Winter Eye Health

Winter Eye Health

Winter Eye Health

The winter weather can be particularly harsh on your eyes and presents us with new and different reasons to protect them. Winter also comes with extreme temperatures, humidity, and precipitation, so don’t let it affect your vision.

Here are some of the ways winter can affect your vision, or exacerbate an eye condition, including some winter eye health tips for prevention.

Driving in winter
It can be difficult to see when driving during the long nights of winter, and it’s easy to understand why more accidents happen at night. Your pupils are larger in the dark than in the daylight, and your depth of field decreases when your pupils are large.

With the longer nights, you are forced to drive more regularly at dusk and dawn. The glare of the lower sun creates more difficulty for drivers, so make sure your windscreen is clean, both inside and out. Have your eyes tested to ensure you have the best vision possible? It is useful to have a pair of sunglasses with good UV protection in the car to help with the glare from the sun.

Dry eyes
When it’s cold outside, we know how tempting it is to stand in front of the heater or pump up the heat of your air conditioner to warm up. However, by doing so, you may be putting your eye health at risk. Apart from drying out the surrounding air, heat causes the tear film on your eyes to evaporate, drying them out and causing discomfort.

If you already have dry eyes, central heating may exacerbate them. Running a humidifier in your home to improve the quality of your indoor air will help as well. If your best efforts don’t improve things this winter, your eye doctor may need to prescribe a remedy. The treatment for dry eyes depends upon the cause, so it is important to speak to your optometrist if your eyes feel dry, gritty, and red.

There are some simple steps you can take to minimize the discomfort caused by dry eyes in winter:

Lower the temperature in rooms when possible.

Blink more
Many people find that their dry eye gets worse when reading or using a computer. This is because we blink less when we are doing anything that needs a lot of visual attention. Use a humidifier at work and home. Opening windows for a few minutes on cold days will also help. Moisten your eyes with artificial tears.

Time spent indoors
People tend to watch more television and spend more time using computers during the winter. Remember to take breaks and operate the 20:20:20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.

Winter lighting
The lower levels of light in winter can make reading and close tasks more difficult, especially for older people and those with existing vision problems. Extra light, in general, can help, and light for these sorts of activities should be as close as possible and be flexible enough to direct exactly where you need it most.

Watery eyes
In cold and windy conditions, many people complain that their eyes water more than normal. Wearing spectacles will protect against the wind, even if you don’t usually wear them outdoors. Ailments like dry eyes, redness and irritation, and even pink eye are common this time of year; it’s important to see your Optometrist should you experience persistent watery, red, scratchy, or itchy eyes.

Don’t let winter get to your eyes, visit your Optometrist at World of Vision to maintain winter eye health. Call 012 653 2288 or email for more information or to book an appointment.

Road safety starts with good vision

Road safety starts with good vision

Can you believe we are almost at the end of 2020?

Only one month away from your very well-deserved December holiday. Every year the excitement and happiness are tainted by the number of road accidents, leading to death and disability.

This year include “Check my Vision” on your holiday check list.

Road safety starts with good vision. It is the most important sense to take decisions on the road. And 80% of all visual impairments can be prevented or cured.

Why is Your Vision Important in Driving?

90% of driver information is visual. The ability to have good vision is a vital part of driver fitness. A recent study has shown that 1 in every 5 drivers suffers from a vision defect that can affect their driving performance. This is particularly disconcerting as 90% of all critical decisions that drivers make are based on sight.

Having good vision is essential for safe driving and even a slight compromise in your vision affects not only how well you can see objects in the distance, but will negatively affect your reaction time, depth perception, peripheral vision and night time vision.

Warning Signs
– Headaches when driving
– Blurred road signs
– Unsure night vision
– Difficulty judging distance
– Intolerant to glare or light
– Fluctuating Vision
– Scratched spectacle lenses
– Slower reaction time

If you experience any of the above signs, visit your Optometrist at World of Vision at least 2 weeks before your planned holiday.  This will give us enough time to assess your vision and prepare spectacles before you leave. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Driving Tips

  1. If you have trouble seeing in low light, consult your Optometrist to identify any vision problems. You may be a candidate for prescription night-driving glasses, even if you don’t wear glasses during the day.
  2. Ask your eye care professional for glasses with anti-reflective coating which reduce sun or headlight glare, giving you sharper driving vision.
  3. If you suffer from dry-eye syndrome, treat it immediately. This eye condition will cause you to experience light scatter.
  4. Keep your car in sound working condition to eliminate interference with good driving vision. Clean your headlights, windows and mirrors before driving at night. Use your window defoggers in bad weather. Drive slowly and turn on your high-beam headlights in dark areas when there is no danger of interfering with other drivers’ vision.
  5. Contact lenses provide you with a natural and unobstructed view of the road along with fewer distortions to enhance your seeing and driving ability.

Don’t risk you and your families and other road user’s safety, book your appointment today!

Remember, you might still have medical aid Optical benefits for 2020.  If you don’t use it wisely, you might miss out.

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Spring is finally here! As we bid Winter farewell, keep in mind that the year is drawing to a quick end. Remember to make use of your medical aid’s optometric benefits if you have not yet done so in 2020 and miss the end of the year rush.

With the biggest selection of Vogue, RayBan, Oakley and many more exciting eye wear in Centurion, we are sure you’ll find something to complement your spring wardrobe.

Easy Ways to Care for Your Eyes this Spring

Invest in a good pair of sunglasses: Proper UV protection is crucial for your eye’s health. In addition to blocking out harmful UV rays the correct sunglass lenses can enhance your vision in many ways. Polarized lenses eliminate glare. Light enters the lenses only from a certain direction/angle, blocking light reflecting off surfaces around you. This means no more glare from the tar surface of the road, the car approaching you or water surfaces.

Enhancing your driving and outdoor adventures
Different coloured lenses absorbs different spectrums of visible light and each has their own unique properties and advantages.

At World of Vision our Optometrists and Dispensing staff have the knowledge to guide you to select a pair of sunglasses that not only suit your looks but also your unique lifestyle.

Eye allergies: Spring not only brings warmer weather but dreaded allergies too!
Eye allergies are characterized by red, itchy, watery eyes that are caused by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers. If you think you have eye allergies, here are a few things you should know – including helpful tips on how to get relief from your red, itchy, watery eyes.

What causes eye allergies
Allergens are normally harmless substances that cause problems for individuals who are predisposed to allergic reactions. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Eye allergies also can be caused by reactions to certain cosmetics or eye drops, including artificial tears used for treating dry eyes that contain preservatives. Food allergies and allergic reactions to bee stings or other insect bites typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens do.

Eye allergy relief – To get relief from your eye allergies and itchy, watery eyes, you can take a few approaches:

Avoid allergens
The best approach to controlling your eye allergy symptoms is to do everything you can to limit your exposure to common allergens that you know you are sensitive to. If staying indoors all the time is not an option, wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, etc., and drive with your windows closed.

Remove your contacts
Because the surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, consider wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy season. Or consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use preservatives.

When you do go outdoors during allergy season, wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes.

Your Optometrist at World of Vision can quickly identify eye allergies and recommend the best eye drops and treatment plan to follow.

Enjoy Spring!

Eyecare tips for summer

Eyecare tips for summer

Summer is here, and so is the harsh sun that can damage your eyes. Now is the time to ensure that you take good care of your eyes and protect them.

Below are some useful tips that can help protect your eyes this summer.

Wear Sunglasses
Wear sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection or ones that are polarised. Larger framed glasses are better as the large frame blocks out more UV rays. On cloudy days, it is recommended to wear sports sunglasses. Don’t let the clouds deceive you, UV rays are still hurting your eyes. Sunglasses get scratched, or you lose them without realising, so always keep a second pair of sunglasses handy.

Wear a hat
For extra protection, make sure you wear a hat. The wider the brim, the more your eyes are shaded from UV rays. That hat is an additional barrier between you and the sun’s rays.

Stay hydrated
Dehydration can affect your eyes. When you are dehydrated, your body can’t produce tears which lead to dry eye symptoms and other vision problems. It is essential to keep your skin and eyes hydrated. Drink at least 2 litres of water every day.

Avoid midday sun
If possible, stay indoors between 10:00 and 15:00. The sun’s rays are at their highest during this time. Need to go outside? Make sure you are wearing sunglasses with 100% UV protection or polarised glasses, which help reduce the glare from the bright sun.

Wear goggles when you swim
Protect your eyes from pool chemicals. The amount of chlorine in a pool can be harmful to your eyes. Make sure you wear goggles when you go for a dip in the pool. Goggles will also help keep other bacteria entering your eyes that can cause infections. While we are discussing pools, we recommend that you remove your contact lenses before getting into the water.

Wash your hands
Wash your hands on a regular basis to protect yourself from the spread of disease. Germs come into contact with your eyes when you rub them with dirty hands; these germs can cause infections. However, if possible, avoid rubbing your eyes even with clean hands.

Eat healthy
What you eat can affect your eyesight. You need to eat foods that are rich in nutrients that improve eyesight and help prevent the development of long-term vision eye problems. Eat plenty leafy greens, carrots, citrus fruits, fish that are rich in omega 3 and nuts and seeds

Use Eye Drops
Despite your best efforts to keep your eyes healthy and moist, you might need eye drops to minimise discomfort from dry eyes. When your eyes are dry, they become more sensitive to light and vision could become blurry. Any eye not lubricated is more susceptible to scratches and infections.

So, if you are going to the beach this summer or lying by the pool catching the sunny rays, make sure you have your sunglasses, hat and water bottle. Look after your eyes this summer!