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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Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Six Foods For Healthy Vision

Whether we’re working at the office, driving to meetings or relaxing with our favorite hobbies, our eyes are integral to how we live our lives. While genetics and age are important, our lifestyles also have a profound effect on the health of our eyes and our eyesight. The best way to avoid problems is to eat a nutritious and varied diet full of the following foods: Fish – Cold water oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Your macular protects your eye tissues from bright light which can permanently affect your eyesight, so it’s important to keep it healthy and functioning properly. These fish are also rich in protein, assisting with the health and regeneration of your eye tissues and cells. If you don’t enjoy these fish, you can use fish oil supplements or vegetarian supplements which contain blackcurrant seed oil or flaxseed oil as an effective alternative. Eggs – Egg yolks are rich in antioxidants, lutein, zinc, vitamin D and vitamin A, all of which help your immune system and reduce your risk of developing age-related eye conditions that can significantly affect your eyesight. Easily digested by your body and a great source of protein, an egg a day is a healthy, eye-health boosting option. Eggs are also a great source of choline, a nutrient which helps support brain, optic nerve and nervous system development, making them a great choice for growing children. Green vegetables – Spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens are rich in both zeaxanthin and lutein, important plant pigments which help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. These plant pigments also help your eye to detect contrast better, so they actively work to improve your eyesight. As these nutrients are fat-soluble, it’s best to eat them with a drizzle of olive oil to help your body digest and absorb them more effectively. Colorful fruit and vegetables – Carrots, bell peppers, strawberries, pumpkin, cantaloupe and corn are excellent sources of vitamins C and A, two vitamins which are linked to a 25% reduction in the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Tomatoes are also sources of vitamin C and have the added benefit of being rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that has been shown to protect your eye tissues from light-induced damage – a very important issue in sunny South Florida. Oranges, grapefruits, berries and lemons – These fruits are all high in vitamin C and help to reduce your age-related macular degeneration and cataracts risks. A great way to include these fruits into your diet is to blend your favorites with protein-rich, natural yogurt into a tasty smoothie. Nuts – Raw and dry roasted nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds and Brazil nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great alternative to oily fish. These healthy fats help your body absorb other nutrients such as carotenoids which support eye health. Just one handful of these nuts will also give you half your daily dose of vitamin E, making them easily incorporated into your diet as a healthy snack at home or on the go. Expert Care And Solutions From Miami Eye Specialists Regular check-ups or free eye exams with your eye doctor are an excellent way...

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Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat Astigmatism?

Can Laser Eye Surgery Treat Astigmatism?

If you have an astigmatism in your eye, you may have considered laser eye surgery to help you improve your lifestyle. The Laser Center of Coral Gables is the leading laser eye surgery clinic in Miami and we recommend LASIK for the correction of astigmatism. Corrective eye surgery isn’t just for astigmatism, it can correct other eye conditions as well. Do you have astigmatism? What are the astigmatism symptoms? If you haven’t yet visited a doctor to confirm whether or not you have it, you can look out for the following symptoms: Eye strain Squinting Blurry or fuzzy vision both far away and close up Headaches Be aware that these could be signs of other conditions, so it is important to check with your eye doctor. Are you a good candidate for astigmatism correction surgery? Unfortunately, laser eye surgery isn’t for just anyone. You need to meet a number of criteria before you will be considered. First of all, it is important to note how bad your astigmatism condition may be. High levels cannot be treated safely with lasers. Your age is also a factor, since your eyes will deteriorate with age. If you are too young, your eyes are still growing, so your prescription will continue to change as you get older. If your prescription has not changed for a couple of years, this works in your favor. You also must not be pregnant and must not be planning on becoming pregnant within the next six months to be considered a candidate for the surgery. LASIK can correct your astigmatism but there are minor risks involved. Since the eye is not a simple organ, you may come away from the surgery with less than 20/20 vision. It is important to research what the risks are and decide if the surgery is still right for you. Correcting your vision means, for most people, you no longer have to wear glasses or contact lenses. If you are interested in speaking to an eye doctor about laser eye surgery, contact us. We offer a free eye exam and can determine whether or not LASIK for astigmatism is the best option for...

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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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