3 Tips for Eye Health: Dr. Alan Mendelsohn

Most of us use digital devices during the day – whether we are reading on a Kindle, working on the computer, or checking email on a cellphone, we are on a device. According to the Vision Council, almost 95% of American spend two or more hours each day on a digital device. And if you work at a computer screen, then this number is multiplied many times.

As Dr. Alan Mendelsohn explains in a recent article in the Miami Herald,

“The blue light emissions lead to digital eyestrain, which is characterized by eye fatigue, blurred vision, red and/or dry eyes, general eye discomfort, headaches, migraines and decreased productivity. Counterintuitively, when you “take a break” from work and pull out a cellphone to catch up with texts, social media, etc., you continue to be afflicted by blue light emissions, further exacerbating digital eyestrain.”

Even more dangerous, the blue light emissions can contribute to macular degeneration which is actually the number one cause of blindness in adults. So, what suggestions does Dr. Alan Mendelsohn have to help those of us who aren’t about to part with our electronic devices?

He says that you should sit far away from your devices rather than hovering over them. Interestingly, he recommends wearing sunglasses while you are using your digital devices. He explains that high quality sunglasses have UV protection and blue light blockers and that they can make a real difference if you use them. Finally, Dr. Alan Mendelsohn explains that you should get a blue blocker or filter embedded in your next pair of glasses with a yellow chromophore pigment. This will block the blue rays.

This issue might seem like something that you can ignore – but if you think about how much we all use our electronic devices, making a few changes for your eye health can go a long way.

Want to Share a Craft Beer or Special Ale with Mickey Mouse?

So this is interesting for those of you who want a cold brew after a long day at Disneyland. Up until now, you couldn’t grab a beer as you hang out in the park; no alcohol is sold in the park and the only place you can find any is at Club 33, an exclusive restaurant, or Disney-owned hotels. But that’s all about to change.

San Diego-based brewers Ballast Point Brewing will be opening a restaurant and beer garden in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California. They will be selling craft beers and special ales that will be created only for Disneyland.

As Ballast Point Brewing wrote on their Facebook page, “We are so excited to announce our upcoming Tasting Room & Kitchen in Downtown Disneyland! We can’t wait to bring the Ballast Point Brewing Company tasting room experience to this magical place. This incredible space will house a three-barrel R&D brewery, restaurant and beer garden.”

Become Straw Free and Help the World

Most people don’t realize this but American throw away as many as 500 million plastic straws a day. As Adrian Grenier of the non-profit Lonely Whale points out, “Conservatively, you can guess that Americans will use on average two plastic straws a day, so 500 million is an accurate estimate. But I challenge you to start paying attention to the straws you get in your iced coffee, smoothies, soda, and cocktails. When I’m in New York or LA the number of plastic straws I receive is often closer to 10 a day.”

A number of people and organizations are starting to care, and they are making a difference. Milo Cress started a movement in 2011 called Be Straw Free that encourages restaurants and hotels to only offer straws when people ask for them. Grenier has a Strawless in Seattle campaign which has, so far, helped Seattle to save 2.3 million plastic straws in only three months. They are asking restaurants and businesses to change to biodegradable straws and it’s making all the difference.

It’s certainly a cause worth thinking about and a change that could make all the difference.