Tips to Improve Your Vision All Year Round

Eye exams are an important part of our yearly health maintenance. Not only do ours eyes help us see the world around us, but through eyes we can often see other problems pertaining to our health. Regular eye exams can improve your chances of detecting other health concerns early, including conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Here are a few ways to improve your eye health:

  • Avoid persistent rubbing of your eyes. Rubbing your eyes can damage the outer lens of the eye (cornea), which can greatly decrease your vision.
  • Avoid straining the eyes. Straining the eyes can lead to tension headaches and temporary blurred vision.
  • Wear UV protection sunglasses while outdoors or while in the car. UV rays can damage the eyes over time, causing early development of cataracts and possibly macular degeneration.
  • Use protective eye where while doing yard work or construction.  If you have a job that involves working with drywall, sawdust, or other airborne particles use eye protective at work too.

Some eye conditions can come on suddenly, such as acute glaucoma, retina detachment or floaters.  Other conditions occur slowly, Cataracts or Keratoconus. Yearly eye exams can often result in identifying early signs. 

Any changes to your vision should be reported to your eye care professional immediately. There are many signs of serious vision problems that can be detected early. Ensuring that you pay attention to blurred vision, dry eyes, or constant eye strain will help you preserve your vision. We only get one pair of eyes, so it is important you take care of them.

3 Symptoms to Discuss with Your Eye Doctor

Quite often we forget about the aliments we can’t see. Often if it’s not bothering us regularly, or in the tabloids we forget to get them checked our eyes are one. However there are 3 common symptoms that should prompt you to get an eye exam. While eye care professionals recommend that you get a general eye exam annually, many of us don’t go in until something changes drastically.

Below are 3 Common Symptoms that should prompt you to get an eye exam:

Blurred or Double Vision:

There are several things that can cause blurred or double vision. If the symptom suddenly appears you should get it looked at by the Emergency room. If you have had vision problems in the past and this is a new symptom you should contact your eye care professional.

Blurred or Double vision can be a sign of:

 Keratoconus
 Cataracts
 Glaucoma
 Astigmatism, Nearsightedness, or Farsightedness
 Diabetes Mellites

Some of these conditions can develop quickly and cause severe vision loss. Getting it checked out can save your quality of vision.

Eye Pain:

Eye pain is one of the most common symptoms today. The truth is eye pain is a symptom that something is not quite right but it can be anything from dry eye to Glaucoma causing it. So while getting any new symptoms checked out by your eye care professional is important you shouldn’t panic until the doctor tells you what’s wrong.

Red Eyes:

Red eyes is another common eye complaint and it can be caused by Pink eye, an blood vessel, or even a change in color on your eye. Getting your concerns checked out is an important thing but making sure you check on them even when there is not a problem can provide early detection. Physical conditions like Diabetes, or Hypertension can even be seen early by seeing you eye care professional annually.

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Encouraging Better Eye Care

Taking care of your eyes is more than just an annual exam. Making sure that you take care of your vision between exams is just as important if not more than the exam itself. Many of us feel that if we go to our annual eye exam everything is alright. But the truth of the matter is quite often we can spot problems with our vision much faster than in our trip to the eye doctor.

Each and every one of us knows how our body works. We can pick up on the slightest variances before anyone else. Making sure that we know the common signs of eye complications is important. Below you will see some of the signs to look for and when to get them checked out.

Symptoms to Discuss with Your Eye Care Professional:

 Blurred Vision
 Eye pain
 Decreased night vision
 Increased squinting
 Spots (black squiggly dots, often referred to as floaters)
 Halos
 Frequent Headaches
 Frequent need to rub your eyes
 Frequent changes in prescriptions

Annual eye exams are important and eye care professionals can pick up on other conditions besides those of the eyes like; Hypertension, and even Diabetes. That is why it is so important to visit your eye care professional regularly. Asking questions during your visits and finding out what to look for can also help you with early detection of conditions like Keratoconus, cataracts, glaucoma, hypertension, and yes even Diabetes.

If you don’t feel comfortable with your current eye care professional, or they are not answering your questions in a way you can understand them it is ok to find a new one. Making sure you can communicate is one of the most important things you can do for your eye health.

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler, MD is a renowned eye surgeon specializing in eye care, eye health, Keratoconus and other vision correction procedures, such as LASIK or Visian ICL.

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