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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