The Gift of Good Vision

December 12, 2013

If you can read this sentence, your vision is better than the estimated 39 million people worldwide who are blind. Vision is something that we all can take for granted; seeing is not a voluntary action…we open our eyes, some of us throw on some glasses or contacts, and there the world is. One of the best ways you can celebrate this amazing gift is by taking care of it!

Ways to care for your eyes:

1. Keep your diet eye-friendly!

  • Focus on fruits and veggies! Get your daily doses of leafy greens, citrus fruits, and colorful vegetables.
  • Add omega-3 rich foods like salmon, walnuts, and enriched eggs.
  • Limit your intake of sugars and saturated fats.

2. Protect your eyes!

  • Wear proper safety glasses.
  • Wear UV protective glasses when exposed to sunlight.
  • Wear corrective (and/or protective) glasses as directed, especially if you’re monocular!

3. Get routine examinations, especially if you have other medical conditions.

  • Diabetics should follow advisement for frequency of dilated examinations; some may require annual or biannual visits (or more  frequently, especially if blood sugar is in poor control).
  • Any ocular condition (glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, etc) may require multiple visits annually; while this may be somewhat inconvenient, it is a necessary and vital part of ensuring the best care is given to your eyes!
  • Concerns about eye health should be addressed with immediacy in many cases; if you’re concerned about your eye health, contact our office today to schedule an exam!

4. Practice good hygiene, especially in cold and flu season!

  • Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your eyes!
  • Use a quality artificial tear as needed.
  • Take precautions when a family member, coworker, or friend is actively ill; limit contact and keep shared surfaces clean!
  • Take precautions when you’re ill! Wash your hands, avoid using tissues repeatedly or transferring use from nose or mouth to the eyes.

This information is solely for informational purposes and is not intended to provide medical advice. If you are concerned about any medical condition or your eye health, please visit and speak with your primary or eye care service provider.