Eye Health March 2016
Posted by Kimber Harding
February 29, 2016
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Eye Health- March 2016
life would be like if you couldn’t see well. Reading might not be possible.
Enjoying the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors could be tough. Without
our vision, life would be extremely different, and too often, we take our vision
the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have
some kind of vision impairment.
- 80% of
vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.
average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.
heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to
repair a corneal scratch.
is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to
Visiting an eye doctor regularly is important to our overall
health. Just like it’s important to go to the dentist every six months or the
doctor every year, it is important to visit an eye doctor every one to two
years in order to prevent the onset of disease and help ensure proper vision. If
you’re experiencing blurred vision, eye pain, flashes of light, seeing stars or
floating lights you should see your doctor immediately. If detected early
enough, you can correct, slow down, or stop the problem before it worsens or causes
loss of vision.
Here is what to expect
when getting a comprehensive eye exam:
- Overview of personal and family medical history
- Vision test to see if you have nearsightedness,
farsightedness, or astigmatism
- Test to see how well your eyes work together
- Eye pressure and optic nerve tests to check if
you have glaucoma
- External and microscopic examination of your
eyes before and after dilation
As we age it is normal that our vision worsens, which is why
we should all take preventative measures in protecting our eyes in order to see
for maintaining eye health include:
- Eat for
good vision: Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc,
and vitamins C and E may reduce risk of age-related vision problems. It is
important to regularly include these foods into your diet:
- Green, leafy vegetables- spinach, kale, and
Salmon, tuna, halibut and other oily fish
- Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein
- Carrots, oranges and other citrus fruits and
- Whether you’re at home or on the job, wear
safety glasses or protective goggles at all times if you’re around hazardous or
- Wear protective eyewear if you’re participating
in an activity or playing a sport that calls for protection.
- Choose sunglasses that block 99%-100% of both
UVA and UVE rays—too much UV exposure can increase your risk of cataracts and
- Take a
break: If you have any of these symptoms: eyestrain, blurred vision,
trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, headaches, neck, back or shoulder
pain, it may mean that you’ve been staring at your computer for too long. Follow
the steps below, in order to protect your eyes:
- Try the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break every 20
minutes, look away from your computer for 20 seconds, look 20 feet into the
- Avoid glare on your computer from windows or
lights in the room. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
- Practice good posture.
- Make sure your glasses and/or contact lens
prescription is up-to-date.
Smoking: Smoking can increase risk of developing age-related
macular degeneration, optic nerve damage, and cataracts, all of which can lead
In case you
aren’t familiar, if you’re covered by the county’s insurance plan, you qualify
for one FREE eye exam annually with
an in-network provider (out of network, not covered). Also, new with
benefits—Lasik eye surgery is now covered in some cases. Schedule an eye appointment today!
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