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Keep Your Vision Healthy During The Holidays

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Of all the presents you could receive this season, among the most precious is healthy vision. As the weather gets colder and your schedule gets busier, don’t neglect your eye health. Here are some suggestions on how you can maintain your eye health throughout the season and all year long.

Get a Comprehensive Eye Exam

A comprehensive eye exam is the best way to promote vision health. Along with testing your visual acuity, your eye doctor will test for:

  • Refractive errors including nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
  • Focusing problems like presbyopia, a condition beginning around age 40 that makes it difficult to read small print
  • Eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy 
  • Vision problems like strabismus, amblyopia or binocular vision
  • Monitor the progression or development of cataracts

Prevent Dry Eye

Tears are the eye’s natural lubricant, but cold, harsh winds and low humidity indoors can have a drying effect on the eyes. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day and use a humidifier in your home or office. Remember to blink more often if you are staring at a digital screen all day long as this tends to reduce your blink rate which can cause dryness. Talk to your eye doctor if you have irritated and itchy eyes, they may recommend some rewetting drops.

Take Regular Breaks from Digital Screens

This Holiday season in particular may bring more opportunity to spend time on digital devices, especially as we have all become more inclined to shop on-line for those Holiday gifts. Just remember that increased screen time can lead to digital eye strain, a condition that can cause headaches, eye strain, and pain in the back and neck. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something at least 20 feet away. Also keep in mind that our eyes are really remarkable and one pair of glasses can never replicate the vision we have lost. Perhaps your own wish list should include prescription eyewear specifically for computer use.

Take UV Damage Seriously

Don’t reserve your sunnies for bright days; UV damage to your eyes is cumulative over your lifetime. Make sure the label on your sunglasses says they block 100 per cent of UVA and UVB rays. Overexposure to UV light is linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid cancer and corneal sunburn. Also another great gift option to promote health in a most fashionable way.

Beware the Online Deal

Thinking about ordering glasses online? Simply inputting your prescription isn’t a guarantee that the specs will fit your vision needs and lifestyle. A prescription that isn’t exactly right can lead to headaches, nausea and fatigue.

Contact Lens Users: get checked out

Yearly eye exams are especially important if you wear contacts. Since contact lenses cover a portion of the eye, they reduce the amount of oxygen getting to the cornea and over time this can impact the health of the eye or even cause damage. Also because you manipulate your lenses with your hands, you’re at an increased risk of infection.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to take our eyesight for granted, but good vision isn’t a guarantee. If you take care of your vision, you will see that it really is the gift that keeps on giving — year after year after year. 

Did you know that anyone can book an appointment with a doctor of optometry without a referral, take that step to protect your vision. Click the button below to book an appointment with an LMC Optometrist!

Written by Sagar Hamidi

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