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Cool Eye Facts

• While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.

• Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too complex to reconstruct successfully.

• Your retinas actually perceive the outside world as upside-down – your brain flips the image for you.

• You see with your brain, not your eyes.

• Your eyes are about 1 inch in diameter, slightly bigger than a quarter, and weigh about 0.25 ounces or 7.5gms.

• Your eyes are made up of more than two million working parts to make them fully functional.

• The eye muscles are the most active muscles in the human body.

• We spend about 10% of our waking hours with our eyes closed, Blinking.

• The average blink lasts for about .3 seconds. You blink about 10-12 times every minute.

• If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 megapixels.

• Your eyes can get sunburned.

• Our body has some natural protection for our eyes. Our eyelashes help to keep dirt out of our eyes and our eyebrows are made to keep sweat from running into our eyes.

• The space between your eyebrows is called nasion.

• Your eyes water when they’re dry.

• Blue Eyes are more sensitive to light than brown or green.

• Humans and dogs are the only two species known to seek visual clues from another’s eyes and dogs only do it with humans.

• It is impossible to sneeze with the eyes open.

• Ommatophobia is the fear of eyes.

• Eigengrau, (pronounced i-gen-grou) is the color your eyes see in total darkness. Also referred to as brain gray.

• The reason why your nose gets runny when you are crying is because the tears from the eyes drain into the nose

If you want to learn more about your eyes and vision health please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eyecare Center!

Causes and Cures of Eyelid Twitching

It happens to all of us – in the middle of an otherwise ordinary day, something strange begins to happen. As much as you try, you cannot ignore it your eyelid is twitching uncontrollably and nothing will make it stop. Eyelid myokymia, more commonly known as lid twitching, is a common, benign occurrence. While it can be annoying, it is typically not indicative of a larger ocular problem.

Myokymia is a general term used to describe a quivering or involuntary movement of a single muscle or muscle group around the eye. It is caused by misfiring of the nerves communicating with the eyelid muscles. The most commonly affected muscles are those that close the lids over the eye called orbicularis, and the superior oblique muscle, which moves the eye down and toward the nose. In the latter case, patients may see double during an attack; in the former, and more common scenario, it is usually a simple twitching in the upper or lower lid. While the twitch feels incredibly pronounced to the sufferer, it is barely perceptible to any observer. This condition can resolve spontaneously, but it can also last up to three weeks and be very annoying.

Frequent contributing factors include too much caffeine, high levels of anxiety, fatigue, stress, overwork, lack of sleep, and nutritional imbalances. Some reports have indicated a lack of potassium or magnesium is to blame. In addition, alcohol consumption may cause lid twitching. This condition usually occurs in healthy individuals and although typically harmless, the twitching should still be assessed by an eye care practitioner.

To help suppress the twitching there are several simple treatment options; placing cold compresses over the eyes, sleeping more, taking oral antihistamines, or increasing your potassium by eating more bananas! Multi-vitamins or vitamin B-12 supplements may help as well. In more persistent or symptomatic cases, topical antihistamines may prolong the refractory period (the time it takes the nerve to signal the muscle to move) thus decreasing symptoms. In many cases, there is a response within 20 minutes. Anecdotally, quinine (found in tonic water) may also help calm this condition. One to two glasses a day for a week is often helpful; however, pregnant women should avoid this approach.

If the twitches persist on a daily basis for two months or longer, they can generally be resolved with a mild muscle relaxant or an injection of Botox. Myokymia that begins with one eyelid, but spreads to include other muscles of the face, requires further investigation. Some forms of eyelid twitching are caused by neurological conditions such as blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm. These conditions are much less common but far more serious and should be evaluated more thoroughly by an eye care physician.

If you have any questions regarding your eye and vision health, please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center

Should I be Concerned About an Eye Freckle?

A nevus, also known as a pigment spot or freckle, can be found on the skin and in the eyes of many humans. A choroidal nevus is a benign lesion, caused by the clumping of pigmented cells normally found in the back of the eye, and can be found during a routine eye examination. They usually do not cause any visual symptoms, thus most patients are unaware they even have them. They are believed to be more common in Caucasians than in African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. A nevus can be a dark or light lesion depending on the amount of pigment and it can vary in size and shape.

A choroidal nevus rarely requires treatment. If the choroidal nevus has orange pigmentation, is leaking fluid, or has a thickness of 2 mm or more it is more suspicious for becoming a cancerous tumor called a malignant melanoma or a choroidal melanoma. Retinal photography is typically used to document the size of the choroidal nevus so that it can be evaluated over time for changes.

Depending on its appearance, patients with a choroidal nevus should have their eyes examined at least every year. Only your eye doctor can look inside your eye to see if the choroidal nevus has changed. If the choroidal nevus has orange pigment or has become thicker as mentioned above, it should be checked more often. Findings like these should be evaluated with special tests for evidence of growth or malignant transformation.

If your eye doctor believes the nevus looks suspicious, he or she may recommend your examination include the use of ultrasound, a specialized imaging device (OCT),or an angiogram of the inside of your eye, referred toas a fluorescein angiography. This type of test involves injecting a special dye into your arm, observing, and photographing the blood vessels in and around the nevus as the dye travels through the back of the eye.

At Cockrell Eyecare Center, the specialized instruments used to evaluate these types of lesions include an Optomap Retinal Camera, Cirrus OCT, and B-scan ultrasound. The Optomap is a specialized retinal camera that allows a 200-degree retinal photograph to be taken in less than a second. The doctor can then review the photograph with the patient while the magnification and lighting are adjusted for maximum viewing. The Cirrus OCT uses scanning laser technology to take a specialized image of the area in question and virtually dissect that part of the retina. The B-scan ultrasound allows size and elevation to be determined.

The detail of the data collected during our exam is the most advanced technology available today. Upon leaving our office, we can provide you with copies of your photographs or images. It is a good idea to keep a picture of your choroidal nevus in the event you change eye doctors. The picture can be compared in future examinations to help determine if the nevus has changed.

There is no way to safely remove a choroidal nevus, nor is there a reason to. It is recommended to have the nevus observed by your eye doctor on a yearly basis and documented with photography.

We encourage all our patients to have yearly eye health evaluations to evaluate for and rule out findings like nevi. If you have questions regarding your eye health, please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center!

DIABETIC EYE DISEASE 2021

Diabetes is a prevalent, costly condition associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Managing diabetes is complex and difficult from the patient’s perspective as well as the physicians. Evidence exists that shows diabetic care is suboptimal in many patient populations across the US. Unfortunately, for many, lifestyle behaviors like diet and physical activity are difficult to change, and healthy behaviors are difficult to maintain for long periods. Other obstacles include keeping up with daily medication regimens, insulin injections, and blood glucose monitoring.

Patients must be diligent in their efforts. Non-diabetics should read this and be prompted to adopt behaviors that will keep them from getting diabetes. Clearly, both patients with diabetes as well as, non-diabetics, need adequate education and social support. Because of the factors listed above, patients demonstrate varying degrees of systemic involvement including kidney and cardiovascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and diabetic eye disease. With respect to diabetic eye disease, it is imperative that patients have at minimum, a yearly eye health and vision evaluation. Facts regarding diabetic eye disease:

More Americans between the ages of 20 and 74 go blind from complications from diabetes than any other cause. Between 40% and 45% of American adults with diabetes have some form of bleeding in the retina called diabetic retinopathy. In addition, if you have diabetes, you are twice as likely to develop cataracts before the age of 60.

Diabetic retinopathy is the result of damage to the blood vessels of the retina. Retinal blood vessels become inflamed and leaky. As diabetic eye disease progresses, the blood vessels atrophy and die or dropout. As a result, the body attempts to replace the lost blood vessels with new ones however, they are abnormal. These new blood vessels will ultimately hemorrhage. This is the beginning of what can end in significant internal bleeding of the eye and potential retinal detachment.

Both men and women who have diabetes are 35% greater risk for developing glaucoma. If you have high blood pressure with diabetes, your risk for glaucoma increases to almost 50%. Diabetics are also 30% more likely to develop dry eyes. Once diabetic retinopathy occurs, the risk of dry eye increases to between 40% and 50%.

Diabetics who seek yearly eye health and vision evaluations dramatically reduce their risk of vision loss from diabetic eye disease. Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eyes are all treatable if diagnosed in a timely manner. The most important step to successful treatment is early diagnosis.

If you have diabetes and need an eye health evaluation, please contact our office in Stillwater at405-372-1715.We also encourage you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eyecare Center!

Include Pre -K children in Back to School Eye Exams

Children with uncorrected vision conditions or eye health problems face many barriers in life. These barriers can occur academically, socially and athletically. Comprehensive vision and eye health evaluations at an early age can break down these barriers and help enable your children to reach their highest potential.

Vision doesn’t just happen. In fact, a child’s brain learns how to use eyes to see just like it learns how to use legs to walk or a mouth to form words. The longer a vision problem goes undiagnosed and untreated, the more a child’s brain learns to accommodate the vision problem.

Eighty percent of all learning is performed through vision which is why a comprehensive eye examination is so important for young children. Early detection and treatment provide the very best opportunity to correct vision problems so your child can learnv ision skills to see clearly. Taking this step will make sure your child has the best possible tools to learn successfully.

Preschool Vision

During the infant and toddler years, your child develops many vision skills and begins to learn how to see. In the preschool years, this process continues as your child develops visually guided eyehand-body coordination, fine motor skills and the visual motor skills necessary to learn to read.

As a parent, you should watch for signs that may indicate a vision development problem, including a short attention span for the child’s age; difficulty with eye-hand-body coordination in ball play and bike riding; avoidance of coloring, puzzles, digital devices and other detailed activities performed at near reading distance.

There are everyday things that you can do at home to help your preschooler’s vision develop as it should. These activities include reading aloud to your child and letting him or her see what you are reading; providing a chalkboard, finger paints and different shaped blocks and showing your child how to use them in imaginative play. Introduce digital devices however; limit screen time to allow for previously mentioned activities. In addition, providing opportunities to use playground equipment like a jungle gym and balance beam and allowing time for interacting with other children and for playing independently are all very important.

By age 3, your child should have a comprehensive eye health and vision exam to make sure their vision is developing properly and there is no evidence of eye disease. If needed, your doctor can prescribe treatment including glasses and/or vision therapy to correct vision development problems.

Here are tips to make your child’s optometric examination a positive experience:

1. Make an appointment early in the day. Allow about one hour.

2. Talk about the examination in advance and encourage your child’s questions.

3. Explain the examination in your child’s terms, comparing the E chart to a puzzle and the instruments to tiny flashlights or a kaleidoscope.

At Cockrell Eyecare we participate in a program designed to seek out vision problems in Pre-K children specifically, three year olds. The program is called SEE TO LEARN. The goal is to detect vision conditions or eye health issues that require attention at an early age. Studies indicate that more than 20 percent of kindergarten children have vision problems, and this number climbs to 40percent by the time these children reach high school graduation. Many eye conditions require care before the age of five to avoid a permanent compromise in vision.

The SEE TO LEARN program provides free vision analysis to three year olds. We invite you to contact our offices in Stillwater@405-372-1715 or Pawnee @ 918-762-2573 for more information about this program. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye CareCenter!

Broccoli, Spinach and Kale, not Carrots

Cataracts and age-related macular degeneration are the leading causes of visual impairment and acquired blindness in the U.S. The potential severity of vision loss from either condition and the irreversibility of macular degeneration have generated significant interest in “preventative care” or ways to delay the progression of both conditions. Studies show nutrition is one promising means of protecting the eyes from these diseases. The National Eye Institute reported in2013 on a seven-year study, AREDS II that evaluated the benefits of specific nutritional supplements with respect to cataracts and macular degeneration. In addition, there were many other studies prior to AREDS II that concurred with the NEI findings. Turns out the green leafy vegetables beat carrots hands down.

Carotenoids are colorful plant pigments some of which the body can turn into vitamin A. They are very powerful antioxidants or anti-aging substances. There are over 600carotenoids however, six account for most of those found in the human diet: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, betacryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Research shows that the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids located in the eye and it has been determined they protect against cataracts and macular degeneration.

In one of the first studies on carotenoids, the Eye Disease Case Control Study, diet was compared to the risk for developing macular degeneration. Results found that people with high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin in their blood had a lower incidence of macular degeneration. When comparing the consumption of lutein and zeaxanthin, (5.8mg vs. 1.2mg)the incidence of macular degeneration was less for those consuming the higher intake.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey showed similar results in that they found individuals consuming 6 mg per day of lutein plus zeaxanthin were associated with a reduced risk for developing macular degeneration.

Lutein and zeaxanthin intake in relation to cataracts has been examined as well. Two different studies, The Nurses’ Health Study and The Health Professional’s Follow-Up Study found that consuming 6-7mg a day of lutein plus zeaxanthin reduced the need for cataract surgery. In addition, the fiveyear follow-up to the Beaver Dam Eye Study showed that people who ingested the most lutein and zeaxanthin had a much lower risk for developing cataracts than people who ingested the least amounts.

Given the positive association between lutein and zeaxanthin and age-related eye disease, it is essential for people to incorporate high amounts of these nutrients in their daily diet. Eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, as currently recommended by the National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Agriculture, can provide 5 to 6 mg of carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are found together in many food sources. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, broccoli, collard greens, turnip greens, and romaine lettuce are the primary source of lutein and zeaxanthin. They are also present in lesser amounts in other colorful fruits and vegetables, such as orange peppers, corn, peas, zucchini, brussels sprouts, persimmons and tangerines. If you find it difficult to increase the amount of these carotenoids in your diet, multivitamins and eye health supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin are available.

If you have questions about your diet and eye health, please contact our offices in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.comand like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center!

A Look at Reading and Vision

When children have trouble reading, it is imperative that parents and teachers investigate the many possible causes. Reading difficulty usually stems from a combination of problems, rather than just one. The difficulty in this is that children often do not present as though they have a vision problem. That is, they perform normally and appear to “see” like their siblings or classmates. It seems evident because these children appear to be able to function visually, they do not complain about their eyes and they often pass vision screenings at school. Reading however, requires the integration of a number of vision skills: visual acuity, visual fixation, accommodation, binocular fusion, convergence, field of vision, and form perception. The typical school screening eye charts only evaluate distance and near visual acuity so it is easy to miss the symptoms of reading-related vision problems. The following list of visual skills should be evaluated to determine the best approach to help a student become an accomplished reader.

Visual Acuity is the ability to see objects clearly. The typical eyechart is designed to be seen at 20 feet and measures how well or poorly the child sees at that distance. Near visual acuity may be different than distance and must be measured as well. This is typically performed at 12-16 inches.

Visual Fixation. Fixation is the ability to aim the eyes accurately. Static fixation is the ability to focus on a stationary object when reading a word or working a math problem. Saccadic fixation is the ability to move the eyes quickly and accurately across a page to read a line of print. Pursuit fixation is the ability to follow a moving object with the eyes. These complex operations require split-second timing for the brain to process the information received and to track the path of the moving object.

Accommodation. Accommodation is the ability to adjust the focus of the eyes as the distance between the individual and the object changes. Children frequently use this vision skill in the classroom as they shift their attention (and focus) between their book and the board for sustained periods. Being able to maintain focus at near distances is important for reading, writing and taking tests.

Binocular Fusion. Binocular fusion refers to the brain’s ability to gather information received from each eye separately and form a single, unified image. If a child’s eyes are not precisely aligned, he or she may experience blurred or double vision, discomfort, confusion or avoidance. If that occurs, the brain often subconsciously suppresses the vision in one eye to avoid confusion. That eye may then develop poor visual acuity. This condition is called amblyopia or lazy eye.

Convergence. Convergence is the ability to turn the two eyes toward each other to look at a close object. Children depend on this vision skill for reading and school deskwork. Without convergence, a child cannot accommodate well.

Field of Vision. Field of vision is the wide area over which vision is possible. It is important that a child be aware of objects in the periphery (left and right sides and up and down) as well as in the center of the field of vision. Near central (or para-central) vision is important for reading ability.

Perception. Visual perception is the total process responsible for the reception and understanding of what is seen. Form perception is the ability to organize and recognize visual images as specific shapes. The shapes the child encounters are remembered, defined and recalled when he or she begins developing reading skills.

To ensure your child has the potential to read at the most efficient level, we encourage a yearly comprehensive vision and eye health exam starting at age three. Exams for three year olds are complimentary at Cockrell Eyecare Center through a program call SEE to LEARN. Contact us in Stillwater at 405-372-1715 to schedule your child’s exam today. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eyecare Center!

Adult Vision: 41 to 60 Years of Age

If you are over 40 years of age, you have probably noticed changes in your vision. Difficulty seeing clearly for reading and close work is among the most common problems adults develop between ages 41 to 60. However, this is also the time when other changes in your eyes can start to affect your work and enjoyment of life.

If you have experienced relatively good vision throughout your life and haven’t needed eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct distance vision, then the development of near vision problems after age 40 can be somewhat of a concern and a frustration. Losing the ability to read your computer screen or to see your texts may seem to have occurred abruptly. Actually, these changes have been occurring gradually since childhood. Up until now, your eyes have had adequate focusing power to allow you to see clearly for reading and close work. Now your eyes no longer have enough focusing power for clear and comfortable near vision tasks. This normal aging change in the eye’s focusing ability, called presbyopia, will continue to progress overtime.

Initially, you may have found you needed to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Print on work related papers or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting. If you already wear prescription glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance, the near vision changes caused by presbyopia can bring about the need to use bifocal or multifocal lenses. If you are nearsighted, you may have discovered that you now need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Fortunately, people with presbyopia now have many options to improve their ability to see well. These include glasses with a lined bifocal or no-line bifocal, monovision or bifocal contact lenses, laser eye surgery or lens replacement surgery.

Along with the onset of presbyopia, an increase in the incidence of eye health problems may occurs during these years. Whether or not there is a need for eyeglasses, adults should be examined for signs of developing eye health and vision problems. A comprehensive eye examination is recommended every year. Do not rely on substitutes like a health fair vision screening or a driver’s license vision test to determine if you have an eye health or vision problem. Adults over 40 may be particularly at risk for the development of eye health and vision problems if any of the following exist:

• Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure

.• A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.

• A visually demanding job or work in an eyehazardous occupation.

• Health conditions like high cholesterol, thyroid conditions, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which medications must be taken.

Early warning signs of eye health problems include fluctuating vision, increased glare or light sensitivity, changes in color perception, seeing flashes and floaters, loss of side vision, and distorted vision.

If you have questions about your vision or eye health or, are interested in having your eyes examined, please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center!

CONSUMER WARNING: HALLOWEEN EYE WEAR ACCESSORY MAY PERMANENTLY DAMAGE EYES

With Halloween approaching, the American Optometric Association (AOA) is warning consumers about the risks of wearing decorative contact lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor. These noncorrective lenses, designed only to change the appearance of eye color, are easily accessible to consumers and are especially popular around Halloween.

Federal law requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate decorative lenses as a medical device, similar to corrective lenses; however, decorative lenses continue to be illegally marketed and distributed directly to consumers through a variety of sources including flea markets, the Internet, beauty salons, and convenience stores.

Purchasing contact lenses without a prescription can result in serious eye health and vision damage since consumers are not properly educated on cleaning and disinfecting nor in proper removal and application of the contact lens. Without a prescription and wearing instructions from an eye doctor, consumers who wear these contact lenses put themselves at risk of serious bacterial infection, or even significant damage to the eye’s ability to function, with the potential for irreversible vision loss.

According to the AOA, only a proper medical evaluation from an eye doctor can determine whether patients are viable candidates to wear contact lenses, if they are capable of wearing lenses without problems, and ensuring the lenses fit properly. Even though they carry no prescription, and may be worn for only short periods, decorative contact lenses carry the same risks as corrective contact lenses. Because of this, it’s important for consumers utilizing these lenses to familiarize themselves with proper contact lens care information available from an eye doctor, so as to reduce the risk of infection.”

Other risks associated with the use of decorative contact lenses include conjunctivitis, swelling, allergic reaction, corneal ulcers and corneal abrasions due to poor lens fit. The AOA urges consumers not to take a chance with these decorative lenses. Seek care from a trained professional and be fitted properly.

At Cockrell Eyecare Center, we have a variety of decorative and colored contact lens. If you have any questions concerning these lenses, or would like to know if you are a candidate for contact lens wear, please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.com and like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center!

Digital Eye Strain

It’s hard to visualize how the digital world will look by the end of the decade but one thing is certain: the rate of technological change will continue to thrive. The technologies that have been shaping our lives for 10 years are just the dawning of an Information Age that emerges ever faster before our eyes. And possibly to the detriment of your eyes. Get set for so much more than flashier phones and eighth or ninth generation iPads. In the future, mobile technology will be central to the way we live our lives. Unfortunately, digital eyestrain will as well.

Digital eye strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens, including desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and Smartphone’s.

Symptoms of digital eye strain include physical discomfort such as dry, irritated eyes, headaches, eye fatigue, neck or back pain and blurred vision.

Patient’s underestimate how their technology use may be contributing to eye strain and often don’t consider ways to reduce this stress. If you use your phone as an alarm clock for example, you have a digital device the second your eyes are open. People typically hold small devices 8-12 inches away from their face. This distance increases the amount of eye muscle contraction necessary to see clearly causing eye fatigue and results in decreased blink rates. This is important because blinking is crucial to keeping the ocular surface well protected and from drying out. Typically blink rates are reduced from once every 6 seconds to once every 15 seconds with digital device activities. As a result, your eyes become dry and irritated and blurred vision typically follows.

The Vision Council’s Digital Eye Strain Report of surveyed10,000 people and revealed:

• 65% of people experience digital eye strain.

• If you use only 1 device your chance of having digital eyestrain is 53%.

• If you use 2 or more your chance of having digital eye strain is 75%.

• 1 out of 10 people spend ¾ of their time awake using a device (18 hrs!).

• 70% of women experience problems, 60% of men.

• The way people use their digital devices and their risk for eye strain varies widely by age group.

• 20-29 year olds: 87% use two or more devices simultaneously and 73% showed symptoms of digital eye strain.

• 30-39 year olds: 67% spend 5 or more hours each day on a digital device and 69% reported symptoms of digital eyestrain

• 40-49 year olds: 66% reported digital eye strain

• 50-59 year olds: 64% reported digital eye strain

• 60-69 year olds : 53% reported digital eye strain

How can you minimize digital eye strain?

Wear computer specific eyewear and glasses with lens options that can help reduce symptoms of digital eye strain, block blue light, and improve vision. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20 second break from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something 20 feet away. Build an optically optimal workspace to mitigate outside irritants. For example, reduce overhead lighting to eliminate glare. In addition, make sure your computer is at least an arm’s length away and is positioned such that you are looking down at a 15 to 20 degree angle. This relaxes some of your eye muscles.

If you have any questions concerning digital eye strain, please contact our office in Stillwater at 405-372-1715. We also invite you to visit our website at www.cockrelleyecare.comand like us on Facebook at Cockrell Eye Care Center!