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6 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Vision

Healthy EyesThe summer is a great time to start a new eye-care routine! Here are six things you can do to keep your eyes in tip-top shape.

  1. Have regular eye exams.  Even if you’re not having any noticeable vision problems, have your eyes examined regularly. Many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no symptoms. Everyone should have at least one eye exam as a child or young adult, and as we age, the frequency of these examinations should increase.
  2. Always wear safety glasses.  Did you know that each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment? Or that every 13 minutes, an ER in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury?* Most eye injuries can be prevented by choosing and wearing the correct eye safety glasses for the job 100% of the time.
  3. Eat healthy foods.  Research suggests that antioxidants and other important nutrients may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Getting proper nutrition by eating a diet high in zinc, vitamins C and E, omega-3 fatty acids, and lutein will lead to good eye health. Incorporate foods such as kale, spinach, oranges, eggs, broccoli, nuts & seeds, fish, liver, and carrots into your daily routine.
  4. Always wear sunglasses.  When outside, slip on UV-protective shades. Damage to eyes from UV rays builds up over a lifetime and has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration and other conditions that are harmful to the eyes. Even in the shade, UV rays can bounce off objects and cause vision problems.
  5. Go to bed.  Adults should get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night. Without adequate rest, eye fatigue may make it difficult to get through daily activities. While not a serious problem, symptoms such as soreness, irritation, blurry vision or dry/watery eyes may be bothersome.
  6. Take those contacts out!  Extended wear of contact lenses can lead to significant problems for your eyes and predisposes you to serious infections that can permanently damage your sight. Some contact lenses say they can be worn for extended periods of time without being removed, but studies have shown that any overnight lens wear increases the risk of corneal swelling and serious infection. So, while you are resting, let your eyes rest too!

For more helpful eye care tips, visit the eye-care specialists at Emory Eye.


About Dr. Randleman

J. Bradley Randleman, MDJ. Bradley Randleman, MD, is a widely respected cornea specialist whose areas of expertise include: cataract and refractive cataract surgery with premium IOL implantation, LASIK and other corneal and intraocular refractive surgical procedures, the management of keratoconus, corneal diseases, and corneal transplantation. His primary research interests include the diagnosis, prevention, and management of refractive surgical complications and corneal cross-linking.

Dr. Randleman joined the Emory Eye Center faculty in 2004 and served as assistant residency director for two years while also completing a fellowship at Emory University in cornea/external disease and refractive surgery. He serves as service director for the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery.

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April is Sports Eye Safety Month!

Proctective eyewear, sports eye safetyIf you play a sport like racquetball, you understand the importance of good eye protection. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they can injure their eyes while playing a variety of other, supposedly less dangerous sports.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has designated April 2011 as Sports Eye Safety Month to help increase public awareness of wearing protective eyewear when participating in team sports. Protecting your eyes from injury will go a long way toward maintaining healthy vision throughout your life.

According to the AAO:

  • An estimated 40,000 sports eye injuries occur every year. The majority of victims are children, many of whom suffer permanent visual impairment.
  • Baseball and basketball account for the largest number of injuries among young athletes.
  • Little League pitchers can achieve pitching speeds up to 70 mph. That’s fast enough to seriously damage an eye.
  • In basketball, serious eye injuries caused by flying fingers and elbows can be prevented by wearing appropriate protective eyewear.
  • Many other popular sports, such as tennis, soccer, football, golf, water sports, and hockey, put unprotected players at risk for serious eye injury.

Many children’s sports leagues, schools, and teams don’t require children to wear eye protection during games. If you’re a parent, be sure to set a good example by wearing eye protection whenever you play a sport, and make sure your kids wear their eye protection when they play.

Studies have shown that more than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented, simply by wearing the right protective eyewear. Specific eyewear is available for just about any activity—the experts at the Emory Eye Center can recommend the appropriate eyewear for your sport and make sure you have the right fit. If you’ve suffered an eye injury, be sure to have an ophthalmologist examine the eye as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor.

Have you experienced an eye injury while playing a sport, or have you prevented a serious injury by wearing the appropriate eye protection? We’d like to hear about your experience. Please take a moment to give us feedback in the comments section below.