The arrival of a new year is a great time to think about how to improve your health and well-being. Mack Eye Center, a team of eye doctors in Hoffman Estates, would like to encourage you and your family to put your eye health first this New Year. In this blog post, we share simple New Year resolutions you can make for healthier eyes.
Eat an Eye-Friendly Diet
Research has long found a link between what you eat and your eye health. Foods high in nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene can reduce your risk of certain eye conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration. Eye-friendly foods to incorporate into your diet include leafy greens, sweet potatoes and carrots. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as cold-water fish, flaxseed oil and walnuts, can also boost your eye health. Omega-3 and fish oil supplements are another great option to include in your diet.
Don’t Ignore Symptoms
Temporary eye pain, irritation or blurry vision may seem harmless but these symptoms may actually be signs of a serious underlying condition. Changes in your vision should also not be ignored as they may mean you need to change your eyewear prescription. When it comes to your eyes and vision, it is always better to be safe than sorry and schedule an appointment with your eye doctor immediately. Only a board certified ophthalmologist can determine whether your eye symptoms are temporary and harmless or a sign of something serious that can possibly lead to irreversible vision loss.
Schedule a Routine Eye Exam
Many serious eye conditions do not exhibit visible symptoms in their early stages. Because of this, many eye conditions go undetected until more serious symptoms have developed, some of which are irreversible. Routine eye exams with a board certified ophthalmologist play an important role in early detection and treatment. In addition, eye exams can detect certain systemic health conditions, like diabetes. How often you should get your eyes checked will depend on your age, eye health and visual needs (i.e., whether you use prescription eyewear or not).
Start 2018 with stronger, healthier vision. For more tips on eye health, please contact Mack Eye Center today.