Your eyes perform an invaluable service that you want to continue throughout your life. It has been said that it becomes more difficult to care for vision the older we get. We encourage our patients to learn how to manage eye health as early as possible, and we offer the support they need to do just that. One way we assist patients is to offer proven facts about eye health, rather than fictional theories on what may or may not damage the eyes.
Facts about Eye Health
- Carrots are good for the eyes. This is because the carotenoids in carrots stimulate the production and synthesis of vitamin A, which nourishes the eyes. While eating lots of carrots, or juicing them on a regular basis, can be beneficial, there are also other foods to include for eye health. These include broccoli, peas, and other green vegetables. A healthy diet and stable weight also decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes, which can cause a number or eye-related conditions.
- Smoking has a detrimental effect on eye health. Most people understand the consequences of smoking on health; an increased risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, gum disease, and cancer. The eyes are also gradually destroyed by the chemicals in smoke. Two of the leading eye conditions that pose a threat to vision, cataracts and macular degeneration, are associated with smoking.
Myths about Eye Health
- Computer use will cause changes to vision. Fortunately, this is not true. Actual damage to ocular structures has not been linked to screen-time. However, eye strain can occur when you stare too long at a digital screen, so look away or close your eyes for a few moments every twenty minutes or so.
- Wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses will further damage vision. Corrective lenses are designed to correct visual distortions. Routine wear of reading glasses or any other prescribed eyewear will not make your vision worse. People notice that they may need a new prescription every few years simply due to the progressive changes to ocular structure.
Aloha Eye Clinic has two offices to serve you. Contact us to schedule your annual eye exam.