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by Logan

Health Tip – How often should you see the Eye Doctor?

Our schedules are so busy and so many things are going on that I bet it has been ages since you’ve seen the eye doctor.

The exceptions, of course, are those who have serious eye changes. But I bet, even the majority of you have waited too long to set up an appointment with your Optometrist.

The eyes are very complex organ system and can be the first signs that a serious medical issue is happening. If you’ve experience a loss of vision, change in vision, double vision, eye pain, serious eye redness, and a host of other eye related symptoms. It is probably time that you bite the bullet and schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.

Diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, Multiple sclerosis, retinal detachment, and several other diseases can be seen as changes in the eye.

Factors that Determine how often you should see an Eye Doctor

1.)     Symptoms that alarm you or your family

2.)     Age – the older you get, the more often you need to be seen

3.)     Eye Health – If you are often getting infections, vision changes, or a change to your prescription – you should be seen more often.

4.)     Family history – If your family has a history of some of the more serious eye medical issues or diabetes – you should be seen more often.

When should Children see the Eye Doctor?

Children should have some sort of eye exam early in their lives. This will often be done by your primary care physician. They may be looking at a wall evaluation piece with shapes and such. If obvious vision changes are noted – then a referral to an eye doctor may be in order.

Beginning at age 3 – children should be checked every one to two years by their pediatricians.

If younger, school aged children start to develop eye changes – they need to be seen quickly. Development  and educational advancement is lost quickly when a child is unable to see the board quickly.

I first went to the Eye doctor in 1st grade and got my first pair of glasses. I had complained about not seeing things on the board. It happened x 3 weeks in and it took me another 3 months to catch up with the rest of the students.

Adolescents

They should be seen every two years unless they wear glasses or contacts or if an Eye Doctor specifically wants to see them sooner.

Many eye injuries occur at this age. Even if the symptoms improve – it may, in some cases, be helpful to visit the eye doctor after serious eye injuries.

Adults – Ages 20 to 40

If you wear eyeglass or contact lenses – you need to be seen yearly.

If normal vision continues with an adult who doesn’t wear corrective lenses – they can usually wait two to three years in-between visits.

If a change occurs to the vision, an appointment should be made quickly following the change.

If you have normal vision but have diabetes – you should be checked yearly.  This may also be the case for other medical issues.

Adults – Over the age of 40

At age 40 – most adults should have a eye screening. Things such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and many other eye conditions should be evaluated. Age causes several eye changes and/or damage.

If you have no corrective lenses and a normal Age 40 check. You can be seen every two years.

If there are problems or you wear corrective lenses – you still must be checked yearly.

Another age check should be done around age 60-65.  From that point – depending on what is already been happening for the last several decades, specialized or specific guidelines will be given.

It is safe to say that yearly checks are recommended for some.

Overall

Eye examinations are vital and important to maintaining a good eye health and really a good overall health. Losing your eyesight when it could have been preventable is a devastating problem. Simple eye examinations can really be beneficial.

Don’t lose sight of the need to be checked for something, even if you are healthy. A slight modification early can really prevent a serious problem down the road.


by Logan

Good Health Tip: Get a Humidifier

So often we need what we don’t have. In this case, it is a humidifier when we are sick. How often have we had a cough or trouble breathing because of a sickness that we have? The problem is that we need a humidifier and we don’t have one. We feel too sick or exhausted to go to the store and buy one. Yet, when we are feeling better, it slips our mind that we actually need one.

What is a Humidifier?

This is a small machine, or tool, or even appliance that can increases the moisture in a room. Moisture is often correlated with humidity. In some cases, an entire household can see an increase in moisture. In these cases, the house has been upgraded or had installed a household humidifier.  In these cases, a furnace or system connected to the HVAC of a house is utilized.

Types of Humidifiers

1.)     Evaporative

This is the most common type of humidifier.   It is also called a cool mist or wick humidifier. The reason for this is that there are just a few basic parts.  1.) A reservoir where the water is stored.  2.) A wick that pulls the water from the reservoir to the final spot, the fan.  3.) The fan pushes the water into the air, this causes moisture into the air.

The wick acts as a filter that spreads the water out, a larger surface area, allows the evaporation of the water to occur when the fan passes air across it.

A room with low humidity will have a higher evaporation rate.  This type of humidifier is self-regulating. More water will leave when the room has low humidity and less water is used when there is a higher humidity

2.)     Vaporizer

This is an increasingly common type of humidifier. In essences, the water is boiled in this system and the moisture changes from a liquid form into steam. Thus moisture is added to the air.

In addition, a medicated inhalant is added to the steam vapor with the goal to reduce coughs.  It is believed that vaporizers may be more healthy than traditional evaporative systems because impurities and microorganisms are not transmitted into the air.

The addition of a medicated inhalant just adds to the healthiness.

3.)     Impeller

This is a less common humidifier.  The system is somewhat similar to evaporative. Cold water is used and it is moved onto an area within the humidifier itself where a rotating disk tosses the water at a diffuser.  This diffuser then breaks the waters into very small or fine droplets that are thrown or tossed into the air.

4.)     Ultrasonic

Is more of a new technology when it comes to humidifiers. In this case, a cool water fog is formed. A transducer is used to vibrate the water.  A vacuum is formed where the water tries to escape and does so in the form of a fog. Vapor is then transmitted into the air, causing an increase in moisture.   The big issue with these humidifiers is that they need to be more strictly cleaned and washed then the others. Although, all of the humidifiers should be washed regularly.

What to watch out for?

Overuse of a humidifier is possible. Excess growth of molds and dust mites can be seen.  If tap water is used and many minerals, or hard water, is put into the air, extra problems can occur. These don’t always relate to health issues. But minerals on couches, windows, beds, and other areas can be seen with overuse.

Health Benefits

A good night sleep is always one of the most difficult things to come by when you are sick. This is often because of restlessness, cough, pain with coughing, or even difficulty breathing. A humidifier can help in each of these areas. It doesn’t mean that you should use a humidifier daily even when healthy. But when a serious flu or cold hits, a humidifier can bring a good sense of relief.

In the end, don’t wait until its too late to get a humidifier. If you have children or live in a dry arid area, you will find yourself using it more than you ever expected. A cool soothing humidifier can bring a great night of sleep.