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Take Care of Your Vision in the New Year

By Judith Archibold, O.D.

A new year often means new goals. This year, make a goal that’s easy to keep—take care of your eyes.

Here are some simple steps you can take in 2017 to take care of your vision, take care of your eyes, AND take care of you.

Get a comprehensive eye exam.
Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, often don’t have any early symptoms. Glaucoma is often called the ‘silent thief of sight,’ because it can cause vision loss before you know you have it. So an annual comprehensive eye exam is a good idea even if you think your eyes are healthy.

Update your eyeglass prescription.
Do you find reading more difficult, or is it harder to see while driving? Your eyeglass prescription could be outdated and you may need a new prescription.

Protect your eyes.
The sun’s rays can damage your eyes. Wear sunglasses with UV protection to help protect your eyes. Too much exposure to sunlight can cause cataracts, as well as macular degeneration.

Take breaks from staring at the computer screen.
Staring at the computer screen for long amounts of time can cause blurry vision, headaches, and dry eyes.

Maybe it’s time to eliminate your dependency on eyeglasses or contacts altogether.
This might be the year for you to get LASIK and say goodbye to your eyeglasses or contacts for good.

Eat for good vision. ADD supplements.
Start incorporating these healthy foods into your diet:

  • Dark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, and beans

There are several manufacturers of eye supplements. At Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region, we carry Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals (PRN).

Take the challenge…quit smoking.
Smoking can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage. Your overall health is greatly improved when you stop smoking.

Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region looks forward to helping you maintain healthy vision in 2017. We’re a multi-specialty, ophthalmology, optometry, and eye-surgery practice with five locations: Albany, Clifton Park, Schenectady, Schodack, and Troy. Call our office today to schedule an appointment at 777-2777 or visit myoccr.com.