Ways to Strengthen Your Eyes

eyesMore and more people are using their eyes to stare at cell phones, television, computer images and small fonts. This can lead to age-related problems of the eyes as well as eye fatigue. Believe it or not, diminishing eyesight does not have to be an expected stage of long life. There are a few things you can do to strengthen your eyes and enjoy seeing the future clearly.

Use it or Lose It
When it comes to improving your eyesight, the simple rule is really to use it or start losing it. Use all the eye muscles you have. Take five minutes a day and consistently focus on moving your eyes in every direction. Also take a daily note of when your eyes may be overused and balance this with relaxation. In other words, if you are doing one task for long stretches, alternate with other tasks that use your eyes differently. One example is reading for long periods and intermittently taking a short walk to change the task your eyes have to do.

Use Gingko Biloba
The blood flow to your eyes and overall circulation is improved with gingko biloba. You also protect yourself from macular degeneration and glaucoma. People with retinopathy have also benefited from gingko biloba.

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One study claims that the coffee you love in the morning may help prevent eyesight deterioration and blindness due to diabetes, glaucoma and aging. The reason is the antioxidant called chlorogenic acid that coffee contains.

Do Eye Exercises
The muscles in your eyes become more flexible when you do eye exercises. Your eyes get the necessary blood flow and energy for optimum eyesight. When you do exercises for the eyes on a regular basis, you prevent eye strain and help improve concentration and focus.

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Giving your eyes some rest and recreation is one way to strengthen them. Allow your eyes to fully rest by getting some sleep. This is essential for the health of your eyes and helps them to recover, repair and truly become restored. Your vision becomes weaker when you don’t get enough sleep. It is a good idea to get a full eight hours of sleep for your overall health, not just your eyes.

Eggs for Stronger Eyes
One healthy method of beginning your day is to eat eggs packed in protein. These provide omega threes, vitamin E and lutein. These are great vitamins for your eyes and for your entire body as well.

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During the weekday when you are hard at work, make sure you give your eyes a break in between by staring at far objects and near objects alternately. If your eyes are exhausted, cucumbers or a pair of tea bags might help.

Your Environment
Poor vision is a result of environmental factors like swimming pool chlorine, allergens, computer screens and fluorescent lights. These can also include constant all-day eye rubbing, reading in dim light, heating and air conditioning. Plus, optic pressure is increased when you smoke which can also result in other damaging consequences. Change your environment to support stronger and healthier eyesight.

Omega Threes
Fatty acids from omega threes help improve retina nerve conduction. These reduce degeneration in conditions of glaucoma and macular degeneration. Take in between fifteen hundred and three 3hundred milligrams of omega 3 for stronger eyes.

Get Regular Eye Exams
The health of your eyes depends largely on how closely you monitor their health throughout the years. Getting regular eye exams is the key to correcting your vision problems and strengthening your eyes in the process.

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Reasons to Visit the Eye Doctor

03Do you have good vision and rarely experience any eye problems? If the answer to both questions is yes, then you probably don’t go to the eye doctor very often. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

It is suggested how often you should visit the eye doctor at any given age, typically every one to two years.

Maintaining your eye health is the main reason you should visit the eye doctor – why wait until you have a pain or infection to take care of your peepers. After all, the eyes are the window to our soul – shouldn’t you take care of them?

Here are some of the reasons you should put that regular eye exam on your calendar:

  • Your eyes change so it’s important to make sure you don’t need glasses or contacts or that your current prescription is correct.
  • If you have constant headaches, blurry vision or eye pain.
  • Some serious eye diseases have no symptoms.
  • Eye exams can tell you about your overall health and possibly detect something more serious even if you don’t have any symptoms.

Here are a few eye and vision tests that Dr. Michael S. Bold believes you are likely to encounter during a routine comprehensive eye exam:

Visual Acuity Tests
Among the first tests performed in a comprehensive eye exam are visual acuity tests that measure the sharpness of your vision. Dr. Michael S. Bold explains that these usually are performed using a projected eye chart to measure your distance visual acuity and a small, hand-held acuity chart to measure your near vision.

Color Blindness Test
A screening test that checks your color vision often is performed early in a comprehensive eye exam to rule out color blindness. Dr. Michael S. Bold goes on to note that in addition to detecting hereditary color vision deficiencies, color blind tests also can alert your eye doctor to possible eye health problems that may affect your color vision.

Cover Test
While there are many ways for your eye doctor to check how your eyes work together, Dr. Michael S. Bold believes that the cover test is the simplest and most common. During a cover test, your eye doctor will have you focus on a small object across the room and then he or she will cover each of your eyes alternately while you stare at the target. While doing this, Dr. Michael S. Bold will assess whether the uncovered eye must move to pick up the fixation target, which could indicate strabismus or a more subtle binocular vision problem that could cause eye strain or amblyopia (“lazy eye”). The test is then repeated up close. And there are many more tests which Dr Bold will perform as necessary or you request.

 

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Choosing the Best Eyeglasses for your Face Shape

For many of us, the most important aspect of choosing eyeglass frames is how they look on our face. You could try on every pair of eyeglasses in the store to find out how each one looks, but narrowing down your choices in advance can save you a lot of time and aggravation. You simply need to determine your face shape and understand which eyeglass frame styles would look best on you.

You should consider three main points when choosing an eyeglass frame for your face shape:

  • Eyewear should repeat your personal best feature (such as a blue frame to match blue eyes).
  • The frame shape should contrast with your face shape.
  • The frame size should be in scale with your face size.

Also, while most faces are a combination of shapes and angles, there are seven basic face shapes: round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle or heart, base-up triangle, diamond and square.

Here is a further description of these face shapes and which types of frames work best for each, according to The Vision Council. A good optician can help you use these guidelines to choose your new eyeglasses.

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An oval face is considered to be the ideal shape because of its balanced proportions. To keep the oval’s natural balance, look for eyeglass frames that are as wide as (or wider than) the broadest part of the face, or walnut-shaped frames that are not too deep or too narrow.

Base-Up Triangle
This face has a very wide top third and small bottom third. To minimize the width of the top of the face, try frames that are wider at the bottom, very light colors and materials and rimless frame styles (which have a light, airy effect because the lenses are simply held in place by a few screws, with no surrounding frame material).

Oblong
An oblong face is longer than it is wide and has a long straight cheek line and sometimes a longish nose. To make an oblong face appear shorter and more balanced, try frames that have more depth than width, decorative or contrasting temples that add width to the face, or a low bridge to shorten the nose.

Square
A square face has a strong jaw line and a broad forehead, plus the width and length are in the same proportions. To make a square face look longer and to soften the angles, try narrow frame styles, frames that have more width than depth, and narrow ovals.

Diamond
Diamond-shaped faces are narrow at the eye line and jawline, and have broad cheekbones that may be high and dramatic. This is the rarest face shape. To highlight the eyes and soften the cheekbones, try frames that have detailing or distinctive brow lines, or try rimless frames or oval and cat-eye shapes.

Round
A round face has curved lines with the width and length in the same proportions and no angles. To make a round face appear thinner and longer, try angular narrow eyeglass frames to lengthen the face, a clear bridge that widens the eyes, and frames that are wider than they are deep, such as a rectangular shape.

Base-Down Triangle (Heart)
A base-down triangular face has a narrow forehead and widens at the cheek and chin areas. To add width and emphasize the narrow upper third of the face, try frames that are heavily accented with color and detailing on the top half or try cat-eye shapes.

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Chronic Eye Redness

red-irritated-eyeRed eyes can be caused by a variety of factors, including dirty contact lenses, cigarette smoke, allergies, infections, dry eye, inflammation and glaucoma. Some of these problems are minor and readily treatable; others are medical emergencies. A sudden redness, especially accompanied by sharp pain, suggests the need for immediate medical care.

It is not necessarily recommended to use over-the-counter eye drops designed to relieve redness. These will constrict the blood vessels and reduce redness temporarily, but the blood vessels will dilate after the effect of the drops wears off. If used chronically, these drops may cause more of a “rebound” redness because of the constant constricting and dilating of the vessels.

Artificial tears, which simply lubricate the eye, are a better treatment for redness caused by irritants like pollution, cigarette smoke or nearby fires.

People who don’t adequately clean their contacts may get away with it for a while, but as you age, it could lead to chronic redness and irritation. Redness may also indicate that a contact lens doesn’t fit properly; it’s important to replace it with one that fits, since an ill-fitting lens may damage the eye.

Symptoms may also be a clue to the cause of eye redness. Itchy eyes may indicate an allergic response, tearing could be a sign of dry eye, and yellowish discharge may indicate an infection. The cause will determine whether chronically red eyes can be successfully treated. A comprehensive eye exam would be the main thing to do, to root out the cause.

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Helpful tips for Your Child’s Eye Doctor Visit

By following these tips, you can help make the most of your child’s trip to the eye doctor:

1. Ask your relatives, friends and neighbors if they know the name of an eye doctor who is good with children.IMG_1296

2. Schedule the appointment when your child is not likely to be sleepy or hungry. If your child has a “cranky” time of day, schedule around it.

3. Make a list of your questions and bring it with you. Take notes when speaking to the doctor, so that you can refer to them later.

4. Have a plan ready in case you need to spend time in the waiting room. Bring a favorite storybook, coloring book or small toy that your child can play with quietly. A snack can also help to pass the time.

5. Let your child watch a family member get an eye exam. Have the doctor explain what is being done, step by step, and encourage the child to ask questions.

6. Bring your child’s favorite cuddly toy. The doctor can “examine” the bear or doll and holding a toy may keep little hands off of expensive equipment.

7. Relax. Children look to adults for cues: if you seem nervous, your child may become anxious. A trip to the eye doctor should be fun for both of you.

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Floaters in the Eye

Floaters, those small dots or cobweb-shaped patches that move or “float” through the field of vision, can be alarming. Though many are harmless, if you develop a new floater, you need to be seen pretty quickly by an eye doctor in order to rule out a retinal tear or detachment.

Floaters are caused by clumping of the vitfloatersreous humor, the gel-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. Normally, the vitreous gel is anchored to the back of the eye. But as you age, it tends to thin out and may shrink and pull away from the inside surface of the eye, causing clumps or strands of connective tissue to become lodged in the jelly, much as strands of thread fray when a button comes off on your coat. The strands or clumps cast shadows on the retina, appearing as specks, dots, clouds or spider webs in your field of vision.

Such changes may occur at younger ages, too, particularly if you are nearsighted or have had a head injury or eye surgery. There is no treatment for floaters, though they usually fade with time.

But it’s still important to see a doctor if new floaters arise because the detaching vitreous gel can pull on the retina, causing it to tear, which can lead to retinal detachment, a serious condition. The pulling or tugging on the retina may be perceived as lightning-like flashes like a strobe light off to the side of your vision.

See an eye doctor within 24 to 48 hours if you have a new floater, experience a sudden “storm” of floaters, see a gray curtain or shadow move across your field of vision, or have a sudden decrease in vision.

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