Reversing Eye Damage with Eye Exercises

Eye Exercises: Can They Help Reverse Eye Damage?

We use our eyes for everything on a daily basis. Whether it’s reading or using a computer, our eyes are constantly hard at work. Because our eyes work so hard, they can get exhausted and strained often, which can lead to overall eye damage. It is important to relax and rest your eyes so your vision can perform at its best. Relaxing and remaining calm with your eyesight is a great strategy that will help your eyesight for years to come, but it is also important to engage in exercises. There are many eye exercises you can do to improve your eyesight. It only takes a few exercises to break bad habits and reduce eye pain, injury and irritation.

It Starts with Prevention

Before we delve into exercises, it is crucial to take these preventative steps. Following these precautions will reduce eye damage that can lead to permanent issues with your vision:

  • Take adequate breaks. If you’re at work, take an eye break from your computer every hour. You could walk around your office or get up from your desk to take a break.
  • Blink often. This keeps your eyes lubricated and healthy. Try opening and closing your eyes and rolling them around – this will give you eyes a much needed rest.
  • Try a yawning stretch. Yawn as much as you can, even if you don’t feel the urge. This relaxes your jaw and will prevent tension and headaches.
  • Make sure the lighting on your computer screen is gentle on the eyes. If you can, ignore that glare that comes from your monitor, and reposition your computer if you can.

Exercise Those Eyes

These adjustments will help a great deal, but it is crucial to engage in eye exercise to strengthen the muscles and lessen eye strain. Here are three exercises that can help a great deal:

  • The dot exercise – Grab a piece of paper that has a period or comma on it. Focus on this image until it becomes the central focal point. When you attempt this exercise, odds are that the period or comma will become sharper and less blurry. Do a relaxation exercise by closing your eyes and letting them rest. After a minute, look at the dot again without straining, and then move your eyes around the page. Keep repeating this, and this should improve your vision.
  • The word exercise – Find a page with a word comprising five letters or more. Make sure you stare intently so you can see all the letters, and keep your eyes still. Focus on the word in its entirety and this should cause the letters to blur. Following this, take a moment to relax your eyes and move them around slowly. Take the time to blink so when you look at the word again, it should appear clearer than it did before.
  • The double vision exercise – Having both of your eyes work together is essential to your overall eye health and function. With the double vision exercise, your eyes work in harmony to prevent strain that occurs from squinting too much. To practice this exercise, relax your eyes, softening them when you look at an object, and ensure you use both eyes to do so.

Getting into a routine and engaging in healthy habits can benefit your vision in the long-term. At Dr. Ghosheh’s Advanced Eye Medical, we want our patients to see clearly for the entirety of their lives. We offer all the best advances in eye care, and have the knowledge to make sure you are looking after you eyesight. Come visit us today and meet with our friendly team!

Resting Your Eyes and Its Health Benefits

The Value of Resting Your Eyes

Getting adequate rest is crucial to functioning better in day-to-day life. If you haven’t gotten enough sleep, and you aren’t able to nap, there are ways you can still rest your eyes, which is valuable for both eye health and overall health. If you’re at work and feeling like you need to rest your eyes, take a moment to close your eyes, meditate for a few minutes, and relax. It may not be as advantageous as getting extra sleep, but it can help rest your eyes.

Eye fatigue is also a common condition that can occur if you eyes aren’t well rested. This can include unpleasant symptoms such as the following:

  • Irritated eyes
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Dry eyes or watery eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • An increase in light sensitivity
  • Back, shoulder, and neck pain

These symptoms can negatively impact your day, so it is so important to get adequate rest.

Put Your Mind at Rest

You can still be awake, but take a break to rest your eyes. This calms your mind. Some people even practice a yoga called “yoga nidra,” which puts people in a yogic sleep between the two worlds of being awake and asleep. Resting your eyes also allows your muscles and body parts to relax, resulting in stress reduction, mood enhancement, and a clearer mind. Being in a calmer state can increase your creativity, motivation, and ability to be productive.

Other techniques you can use are visualization or deep-breathing. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of your day, these solutions allow you to center yourself and calm the mind. Taking a break to rest your eyes can even enhance memory. Sleep or rest is beneficial for declarative memory (the ability to remember facts) and procedural memory (how to remember abilities that you have such as bike riding). In a high-speed life full of distractions and constant information, taking the time to settle down and rest is a great idea for any person. Down time should be a daily occurrence just to reset your mind and slow things down.

Lay Your Head Down

If you do have the opportunity, lying down is a great way to relax all your organs and muscles. You don’t even have to be napping – just taking a break and laying back can have the exact same effect.

Some people have difficulties taking naps during the day or can’t get to sleep. If this is the case for you, getting up and doing a mellow activity like reading (especially something on the more boring side) will help you feel more tired and get you to sleep. Avoid looking at computer screens, your phone, or other technologies as the light from the screen can play a trick on your body by preventing the release melatonin, which aids in sleep. Also, clearing your head of distracting thoughts can help immensely.

There is so much value in just taking the time to rest your eyes and relax. It causes a healthy level of productivity, is good for eye health, and can have a calming effect on the body.

The team at Dr. Ghosheh Medical Clinic want our patients to be at their very best. We hope these tips can help you rest your eyes, and give you a nice boost for your day! If you find that resting your eyes isn’t helping reduce certain problematic eye conditions, be sure to book a free consultation with us.

Ocular Migraines

Ocular Migraines and Your Vision

Also called retinal, monocular or ophthalmic migraines, ocular migraines cause partial alteration of your field of vision, including loss of vision, disturbances in vision, or blindness that lasts less than one hour that is often recurring. A migraine may accompany the vision disturbances or it may precede or follow them. This condition affects approximately 1 in 200 people who have migraines.

When you visit your eye doctor, be able to describe your symptoms accurately. Your doctor will need to rule out any other possible conditions such as blood clot, stroke, pituitary tumor, or detached retina in order to diagnose ocular migraines.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms for an ocular migraine are inclusive of multiple vision problems that affect only one of the eyes. Of these vision problems, you may experience disturbances such as flashing lights, zigzag patterns, shimmering spots or stars; blind spots in your field of vision; or blindness in the eye. Other symptoms include a headache that lasts from 4 to as long as 72 hours.

The symptoms of the headache will affect one side of your head. They can feel between moderately to severely painful and pulsate in intensity. Additionally, they can feel worse when you’re physically active. Some other symptoms include nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and/or sound.

It is important in diagnosing an ocular migraine that the vision loss only affects one eye. Regular migraines can have auras, which affect one side of your field of vision but usually affect both eyes. About 20% of people who experience migraines experience auras accompanying them. If you are looking to diagnose an ocular migraine, covering one eye and then the other may help you determine where the symptoms are localized.

Causes of Ocular Migraines

Doctors are unclear about what causes ocular migraines, but they feel that issues with the retina, the thin lining in the back of the eye, may cause them. These issues may include spasms that cut off blood flow or changes in the nerve cells. Ocular migraines may also be exacerbated by exercise.

Diagnosing an Ocular Migraine

To be diagnosed with an ocular migraine condition, your doctor must rule out any underlying causes for the symptoms you are experiencing such as blood clot, stroke, pituitary tumor, or detached retina. If your retina exam is normal, it is possible that you are experiencing ocular migraines.

Ocular Migraine Treatment

Although there is only a small body of research on what can treat or prevent ocular migraines, your doctor may recommend Aspirin; anti-epileptic (anti-seizure) medications, such as Depakote (divalproex sodium) or Topamax (topiramate); Beta-blockers; or tricyclic antidepressants, such as Elavil (amitriptyline) or Pamelor (nortriptyline) as possible treatments.

Treatment may also depend on identifying what is triggering your migraines. For example, skipping meals, losing sleep, and stress can call contribute to migraines. If you think you are experiencing ocular migraines, evaluate your daily activities to see what might be causing your migraines.

Patients who experience ocular migraines have a higher risk of losing vision in one of their eyes permanently. It is unknown whether there are preventative treatments for this permanent vision loss, such as anti-epileptic (anti-seizure) medications or tricyclic antidepressants. If you have concerns, consult your doctor to find out what might work for your ocular migraines and increased risk of long-term vision.

Consult Your Doctor

Ocular migraines can be difficult to diagnose if you don’t know your exact symptoms. You should be able to explain to your doctor with certainty that the symptoms are appearing in only one eye and not both, because this can indicate a much more serious problem than ordinary migraine auras. Consult your doctor about whether or not you should be treated for ocular migraines.

Ocular migraines affect quality of life. They can cause difficulty reading and it is dangerous to drive when you have one. If you experience ocular migraines and are concerned about either temporary discomfort or potential permanent vision loss, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. You can take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for more information about both ocular migraines and other eye disorders and diseases.

Treating Pink Eye

Conjunctivitis and Your Eyes

Diagnosing Pink Eye

When your doctor is diagnosing pink eye, they will take a detailed health history and ask you about your symptoms. Your doctor will also examine your eyes. If you have a severe case of pink eye, you have affected corneas or have had recurring infections that are unresponsive to treatment, your doctor may take a sample of secretions to send to the laboratory.

If you have allergic conjunctivitis, meaning your pink eye is caused by allergens, your doctor may suggest you see an allergist and begin testing for what is causing the allergic reaction.

Bacterial Conjunctivitis

Bacterial conjunctivitis clears up in one to two weeks in more than half the patients that suffer from it. This can occur without any medication. However, your doctor can prescribe antibacterial ointment or eye drops for the condition if your symptoms are severe. The ointment may cause vision to blur for a short period of time, up to 20 minutes, just after application. Regardless of what your doctor prescribes you, your symptoms should begin clearing up after a few days of use. Talk to your doctor about what method of treatment is right for you and be careful to follow the treatment plan as directed.

Viral Conjunctivitis

Viral conjunctivitis may begin in one eye and subsequently infect the other eye after a few days have passed. When the virus has run its course (between one to two weeks) your signs and symptoms will clear up, but generally speaking, there is no treatment available for this kind of conjunctivitis.

If the herpes simplex virus causes your viral conjunctivitis then your doctor may prescribe antiviral medication.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis is a result of your body’s immune response to allergens and the production of histamines as a response. Your doctor may want to prescribe you a variety of eye drops for patients with allergies. These eye drops may include medications such as antihistamines, which combat the histamines in production. Your doctor may also prescribe eye drops that stop inflammation. These may include decongestants, steroids or anti-inflammatory eye drops.

Home Remedies

There are several home remedies for pink eye. If you have the symptoms of pink eye, to relieve your discomfort you may want to consider applying a compress to your eyes. The compress should be a clean, lint-free cloth soaked in water but damp after being wrung out. Use it on your eyelids several times a day. Usually a cold water compress will be the best option and feel the most relieving, but if a warm compress relieves your symptoms better, feel free to use that option. If your pink eye is only affecting one eye, be careful not to infect the other eye by touching the cloth to both eyes.

Eye drops may be another good option for a home remedy. Over the counter eye drops, also known as artificial tears, may ameliorate your symptoms. Certain eye drops have medication in them such as antihistamines that may help with allergic conjunctivitis due to their ability to combat the histamines your body is producing.

If you have allergic conjunctivitis it may be helpful to avoid the substance or substances causing your symptoms, wash your clothes frequently, and/or bathe or shower before you go to sleep.

If you wear prescription contact lenses, you should stop using them until you are free of symptoms. Additionally, if your contacts are not disposable, wash them thoroughly before you use them again at the risk of re-infecting your eyes.

Consult Your Doctor

Pink eye, whether bacteria, allergens or a virus causes it, is uncomfortable and sometimes painful. You should know the causes of your symptoms, if there is a beneficial treatment option available, and how to access the medication you may need. If you are concerned about your eyes, or that you may have pink eye, schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. If you have more questions about pink eye or other eye conditions, you can also take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information.

Why is Eye Pressure So Important?

Pressure and Your Eyes

The pressure in your eyes is important for your overall vision health. Ocular hypertension, the condition of having an excess amount of pressure in your eyes, is dangerous and increases your risk of glaucoma (although this does not necessitate that you will develop the condition).

The pressure in your eyes is affected by the production of excess fluid in the eyes or poor drainage of the fluid from the eyes. This causes damage to the optic nerve and can cause glaucoma and permanent vision loss if left untreated.

Normal eye pressure is somewhere between 10 and 21 mmHg.

Glaucoma and Intraocular Pressure

Glaucoma is a condition involving excess pressure in the eyes due to improper production and/or drainage of fluid in the front of the eye. Aqueous humor, the fluid that your eyes produce, blocks channels in the eye that regularly are drained through the trabecular meshwork. The mounting pressure that results causes glaucoma.

Signs and symptoms of glaucoma include redness in the eyes, loss of vision, eye pain, nausea or vomiting, seeing halos around lights, or hazy/narrowed vision. The first sign of glaucoma is the loss of peripheral vision, which can go unnoticed for a great duration of time. Without regular eye exams, patients may not know there is any damage to their optic nerve or that they are experiencing hypertension.

When your intraocular pressure (that is, the pressure on the inside of your eyes) is higher than normal, you run the risk of other eye conditions as well, such as pseudoexfoliation syndrome and pigment dispersion syndrome.

Eye Conditions Involving Pressure

The exact cause of pseudoexfoliation syndrome is unknown, however it is known to increase eye pressure and precipitate glaucoma. It is a condition in which light gray, flakey material forms on the eye’s pupil margin and anterior lens capsule. When these dandruff-like substances form, they can block the trabecular meshwork of the eye and therefore cause the increase in pressure, as the eye is unable to drain properly.

Pigment dispersion syndrome is a condition in which the colored part of the eye, known as the iris, begins to flake. The pieces that flake off of the iris become lodged in posterior parts of the cornea. This can cause an increased pressure in the eye (hypertension) and pigmantary glaucoma if the flakes break off and clog the anterior chamber of the eye from which the aqueous fluid of the eye usually drains.

Regular Eye Maintenance

Regular eye exams include a test for glaucoma, which tests the pressure in your eyes. These tests are quick and painless. An eye doctor will dilate your pupils and conduct an exam that measures the pressure in your eyes, known as tonometry. They will also inspect the drainage angle of your eyes (gonioscopy); take a look at your optic nerve (ophthalmoscopy); conduct a visual field test, which measures your peripheral vision; and measure your cornea’s (the clear film at the front of the eye) thickness (pachymetry). These tests will focus on any aspect that may indicate the presence of glaucoma, which would be additionally indicative of improper circulation of fluid in your eyes or hypertension.

You may be prescribed eye drops by your doctor that cause the build-up in the front of the eye to be reduced, or increase the flow of fluid through the eye. Laser surgery and microsurgical options are available for more severe cases.

Consult Your Doctor

The pressure in your eyes is exceedingly important to your overall vision health. Hypertension can be the cause of glaucoma, and can lead to blindness. While the blindness caused by glaucoma is not reversible, if managed properly, glaucoma usually does not lead to permanent vision loss.

It is important that you continue to visit your eye doctor regularly. Schedule a visit with Dr. Ghosheh of Laser for Eyes. If you have more questions about eye pressure or other eye conditions that may be affecting you, you can also take a look at Dr. Ghosheh’s medical blog for further information.

First Aid Tips for Four Common Eye Injuries

An essential part of keeping your eyes healthy is knowing what to do should they sustaining an injury. While it is important to see an eye care professional in the event of an injury is also important to apply the proper first aid to avoid permit damage. Here are some first aid tips for four common eye injuries. Be sure to follow these steps should you sustain any of these injuries

If your eye gets cut or punctured

If you sustain this type of an injury, you require immediate medical attention. However, there are steps you can take to avoid making your injury worse before going to the eye doctor or the emergency room. Firstly, it is important not to rub your eyes or try to remove anything from it. In order to avoid irritating your eye, you should place something rigid and circular over it as a protective layer, for example, you could cut out the bottom of a paper cup. Be sure not to put any pressure on your eyes you can avoid this by gently taping the protective cover over your eye. After you’ve secured your protective cover, seek emergency medical attention.

If you get objects in your eye

It is important to not rub your eye or try to remove the object by hand because you may accidentally scratch your cornea. Instead, you can try removing the object by using a damp Q-tip to flush out your eye. Or you could use eyewash or water to rinse out your eye. If none of these things are available to you, it is always possible to remove the object by making yourself cry it out. After you treated it, you may need to visit an eye care professional to be sure the object has been removed.

If you get chemicals in your eye

It is important to flush out your eye immediately should you sustain this type of injury or else you risk permit damage to your eye. Stand underneath the shower or hold your head under the faucet to flush out your eye and use both hands to hold your eye open. Flush your eye out for 15 minutes and get immediate medical care afterward.

If you sustained a blow to the eye

You should apply a cold compress or ice pack to your eye to reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to hold the compress or ice pack to your eye gently without applying any pressure. Keeping your head elevated will also reduce the swelling. If you continue to experience pain or if there is a change in your vision be sure to see an eye care professional as soon as possible.

Now that you know some first aid tips for four of the most common eye injuries be sure to utilize them in the event that you sustain any of these injuries. If you have any further questions about first aid for eye injuries, feel free to contact us. And if you need to schedule an appointment, simply visit laserforeyes.com.