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A few Eye Care Tips

"Eat your carrots, they're good for your eyes!"...
Mom was right! But there's much more you can do for your eyes!

Every day tips to keep you healthy

1. Have a regular eye exam.

20/20 vision does not always indicate good eye health. Visiting your optometrist for a regular comprehensive eye exam is the only way to make sure. When it comes to refractive errors, many do not realize they aren't seeing as well as they could with glasses or contact lenses. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age related macular degeneration, often have no warning signs. Give yourself every advantage and have a regular eye exam.

2. Eat well.

We've all heard it: "eating carrots is good for your eyes", and it's true! However, keeping your eyes healthy requires a little more. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Research has also shown that there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids.

3. Maintain a healthy weight.

People who suffer from obesity (mild or more) have an increased risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and hypertensive retinopathy which can all lead to vision loss.

4. Quit smoking or never start.

Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage. All of which can lead to blindness.

5. Clean your hands and contact lenses properly.

To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect them as instructed and replace contact lenses as prescribed.

6. Wear your shades.

Sunglasses are a great fashion accessory, but they also protect your eyes from the suns ultraviolet rays. It is absolutely possible to burn your cornea.

CNN newsman Anderson Cooper understands the risks and the painful repercussion of not wearing sunglasses. Click here to see the whole story (as reported by

7. Wear protective eyewear.

Protective eyewear should be worn when playing sports or doing specific activities around the house.

Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics.

8. Know your family's eye health history.

Talk to your family about their eye health history. It's important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are often hereditary. This will help you determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

9. Have activity based glasses.

Just like you have many pairs of shoes for all activities, visual performance can be improved with appropriate design of spectacle lenses for different activities. Technology has evolved to produce specialty lenses for computer work, for athletes who practice sport indoor and outdoor in any lighting, and even for the frequent use of smart phones and tablets.

The greatest form of flattery is a referral.

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of our patients for their continued support and referrals. We are very fortunate to be working with the Ottawa community!

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