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Back to Basics: General Eye Health Tips

healthy eyesIt may seem odd, but many of us take for granted the gift of eyesight and often overlook our general eye health needs. After all, we’re taught to brush our teeth every day at an early age, but how many of us were told to examine our eyes every morning? At Mattioli Vision Professionals, a Houston eye center, we strive to educate others on the best eye care practices and provide outstanding improvements to your vision through advanced corrective procedures. To ensure your peepers are in tip-top shape, here are a few things you need to look out for.

 

Reduce Screen Time

 

Excessive time spent in front of a computer or phone screen can cause you a degree of discomfort and lead to a few complications down the line. Not only can they strain your eyes, they can cause headaches, blurred vision, and neck and back pain. Unfortunately, many of us spend a great deal of time in front of screens due to our careers. With over half of America’s workforce in offices, it’s clear why this has become such a widespread issue. To lessen your overall eye fatigue, we recommend getting up from your desk once every hour and letting your eyes rest in natural light. If this is not possible, try blinking often and looking away from your screen periodically for 20 seconds or more.

 

Don’t Smoke

 

It’s no mystery whether smoking is bad for you or not. Smoking negatively impacts nearly every part of your body and your eyes are no different. Due to the damage of optic nerves, people who smoke are more likely to develop cataracts and macular degeneration. To learn more about these conditions, contact your Houston ophthalmologist.

 

Eat Better

 

It takes more than an occasional carrot to get the nutrients your eyes need. With a well-balanced diet, you can avoid serious age-related eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. Try favoring foods with nutrients like zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. Eating right can also help stave off certain diseases like type 2 diabetes, which can eventually cause blindness.
Whether you’re looking for more general eye care tips or need the best LASIK surgeon Houston has to offer, Mattioli Vision Professionals is the eye center you can trust. Make an appointment today or visit our website to learn more about our professional staff and advanced procedures.

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