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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/

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National STOP THE BLEED® Day is May 21, 2020

PALMER, Pa. -- STOP THE BLEED® is an important public health campaign aimed at directly saving lives-through an effort to increase public awareness and encourage people and organizations across the United States to get trained with life-saving STOP THE BLEED® techniques so they can be ready to take action and stop everyday instances of life-threatening bleeding in their homes and communities.

The National STOP THE BLEED® Day project engages the public to join this fast-growing campaign so more lives can be saved.

Experts say it takes between:
* 3 - 5 minutes to die from blood loss.
* 7 - 10 minutes, on average, for EMS to arrive.

Why it Matters

National STOP THE BLEED® Day is critically important because incidents, like mass shootings or natural disasters, along with everyday accidents, whether on the playground, the freeway, or in the kitchen, could expose people to bleeding out. It's imperative that people become aware of this, because in many cases, death from blood loss is preventable. Properly trained, anyone can STOP THE BLEED® until professional help arrives.

Take Action Now

National STOP THE BLEED® Day is encouraging individuals to Get Trained, Get Kits, and Get Involved. At NationalStopTheBleedDay.org, individuals can learn about taking a STOP THE BLEED® class. The website also shares information about how to secure STOP THE BLEED® kits for your home or organization. Remember, 35% of pre-hospital deaths are due to blood loss, and traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for people below the age of 46.

Meet Lacey Newman

Wife, Mother, 2017 Las Vegas Shooting Survivor and STOP THE BLEED® Ambassador:

Shot in both of her legs, with only minutes to live, Lacey Newman's best friend Nicole applied pressure to Lacey's wounds, saving her life. Lacey is pleased to champion the STOP THE BLEED® initiative by telling her story and encouraging the public to take a STOP THE BLEED® class to learn the life-saving techniques and be equipped to save a life if ever needed. She stars in STOP THE BLEED's Public Service Announcement (PSA), which is available for broadcast.

One version of the PSA is viewable here: https://vimeo.com/328403899. Lacey Newman is available to speak about STOP THE BLEED® and how life-saving techniques can play an instrumental role in saving lives.

Other prominent STOP THE BLEED® experts and spokespersons across the United States are available to speak about this important topic, including Dr. Matthew Levy, Chair of Stop the Bleed Coalition, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the importance of bleeding control training and education. Dr. Levy is also board certified in Emergency Medicine and subspecialty certified in Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Levy is regarded for his expertise in and out of the hospital, in disaster and tactical medicine, and the training of EMS personnel.

Dr. Matthew Neal is also a prominent STOP THE BLEED® spokesperson. He is the Roberta G. Simmons Assistant Professor of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a celebrated trauma surgeon and research scientist who teaches STOP THE BLEED® seminars, and a member of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Neal runs his own laboratory and recently received a grant funded by the Department of Defense to study treatments for types of bleeding that do not respond to compression. As a public advocate for National STOP THE BLEED® Day, Dr. Neal has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show and in the The New Yorker article, Turning Bystanders into First Responders.

National Grassroots Initiatives

National STOP THE BLEED® Day initiatives have been launched nation-wide to raise awareness and engage the public. One is the 2020 STOP THE BLEED® Scholarship Program - offering high school students an opportunity to write an essay or make a video about STOP THE BLEED® - with the top prize being scholarship money and STOP THE BLEED® kits for their high school. Another program is the STOP THE BLEED® Training Kit Grant program. To train millions of citizens, the proper training equipment needs to be utilized - equipment that can be challenging for some organizations to afford. The Training Kit Grant program will award training kits to organizations that will make a significant impact in their communities by teaching the hands-on, American College of Surgeons, STOP THE BLEED® course.

The 2020 STOP THE BLEED® Scholarship Program recipients and the STOP THE BLEED® Training Kit Grant program awardees will be announced on National STOP THE BLEED® Day.

Additionally, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the National STOP THE BLEED® Day project has launched STOP THE BLEED® at Home - a set of actions people can take while sheltering at home. Learn more: https://nationalstopthebleedday.org/stop-the-bleed-covid19/#!/STBhome

Lastly, the campaign is seeking individuals to share their STOP THE BLEED® experiences by sending their stories to community@nationalstopthebleedday.org.

STOP THE BLEED® Day is a national public health initiative with support across public and private sector organizations and individuals committed to saving lives.

National STOP THE BLEED® Day is supported by over 100 organizations, including the following:
* United States Department of Defense
* American College of Surgeons
* United States Department of Homeland Security
* Stop the Bleed Coalition
* The American Red Cross

To learn more about National STOP THE BLEED® Day, book an interview with a spokesperson, or inquire about a PSA, please contact Ed Miller at community@nationalstopthebleedday.org or 610-428-8851.

You can also follow the campaign on social media at #NSTBD20 and #STOPTHEBLEED.

Learn more: https://nationalstopthebleedday.org/

Related link: https://nationalstopthebleedday.org/

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