When Sweat Stings

Do your eyes sting when drops of sweat travel down your forehead and into your eyes? Ouch!

You may have noticed that sometimes your eyes feel irritated, and other times, they feel fine. Whether your eyes sting while you’re getting a workout in or just hanging out under the last few days of warm sun, you are not alone, and there are a few reasons why.

While there is no evidence that your sweat can do any harm to your eyes, it would still be nice to avoid the prickly feeling. What it basically comes down to is how you have prepared for your day. Here are a couple of things to consider:

Hydration

What sweat consists of on its own is water, salt, proteins, ammonia, and other minerals. It is a salty matter that can cause your eyes to become irritated and burn. Luckily, there is a simple way to make sure the salt load is low.

You guessed it. Drink water.

And if not water, a sports drink can also help hydrate you before becoming active or heading out into the sun.

Hair & Skin Care

The sweat that gets into your eyes often makes a couple stops on the way: your scalp, hair, and forehead.

On these pit stops, the sweat picks up some hitchhiker germs and grime like the pomade you added to style your hair or the face cream and sunscreen you massaged into your skin.

Although these products are necessary [#selfcare], they are often formulated with ingredients that your eyes do not care for.

Consider lightening up on the products you apply or pick something a bit more delicate on days when you know you’ll be on the sweatier side.

Block it or Battle it

Some more easy ways to avoid the sting include using a sweat headband to absorb sweat before it reaches your face, look into a good brand of eye drops to help relieve any pain, or just close your eyes and splash your face with cool water for a quick fix.

If stinging, burning eyes remain a consistent issue, contact Karoo in the Ponce City Market to set up an informative appointment today!

Getting Back to Learning Requires Healthy Vision

Getting Back to Learning Requires Healthy Vision

Fun fact: 80% of the sensory information that reaches our brain comes from our eyes.

Absolutely amazing!

With so much uncertainty as our kids, teens and young adults go back to school this fall, one thing is for sure… our eyes are remarkably important to learning. Not only does 80% of the information to our brain come from our eyes, but also 80% of learning is through our eyes.

Learning and behavioral disorders should not be impulsively assumed without investigating the full spectrum of eye health, especially since vision and eye health issues are not always obvious.

Children who can see well outside of class may still struggle with their vision while learning. Eye alignment, eye teaming, eye movement and coordination, eye focus and dry eyes all influence how we all visually perform.

Take this story, for example. A New York Times article published by Laura Novak in 2007 narrates about a young girl who was prescribed three medications for attention deficit disorder and depression only to find out later that she had been living with convergence insufficiency since birth.

Convergence insufficiency, as outlined by the Mayo Clinic, is a condition where your eyes are unable to work together when looking at nearby objects. It can cause difficulty reading, resulting in school-age children promptly deciding to close the book and take on a new task, making it understandable for a parent to conclude that attention deficit is the dilemma.

Parents and educators alike often assume that if our child passes a vision screening, they are ok. Vision screenings are not comprehensive eye exams.

Vision is a sense that is not always automatic. It develops in our formative years, between birth and eight years of age. Comprehensive eye exams can detect issues that once addressed, can have lifelong impacts. For school-aged children, the American Optometric Association recommends annual eye exams begin before 1st grade and are maintained each year thereafter.

Let’s give our children the best chance at success! Make sure you get your child’s annual eye health and vision exam checked off your list!

Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Don’t Do These 11 Things If You Wear Daily Disposable Contacts!

Countless people around the world wear daily disposable contact lenses or dailies. These popular single-use lenses are removed and discarded at the end of each day, and a new, fresh pair is inserted the next morning. Used properly, dailies promote eye health, and they’re comfortable and convenient.

Despite the many advantages associated with wearing daily disposables, keep in mind the following tips to help maintain proper eye and vision health.

1. Don’t Touch Contacts with Dirty Hands

Before touching your lenses, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.  By touching your contact lenses with dirty hands, you transfer bacteria to your lenses, which can lead to an infection. Preferably dry your hands with a disposable paper towel rather than a cloth towel and ensure that no remnants of the towel remain on your fingers.

2. Don’t Expose Your Contacts to Water

Any source of water, whether tap, pool, or lake water, can change the shape of your lenses and cause micro-abrasions on your cornea. Plus, the water may contain bacteria that can wreak havoc on your eye health and cause you to experience temporary vision loss or even permanent blindness.

If you must get in the water with your contacts on, make sure to wear waterproof goggles. If you do get water on your contact lenses, dispose of these lenses and insert a new pair. Exposing contact lenses to chemicals like chlorine binds to the lens and cannot be cleaned off. It then leeches onto the cornea and causes irritation.

3. Don’t Reuse Your Contacts

Daily disposable contacts are designed to be thrown away after every single use, and people who reuse them risk painful and risky outcomes. Dailies are thinner, more fragile, and don’t hold moisture as well as other contacts.

Users sometimes attempt to increase the lifespan of these lenses by cleaning them in a disinfecting solution and wearing them for several days or even weeks at a time. This is problematic, as the lens material doesn’t allow for repeated disinfecting. In fact, the process of cleaning the lenses tends to be not only ineffective, but it also breaks down the lens itself, increasing the risk of it falling apart while in the eye. The risk of complications and infection is not worth the few saved bucks.

4. Don’t Insert a Dropped Contact in Your Eye

One of the perks of daily lenses is that they are less expensive (per lens) than other types of contacts. So, if you find yourself dropping a lens into the sink or on the floor, don’t bother placing it back in your eye. Doing so can cost you your eye health.

5. Never Put Contacts in Your Mouth

It seems like a funny concept, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t believe the number of people who do this. If you drop a contact lens, avoid rooting around the floor trying to find it, and if you do, definitely don’t put it in your mouth to lubricate it. Your mouth contains bacteria that can infect your eyes once you reinsert your contacts.

Play it safe by carrying around an emergency pair of glasses or an extra pair of daily disposable contacts in your bag, your car, or at work.

6. Don’t Overwear Your Daily Lenses

Wearing your lenses for long periods of time can damage your eyes, even if they’re daily contacts. The maximum recommended daily use for any contact lens is 14-16 hours, though your eye doctor at Karoo will determine the exact number of hours you should wear your lenses. Your eyes, just like any other part of your body, need to rest. Your corneas receive oxygen from the air, not from blood vessels, and while it’s healthy to wear contacts during the day, wearing them for extended periods can significantly reduce the amount of oxygen your eyes receive, which can lead to complications. If you don’t give your eyes the rest they need, your corneas might get swollen, which can lead to corneal abrasion and even bacterial infection.

7. Don’t Sleep with Your Lenses

Daily lenses should never be worn overnight. You’re risking your sight by sleeping in a lens that’s not approved for overnight use, as it can lead to ocular irritation, swelling, and corneal ulcers.

8. Don’t Insert Contacts Before Completing Your Morning Routine

Avoid inserting your contacts before you shower or wash your face since you risk exposing your lenses to tap water and the bacteria that come with it. We also recommend that you insert your lenses after blow-drying and styling your hair, especially if you’re using hairspray or other aerosols, as these products can dry out your contacts. Additionally, the spray can coat the lenses and leave a film that not only irritates the eyes but can make it difficult to see. If you’re at the hairdresser’s and cannot remove your lenses, shut your eyes when a spray is applied.

9. Don’t Get Makeup on Your Contacts

Insert your contacts before applying makeup, because any makeup residue on your hands, such as mascara, can easily transfer to your lenses.

It’s not uncommon for people to get concealer, eyeliner, or mascara on their contact lenses. If that happens, immediately remove the lens and clean them with a solution. Otherwise, simply replace it with another lens. Avoid wearing waterproof makeup, since it can’t always be removed from your lenses, even when rinsed with a solution.

To prevent makeup from getting on your lenses, don’t apply mascara all the way from the base of your lashes up. Instead, apply it from the midway point. It’s also important not to apply eyeliner on the inner lid of your eye, but rather to the skin above your lashes.

10. Don’t Wear Contact Lenses If Your Eyes Are Irritated

As the saying goes, “if in doubt – take them out!” If your eyes feel irritated, uncomfortable, or if you notice any pain or redness, don’t power through. If your symptoms last a while, contact us at Karoo. You don’t want to let a serious infection go unchecked.

When your eyes feel more rested and are free of discomfort, put in a fresh pair of contacts.

11. Don’t Rub Your Eyes

If your eyes feel itchy or dry, or if a lens feels out of place, you may be tempted to rub your eyes. But rubbing, whether with contacts or without, can lead to long-term ocular issues. This may cause you to experience blurred vision and may even damage your cornea. Instead, your eye doctor at Karoo can recommend eye drops to relieve any discomfort. Make sure to apply them only when contact lenses are removed.

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about daily disposable contacts, contact us at Karoo today. We will be happy to explain how to care for your eyes and maintain your vision.

Karoo Loves Locals!

Are you apart of the Karoo local community? Well it’s your lucky Tuesday, stop by on Tuesday’s and receive $20 off an comprehensive eye exam OR a complete pair of eyeglasses. Offer valid for residents ofthe following zip codes: 30030, 30032, 30033, 30303, 30305, 30306, 30307, 30308, 30309, 30312, 30315, 30316, 30317, 30318, and 30319. Offer can not be combined with insurance or additional promotions. Must present proof of residence and mention discount at time of purchase for discount to apply. 

Optometrist develops lenses to reshape eyes

Dr. Gavin Cohen discovered his career as an optometrist through another one of his passions, wildlife photography. Cohen, who was raised in South Africa, started photographing his surroundings at a young age and, now that he lives in Atlanta, he travels back to his birthplace several times a year for photography expeditions. While some people hunt the “big five” game animals — the African lion, African element, Cape buffalo, African leopard and rhinoceros — for sport and to collect them as trophies, Cohen photographs them in their natural habitats.

Cohen’s photographs line the walls at his two Atlanta practices, and he also sells his eye wear brand, Karoo, at his shop at Ponce City Market in Midtown Atlanta. In addition to developing a line of eyeglasses, Cohen has developed his own “orthokeratology” technique, which involves fitting patients with contact lenses they wear overnight to treat nearsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia by actually reshaping the cornea.

Read more at The Atlanta Business Chronicle…

Karoo Yoga Pop-up

We had a blast last night finding our OM at our pop-up yoga event with Alex from Exhale Spa and Chuice! Thanks for coming out everyone! We’re always happy to open our store to others who love to live life wide open.

Check out pictures from the event below!

Karoo is Like No Other Eyewear Store You’ve Experienced

Published by StyleBlueprint | Written by Melanie Preis

When you walk into the Karoo eyewear store, it feels like you’ve stepped into an upscale travel outfitter. The walls are covered in reclaimed wood and images of far-off locations and exotic animals. Every corner of the store features travel pieces, like vintage binoculars, that seem like they came straight from a wild excursion or luggage that bears the wear and tear of being carried around the world. Even the name Karoo evokes another land far from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. But as you peruse the boutique and see the gorgeous frames dotting the walls, even hanging from the ceiling as part of the decor, you realize this isn’t your average eyeglasses store.

Read more at StyleBlueprint… 

Want To See For Yourself?

We believe in face-to-face meetings. That’s why we want you to come in to the office and experience what we can do for your eye health in person. After that initial meeting you will be able to enroll in our passport program and buy glasses here on the site next time, if you’re so inclined. Sign up for your free consultation today!