A Glance at Eye Health

The sun is shining oh-so bright and it’s time to break out your fanciest summer time shades. Besides looking super chic, sunglasses help protect your baby blues from the harmful rays. Now, we have a huge recommendation for you: get your eyesight checked! Eye exams not only point out eyesight problems but can also pinpoint other health issues. And we want you to have the clearest vision you can, so you can spot all the trends and the hunky poolside waiters.

OK. You don’t have any issues reading your daily dose of gossip on perezhilton.com, so why would you need to take an eye exam? Even if you have perfect vision you are still at the risk of glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and most often occurs in people over the age of 40. Open angle glaucoma (one of multiple types) develops slowly over time and usually without any symptoms. So even if you can see 20/20 and don’t see any changes or sense any issues, play it safe and get checked. Optometrists will also test for high blood pressure – yes, during your eye exam. Untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a multitude of health issues including severe eyesight problems, including eye disease. You may not be aware that symptoms of high blood pressure include constant headaches and vision problems. For those of you out there that cower at the idea of getting an eye exam, they are considerably less painful and invasive than a dental exam. Buck up!

Worried about being called four-eyes? Don’t be. Fashion designers have rescued the old, boring glasses with correction lenses and transformed them into the perfect facial accessory. The only issue you will have is deciding which look works best for you! While scoping be sure to check out the selection of corrective polarized sunwear. Polarized sunglasses reduce the sun’s glare which is needed when you are people watching at the beach. They will also keep out the harmful UV and HEV rays. Oversized sunglasses are not only in style, they are also recommended by most optometrists since they protect more of your eye.

We hate to say it, but our mothers were right. Veggies are good for us, especially the yellow ones – like squash, carrots, yams, etc. They contain vitamin A, C, E and Beta-carotene which are important for daytime vision and overall eye health. Eating cold water fish is recommended for dry eyes, treatment for macular degeneration, and sight prevention. Vegetarian? Soy can become your eyesight’s best friend since it contains essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and natural anti-inflammatory agents.

Schedule that eye exam – no excuses! And go ahead and pack a bag of baby carrots for your beach date and wear your stunner shades when you are out and about. These small tips will lead to better eyesight and a healthier outlook on life.