Los Angeles LASIK surgeon Dr. Linda Vu from Linda Vision believes that the key to healthy vision and eyes is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are many things you and your family can do in your everyday lives to boost your eye health. Here, she shares her top New Year resolutions for healthier eyes in 2018.
1. Get Your Eyes Checked Regularly
Routine eye exams play an important role in early detection and treatment of eye conditions, as many have little to no early visible symptoms. In addition, eye exams can also detect problems or abnormalities in your overall health, like diabetes. Your surgeon can determine how often you should get your eyes checked based on your age, health and visual needs.
2. Don’t Ignore Symptoms
Many people tend to brush off temporary eye discomfort like blurry vision, irritation and pain. Unfortunately, doing so can lead to serious consequences. For instance, the sudden appearance of eye floaters can be a sign of retinal detachment, which if not treated promptly, can lead to irreversible vision loss. When it comes to your eyes, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and contact your eye doctor immediately when you think something is wrong.
3. Wear Sunglasses Year Round
You may already know that the sun can harm the eyes, but what you may not know is that your eyes are at risk of sun damage year round. It is estimated that about 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays penetrate through clouds. In addition, your eyes are at a higher risk of sun damage around reflective surfaces like water and snow. For this reason, you should always wear sunglasses that offer 100 percent UV protection when outdoors.
4. Take Omega-3 Supplements
Omega-3 fatty acids are well-known for their eye-friendly properties. Numerous studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of macular degeneration, glaucoma and even dry eye. Ask your eye doctor for recommendations on supplements.
5. Consider Laser Vision Correction
Do you struggle with blurry vision? Or, are you tired of relying on pesky glasses or contacts to see clearly? If so, why not make 2018 the year you get LASIK? Laser vision correction with LASIK can help restore crisp, clear vision and reduce your dependence on prescription eyewear. The procedure is quick and most patients notice an improvement in their vision within days after surgery.
Ring in the New Year with clearer vision. To learn more about LASIK, contact Linda Vision by calling (626) 382-2020.