Check Yearly... See Clearly
Yearly eye exams are important, not only to make sure you are seeing the best you possibly can with your glasses and/or contacts, but to make sure your eyes are healthy. Most eye diseases do not have symptoms early, but that is when they need to be caught in order to have the highest chance of successful treatment. By checking your eyes yearly, you will not only be seeing your best, but also feeling your best, knowing you are doing all you can to preserve your eyesight for a lifetime.
Eating Right = Seeing Right
How we eat affects not only how we look and feel, but can also affect the health of our eyes. Foods loaded with antioxidants, such as the leafy green vegetables broccolli and spinach, can help protect the most sensitive parts of our eyes from degeneration. Blueberries and cantoloupes have been shown to be beneficial, as well. For those lacking the proper diet, or at high risk for conditions such as macular degeneration, a multivitamin (including vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and lutein) can help, too. Always contact your general physician before changing your diet or starting on a multivitamin program.
Sunglasses Are Cool!
Sunglasses are more than just a hip fashion accessory, they help protect our eyes from the damaging UV rays beamed down from the sun. UV exposure can cause cataracts and macular degeneration, leading causes of vision loss and/or blindness. Also, unsightly growths on the "whites" of the eyes (pingueculas and pterygiums) are caused by excessive UV exposure. Sunglasses are cool for so many reasons, you should never leave home without them!