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Keep Your Eyes Healthy Through The Seasons

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No matter the season, seems like there's always a problem bugging your eyes. It's dry winters, allergies in the spring and the bright sun in summer just to name a few. So what can you change to improve your eye health? 

Dr. Dan Levin from Eyesite on 43rd says there are many tips for each problem. As we are entering spring and the flowers start to bloom, for many through the valley that means dry itchy eyes.

Having dry eyes is the number one reason people visit an eye care professional. But there is a difference between allergies and consistent dry eyes. Dr. Levin says if symptoms are only happening during allergy season he recommends using an antihistamine to ease comfort.

Optometrist say eating proper nutrition will also help with dry eyes. Foods like fish are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids that help combat the issue.
It's not just fish, many foods help for eye health. Zeaxanthin and Lutein are nutrients called carotenoids. Those make up your macular pigment which is the area in your eye that protects the source of your vision.

Zeaxanthin and Lutein can be found in foods like leafy greens, corn, eggs, and red, orange and yellow peppers. Optometrist say these foods wont get you enough nutrients your eyes need everyday, they recommend taking a vitamin as well. 

Before we know it summer will be here, a time with longer days and more people go outside. Eye care professionals say Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun damages the skin of your eyelids, your cornea, lens and other parts of your eyes.

Dr. Levin says wearing the right sunglasses can help protect your eyes, especially choosing ones that block 99%/100% of both UVA and UVB rays. While kids are swimming in the pools, have them wear goggles. Chlorine can make eyes dry, and have children avoid rubbing their eyes after getting out of the pool.

A problem for both kids and adults is digital eye strain. From your phone to your computer or TV, there are many ways to keep your eyes locked on the screen. Eye care professionals say it's good to start a 20-20-20 habit. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Dr. Levin says this is to help prevent discomfort as many people blink less when they are focused on a digital screen.

Optometrists say if a child has a vision problem there are signs parents should be looking for. Frequent eye rubbing or blinking, covering one eye, losing place when reading, frequent headaches, and holding reading materials close to the face.

Poor eye sight could result in trouble learning in school, so if your child is experiencing any of those symptoms, eye care professionals say it's important to have their eyes checked.

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