In conjunction with Think About Your Eyes, Dr. Justin Bazan, Doctor of Optometry (OD), is bringing attention to the importance of vision health and catching vision issues early. A shocking 80% of blindness cases are avoidable, either resulting from conditions that are preventable or treatable. Optometrists suggest infants have their first comprehensive eye exam at 6 months of age, and children then should receive additional eye exams at 3 years of age, and just before they enter kindergarten or the first grade at about age 5 or 6. More than half the world will be nearsighted, or myopic, by 2050. It’s the most common vision problem in children, and it puts their eyes at risk for serious vision threatening conditions. Know that, if needed, there are options available to you when it comes to vision correction. Consulting with your eye care professional for a solution for you or your child is important. Proper refractive correction could improve vision for over 11 million Americans, 12 years and older. Visit www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com for more information.
Dr. Bazan’s tips for eye health:
Annual Eye Exam
A visit to the optometrist for a comprehensive exam tests more than just eyesight—it tests the overall health of the eye. In addition to determining whether you need glasses or contacts, eye doctors will check for eye diseases and other problems that could lead to vision loss. Further, eye doctors can detect early signs of some systemic conditions and diseases by looking at your eye’s blood vessels, retina, etc. They may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol or other problems like diabetes.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Many vitamins and nutrients can improve and maintain vision health, specifically vitamins A, C, D, E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. They can be found in a variety of foods, from fish to nuts to colorful vegetables to oranges, all of which have health benefits for the whole body too.
Combat Digital Eye Strain
The use of smartphones, tablets, and computers are causing more patients to suffer from a condition known as digital eye strain. The long-term effect of this screen time on vision is not yet known but taking regular breaks from the screen can go a long way in alleviating these symptoms. Eye doctors suggest spending time outdoors and away from digital screens for at least two hours a day.