Loving Your Eyes

February 13, 2013

We often take for granted our vision. Seeing isn’t a voluntary action; we see without thinking of the process of vision or the opportunities that visual capabilities give us. Keeping our vision and eyes healthy are excellent ways to celebrate this gift; routine eye examinations are an important facet of loving your eyes. Your eye care professional can monitor your vision and eye health and can best recommend appropriate treatments, glasses, and lifestyle choices.

Ways to Love Your Eyes:

  • Wearing UV protection in direct sunlight; this helps to limit the negative impact of UV light on ocular health. UV protection helps to guard against complications to vision and eye health such as: pinguecula, pterygium, and retinal damage.
  • Good hygiene; a boon to overall health, hygienic approaches to daily activities can decrease the risks of ocular complications (including bacterial and chemical infections).
  • Dilated exams, frequency based on eye care professional’s recommendation. Dilation, while sometimes irritating to your comfort on sunny days, is a vital part of routine eye exams and/or medical examinations of the eyes. Dilation opens the pupil (the black part of the eye) and allows your doctor to have a less restricted view of the retina, macula, optic disc, and optic nerve.
  • Wearing safety glasses when appropriate. If there is a risk for exposure to a foreign material (metal, glass, dust, paint, wood, etc), wearing safety materials can reduce your risk of ocular complications.
  • Diet and exercise. Healthy living means healthy eyes! While diet and nutrition are integral parts of any lifestyle, always ensure that you check with your primary medical doctor prior to beginning any new regimen.
  • Diets rich in leafy green vegetables and Omega-3s; leafy greens aide in macular health, while Omega-3s (fish oils, flaxseed oils, eggs, and walnuts).
  • Diabetic patients adhering to their doctor’s advice on blood sugar control, medication, and advised routine examinations, which will often include dilation.
  • Avoiding smoking.
  • Examinations in childhood to follow and treat common childhood disorders.

“I think the eyes flirt most. There are so many ways to use them.”
-Anna Held