Think Fast!

 

So, the kiddos are back in school and we all know what that means…sports! Whether it’s football, baseball, soccer, etc. eye safety is of the utmost importance. I mean, little Billy can’t play if he can’t see cause little Johnny cranked that fast ball right to little Billy’s face and got him right in the eye! Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark! Dr. Kash wants to make sure little Billy, and kids like him, have the chance to make it the Major Leagues one day, with vision and eyeballs intact! So, in recognition of sports eye safety month, Dr. Kash has some tips and brings awareness in this three part series.

 

According to the National Eye Institute, eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children and account for nearly 100,000 doctor visits a year! The reality is that the majority of these injuries can be prevented by simply using the proper eye protection. Regular prescription glasses won’t do the trick. It is imperative to use the right safety glasses, goggles, shields, or guards designed for different sports. Different sports are categorized by risk factors for eye injury which vary from high to safe. A high risk sport would be one such as basketball or paintball whereas a safe sport would be gymnastics or track and field.

Stay tuned, because next week Dr. Kash has some guidelines for choosing/finding the right eye protection for the athlete!

Blue Monster Is Back!

It’s a tale of the return of the big, bad, blue monster who steals your sleep and creates zombie-like creatures! Ahhhh! Just kidding, well, kind of. Dr. Kash wants to make sure that after having had an eye exam, little eyes stay protected. With school beginning soon, the kiddos need those little peepers shielded from, you guessed it, blue light! With projects, and papers to write, or making plans with friends on social media on electronic devices, the little ones are bombarded with the blue stuff! But, no fear, Dr. Kash has the youngins covered!

Just to recap, blue light is emitted from almost every screen we find ourselves in front of on a daily basis, as well as from the sun. Since the little ones (and not so little ones) are headed back to school, it is probably a good idea to get them back in to a regular sleep pattern. Blue light, however can affect and disrupt our sleep patterns, especially since your teenager probably goes to bed with their phone, or the wee ones go to bed with a television on in their rooms. This is a big no, no! Blue light interferes with the production of melatonin in our bodies causing us to not feel so sleepy and therefore getting to sleep later. And let’s be honest, who needs more stress in the morning trying to get the kids up on time for school, getting them ready, and fighting morning traffic!? So to help protect against blue light and have the kiddos styling in their new glasses, Dr. Kash has a few suggestions.

First is the new Transitions Signature Style Colors. Not only do they look really cool and you get to choose new colors (sapphire, emerald, amber, & amethyst), but most importantly the eyes are protected at the same time! Transitions lenses can block up to 20% harmful blue light indoors and up to 85% outdoors. If a clear lens is preferred, not to worry because the Essential Blue Series lenses offers protection against harmful blue light, 3x more protection that is, compared to regular clear lenses.

So, let’s help to keep young eyes protected this school year (and all year round) so that they can have a better learning experience in class and protect those peepers!

National Eye Exam Month

Ah, the time of year many parents long for…back to school! While parents may be longing for a break and some much needed “me” time after a fun-filled, busy summer, hopefully they remember the importance of getting the kiddos their eye exams to ensure better learning through healthy vision! August is National Eye Exam Month, so for the kids, Dr. Kash wants to make sure everyone is well informed and prepared!

Different age groups have different vision needs. This is why it is so important to start eye exams early on! According to the National Institute of Health, roughly 35% of preschoolers have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Therefore, the American Optometric Association recommends comprehensive eye exams begin as early as 6 months of age. Luckily, Dr. Kash has a timeline to help out a bit.

So remember, eye exams are key for healthy vision which in turn brings about better learning! Stay tuned because Dr. Kash has ways to protect those little eyes & he wants to share the wealth!

 

National Eye Safety Month

Ooo…Bright Lights!

“Baby you’re a firework, Come on let your colors burst…” Oh, ahem, sorry…well, it’s that time of year again! Time spent with family, barbeques, being poolside getting your tan on, and of course fireworks! This Independence Day, Dr. Kash wants to make sure you practice eye safety! After all, July is National Eye Safety Month!

Did you know that roughly 90% of eye injuries can be prevented with protective eyewear?! Considering there are, on average, 2.4 million of these injuries a year, it’s very important to protect yourself. At least 10,500 of these injuries are fireworks related. Even if you’re not handling them personally, bystanders often are the ones suffering these injuries.

So, Dr, Kash has these following tips to keep protected this July:

  • For starters, follow the law of your state! If fireworks aren’t permitted for consumer or home use, then leave it to the professionals.
  • Where home use of fireworks is permitted, be sure to wear eye protection. This includes bystanders, and especially children.
  • When attending a professional fireworks display, be sure to respect any and all barriers set.
  • Keep the kids safe and don’t allow them to use or handle fireworks.

Lastly, Dr. Kash can’t stress enough the importance of protecting our eyes from that big, flaming ball of Vitamin D and ultraviolet rays, a.k.a, the sun! So keep safe this 4th of July, and all summer long, by protecting those eyes!  And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook!