Caring for Your Eyes
Vision is our most treasured sense. We use our eyes to see the world. We learn with them. We communicate with them . We see our loved ones with.
It’s been said that the eyes are the window into your soul. Whether this is true or not, the eyes are certainly a window into your general health. Many health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, stroke or brain tumour manifest themselves in the eyes in the early stages of the disease and are first detected through a comprehensive eye examination. Poor general health and disease have a significant detrimental impact on the health of your eyes.The best way to to ensure healthy eyes and good vision is to live a healthy , active life , by eating a nutritious diet and not smoking.
While many eye diseases are unavoidable, some can be prevented, slowed or suppressed by specific foods and lifestyle choices. For example, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Cataracts, Dry Eye Syndrome and Eye Lid Disorders are influenced by nutrition and lifestyle.
Did you know…
- Scientific research has identified a growing list of nutrients showing eye health promoting properties, such as antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Zinc, Vitamin D and Fiber.
- Eyefoods, A Food Plan For Healthy Eyes describes these nutrients and identifies the amounts of each nutrient that has been scientifically shown to decrease the risk of certain eye diseases.
Smoking and Vision Loss
Did you know…
- Smokers are two to three times more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration.
- Individuals who smoke a pack a day have twice the risk for developing cataracts.
- Smoking increases the risk of developing thyroid-associated eye disease.
- Tobacco smoke is made up of over 4,000 chemicals. Several of these are poisonous to the tissues of the eye. Some reduce the level of oxygen in the blood as well as the blood flow in the eye.
- Chemicals in tobacco smoke can cause damage through oxidation stress, a process that damages proteins and lipids and reduce the levels of protective antioxidants. The eye is particularly vulnerable to oxidation stress.
Protect Your Eyes From Injury
Did you know
- Nearly half of traumatic eye injuries relate to ball sports.
- 45% of these occur in children under the age of 14.
- 90% of these are preventable.
- Polycarbonate is a lens material that is widely used for shatter-and-impact resistant lenses, and when combined with sturdy frame materials, makes for formidable eye protection.
- There are hazards of sunlight and bright light that are harder to understand; namely, ultraviolet rays (UV) and Glare (extreme brightness). Protecting your eyes from these distracting, even dangerous elements is equally important to eye protection.
Protect Your Eyes From UV
Every day—sunny or cloudy, Spring through Winter—you are exposed to damaging ultraviolet rays. Though you may not realize it, it’s there—UV radiation is invisible to the naked eye.
Did you know…
- UV light can “sunburn” the eye’s surface and cause benign yellowish growths on the human eye.
- Prolonged exposure to harmful UVA and UVB radiation over time can contribute to serious, age-related eye conditions or diseases. These diseases include cataracts and macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over age 60.
- Only lens materials or lens treatments that promise 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays protect your eyes fully from the harmful rays of the sun. A wide brimmed hat is also suggested to prevent light getting around your sunglasses.
Protect Your Eyes from Glare
Glare is a distracting and sometimes dangerous excess of bright light, and can happen day or night. Glare can cause squinting and eye fatigue.
Did you know…
In daylight, glare can occur when walking indoors to outdoors, moving from shade to sunlight, even from reflected light off of surfaces like cars or sidewalks.
At night, glare can occur from oncoming headlights while driving, or from bright reflections off of wet roads, even signs. Glare can impair visual comfort and visual quality, which can diminish healthy sight
- Anti-reflective (AR) treatments are available for many lens products to help protect your eyes. AR treatments are proven to significantly reduce glare while increasing visual comfort.
- These types of lens treatments and materials, plus others like photochromics and polarized lenses, can often be bundled into one lens product for maximum versatility, as well as eye protection.