Many of the patients who I see on a daily basis ask me about eye health. This got me thinking about how to better educate my patients about various things that we can do on a daily basis to improve our eye health. These six easy steps are adapted from WebMD.
1. Eat Healthy. Various things can be included in your diet to ward off age related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts disease. Adding lutein, zinc, Vitamins C and E as well as Omega 3 Fatty Acids greatly improves your eye health. An added benefit of eating well is that it promotes a healthier lifestyle by decreasing your risk for or even reversing type 2 diabetes, which can be a visually devastating disease. Eat Well. Look Better. Feel Great.
2. Stop Smoking. As in NOW. Smoking in general is bad for your health, but in the eyes it can cause utter mayhem. Smoking has been proven to worsen diseases such as macular degeneration. Take step towards quitting today!
3. Sunglasses. Summer, summer, summer time! Many places sell sunglasses but choose wisely. In order to been eye healthy they should block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. The type of eye ware that you choose can even help with glare.
4. Safety Eyewear. I call this my splashable mashable rule. If you’re smashing something, for example with a drill, hammer, chainsaw, wear protective goggles. If you are working with splashable chemicals, use protection! And if the eye can get smashed, wear protection! Another important note is that if you are legally blind in one eye, defined as a best corrected(with glasses, contacts etc) vision of 20/200 or worse, you MUST protect your better seeing eye. This means wearing polycarbonate lenses during all of your activities of daily living.
5. Step away from that computer! Even as a blogger, I am a strong advocate of this. Many hours of visual media can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eyes, headaches etc. Get off of that keister and move!
6. Come see me! Go and see your eye doctor regularly. Many patients that I see tell me that they haven’t seen a doctor in years. Several of these same patients present only when things are really bad. One of my missions is preventative health and eye care. You can’t prevent what you don’t catch early. We love seeing you every year!
I welcome any comments and questions! Comment, share, discuss.
Stay Eye Healthy,
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Hey Lovers of Life! So this year has been especially rough for me. Eye surgery is no joke. For reals. I have recently had some time for reflection and have come up with a survival guide for fellow residents or women in the business field. This is applicable to many fields of work…so take it and run with it. 🙂
- Make lists. I am a huge list maker. It makes me feel better to be able to cross things off (neurotic, yea?) and I can see that I am actually making progress to my goal.
- Remember the BIG picture. All these struggles are only temporary. The best is yet to come.
- Be your own cheerleader. Tell yourself how good you are by putting sticky notes on the fridge, mirror etc.
- Have your own theme song. Pick that perfect song that describes you. I call it your “Rocky” song. ..”She’s a BRICK..HOUSE”..haha. In all seriousness, music is like magic for the soul. Use it.
- Reflect. Reflect. Reflect. I personally have allotted time for prayer and reflection daily. I call these my moments with God. What I can’t do, HE can.
- Stay healthy. As a very wise blond once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy.” It’s true. I try to work out for at least 30 minutes a day. I am what I like to call an avid walker. I shake my hips as fast as my fists.
- Be social! I’m serious. Although it may seem more productive to study and be a hermit from the world, being social helps you because it releases tension and helps with keeping perspective. I study better when I have something to look forward to!
- Dare I say have STUDY BREAK DANCE PARTIES?! Yes, I mean, all out, by yourself, shaking what your mama gave you, DANCE PARTIES. Studies show that studying for too long intervals can actually be detrimental to your retention. Break It up and Break it on DOWN.
- Sleeeeeep. It’s fuel for your brain. You retain more and you look better too! Sleep is amazing for your skin
- Take care of yourself. If you aren’t able to function, how can you help others? Don’t do too much. Love yourself and in doing so love others. I promise you will be happy!
Love, Love, and Cake, LoeilMD
After work yesterday I finished one of my rotations for my residency and wanted to treat myself, a kind of mental pat on the back. I was like, ahh! Paleo! How can I possibly find something to eat outside? Surprisingly, there are various paleo friendly restaurants or if you ask they can “paleofy” your meal. I happened to remember this amazing Peruvian chicken that my mom brought home from work a while back and I was like yum, meat is paleo! Then I got to this amazing place in College Park, MD called Sardi’s Pollo a la Brasa. They serve DELICIOUS Peruvian chicken, slow roasted on a spit right in front of you. The spices on the chicken are out of this world. Somehow the chicken is nice and moist as well. They also have a nice selection of sides. My favorite paleo selections are the yuca fries and the fried plantain. Oh my goodness, yuca fries are scrumptious little golden treats. They are made from the cassava plant and if you have never tried one, try it! It will change your world. And I think the fried plantain speaks for itself. They are perfectly ripe, soft, sweet, and amazing. Definitely a paleo friendly dinner for me!