To support Women’s Health and Safety Month this April, EYE-Q Vision Care is raising awareness to the cause and sharing tips to encourage women to keep their eyes healthy and strong. Did you know that more women than men have age related macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma? According to Prevent Blindness America, women make up the majority of the 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older who are visually impaired or blind. EYE-Q Vision Care recommends the following 6 tips:
1. We all know it is important to use sunblock because ultraviolet rays can burn and damage your skin. However, people can forget about their eyes. UV rays can lead to cancer of the sensitive skin on your eyelids, cause early progression of cataracts, or damage the front and back portions of the eye, such as the cornea and retina. The greatest sun exposure to our eyes come in the morning and evening hours when the sun is closest to the horizon, so simply wearing a hat won’t help. Remember to wear sunglasses.
2. Some medications can cause visual side effects such as blurry vision or ocular problems such as cataracts or glaucoma. Discuss new medications with your eye care provider and any visual changes noticed. Common medications such as anti-histamines and birth control pills can also cause dry eyes. Speak with your eye care practitioner for treatment options if you are experiencing dry eyes.
3. Now that our lives revolve around smart phones, tablets and computer screens, Computer Vision Syndrome is increasing; EYE-Q Vision Care recommends the 20/20/20 rule: every twenty minutes, look away from the screen twenty feet in the distance for twenty seconds. This allows your eyes to get a break, relax, and refresh the tear film.
4. Practice healthy eye hygiene: Use a gentle make-up remover to clean off your eye make-up every night. If you wear contact lenses, minimize your risk for infections and loss of vision by not sleeping in your lenses, cleaning your lenses well with fresh solution every day and replacing your case every few months. Same goes for your makeup because that old mascara wand or eyeliner pencil could be harboring a lot of bacteria.
5. Never buy “over the counter” color/cosmetic contact lenses. These illegally sold cosmetic lenses may not be sterile and can cause a host of serious eye problems from scratches on your eyes to serious sight threatening infections. See your EYE-Q Vision Care Optometrist if you are interested in color/cosmetic contacts so that they can be fitted and sized appropriately to your eye shape.
6. If you suffer from allergies, make sure to wash your hair at night before going to bed. Your hair is a pollen magnet, if you take that to bed and spread it to your pillow and sheets; you are probably going to wake up with itchy eyes!
“A comprehensive eye exam can evaluate not only for eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, but also your overall systemic health. High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol as well as other systemic diseases can be picked up from a dilated eye exam. Make sure to schedule your annual eye exam with EYE-Q Vision Care and spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues,” said Kim N. Vuong, O.D. General Eye Care Specialist of EYE-Q Vision Care.
About EYE-Q Vision Care
EYE-Q Vision Care provides 16 doctors to the Central Valley with specialties in LASIK, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal disease, cornea, pediatrics, and ophthalmic plastic surgery. EYE-Q uses the latest proven technology available to provide its patients the opportunity for the best possible outcome. EYE-Q has been in practice for over 50 years and has offices in Fresno, Selma, and now Clovis. Its mission is to help patients see, look and feel their best. For additional information visit, eyeqvc.com or call Julie Cleeland, EYE-Q Vision Care CEO at 256-8500.