Protecting the Health of Your Eyes and Vision

Part one of our new blog series explores common eye and vision conditions associated with aging. This second part features more of our interview with experienced ophthalmologist, Bruce I. Stark, MD. Below, you will find Dr. Stark’s recommendations on how you can protect the health of your eyes and vision.

What can patients do to protect and care for their eyes on a regular basis?

Good control of blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar; a diet rich in yellow and green leafy vegetables; and sunglasses throughout the year in addition to sunscreen are just some of the ways you can provide good daily care for your eyes.

Another good and extremely important habit to develop: regular eye examinations. This is especially vital since many diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy may have no symptoms until they become advanced.

What types of foods can help maintain good eye health and vision?

Green leafy vegetables, yellow-orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and fruits. Fish oil (flaxseed oil if you are a vegetarian) can also be helpful. You should avoid fatty foods with saturated fats.

What should patients look for in a pair of sunglasses?

UVA and UVB filters.  Anti-glare coatings may be helpful with people who experience glare.

Why is it important that patients are educated on how to maintain healthy eyes?

Many eye conditions run in families so it is important to know family history. Also, many eye diseases have greater incidence in certain races, and may have gender tendencies as well.

Contact Chester County Eye Care Associates

If you would like more information on how you can maintain the health of your eyes and vision, please contact Chester County Eye Care Associates today.


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