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Are You Taking Care of Your Eyes? 5 Tips for Maintaining your Sight

July 5, 2015

Your eyesight is valuable and that is why you try everything to maintain it. But, are you really taking care of your eye health properly? Here are 5 tips to help you keep your sight perfect and healthy without stressing you out.

Give Your Optometrist Your History

Everyone has a history and it is important that you share it. If you switch your optometrist make sure that they have files from your previous eye care center. This will help any optometrist get to know you and your specific eyes, and give them a starting point. Also make sure that you tell a new optometrist about any problems you have been experiencing since your last exam. History is important in finding issues and correcting them before they take a serious toll on your eye health and helps an optometrist really get a grasp on who you are and what your eyes are like. Never hide anything from your optometrist and find a way to have your complete history transferred if you need to change centers.

Change Your Lenses on Time

Contact and glass lenses can be a pain if not changed properly. Contact lenses will often say on the box how often they need to be changed, and you can always ask your optometrist about what time they recommend. Many brands today recommend changing your lenses every month and placing them in saline solution before you sleep every night. This will help prevent any bacteria growth and will stop old contacts from causing eye irritation. For glass lenses, you will need to update them if your prescription changes. During your visit to your eye care center, be sure to change lenses in your existing glasses so that you do not strain your eyes trying to see out of the wrong prescription. This can cause extreme damage to your sight.

Control Your Home Air Quality

Air quality in your home can be extremely important to your eyesight. Improper air quality can lead to dry eye, irritation, or over production of natural tears. Any of these issues can mess with your eye sight and cause you future medical issues. Investing in a dehumidifier is one way that you can help improve and regulate the air quality.

You Protect Your Skin… Why Not Your Eyes?

When you go out in the sun you slather SPF onto your skin to prevent sunburn. Did you know that you should also be protecting your eyes? You should never go into bright sunlight without protecting against UVA and UVB sun rays. These rays, although healthy is some regards can cause damage to your eyes, including destruction of the macular degeneration, cataracts, and even corneal sunburn. You can protect your eyes by wearing either a protective hat or sunglasses that have lenses that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

Visit a Reputable Eye Care Center

Having a reputable eye care center is one of the best ways you can help prevent and treat any eye health issues. Centers like West Coast Optical pride themselves on having top quality optometrists that work every day to provide clients with the best care possible. From optical to retail services, West Coast Optical is a great choice for those looking for a comfortable and dependable eye care center.

Your eye health isn’t a game, it’s extremely important. Never settle for less than the best; follow these 5 tips to help keep your eyesight, strong and healthy for years to come.

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