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Tips to Relax Your Eyes

Do your eyes hurt after spending a significant amount of time reading, playing video games, driving, or staring at a screen? These visually intense activities can sometimes be hard on the eyes, causing uncomfortable symptoms like headaches and blurry vision. Other symptoms of eye strain can include light sensitivity, neck and shoulder pain, trouble concentrating, and burning or itchy eyes.

Fortunately, preventing painful computer vision syndrome and eye fatigue symptoms can be as simple as trying a few of these eye exercises. To learn more about digital eye strain and discover the best relief options for you, call Oakbrook Optical Eyecare at 630-581-2151 and schedule an eye exam with Dr. Joseph Franceschini.

Relax Your Eyes with These Supportive Techniques

Many of these exercises are designed for computer users. Eye strain resulting from long drives, reading, or other activities, can be alleviated by modifying some of these recommendations.

The Clock Exercise

The clock exercise relieves strain on overworked eye muscles and can help you avoid headaches and eye pain, among other symptoms. Begin the exercise by imagining a large analog clock a few feet in front of you. Keep your head still and move your eyes to the imaginary 9, then to the imaginary 3.

Keep moving your eyes to the opposite pairs on the clock — 10/4, 11/5, 12/6, and so on. Hold your gaze for a second or two on each number before moving on to the next one. Continue doing this for 4-5 minutes.

The 20-20-20 Rule

The 20-20-20 rule helps you avoid dry eyes and eye strain by giving your eyes frequent breaks. After about 20 minutes of screen time or doing close-up work, focus on an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This gives the eyes a much needed rest and helps them relax. There are also free apps available that provide pop-up reminders that notify you when it’s time to shift your gaze.

Screen Ergonomics

The American Optometric Association recommends placing computer monitors 20 to 28 inches, or 50-70 cm, away from your eyes and the top of the computer should be at eye level or right below for optimum eye comfort. Glare filters can reduce the amount of glare produced by digital devices and improve your viewing experience.

Poor sitting posture can also contribute to eye strain. Your chair should be situated so that your feet are flat on the floor, or use an angled footrest for additional comfort.

Optimize your Eyewear

Since regular prescription lenses or glasses may not adequately meet your visual needs for lengthy computer use, you may benefit from wearing computer glasses. These prescription glasses are customized to your needs and also reduce glare and block blue light.

You don’t have to live with the discomforts of eye strain. If symptoms persist, it may be time to visit Oakbrook Optical Eyecare and get the relief you seek. Call our office to schedule a convenient eye doctor’s appointment.

 

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

March is host to two national vision-related health observances, Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Save Your Vision Month.

The first, sponsored by Prevent Blindness America generates awareness for eye-safety in the workplace. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2012, there were 20,300 occupational injuries to worker’s eyes which resulted in days away from work. A recent report issued from The Vision Council reports that 70% of adults reported they’ve experienced digital eyestrain from increasing use of computers, tablets and smartphone screens.

Appropriate protective eye wear such as safety glasses or a face shield that fits comfortably, reduces glare, and does not obstruct vision, will prevent airborne particles, chemicals, and hazardous light rays from damaging the eyes. While eyestrain from looking at digital screens for extended periods of time will not cause permanent injury to the eyes, it is recommended that users take frequent breaks to focus eyes on a more distant object, and to blink frequently to prevent dryness.

The American Optometric Association (AOA) sponsors Save Your Vision Month to highlight the importance of routine eye examinations. The AOA suggests the following schedule for eye exams: 6 months of age; 3 years old; before starting school; every two years until age 60; annually after 61. When detected early through routine eye exams, vision loss resulting from diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy may be reduced.

 

Thank you for your generosity!

Trunk Show for Breast Cancer was a huge success!

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We would like to thank all our patients who attended our Pretty in Pink Trunk show. We happily donated $1000.00 to Hindsdale Hospital’s Breast Cancer Outreack.

In addition, two lucky winners received a free pair of Christian Dor and Hugo Boss sunglasses.

Fireworks Safety

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. You can help us prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By working with a national, state or local organization where you live to promote fireworks safety in your community.

Follow these safety tips when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
  • Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities. Parents don’t realize that young children suffer injuries from sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees – hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying or using them.

Team Franceschini

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Team Franceschini raised $700.00 for SUDC!

If you would like to donate, click on the link below:

 

Answers for Emmett

Gran Fondo Ride Supporting the Davis Phinney Foundation

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is unique in the Parkinson’s community. Their mission is to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today. The foundation is committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease. The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease. To Donate, please follow the link below:

http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/

March 14th – Save the Date!

Please come to the office as we unveil our new frame line – Tom For Eyewear! This entire collection of eyewear and sunwear will be available for viewing from
9 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on March 14th. Special discounts on these frames and lenses will be available only on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering all attendees and chance to win a FREE pair of Tom Ford Sunglasses just for attending! We look forward too seeing you!

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March is Save Your Vision Month!

Each Optometry Cares® program serves a unique population and enables us to meet the needs of the disadvantaged, underserved, uninsured and the most vulnerable among us.

Last year, over 60 million people were at serious risk of vision loss due to eye disease and only half of them visited an eye doctor in the last 12-month period.

We cannot sit back and watch disadvantaged populations limit their potential and quality of life.

With your help, we can help those in need to see a brighter future!

To donate, please click on the following link:

https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=aoa&id=1