May is Healthy Vision Month
– so let’s see how clear your “iSIGHT” is!
All eye doctors are the same.
FALSE. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor with special training to diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye. Optometrists and opticians are trained and licensed to provide some aspects of eye care, but are not medical doctors and in most states cannot prescribe all medications or perform surgery.
Using computers can damage your eyes.
FALSE. Looking at computer monitors will not harm your eyes. However, the reduced rate of blinking while viewing a computer screen makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue. Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise can help reduce eyestrain.
Eating carrots improves your vision.
FALSE. A well-balanced diet, with or without carrots, provides all the vitamin A necessary for good vision. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Sitting close to the television can damage children’s eyes.
FALSE. Children can focus at close distance without eyestrain better than adults. However, children with nearsightedness sometimes sit very close to the television in order to see the images more clearly, so they should have an eye examination.
Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.
FALSE. Using your eyes in dim light does not damage them. However, good lighting does make reading easier and can prevent eye fatigue.
Most vision issues are not treatable.
FALSE. Many vision issues can be corrected or mitigated when caught and treated early.
Did you know – An estimated 11 million Americans 12 years of age and older could see better through measures including reading glasses, contact lenses, or eye surgery?
How to keep your “eye” on the ball
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 an eye disease or condition, since many are hereditary. This information will help to determine if you’re at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
Wear protective eyewear. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for the activity in which you’re engaged. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body.
Be cool and wear your shades. Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but their most important job is to protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate – and use fresh eye solution each time!
And, most importantly –
Have a comprehensive yearly eye exam. Visiting your eye care professional is the only way to really be certain your vision is good. When it comes to common vision problems, some people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses. In addition, many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, often have no warning signs. A thorough eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages.
If this is you, talk to your opthamologist; aside from the air puff test, Goldman tonometry and tonopen are alternative ways to determine intraocular pressure. A dilated eye exam in which your eye care professional places drops in your eyes to dilate, or widen, the pupil to allow more light to enter the eye can also allow for checking signs of damage or disease.
Click on the appropriate link below to view your vision care plan.