December 3, 2021

A vision for better eyecare

Tips to keep your eyecare in sight

It can be easy to take the world we see for granted. Sunsets and starry nights. The view outside our windows. Even the smiles of those around us. The things we enjoy seeing every day. But the fact is, many of us don’t often think about our vision–until we notice something isn’t quite right. 

To help keep life around you in focus, we’ve listened to the experts and compiled this short guide to better eyecare.  

What to do to keep your eyes healthy.

Your habits can affect your eyes in different ways. Making these tips part of your routine will not only protect your eyes but keep you feeling healthier. 

  1. Eat well, meaning a diet filled with lots of vitamins and nutrients, particularly one rich in Vitamins A, E and C, along with zinc, lutein, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which promote eye health and function.
  2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily is great for your overall health, but it also improves blood circulation in the eyes. 
  3. Keep an eye on your blood pressure because high blood pressure can damage the tiny and fragile blood vessels that feed the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye, and result in blurred vision and vision loss. 
  4. Wear sunglasses–they’re not just cool, they protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays and reduce your risk of cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and other threatening eye conditions.
  5. Give ‘em a rest from the strain digital devices put on your eyes by practicing the 20-20-20 rule–every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
  6. Quit Smoking–if you need another reason to quit, here it is: cigarette smoke contains toxins that cause cerebral lesions in the visual processing area of the brain and is also linked to age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
  7. See your ophthalmologist regularly, because eye exams are part of maintaining your overall eye health and crucial to detecting early signs of eye disease, even before symptoms appear.
Warning signs to look out for.

It happens to the best of us. As we age, so does our eyesight. Often, any kind of vision loss is so gradual, we don’t even *ahem* see it–that is until the almost magical moment we put on corrective eyewear and glimpse how much we’ve been missing.  

But beyond typical near- or farsighted issues, there are a host of other eye conditions to be aware of. Some, like chronic open-angle glaucoma, have no symptoms, which makes regular checkups at your ophthalmologist all the more important.

The basics:

If you experience any of the following, it’s time to schedule an appointment:

  • Persistent redness 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Itchy, watery, swollen eyes or a persistent feeling that something is in your eye 
  • Discomfort or pain, either general or to the touch
  • Unusually colored mucus or abnormal amounts of discharge
  • Flashes of light or persistent eye floaters
  • Dark blotch or curtain in peripheral vision
  • Sudden light sensitivity 
  • Irritation from contacts that doesn’t go away
  • Injuries to your eyes from debris or sudden impact

The bottom line, you should seek care anytime you notice a sudden change in your vision or are experiencing any persistent discomfort or pain. There are also some conditions you may not even notice, so we always recommend a yearly eye exam to all of our patients.

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