I often get asked what I can do to make sure my eyes stay healthy. Here are 10 tips for eye care to get you started.
#1 Yearly Eye Examinations
I can’t emphasize this enough. My goal with every examination is to prevent preventable blindness. And the best way to do this is with annual routine eye examination.
#2 Your future is so bright you should wear shades.
Long term UV exposure to your eyes can cause eye damage and eye diseases. The best way to avoid this is to wear polarized sunglasses when outdoors that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection.
#3 20/20/20 Rule to avoid eye strain
For every 20 minutes working on the computer stop and look at something that is 20 feet away (or further) for 20 seconds. Doing so will reduce eyestrain while working on the computer.
#4 Why can’t grandma see very well?
Knowing your family ocular history is important. Most eye conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachments can cause very serious loss of vision and are often hereditary. Let your eye doctor know.
#5 Carrots are out Collards are in
Carrots are good for your eyes but there are other foods that are even better.
- Dark Leafy Greens
- Fatty Fish
#6 Eye Drops
With so many different kinds of Over-The-Counter eye drops available the options can be overwhelming. But avoid those that say “get the red out” instead use a plain lubricating drop and if the condition continues see an eye doctor.
#7 When in doubt wear the safety glasses
Wear safety glasses in any situation wear an eye injury is possible. Enough said.
#8 No dilation is no problem
With new advancements in technology a dilated examination is not always required. Our Optomap creates a 3-D evaluation of the internal eye. Please don’t let the fear of dilation keep you from getting your eyes examined.
#9 Handle with Care
Our eyes and vision is an amazing gift so treat your eyes as special and precious as they really are. If you notice suddenly changes in your vision or how they feel, get an examination to ensure your eyes stay healthy.
#10 Don’t sleep in your contacts
Your eyes can become oxygen starved and result in a corneal ulcer. These corneal ulcers can cause permanent vision loss. See Rule # 9.
Hope you enjoyed our 10 tips for eye care. If you have any concerns regarding your eye health please request an appointment online or call 423-899-2020 to schedule your appointment.
-Dr. Joshua E. Crowder