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Food For Healthy Eyes – Black Bean & Mango Salad

We all know that a healthy diet is one of the key factors in maintaining overall body health and wellbeing. But not everyone knows that healthy eating also promotes healthy eyes and vision. There are many different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are found in food. Most food for healthy eyes, comes from fruits and vegetables. I find summer an easy season to get my daily intake from fruits and vegetables. This is because more fruits and vegetables are in season and more readily available. Because of this, one of my most favourite types of dishes to eat during the summer months are salads.

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How UV Exposure Causes Sun Damage To Eyes

Most of us know the importance of sun protection for our skin. That is why we slather on the SPF sunscreen when we are headed outside to eyjoy the sunshine! However, many of us don’t know that those same damaging ultra violet radiation waves (UV) that we protect our skin from, can cause irreversible sun damage to eyes. Often with our skin, harm from UV is noticed not long after sun exposure, usually in the form of a sun burn. And, even though our eyes can suffer a sun burn as well (photokeratitis), the harm done to our eyes by UV is often not evident for years after cumulative sun exposure. 

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Food Nutrition & Vitamins For Eyes!

Most people have heard the saying,”an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Phrases like this acknowledge and imply what most of us already know, that a healthy diet benefits our body! Just like the rest of the body, our eyes also benefit when we consume healthy, nutritious foods. However, when it comes to eye health and nutrition, there is more to it then just consuming a ton of carrots. Even though carrots are good for us and we get nutritional eye elements from them, we need to consume a balanced diet that contain other nutrients and vitamins for eyes. Lutein zeaxanthin,phytoceramides, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and zinc, are all nutritional elements that help to promote healthy eyes and healthy vision.

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Tips To Maintain Eye Health & Vision

When asked “What value your vision is to you”, most people would probably reply that their eyesight is priceless! Our eyes go to work for us from the very moment we wake up and don’t stop until we go to sleep. So much of how we interpret and understand our world is visual… that is why it is very important to keep and maintain our eye health and vision! There are many factors that play into healthy eyes. Some of the factors are out of our control, such as family history. However, there are other extra precautions that a person can take to help maintain their eye health and promote good vision.

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What Do Different Eyeglass Lens Coatings Do?

Once you have chosen your frame, the next step is to decide what eyeglass lens will best meet your needs. The eyeglass lenses are the most important part of your new eyeglasses! As glass lenses are often no longer an option, plastic lenses are more the norm. 99% of all lenses dispensed in our office are a type of plastic. In our office, plastic lenses are recommended the majority of the time. Lens coatings and treatments are also offered as options on plastic lenses. Lens coatings help protect your eyes and the surface of the lens. We offer many different types of plastic lens coatings and treatments in our office, but really, what makes all these coatings different?

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The Three “O”s of Eye Care – Opticians, Optometrists, & Ophthalmologists

There are three types (focuses) of professionals in the eye care industry. These three professions are sometimes referred to as the three “o”s. They are the ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. Sometimes patients have some confusion as to what the differences of these three professions are and what role each profession plays in eye care. I wrote this article to shed some light on these 3 different professions to help clear up some confusion and hopefully answer any questions our patients may have regarding them.

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What Is Pink Eye? And What Is Best For Pink Eye Treatment?

It is normal for the white part of your eye (the sclera)  to have a number of tiny red blood vessels at, or near the surface.  It must also be remembered that some people’s eyes are simply more red/pink than others, and there is nothing abnormal about this.  However, if your eye is more pink/red than what is normal for you, then you likely have “pink eye”. Many people have heard the term “pink eye”, especially with school age children. But what exactly is “pink eye”? And if I have it, what is best for pink eye treatment?

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An Eye Exam Is More Then Just A Vision Test

When it comes to your eyes, most people think, “If I see fine, then there are no problems”. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The vision test or “sight test” is only a small part of an eye exam. There is more to an eye exam then just reading the chart. Checking your vision is just one component of a full comprehensive exam. But there are many other tests that are preformed when checking the eyes. Along with having your vision checked, it is really important to routinely check the health of the eyes as well. As good vision has a direct relationship to healthy eyes.

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Understanding Common Terminology Used In Optometry

Just like any other medical profession, the field of optometry is full of long medical terms. Many words in optometry, have their root in latin and can sometimes be hard to spell and pronounce. There are many people who require vision correction, more mainstream words have been created to be used synonymously with the proper medical names. These words are both easier to remember and pronounce then their medical counterparts. Here are some common optical terms that you may hear during your next visit to the optometrist’s office.

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How Presbyopia Effects The Aging Eyes

“My vision is fine, I don’t need glasses…”  and “My glasses seem to not be working for me anymore!” These are some of the many remarks we as opticians hear from our patients who are getting closer to the age of 40; the age at which Presbyopia sinks in. Presbyopia is defined as the loss of elasticity of the lens of the aging eyes, occurring typically in middle age starting around the age of 40.  Patients visiting our office often notice that it is gradually getting more difficult to read anything within arms reach. They also often complain of eye fatigue and light seeming dimmer. An eye exam is often used to confirm presbyopia.

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