Healthy Vision Month

Healthy vision starts with a comprehensive eye exam at Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

 

It is finally May, the weather is starting to warm up, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing and we Idahoans are excited to be outdoors! May really is a wonderful time of year! It almost feels like a rejuvenating time after a winter that was trying for many and the rain showers (and spring cleaning) of spring.

 

Eye exams are important at all ages at Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

 

May should also be a time to think about your health, most importantly your eye health. May is Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute (NEI) wants to promote preventative care to protect people's eyes are vision.

 

Good news is a lot of the things we do to keep our bodies healthy keeps our eyes healthy too. So what can you do to keep your eyes healthy? Here's what you can do!

  • Have an annual comprehensive eye examination: As eye care providers we hear all the time “Well I see great, so I don't need an eye examination.” This thought is false! An eye exam is so much more comprehensive than checking your vision. During a comprehensive eye examination our providers evaluate ocular posture, eye teaming, refractive status, and ocular health. Did you know that there are sight threatening ocular conditions that may not show signs or have very subtle signs that some people overlook? Certain eye conditions that can have a major impact on vision can be things like glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears, etc. It is also important to note the only way to fully evaluate the health of the eye is with a dilated eye examination, a fundus photo does not replace a dilation.

  • Know your family health history: Ah genetics, it is more than just passing on physical traits that make us look like mom or dad. Genetics can also play a role in eye health and vision. This can range from refractive status (myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia), ocular posture/binocularity (strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency) and health conditions (macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, ocular cancer, etc). A positive family history of eye conditions increases the likelihood of ocular complications.

  • Eat a healthy diet: We have all heard the old wives tale that carrots are good for your eyes. Well, this is true! Vegetables with a rich color such as spinach, carrots, peppers, etc. contain vitamin A that the eye utilizes to promote macular health. Eating a healthy diet can also promote a healthier ocular surface to help with things like dry eye.

  • Exercise and be an appropriate weight for your body: Promoting positive cardiovascular health is beneficial for the eyes. The vascular supply to the eye contains a lot of small gauge vessels that are susceptible to changes. If a patient has elevated blood pressure it can result in hypertensive retinopathy (hemorrhaging within the eye). Studies have also indicated women who have exercised may be less likely to have macular degeneration. Researchers are currently evaluating if exercise has a protective factor for the retina.

  • Wear protective eye wear with sports and home repairs: Protecting your eyes from projectiles can save your sight and protect the facial bones. Ocular trauma associated from sports and projectiles can be very devastating and can be easily prevented with wearing appropriate lenses. We are talking about broken facial bones, retinal detachments, hemorrhaging, projectiles penetrating the eye, etc.

  • Don't smoke: The message of not smoking is a solid message in all health care fields. Smoke causes damage to many ocular structures that affect vision and the eyes ability to heal. On the ocular surface, smoking can increase dryness. Increased dryness can cause decreased visual clarity and increased ocular discomfort. Smoking also greatly increases the likelihood of macular degeneration (see our blog on macular degeneration) and cataracts.

  • Wear sunglasses: When going out into the sunshine that we all love so much it is important to wear sunglasses to protect our ocular structures from the ultraviolet rays. It is important to make sure sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. (see our blog on the Health Benefits of Sunglasses).

  • Practice safe contact lens wear: If you are a contact lens wearer it is imperative to wear your contacts as directed by your eye doctor. Over-wearing lenses, sleeping in lenses, re-using contact lens solution, putting contacts in water, etc. can all lead to sight threatening corneal issues. In some cases the ocular infection can be so severe the bacteria can penetrate the cornea. Let's be honest, over wearing contacts is gross.

  • Protect your eyes at work: Regardless of your work environment there can be visual hazards. If you work in a shop, on a computer, outside or inside it is important to wear the most appropriate eye wear (see our blog on work place vision).

 

This May be proactive and protect your eyes and your eye health! Schedule a comprehensive eye examination with one of our providers today!

 

Your vision is important to us at Artisan Optics in Boise Idaho

Posted by Artisan Optics at 5/9/2017 3:04:00 AM
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