Is Technology Tempting You?

Eye Exam Boise, IDTechnology has made life easier in some ways. It has even improved the healthcare industry, altering the way that physicians conduct a wide variety of treatments. It’s somewhat hard to imagine just how much can be accomplished online, without ever leaving the house. Today, people are earning degrees online, ordering food, and even finding their mate. Another activity that is being conducted online is the general eye exam.

Could an online eye exam provide you with the details you need to know about your eyes? Let’s see!

The purpose of the online eye exam is to allow a person to assess his or her vision without having to schedule a visit to the eye doctor. Ok, that may be convenient. The testing process typically involves the “patient” observing a series of characters, lines, and shapes on the computer screen. This does not seem far off from the in-person eye exam. Finally, some online services even include interpretation of results by an optometrist and a prescription for corrective eyewear. What more could a person want? Quite a bit more, it turns out.

There is Value in Face to Face Care

While there is a lot to be said for convenience, and for technology, eye exams are not quite ready to go digital, at least outside of the medical office. Reasons to forego the online eye exam for a visit with your eye doctor include:

  • In-person eye exams focus on the big picture. The current state of your vision is only one aspect of eye testing. In addition to observing refractive errors that may cause nearsightedness, farsightedness, or other acuity problems, your eye doctor will also evaluate the structure of the eyes, including the retina. This in-depth exam process helps us determine if you have signs of an eye condition such as glaucoma, cataracts, or macular degeneration. Because early treatment is pivotal to long-term eye health, an extended exam is ideal.
  • Eyeglass prescriptions are more accurate with an in-person exam. This is because there is an interaction between practitioner and patient. During a professional eye exam, there is time for second-guessing and asking crucial questions that enhance the outcome of vision assessment.
  • Insurance coverage is usually available for eye exams in the optometry or ophthalmology office, whereas online exams may require up-front investment.

We love helping our patients enjoy vibrant, healthy lives. Call us in Caldwell or Meridian to schedule your professional eye exam.

What You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

Eye Care Center Boise, ID80% of all vision problems worldwide are avoidable. There are simple and practical changes you can make to your daily regimen to ensure that you are caring for your eyes properly.

  • Eat for your eyes:

Diet changes typically come from a desire to arrive at a healthier weight so we can have more energy. We rarely consider how healthy diet improvements can benefit our eyesight as well. The following vitamins and minerals are valuable components in maintaining healthy eyesight: vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Green leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna, and citrus fruits are great ways to get these essential nutrients.

  • Get the right sunglasses:

When selecting a pair of shades, make sure they block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses are even better since they protect your eyes from all sides. Polarized lenses are great for driving because they reduce glare. Contact lenses offer a minimal amount of UV protection so be sure to wear sunglasses as well.

  • Add variety to your workday:

Many American adults sit in an office staring at a computer for the majority of the day. Excessive screen time contributes to headaches, eyestrain, shoulder and neck pain, dry eyes, and blurry eyes. But even without a heavy screen time job, kids and adults alike are constantly using an electronic device. Break the monotony by initiating the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, find a spot to focus on that is 20 feet away from your phone or computer screen, and then stare at it for 20 seconds. Also, take a walking break every few hours and have a work call outside to ease your eyes.

  • Schedule regular eye exams:

Your eye doctor is specifically trained to understand the symptoms of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Regular eye exams keep your doctor apprised of your current eye health and allow them to catch and treat problems early on.

To schedule an eye exam with The Eye Associates, contact us today. You can reach our office at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.  We look forward to addressing your concerns and questions.

What your eyes are telling you

Eye Care Center Boise, IDEyes are the second most complex organ next to the brain. Your eyes have 256 characteristics that differentiate them from other eyes—a fact that favors retinal scans over fingerprints, which only have 40 unique features. They also have the ability to heal quickly. In a word, your eyes are miraculous. Eyes can also say a lot about your current health. Here are three common eye problems and what they mean:

  1. Redness: Redness can be caused by a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is characterized by a patch of blood on the white of the eye. Though it may look frightening, it is just a bruise right under the eye surface and will typically clear out within three weeks. Redness can also be attributed to allergies. If you notice your eyes are red, watery and incessantly itching, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to something different in your environment. For instance, if you started using a new face wash in the last few days and your eyes flared up, you man need to try a different brand. A simple fix to allergies, in general, is an over the counter allergy medication.
  2. Pinkeye: Out of all the eye problems listed here today, pinkeye is certainly the one to avoid. You may have pinkeye if your eyes are itchy, red, and have a white or yellowish discharge. Cold symptoms like a runny nose often come with pinkeye. Because pinkeye is contagious, be attentive to washing your hands often and avoid sharing towels. If you think you have contracted pinkeye, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately so you can receive proper treatment.
  3. Dryness: Dry eye can usually be attributed to your environment, daily routine, and even hormonal changes. If you work at a computer all day, you blink only half as much as you should, leaving your eyes less lubricated. To moisten your eyes, purchase some artificial tears from your local convenience store and use them a few times a day. If the dryness persists, call your doctor. In rare cases, dryness may be associated with arthritis.

If you have concerns about your eye health, call the Eye Associates today at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.