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Dry eye is a common condition that can affect millions of people to varying degrees, but the exact symptoms can involve more than just a general dryness. The lack of moisture can also lead to stinging, burning, and scratchy sensations, heightened sensitivity to light, and several other forms of chronic discomfort. Fortunately, dry eyes are often a temporary condition, and in many cases, it can be alleviated with the right attention and care from your optometrist. If you don’t yet have dry eyes, then you can improve your chances of avoiding it by taking a few appropriate precautions.

Maintaining a regular schedule of eye exams is essential to keeping your eyes healthy and your vision clear. If you’re especially at-risk for eye troubles, then those visits are even more important. However, there may be times when you should visit your optometrist for an examination even if it isn’t time for your regularly scheduled appointment. For example, if you notice these signs (or other, similar issues with your eye health), then you should make time for an eye examination as soon as possible. 

Many of our daily habits have a significant impact on our health, for better or worse. For instance, if you constantly eat junk food and live a sedentary lifestyle without exercising, then you’ll be more likely to experience a wide range of health problems as you grow older. The same is true for your eyesight. Like any other part of your body, your eye health and sight are dramatically affected by things you do every day. Fortunately, the right habits can help make sure that impact is a positive one, such as reducing your risk of developing a progressive eye disease in the future.

You know your eyes are important. You use them every day. Yet, like many people, you might not realize how important routine eye exams are to maintaining the health of your eyes and the quality of your eyesight. While every day habits like what you eat, how often you exercise (if at all), and whether or not you protect your eyes when it counts play a significant role in whether or not you maintain your healthy eyes for life. However, without routine exams to ensure that there are no developing concerns or issues to address, those efforts may end up being ineffective at preserving your eye health.

It’s no secret that proper nutrition is vital to maintaining good eye health as well as your overall systemic wellbeing. For example, most people recognize carrots as the most eye health-friendly vegetable thanks to their rich beta-carotene content. However, recent studies suggest that the right amount of healthy minerals and nutrients might do more than just help maintain good eye health. In one study, researchers found that participants who ate at least one orange per day were significantly less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The evidence suggests that the high concentration of nutrients found in oranges help slow or prevent some of the underlying physiological factors that lead to AMD and resulting sight loss.

As the summer break comes to a close, there are plenty of parents worry about when it comes to preparing their children for the upcoming school year. Next to clothes, supplies, and medical and dental checkups, professional eye exams should also be on the list. Unfortunately, compared to those other concerns, eye exams are often easier to forget or skip, and for many kids, that could make the upcoming year tougher than it has to be. Today, we examine why it’s important to ensure your child’s optimal vision before school begins again, and why a professional eye exam offers more comprehensive results than a standard school-issued vision test.

According to the ADD Resource Center, over six million children between the ages of four and 17 have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. The rate of diagnoses continues to increase every year, and an increasing percentage of children with the condition are being treated with medication. However, experts are also learning that many children who exhibit the same symptoms as ADD/ADHD can often attribute those symptoms to problems with their vision. Children who have trouble focusing don’t always need ADD/ADHD treatment, and those who do may still exhibit trouble concentrating if they're unable to see clearly.

Diabetes affects almost ten percent (nearly 30 million people) in the United States to varying degrees. When the condition isn’t properly controlled through exercise, healthy dieting, and regular care, it can become a significant risk factor in several other health conditions, including diminished eyesight. In fact, diabetic retinopathy – or damaged blood vessels in your retinas due to chronically high blood sugar – is one of the most common causes of reduced vision in people under the age of 60 years old. Today, we take a look at how diabetes can impact your eyesight, and how you can do your best to protect it.

Whether it’s a speck of dust or something larger and more impactful that hits your eye, there are many different things that can lead to a potentially serious eye injury. This July is Eye Injury Prevention Month, and to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting your eyesight, we take a look at a few facts you should know about well-known and not so well-known dangers to your eyes.