Worried that your child may be uncooperative during his or her first visit to the optometrist? These tips will help make the visit a positive experience.View Article
Dear Hyde Eyecare Patients,
In these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at Hyde Eyecare to support you and our employees. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure your Health is our top priority as it has always been, the safety and security of our patients and employees remains our highest priority. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous:
• Our team members are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning & sterilizing our public areas (including exam rooms, optical gallery, lobbies, elevators, private offices, door handles, bathrooms, etc.) and have continued to use hospital-grade disinfectant.
• We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers and wipes. We remain committed to offering you the best eye care possible. We will be flexible if your appointment needs to be rescheduled and will always be here if an eye emergency arises.
At Hyde Eyecare, we believe it is in challenging times like these that the power of good “sight” is needed most of all. We remain committed to serving you and our community for many years to come.
President & CEO, Hyde Eyecare
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How Blue Light Interferes with Sleep
More than one-third of us spend the night tossing and turning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the cause of insomnia can't always be determined, exposure to blue light may be a contributing factor.
What is Blue Light?
Every beam of light is made up of a rainbow of colors, including red, yellow, green, violet, indigo, and blue. Blue light, unlike some of the other colors, can be seen by the human eye due to its short wavelength. It's what makes the sky look blue. In addition to blue light from the sun, your eyes are also exposed to the light from smartphones, laptops, desktop computer monitors, TVs, tablets, LED, and fluorescent lights.
How Does Blue Light Affect Me?
Blue light helps you stay alert during the day and improves your mood and memory. Although blue light plays an important role in your life, too much of it can cause eyestrain, headaches, and sleep problems. If you have trouble falling sleeping or staying asleep, blue light may be to blame.
Exposure to blue light affects the production of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Changing levels of the hormone help you fall asleep at night and remain alert during the day. Normally, your body increases melatonin production at night, helping you drift off to sleep effortlessly.
If you spend the hours before bedtime working on your laptop, watching TV or playing games on your phone, your melatonin level doesn't increase as much as it should. As a result, falling asleep may take much longer than normal. When your melatonin levels are altered due to blue light exposure, the quality of your sleep may also suffer. You might wake up in the middle of the night or feel tired when you wake up, even though you were in bed for eight hours.
University of Haifa researchers discovered that blue light actually alters your biological clock. Normally, your body temperature drops slightly while you sleep, then rises gradually in the morning, prompting you to wake up. Study participants who were exposed to blue light maintained the same temperature during the night. They also woke up six or more times during the night and reported feeling sleepy in the morning.
What Can I Do to Reduce the Effects of Blue Light?
Limiting blue light exposure during the day, and particularly before bedtime, can help improve your ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and sleep more soundly. Try a few of these tips if you suspect that blue light may be causing your sleep problems:
Blue-blocking lenses just may help you enjoy a better night's sleep. Not sure if they're right for you? Schedule an appointment with our optometrist.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1 in 3 Adults Don't Get Enough Sleep
Harvard Health Letter: Blue Light Has a Dark Side, 8/13/18
National Sleep Foundation: How Blue Light Affects Kids & Sleep
National Sleep Foundation: Scary Ways Technology Affects Your Sleep
The University of Haifa: The Blue Light Emitted by Screens Damages Our Sleep