Supplementing your diet for vision health

diet-and-vision-healthYour parents always told you to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyes. Were your mom and dad right? Recent studies seem to point to a link between vitamin intake and eye health.

Eating vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and E, along with zinc and beta-carotene will not give you 20-20 vision, but these vitamins may very well stave off macular degeneration as you age. Also, though carrots have the reputation for keeping rabbits from wearing glasses, other foods may actually be better for your eyes.

Is your child old enough for contact lenses?

contacts-for-childrenIn years past, the average starting age for children wearing contact lenses instead of glasses was around 13. However, that number has dropped significantly in the last few years. Children as young as eight years old can wear contact lenses without any physical problems, which causes many parents to ask, “Is my child old enough?” and, “Should I be considering contacts for my child?”

Why switch to contacts?

Why are so many parents going to the eye doctor for contact lens prescriptions for their children? With soft lens technology, contacts are more comfortable than ever, making them easier on children’s eyes. If your child is active and participates in sports or dance, wearing glasses can really get in the way.

Eye makeup and your eye health

eye-makeup-and-eye-healthWe’re long past the days of using lead paint in eye makeup. In fact, the cosmetics industry spends billions of dollars each year on research and development to ensure that the products you use on your eyes and skin are safe and won’t cause an allergic reaction.

However, there may still be some cause for concern as far as your eye makeup and its potential effects on your vision. If you’re not careful, your eye makeup could cause or exacerbate one or more of the following conditions:

5 tips for preventing and combating dry eye

preventing dry eyeNo one likes itchy, red, dry eyes, but everyone seems to suffer from dry eye every now and then. You may have seasonal allergies. The air quality in your work or home environment may be dry and polluted. You may be getting older, with hormonal and physiological changes occurring all over your body. Whatever the reason, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can greatly reduce your suffering and the occurrence of dry eye by changing a few bad habits and picking up some good ones.

Take a break from contacts

If you regularly wear contacts as your primary corrective lenses, you may want to take a break from wearing them, especially if you’re going to be in an allergy-triggering environment. If you know that you’re going to be outside on a windy day, especially when there’s a lot of pollen blowing around, either wear a pair of sunglasses or other protective eyewear, or forgo the contact lenses for the day.

Why you should remove your contacts at night

removing-contacts-at-nightContact lenses have come a long way in the last few decades. With the advent and development of soft lenses, you can comfortably wear your contacts for extended periods of time. However, you might want to rethink your “extended wear” habits. Practicing good hygiene and taking your contacts out when you go to sleep could save your vision.

You might think that rinsing your contacts out in tap water or leaving them in when you take a nap or even overnight isn’t a big deal, but you’d be wrong. Just a few months ago, a student in Taiwan permanently lost her vision when amoebas burrowed through her corneas. What caused this amoebic infection? The student did not take out her contacts -- which were disposable and only made to be worn for 1 month -- for 6 months straight.

Now, this is an extreme case. Very few people leave their contacts in for this long. Most of us take them out at night most of the time, and we usually take them out when we go swimming, too. However, you shouldn’t brush this shocking story off and think, “That could never happen to me.” You might be guilty of some poor hygiene habits that could result in an eye infection or vision loss.

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