If you are like most people, you are already thinking about ways to improve your life and self in 2018. Island Eye Surgicenter, a leading eye surgery center in Long Island, wants to encourage you to make easy resolutions for improving your eye health. Here, we offer a few ideas.
Schedule Your Routine Eye Exam
If you are due for an eye exam, or simply don’t remember the last time you got your eyes checked, schedule an eye exam with Island Eye Surgicenter. Routine eye exams are key in detecting vision problems and eye conditions early. Children, teenagers, and adults age 18 to 60 who have good eye and overall health should get their eyes checked every two years. Older adults age 61 and older should get an eye exam annually. Individuals with prescription eyewear should also get their eyes checked once a year. If you have an eye disease or certain health condition like diabetes, or have a family history of eye disease, you may need to get your eyes checked more frequently. Our team can determine how often you should get your eyes checked based on your eye health and medical history.
Eat an Eye-Friendly Diet
Several studies have pointed out that eating certain foods that are rich in eye-friendly nutrients can reduce the risk of certain eye conditions including cataracts and macular degeneration. Eat more foods high in beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, such as spinach, sweet potatoes, kale and carrots. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids like cold-water fish, walnuts and almonds can also boost eye health.
Wear Eye Protection when Necessary
Each year, tens of thousands of patients visit the emergency room due to sports-related or workplace-related eye injuries. If you play sports like baseball or basketball, it is essential that you wear the right eye protection to avoid potential injuries like trauma, corneal abrasions or fractures of the eye socket. People who work with heavy machinery, chemicals or other objects/substances that can harm the eyes should wear safety goggles.
Your eyes also need protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Overexposure to the sun has been linked to several eye conditions including cataracts. Wear sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection. Your eyes are at risk of sun damage year round, so be sure to wear sunglasses even during the winter and fall seasons.
For more information on how to improve your eye health, schedule an appointment with Island Eye Surgicenter. Contact us by calling (516) 877-2400 today.