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Healthy Vision 101 and World Sight Day

When was the last time you had an eye exam? Eye examinations are a window into your overall health. A comprehensive exam performed by a highly-trained physician can reveal the condition of the eyes and blood vessels, showing issues like glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. When detected early, serious eye conditions can be more treatable, helping you to preserve your vision. 

Today, there are 217 million people globally with moderate or severe vision impairment. World Sight Day (WSD) is October 10th, 2019, an international event with a mission to bring attention to the issue of blindness and vision impairment. World Sight Day educates others about the value of routine eye examinations and more. With a healthy lifestyle and by taking several special precautions, you can save yourself from avoidable eye diseases, visual impairment, or even blindness in the future. On World Sight Day, the physicians and staff at Nevada Eye Physicians in all eight of our locations across Nevada, including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, hope you take the following steps to protect your eyes and vision. 

Stay Healthy And Be Active 

Following a nutritious diet with high fiber foods and dark, leafy vegetables supplies you with vitamins and minerals to fuel your body and protect your vision on a long-term basis. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon and tuna also decrease the risk of glaucoma and high pressure in the eye. Patients who are overweight or clinically obese have an increased risk of diabetes, which can lead to vision loss. For this reason, you should try to reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

These are just a few examples of how eating a healthy diet can benefit your vision. It’s best if you speak with your primary care physician or dietician if you want to put into place a detailed meal plan to meet your unique health needs. 

Physical activity and moderate exercise such as walking, running, yoga, or riding a bike increases blood flow and regulates blood sugar. By getting your heart rate up several times a week, you make sure your eyes are getting the blood flow they need, preventing diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma. 

Finally, we ask that you quit smoking or refrain from smoking or consuming tobacco products. Many studies have been conducted about the link between tobacco use and eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking also increases symptoms of dry eyes and irritation. 

Wear Eye Protection 

You already protect your skin with UVA sunscreen, so why not provide the same care for your eyes? Too much sun exposure can cause the development of cataracts and other eye diseases. The best way to prevent this is with sunglasses that block 99 to 100% UVA and UVB radiation. Keep in mind that UVA and UVB rays can get through even on cloudy days, so wear sunglasses as often as possible whenever you are outside. 

If you frequently work with machinery, power tools, or lawn equipment, you should also wear protective glasses to prevent physical damage to the eyes. This is especially true in cases where there is a strong possibility of a projectile hitting your face or eyes. 

Other Quick Tips 

For men and women in Las Vegas and all across Nevada, you rely on your eyes for nearly all everyday activities. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wearing eye protection are a great foundation, there are other miscellaneous steps you can take to keep your eyes in top shape and free from issues. Here’s a list of the many ways to keep your vision healthy in 2019, in recognition of World Sight Day, and beyond. 

Wash your hands and try not to rub your eyes. This can prevent the spread of certain diseases such as conjunctivitis or pink eye. 

If you go for a swim, grab a pair of swim goggles to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of chlorine. Frequent exposure to chlorine is abrasive to the eyes. 

If you’re reading this article from a laptop or smartphone, you likely spend a certain amount of time on the computer. Take a break from the screen every once in a while, so the bright light doesn’t cause eye strain. 

Speaking of smartphones, the blue light that emits from your phone can also harm your vision and accelerate blindness. To correct this, you can take regular breaks from your digital device, wear blue light blocking glasses, or use a special screen filter. 

Take care of your contact lenses. Check to ensure the lens is clean, moist, and free from damage before inserting it in your eye. Use plenty of contact lens solution and don’t use the contacts for longer than their intended use. 

Reach Out To Nevada Eye Physicians 

At Nevada Eye Physicians, in locations around the state including Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, and Pahrump, NV, our first priority is to offer treatment options and deliver high-quality care in a professional setting. Our experienced physicians are extensively trained in a range of common eye conditions that cause vision loss, including diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. To learn more about our facility, contact one of our skilled practitioners today to schedule a consultation. 

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