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Eye Care Tips
Posted on 10/21/2017

At Brass Eye Center, one of the top ophthalmologist practices in the Greater Capital District, NY, we proudly offer all of our patients advanced care and top tier eye treatment. And while some damage is unavoidable, there are steps that we recommend all of our patients take to prevent the most common causes of eye damage. Our skilled team has pulled together the most effective tips to help keep eyes healthy and prevent unnecessary deterioration below!

Proper Diet and Nutrition

It is not surprising that, like most things related to our overall health, diet and nutrition play a key role in eye care. Diets full of certain nutrients like zeaxanthin, lutein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc can help reduce your chances of eyesight deterioration if you have age-related macular degeneration. Some of the superfoods packed with these healthy nutrients include:

  • Carrots
  • Green Tea
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Leafy Greens


Whether you include these foods in your daily diet or rely on supplements, these key nutrients help keep eyes healthy.

Keep Eyes Protected

An important element of eye care is ensuring that eyes are protected from injury on a daily basis. Whether you’re playing sports, you work in an environment where eyes may be damaged, or are completing  certain chores around the house, statistics show that wearing protective glasses regularly can reduce up to 90% of avoidable eye injuries, including:

  • Scrapes on the cornea
  • Foreign objects in eye
  • Infections from foreign bodies
  • Burns from chemical or radiation exposure

It may seem unnecessary at times, but eye protection is one of the simplest ways to keep eyes healthy!

Keep Your Sunglasses On

Keeping your eyes protected from the sun’s powerful UV rays is another simple way to avoid eye damage. Over-exposure to the sun can cause photokeratitis, or a sunburn on the eye, and can also cause more serious conditions like cataracts or macular degeneration. When selecting sunglasses, we recommend choosing a pair that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. We also ask that our patients wear sunglasses even on cloudy days and during the winter as UV rays can still cause harm.

Monitor Your Screen Time

As we consistently rely more and more on technology, it’s likely that you find yourself staring at a computer monitor more often than is healthy for your eyes. Gazing at a computer, cell phone, or television screen can often lead to eye irritation, blurred vision, headaches and neck aches that may affect your work performance and your health overall. You can limit this damage by:

  • Working in a well-lit area
  • Adjusting the height and distance of the computer monitor to allow for optimum comfort
  • Improving your posture to reduce strain
  • Taking periodic breaks to rest your eyes

 

If you make these changes and symptoms still persist, we ask that our patients schedule an appointment to adjust contact lens or eyeglass prescription.

Get a Regular Check Up

Regular comprehensive eye examinations are crucial to ensure that eyes stay healthy and that new problems are detected and treated early on. At Brass Eye Center, we rely on effective methods to detect, diagnose, and treat problems and conditions and recommend our patients visit annually.