The 10 Best Ways to Boost Your Eye Health

 We should all consider how to treat and care for our eyes. Over 145 million people worldwide have low vision due to untreated eye problems that could be avoided. This number will only increase unless people start to take action against eye disease and take steps to protect their vision.

At Carlsbad Eye Care, we specialize in LASIK and PRK as well as cataracts and dry eye treatment. We also provide general eye exams for patients age 14 or older, performed by Dr. Tracy himself. By adhering to our list of the top ten eye health resolutions for the New Year, you can ensure that you are seeing clearly.

1. Eat right. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of leafy vegetables rich in antioxidants can help you maintain the best quality of vision possible and fight against eye diseases.

2. Wear sunglasses. Even on cloudy or overcast days, protective eye gear is necessary. UV rays and blue light can cause long-term damage to your eyes.

3. Schedule your eye exam. If you’ve been putting off visiting an eye doctor, schedule your annual eye exam today. Annual eye exams are recommended for anyone over the age of 40.

4. Take care of your contacts. Taking out your contacts when you sleep and keeping them clean is the first step to preventing any type of infection caused by contacts.

5. Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the leading causes of macular degeneration, as well as other eye diseases. This year, make an effort to stay away from second-hand smoke and reduce your intake if you are a smoker.

6. Wear safety eyewear. Protect your eyes when you are playing sports, mowing the lawn, or working in a situation where something could get into your eye and possible damage it.

7. Treat dry eyes. If your eyes feel dry or itchy, you could have dry eyes. Talk to your ophthalmologist about the symptoms you are experiencing, even if you think it is just seasonal. Treatment for dry eyes at Carlsbad Eye Care includes punctal plugs, medications, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy that treats Meibomian gland dysfunction.

8. Utilize a reminder tool for glaucoma drops. If you have glaucoma and take eye drops on a daily basis, set a reminder on your phone to make sure you take your drops at the appropriate time. That way you won’t skip a dose or accidentally double it.

9. Reduce eyestrain. Try rearranging your computer station or talk to Dr. Tracy at Carlsbad Eye Care about lubricating eye drops that can help ease the stra­­­­in on your eyes during the day. It is important to make sure your work space has adequate lighting and you are working at a comfortable distance away from your screen.

10. Take advantage of your FSA and/or health insurance. Most insurance plans cover eye exams. Flexible spending accounts (FSA) also can cover elective services, such as IPL therapy and LASIK or PRK.
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