Do you take your vision for granted? I know I do…until I have an issue with it!
Hello my dear friend,
Did you know our eyes are the most important sense organ. Why, you ask?
Because our eyes are the portal through which the data from our environment is gathered and sent to the brain for processing. So, what are some ways you can improve your eye health? Are you getting regular vision exams?
There are three different types of eye specialists:
An Ophthalmologist is the eye doctor. They are the ones that can do eye surgery, prescribe treatment for injuries and diseases of the eye, and they can also perform routine eye exams.
An Optometrist is the one you usually see for an eye exam. They are specialized in optometry. They are not medical doctors.
An Optician is a professional trained to make lenses, adjust and repair glasses, and fit contacts.
Some of the most common eye disorders are far/near sighted, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, amblyopia (lazy eye), and Strabismus (involuntary eye movements).
If you are not seeing an Optometrist, here are a few reasons that might excite you to schedule an appointment; changes in your vision, drainage or redness of your eye, eye pain, double vision, floaters, circles or halos around lights, flashes of light.
Nutrition is really important for eye health. (Of course it is.) Here are a few healthy eye foods: Spinach and kale, which are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin. Grapefruit, strawberries, and brussels sprouts are good sources of Vitamin C. Seeds, nuts, and wheat germ are good sources of Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Turkey, oysters, and crab are powerful sources of zinc. Salmon, sardines, and herring are great sources of omega 3’s. Carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes contain beta carotene which your body converts to vitamin A. We have all been told to eat those carrots for your eyes. And if you are brave, braver than I am, you can eat organ meats which are full of several eye health nutrients.
There are also many different eye supplements. I have one in my office that is my favorite.
Thanks to Maria Atwood, CNHP for this wonderful article.
Here is to your eyes and to the health of your eyes. Keep seeing clearly!
Much love and gratitude, Janalee