Posts By: Patrick Scott, O.D.

Too much screen time can damage your eyes

With the new normal of social distancing and staying home more frequently, many people have found themselves and their loved ones watching television and using their phones or computers more than they typically would. In the past few months, streaming services including Netflix, YouTube and Amazon have seen an 18% increase in usage of their…
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Picking the perfect sunglasses

Are all sunglasses the same? Sunglasses should be purchased based upon a person’s visual needs and ocular health, lifestyle and recreational interests. Sunglasses can be purchased with polarized, non-polarized, or UV blocking filters. Polarized lenses help to reduce glare from reflected light sources such as snow, ice, water, metal and glass. For example, a downhill…
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Reduce screen time to avoid eye damage

Most people know that exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can damage the eye and surrounding skin, but what about the high-energy visible (HEV) light being emitted from your smart phone or high-definition TV? Current research suggests that prolonged exposure to HEV blue-violet light from artificial light sources has damaging effects to the retina that resemble…
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Are you a contact lens candidate?

As the director of the Contact Lens Service at University of Louisville I am commonly asked this question by my patients, “Am I able to wear contact lenses?” My typical response is, “It depends.” I say this because not all patients are candidates for contact lens wear. To determine if a patient is a candidate…
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Plan on watching the eclipse? Use glasses!

It may be tempting to take a peek at the Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse without eye protection. After all, we are told it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event. However that peek could leave you with a not-so-pleasant, permanent reminder of the event. You may have heard that you can do a lot of damage to your eyes…
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