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Are Eye Problems More Common in Women Than Men?

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Being a Woman Increases The Chances of Developing Eye Problems

When it comes to eye health and vision, men and women aren’t created equal. It might surprise you to learn that, worldwide, two-thirds of all cases of blindness and visual impairment occur in women.

Read on to learn why being a woman increases the chances of developing eye problems, and how regular visits to your eye doctor can help.

Longer Life Expectancy

Women live about 5 years longer than men on average. Moreover, women tend to remain healthier longer than their male counterparts. According to the World Health Organization, the average woman can expect to live a full 70 years before experiencing a major disease or injury, compared to 67 healthy years for a man.

But a woman’s increased life expectancy has significant implications when it comes to her eye health and vision. Age is a major risk factor for conditions and diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye syndrome.

The longer a woman lives, the more likely that she will develop a serious eye condition or disease.

Hormones

Women experience a remarkable amount of hormonal fluctuation throughout their lifespan. Puberty, pregnancy, and menopause all cause surges of estrogen, which can affect vision. Taking birth control pills also can cause visual or ocular symptoms, due to the varying levels of progesterone and estrogen.

Fluctuating estrogen levels can result in dry eye syndrome, which causes uncomfortable symptoms like red, itchy, watery eyes and, if untreated, possibly eye damage. Some women also experience blurred vision during estrogen surges. This is common during pregnancy but vision tends to normalize shortly after birth.

Medications

In almost every society around the world, women take more medication than their male counterparts. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications. What many don’t know is that several of these medications can pose significant risks to your eye health and vision, if taken in high dose and over an extended period of time.

Some medications that can affect your eyes include corticosteroids, antihistamines, antimalarials, and antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Always consult your doctor before taking any prescription or nonprescription medications.

Autoimmune disorders

An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s own immune system backfires and attacks the body’s own tissue. While the exact reason is still unclear, it is well documented that women have far more autoimmune diseases than men.

According to The National Institutes of Health, 75% of people living with an autoimmune disease are female. Some common autoimmune disorders that impact eye health include rheumatoid arthritis, Sjorgen’s syndrome, multiple sclerosis, lupus, and Graves’ disease (hyperthyroidism). These can cause symptoms like dry and red eyes, foreign-body sensation, pain, changes in vision, and sometimes vision loss.

What Can Women Do To Preserve Their Eye Health?

Whether you are male or female, taking a preventative approach to eye care is the best way to preserve your vision.

Eat a healthy diet rich in vitamins A, C, E, Omega-3’s, and zinc to support eye health. Quit or reduce smoking if you haven’t already. Also, limit your alcohol intake.

In addition to healthy lifestyle choices, a key factor in minimizing your risk of eye disease is seeing your eye doctor regularly.

Having frequent comprehensive eye exams allows your eye doctor to screen your eyes for early signs of disease. By detecting eye disease early, you’ll increase your chances of receiving effective treatment and preserving your vision.

James Tracey Eye Care optometrists in Midtown, New York provide expert eye exams and quality eye care services.

Call James Tracey Eye Care to schedule your comprehensive eye exam today.

REFERENCES

Women are at Higher Risk for Eye Disease than Men

5 Reasons Why Women are at Higher Risk of Eye Disease

WHAT MAKES WOMEN MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO EYE DISEASES

Ocular Manifestations of Autoimmune Disease

Dangerous Halloween Makeup Mistakes & How To Avoid Them

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Eye Care at James Tracey Eye Care

Using face paints and eye makeup can be a fun and creative way to dress up this Halloween. But since costume makeup is often applied more heavily than day-to-day makeup, it involves greater risk of eye infection and irritation. Here are our recommendations for keeping your eyes safe and happy while rocking your Halloween makeup look.

  1. Only use products that are intended for use around the sensitive eye area, such as the eyeshadow and eyeliner you use all year long. Many face paints and other products sold before Halloween are not eye-friendly. Be sure to read a product’s instructions before applying it.
  2. Try to use hypoallergenic products to lower the risk of an allergic reaction.
  3. Avoid applying costume makeup directly on your eyes, even if the product’s packaging depicts an image of an eye with closely applied makeup. A good rule to follow is keeping the makeup above the eyebrow.
  4. If you plan to use a new product, test it out on a small area of skin a few days before Halloween to ensure that it won’t irritate your skin.
  5. There is no luminescent or fluorescent cosmetic product that is FDA-approved for use around the eye area. Don’t apply makeup containing these ingredients.
  6. To prevent irritation, promptly remove your eye and face makeup after trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween party.
  7. Follow the removal instructions that are written on the product’s label.
  8. Always replace Halloween makeup from year to year. Using last year’s cosmetics significantly raises your risk of introducing harmful microbes into your eyes.
  9. Never share eye makeup with another person.

Some signs of irritation include eye redness, itchiness, inflammation, pain, sensitivity, or watery eyes. If you experience any uncomfortable symptoms due to eye makeup or anything else, contact James Tracey Eye Care for a prompt eye examination. We wish all of our patients a safe and happy Halloween!

REFERENCES 10 Tips for Halloween Makeup Eye Safety

Eye Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

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Are Pumpkins High in Vitamins & Minerals?

From pumpkin spice lattes to warm and comforting pumpkin soup, this winter squash is a favorite autumn ingredient — and for good reason. Not only are they delicious, they’re packed with several key nutrients that support ocular health. In fact, the nutrients in pumpkins and other carotenoids are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Here’s why your eyes will thank you for consuming more pumpkin this autumn.

High in Vitamins A and C

Vitamin A plays a key role in protecting the cornea and supporting clear vision in dimly-lit settings.

When taken in combination with Vitamin A, Vitamin C has been shown to reduce the risk and slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration — a leading cause of blindness in adults. Vitamin C also reduces the risk of developing cataracts.

Great Source of Zeaxanthin and Lutein

Zeaxanthin and Lutein can be thought of as the eye’s natural “sunscreen.” They help filter out damaging high-energy light rays from the eyes.

Consuming sufficient amounts of these nutrients is also linked to a reduced risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

Rich in Zinc

Zinc is an essential nutrient for eye health: high levels of it are found in the retina and choroid (the vascular layer of the eye). Zinc deficiency has been linked to having poor nighttime vision and the presence of cataracts.

It also helps deliver Vitamin A to the retina to form melanin (a pigment that protects the eye).

What’s more, zinc reduced the loss of visual sharpness by 19% and significantly slowed the progression of age-related macular degeneration in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) sponsored by the National Eye Institute. The study found that getting 40-80 mg/day of zinc (in combination with other antioxidants) slowed the progression of AMD by 25%. Other studies determined that even a daily zinc intake of 25mg reduces AMD progression.

Some delicious and healthful ways to up your pumpkin intake are roasted pumpkin, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin seeds for snacking, and last but not least — delectable pumpkin soup.

Below is an easy and nutritious recipe for pumpkin soup that will warm you up on chilly autumn days.

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Pumpkin Soup – Food for the Soul and Your Eyes

You’ll need:

  • 2 sugar pumpkins or 2 ¼ cups of pureed pumpkin
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp each of nutmeg, black pepper, cinnamon

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Then, cut the tops off the pumpkins and cut them in half. Scrape out all of the seeds with a sharp spoon. Here’s a tip: keep the seeds on the side and roast them later for snacking.

Brush the flesh of the pumpkins with olive oil and place them on the parchment paper, cut side down. Place in the oven for 40-50 minutes, until a fork easily pierces the skin.

Remove the pumpkins from the oven and let them cool enough to handle. Remove the skin from the pumpkin and set aside.

In a medium pot placed over medium/high heat, add the olive oil, diced shallots, and garlic. Cook until translucent or slightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the pumpkin and remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.

Use an immersion blender to puree the soup into a thick and creamy bisque.

Serve hot and enjoy!

REFERENCE Pumpkin picking for eye health

Beware of Eye Infections – Eye Makeup & Decorative Contact Lenses

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What is Keratitis?

Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea (the clear outer covering of the eye). There are two types: infectious keratitis and non-infectious keratitis.

Though there are many fun aspects to Halloween, it can rapidly become scary if things go awry, especially when it affects your eye health. Halloween eye makeup, decorative contact lenses, shared eyewear or makeup, and the use of glitters can all potentially increase the risk of eye infections and unpleasant ocular conditions. So what is keratitis and what steps can you take to keep it from ruining your Halloween fun?

Infectious keratitis can be caused by a virus, fungus, bacteria, or parasites, and can only be treated with medication.

Non-infectious keratitis is usually caused by an eye injury, a foreign substance stuck in the eye, or wearing contact lenses longer than the recommended wear time.

What Are the Symptoms of Keratitis?

Signs and symptoms of keratitis include:

  • Eye redness
  • Eye pain
  • Excessive tearing or eye discharge
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Difficulty or inability to open the eye
  • Decreased vision or temporary blindness
  • The feeling that something is stuck in your eye

If any of these feel familiar, promptly contact Dr. James Sinoway for immediate treatment.

So How Exactly Is Keratitis Treated?

Keratitis should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Any delay in treating the condition can lead to complications — even blindness.

The first step is going to your eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam and getting an accurate diagnosis. Once keratitis is diagnosed, Dr. James Sinoway will get to the root of the problem, determine the exact cause, and will provide treatment accordingly.

Mild non-infectious keratitis is generally treated with artificial tear drops to soothe any ocular discomfort until it heals. More severe cases of non-infectious keratitis can be treated with an eye patch and topical eye medications.

Infectious keratitis, on the other hand, is treated with antibacterial, antiviral, or antifungal eye drops, depending on the type of infection.

What Steps Can I Take to Prevent Keratitis?

We cannot emphasize it enough: to prevent complications, always maintain strict ocular hygiene.

  • Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling your contact lenses
  • Replace your contacts at the recommended time
  • Replace your lens case every 3 to 6 months
  • Don’t swim or shower with contacts on
  • Switch to daily disposable contacts if you’re prone to eye infections
  • Avoid touching your eyes if you have an outbreak of cold sores/herpes, unless you’ve thoroughly washed your hands
  • Only use eye drops suggested or prescribed by your eye doctor and check when they need to be discarded.

While we certainly want our patients to enjoy themselves and have fun this Halloween, at James Tracey Eye Care we care about eye safety while partaking in good-spirited fun.

Contact James Tracey Eye Care with any further questions or to schedule your eye exam.

REFERENCES –Keratitis

Risks Of Decorative Contact Lenses

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Contact Lens Exam at James Tracey Eye Care

Changing the look of your eyes with the help of decorative contact lenses can take your Halloween costume to the next level. But did you know that purchasing these lenses without a prescription from an eye doctor can actually pose serious harm to your eyes and eyesight?

Keep your eyes healthy this Halloween by asking Dr. James Sinoway about the safest way to obtain and wear colored or cosmetic contact lenses.

How Can Decorative Contact Lenses Harm Your Eyes?

Because decorative contact lenses usually don’t correct vision, many consumers believe that it’s fine to purchase them without a prescription, online, from a street vendor, or beauty supply store. The truth is that decorative contact lenses can increase your risk of serious eye disease.

While few eye doctors stock decorative lenses, your eye doctor can provide you with a contact lens prescription based on an examination and fitting, as well as instructions on how to care for them in a safe, hygienic way. Never order lenses unless they conform to an optometrist’s prescription.

Some of the risks of decorative lenses include:

  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Allergic reaction (red, watery eyes)
  • Corneal abrasion (a cut or scratch on the eye’s surface)
  • Permanent changes to vision
  • Blindness

Decorative contact lenses are often made by unlicensed manufacturers that tend to use lesser-quality or toxic materials such as lead (often used in lens coloring), which can get absorbed through the eyes into the bloodstream. They also may contain high levels of bacteria from unsanitary packaging, shipping, and storage conditions. We think that’s a reason to be spooked!

Furthermore, wearing decorative contacts without a proper fitting by an optometrist can lead to a permanently damaged or scarred cornea. The feeling of dryness that sometimes accompanies wearing these contacts often means they fit poorly and are scratching the cornea.

Even if you don’t need vision correction but still want to wear decorative contact lenses, make an appointment with Dr. James Sinoway for a comprehensive eye exam and contact lens fitting to avoid potential eye damage.

Checklist for Decorative Contact Lens Wearers

  • Make sure to undergo a comprehensive eye exam by an eye doctor, who will measure your eyes and provide a thorough fitting of the contacts.
  • Obtain a valid prescription that includes all relevant information, like the contacts’ parameters, expiration date, and brand name.
  • Ensure the contact lenses you’ve ordered match the prescription in every detail.
  • Always purchase decorative contact lenses from a reliable retailer (tip: reliable retailers should demand a prescription.)
  • Carefully follow the hygiene instructions for cleaning, inserting, removing, and storing lenses laid out by your eye doctor.
  • Make sure to undergo a follow-up eye exam as directed by your eye care professional.
  • Never share contact lenses with anyone else.

By following these guidelines for safe contact lens use, you’ll be able to enjoy your Halloween without the worry or discomfort of an eye infection or damaged cornea. To schedule your comprehensive eye exam, call James Tracey Eye Care or visit our Midtown office.

Can You Limit Blue Light Exposure?

Computer Glasses Available at James Tracey Eye Care

Computer Glasses Available at James Tracey Eye Care

The topic of blue light has grown in popularity over the last decade, as indoor blue light exposure from computer screens and handheld digital devices has grown. You may hear varying opinions about whether blue light affects the eyes and to what degree, so continue reading to learn what we think is the most relevant information on the subject.

What is Blue Light?

Every color of visible light has a different wavelength and energy level. Colors like red, orange, and yellow have longer wavelengths and carry less energy than colors like blue and purple.

Because blue light carries higher energy, it can easily reach the retina at the back of the eye. Although some of the eye’s structures filter out harmful rays like ultraviolet light, they allow blue light to penetrate.

The sun, digital screens, and LED and fluorescent lighting all emit blue light.

How Does Blue Light Affect Eye Health?

The retina’s light-sensitive cells (photoreceptors) can be damaged by blue light when overexposed. In severe cases, this kind of cell damage produces similar symptoms to macular degeneration, and can even cause blindness.

Further research is needed to determine how much natural and man-made blue light is excessive, and what effect it has on eye health. Until more is known, many people err on the side of caution and try to limit their blue light exposure, especially from digital devices.

What is certain is that blue light contributes to digital eye strain. Because blue light has more energy and scatters more freely than other light (the reason that the sky appears blue), it is not easily focused. As the scattered blue light rays enter the eye, they create visual “noise” that is believed to be partly responsible for digital eye strain symptoms such as watery eyes, headache, blurry vision, and dry eyes.

How You Can Limit Blue Light Exposure

There are several ways to limit the amount of blue light that enters your eyes. You can purchase blue light filters for your devices, or simply reduce screen time.

If you spend a significant amount of time staring at a screen daily, you may want to consider purchasing computer glasses or blue light filters for your lenses. These glasses are available with or without a prescription, so they are compatible with contact lenses as well. Computer glasses are customized to meet the needs of your eyes and lifestyle.

To learn more about computer glasses or blue light, call James Tracey Eye Care and make an appointment with . We can help guide you in choosing the right glasses that meet your visual needs.

REFERENCES:
Blue Light and Your Eyes
Blue light – What is all the fuss about?
Blue light facts: How blue light affects your eyes

Can Pregnancy Cause Blurred Vision?

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Eye Exams at James Tracey Eye Care

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life, but can sometimes produce not-so-beautiful side effects like morning sickness and exhaustion. In some women, “blurred vision” can also be added to that list.

Blurred vision can affect pregnant women at any time during pregnancy, usually due to fluctuating hormones. In the vast majority of cases, a woman’s vision will return to normal within a few weeks following delivery. Rarely, blurred vision may be caused by serious pregnancy-related medical conditions, so it’s important to alert your physician and your eye doctor if you notice a change in your eyesight.

At James Tracey Eye Care, we treat patients with all sorts of visual conditions, including pregnancy-related blurred vision. Read on to learn more about its causes and how it can be managed.

How Can Pregnancy Cause Blurred Vision?

One of the most common reasons for a pregnant woman to experience blurred or hazy vision is due to hormonal changes. Pregnancy hormones cause fluid retention, which results in the cornea becoming thicker. Since the cornea is responsible for focusing most of the light the eye sees, vision can be altered by this corneal change.

Usually, during their second and third trimesters, some women experience decreased eye pressure (IOP). IOP changes typically return to pre-pregnancy levels by two months postpartum. Excessive amounts of progesterone throughout pregnancy can soften the corneal tissue, causing a woman to experience double or blurred vision. Pregnancy hormones also decrease tear production, which can affect how clearly she sees.

Some complications of pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, can also be responsible for changes in vision. Gestational diabetes can cause temporary vision loss, light sensitivity, and flashes of light. And preeclampsia can cause modifications in the cornea and even damage to the retina, due to elevated blood pressure. For this reason, it is crucial that your physician regularly monitor your blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

We Can Manage Pregnancy-Related Blurred Vision and Other Eye Conditions

If you are pregnant and experiencing any sort of visual changes, speak with Dr. James Sinoway about how to manage and ease your symptoms. It may be advisable to discontinue wearing contact lenses and switch to glasses for the duration of your pregnancy. Dr. James Sinoway can also suggest several eye exercises and prescribe pregnancy-safe eye drops that may provide some relief while you’re expecting.

Don’t let uncomfortable or bothersome visual symptoms stop you from enjoying this special time. Call James Tracey Eye Care to schedule your appointment today.

Article Source Why Pregnancy Causes Blurred Vision and ways to deal with it

Discover the Right Lenses for Your Lifestyle

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Eye Care and Optical Store in Midtown

So many of life’s moments are worth capturing. Whether it’s seeing a magnificent mountain during a hike, your favorite band in concert or the smiling faces of family and friends, a perfect pair of lenses can help you see your world with clarity, comfort, and enjoyment.

Do you love to run outdoors during the day? Do you spend most of your working hours in front of the computer? No matter your lifestyle, James Tracey Eye Care offers plenty of lens options to choose from to suit your every need.

Without further ado, let’s explore the different lens types below:

Single Vision

Single vision lenses are ideal for those with myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism. Nowadays, lenses are digitally surfaced— meaning that the eye doctor, Dr. James Sinoway, will take specific measurements to optimize your lenses for your unique visual needs. Compare this to having your suit customized and tailored according to your measurements versus buying a suit off the rack. The obvious choice is clear!

Progressive

Goodbye bifocals and hello progressives! Progressive lenses are an amazing piece of engineering, as they allow multiple vision fields to be incorporated into a single lens. That is, you see clearly both near and far and seamlessly transition at distances in between. Unlike bifocals, these lenses don’t have a line separating near and distance prescriptions — progressive lenses blend the prescriptions. This increases comfort and is an obvious choice for those who switch from activity to activity— such as driving to reading something close up. Furthermore, these lenses provide a sleek, sharp and youthful appearance.

Computer Vision

We live in a digital world and extended screen time is rapidly becoming the norm. When working at your computer for any length of time, it’s not uncommon to experience blurred vision, eye strain, red eyes, and other symptoms. Many try to compensate for their blurred vision by leaning forward, or by tipping their head to look through the bottom portion of their glasses.

If you regularly work at your desktop or laptop, consider getting computer vision lenses. Computer glasses typically have 60% of the magnifying power of reading glasses. But the optimal magnification will depend on how far you’d like to sit from your computer screen and digital devices. These lenses reduce eye strain, blurred vision and unnatural posture that can result in neck and back pain.

Lens Enhancements

You can further customize your lenses with lens enhancements. These protect your lenses from scratches, reduce reflection and smudges, protect your eyes against UV rays, and diminish exposure to blue light.

Anti-reflective (AR) coating

Anti-reflective coating, also known as AR, or non-glare, is a coating that, when applied to the surface of the lens, reduces the amount of glare that reflects off your lenses.

It also allows more light to pass through your lenses to your eye, resulting in clearer and sharper vision.

Because of reduced glare, people will be able to actually see your eyes and not just your lenses, whether in person or in photos. Furthermore, because your vision will be sharper and clearer, you’ll be placing less strain on your eyes in order to see.

Light-reactive lenses

Many people find it a hassle to switch between prescription sunglasses and regular specs. Carrying a pair of each also means that you also have a higher chance of losing one of the pairs. Some may forget to bring their sunglasses along altogether!

The solution? Light-refractive lenses! Also known as photochromic lenses, these prescription lenses cleverly adapt to lighting conditions: when indoors, the lenses are clear, but as soon as you step outside into bright, natural light, they darken, providing you with 100% UV protection.

Photochromics are versatile and are perfect for practically any occasion. Whether for golf or tennis players, where good vision is as crucial as comfort and protection, or when switching between outdoor sports activities and the classroom.

Blue Light Reduction

Many of us have been staring at screens for a large part of our lives, especially in the last 10-15 years, as smartphones, computers, and laptops have become ever more prevalent. The average office worker spends almost 1,700 hours per year in front of a computer screen. And that’s just when we’re at the office— let’s add to that the amount of time we spend staring at our phones before, during, and after work hours.

All of this screen time can result in digital eye strain, a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged use of digital devices or computers. This can result in blurred vision, dry eyes, headaches, neck and shoulder pain.

Blue light lens enhancements help alleviate any eye strain that results from exposure to the dangerous blue light emitted by sunlight or the display screens of computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. Blue light coating provides relief from sore, irritated, tired eyes so that you can keep working, cramming for exams, reading online, or binge-watching your favorite show in comfort.

If you are seeking a new pair of glasses or are deciding on new lenses, the staff at James Tracey Eye Care will work with you to find the perfect frames and lenses to match your personal style and lifestyle. Our team is dedicated to providing the vision care needs of our patients in the Midtown, New York area, and fitting you for the right eyewear is an important part of our comprehensive eye care services.

5 Coolest Sunglass Trends For Fall 2020

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Wearing sunglasses while enjoying the fresh outdoor air is essential to keeping your eyes safe from the sun’s damaging UV rays all year round. What many don’t know is that sunglasses are especially important to wear during the fall, due to the sun’s position in the sky and the angle at which its rays enter your eyes. The following types of sunglasses are our picks for the most stylish way to keep your eyes safe this fall.

The Trendiest Sunglasses of the Year

Oversized “Granny” Frames

These sunglasses are the perfect accessory for a vintage-inspired look. They look great with almost any hairstyle: straight hair, beachy waves, or messy bun. Granny frames come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles to complement a multitude of different face shapes and skin tones.

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Classic Aviators

Will aviators ever go out of style? Considering they’ve been trending for over 7 decades, we think they’re here to stay. In 2020, we are seeing eyewear designers add innovative features to aviators, such as pops of color, clear plastic rims, and colored lenses.

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Geometric Shaped Frames

These sunglasses are for the bold and the brave. Geometric frames feature an array of shapes from octagons and hexagons to slightly round styles. They’re also available in small designs or oversized to accommodate several face shapes. These styles add an edginess to almost any look.

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Round Frames

The round sunglass frames of 2020 pay tribute to their retro, hippie, or steampunk predecessors, but with modern variations. We are seeing round frames with creative additions and lenses, for a chic twist. Round sunglasses suit many face shapes, but especially oval, square, oblong, and heart-shaped faces.

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Protective Shield Sunglasses

What makes these sunglasses unique is their continuous lens, which spans over both eyes and bridge of the nose. While we’ve seen these sunglasses trending in the past, the ones of 2020 are more bold and eye-catching than ever before. These sunglasses are a perfect choice for those who appreciate a sporty yet glamorous look.

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If you’ve been looking for a fresh way to change up your look, new sunglasses can be your answer. Especially in the fall months, don’t skip on the sunglasses when outdoors. At James Tracey Eye Care in Midtown, we offer a wide range of sunglasses in many styles, shapes, and colors, so there’s something for everyone.

3 Reasons To Wear Sunglasses in the Fall

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Optical Store & Eye Care in Midtown

The leaves are changing color, the weather is getting cooler, and daylight hours are becoming shorter – but that shouldn’t stop you from wearing sun protection. Sure, there’s no direct sunlight beating down on you as it did during the summer and you’re not squinting half as much as you did a few months ago, but what many people don’t realize is that the autumn sun can be even more damaging to our eyes than the summer light. Read below for the three most important reasons why you should keep wearing your sunglasses even as the seasons change:

The Low Autumn Sun

Many people overlook the fact that the sun is in your line of sight during the autumn and winter seasons. Because the seasonal changes call for shorter days, the sun doesn’t rise as high into the sky as it does during the summer months. Furthermore, when the sun is higher overhead, it doesn’t directly affect the eyes unless you are gazing up at it. In fact, eye damage in summertime results from light bouncing off of water or shiny objects. However, because the sun is lower in the sky and near the horizon in the fall, the direct path to the eyes poses a greater risk of exposing them to UV rays.

UV Radiation Year Round

UV exposure can lead to a host of diseases and eye conditions, such as cataracts, macular degeneration and cancer. Make sure you invest in a good pair of sunglasses that offer 100% UV protection to block out harmful sun rays from entering your eyes. Don’t forget to wear them out on cloudy days—as much as 90% of UV light can still find its way through the clouds! Furthermore, grass can reflect up to 5% of UV radiation, concrete reflects 25%, and up to 90% of UV light is reflected from snow. A pair of high-quality lenses keeps those harmful rays from beaming directly into your eyes.

At James Tracey Eye Care, we offer a comprehensive selection of quality sunglasses and lenses that offer 100% UV protection, so you can keep your eyes happy and healthy year-round.

Dangerous Sun Glare

The lower angle of the sun during this time of year results in a brutal glare that can pose a danger when driving. Whether you are leaving for your commute at sunrise, or coming home during sunset, the sun glare can be quite annoying and even dangerous.

The blinding light of the sun tends to scatter as it bounces off of uneven surfaces. However, if the sun rays hit a smooth surface, be it water or metal, the light reflects at an angle and blasts right into your eyes. To combat this potentially dangerous glare, get yourself a stylish pair of polarized sunglasses which mitigate the glare’s harmful effects.

These are all important reasons to keep wearing your sunglasses, no matter the climate. If your friends ask you why you’re wearing sunnies despite the cold weather, you may want to share this important information with them.

Visit James Tracey Eye Care in Midtown, New York, to check out our protective high-quality sunglasses options for any season, need and occasion.

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