As an ophthalmology office, one of our main concerns is eye protection. It should be one of yours too! There are many ways we can protect our eyes with glasses: protective lenses to shield from debris and possible work hazards, wrap style sports glasses (in case you don’t see the ball!), and sunglasses. Today we want to talk to you about the importance and health benefit of wearing sunglasses, and why your kids should wear them too.
The sun emits UVA, UVB, and UVC ultraviolet radiation. Unfortunately for us, despite the beautiful sunny days, radiation from the sun causes damage to our eye health. The sun emits three kinds of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC is absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, but UVB is only partially blocked, and UVA are not filtered at all. According to the World Health Organization UVA rays cause the most damage to eye health.
Recent research by the vision council has shown that prolonged UV exposure is responsible for eye irritation, hypersensitivity to light, trouble seeing, swollen eyes, or wrinkles around the eye, and cancer on or around the eye. 27 percent of Americans report that they don’t typically wear sunglasses when they are outside!
UV radiation is present regardless of the weather or season, so it is important to wear proper eye and skin protection while outside during the day. Make sure that when you pick out a pair of sunglasses that they are fully UVA/UVB protective. Not all sunglasses will come this way, so it is imperative to look for a label indicating the level of UV protection. The darkness of the lens does not equate to the level of UV protection, so do not be fooled by super dark lenses. In fact, dark lenses without adequate UV protection can be worse than wearing no sunglasses, as they case the pupil to dilate, and in turn increase retinal exposure to UV!
The American Optometric Association suggests when purchasing sunglasses, consider the following:
All of this information is especially important for our children, be they kids, teens, or tweens. It is imperative to increase their awareness of UV damage and how wearing sunglasses will help to protect them and their developing eyes. Young eyes are especially vulnerable to UV damage, and since the damage is cumulative it may lead to severe vision problems in the future such as cataracts or macular degeneration. While teens may not fully understand the importance of long-term vision issues now, they can at least be made aware of the short-term consequences such as bloodshot eyes, swollen eyes, sunburnt eyes, or photophobia from light hypersensitivity.
For those of us with even younger children, there are a few tips we can give to increase the odds they will wear their sunglasses:
It is our recommendation that sunglasses are the best possible way to protect our eyes from UV rays. With cutting-edge lens technology and increased handiness of lighter and more stylish frames, picking out a frame shouldn’t be an issue. Wearing sun protection doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or a chore, it’s really quite fun!
Why Photochromic Lenses?
You may have heard of photochromic lenses, such as Transitions®, SunSync, or PhotoGray lenses (from way back when!), but do you know what they are? They might be just what you need!
Photochromic lenses, or light reactive lenses, change in the light when UV and HEV are present. HEV is high energy visible light, or blue light. UV and HEV rays are very harmful to our eyes, so protection is paramount!
Sunglasses are essential to protecting your eyes throughout your life. 80% of all UV damage to our eyes happens before we turn 18, so we need to protect your kids too. No matter your age, too much exposure to UV light can damage inside AND outside our eyes. Extended exposure to the sun's UV rays has been linked to significant eye problems, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, pterygium and photokeratitis. You can read more about these in our upcoming blog posts.
Wearing sunglasses is one of the greatest and simplest things you can do keep your eyes healthy. Yet, in today’s fast-paced society not everybody has the time to switch between glasses and sunglasses (never-mind the expense), so photochromics provide an ideal, comfortable solution.
Upon the presence of UV light the lenses will darken, and then go back to clear in surroundings where there is none. They have even developed lenses which will change in your car, despite the UV protection on the windshield! Typically this is due to heat transfer, in which a warm environment activates the silver bromide molecules in the lens more so than a colder environment. To further clarify, you may expect the lenses to become darker when you are outside, and to be clear indoors.
When to Consider Photochromics
Photochromic lenses are a multipurpose pair that fit the role of a primary pair and sunglasses at once. You should consider photochromics if:
We’ll help find the Right Pair for You
So now that we have explained the benefits, you might be wondering which ones are right for you. There are several features to consider including brand, color, and style. Our optician will work with you to find the best lens for your eye health, daily needs, and your style. Photochromic lenses are becoming much more stylish, especially with the introduction of Transitions® Style Mirrors and Style Colors which give a much wider range of colors to choose from!
Regardless, before making a decision, be sure to consult with us! We look forward to seeing you!
Digital eye strain is a modern problem. We spend more time in front of screens than ever before, yet it's hard to identify which symptoms are caused by eye strain and what is caused by something else. Many individuals suffer from physical discomfort after 2+ hours of screen use!
If you experience any of the following symptoms come in for a visit and we'll help you figure out if you need some computer glasses:
Digital eye strain can show up differently from person to person. We'll talk through what you are experiencing when you experience it, and more to help determine what's best for you! Call us at 949-645-2250
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON ADULTS?
Americans report experiencing the following symptoms of digital eye strain:
WHAT IS THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN?
While more than 70 percent of American adults report their child(ren) receives more than two hours of screen time per day, nearly 25 percent are still not concerned about the impact of digital devices on their child(ren)'s developing eyes.
Meanwhile, besides playing outside, the most popular activites children engage in are playing on a digital device (23.1 percent) and watching TV (20.1 percent). And American adults report their children experience the following after being exposed to two or more hours of screen time:
HOW CAN I ALLEVIATE DIGITAL EYE STRAIN?
Eyewear is available with lenses featuring magnification, plus anti-reflective and blue light-filtering capabilities, as well as select contact lenses, to help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain. We will happy assist you in picking these out!
And individuals don’t have to sacrifice style (or their bank accounts) for function when it comes to eyewear. These specialized lenses can be incorporated into virtually any pair of frames available at a variety of price points, so individuals can choose eyewear that complements their personal look and is within their budget, while meeting their eye health needs.
However, 69 percent of American adults report they did not know eyewear for digital device usage could protect the eyes from the short- and long-term effects of digital eye strain, and 87 percent report they did not know contact lens solutions were available either.
Come visit us to discuss their digital habits and what solutions are available to relieve the symptoms of digital eye strain.
In addition to eyewear solutions, other ways to relieve digital eye strain include:
Dr. Arthur Astorino, Jr. has been ranked among the top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews!
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A select few physicians were honored with the prestigious 2019 Patients' Choice Award, and this year they include Dr. Arthur Astorino, Jr.
Only doctors who have received top scores by their patients and pass other quality measures are awarded the Patients' Choice Award. In fact, of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, just 5 percent were accorded this honor in 2019.
Every month, millions of patients across the U.S. access websites like Vitals (http://www.vitals.com) to share feedback about their experiences with their doctors. Patients rate various components of the care they receive, such as the accuracy of their diagnosis, the amount of time they spent with the doctor, and the doctor's bedside manner and follow-up care. Patients' Choice ranks the top reviewed physicians and looks at other quality measures to compile its yearly list.
Dr. Arthur Astorino, Jr. commented on the recognition:
"This is quite an honor for me. I am very pleased to have been selected and grateful to my patients who went out of their way to rate me and give me positive reviews."
About Arthur Astorino, Jr.: a short profile about the honoree:
Dr. Astorino is distinguished among his peers for both his skill and surgical expertise as well as his approach to patient care and education. His patients always receive the excellent medical treatment they expect as well as the warmth, compassion and professionalism they deserve as respected partners in their own care. Dr. Astorino's dedication and uncompromising attention to detail continue to earn him high praise from his peers and patients alike.
For more information on this Patients' Choice Award winner, please visit Dr. Arthur Astorino, Jr.'s profile on PatientsChoice.org.
Following the publication of Dr. Arthur Astorino, Jr.'s selection for the Patients' Choice Award, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Astorino to The Registry™ of Business Excellence.
Patients' Choice provides in depth information on doctors in your area who have been recognized and awarded for outstanding patient care and expertise. The Patients' Choice Award is the honor roll of physicians who have received the highest ratings by their patients.
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SOURCE American Registry
Welcome to Astorino & Associates Eye Center conveniently located at the corner of Superior Ave. and Placentia in Newport Beach, just one block from Hoag Hospital.
Because we know how much your eye health and appearance can mean to the quality of your life, we are committed to excellence in servicing your complete eye care needs. We offer a full range of eye care services from vision examinations to sophisticated laser surgery and advanced cataract surgery.
Our goal is to provide the highest medical and ophthalmic care to our patients, striving to achieve this in a friendly, caring and professional environment. We know we are achieving this when our new patients often express that the exam they received is the most comprehensive that they have ever had. We are a three time winner of the MES practice of excellence (2005, 2010, 2017) - awarded for our quality vision care services.
If this environment for eye care sounds good to you then come join our family!