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10 Ways to Give Your Eyes Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the time to express your love and appreciation to those you care about most. But it’s also a great opportunity to take the time to pamper yourself — so why not start with your eyes?

Practice these 10 healthy lifestyle habits to help protect your eye health and vision.

1. Be Mindful of the Food You Eat

Fill your plate with fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins and whole grains. A well-balanced diet is good for your body and can lower your risk of eye disease.

Studies show that foods high in vitamins A, C, E, Omega-3, lutein and zeaxanthin are especially beneficial for promoting eye health.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day will keep your body hydrated and your eyes moist — which is essential for preventing dry eye syndrome. To add some flavor to your water, try adding a splash of lemon juice or swap some of those glasses of water for an herbal tea or other non-caffeinated beverage. Caffeinated drinks have a dehydrating effect, so try to limit your coffee consumption as much as possible.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise is widely known for its physical and mental health benefits, but studies show that it can also lower your risk of serious eye conditions and diseases. Cardio exercise in particular has been shown to lower eye pressure and improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve at the back of the eye. So grab your gym bag and get moving!

4. Don’t Smoke

If you’ve been thinking about quitting, there’s no better time than now. Smoking tobacco significantly raises your risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and can also lead to their early development.

Smoking also robs the body of the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain eye health, and contains around 7,000 chemicals that can lead to eye irritation and dry eye.

5. Practice Good Makeup Hygiene

While wearing makeup can accentuate your eyes and make you feel more beautiful, it’s important to note that if not used properly, certain makeup products can adversely affect eye health.

To keep your eyes and vision healthy, make sure to:

  • Clean your brushes and applicators regularly
  • Toss any expired products, or eye makeup you’ve used during an eye infection
  • Only apply makeup to the outer margin of your eyelids
  • Remove your makeup before going to bed
  • Never share makeup or use in-store testers

Following these safety tips will help to lower your risk of eye infections and other serious complications.

6. Wear Sunglasses

Studies show that prolonged UV exposure can damage the eyes and lead to the development of sight-threatening eye conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma, in the future.

Purchase a pair of stylish sunglasses with 100% UV protection and wear them any time you venture outdoors — the sun’s UV rays can penetrate the clouds and reflect off of snow, sand, water and pavement. So keep a pair of sunglasses next to your front door and a spare pair in your bag or car to ensure you have UV protection wherever you go.

7. Prevent Eye Injuries

About 90% of vision loss from eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right eye protection.

Protective eyewear like sports goggles or glasses with polycarbonate lenses are designed with sturdy materials that are less likely to break or shatter while you play sports, and can protect your eyes from small particles that fly in the air when you mow the lawn or engage in DIY projects.

8. Learn First Aid for Eye Injuries

Let’s be real, accidents can happen even if we take all the right measures to protect ourselves. But knowing what to do in case of an unexpected eye injury can potentially save you or someone you love from permanent eye damage or vision loss.

Note: Any type of eye injury should be taken seriously, and promptly examined by an eye doctor.

9. Avoid Digital Eye Strain

Prolonged screen time can cause eye strain, dry eyes, blurry vision and headaches — and lead to a condition called digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.

Avoid symptoms of digital eye strain by limiting screen time as much as possible. If prolonged screen time is unavoidable, practice the 20-20-20 rule: set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to take breaks every 20 minutes to focus on an image at least 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.

10. Visit Your Eye Doctor

Regular eye exams are crucial when it comes to maintaining your eye health. With an eye exam, your eye doctor can identify early signs of sight-threatening eye diseases and conditions — enabling earlier treatment and increasing your chances for optimal results.

From all of us at Eye Trends in Conroe, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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Q&A

What’s the difference between an eye exam and vision screening?

Vision screenings are basic tests of visual acuity, generally conducted by a school nurse or pediatrician. These screenings can’t identify many vision conditions that impact learning or work performance, and are unable to detect ocular health problems.

A comprehensive eye exam, which is performed by an eye doctor, includes tests for visual acuity and functional vision, as well as close examination of the inner and outer structures of the eye.

How often do I need to have an eye exam?

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), it is important to have your eyes examined every one to two years, depending on your age, whether or not you wear glasses or contacts, your family history of eye disease, and your ocular health to date. Annual eye exams help your eye doctor monitor your eye health and easily identify any changes in your vision.

3 Reasons Sports Vision Training Can Improve Your Game

Are you serious about sports or more of a weekend athlete? Either way, sports vision training can help! It’s an effective way to boost the visual skills you need to excel at your chosen sport, and stay safe while doing it.

Vision therapy trains the brain to achieve maximum efficiency in the way it processes and responds to visual input. Sports vision training teaches professional and other athletes to process what they see faster and more accurately. At Eye Trends we offer sports vision training, so contact us to learn more about how it can help you improve your game.

Sports Vision Is Important for Athletes

Strong and well-developed visual skills can help you improve your catching, throwing, and hitting skills, so you can excel in games such as football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and golf — in fact just about any sport!. Sharpening your tracking, focusing, peripheral awareness, and depth perception skills will help you determine the distance between a tennis ball and the net, or the proximity of another player as you run to first base. It’s no wonder that vision training helps athletes get an edge over their competitors.

Here are 3 ways sports vision can improve your game:

Improve your attention, focus, and concentration

Enhancing your ability to focus can boost your ability to concentrate. Eye focusing skills enable you to refocus your vision quickly and more accurately, so you can process moving objects, such as a ball, or players on a field, faster.

Hand-eye coordination

For optimum hand-eye coordination, your eyes must be able to focus on objects and track their motion as efficiently as possible. Whether it’s tracking a ball while you’re at-bat or throwing a ball to another player, the faster and more accurately your eyes perceive the object and convey this information to your brain, the faster your hands and the rest of your body can act on this information.

Peripheral Awareness and Depth Perception

Peripheral awareness training teaches you how to view objects and people from the “corners” of your eyes, expanding your peripheral vision.

If your brain isn’t using both eyes’ input equally, you may have trouble estimating distance or perceiving three-dimensional depth. Through depth perception training, your brain and eyes learn to perceive the distance of traveling objects, such as balls, so you can take action accordingly.

The sharper your vision, the better you can become in whatever sport you play. Your eye doctor will test your vision in specific areas to identify weak spots that need strengthening. Afterward, you’ll progress through a series of customized eye exercises and tests to strengthen your skills in those areas, in order to improve your game.

At Eye Trends in , The Woodlands, Spring, Greenspoint, Kingwood, and Houston, we offer sports vision training for eye focusing, peripheral awareness, depth perception and many other visual skills. To learn more about how sports vision training can help you become a better athlete, contact Dr. Lisa Roach today!

At Eye Trends, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 936-206-7366 or book an appointment online to see one of our Conroe eye doctors.

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