Croccy Goes to Expo West!

We are excited to announce that we will be attending Expo West 2015! Come visit us in booth #7539! This trade show is the premier trade show for natural living. They are expecting to have over 3,000 exhibitors with the world’s top natural brands and products. They have been showcasing products since 1981. And they have managed to grow from 3,000 attendees at the first show to 67,041 industry attendees in 2014.

We will be showcasing our gentle and safe eye drops for daily lubrication. They are great and non-aggressive. They truly don’t sting and they don’t bite.

Do my kids need eye drops?

Do my kids need eye drops?

Q: My kids are either always active playing their little league sports, or doing their homework on the computer.  Should I be concerned about them having dry eyes?

A: If the dry eye problem is primarily due to the environment, it can usually be resolved through use of sunglasses when children are outdoors. The use of sun wear helps reduce their eye’s exposure to dust, sun, and wind. It may be a good idea to try using the type of sun protection what utilizes foam on either side to create a seal and they are close-fitting. These frames offer a wrap-around style preventing dust and wind from going behind the lenses and causing irritation to the eyes.

As far as computer use is concerned, consider adjusting the display settings so the brightness is lowered to the same level as the surrounding work area, adjust the text size to a comfortable range, and make adjustments to the color so it is pleasing to the eye. Try to avoid working with overhead lighting, and make sure your children are taking frequent breaks. Their eyes will experience strain if there is a lot of glare on the screen, as well as surrounding surfaces, so do your best to minimize this in their work area.

Q: Do they need drops?

A: Try consulting with your eye care practitioner to see if a prescription for artificial tears is necessary. Artificial tears are eye drops that provide lubrication for eyes experiencing scratchy or dry feelings. In addition to helping with environmental issues, artificial tears also help those who suffer from dry eye due to prolonged computer use.

Artificial tears can be bought over the counter, but they do not have the same lasting effects as a prescription form would, and they may not be as effective. It is true that many brands work well with contact lenses but, used along, it is best to consult with your eye care practitioner before wasting your money.

If your child is not complaining of dry eye now, discuss your concerns with your eye care practitioner and ask if you should have a prescription on hand if symptoms arise. They may suggest alternatives, such as supplements or additional water consumption. They may also have a good suggestion for an over-the-counter brand that would work well, too.

Q: Should I make any dietary changes?

A: It isn’t uncommon for doctors to make recommendations with regards to nutrition and hydration for people experiencing dry eye symptoms. Studies indicate that dry eye symptoms are decreased through the consumption of supplements or foods containing omega-3 fatty acids. You can find good sources of this in sardines, cod, salmon, and herring, as well as other cold water fish. In addition, some doctors also recommend that dry eye symptoms be reduced by adding flax seed oil to one’s diet.

It is also recommended that better hydration routines be implemented. When individuals are mildly dehydrated, their dry eye symptoms increase. This particularly true during dry, windy, and hot weather. By simply drinking water, dry eye symptoms could be eliminated completely. Even if your child is not complaining of dry eye or irritation, drinking plenty of water now will prevent symptoms from cropping up later on.

How do your eyes react in the cold?

With winter in full swing with is blustery cold temperatures and weather that is windy, these elements can have a dramatic effect upon your eyes. It is vital that you keep your eyes protected throughout the winter months in order to keep them healthy.

When you are outside when temperatures dip below thirty degrees, this can cause irritations or even damage to your eyes. The wind and the cold cause these natural irritants which often come in the way of watering, itching, and redness of the eye. In addition to these irritants, other symptoms to the exposure to cold temperatures include blurred vision, eye pain, decreased or double vision, and sensitivity to light that is severe.

There are severe cases, when temperatures are extremely cold and your eyes do not have the proper protection in place, the cornea can become frozen. If this occurs, this could lead to symptoms such as eyelid spasms, blurred vision, tearing that is excessive, and, when you attempt to warm your eye again, pain.

For those of you who have outdoor sporting activities such as snowboarding or skiing on your list of things to do, it is important to ensure wearing sunglasses or goggles as protection for your eyes from excessive cold exposure or wind damage is a priority. Because cold temperatures and wind will cause discomfort even with eye protection in place, try using a natural eye drop solution to help relieve any discomfort in your eyes from drying that may occur from this weather.

Even the most experienced skier or snowboarder won’t leave the resort or hotel room and hit the slopes without some sort of eye protection. In addition to looking cool, they want to prevent branches, debris, ultraviolet rays, and other harmful elements from causing damage to their eyes. Therefore, we should be following their lead and taking note by doing the same.

Because the weather can change rapidly while skiers and snowboarders are out on the slopes, it’s a good idea to carry sunglasses and goggles. Not only will this preparation offer eye protection, but it will also help you see better as well. In terms of staying warm, goggles are the best option because in addition to providing optimal vision on the slopes, they also offer prevent frostbite. Try on several pairs to determine the best size and fit to ensure optimal warmth and eye protection.

It is not uncommon for many people to experience eye infections during the colder seasons more frequently. Under most circumstances, a typical eye infection is cause when various bacteria and viruses are in the air and make contact with your eyes when you touch your eyes. This can occur with towels, your hands, or even tissues. No matter what time of year it is or what temperature it is outside, it is important to implement good hand washing routines before making eye contact in order to prevent bacteria from entering your eyes. This is the best way to ensure your eyes stay healthy.

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