May marks the observance of “Healthy Vision Month.” This month, Eye Consultants of Colorado is focusing on educating you about ways you can preserve the health of your eyes by your everyday actions. It’s no surprise that when asked what sense you would least like to lose, most people say vision. Our eyesight is so precious and we are so dependent upon it that we cannot image what life would be like if we could no longer see.
Many of the most common eye diseases in the U.S. can, in some way, be slowed or in some cases reversed by the intake of certain vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables, or taken in supplement form. Diseases like glaucoma and dry eye can be helped by the proper dietary intake of Omega 3 fatty acids found in some fish, or taken in supplement form. Other disease like macular degeneration and cataracts are severely affected by a healthy diet that is high in antioxidants, Vitamin A and carotenoids. Many of these nutrients are found in dark, leafy greens.
Another way you can keep the health of your eyes in check is by having an annual dilated exam. Many eye diseases go unnoticed for many years before they begin to show symptoms. A dilated exam allows your optometrist to view the back of the eye and detect diseases at their beginning stages. By catching the disease early, interventions can begin that prevent the disease from getting any worse or reverse it completely. The most important thing to consider is that most vision-threatening eye diseases do not show symptoms until the disease has progressed and already caused irreversible damage to the eye. Schedule your annual exam with Eye Consultants of Colorado today so we can check the health of your eyes.
It’s also very important to wear the proper protective eyewear for your specific lifestyle. Those of you who work in jobs that handle chemicals, machinery, flying objects, tools, particles, or other hazards should wear the proper safety eyewear to prevent penetrating, blunt, or chemical-related injuries to the eye. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to ensure workers have suitable eye protection. All eye protection should be certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as ANSI Z87. Proper eye safety also applies to people who spend any amount of time outdoors. The harsh UV rays can severely damage your eyes; cataracts are directly related to unprotected sun exposure. You should wear quality UV-blocking, polarized sunglasses anytime you are outdoors whether it’s cloudy, sunny, winter or summer – as any sun exposure can cause damage.
As with your general health, it’s important to know your family history of eye disease. Knowing what you are genetically prone to will help determine what daily actions are most important for your eye health. For example, those of you who are prone to cataracts should take extra caution in wearing the proper protective sun wear everyday and eating a healthy diet that leans toward cataract prevention.
if you have any questions regarding the health of your eyes, Eye Consultants is here to answer you – just give us a call! We also provide all of the safety-related eyewear mentioned in this article at our optical dispensary. The experienced opticians at our office will guide you in the right direction for choosing the proper protective eyewear for all of your needs. We also sell a variety of eye-healthy nutritional supplements. The supplements we sell were chosen by Dr. Scot Morris after extensive research – they are the top-quality supplements on the market today. Stop by our office anytime during business hours to purchase your protective eyewear, sun wear or nutritional supplements; or give us a call to schedule your annual exam.