Advice for Good Vision

The following tips can help you reduce eyestrain and keep your eyes healthy and your vision as clear as possible.

  • Provide good light for reading, work, or study (soft background light plus a light on your task).
  • Take regular breaks from close work and visually demanding tasks. Blink often, and close and rest your eyes when they feel tired or dry.
  • Avoid glare on TV and computer screens. Place your TV or computer screen where lights do not reflect on the screen. Some people find it easier to work on a computer in a dimly lit room. And some people use special non-glare screens that fit over the computer screen.
  • Wear proper eye safety equipment for hazardous tasks.
  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes from excessive ultraviolet light from the sun, which increases the risk of cataracts.
  • Keep your blood pressure under control. High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels that supply blood to your eyes.
  • Avoid smoke and other things that irritate your eyes.
  • Add more kale, spinach, and collard greens to your diet. The nutrients in dark, leafy green vegetables are important for eye health.
Eye Problems

Most eye problems are minor and fleeting. But some may lead to a permanent loss of vision. Common eye problems include:

  • Cataracts – clouded lenses that cause glare and blurred vision
  • Glaucoma – painless damage to the optic nerve from too much pressure in the eye
  • Retinal disorders – problems with the nerve layer in the back of the eye
  • Conjunctivitis – infections or allergies can lead to red, uncomfortable eyes

Your best defense is to have regular checkups, because eye diseases do not always have symptoms. Early detection and treatment could prevent vision loss.

See us right away if you have a sudden change in vision or everything looks dim or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that need quick attention are pain, double vision, fluid coming from the eye and inflammation.