People have been asked which of their five basic human senses would be most missed if it were suddenly gone. Taste, touch, hearing, smell or vision are all taken for granted as we move through our daily lives. Not surprisingly, most people would choose to salvage their vision above all else. We perceive up to 80% of all our life experiences through our vision. What then are the areas of primary concern as we strive to preserve and protect the health and functionality of our most valuable sense — our eyesight?
GENERAL EYE HEALTH:
Many of the factors affecting the health of our eyes are well within our own control. As with other systems of the body, nutrition plays a part in tissue health. That means focusing on a balanced diet with a minimum of calorie-deficient “junk” foods. One example is a person who over-indulges in sweets and carbohydrates to the exclusion of healthy foods. Although Type 1 Diabetes has a genetic component, Type 2 Diabetes can arise through poor eating habits. Diabetes can eventually result in Diabetic Retinopathy among other vision-robbing maladies. Continued consumption of sweets causes blood sugar levels to spike and can lead to obesity as well as Type 2 Diabetes. Omega 3 and fatty acids are key ingredients in dark green leafy vegetables and oily fishes.
Eating adequate amounts of foods containing these elements can stave off chronic dry eyes as well as the progression of such eye diseases as macular degeneration.
Exercise keeps the blood flowing through our bodies, including our eyes. Nutrients are carried to all tissue and systems in our bodies through our bloodstream. Keeping the blood pressure readings within recommended parameters through regular exercise benefits every mechanism in the human body. Exercise is the engine that propels this fuel, making certain that the nutrients we consume make their way to our eyes.
Excuses we make for the lack of professional healthcare in our lives can be risky, if not dangerous. For example, those who say “I don’t need to visit an eye doctor. I can see just fine” are missing a very important point. Many eye ailments cannot be detected because adequate daily vision continues while the disease culprit is developing. In fact, eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration can be in full involvement before the vision is noticeably altered. Regular routine dilated eye examinations allow the “door” to the retina and other parts of the eye to “open” allowing the doctor a full unobstructed view of the back of the eye where the retina resides. Those periodic eye examinations can provide early non-symptomatic detection of a variety of eye disorders, as well as profound medical issues such as multiple sclerosis and brain tumours.
Most people think of glasses or contact lenses when discussing visits to their eye care professional. Developing an established relationship with an eye doctor allows them to follow a patient’s vision history, picking up on any subtle changes, recommending treatments that he/she knows are right for each patient’s needs. Personal Eyes doctors, encourage the establishment of such relationships knowing their patients extremely well, their likes dislikes, and family ocular history gives them a distinct advantage when treating their patient.
Glasses or contact lenses, dry eye treatments, genetic eye disease or the possibility of LASIK vision correction are areas that are far better addressed with a doctor who knows the patient well. These dedicated professionals realize that each patient is a unique individual with a beautiful pair of eyes that deserve the very best care.