Optometrists are proud members of the healthcare community. Here are some tips of the trade to help you achieve eye health wellness.
- Hindsight is 20/20: know your family history. Genetics can play a large role in determining your risk of developing certain eye conditions. Your own lifestyle choices, like maintaining your overall health and getting regular exercise, can help too.
- Don’t turn a blind eye to wearing sunglasses, including even the youngest members of your family. The majority of our lifetime exposure to UV occurs before age 20. It’s never too late to start – it can minimize progression of cataracts and macular degeneration, and help with fine lines and wrinkles too!
- Are your eyes bigger than your stomach? Maintain a well-balanced diet including leafy green vegetables to help defend against macular degeneration. Foods rich in omega 3 like salmon have been linked to improving dry eye.
- Something we should see eye to eye on is the need to quit smoking. Smoking negatively impacts your health in a number of ways including increasing your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration and dry eye.
- Do you have eagle eyes? You may think you see well when really your vision could be optimized for your work and play. Having appropriate eyewear for your needs improves your quality of life, safety, and productivity. On the flip side, just because you’re aging doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see well!
Many ocular diseases have no signs or symptoms but can be detected early on. Visit your Optometrist regularly - we look forward to seeing you!
Dr. Rebecca Chippior is an Optometrist and is the owner of St. Lawrence Optometry with two locations in Kingston.