Remind Dad to care for his eyes

June 16th, 2016 by Carolina Eye Associates

Father’s Day is a great time to show dad how much you care by reminding him to take care of his eyesight.

Your eyes are an important part of your health. To help keep them healthy and make sure you are seeing your best follow these simple steps:

  • Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

Visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be sure your eyes are healthy. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.

  • Know your family’s eye health history.

Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This information will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing the disease.

  • Eat right to protect your sight.

You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes. But eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale or collard greens, is important for keeping your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

  • Wear protective eyewear and sunglasses.

Wear sunglasses that block harmful UV light. This harmful light is what causes skin cancer around the eyelids and is a major contributor to the development of macular degeneration. It is also important to wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.

For more information call Carolina Eye toll-free at (800) 733-5357.

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