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Good Habits For Protecting Your Vision

The most import thing you can do to pro­tect your vision is to start pay­ing atten­tion to it. Whether you are expe­ri­enc­ing poor eye­sight or have nev­er had an issue, main­tain­ing the vision you do have is crit­i­cal to con­tin­u­ing to enjoy life as you cur­rent­ly see it. Here are a few tips to help keep your eyes focused on the things that mat­ter to you.

Reg­u­lar Eye Exams

There is noth­ing that beats hav­ing a reg­u­lar appoint­ment set­up with your eye doc­tor. If you wear glass­es or con­tacts, year­ly vis­its help your reg­u­lar care provider to eas­i­ly spot dif­fer­ences in your vision over time. Some prob­lems can be eas­i­ly iden­ti­fied that may have oth­er­wise been over­looked with­out hav­ing an estab­lished base­line from a pre­vi­ous vis­it.

Have you been wear­ing the same set of glass­es for over 2 years? Chances are your vision has changed and the pre­scrip­tion you are wear­ing no longer prop­er­ly serves your cur­rent eye­sight. Wear­ing glass­es that are not focus­ing the light cor­rect­ly in your eyes can do more dam­age than good. If this is you, it might be time to set up an appoint­ment for a new pre­scrip­tion and some styl­ish new frames you can show off to all your friends.

For those you who can see well with­out glass­es or con­tacts, it is impor­tant to note that you may not real­ize how far your vision could have pos­si­bly dete­ri­o­rat­ed over time due to the grad­u­al­ness of your loss of focus. For exam­ple, you will often run across tes­ti­monies of peo­ple in their 30’s and 40’s who first put on a new pair of glass­es and say, “Wow, I didn’t real­ize how much I wasn’t see­ing before”. If you find your­self squint­ing at night try­ing to read the street signs or find­ing the right dis­tance to read the words on a page clear­ly. It is def­i­nite­ly time for an eye exam.

Gen­er­al­ly, peo­ple that get glass­es or con­tacts for the first time expe­ri­ence an amaz­ing new world around them, see­ing details of things that they nev­er knew were there before. A fun test you can do to dis­cov­er the extent of your vision clar­i­ty (or lack there­of) is to take a pic­ture of a sun­set on your cell phone and look at the dif­fer­ence between the pic­ture and what you are see­ing with your own eyes. If the col­ors and the clar­i­ty of what you are view­ing are dra­mat­i­cal­ly dif­fer­ent than the crisp­ness that is show­ing up on the pic­ture you just took, you may have a slight stig­ma­tism and should def­i­nite­ly go in for an eye exam. If you are like most peo­ple, there may be a whole new world right in from of you that you didn’t even real­ize you were not ful­ly expe­ri­enc­ing.

Eye­wear

Wear­ing eye pro­tec­tion like sun­glass­es and tran­si­tions lens­es is crit­i­cal to pre­serv­ing your eyes. Lens­es that pro­tect your eyes from ultra-vio­let and blue light will help pre­vent the accel­er­a­tion of mus­cu­lar degen­er­a­tion that can lead to a vari­ety of eye and vision issues.

In The Office

Most com­put­ers now-a-days are equipped with fil­ters built right into the screen to help pro­tect against the glare from your eyes. Con­stant­ly star­ing at your com­put­er screen for hours at a time with­out a fil­ter or look­ing away con­sis­tent­ly will stress your reti­na and pos­si­bly cause pres­sure to build up on the inside of your eye. Pres­sure due to stress build up can cause a vari­ety of issues to your vision which could result in surgery. Pro­tect your eyes, make sure your com­put­er mon­i­tors are prop­er­ly equipped with anti-glare screen solu­tion and keep your eyes stress free.

Nutri­tion

Poor nutri­tion not only affects our over­all health, it affects our vision as well. It is impor­tant to feed our eyes the vit­a­mins and min­er­als they need to stay healthy. Vit­a­mins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeax­an­thin, and omega-3 fat­ty acids all con­tribute to main­tain­ing healthy vision.

Last­ly, it is nev­er too ear­ly to start pro­tect­ing your eyes. In fact, one of the biggest lessons some­one can learn is to not take their vision for grant­ed. Many stig­ma­tisms result from poor habits when it comes to every­day liv­ing. Take care of your eyes before you have to and see a rec­om­mend­ed eye care provider like Dia­mond Vision. Dia­mond Vision in NYC pro­vides Lasik Surgery and is focused on keep­ing clients informed in all areas of eye health.

November 13th, 2015|Comments Off on Good Habits For Protecting Your Vision

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.

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