To support Healthy Vision Month this May, EYE-Q Vision Care would like to raise awareness to the cause and share tips to encourage friends and family to make eye health a priority. Vision plays an important role in daily life – every waking minute, the eyes are working hard to see the world around us. In fact, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA), 80 percent of people place their eyesight as their most valuable sense, but less than half of the people, have their eyes tested.
“It’s easy to incorporate steps into your daily routine to ensure healthy eyes and vision. Follow the 6 steps I suggest and visit EYE-Q Vision Care on a yearly basis for a comprehensive eye exam. Make your appointment today,” Dr. Margie Recalde, Optometrist.
1. Preventative Care is Crucial in Maintaining Eye Health
Everyone in the family should schedule a comprehensive eye exam with an eye care provider. Infants should be scheduled for their first eye exam at 6 months of age according to the American Optometric Association. If the child is asymptomatic and risk free, additional exams should be scheduled at 3 years old and every one to two years afterwards depending on risk factors. People that are 61 and older should be seen annually or more often if recommended by their eye care provider.
2. Be Cool and Wear Shades
Sunglasses are not just for fashion. They help protect your eyes just like lathering sunblock protects your skin. Did you know that 80% of your lifetime ultraviolet (UV) exposure is done by the age of 18? It’s therefore important for all family members to wear sunglasses, especially children. This will protect the eyes from harmful UV radiation that can occur even on cloudy days. The long-term consequences of UV radiation has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, pinguecula, and pterygium?.
3. Safety First
Each year, 50,000 of people permanently lose part or all of their vision due to eye injuries. It is interesting that nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home.
“If people would think about the consequences of eye injuries and wear protective eyewear, 90% of eye injuries would have been prevented,” said Dr. Margie Recalde, Optometrist.
4. Eat Right to Maintain Your Sight
Carrots are widely known for promoting good eye health. However, eating for good vision goes beyond carrots. A well-balanced diet includes leafy green vegetables, eggs, citrus, berries, salmon, tuna and nuts are beneficial. These foods provide nutrients that will help prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. They also help ward off obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.
5. Give Your Eyes a Break
It is difficult to stay away from electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, and computers. These devices are made to work non-stop but that does not mean you need to work like a machine also. Your eyes need to take a break and recharge.
Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. By giving your eyes a break, you will reduce eyestrain and dry eyes so that you can work more efficiently.
6.Smoking Hurts the Eyes
If you are smoking, now is the time to quit! Smoking and second hand smoke will increase your risk of dry eyes, ocular allergies, cataracts and macular degeneration. Pregnant women that smoke are more likely to give birth prematurely. This will increase their babies’ risk of developing a blinding disease called retinopathy of prematurity as well as other health problems.
About EYE-Q Vision Care
EYE-Q Vision Care provides 16 doctors to the Central Valley with specialties in LASIK, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, cornea, pediatrics, and ophthalmic plastic surgery. EYE-Q uses the latest proven technology available to provide its patients the opportunity for the best possible outcome. EYE-Q has been in practice for over 50 years and has offices in Fresno, Selma, and now Clovis. Its mission is to help patients see, look and feel their best. For additional information visit eyeqvc.com or call Dr. Margie Recalde, EYE-Q Vision Care at 486-2000.