Each year, nearly 50 percent of the annual 2.5 million eye injuries occur at home; that’s more injuries than occur in school and at the work place – combined. From cleaning and cooking to mowing and repairing, eye injuries occur every day while performing routine activities. When completing these daily tasks in and around the home, we often become complacent and do not take proper safety precautions. During Home Eye Safety Month Friends for Sight hopes you will start taking necessary safety measures to reduce your risk of eye injury.
“Shelter in Place” Closure – March 17th – April 7th
In compliance with the Santa Clara County’s “Shelter in Place” mandate for COVID-19, our office will be closed 3/17/2020-4/7/2020. If you have an urgent eye care need, please visit Santa Clara Valley Medical Center or your nearby urgent care facility.
For urgent glasses or contact lens requests, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist remotely.
Please, stay indoors and safe. We look forward to SEEing you soon!Read More
Do your eyes feel scratchy, gritty, or dry all the time? Are you constantly putting eyedrops in your eyes to keep them moist?
Does computer work, reading, or driving make it even worse?
You might have what they call evaporative dry eye. This happens when the water in your tears evaporates faster than normal, due to an insufficient lipid (oil) layer on the tear film.
That is what causes your eyes to feel dry.
This deficiency of oil may result from a blockage in the oil-producing glands in your eyelids, known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD). Sounds so intimidating, right?
Well, don’t worry. Eyexam has a solution called LipiFlow. LipiFlow means relief. LipiFlow treats the leading cause of Evaporative Dry Eye, not just the symptoms. What it does is open and clears blocked glands which allows your body to resume the natural production of lipids (oils) needed for the tear film.
For those of you that like statistics, in a clinical study, 79% of patients reported improvement of their overall dry eye symptoms within four weeks, ranging from 10% to 100% improvement. That is water to eyes wouldn’t you say?
Curious how Lipiflow Works?
LipiFlow Thermal Pulsation technology applies controlled heat to your inner eyelid, and mild intermittent pressure releasing lipids from the blocked Meibomian glands. There is no damage to the glands or the delicate structures of the eye. LipiFlow treats the upper and lower eyelids at the same time.
See how it works:
Some patients consider it somewhat like a spa experience and say it is virtually painless. At eyeXam, it is always our goal to make your visit as happy and comfortable as possible.
Are you a Candidate for Lipiflow? Here’s what to expect at eyeXam.
- We determine the cause of your dry eyes. This is a crucial step in recommending the appropriate treatment option for you.
- Take the dry eye lifestyle questionnaire, (live link)
- Evaluate your symptoms, tear film and gland function to determine the underlying cause of your Dry Eye symptoms.
- Treatment can start immediately.
If you want to say goodbye to your dry, scratchy, itchy eyes, we are here for you.
Schedule your GOODBYE TO DRY EYES appointment. https://www.eyexam.biz/request-appointment.html
As a loving and gentle reminder. It’s important to treat this chronic disease early, to avoid permanent loss of gland function, additional cell damage, or visual deterioration.
Finally, your eyes will be so happy you found the LipiFlow treatment.
To moist and happy eyes,
Dr. Nikki Iravani
If you are anyone you know suffers from Dry Eyes and wants relief, please let us know how we can help. Contact us at 408-528-7100 or at email@example.com.Read More
The most common place for eye injury to occur is in the yard or garden. One in four eye injuries happen during home repair. However, there are things you can do, both indoors and outdoors, to help protect your eyes and body from unnecessary injury. Here are a few tips for keeping your eyes healthy and safe:
- Wear eye protection, we cannot stress this enough. Eye protection, such as safety goggles, protects your eyes against particles and dust, flying debris and chemicals splashes. Also note that regular corrective lenses do not protect your eyes against injury; you can easily find safety goggles that are worn over your glasses.
- When using hazardous products (e.g., bleach, detergents, cleansers) never mix chemical agents or other caustic substances, always read and follow the manufacturer warnings and guidelines, and always use in well-ventilated areas.
- To improve safety on stairs and walkways remove tripping hazards, secure rugs, install gates on stairs, and provide sufficient lighting and effective handrails. This is especially important in homes and locations where toddlers and senior citizens reside.
- Remove debris and inspect yard and garden before beginning yard work, such as mowing or using a weed trimmer. This measure will not only protect you, but it will prevent potential injury to bystanders.
- Remember to wash your hands after completing a task and before touching your eyes or face.
- Be sure tools and cleaners are out of the reach of children.
- When cooking use shields, as this will prevent hot oils from splashing on your body, face, and especially your into your eyes.
Understandably, we cannot prevent all injuries from occurring. If you should experience an eye injury DO NOT rub or touch the eye, DO NOT apply medication to the eye, and DO NOT attempt to remove any debris from the eye. If the eye injury is caused by a chemical in the eye, thoroughly flush the eye with water. For all eye injuries seek medical attention immediately.
The eyes certainly are windows to the soul, and if you know anything about eyes or windows, you are aware that they come in many different tints and colors!
Most commonly, you see brown, blue, or hazel eyes when you look at the people around you, but some people, whether it be luck or a medical condition, wind up with a really cool and rare eye color. What are the rarest eye colors and how do they happen?
The Rarest Eye Colors and How They Occur
An abundance of melanin
Albinism and blood leaking into the iris
A little melanin with a large amount of lipochrome
A little melanin, a bunch of lipochrome and Rayleigh scattering of light
Lack of pigment mixed with light reflecting off of red blood vessels
Increased or decreased pigmentation in the iris
Did You Know?
Only 2% of the world’s population has green eyes! Talk about a rarity! Next time you see someone rocking natural greens, let them in on this cool fact.
So, Which Is the Most Unique?
There really isn’t a way to determine exactly which eye color is the rarest, but if you have never seen any of the ones listed below, just know that it’s because it’s rare. This list is in no particular order, and if your eye color made the cut, consider yourself a gem.
1. Black Eyes
Have you ever seen someone with eyes that seem black as night? Although they appear black, they are really just a very, very dark brown, which is caused by an abundance of melanin. You may only be able to determine the pupil from the iris when looking at the eye with a bright light!
2. Red/Pink Eyes
Two major conditions cause a red or pinkish eye color: albinism and blood leaking into the iris. Although albinos tend to have very, very light blue eyes due to a lack of pigment, some forms of albinism can cause eyes to appear red or pink.
3. Amber Eyes
This beautiful, golden eye color is often confused with hazel. The difference is that hazel eyes have brown and green in them, while amber eyes are a solid, uniform color. With a little melanin and a whole lot of lipochrome, eyes of this shade almost appear to be glowing! A few different animals have this eye color, but it’s a true rarity in humans.
4. Green Eyes
Very little melanin, a burst of lipochrome, and the Rayleigh scattering of light that reflects off the yellow stroma can make for a variety of shades of green. With only two percent of the world’s population having green eyes, it’s definitely rare!
5. Violet Eyes
Oh, what a purplish blue! This color is most often found in people with albinism. It is said that you cannot truly have violet eyes without albinism. Mix a lack of pigment with the red from light reflecting off of blood vessels in the eyes, and you get this beautiful violet!
This is not a set color, but rather a rare eye condition where either
- one iris is a different color than the other iris (David Bowie!), or
- there is a spot in an iris that is an entirely different color than the rest of the iris due to pigmentation differences.
It’s quite an unusual type of eye coloring that some individuals have, and while many people wear contacts to make their eye color more uniform, I think it’s beautiful, and such a rarity should be flaunted!
What Determines the Color of Your Eyes?
Many people will argue that it is purely genetic, which, for the most part, has been found to be true; however, there’s still not a lot known about the genes that determine a person’s eye color. We do know that rare eye color genes are recessive, so perhaps it’s just a matter of the two right peoples’ genes coming together to bring forth the phenomena.
Now, what we do know about eye color determination is that it involves two pigments (along with how the iris scatters lights): melanin (brown pigment) and lipochrome (a yellow pigment). When you see someone with light, blue eyes, it means there is an absence of melanin, or brown pigmentation.
Originally, we all had brown eyes. But a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a ‘switch,’ which literally ‘turned off’ the ability to produce brown eyes.
— Professor Hans Eiberg, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Copenhagen
Did We All Have Brown Eyes?
It is believed that the human race started out having brown eyes and due to genetic mutations, other colors came about. Perhaps this is why brown is the most common (but no less beautiful)!
So many people who have perfect vision choose to wear contacts just to have a rare eye color so if you made the cut, consider yourself lucky!
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