5 Simple Ways to Improve Eye Health

If you’re like most people, you participate in numerous daily activities that cause eye strain. If you work on a computer, do a lot of driving, read in low light, spend a great deal of time in the sun, participate in computer gaming, or simply watch TV, you may be taxing your eyes.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to keep your eyes comfortable and preserve your ocular health. Here are five tips for ensuring healthy and strong eyes.

1. Wear Sunglasses

You probably already wear sunglasses for visual comfort outdoors (or as a fashion accessory). However, did you pay attention to your sunglasses’ UVA and UVB protection? Look for sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. If you spend a great deal of time outside in the sun – and especially near the water – invest in polarized lenses. These lenses significantly reduce glare, making driving and boating safer and easier.

2. Get the Right Nutritional Support

Eating a diet rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and lutein and zeaxanthin help maintain and even enhance eye health. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has been found to reduce the risk of cataract development and age-related macular degeneration. Vitamin E helps to prevent the eyes’ cellular structure from free radical damage.

Foods rich in the above nutrients include leafy green vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach), citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, beans, and whole grains. Not only will a nutrient-rich diet help stave off ocular degeneration, but by maintaining a healthy weight, you will significantly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of adult blindness.

3. Move Your Desk Away From the Window

If you have a large office window with a great city view, you may be putting significant strain on your eyes if your desk faces it. Although you probably enjoy the perks of looking out of the window as you work, enduring the glare from a window in addition to the glare from a computer monitor can be highly damaging to your long-term vision. If you can’t move your desk, consider wearing 100 percent UVA and UVB protecting glasses, or installing ultraviolet-blocking window film.

4. Quit Smoking

There aren’t any good reasons to keep smoking, but now you have another great reason to quit – smoking accelerates macular degeneration.

5. Have Regular Eye Exams

Eye examinations aren’t just for people who think they need glasses – they’re for anyone who wants to ensure optimal eye health. Not only will a routine eye exam alert you to potentially serious eye conditions, they can detect medical concerns before physical symptoms develop.

OptiExpress: Cape Coral’s Go-To Optometry Resource

At OptiExpress, we not only offer patients treatment options when they have concerns about their eyesight, we also provide holistic advice and education on eye care, helping members of the Cape Coral community preserve their vision and their health. If you would like to schedule an eye exam, please visit our contact page to find the OptiExpress location nearest you.

Is It Time to See the Eye Doctor? Yes – And Here’s How to Make the Most of Your Visit

It’s often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but they’re far more than that. They are very often windows into our personal health. While periodic eye exams are important to maintain our vision and address any specific eye problems that may diminish our sight, they’re also important for spotting health problems before they progress or become symptomatic.

If you haven’t had an eye exam for awhile (or ever), here’s how you can make sure your visit is as productive and comfortable as possible.

Prepare Yourself for Your Visit

In order to ensure an efficient and effective eye exam, it’s important to prepare yourself appropriately so that your visit goes smoothly. Here are a few things to consider before your appointment.

  • Make a “lifestyle” list. Your work, hobbies, and overall lifestyle significantly affect both your visual health and the strategies you should use to maintain it. Tell your optometrist about your daily routine. Do you spend your working hours staring at a computer screen? Do you do a lot of driving? Let your optometrist know if you experience a great deal of eye strain throughout the course of a normal day.
  • Specify your current health concerns. Let your optometrist know if you have any medical conditions, allergies, or are taking any supplements or medications.
  • Switch from contact lenses to glasses before your exam. If you wear contact lenses, you may want to stop wearing them a day or two before your appointment, so that your corneal measurements will be as precise as possible.

At OptiExpress, we take pride in providing comprehensive eye care, helping patients manage and overcome eye concerns that compromise their quality of life. If you would like to schedule an eye examination, please visit our contact page to find an OptiExpress location near you.