How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Vision

How Your Lifestyle Can Affect Your Vision

While genetics, age and certain health conditions can affect your vision, it’s important to realize that our lifestyles also play a vital role. Here are some changes we can make to our daily lives which focus on maintaining good vision and eye health. Quit smoking. We’ve all heard how bad smoking is for our lungs, arteries and hearts, however, it can also harm our eyes. Smoking causes an increase in harmful free radicals within the body which go on to damage and destroy healthy cells. There is also strong evidence showing links between smoking and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), as well as cataracts and Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy, diseases which lead to blindness. Maintain a healthy weight. Eating the correct amount of calories and having a nutritious diet is very important to eye health. Not only does a balanced diet deliver essential nutrients which help prevent vision deterioration, it also helps prevent weight-related health conditions such as Type-2 diabetes, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Being overweight has also been linked to an increased risk of AMD. Use sun protection. It’s not just our skin that suffers from too much sunlight, it’s our eyes too. Exposure to UV rays for long periods of time damages the delicate tissues in the eye, causing cataracts, retinal damage, cancerous and non-cancerous growths in the eye and skin cancer around the eye itself. If you are outside in bright sunlight, it’s best to wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays. Sunglasses should state they have UV 400 protection or that they meet American National Standards Institute (ANSI) z80.3 blocking requirements. Be screen smart. Working in front of a computer or watching TV for hours on end can easily cause eye strain, leading to headaches and discomfort. The best way to prevent this is to take a break from your screen every hour or so and give your eyes a 10 minute rest from all that close-up focusing. Restrict alcohol intake. Drinking a limited amount of alcohol will not affect your eyesight, but excessive or binge drinking over a period of time may have far-reaching negative consequences. It has been linked to cataracts as well as optic neuropathy, a nerve condition that can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness without treatment. Free Eye Exams At Our Leading Surgical Center At The Laser Center of Coral Gables, all our clients qualify for a free eye exam and consultation with the best eye surgeons and doctors in Miami. We will give you a full assessment, answer any questions you have about the procedure and our state-of-the-art vision correction equipment and talk to you about our extremely affordable financing options. If you require treatment or surgery, our eye surgeons can offer you the most advanced procedures to treat your eye condition, helping to restore your vision and your quality of life. Contact us today and find out how our high quality eye care services can change the way you see the...

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The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

The Best Tips For Maintaining Eye Health In Your Workplace

Ask any eye doctor and they are bound to tell you that a lot of your eye health depends on how well you take care of your eyes, particularly in the workplace. The Laser Center of Coral Gables, an eye clinic in Miami, recommends being vigilant in avoiding many situations where your eye health may be at risk. The effects of staring at screens Our modern lives are all about staring at screens. When we’re not staring at our phone, watching TV or playing video games, we are at our desks, staring at a computer screen. For many, just our work hours from nine to five are spent glued to a laptop screen or monitor. As you can imagine, this really isn’t healthy for our eyes. There is actually a name for the problems associated with this: Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS encompasses a whole range of different eye disorders and problems. They are caused by constantly having to re-focus on the screen in front of you (such as when you look away for a moment and then back at the screen) coupled with the glare and flicker of the screen. Signs you are suffering from CVS include: Blurred vision Dry and/or red eyes Headaches Double vision Note that these can be symptoms of other problems too, but if you are a regular computer user, then this could be your first clue. How to avoid CVS There are a number of ways you can minimize the damage caused by staring at a screen too long. These are: Reducing the light in the room (close the blinds, turn off bright lights) Ensuring your monitor sits just below eye level, 20-28 inches from your face Turning away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds Ensuring the settings for contrast, text size and brightness have been set according to your vision. To maintain your eye health, it is important to visit an eye doctor so contact us. We offer a range of eye care and surgery solutions. We offer laser eye surgery, astigmatism surgery and a range of other solutions for eye...

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