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Light Sensitivity and Filters to Help

Do you suffer from light sensitivity? Is it too bright to go outside without sunglasses? Did you know that there are different filters you can get in sunglasses that help to make your eyes more comfortable?

At our office we carry NoIR filter lenses, Cocoons, JP fit over sunglasses all with different filters to help with these issues.

It is important when choosing a filter that is right for you that you also have the proper frame to fit the filter you choose. Having wrapped sunglasses or a frame that keeps ancillary light out from the top and sides of the frame will allow less light to reach the eye thus allowing the filter to be more effective.

Are sunglasses not an option for you? Do you prefer not to wear sunglasses all the time? Filter contact lenses are an option for you as well. Colored filter contact lenses provide an excellent option to reduce the amount of light and glare that you get.

Some diagnoses that are often well treated by colored filters include but are not limited to:

Achromatopsia, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts and post cataracts, corneal pathology, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and night blindness

Sometimes when you suffer from light sensitivity it is in fact a symptom caused by a more subtle finding. This can be something caused by an imbalance between your two eyes. It can also be caused by dry eyes. Working through the cause of the light sensitivity will help to better manage the symptoms but also the underlying problem. If we can get at the root of the problem, sometimes we can help relieve a lot of the symptoms. Very often times people who suffer a concussion or brain injury have light sensitivity after the injury. In a study I completed looking retrospectively at filters chosen by soldiers returning from war with a new level of light sensitivity, most of the soldiers chose a red or orange colored filter to help relieve their symptoms. There have been other reports that people with post concussion often chose a blue filter. Many migraine sufferers get relief from a blue filtered lens.

Working with patients who have light sensitivity issues, which holds true for myself as well, I have found that simply correcting any uncorrected refractive error and putting people in glasses, even for a mild prescription will often help improve the symptoms.

If you are suffering for extreme light sensitivity or you know someone who is please come to see us at Eyes of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and we will be happy to help work through some of the problems.

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Low Vision Aids in New Mexico

Introducing Eyes of New Mexico Low Vision Resource Center One of the biggest problems with losing vision is that people also lose their independence. Did you know there are many low vision aids that can help people to maintain a level of independence? Below are a list of some of the ways we can help people to maintain independence: Reading: … Continue reading

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Ruby 7 HD

Ruby 7 HD – $1,395 The all-new portable Ruby 7 HD makes reading easier. The seven-inch screen can display more text than a smaller magnifier and it magnifies materials up to 24x. This ultra-portable device can go anywhere with ease. The Ruby 7 HD is easy to learn and to use. Use the built-in tilt stand to read books, magazines, and mail. … Continue reading

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Contact Lenses for Dry Eyes

Help is on the way for people with dry, uncomfortable contact lenses! Did you know that there are now many contact lenses to help dry eyes available? Daily contact lenses are a great option for people who are experiencing discomfort with their current contact lenses. And now, daily lenses are available in contact lenses for astigmatism and in multifocal contact … Continue reading

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What is the cost of beauty?

Did you know that make up and make up removers are not harmless? The more we learn the more we understand what we are actually doing to our eyes using these chemicals in and around our eyes. Below is a list of some ingredients that you want to avoid when picking make up. Some of the biggest offenders are water … Continue reading

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Do you sleep with your eyes open?

Has anyone ever told you that you sleep with your eyes open? When you do this it can cause you to wake up with your eyes burning or watery or red. This is because the part of your eye that is exposed drys out causing your eyes to become uncomfortable. There is a relatively new technique that we use to … Continue reading

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What damage are we doing to our eyes with technology?

In an age where technology surrounds it we have to ask ourselves, what are we actually doing to our eyes when we are using technology so often? This is a question that we have been asking for several years now with the explosion of use of near devices. After just a few short years we are starting to see some … Continue reading

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Unable to wear contact lenses?

When I was in optometry school my eyes became really sensitive to contact lenses. I could only wear them for a few hours at a time. The discomfort meant that I became a full time glasses wearer. When new contact lenses came out I tried them and they were incredibly uncomfortable. Like many of my patients I blamed the discomfort … Continue reading

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Dealing with Dry Eyes in New Mexico

Do you ever experience any of the following symptoms? A gritty sensation A burning sensation A feeling of a foreign body or sand in the eye Blur or hazy vision Excessively watery eyes Dry eyes Tired eyes Red irritated eyes Pain 86% of all dry eye patients suffer from a condition called Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. The meibomian glands are the … Continue reading

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Pediatric Eye Care

Pediatric Eye Exams Did you know that when you go see an eye doctor we already pretty much know your prescription before we ever ask you any questions? We are able to see a reflex off of the retina that allows us to evaluate the prescription without feedback. This is what we do for children who are unable to answer … Continue reading

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