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How can I protect my vision and eye health?

You probably know that a healthy diet and exercise is important to your overall wellbeing, but eating right and moving regularly is great for your eyes, too! Certain nutrients have been shown to have a positive correlation to eye health, including beta-carotene, vitamin E, and zinc. In fact, recent studies indicate people who have diets rich in green leafy vegetables are at a lower risk of developing age related macular degeneration. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight and keep conditions that affect eyesight, such as diabetes, in check.
It’s also essential to have routine eye exams. Children three and over should visit us every other year, while adults and those who wear corrective lenses should visit us every year. If you have diabetes or any other eye disease, we may recommend that you see us more often so that we can properly monitor your eye health.


What should I bring to my appointment?

When you come in for an eye exam, you should bring any new patient paperwork, your insurance card, and your prescription glasses. If you wear contacts, bring the box with the prescription information on it. Please feel free to contact our office if you have questions about what to bring to your visit with us.


My child already had a vision screening. Why does he/she need an eye exam?

Vision screenings are a great start, but they simply don’t take the place of eye exams. During a vision screening at school or at the pediatrician’s office, you child will be asked to read a series of pictures on a chart from a distance. This can often indicate there is a vision problem that may need further investigation. However, a comprehensive eye exam looks at both the internal and external structures of the eye, the shape of the eye, and the field of vision to help determine if there are underlying factors for vision problems or indicators of eye disease. It’s important that kids age three and older have a thorough children’s eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist at least every other year.


I work on a computer all day. Will this affect my vision?

Actually, yes it can. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) is a problem that we see quite frequently. Working at a computer for hours on end can cause eyestrain, blurred vision and other eyesight problems. If you’ve noticed a recent change in your vision, contact our office for an appointment. In addition to checking your vision, we can make practical suggestions to help you ease eyestrain and minimize eye fatigue while you work.


I have an eye emergency! Can you help?

We see both new patients and existing patients with certain eye emergencies. Our skilled doctors can help remove corneal foreign bodies, which are often tiny particles that fall or are blown into the eye. Symptoms of corneal foreign bodies include redness, swelling, a feeling that something is in your eye, increased tearing, pain, decreased vision, and light sensitivity. It’s important to seek treatment right away, and our office phone is answered at all hours.

If you are experiencing a severe or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or proceed to your nearest emergency room.