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Colorado Optometrists Announce 8 Ways to Protect Your Eyes This Summer

DENVER, Colo. -- A lot has changed for the summer of 2020, but the Colorado Optometric Association and 2020 Eyes Colorado wants everyone to know that summer eye health is still important. Colorado's sunlight is roughly 20% brighter than at sea level and is even more intense at the top of a mountain as there is less atmosphere at higher elevations to filter out UV rays.

"Coloradans are getting outdoors much more this summer due to the pandemic closures. It's important that when we are enjoying the outdoors that we don't underestimate the intensity of the Colorado sun because it can negatively impact your vision," says Sheryl Benjamin, Executive Director at the Colorado Optometric Association.

Colorado's optometrists give eight ways to protect your eyes this summer:

1. Wear UVA/UVB Blocking Sunglasses
Your eyes can get sunburned. It's true and it's all too common in the bright Colorado sun. Grab a pair of 100% UVA/UVB blocking sunglasses and wear them when outside to protect your eyes from sunburn. Some Coloradans pair sunglasses with a hat for even more UV protection. Make sure the brim is at least 3 inches wide for good coverage. Start kids off right by protecting their eyes early on with a hat and sunglasses. Bonus, tiny sunglasses are cute!

2. Wear Swim Goggles
Chlorine is rough on the eyes so be sure to protect them with swim goggles. Typically, chlorine exposure in a pool will dry out your eyes and make them temporarily red. However, conjunctivitis/pink eye is a common infection for swimmers as it spreads easily in the water. Make sure those goggles are sealed well!

3. Wear a Hat
A hat is a great addition to sunglasses for increased eye protection. Wearing a hat will shade additional parts of the eyeball and skin around the eyes. It's also a great runner up if you forget sunglasses as you're headed out on the trail.

4. Clean Hands Make Healthy Eyes
Yes, washing hands and avoiding face touching is important for eye health and overall health. Hand washing is even more essential during the pandemic, but it was also significant before COVID-19 to prevent the transmission of disease and illness that can enter through touching your eyes and face. Plus, washing your hands reduces your risk of contracting conjunctivitis/pink eye any time of year!

5. Eye Protection for DIY Projects/Activities and Sports
Be sure to wear safety glasses for DIY projects and high-risk activities like sports or lighting fireworks. These high-risk moments can quickly go awry with an unexpected eye injury. Make sure each individual on the project has protective glasses.

6. Drink Plenty of Water
Dehydration is very common in the dry Colorado summers, but is easy to avoid. Dehydration can impact the body's ability to create tears and then can cause vision issues. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water consistently throughout the day. Be sure to bring plenty of water for those outdoor activities!

7. Get Sleep!
Humans do better with a good night's sleep and eyes are no different. When and individual doesn't get enough sleep it impacts visual acuity. When this happens, the individual may need to catch up on sleep or may need to rest their eyes for a while.

8. Get an Annual Comprehensive Eye Exam
Keep eyes healthy with a comprehensive eye exam performed by an optometrist. An annual eye exam gives a better look at overall physical health. It will also allow for early detection of eye related diseases and non-eye related health issues. The Center for Disease Control states that, "Of the estimated 61 million US adults at high risk for vision loss, only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Regular eye care can have a life-changing impact on preserving the vision of millions of people." Find a trusted Colorado optometrist today!

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):
The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association. COA has also launched a public health campaign called 2020 Eyes Colorado - https://2020eyescolorado.org/.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

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Colorado Optometrists Announce Tips to Help Avoid Eye Health Challenges from Increased Screen Time During COVID-19 Pandemic

DENVER, Colo. -- As social distancing becomes a normal way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic many individuals are participating in increased screen time. The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and the public health campaign 2020 Eyes Colorado, have collected tips from its doctors of optometry on how to keep eyes healthy as technology has become the hub for employees, social circles, students, teachers, families, and entire communities to stay connected.

"This increased screen time for many is an important part of life and staying healthy mentally and emotionally, which makes reducing screen time not possible for many. There are still a number of preventative measures individuals can take to reduce the impact of screen time on eye health while staying connected," says Dr. Matt Buchanan, COA Board President.

It can be difficult for some individuals to understand why their vision is suddenly blurry or they're experiencing more headaches. But Colorado optometrists know the eye health challenges that come with increased screen time.

Potential Signs That Screen Time is Impacting Your Eyes
* Increased headaches or migraines
* Dry eyes
* Red eyes
* Itchy eyes
* Watery eyes
* Blurred vision
* Light sensitivity
* Eye strain

Tips for Keeping Eyes Healthy During Increased Screen Time

Observe the 20-20-20 Rule
Adults and children should take frequent screen breaks by practicing the 20-20-20 rule. When using any screen, every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away. To get in the habit of this, set a timer every 20 minutes for a few days as a reminder to use the 20-20-20 exercise.

Take Blink Breaks
Looking at a screen naturally has users blinking less and that can cause dry eyes, which can also cause a number of issues including blurry vision. When you take your 20-20-20 break be sure to take a few long blinks. This will help hydrate your eyes and reduce any discomfort from reduced blinking.

Reduce Blue Light
Blue light is linked to computer fatigue and eye strain. Colorado optometrists recommend wearing glasses that filter out this light. If you're unsure about finding true blue light glasses, you can contact your optometry office for recommendations.

Buy an Alarm Clock
Blue light suppresses our bodies production of melatonin. This is one of the chemicals that tells our body it is time to go to sleep. Eliminating nighttime phone use in your bedroom tends to nurture better sleep and it eliminates blue light exposure from looking at your phone during the night. It's recommended that you use an alarm clock in your bedroom and keep your phone in another room or on customized "do not disturb settings" while being placed across the room.

Establish a Screen Schedule
During this time, we can't get away from using screens, but it's important to evaluate if there is any way to reduce screen time. Many families are finding that no screens after 8pm is a great rule to start winding down for bed and reducing stress. Begin looking at ways to reduce mindless social media scrolling and shift some of your entertainment choices to non-screen activities during certain times of the day or week.

Check Your Vision
If you're experiencing more headaches, blurry vision or eye discomfort it's probably a good idea to get a comprehensive eye exam in the near future with your local optometrist. This will ensure that your eyes are equipped with the correct prescription lenses/contacts and that any other vision issues are addressed. Stay away from online eye exams or vision screenings as they are not a reliable tool for the full picture of your eye health.

Colorado's doctors or optometry are fully open and offering all services including routine care! Find a local optometrist here - https://2020eyescolorado.org/

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.

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Colorado Optometric Association Warns Patients to Be Cautious of ‘At-Home Eye Exam’ or ‘Vision Test’ Product Claims

DENVER, Colo. -- Some companies are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and asserting that their devices make it easy to conduct an eye exam at home. The truth of the matter is, there are a number of components that are part of an in-person, comprehensive eye exam with a doctor of optometry and there is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, at-home device or app that people can use to self-conduct all of the elements of a proper eye examination. The Colorado Optometric Association, together with the American Optometric Association (AOA), warns that it is more important than ever to be aware of products that give the mistaken impression that their devices can substitute for a comprehensive eye examination or that they can shortcut getting a contact lens or eyeglasses prescription.

"When patients rely on an app for an eyeglass or contact lens prescription, they can receive inaccurate or misleading information and potentially delay essential sight saving treatment. In addition, changes in refractive status can be an underlying symptom of a number of eye or systemic conditions, which can only be detected through an in-person, comprehensive eye exam," says COA President, Dr. Buchanan. "We want to ensure that patients have access to medically-recognized eye health care and to protect them from companies, platforms or services that may put their health at risk."

The Colorado Optometric Association is joining with the AOA, patient advocacy organizations, state attorneys general and the media in warning the public about the lack of effectiveness and potential dangers of these devices and their marketing promises. With the proliferation of these online apps, optometry and other health care providers have continued to raise concerns about their safety and efficacy-including the potential for inaccurate prescriptions, missed diagnoses of serious and general health conditions, and the creation of a prescription with little input from an eye doctor.

"Eye exams with doctors of optometry, America's primary eye health and vision care providers, are essential health care that provide more than just a prescription but are also a critical component of patient's preventive health regimen. During this time, patients should work with their doctors to make use of health technologies that enhance care, and not be misled by questionable marketing claims that undermine it," AOA President Barbara L. Horn, O.D., says. "Patients need to be wary of any company that claims its device can replace the care that a doctor provides."

States are beginning to reopen health care access and eye doctors across the country are starting to safely provide comprehensive eye health examinations once again. Patients looking to schedule their annual eye examinations or update their prescriptions should contact their eye doctors, who are employing in-person and telehealth protocols to provide necessary refills and other eye health and vision care with one goal in mind - to protect everyone's health and safety.

About the Colorado Optometric Association (COA):

The Colorado Optometric Association (COA) is the professional organization of optometrists in Colorado. Over 600 Colorado Doctors of Optometry are voluntary members of the Association.

Since 1892, the COA has assisted its members in providing the highest standard of professional care to their patients by sponsoring continuing education programs for doctors, advocating in local and state governments for programs and laws that represent patients' best interests, and providing information for the public. For more information, please visit http://www.visioncare.org/ or call 303-863-9778.

Related link: https://colorado.aoa.org/

This news story was published by the Neotrope® News Network - all rights reserved.