Tips for Healthy Vision in the New Year

eye glasses and eye chartA New Year means new goals! Your vision is a critical part of your health that often gets neglected. Consider getting your vision back on track this year by making an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam. At Hampton Roads Eye Associates Oyster Point, we provide general ophthalmology and eye disease treatment for adult and pediatric patients. We perform diagnostic and treatment procedures on children and adults including:

  • cataract surgeries
  • refractive surgery
  • cosmetic surgery
  • glaucoma testing
  • strabismus treatment
  • retina imaging
  • eye problems diagnosis and treatment
  • corrective lens services

How Hampton Roads Eye Associates Can Help
We offer comprehensive eye care services to the Hampton Roads community. In the meantime, you can take care of your vision by following these tips for maintaining good eye health.

Eat for good vision. Start incorporating healthy foods in your diet that will reduce your risk of obesity related diseases such as diabetes – which can adversely affect vision.

  • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
  • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices

Quit smoking. Smoking can increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and optic nerve damage. Your overall health is greatly improved when you stop smoking.

Take frequent breaks from staring at the computer screen. Staring at the computer screen for long amounts of time can cause the following symptoms:

  • Eye strain
  • Blurry Vision
  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes

If you have extensive computer related work, it is important for maintaining good eye health to incorporate frequent “eye” breaks into your day.

Wear Sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection will protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Too much exposure to sunlight can cause cataracts as well as macular degeneration.

Visit your eye doctor. It is never too late to get your vision back on track! Schedule a complete eye exam with your doctor today to get a baseline for your eye health. This makes diagnosing and treating all eye conditions more effective.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates Oyster Point looks forward to helping you maintain healthy vision in the new year. Call our office today for your yearly eye exam 757.643.8800.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays From Hampton Roads Eye Associates!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year

When Do I Need To Get Glasses?

glassesIf you’re finding it hard to see clearly, it may be time for a pair of eyeglasses. We use our eyes all the time, from the time we wake up until we go to sleep at night, we watch, read and perceive objects. This is why it is essential to choose the perfect pair of glasses for yourself, as whatever you do, they will be helping you see.

Hampton Roads Eye Associates recommends that as soon as you notice blurred or distorted vision, make an appointment for an exam.  Eyeglasses can help you avoid eyestrain and headaches and can help you improve your performance at work or school.

VISION PROBLEMS CORRECTED BY GLASSES

  • Myopia (nearsightedness) is a vision condition in which close objects are seen clearly, but objects farther away appear blurred. Nearsightedness occurs if the eyeball is too long or the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, has too much curvature. As a result, the light entering the eye isn’t focused correctly and distant objects look blurred.
  • Astigmatism (uneven focusing of light) a vision condition that causes blurred vision due either to the irregular shape of the cornea, the clear front cover of the eye, or sometimes the curvature of the lens inside the eye. An irregular shaped cornea or lens prevents light from focusing properly on the retina, the light sensitive surface at the back of the eye. As a result, vision becomes blurred at any distance.
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a vision condition in which distant objects are usually seen clearly, but close ones do not come into proper focus. Farsightedness occurs if your eyeball is too short or the cornea has too little curvature, so light entering your eye is not focused correctly.

EFFECTS ON SCHOOL, WORK AND PLAY

Poor vision can have an effect on your ability to perform well at school and work. Some children, who are labeled as having ADHD, may actually have an untreated vision problem. Bad eyesight can result in a reduced attention span or in difficult understanding printed material. In addition it can be difficult to clearly see a ball or the positions of your teammates if you have vision problems. Correcting the problem with glasses and help to improve sport performance.

Eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Adults and children should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions current and to check for early signs of eye disease.  If you’ve noticed any change in your vision, make an appointment with us for an eye exam by calling 757-643-8800.