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By aitkineyeca32139567, Nov 22 2019 02:39PM

Between Halloween and Thanksgiving, there are a lot of eye-healthy foods to choose from. Fall foods offer a wide variety of nutritious and delicious options. So when you’re planning out your Thanksgiving meal, make sure some of these are on your list:

• Cranberries: as with other berries and citrus fruits, the antioxidants and nutrients in cranberries can help prevent diabetes (thus decreasing the risk for diabetic retinopathy), cataracts, and macular degeneration.

• Pumpkins: It’s true, the pumpkin isn’t just good for carving jack-o-lanterns and making delicious pie. It’s also packed with Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for protecting your vision. It also helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration. The same goes for other delicious Thanksgiving foods like sweet potatoes and carrots. Serve up these orange veggies at the dinner table and your taste buds and your eyes will thank you!

• Leafy greens: Yes, those dark green vegetables are extremely good for your vision. Spinach, kale, and even broccoli contain carotenoids that help protect your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts. Prepare a tasty salad to kick off your meal and reap the benefits to your vision as well.

One of the best things about fall is the food, and an added bonus is the benefit to your eyes. So enjoy that delicious Thanksgiving feast—after all, it’s good for your eyes!

By aitkineyeca32139567, Nov 11 2019 02:00PM

Behavior Disorder or Vision Problem?

If you are concerned your child may be suffering from ADD/ADHD, make sure he or she is screened for vision disorders first. Undetected vision problems can masquerade as ADD/ADHD because symptoms can be very similar.

For example, children who suffer from hyperopia (far-sightedness), eye focusing disorders, or eye teaming disorders will display many of the same warning signs as children who suffer from ADD or ADHD.

When a child is unable to focus properly or control his or her eye movements, it becomes difficult to focus on print while reading or using a computer. As a child, this type of eyestrain can become extremely frustrating, resulting in an avoidance of these tasks. So when your child is getting out of his or her seat, taking frequent bathroom breaks, or just generally moving around and fidgeting, he or she could actually be taking a “vision break.”

Children may not understand that they are seeing anything unusual because it’s normal to them, which is why they could have difficulty communicating that they are having difficulty reading or seeing correctly. This is why scheduling an eye exam to rule out vision disorders is essential before seeking an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. Glasses or eye exercises can relieve the problem.

If your child is struggling in school and you are concerned that ADD/ADHD may be a problem, schedule an eye exam with us first. It could be that a vision problem is contributing to his or her behavioral struggles.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Nov 4 2019 02:00PM

How Do You Prevent Cataracts?

Cataracts are a common disorder affecting our eyes as we get older. Cataracts are a cloudiness of the lens inside our eye. While age is the main cause of cataract development, there are other risk factors that are entirely preventable which could reduce the likelihood of developing cataracts later in life.

First of all, smoking is a major contributor to cataract formation. Smoking causes changes throughout your body, including your eye. Smoking causes changes to the natural proteins in the lens, making it become cloudy.

Second, nutrition is extremely important to your vision. Many vitamins and anti-oxidants are known to help prevent cataracts.

Finally, make sure you take care to protect your eyes from UV rays. Be sure you are wearing glasses and sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

So, to prevent cataracts or to slow the progression of cataracts if you already have been diagnosed with cataracts… don’t smoke, protect your eyes from UV rays, and get proper nutrition.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Oct 28 2019 01:00PM

Time Outdoors: What’s the Benefit to your Vision?

There has been a recent movement to get kids off the couch and out the door. From child obesity to the effect on the developing brain, video games and TV are being discouraged in favor of outdoor exercise and free play.

But did you know that outdoor play could also be beneficial to children’s vision? Studies show that being outdoors can significantly reduce the likelihood that a child will develop myopia (nearsightedness). Up to 50% less likely, in fact.

So how much time does a child have to spend outside to get these physical benefits? It’s recommended they spend 1.5 hours a day outdoors. Of course, you want to make sure your children as still protected by sunglasses and sunblock (not to mention appropriately supervised).

But beyond the obvious benefits like a lower risk for child obesity and more activity/growth for your child’s brain, it’s interesting to note that being outdoors helps in areas like vision as well.

By aitkineyeca32139567, Oct 16 2019 02:23PM

Signs Your Child Has a Vision Problem

There are many things you can look for if you’re concerned your child may be suffering from a vision problem. Vision problems can be misdiagnosed as both behavioral and learning disorders, which is why getting your children’s vision checked regularly is essential to their success both in and out of the classroom.

Here are some of the common symptoms your children may display if they have an undetected vision problem:

• Squinting, covering one eye, or closing one eye while reading

• Losing place of what line/page they were reading

• Skipping over words and lines while reading

• Angling or turning their heads to see more clearly

• Getting headaches while reading

• Looking at things up close while reading

• Getting distracted or frustrated while reading

• Avoiding reading or other schoolwork

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it’s a good start. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an exam and we can either rule out a vision problem, or determine the issue and work to treat it properly.

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