reflective glasses; one of the most beneficial is clearer, sharper vision. Anti-reflective coating also allows light to pass through the lens and reduces eye strain, letting your eyes relax and see more clearly. 

Other benefits include reducing eye strain due to extended electronic and computer use and during low-light conditions, such as night driving. 

Additionally, a final, fashionable benefit: Eliminating distracting reflections can allow others to focus on you, not your glasses. With anti-reflective coating, your eyes are the only things shining.

Is it worth the cost? 

For most people, yes, because of the numerous benefits. Many anti-reflective coating products help glasses remain durable and resistant to damage, which can save you money. Consider your budget, how often you wear your glasses, and whether the benefits outlined above make it worth it to you. Are you looking for a reduction in eye strain, sharper vision, and fewer distractions? Then the investment may indeed be worth it.

For more information and help in deciding whether the anti-reflective coating is right for you, please stop into the Sunglass Shoppe; we love to talk all things glasses! 

Check out our other great articles on Digital Eye Strain, The Benefits of Blue Light Glasses, and Tips for Selecting Eyewear

Are you wondering about anti-reflective coating and why you might need it for your eyeglasses? Here's the lowdown that might help you decide if this coating is the right choice for you.
Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain

What is Digital Eye Strain? 

Digital Eye Strain is a group of eye- and vision-related problems that can occur from too much time on a smart phone, computer, tablet, and e-reader. Many individuals experience eye discomfort when viewing digital screens for too long. The level of pain increases with the amount of time spent in front of a screen. 

The average worker spends seven hours a day on a computer working from home or in the office. To help alleviate digital eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break looking at something 20 feet away. This will make a huge difference. More tips follow.

What causes digital eye strain? 

Better question: How do I not suffer from digital eye strain in the first place? Try to avoid looking at digital devices for too long. Reading without pausing to rest will cause stress on the eyes. Driving long distances and other activities involving extended focus will also cause strain on the eyes. Try to stay away from looking directly into the sun, bright lights, or a glare. Having an underlying eye problem, such as dry eyes, can cause the eyes to be strained at times. Believe it or not, being stressed or tired can also cause eye strain, so be sure to relax when possible. Being exposed to dry moving air from a fan, heater, or air conditioning unit doesn’t help, either. 

How to treat digital eye strain

Adjusting your lighting can help diminish the effects of digital eye strain. When watching television, a softly lit room is better for your eyes. Taking breaks by looking away from your screen while working will help the eyes. Limited screen time is important and especially crucial for children, who may not connect extended viewing, eyestrain, and the need to rest their eyes. 

Other tips include the use of artificial teardrops; over-the-counter tear drops can help prevent and treat dry eyes. Improve your space’s air quality by using a humidifier and adjusting the thermostat to reduce blowing air. Avoid smoke from any source. Choosing the right eyewear will help, too. If you need glasses or contacts and work at a computer, consider investing in a pair of blue light glasses specifically made for computer work. 

Benefits of glasses for eye strain

Blue light glasses for eye strain can be helpful so that your eyes don’t have to work so hard through the day. The lenses help your eyes to focus much easier. You can choose a specific lens to reduce eye strain and protect your eyes from fatigue. Blue light glasses are a great option, as they help with glare and can prevent eye stress. 

Tips for reducing eye strain

1. Keep your distance. Position your screen so there is ample distance between your eyes and the screen. 

2. Reduce glare. Reduce the brightness of your screen by checking in the control settings. 

3. Clean your screen. A dust-free, smudge-free screen helps reduce glare. 

4. Increase text size. It’s more comfortable on the eyes and helps reduce strain. 

5. Blink more often. Staring at a screen all day can reduce how often you blink, causing eyes to be dry. Remind yourself to blink, which also helps the eyes refocus. 

6. Take a 20-20-20 break. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break looking at something 20 feet away. This can make a huge difference.

What is Digital Eye Strain?