Avoid Eye & Vision Problems

No matter how young or old you are, preventative and routine eye exams are important to maintaining good eye health. Often, eye and vision problems do not have obvious symptoms or signs. Yet, our licensed optometrists can easily diagnose them. By diagnosing eye and vision conditions early on, we can provide treatment options and, in many cases, restore or prevent vision loss. Here are your best prevention strategies:

Regular Eye Exams

Even if you don’t have any noticeable or obvious symptoms of a vision problem, it’s wise to have your eyes checked by a qualified optometric physician once each year. If you have symptoms or a family history of eye disease, the American Optometric Association advises eye exams every six months or twice yearly.

Protect Your Eyes from Damage & Trauma

Wear good eye protection during activities that could cause trauma to your eyes or vision. That includes all sports, firearms or fireworks, paintball games and occupations that involve hammering, cutting, sawing, drilling or working overhead.

Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

Eat a nutritious diet that supports your eyesight. Make sure you’re getting sufficient vitamins and nutrients to help keep your eyes moist and protect them from infection. Foods rich in omega fatty acids and leafy green vegetables plus vitamins A, C and E are necessary for good eyesight. Manage your weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Stop smoking! Cigarette smoke is extremely toxic to your eyes and has been linked to several serious eye conditions. If you are diabetic, schedule annual eye exams and monitor your blood sugar levels.

Relieve or Avoid Eyestrain

Today, many of us suffer from eyestrain. We spend more time sitting in front of computers. If you’re focusing on a computer or tablet screen for hours on end or performing concentrated activities such as sewing, needlepoint or reading, you should rest your eyes for at least five minutes every hour. Look out the nearest window, close your eyes or stare into space – anything to give your eyes a break from your focused activity. You can also blink more often. Blinking reduces evaporation and protects your corneas. It also relieves strain caused by your continuous focus and may even increase your ability to perform concentrated activities. Changing your focus periodically will relax your eye muscles and help prevent eyestrain.

When you need expert vision care you can trust, call 215.677.9111 in Philadelphia. We also provide care for patients from Bustleton, Southampton, Huntingdon Valley, Willow Grove and neighboring areas. For your convenience, you can also use our online Request an Appointment form to reserve your consultation.

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Philadelphia, PA 19116