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.

Take Care of Your Eyes This Season

winter eye careWinter is upon us, and for many this means itchy, dry eyes. It’s important to keep your eyes healthy, as good vision is one of the keys to preserving your quality of life now and in the years to come. Here’s what you can do to be good to your eyes amidst the dry air and chilly weather.

Add Moisture
While it makes you feel nice and toasty, your indoor heating system can also dry out your eyes, as it decreases the humidity levels in the room. This can lead to eye redness, itchiness and overall discomfort. To find relief, try running the humidifier in your home or office to moisten the air. And use eye drops or artificial tears to help you lubricate, clean and keep your eyes hydrated.

Drink More Fluids
In the wintertime, it’s important to consume enough liquids to keep you hydrated. Otherwise, your body tries to conserve as much water as possible and can lead to a decrease in the production of tears. Drink plenty of water or opt for green tea. Not only does tea keep your skin healthy, it can help with a number of vision problems like cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and some types of glaucoma.

Care for Cosmetics
Before getting glammed up for the Christmas bash of the year, take a good look at your cosmetics, particularly your mascara, eye shadow and eye liner. Over time, these products can build up bacteria that, when transferred to your eyes, can lead to eye infections. Keep your cosmetics in a cool dry place, don’t used dried out mascara, throw away old makeup, and never share your eye cosmetics with others.

Protect Against UV Rays
When the sun reflects off ice or snow, UV rays can harm your eyes. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when you’re out and about. Choose sunglasses with 99% to 100% UVA and UVB protection, and as an additional defense, wear sunglasses that wrap around your eyes to guard your peripheral vision.

Get an Eye Exam
A regular eye exam plays a huge role in keeping your eyes healthy. Schedule regular vision screenings to help your doctor detect and treat any vision problems you may have before they become worse. Your eyes will thank you.

To learn more about proper eye care during the winter months, or for questions regarding our services, contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell. We look forward to hearing from you!


Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

eye careGood eyesight is crucial to us for so many reasons. It allows for improved learning and comprehension, and it contributes to our overall quality of life. That’s why taking good care of your eyes should be high priority. Here are some ways to do just that:

  • Eat Right
    Good eye health begins with what you eat. To protect your eyes for the long term, it’s important to consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zinc. And research suggests that vitamins C and E may help prevent eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. Consume green, leafy vegetables, as well as salmon, tuna and halibut for improved vision. It’s also beneficial to take in citrus fruits or juices, as well as eggs, nuts and beans.
  • Wear Proper Eyewear
    Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays by wearing sunglasses that block at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Too much exposure to these harmful rays can lead to conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. And choosing eyewear with polarized lenses is an excellent way to reduce glare.
  • Kick the Habit
    If you smoke, you’re putting yourself at greater risk for optic nerve damage, cataracts and macular degeneration. Talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program. Your eyes (and body) will thank you for it.
  • Limit Screen Time
    In a world where much of what we do involves staring at a computer screen, it can be challenging to step away. But too much screen time causes eye strain, blurriness, difficulty focusing far away, dry eye, headaches, and neck and back pain. Get into the habit of resting your eyes every 20 minutes by looking away at a 20-foot distance for 20 seconds. And take regular breaks when possible to walk around and recharge.
  • Protect Your Eyes
    If you work in an environment with airborne, hazardous materials, wearing safety glasses or protective eyewear is essential. And eye protection is also important when playing sports to avoid eye injury.

To learn more about proper eye care, or for questions regarding our services, contact our office or call 208.342.5151 in Meridian or 208.459.0717 in Caldwell. We look forward to hearing from you!