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Shedding Light on Nighttime Driving Glasses

With this month’s look at task-specific eyewear, we’ll be discussing glare-reducing driving glasses ­and how they can help motorists combat distracting light glare and unwanted strain.

A recent survey confirmed what most of us already know ­­– nighttime glare decreases vision and causes discomfort.  About a third of respondents experienced difficulty visualizing road signs and judging distances, the study noted.  Over half said headlights were particularly bothersome while 50% experienced glare and light sensitivity.

The most common cause of night driving problems is the need for glasses. Improving clarity obviously enhances safety on the road.  Glasses containing a high-quality anti-reflective (AR) coating substantially reduces glare and haloes.  Our optical staff at Classic Eyewear strongly encourages the use of AR coating for all our patients’ eyewear.

There are several other causes of nighttime difficulty, the most common of which is cataracts.  Even mild cataracts which otherwise are not bothersome can cause very significant glare and haloes while night driving.  As cataracts progress, many people stop driving altogether.  Cataract surgery promptly relieves this problem and, of course, improves vision for reading, television watching and all other activities.

Another common cause of nighttime vision problems is Dry Eye Disease.  By disturbing the surface of the eye, vision decreases and glare increases.  Prompt treatment of this disorder not only improves vision, both night and day, but also improves the discomfort and pain that often occurs in dry eye sufferers.

Safely reaching your destination is always our goal. The doctors and staff of the Coastal Jersey Eye Center are here to help you stay sharp behind the wheel!

August 1, 2018

Do You Stare at a Screen All Day? If So, Here’s How To Protect Your Eyes

All of us use computers, tablets and smartphones all day, every day. A recent survey put the number at five hours a day. The Census Bureau reported in 2015 that a whopping 87% of American households possess a computer. No wonder that record numbers of Americans complain of eye problems due to computer use.

Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS, not to be confused with the more famous CVS pharmacy chain) is a fancy name for eyestrain when using digital devices. Symptoms include some combination of headache, fatigue, irritation, scratchiness, dryness and blurring. At greatest risk for developing CVS are individuals who spend two or more continuous hours at a computer or mobile device every day.

Computer and mobile device use is different than reading a printed page. The print is not as precise or sharply defined, the level of contrast between the letters and the background is reduced and the presence of glare and reflections on the screen may make viewing difficult. Viewing distances and angles are different compared to book and newspaper reading. These factors place additional demands on the visual system.

Uncorrected or under corrected needs for glasses will worsen significantly all the problems noted above. We strongly encourage a thorough eye examination in CVS sufferers for this reason. Anti-reflective coatings in glasses will reduce glare from the various screens in use today.

Dry Eye Disease (DED) is also a significant contributor to CVS. Previous articles discussing DED are available at www.coastaljerseyeye.com/blog (Feb. 2018 and Jan. 2017).

Classic Eyewear is located in our Linwood (927-4424) and Cape May Court House (465-7926) offices. Our optical experts are available to fill your prescription for computer glasses or other task specific eyewear. With digital screens a part of everyday life, working with computers should be as comfortable and enjoyable of an experience as it is productive!

June 5, 2018

Sunglasses: Your Most Important Accessory

How many pairs of shoes do you own? On average 20 for women and 12 for men (it’s true…I looked it up on the Internet.) Working out at the gym in dress shoes would be a painful experience indeed!

What about eyeglasses? Having listened to patients talk about their glasses for 35 years, I’d guess most people own one or two pairs.

This series of articles will discuss a variety of eyeglass and lens types, including sunglasses, task-specific glasses such as computer glasses, and lens treatments to enhance vision quality and comfort.

The most important second pair of glasses to own are sunglasses, whether they be prescription or non-prescription. The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays, and unprotected, prolonged exposure to these rays can cause serious vision problems. They are also valuable for diminishing glare that can cause distractions while driving, working and playing.

What features should you look for in high-quality sunglasses? Certainly a larger frame, which will block out more of the sun’s rays. Optical quality lenses (no drugstore glasses, please,) with UV coating are a must.

I always recommend polarized lenses because they cut through glare and haze. Lenses come in all colors but experts agree that gray allows the wearer to see outdoor colors as they appear naturally, without glare or light pollution. Neutral tones are a popular choice and improve contrast, visibility and depth perception.

An alternative to sunglasses is photochromic “transition” lenses, which darken when exposed to UV radiation outdoors from the sun. They are certainly convenient because one pair of glasses can perform two jobs. My concern with this product is the lack of sufficient darkening while driving. Most windshields contain a UV blocker, which blunts the darkening effect of the lenses.

The optical experts at Classic Eyewear welcome the opportunity to discuss your eyewear needs. Prescriptions from other doctors are always welcome. Classic Eyewear is located at the offices of the Coastal Jersey Eye Center in Linwood and Cape May Court House.

Dr. Stephen H. Uretsky is a board-certified ophthalmologist with 30 years of practice experience who specializes in comprehensive eye care. Coastal Jersey Eye Center features an optical center, Classic Eyewear, which provides eyeglass frames and lenses to suit every style and budget. For more information on eye exams or to schedule an appointment, please call the Linwood office at 609.927.3373 or 609.465.7926 for the Cape May Court House office. Visit online at www.CoastalJerseyEye.com.

April 5, 2018