Taking care of your eyes can be a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity. Healthy vision can help keep you safe each day. Save Your Vision Month is observed every March and continues the ongoing campaign to remind us take better care of our vision.
We caught up with Bond Clinic Ophthalmologist, Dr. Mauricio Figueroa, who provided some input to maintain your eyes and vision. “The best way to really keep healthy vision is by constantly visiting a medical provider,” says Dr. Figueroa. “Commonly, we notice that those patients with advanced symptoms, like glaucoma for example, are in need of additional support, making the process more difficult. Getting your vision checked annually is a major benefit.”
Here are a few additional tips to keep your eyesight healthy:
- Take a Break: A large percentage of people, are spending many hours each day looking at a computer, television, tablet or phone screen. This can contribute to digital eye strain, causing headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision, neck and shoulder pain, & simple eyestrain. The American Optometric Association recommends the 20/20/20 rule. The rule encourages you to take a break from your screen time every 20 minutes, and focusing on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Drinking & Eating the Good Stuff: Dehydration can reduce the lubrication in our eyes which can contribute to dry-eye and increased eyestrain. It can also cause blurred vision and headaches. To put it simply, drink plenty of water. Your vision benefits from key nutrients that can be found in leafy greens, berries, beets, citrus and even fish, which are beneficial to maintaining a healthy diet.
- Cover Up: Always wear UV protection when outdoors to reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses, a hat and goggles help protect our eyesight from the effects of the sun.
If you suspect that you are having difficulties with your vision or need to establish with a physician, we recommend that you visit your ophthalmologist today. Dr. Mauricio Figueroa is also available at Bond Clinic and taking new patients. He has been in practice since 2008 and continues to learn about the latest techniques available to treat the eyes. Give us a call at 863-293-1191 ext. 3459 and see what services we have available to help you.
Written By Jared White, Assistant Marketing Director