What You Can Do To Protect Your Eyes

Eye Care Center Boise, ID80% of all vision problems worldwide are avoidable. There are simple and practical changes you can make to your daily regimen to ensure that you are caring for your eyes properly.

  • Eat for your eyes:

Diet changes typically come from a desire to arrive at a healthier weight so we can have more energy. We rarely consider how healthy diet improvements can benefit our eyesight as well. The following vitamins and minerals are valuable components in maintaining healthy eyesight: vitamins C and E, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. Green leafy vegetables, salmon, tuna, and citrus fruits are great ways to get these essential nutrients.

  • Get the right sunglasses:

When selecting a pair of shades, make sure they block 99%-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses are even better since they protect your eyes from all sides. Polarized lenses are great for driving because they reduce glare. Contact lenses offer a minimal amount of UV protection so be sure to wear sunglasses as well.

  • Add variety to your workday:

Many American adults sit in an office staring at a computer for the majority of the day. Excessive screen time contributes to headaches, eyestrain, shoulder and neck pain, dry eyes, and blurry eyes. But even without a heavy screen time job, kids and adults alike are constantly using an electronic device. Break the monotony by initiating the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, find a spot to focus on that is 20 feet away from your phone or computer screen, and then stare at it for 20 seconds. Also, take a walking break every few hours and have a work call outside to ease your eyes.

  • Schedule regular eye exams:

Your eye doctor is specifically trained to understand the symptoms of eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration. Regular eye exams keep your doctor apprised of your current eye health and allow them to catch and treat problems early on.

To schedule an eye exam with The Eye Associates, contact us today. You can reach our office at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.  We look forward to addressing your concerns and questions.

What your eyes are telling you

Eye Care Center Boise, IDEyes are the second most complex organ next to the brain. Your eyes have 256 characteristics that differentiate them from other eyes—a fact that favors retinal scans over fingerprints, which only have 40 unique features. They also have the ability to heal quickly. In a word, your eyes are miraculous. Eyes can also say a lot about your current health. Here are three common eye problems and what they mean:

  1. Redness: Redness can be caused by a subconjunctival hemorrhage. This is characterized by a patch of blood on the white of the eye. Though it may look frightening, it is just a bruise right under the eye surface and will typically clear out within three weeks. Redness can also be attributed to allergies. If you notice your eyes are red, watery and incessantly itching, you may be suffering from seasonal allergies or an allergic reaction to something different in your environment. For instance, if you started using a new face wash in the last few days and your eyes flared up, you man need to try a different brand. A simple fix to allergies, in general, is an over the counter allergy medication.
  2. Pinkeye: Out of all the eye problems listed here today, pinkeye is certainly the one to avoid. You may have pinkeye if your eyes are itchy, red, and have a white or yellowish discharge. Cold symptoms like a runny nose often come with pinkeye. Because pinkeye is contagious, be attentive to washing your hands often and avoid sharing towels. If you think you have contracted pinkeye, schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately so you can receive proper treatment.
  3. Dryness: Dry eye can usually be attributed to your environment, daily routine, and even hormonal changes. If you work at a computer all day, you blink only half as much as you should, leaving your eyes less lubricated. To moisten your eyes, purchase some artificial tears from your local convenience store and use them a few times a day. If the dryness persists, call your doctor. In rare cases, dryness may be associated with arthritis.

If you have concerns about your eye health, call the Eye Associates today at MERIDIAN: 208-342-5151 or CALDWELL: 208-459-0717.

Dry Eye Syndrome: Play your Cards Right

DRY EYEDry eye syndrome is an uncomfortable condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. If you are one of them, you know the challenge of playing the cards you’re dealt. When dry eyes flare up, there are certain steps that must be followed to improve comfort. Getting the results you want means that you have played your cards right. Let’s look at how you can do that.

Card Number One: Attribution

The logical first step in addressing dry eye symptoms is to attribute them to some other condition. Your eyes are itchy, red, and watery because of your contact lenses. You feel a foreign body sensation because you aren’t blinking enough when you’re working at the computer. This kind of assumptions lead dry eye sufferers to ditch their contact lenses for a few days; it may even lead them to take a short break from technology. It may not, however, resolve the issue.

Card Number Two: Eye Drops

Eye drops can easily seem like the perfect solution to dry, itchy eyes. After all, the obvious issue at hand is a lack of lubrication! At first, dry eye sufferers tend to achieve their desired improvement and comfort when they use lubricating eye drops. In many situations, however, these people find that results last only a short time.

Card Number Three: Turning up the Heat

There is the valid reason to believe that warm compresses can improve the symptoms of dry eye syndrome. In many cases, this approach does alleviate discomfort. Like eye drops, however, this is short-lived because the cause of dryness is not successfully corrected.

Throwing down the Ace

To win the game against dry eye syndrome, it is necessary to play the right card. This requires an accurate assessment of your opponent. In many cases, dry eye syndrome results from a blockage in the meibomian glands located in the eye. With that in mind, researchers have developed ways to unblock these glands and restore optimal tear production that contains adequate levels of both aqueous fluid and oil.

We are here to help you with your concerns related to vision and eye health with treatment designed around YOU. Give The Eye Associates Meridian office a call at 208-342-5151 to schedule your consultation. You can reach our Caldwell office at 208-459-0717.