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Best Foods For Eye Health: Part 2

Your diet impacts all parts of your health, including your vision. In the top five foods for eye health, we shared the importance of a diet that consists of food high in omega-3 acids and how they benefit your vision.

Now we want to share five more foods we love that will support your eye health and vision – and make a tasty meal! Add these items to your shopping list and incorporate them into your diet:

Nuts and Seeds

While nuts and seeds both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, they also contain high amounts of vitamin E. Vitamin E great at protecting against age-related eye damage.

Nuts and seeds also make for great on-the-go snacks, stash some in your desk drawer or your purse!

Carrots

Do you know why carrots are orange? It’s because they are full of beta carotene! Beta carotene is a nutrient that helps the body make vitamin A, which in turn boosts your vision in multiple ways.

Vitamin A plays an essential role in your vision health, vitamin A has a protein called rhodopsin. Rhodopsin helps your retina to absorb light.

Sweet Potatoes

Like carrots, sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene and vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which means it can help to lower the risk of infections throughout your body and protect your eyes from eye disease, most commonly, age-related macular degeneration.

Sweet potatoes are a great side for your main dish, just make sure you don’t dose it in brown sugar and butter!

Beef

Zinc has been linked to better long-term eye health, including age-related sight loss and macular degeneration. Beef is a meat that contains a high level of zinc, even more than chicken breast and pork.

Zinc will benefit your eye health and vision through strengthening your retina and the tissue around your retina.

Water

While it’s not a food, water should be a part of your everyday routine. Maintaining a healthy balance of fluid in the eye is vital to protecting your eyes. Your eyes are surrounded by fluid that washes away debris and dust every time you blink. When you are not well hydrated your eyes become dehydrated as well.

Remember, including Vitamin E, zinc, and omega-3 rich foods into your diet will help protect your eyes and allow you to have clearer vision, longer.

 

Interested in learning more about the foods you should add to your diet in order to boost your eye health? Schedule an exam with one of our doctors to discuss the steps you can take in order to achieve healthier eyes.

 

 

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The Worst Foods for Your Eye Health

You know the saying, “You are what you eat”? The food you eat plays a huge part in your health.

Our eyes are vascular, meaning that it is important to have a heart-healthy diet to keep the blood vessels that service our eyes healthy. Tiny capillaries provide your retina with nutrients and oxygen; because these vessels are so small, fatty deposits can easily cause blocked veins.

We’ve shared with you the foods that will boost your eye health. Now, our expert team of doctors have compiled a list of the foods that are harmful to the health of your eyes.

Condiments, Toppings, and Dressings

The toppings that you likely store in your refrigerator door like mayonnaise, salad dressing, or jelly, are all high in fat.

Rather than using these options for flavor on your next sandwich, burger, or salad, try using natural flavors like green vegetables or toppings that are packed with vitamin C, like a squeeze of fresh lemon. Get great flavor with natural foods without sacrificing your nutritional benefits!

White or Plain Colored Foods

Think about the white foods that you eat: pasta, white bread, rice, and flour tortillas. These foods offer almost no nutritional benefit, just simple carbohydrates that give a rush of energy that are followed by a crash.

If you are eating these foods, be sure to add greens and foods that rich with omega-3 to the meal to provide yourself with nutritional benefits. Or, swap them for healthier alternatives that use whole grains.

Fatty Meats

Red meats and sausages are often convenient to purchase, especially when you are buying from the deli. Lunch meats can seem healthy but are mostly full of chemical preservatives, salt, fat, and cholesterol.

Instead of consuming fatty meats, try adding in lean meats like fresh turkey, which is full of zinc and protein. Salmon is good alternative as well, as it is an omega-3 rich food.

Margarine

Margarine is often marketed as a healthy alternative to butter, but is full of trans fats that can adversely affect your cholesterol.

Instead, try using coconut, avocado, or olive oil as an alternative to both margarine and butter to avoid trans fats.

Unsaturated Fats

Junk foods are delicious but can cause serious issues down the line for your health if you consume too many. Rather than eating French fries, cookies, or potato chips, which are all full of unsaturated fats, swap them out for healthy saturated fats.

Lean meats, fish, fresh fruits and veggies, and low-fat or non-dairy products are the best way to receive healthy fats.

 

We want to help you eat healthy so that your vision remains clear and focused. Do you have questions about how to eat healthy for your eyes? We would love to see you! Stop in or schedule your appointment today.

 

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3 Common Sports Eye Injuries and How to Treat Them

With the official start of fall right around the corner, and back-to-school season in full swing, it’s time for sports!

If your child is involved with sports, or you play one yourself, then you know that there are risks when you play the game. In a society where sports injuries are very common, and sometimes ignored due to the “walk it off” mentality, it is important that sports eye injuries are taken seriously.

We want to make sure your child is safe this sports season, that you know what to look for in an eye injury, and how to properly treat it.

Classification
Sports are classified as either collision or non-contact, which can be misleading in terms of the level of risk for an eye injury. Some collision sports, like hockey or lacrosse, require helmets that often times have built-in eye protection. Non-contact sports, like golf, tennis or baseball, may sound more safe, but these sports do not require eye protection, leaving the eyes more susceptible to injury.

Types of Injuries
There are several different types of eye injuries, however the most common are:

  • Blunt
    Blunt injuries are the most common sports-related eye injury. A direct blow to the eye from something that is bigger than the eye socket, usually a ball or an opponent’s body part, will cause fractures of thin bones in the eye.
    A direct blow to the eye that is smaller than the eye socket will cause rapid compression and dilation in the eye, which transfers a strong force on the eye, often times causing bleeding.
  • Penetrating
    Penetrating eye injuries occur when something cuts the eye. This can be from someone else’s finger or finger nail, sports equipment, large projectiles, or broken glasses from regular glasses frames.
  • Radiation
    Radiation injuries occur when there is overexposure to the sun. This is most common in outdoor sports where there are reflective surfaces, like snow skiing, water skiing, or fishing.
    Don’t forget, it is possible to get a sun burn on your eyes, so be sure to wear proper UV protection.

How to Treat
The best thing you can do when a serious eye injury occurs is to immediately seek medical attention. If the injury is less serious, make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as possible.

Don’t let your child return to playing the sport until they have been officially cleared by a doctor. Additional physical activity may worsen the injury.

How to Prevent
With eye injuries being the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States, it is extremely important that children wear protective eyewear when playing sports. Sports safety lenses are made from polycarbonate material, which provides the highest level of impact protection and prevents eye injuries.

Sports safety frames can be fit with prescription lenses, which are a sports-safe alternative to glasses or contacts.

You can also avoid eye injuries by wearing a helmet that is equipped with an eye shield. Even if a helmet or sports safety glasses are not required for your sport, consider wearing them for add-ed protection. Set an example for the rest of your team by playing smarter, and safer.

At Rx Optical, we care about you and your children’s eye health. We understand how important sports can be, but we want to make sure everyone is safe when playing the games they love. Our skilled team of eye doctors can evaluate eye injuries and quickly set up plans for treatment.

For more information, check out our recent blogs on the importance of sports safety glasses and how to choose the right sports safety frames.

Before your child hits the field this year, set up an appointment with us to have them fitted for sports safety frames at one of our 54 locations. We can’t wait to see you!

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are Comfortable and Feel Confident.

Kids and Contacts: When Can They Wear Them?

As stylish as our frames are, at Rx Optical we know that your child may be itching to throw out their glasses and start wearing contacts. Deciding whether or not your child is ready for contacts can be a tough decision to make. A great first step, as always, is consulting one of our doctors. Before scheduling your appointment, check out a few of our tips and suggestions when it comes to kids and contacts.

GLASSES, CONTACTS, OR BOTH?
If your child is an athlete or struggling with self-esteem due to their glasses, contacts are a great alternative that will maintain their vision and likely make them feel more comfortable. Alternating between glasses and contacts is a good way to ease into contact use. New contact users sometimes experience dry eyes or irritation, so it is important to keep glasses handy. Glasses may still be a good option for your child when they are relaxing at night, reading, or doing homework.

START THE CONVERSATION
Vision is extremely important to your child’s overall well-being and success in life, so if you have noticed that your child has stopped wearing their glasses, it may be time to explore contacts as an option. Whether it is for fashion, comfort, sports, or self-esteem, it is important to understand why your child wants to make the switch. If you and your child come to the decision that it is time to switch to contacts, one of our knowledgeable doctors can sit down with both of you and talk through the pros and cons of contacts.

If the main reason your child wants contacts is to feel more comfortable when playing sports, consult an Rx Optical doctor about prescription sports glasses.

THE BEST AGE
There is no standard age for children to start wearing contacts, however most doctors prefer to start prescribing contacts after the age of 10. For most kids, it depends on their level of maturity and need for contacts. Since contacts require delicate care and can be difficult, or even intimidating, for first-time users, it is typically easier to make the switch when your child is closer to their teen years.

RESPONSIBILITY
Just like glasses, contacts require care. There are two kinds of contacts: dailies and monthlies. According to the American Optometric Association , most doctors like to prescribe daily contacts to younger patients, as they require less responsibility. Monthlies are typically better suited for older patients who can keep track of, and carefully clean, their contacts.

Whether your child is wearing glasses or contacts, it is important that they are comfortable and feel confident. If you think your child may be ready to shift over to contacts, come visit one of our 54 locations and speak with one of our doctors. Your child’s vision is as important to us as it is to you. We hope to see you soon!

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At Rx Optical we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life.

How to Take Care of Your Child’s Eyes

At Rx Optical, we understand that your child’s vision is vital to their success in life, and we want to help you in caring for your child’s eyes. While a comprehensive eye exam is a great first step to overall eye health, there are important ways to take care of your child’s eyes between their annual exams.

SYMPTOMS
There are certain habits and behaviors to be on the lookout for that could indicate something is not right with your child’s vision. The Vision Council shares these warning signs: squinting, closing, or covering an eye, holding objects close to their face, tilting of the head, rubbing eyes, and redness or tearing.

Other factors that are important to note include if your family has a history of eye issues, or if your child was born premature, be sure to pay close attention to any eye health warning signs.

AT HOME
Your child may not be able to tell you if they are experiencing eye problems if they have never known anything else. Find ways to ask if they are seeing multiples of the same image or if images are blurry. When reading a book with pictures together, try, “Do you see one or two bears on this page?”. Your child could be living with astigmatism or double-vision and not realize it. Pay attention to their eyes when they are talking to you in order to detect any lazy eye or eye crossing behaviors.

BACK TO SCHOOL
As your child heads back to school this fall, be sure to watch their behavior when they are doing school work at home. If your child is avoiding reading or visual work, attempting to do reading work, but has low levels of comprehension, or appears to be experiencing discomfort, fatigue, or a short attention span, these issues may be caused by vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association.

Address these problems with your child, as their vision is their key to success at school. While your child may not like the idea of having to wear glasses or contacts, talk to them about the importance of being able to see, and how better vision will help them succeed in the classroom.

To help you prepare for your child’s return to school, all of our Rx Optical offices are hosting a Back-To-School Special, through September 15, where complete eye examinations for children between the ages of 4 and 18 will be only $19. The Back-To-School special will also offer $59 off all kids’ frames.

THE EYE EXAM
If you have noticed any of the vision warning signs or symptoms in your child, it is smart to bring them in for a comprehensive eye exam. Our knowledgeable doctors are here to make the exam a positive experience for both you and your child.

Taking care of your child’s eyes is an important part of their development. Our attentive doctors are here to provide the best care for your child and help correct any vision problems. Come visit us at one of our 54 locations.

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With the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit.

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS TO WEAR GLASSES

At Rx Optical, we know that glasses can be an important aspect of a child’s health, but we also know that it can be difficult to convince kids to wear them every day. The idea of getting glasses, wearing them daily, and keeping them clean can seem daunting for both parents and kids. But, with the right plan, wearing glasses can become an easy habit; here are our top tips that will make the process a lot simpler:

THE EYE EXAM
The eye exam will be helpful in deciding if your child needs glasses or not, and from there, what kind of glasses they need. Not sure if your kids need an exam yet? Check out this blog on how to know when you child needs glasses. And although they may not need glasses right away, we still highly recommend regular eye exams in order to monitor any changes in vision.

Before the exam, brainstorm questions that your child can ask that you know they will find interesting. If your son or daughter loves science, prep him or her to ask about eye anatomy. Or, maybe the equipment will seem cool to children who like robots and machines: what questions can be asked to learn more? Our friendly staff is happy to answer questions that will make sure your child feels safe and interested.

MAKE IT FUN
If an exam determines that it is time for your child to get glasses, don’t worry, picking frames is the fun part! We encourage kids to try on a variety of different frames in order to find ones that are comfortable and that make them feel confident.

Letting your child pick out their own frames, and ones that they love, will make it feel like the glasses were ultimately their decision.

AT HOME
You’ve made it back home with your glasses, now what? It is important to let your kids know that wearing glasses at all times is the new normal. Practice taking the glasses straight on and off with two hands. Keeping the glasses clean is especially important to ensure that they are able to see through the lenses. Teach your child how to clean their lenses properly and let it become their responsibility. Make sure their glasses are being put in the same safe place at night, ideally in their case on a level surface.

KEEPING GLASSES SAFE
Kids like to play rough when they’re outside, so the idea of wearing their new glasses when they’re playing may be nerve-wracking. While safety is important, we offer a worry-free warranty that covers scratched, broken, or lost eyeglasses for 12 months and comes with a cleaning kit. We also offer options for additional pairs of glasses. While it is important to talk about and remind your child to be safe with their glasses, we know that kids will be kids, and accidents will happen.

If your child is in sports, be sure to check out our sports glasses, which offer unparalleled levels of protection.

At Rx Optical, we are partners with you in wanting what’s best for your child’s vision. We are here to help you and your child receive the best eye care so that their future is as clear and bright as their vision.

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24% of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider. -The Vision Council

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED GLASSES?

For most kids, summer means a break from school and days that are filled with playtime, camp, and other adventures. Between checking to make sure that your child has evenly applied sunscreen and is staying hydrated, summer is also a key time to watch for signs that your child may need glasses.

The Vision Council shares that “24 percent of parents wait for their children to have symptoms before taking them to an eye care provider, which can be problematic because kids don’t understand what ‘normal’ vision entails.”

So, what symptoms should you be on the watch for this summer? We’ve compiled a list below.

TOP WAYS TO TELL YOUR CHILD MAY NEED GLASSES

Squinting
If you notice your child squinting when sitting down to tackle summer reading or when she is up-to-bat during a baseball game, it is time to schedule an exam.

Closing One Eye
Like squinting, if you notice that your child often covers or closes one eye when concentrating on something like a sport, a screen, or a book, it may be time to see an eye doctor.

Frequent Headaches
If your child has an increase in headaches, it could be a key indicator that it is time for an eye exam. While many things cause headaches in children, eliminating or identifying the need for glasses is an important step in supporting overall health.

Excessively Rubbing Eyes
If you notice your child constantly rubbing his eyes, it could be time for an eye exam. You will also want to rule out other potential causes, like allergies, but excessive eye rubbing that isn’t due to being tired can be a red flag. If you notice your child rubbing her eyes when concentrating on something, schedule an eye exam.

The key to eye health is early detection. A comprehensive exam will identify any issues and ensure that if your child is on the right path.

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MAKE VISION PART OF YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROUTINE

As back-to-school time approaches, some kids might be excited about going back, and some kids may be dreading it. For most parents, we are experiencing relief in getting back to a structured schedule.

If your kid seems to be even more upset about school this year, there might be more to their hesitation than a simple dislike of school.

1 in 4 kids have an undetected vision problem, and when kids have a hard time seeing, their frustration will come out in a number of ways. Often, if kids can’t see the front of the classroom or the book in front of them, they’ll misbehave out of frustration. And vision problems can lead to more than trouble-making. 80% of the learning a child does is through their eyes, and when they have a hard time focusing or retaining information, their vision could be to blame.

As your kids prepare to head back to school, make sure their vision is clear. While they’re home, watch for signs of vision issues such as:

  • Squinting when watching TV
  • Not being able to see 3D content
  • Headaches when reading
  • Clumsiness in sports

Learning will be even more difficult if the eyes aren’t providing a clear, focused image their developing brain and early vision problems can have long-lasting effects.

According to the Vision Council of America, regular screenings by an eye doctor are the best way to ensure healthy vision and school success.

Are your kids ready for reading, sports, and screens? Include vision screenings in your back-to-school shopping by taking advantage of our Back-To-School Special. Now through the end of October, complete eye exams for kids 4 to 18 are only $19. And, if glasses become part of the plan, we have a special on a lens and frame package during the length of the special.

Make sure your kids can see their future clearly, call or stop in today for a $19 eye exam!

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DOES YOUR CHILD NEED GLASSES?

It can be difficult to identify visual problems in children, especially those who are very young, but vision development takes place within the first 8 years of life – and glasses may help ensure normal or improved sight for your little one in the long run.

What are glasses used for?

The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) reports that the most common reasons for glasses in youth are:

  • – To improve vision and help children function better within his/her environment.
  • – To help straighten eyes that are crossed or misaligned, a condition called Strabismus.
  • – To help strengthen a weak or amblyopic (lazy) eye.
  • – To protect one eye if the child has poor vision in the other.

Glasses are often used to treat refractive errors, which are the most frequent eye problems in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Refractive errors are vision problems that take place when the shape of the eye prevents it from focusing correctly. Refractive errors in children include nearsightedness (difficulty seeing things far away), farsightedness (difficulty seeing things up close), and astigmatism (distorted vision caused by an irregularly shaped cornea).

What are the signs?

Vision problems that go unchecked can cause unnecessary strife emotionally, academically, and physically. It’s important to identify the signs early on to avoid any permanent vision damage in the future – so what should you look for?

Squinting

Squinting is something the brain does subconsciously to clear blurry vision and if done continuously, can cause frequent eye pain and headaches. If you child is squinting often, that’s a clear sign that a comprehensive eye exam should be scheduled as soon as possible.

Heading tilting or covering one eye

Children might cover one eye or tilt their head to one side or the other to adjust the angle of vision trying to make their environment appear clearer. The brain is trying to eliminate a blurry image in one eye, or is trying to compensate for a lack of alignment. This may indicate eye misalignment or an amblyopic (lazy) eye.

Holding items too close

Sitting too close to the TV, holding a screen too close to their eyes, or lowering their head while reading are signs of a vision problem (specifically myopia or nearsightedness).

Excessive eye rubbing or tearing

Frequent eye rubbing may signal eyestrain or fatigue connected to a variety of vision issues. If you notice your child’s eyes tearing up so much that it is affecting his or her vision, lagophthalmos is a possibility. A common condition, lagophthalmos causes the eyes to dry out at night because the lids don’t close completely while sleeping – causing the eyes to tear up excessively during the day.

Frequent Headaches

If your child complains about eye pain or headaches towards the end of the day, that’s a sign the eyes are being overexerted to compensate for misalignment or alleviate blurred vision in one or both eyes.

It’s important to note that quite often, children struggling with vision problems exhibit the same symptoms as children struggling with ADD or ADHD. It’s hard to maintain focus and concentration when the white board is blurry and the task at hand is literally unclear. The mind then begins to wander and students may fall behind in class. Children need to adapt their vision quickly from distant to near objects such as white boards, text books, computers screens, and projection screens – inability to see and follow through may come across as a lack of focus on school work in general.

What are the next steps?

Vision screenings are typically conducted by your child’s pediatrician or at their school. If your child fails a vision screening, then they need to be seen by an eye care provider for a comprehensive eye exam as soon as possible. Vision screenings will not detect all a child’s vision problems and if they are exhibiting any of the signs listed above, it’s a good idea to visit your local eye care provider for a more in-depth examination.

At Rx Optical, we conduct a comprehensive eye exam that measures several visual skills not part of a general vision screening. Our doctors are skilled in working with children and strive to provide the most accurate and informative care in Michigan. We are here to help your child see clearly and be happy.

Learn more about our eye exams or find a location near you to schedule your next eye exam today.

Sources:

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/articles-and-answers/healthy-children/how-to-know-if-your-child-needs-glasses

https://www.verywell.com/top-signs-your-child-needs-vision-correction-3421600

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/health/eyes/kids-and-glasses/