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Eye Health: Visit your eye doctor, improve diet, sunglasses among tips for healthier eyes

Among the tips for healthier eyes in 2015: see your eye doctor (Creative Commons Photo)

Among the tips for healthier eyes in 2015: see your eye doctor (Creative Commons Photo)


By Dr. Dawn Stratton
KyForward columnist

Happy holidays! I am sure you are rushing around taking care of gifts, decorating and baking. I hope you plan to take some time off during the season to focus not only on those you love, but also on yourself.

In that downtime, here are a few things to think about when it comes to your eye health in 2015, five tips for improving your eye health:

‣ Make an appointment to see your eye doctor. Getting a basic eye exam can reveal some more serious diseases that may affect more than just your vision. An exam with your eye doctor can potentially uncover hidden medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammations, and infections.

‣ Eat your way to healthier eyes. While you are at your eye exam, make sure to ask your eye doctor what you should be eating for healthier eyes. There are five essential nutrients that help promote healthy vision and may reduce the risk of eye disease. Getting those nutrients by eating things such as leafy greens, nuts and shellfish can protect your eyes.

‣ Wear sunglasses. Make sure you protect your eyes even on cloudy days. Not only does too much UV exposure increase your risk for cataracts and macular degeneration, it can also cause short-term eye damage. Contact lens wearers can also opt for contact lenses with UV protection to wear along with their sunglasses.
‣ Give your eyes a break. To prevent eye strain, rest your eyes once every 20 minutes for 20 seconds while working at a computer or using a handheld device.

‣ Drink lots of water. Without enough water, you can’t produce enough tears to keep eyes moist and nourished.

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Dr. Dawn Stratton, O.D., is the founder of Stratton Eyes. She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago and earned her Doctor of Optometry in 1994. Based in Lexington, Dr. Stratton is a member of American Optometric Association, the Kentucky Optometric Association, the National Association of Professional Women and the Fellowship of Christian Optometrists. She also provides eye exams for patients at the Hope Center, Room at the Inn and The Nest. Visit Stratton-Eyes.com for more information or call 859-245-2020 or email office@strattoneyes.com. You can also find the office on Facebook and on Twitter @StrattonEyes.

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