See green 🥬👀 Eat green

See green 🥬👀 Eat green
See green 🥬👀 Eat green

The American Optometric Association says to eat more fruits and vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables to support good eye health. Source www.AOA.org

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Age -Related Macular Degeneration (AMD ) Facts and Prevention Tips.

Age -Related Macular Degeneration (AMD ) Facts and PRevention tips.

Age-Related Macular Degeneration  (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. It destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeding objects clearly  2.1 million people in the U.S. have AMD.   As the population ages, the number of cases is expected to increase.   The risk factors for Age-Related Macular Degeneration are being over the age of 50, smoking, and family history for AMD. You can reduce your risk of developing Age Related Macular Degeneration by avoiding smoking.  You can also reduce your risk of developing AMD by exercising regularly and maintaining a normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Also, you can reduce your risk by eating a healthy diet that includes leafy green vegetables and fish.

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month 👀

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More than 3 million people in the US have glaucoma. Glaucoma has no symptoms and once vision is lost, it is permanent. To prevent it, come in and get a comprehensive eye exams with our docs! #alamoanaeye . . . #hawaii #oahu #honolulu #alamoana #alamoanacenter #hawaiioptometrist #optometrist #optical #eyeglasses #glasses #sunglasses #spectacles #eyewear #frame #eyecare #eyeexam #eyehealth #eyedisease #glaucoma #rhopressa #eyedrops

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Dry eye occurs when there are problems with the production or consistency of tears.

Dry EyesCommon symptoms of dry eyes can be stinging or burning eyes.   This can be accompanied with excessive tearing and a a sandy or gritty sensation; or episodes of blurred vision and redness.  Some of the risk factors for dry eyes are age, hormonal changes, side effects from certain medications and auto-immune disorders, such as arthritis. Nearly 5 million Americans 50 years of age and older are estimated to have dry eye.  Of these, more than 3 million are women .  Dry eye is particularly common after menopause.   Dry eye may be increasing among young people due to extended use of computers, tablets, and smart phones. Treatment include topical lubricants and prescription drops that enhance the eye’s tear film.

Today is #WorldSightDay 👀

World sight day

Although it is only one day, it is a great start to bring awareness on blindness and vision impairment! So let us use this day to start a conversation about how we can help others with preventable vision impairment 🤓 #alamoanaeye #worldsightday2019

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Eat eye-healthy foods

Carrots
It’s true: carrots are good for your eyes! In fact, a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables — especially dark leafy greens, like spinach or kale — can help keep your eyes healthy.

Simple Tips for Healthy Eyes

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.

Protective eye wear

Wear protective eyewear.

Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity. Most protective eyewear lenses are made of polycarbonate, which is 10 times stronger than other plastics. Many eye care providers sell protective eyewear, as do some sporting goods stores.

Have a Safe 4th of July

fireworks

July Fourth is nearly here and everyone in Honolulu is looking forward to the fireworks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least five fireworks-related deaths were reported in 2018. An estimated 9,100 injuries due to fireworks were treated in hospital emergency rooms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Of those, most injuries were from firecrackers, but sparklers and bottle rockets also were to blame. More than a third (36%) of the injuries were to children 15 years of age and under. Most of the injuries involved hands and fingers, the head (including face, eyes, and ears), legs and arms.

To help prevent eye injuries during fireworks season, we recommend the following tips to help protect and preserve eyesight during the Fourth of July holiday:

  • Discuss fireworks safety with children and teens prior to the Fourth of July holiday.
  • Do not allow kids to handle fireworks, and never leave them unsupervised near fireworks.
  • Wear protective eyewear when lighting and handling fireworks of any kind.
  • Store fireworks, matches and lighters in a secure place where children won’t find them.
  • Refrain from purchasing sparklers. Heating up to 2,000 degrees or hotter, sparklers are the No. 1 cause of firework injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and only light fireworks when family, friends and children are at a safe distance.

If an eye injury occurs, immediately seek medical attention from your local doctor of optometry or the nearest emergency room,  You should refrain from rubbing their eyes or applying pressure. Don’t attempt to remove any objects that may be stuck in the eye, and avoid taking pain medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin that may thin the blood.”