Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Sleep And Eye Health

When we don’t get a good night’s sleep, we can really feel it in the morning.

That grogginess, difficulty concentrating, and slowed reaction time — we all know the feeling. Lack of sleep, especially when it happens on a regular basis, can have many negative effects on our health, both short-term and long-term, including a weakened immune system, weight gain, high blood pressure, mood changes, and memory issues. It also affects the health of our eyes.

Sleep-Deprived Eyes Are Unhealthy Eyes

Our eyes need at least five hours of sleep per night to replenish themselves and function well during the day. Go too long without enough sleep, and you might start getting twitchy eyelids, eye strain, and even dry eye. We have enough to deal with in our busy lives without having to worry about these kinds of eye problems, so the best thing to do is to get enough sleep. Luckily, our eyes can help with that.

Lose The Blue Light Before Bed

One of the major signals to our brains that it’s time to be awake is blue light. In nature, these high-intensity light rays only come from the sun, but these days they also come from fluorescent lights and the screens of our digital devices. When that happens around bedtime, it makes it much harder for our brains to go to sleep, costing us a significant chunk of rest. What’s more, using these bright screens in dark rooms before bed leaves us even more vulnerable to eye strain.

A good policy to minimize the negative effects of blue light on your sleep and eye health is to turn off any screens and fluorescent lights a full hour before bed. If you absolutely need to be on your digital devices right up until bedtime, most devices these days have a Night Shift setting that reduces the blue light emitted by the screen. This will make it much easier on your tired eyes!

Rest Your Eyes; Take Your Contacts Out At Night

Wearing your contacts at night won’t affect your overall health, and it might not affect your quality of sleep, but it will make it harder for your eyes to replenish themselves. The surface of our eyes get oxygen directly from the air, and contact lenses block air from getting to them, especially when our eyes are closed for long hours of sleep.

Newer contact lenses allow much more oxygen to reach the cornea, but we still recommend removing them on a nightly basis. Not only will this allow your eyes to breathe more freely, it will also reduce your risk of eye infections from bacteria on the contact lenses. No matter what, never wear contacts longer than the instructions recommend.

Make Eye Appointments A Priority

Of course, one more great thing you can do for your eye health is to schedule regular eye appointments! Even if you have no sleep deprivation problems and you always take your contacts out before bed, it’s still important to come see us so we can make sure your eyes are healthy and functioning the way they should.

Give your eyes the rest they need!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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