Surgeon: Smartphones Cause Surge in Myopia Cases

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Photo: Getty Images

Smartphones have made our lives easier, right? You might even be reading this on a smartphone right now. For all the convenience, though, there are also problems: They cause vision impairments, a leading laser eye surgeon says. Femalefirst.co.uk reports that Surgeon David Allambym has revealed that smartphones have caused cases of myopia (short-sightedness) among young Britons to surge. Want to know more? Check out this article. Noticed your eyesight suffering? Contact us today at (989) 667-9393.

Eye Tests May Help Predict Stroke Risk

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In the future, eye tests may help determine your risk of stroke. That’s according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal “Hypertension,” which says that that taking retinal images of our eyes may, in the future, help doctors gauge our risk of having a stroke. If confirmed by further studies, this research could allow doctors to identify those most likely to have a stroke. High blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important risk factor for stroke around the world, but at the moment, science isn’t able to predict which patients with high blood pressure are most likely to develop a stroke. How exciting! Learn more about the study in this Saga.co.uk article or this Telegraph.co.uk article.

Eye tests can tell so much about the rest of your body. Is it time for you to make an appointment? Contact us today at (989) 667-9393.

Rare Eye Disease Leaves People Without an Iris

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Have you heard of aniridia? People with aniridia lack an iris — the colored part of the eye surrounding the pupil. It is a genetic disorder that robs people of their vision. But researchers studying the condition say it could give insight into some common health problems — from cataracts and glaucoma to diabetes and obesity. Want to know more? Check out this HealthDay article.

Contact Lenses: We’ve Got All the Facts Right Here

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Do you wear contact lenses? Thinking about trying them? You probably have questions: How long can you wear them? What if you’re out of contact lens solution? Get answers to these questions and more in this ChicagoDefender.com article. If you’re wondering how to choose the right contact lens, watch a video here. We also have a video here for info on how to care for your contact lenses.

At Newton Eye Care Center, our contact lens evaluations, fittings and follow-ups are backed by a 60-day guarantee, during which all necessary office visits are included at no extra charge. Are you ready for contacts? Contact us at (989) 667-9393.

Protect Young Eyes in the Technology Age

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Photo: AP via HuffingtonPost.com

Kids these days are always looking at something electronic: a phone, an iPad, a video game. And all that screen time causes eye fatigue and can affect your kid’s overall vision and eye health. “To view things closer, our eyes automatically adjust by drawing inward; our pupils get smaller to focus, and our eye muscles adjust so we can see a clear image. As a result, extended use of electronic screens can cause tired, blurry or irritated eyes,” according to this article on AberdeenNews.com. Kids are spending more than 7.5 hours a day on devices, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Want tips to reduce eye fatigue for your kids? Read more here.

Eye Exam Tops Checklist for Keeping an Elderly Driver on the Road

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Photo: Getty Images via Telegraph.co.uk

Do you have an aging loved one whose driving skills are starting to go? How do you know when it’s safe to let seniors keep their keys, or when it’s time for them to stop driving? The first item on the checklist is an eye exam. Newton Eye Care Center is happy to help determine if your loved one’s eyesight is still good enough for driving. Eyes should be checked yearly, so contact us today at (989) 667-9393 to schedule an exam. Check out some of the other recommendations from this TheNewsTribune.com article:

  • Check your loved one’s medications.
  • Evaluate the person’s driving.
  • Schedule a driving refresher course.
  • Make proper adjustments to the vehicle for a good fit.
  • Get a professional assessment by a driver rehabilitation specialist.
  • Adjust the driving schedule, such as no driving after dark, etc.

Study: Answers to Yes/No Questions Seen in Pupils

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Photo: Eyecare2020.com

Are answers found in our eyes? According to one recent study, the answer is yes. People who are otherwise unable to communicate with others can answer yes or no questions with a simple system that measures changes in the size of their pupils, researchers say. The system consists of a laptop and camera and takes advantage of naturally occurring changes in pupil size that occur when people do mental arithmetic. No specialized training is required, according to the study authors. Want to know more? Check out this HealthDay.com article.