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As winter approaches, necessary precautions must be in place to stay warm. It’s common sense to wear extra layers of clothing before going out in the cold. This is to prevent your body heat from quickly escaping in the surroundings. You’d want to protect your body from hypothermia and other cold-weather dangers. But did you know that the cold winter chill can also pose a variety of risks to your eyes?
Most people know how harmful ultraviolet (UV) light is to the skin. But many don’t realize that UV rays and other components of solar radiation can damage the eyes too. That’s why talking about UV and solar blue light protection with an eye health care professional is vital. Are you wondering how light can affect your vision? If so, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out what UV and blue lights are and how you can prevent them from causing you harm.
Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the eyes and vision. It occurs when persistently high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels serving the retina – an area of light-sensitive cells found at the back of the eye that is responsible for receiving light and turning it into a message sent to the brain. Diabetic retinopathy doesn’t develop suddenly. In fact, it usually takes years of uncontrolled diabetes for diabetic retinopathy to reach a stage where it could threaten your sight. Fortunately, this means that patients with diabetes have plenty of time to prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy.
At least once a year, everyone should have an eye examination done. Of course, if you experience a problem, you would need to make an appointment right away. However, some individuals need their eyes checked more often. That includes people with diabetes.
Halloween is just around the corner, and people are hyped up about it. Going trick or treating will be a good time to shed all the boredom from staying indoors all year. Besides social distancing and COVID-19 precautions, you should take precautions to ensure Halloween safety.
When it comes to staying healthy, there are lots of different things to consider. Diet, exercise, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption are all fairly well-known elements of maintaining a healthy body and mind, but one area of our wellbeing that is often overlooked is our eyes. Our eyes are responsible for our most important sense, so it’s essential that we take the time to keep them in optimal condition. With this in mind, here are our top tips for keeping your eyes healthy.
There are lots of things that you probably already have on your back to school checklist, but have you remembered to include a back to school eye exam? Healthy eyes and good visual acuity are essential tools for any child, regardless of their age and this is particularly true at school where as much as 80% of the educational input is visual. Here are a few more reasons why back to school eye exams are so important.