02 May Eye Health
The eyes are the windows to the soul; a metaphorical expression we have all heard. But did you know that your eye health is closely related to your overall physical health? Yet, many people do not take care of their eyes like they take care their body. We all know that our annual physical and bi-annual dentist appointments are important, but what about our eye health? Everyone needs an eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your eyesight and your physical health.
An eye exam is the only way to detect common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration in their early stages when they are most treatable. Many eye diseases have no early warning signs, and many people are at risk for certain eye conditions but are unaware of it. In fact, millions of people living in the United States have undetected vision problems, eye diseases, and conditions. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Appreciate your eyes, and give them some love.
Did you know, that May is Healthy Vision Month?
Eye Health & Overall Health: The Connection
Taking care of your eyes can benefit your overall health. There is an intricate connection between the eyes and the rest of the body, through the blood, blood vessels, and nerve connections. And, your eyes are the only place in your body that provides a clear view of your blood vessels, arteries, and cranial nerve. All of which can tell your eye doctor a lot about your overall health.
Our eyes are not only the windows to our soul, but also to our body’s overall health. Just as our bodies require evolving care, so do our eyes. Which is why, eye exams at every life stage are just as important as air is to our lungs. By taking care of your eye health through regular eye exams, you also take care of your overall health.
Don’t wait until it’s too late! Appreciate your eyes, and give them some love.
Don’t Take Your Vision For Granted
Imagine what life would be like if you could not see well. Watching a movie might be tough, and reading might be out. Our eyes are two of our most precious possessions. Yet, all too easy we can take our eyesight for granted. Vision loss does not have to be a part of the natural aging process. Use these eye health tips to help set you up for a lifetime of seeing well!
Eye Health Tips
Sunglasses are the most important eyewear you will ever own. Sure, sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect our eyes. Wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, and make sure you look for a pair that blocks out 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. And, give your eyes a rest! For anyone who spends a lot of time at the computer or staring at their digital devices, you may be forgetting to blink. This can tire your eyes out quickly. If your eyes feel dry or achy at the end of the day, use the 20-20-20 rule to help reduce digital eyestrain. For every 20 minutes, look away from your screens and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Next, for anyone who wears contact lenses make sure to disinfect them as instructed and replace them as appropriate. Also, to avoid infection, make sure to wash your hands before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports, and get a comprehensive dilated eye exam every year regardless of your age.
Annual Comprehensive Eye Exams
Many people see the doctor every year for a physical. Most of us also schedule regular visits to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned. But what about our eyes? It’s important to take care of your eyes just like you take care of the rest of our body! While you may think your eyes are healthy, getting an annual comprehensive eye exam is the only way to be sure. In fact, having an annual comprehensive dilated eye exam is one of the best things you can do to maintain your eye and vision health. For more information on our eye exams or to book an appointment, call us at (805) 522-7007 or send us a message.