How Using Bluetooth Can Help You In Everyday Life

Have you been hearing about Bluetooth for a while but you’re not really sure what it is or how it works? No need to fret, we want to explain not only what it is, but how it can be used to enhance your everyday life.

Before we begin, let’s answer the question, “What is Bluetooth?” Bluetooth is short range interconnection between mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices. It can be used to transfer documents, transmit music and track your daily progress from the simple touch of a button.

How Does Bluetooth Work

Initially, setting up Bluetooth can be a bit confusing if you aren’t used to it. You will want to make sure that the image shown below is listed on both of the devices that you would like to connect. If they are, you are good to go! All you will need to do is click on that button on each device. They should begin to search for devices nearby that have their Bluetooth turned on to connect to. On some devices they will ask if you would like to connect, on others they will connect automatically.  

Once you have connected the two devices, you will be able to begin sharing information between the two devices. A couple of great examples of this are the popular Apple iPhone and iWatch. They are connected via Bluetooth so that you are basically wearing your phone on your wrist. Another great example is a diabetic monitor with Bluetooth capabilities. You’re able to connect it to the app on your smartphone and track your current readings. This will help you to not only keep track of what your blood sugars have been, but it can also aid your doctor in finding an appropriate treatment plan for you.

How Can I Use Bluetooth in My Day to Day Life?

As I mentioned previously, you can use Bluetooth in almost every area of your life, when it comes to technology.

One of the ways you can use Bluetooth is to connect it as a hands-free device. You can connect your smartphone to your car (if your vehicle has this capability), which will allow you to keep both hands on the wheel and both eyes on the road as you speak to family and friends. Not only can you create a hands-free connection in your car, but you can also create a hands-free connection using something similar to this Beetle H-3ST H Speech Bluetooth headset as you run errands or walk around the house.

Another way you can use Bluetooth within your own home is to connect it between two devices with Bluetooth capabilities such as portable speakers to your cell phone, attach your mouse or keyboard to your computer, or you can even use it to control some of your more high-tech home security gadgets. Connecting these items via Bluetooth saves the mess of having cords everywhere, and gives you control, right from your smartphone.

Like most technologies, Bluetooth makes your life easier because it saves you the time and hassle of having to do things manually (i.e. tracking blood sugars and writing them down). As you begin to use Bluetooth and become comfortable with it, you will find that the possibilities of how you can use it will be endless.

This article was written by Sarah Bowman.

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Tips and Tricks to Having Your Best Eye Health Now

Being a woman is a beautiful, yet challenging thing. In many cases, we are the primary caretaker for our families, and it is up to us to make most of the medical decisions. Because of this, we are focused on the needs of our spouse and kids and leave ourselves neglected. That is why The National Eye Institute is reminding women during the month of May to make their eye health a priority.  Here are a few tips and tricks to having your best eye health now.

Schedule Your Routine Eye Exam

While this seems simple enough, this easy step often gets overlooked. We get so wrapped up in the day-to-day of our busy lives that it is easy to forget to schedule your routine preventative exams.  Everyone needs to see the eye doctor on a regular basis- including children.

It will not only help you to see the best you possibly can, but it also helps to find diseases that often don’t have symptoms, like glaucoma.

A great way to make sure you are completing your routine exams is to pick a month out of the year that works best for you. Schedule as many of your routine exams as you can within that month. Do the same for your family. You could even make a day out of it.

Staying on top of your routine eye exam will ensure that if anything does come up you will be able to catch it sooner rather than later.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

One of the best ways to keep your eyes in tip-top shape is to eat a healthy diet and exercise daily. Things like drinking enough water, making sure you’re getting in 30 minutes of exercise a day and eating your leafy greens will keep your mind, body, and even your eyes, running at full capacity.  

Eating foods full of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, vitamins C and E can help to push off diseases like macular degeneration. For example, fill your plate with things like spinach and kale, salmon, tuna, eggs, nuts, beans, citrus fruits, oysters or pork. Sticking to a well-balanced diet helps you to stay a healthier weight and will lower your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Wash Your Hands Frequently and Don’t Rub Your Eyes!

If you are not already in the habit of washing your hands frequently, you should really make an effort to do so. Our hands are exposed to dirt, dust, and bacteria all throughout our day. These can easily be transferred to your eyes each time you touch or rub them.

Protect Your Eyes From the Sun and Elements

Wearing a good pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays that our gorgeous sun emits. Too much UV exposure can increase your chances of cataracts, macular degeneration, and corneal sunburn

When you are shopping for those cute new shades like these, make sure that they block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses will help to protect your eyes from the sides, and polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive.

Stop Smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for our lungs, but did you know it’s also bad for our eyes? Smoking makes it more likely for you to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. Not only that, but the smoke itself can become an eye irritant. If you are currently a smoker, consider stopping. Reach out to your doctor if you need assistance.

Look Away From Screens

As our world has evolved, we now have screens for everything. While the advances in technology are great and have made life more enjoyable, they have also caused a lot of eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision, and headaches for many people. So how can we protect our eyes from the negative side effects of constant screen usage?

  • Make sure that your glasses/contact prescription are up-to-date.
  • If your eye strain doesn’t go away, talk to your doctor about computer glasses.  
  • You can also adjust your screen so that your eyes are level with the top of your monitor. This will let you look slightly down at the screen.
  • Avoid glare on your screen from lights and windows. You can always purchase an anti-glare screen.
  • If you feel like your eyes are getting dry from staring at the screen, blink more.


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This article was written by Sarah Bowman


The Foundation Fighting Blindness

This weekend, the Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk comes to Buffalo, our hometown. We could not be more excited to have them here and to support such an amazing cause. In our blog this week, we would like to share a little bit more information about this incredible non-profit organization.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness began in 1971 under the leadership of Gordon and Llura Gund and Ben and Beverly Berman. Little was known at the time about what led to blindness. However, the goal was clear: they wanted to drive the research that would lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the degenerative retinal diseases.  

How Is The Funding Spent?

In an effort to achieve their goal, the Foundation has raised over 725 million dollars dedicated to finding treatments that will reverse blindness and restore vision. It has become the world’s leading private funder of retinal disease research.

Funding from the Foundation has been used to identify more than 250 genes linked to retinal disease and has launched 20 clinical trials that could lead to potential treatments and cures.

Not only that, the Foundation (in conjunction with the Foundations Clinical Research Institute) funds more than 100 grants annually. These research programs are conducted by research investigators at institutions, eye hospitals and universities from all over the world.

The types of grants that are funded for innovative and cutting-edge research in the following areas: genetics, gene and stem-cell therapies, retinal cell transplantation and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. They have found that their funding has become the “critical bridge between discovery research, proof of concept, and corporate investment in clinical trials and commercialization.”

The Foundation works with commercial entities (i.e., pharmaceutical companies) to develop new compounds (potential drug treatments) for retinal degenerative diseases. If the outcomes of the research are positive and supported, the Foundation’s Clinical Research Institute will work with those companies to make viable commercial products for patients.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness truly believes in fighting retinal diseases and giving back through their research and educational programs. On average, the Foundation invests approximately 75% of their budget in research and public health education programs.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk

The Foundation Fighting Blindness VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event that has raised over 45 million dollars since its inception. It began in 2006, as a way of raising additional funds for sight-saving research.

The Foundation is accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. It is a nation-wide walk that is open to anyone who would like to participate. You can sign up for the walk as an individual or gather a group of friends or co-workers and sign up as a team, here.

They have several walks already scheduled across the country, so check out their website and find the walk nearest to you. If you would like to donate to the Foundation Fighting Blindness but are unable to attend a VisionWalk, please click here. The link will take you directly to the Foundation Fighting Blindness donation page.

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This article has been written by Sarah Bowman



3 Ways to Improve Your Eyesight

Today we spend most of our time looking at some form of screen. Whether it’s a computer, smartphone, tablet or TV, our eyes are straining daily. As our population continues to age, we will continue to see an increase in vision problems. We can work to combat this, however, by eating healthy, exercising our eyes and most importantly giving our eyes some much need rest.

Eat for Your Eyes

There is no doubt that we have all been told at one point or another to “eat your vegetables because they are good for you.” While we agree with this, you can take your healthy eating up a notch by eating an eye-healthy diet. You can do this by eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods that are full of Vitamins A, C, and E and minerals such as copper and Zinc. All of these are essential to eyesight. Foods such as dark leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all great options to consume daily. The more color on your plate, the better!

Your Eyes Need Exercise Too!

We all know that we need to exercise our bodies to maintain a healthy weight and keep our insides happy. But what about our eyes? They need exercise too! Nothing too strenuous of course, you can do them anywhere. They will help you to maintain optimal vision. These exercises should be completed first thing in the morning, before you go to bed, or anytime they feel fatigued. Like anything, if you would like to see success, you have to commit to doing them daily.

  • Exercise #1: Warm your eyes up; Rub your palms together to create heat, place them against your eyes for five seconds, repeat three times.
  • Exercise #2: Roll your eyes. Start by looking up and then slowly circle 10 times clockwise and then 10 times counterclockwise.
  • Exercise #3: Focus. Hold a pen at arm’s length, focus your eyes on it and slowly bring the pen closer until it’s about 6 inches away from your nose. Then slowly move it back, keeping your eyes focused on the pen, repeat 10 times.
  • Exercise #4: Massage your temples. Using your thumb knuckles, massage your temples in small circles: 20 times in one direction, 20 times in the other. Repeat the same motions above the midpoint of the eyebrows at the forehead, and below the eyes on both sides of the bridge of your nose.
  • Exercise #5: Take a mini-nap. Lay your head back, close your eyes and relax for 3 minutes.

Committing to doing these exercises daily will help you to strengthen the muscles in your eyes and help improve your vision. You will need to give this some time, but you according to Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.A.C., D.O.M, PhD you should begin seeing results after just one month.

Give Your Eyes some R&R

What can you do to give your eyes some much-needed rest? Take breaks from your screen! For example, every 50 minutes you spend looking at your screen, you should be spending the other 10 looking away, focusing on something else. Also, make sure that you are getting your full 8 hours of sleep at night. A good night’s rest is essential to optimal eye health. It gives your eyes the time to rest, repair and recover leaving you ready for the next day.  

These are just a few of the ways that you can work to improve your eyesight. Remember that change doesn’t necessarily happen overnight, but if you work at it day after day, you will hopefully begin to see some results.


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