By Carrie Murphy for Blisstree.com
Did you know that October is National Eye Injury Prevention Month? In order to celebrate…er, raise awareness, we decided to find out how you can keep your eyes healthy. After all, you only get two of them!
To brush up on eye health, I talked to two eye professionals, Dr. Paul E. Michelson, MD, Chairman of the Better Vision Institute and Dr. Justin Bazan, OD (an optometrist). Both are on the professional advisory board of The Vision Council. Here are some general tips and guidelines for how you can keep your peepers in top shape:
Both of the eye professionals I spoke to stressed the importance of regular eye exams, especially if you have a family history of poor vision or of macular degeneration. It’s generally accepted to get an eye exam every three years, but Dr. Bazan says, “I urge all adults to get annual eye exams, not just a vision check. Just because you see well, does not mean that your eyes are healthy.”
Your personal eye exam schedule should be based on a number of factors, including family history, age, other health conditions and general health. Regular eye exams can help doctors catch diseases like glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy early.
You know how your grandmother told you to eat carrots because they make your eyesight better? Well, she was right. Carrots have lots of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps with good vision. And that’s not all you should be eating: Dr. Michelson said, “studies have found that dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale, and foods high in omega 3 fatty acids, like fish oil, can reduce the risk of macular degeneration.”
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