Fit And Healthy Eyes
Trying to stay fit? Keeping in shape? Trying out the latest fads of diets to get ready for the summer? Well, remember to keep your eyes fit too! May is Healthy Vision month. Exams, a healthy diet, & of course good eye protection are a few ways to keep those eyes forever young. This not only applies to adults, but the kiddos as well! Luckily, Dr. Kash has your eye health tips coming right up!
This week, it’s nutrition and your eyes! What we eat affects our bodies either negatively or in a good way. So, being sure to maintain a healthy diet, or at least try to, is essential to our overall health and that includes our vision! Here are some important, wholesome foods and the nutrients they contain that help promote healthy eyes.
- Eggs, Leafy greens, Milk, & the not so popular Beef liver– These foods contain Vitamin A which helps reduce the risk of night blindness, as well as aids in keeping the eyes lubricated, thereby preventing dry eyes.
- Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach– When such Beta-Carotene rich foods as these are combined with other vitamins, this essential nutrient can help to reduce the progression of Macular Degeneration.
- Cold-Water Fish, Walnuts, & Flaxseed Oil- These Omega 3-fatty acid rich foods help in the prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy, as well as promote good cardiovascular health.
While there many more good, eye healthy foods out there, these are just a few of them! But these are a good place to start. Next week, Dr. Kash has more eye health tips coming up…stay tuned!
Eye Health Tip #2: Eye Exams
Putting off that eye exam? That’s probably not the best idea no matter what age you are or how “good” your eyesight may be. Just like getting a regular check-up for the rest of your precious temple, that is your body, the “windows” need taken care of too. Preventative care is important for maintaining healthy eyesight. For adults, a comprehensive eye exam not only checks to see if you need glasses, but also can catch the early onset of any diseases, such as Macular Degeneration, Retinopathy, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, etc. For children, a comprehensive eye exam is just as important to ensure good sight for learning in school. So no more putting off that exam! In the words of Nike, “just do it”!
Eye Health Tip #3: Protect Those Baby Blues
Learning to ride a bike we wear a helmet to protect our noggin! Sitting in the sun, we protect our skin with sunscreen. On the job at work, depending on what dangerous objects or chemicals you work with, eye protection is extremely important!
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, roughly 2000 workers suffer eye injuries on a daily basis. That’s a lot of damage! There are different forms of eye protection for different kinds of jobs. For example, goggles when working with chemicals or shielded helmets when welding. Let’s not forget safety glasses with side shields when working with flying objects or dust.
Not only can we sustain injury to our eyes being on the job, but protection against the sun’s U.V. rays with the proper sun lenses is also important! Stay tuned, next week Dr. Kash has more great advice for the youngsters eye health!
Dr. Kash wants to make sure the kiddos are taken care of as far as eye health is concerned. So, this week, it’s all about them. Children’s eye health needs and development differ somewhat than that of adults. Making sure their eyes are healthy at a young age can help to correct some issues such as a lazy eye, whereas waiting till adulthood to address this problem could be too late to reverse it. Regular eye exams and vision screening are vital to catch vision problems early, even in babies, to help prevent/reverse any problems which arise. For babies, keeping track of their ability to follow movement, or noticing if one eye constantly turns inward or outward are things to bring up to the pediatrician. For children in general, excessive tearing or eye rubbing, constant squinting, poor hand/eye coordination, reading or watching T.V. too close, etc., are also things to bring up to the child’s doctor. So, let’s help little eyes grow strong & see big!