What Your Ophthalmologist Wants You to Know About Keeping Your Eyes Healthy - Herschel LASIK and Cataract Institute

What Your Ophthalmologist Wants You to Know About Keeping Your Eyes Healthy


Your eyes are one of the most essential parts of your body. Your ophthalmologist wants to ensure you understand how to care for your eyes properly. Knowing this information makes it much easier to maintain healthy vision and eye health for many years. 

Keep reading to learn what your ophthalmologist wants you to know about keeping your eyes healthy!

Get Regular Eye Exams

The easiest way to keep your eyes healthy is with eye exams. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends a baseline exam at age 40, then regular exams every 2-4 years for people under 60, and every 1-3 years for people over 60. 

At your eye exam, your ophthalmologist will check your vision using charts. They will also evaluate your eyes’ health with specialized instruments and do tests to check for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. 

Diagnosing any problems early is crucial for preventing vision loss.

Know Your Family Eye History

Be aware if you have a family history of eye conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, or retinal issues. Having a family history could increase your risk for them. 

Your eye doctor may warrant closer monitoring and early treatment. Inform your ophthalmologist of any family eye conditions to ensure they can adequately evaluate any risks and monitor your eyes as necessary.

Wear Protective Eyewear

When playing sports or doing activities that increase your risk of an eye injury, wear appropriate protective eyewear like sports goggles or sunglasses. You should also wear eye protection when using hazardous tools or chemicals. 

UV-blocking sunglasses are also important when outside to prevent certain eye conditions later in life. Protecting eyes from trauma and excessive UV exposure will help keep them healthier. 

Quit Smoking and Manage Chronic Conditions

Smoking increases the risks of cataracts, optic nerve damage, macular degeneration, and eye irritation. If you haven’t already quit to be healthier, quitting smoking can also make your eyes healthier. 

You also need to properly manage any chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Mismanaging your diabetes can result in diabetic retinopathy. 

Diabetic retinopathy is a serious eye condition that can severely affect your eyes and ability to see.

Limit Screen Time and Take Frequent Breaks

As computers and other devices become part of everyday life, digital eye strain is a growing problem. Symptoms include eye fatigue, blurry vision, headaches, and neck/shoulder pain. 

Limiting your screen time is one of the best ways to mitigate eye strain. You can also use the 20-20-20 rule. 

Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Using this rule helps reduce eyestrain and gives your eyes a much-needed break.

Maintain a Nutritious Diet

Keeping your eyes healthy can come from what you eat as well. Eat a well-balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients. 

Focus on antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin in leafy greens, eggs, and citrus fruits. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish are also beneficial. 

A proper diet supports good eye circulation and protects against damaging inflammation.

Stay Active and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Exercise and maintaining a healthy weight is another way to keep your eyes healthy and working as they should. Sedentary lifestyles and obesity can increase risks of macular degeneration and other eye issues. 

Regular exercise may also help prevent diabetes linked to certain eye conditions.

Wear Sunglasses Outdoors

Protect your eyes from excessive UV exposure by wearing sunglasses outdoors, especially if it’s sunny. Overexposure to UV light can increase risks of cataracts, macular degeneration, and growths on the eyes later in life. 

Look for sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA/UVB rays to provide adequate protection.

Practice Good Posture

Bad posture isn’t doing anything good for you, including your eyes. Slumping over while looking at devices can lead to eye strain and symptoms like irritation, dryness, headaches, and neck pain. 

Be mindful of your posture and hold devices at proper reading distance to reduce eyestrain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule to make sure you’re taking enough breaks. 

Proper posture also improves circulation to the head and neck, benefiting your eyes.

Blink Frequently

Blinking spreads tears across your eyes to keep them lubricated, preventing dryness and irritation. But looking at screens reduces your blink rate, causing digital eye strain. 

Make an effort to blink frequently, especially when using devices. The 20-20-20 rule helps keep your eyes healthy and makes sure you’re blinking enough. 

Clean Your Eyelids Properly

Eyelid hygiene can have a direct impact on how healthy your eyes are. Your eyelids can collect oil, dead skin, and debris, blocking glands and follicles surrounding the lashes. 

Use a gentle eyelid cleanser daily to remove buildup and prevent inflammation or infection of the oil glands. Talk to your eye doctor if you try an eyelid cleanser and still have inflammation.

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

If your eyes are irritated, it may seem like rubbing them is the solution, but it’s not. Rubbing your eyes only irritates them more. 

It can also spread bacteria and viruses and worsen existing infections. Instead of rubbing your eyes, try using artificial tears or eye drops. 

Keeping these in purses or on you will help you avoid giving in to the temptation of rubbing your eyes. 

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water to reduce your chances of developing dry eyes. Staying hydrated will keep your eyes more comfortable and help you feel better. 

Keeping your eyes hydrated will allow you to produce higher-quality tears, making you more comfortable and keeping your eyes healthier. 

Get Enough Sleep

Sleeping enough will give your eyes plenty of time to rest and repair after a long day’s work. Not getting enough sleep can cause irritation and exacerbate dry eye issues. 

Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night to keep your eyes most functional. Avoid using electronic devices before bed, have a set bedtime, and follow good sleep hygiene to have your eyes performing their best.

Consider Eye Supplements

Eye supplements may help your eyes. You can discuss taking these with your ophthalmologist. 

Antioxidants like lutein/zeaxanthin, omega-3s, zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin E may help certain eye conditions or prevent age-related vision issues. However, check with your primary care physician before starting any supplements.

By being proactive with routine eye care, protection, rest, good posture, proper cleansing, hydration, and healthy habits, you give your eyes the best chance to stay healthy. Are you ready to make your eyes a priority? 

Take the first step by requesting an appointment today at Herschel LASIK & Cataract Institute in Orlando, FL!

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Beautiful office. Amazing and caring staff. Getting my surgery done Saturday and the Doctor and the staff helped choose the right option for me and I didn't feel pushed to commit. One of the only few who commits the patient to a dry eye treatment as per my research. Post-surgery I hope to keep my 5 star rating because I have nothing bad to say!

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I recently did my LASIK procedure about 1 week ago and was completely blown away from beginning to end with the SERVICE received from the entire staff at Herschel LASIK. The office is beautifully decorated and the staff was always professional, personable, knowledgeable and friendly. I particularly enjoyed the way that everything was explained clearly before, during and after my procedure and questions were always encouraged and answered. My experience was the best encounter to date with a physician. Excellent doctor + excellent support staff +excellent service = excellent experience and a happy customer. Thank you so much Dr. Herschel, Doris and Francesca.

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Great service, sometimes a bit of a wait, but I take a full lobby as a sign of a well recommended doctor. Staff is friendly & quick to answerphones & squeeze me in when I got an eye problem. Would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to get LASIK. Doctor even personally called to check on me the night after my procedure.

Stephanie G. (Yelp), January 2020

I got my LASIK procedure done here. I was apprehensive, mostly because anything to do with my eyes kind of freaked me out.
I went under a free consultation. The nurses/assistants were very nice and they answered any questions I had. Then I met Dr. Herschel and he was very nice and understanding. He explained all that would happen, how everything works, how long recovery will be, everything.
So, I agreed and start the process. I love the fact you always meet with Dr. Herschel at every appointment.
I now have 20/20 vision.
I'd highly recommend going to him for all of your vision needs.

Kelsea K. (Yelp), November 2019

Great surgeon and great staff. Do your research, Dr. Herschel is more than just a LASIK surgeon. He is certified and specializes in all areas of eye surgery so have peace of mind that you are getting one of the best. They use current technology and machines. More so, if your eyes aren’t ready for surgery he has no problem delaying 1-2 weeks until they are 100% good-to-go. He will not risk your health for the sake of money.

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