Eye Health & Protection Tips                                                              

 

While not all causes of blindness and visual impairment are preventable, we want to share with you some important ways to keep your eyes healthy and safe.  Your vision is precious – be sure to protect it!

 

 

·        Your eyes are organs that need ongoing care to function properly and stay healthy.  In the winter months, drink an extra glass of water each day.  The cold air and dry indoor heat can easily dehydrate your eyes.

 

·        Shopping for toys?  Children’s visual systems develop as they grow.  When picking out toys for babies and toddlers, purchase playthings that will help appropriately stimulate their visual development.  Choose toys with large features, clear symbols, and bright colors for the youngest children (birth-5 years).  For safety reasons, always refer to the appropriate age range for the toy.

 

·        Just like many other colorful veggies, pumpkin is packed with alpha carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, and can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.  Be kind to your eyes (and tummy) by enjoying pumpkin pie year round!

 

·        Macular Degeneration can be caused by aging, heredity, or even drugs. If straight lines begin appearing wavy, or if you develop fuzzy or shadowy areas in your central vision, mention this to your eye doctor immediately.  Test early symptoms using an Amsler Grid.

 

·        Every employee deserves a safe workplace.  If you work with or around airborne particles or harmful chemicals, check that your employer is adhering to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines for protective eyewear and emergency eye care.

 

·        November is Diabetes Awareness Month – did you know that Diabetic Retinopathy is one of the leading causes of blindness?  If you have diabetes, maintaining tight control of your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol can help prevent D.R.

 

·        Easily avoid eye infections – do not share eye makeup or eye makeup brushes with anyone.  Also, remember to replace your own makeup and brushes every few months.  Hosts of bacteria can spread to your eyes and damage your vision.

 

·        Think twice before lighting up.  Smoking is bad for your entire body, including your eyes.  Links have been found between smoking and increased risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

 

·        Airbags save lives, but they can also cause severe eye damage and even blindness.  Check your car's owner's manual for information on reducing your risk of eye injury.  Also, be sure to wear your seatbelt and ALWAYS sit children in the back seat!

 

·        Many eye and vision problems are hereditary, so get to know your family’s eye health history.  Help determine if you are at higher risk by talking to your family members.  Learn if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition.

 

·        Keep your eyes, and your children's eyes, safe.  Store all household chemicals in locked areas away from children, but not in high cabinets. If they are too hard to reach, they could spill onto your head and face causing severe damage to your eyes.

 

·        Participating in sports is a fun and social way to stay fit, but contact sports and those using a small ball or puck put you at high risk for eye injury.  Seriously consider wearing eye protection with polycarbonate lenses to keep your eyes, and vision, safe.

 

·        When swimming in the pool, avoid the damage and pain that chlorine can cause by keeping your eyes closed under water or wearing swim goggles.

 

·        Attention all foodies!  Certain vitamins and minerals can help keep your eyes healthy.  Bell peppers (Vitamin C and bioflavonoids), carrots (Vitamin A), nuts (Vitamin E), and spinach (Lutein) are just a few examples of vision-friendly eats.

 

·        Give your eyes a break!  Most of us stare at computer screens for hours at a time.  Every hour, take ten seconds to close your eyes and blink heavily a few times.  You'll feel the difference as you rehydrate those peepers!

 

·        With regular eye exams, many vision problems can be caught and treated early.  Even if you've never had a vision problem, you should have your eyes checked regularly!  Consult your physician(s) for more information.

 

·        Wear contacts?  Take proper care of your lenses.  Wash your hands before inserting and removing them, use a standard solution (homemade solutions are not sterile), and clean your case often. These quick tips will help keep your eyes infection free!

 

·        Wear sunglasses as often as possible while outdoors - even if you're in the shade or it's a cloudy day.  Look for brands with a "100% UV Protection" sticker to keep your peepers safe.