Stay on top of your eye health by following these easy tips from Anderson & Shapiro Eye Care's Dr. Nicole Anderson-Weiss
from BRAVA Magazine, "Live in Good Health",
1. Don’t skip the doctor.
If you wear contacts or have medical
conditions such as diabetes, you should be seeing an eye
care professional yearly. If you haven’t had an eye exam by
the time you turn 40, get an appointment on the calendar,
and plan to visit every one to two years. Many eye diseases,
including cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular
degeneration, increase in incidence as we age. Women in
particular often suffer from dry eye syndrome, which can
cause severe irritation, discomfort and even vision loss.
2. Eat a healthy diet.
It goes without saying that a
good diet can lead to good health—your eye health
included. Specifically, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins
C and E, zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin can lower the risk
for cataracts, dry eyes and reduce the progression
of age-related macular degeneration. Look for these
in leafy green vegetables, vegetable oils, fish, nuts,
citrus fruits and whole grains.
3. Go smoke free.
Do everything in your
power to put down cigarettes for good,
not only for your general health, but to
reduce your risk of cataracts, macular
degeneration and dry eyes.
4. Grab your sunglasses.
Suit up for
summer year round—at least for your
eyes. Spending long hours in the sun
has been linked to cataracts, growths
on the eye (which can be cancerous)
and macular degeneration, to name
a few. Look for sunglasses that filter
99 to 100 percent of UV light.
5. Take computer breaks.
Computer use and
prolonged reading cause your blinking rate to
reduce to less than half its normal rate, which
can cause uncomfortable dryness and eye strain.
Try positioning the screen so you look at it with a
slight downward gaze while taking regular breaks
to look away. And don’t forget to blink—even put a
note on the screen as a reminder if you have to!
6. Care for your contacts. To care for your lenses (and
eyes), wash your hands before touching them, clean
them with a proper lens solution (not water or saline
solution) and dispose of them at the proper time indicated
by your doctor. Don’t sleep in your contacts, even
if they are approved for overnight use and consider
taking them out when you get home from work. And
don’t forget about your lens cases! They should be
cleaned, air-dried and replaced on a regular basis.