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5 Ways To Celebrate Healthy Vision Month!
Posted on Thursday May 16, 2019

  Did you know that May is healthy vision month? Are you looking for a way to celebrate it? Here are five ways to enjoy healthy vision month! 1. Get an Eye Exam Changes in your vision impact your life. These changes could be vision loss, seeing floaters, or halos while driving at night.  All these conditions impact your quality of life.  On average, about 25% of adults have not had an eye exam in the past two years and 9% have never gotten an eye exam. It is very important to get regular eye exams.  Some of the primary causes of blindness increase with age. These include glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.  Early diagnosis of these conditions can mean avoiding vision loss. The only way to diagnose them is with regular eye exams.  Comprehensive eye exams look at the health of your vision. Your eye doctor will look at how your eyes are working.  They'll also be able to see if you have any signs of common eye conditions. Your eyes are often the first to show symptoms with conditions like diabetes. 2. Eat Omega-3 Fatty Acids We  know that omega-3s are good for your heart, but they are also good for your eyes! Consuming enough omega-3s can reduce symptoms of eye conditions.  One of the leading causes of blindness is age-related macular degeneration. Omega-3s can slow the progression of it, but they will not cure or reduce its symptoms. 3. Eat a Well-Balanced Healthy Diet Eating healthy is good for your physical and mental health. These benefits are also linked to eye health. This can even reduce the likelihood of developing early cataracts.  There is a link between good nutrition and not developing cataracts earlier. Part of this is because eating foods high in antioxidants can reduce free radicals.  If you do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, you don't get their nutrients. If you cannot eat more of these foods, then consider taking vitamins or supplements.  4. Practice Eye Safety There are all sorts of dangers to our eyes. It is important to be aware of any laser pointers, dangers at work, and activities around you.  If you work in a dangerous setting, make sure to follow all safety guidelines. You should also have safety procedures in place in case anything does happen! This goes for being at home as well. It is important to understand all potential dangers, and know ways to reduce your risk of injury. Wearing safety glasses or goggles while doing different activities and projects is important. 5. Wear Sunglasses Often People are good at protecting their skin, but they usually forget to protect their eyes too. Sun damage to your eyes can increase your risk of developing cataracts.  Always wear polarized sunglasses while outside to protect against the sun's UV rays! While we always value our vision, we don't always practice healthy vision habits. These tips will help you have healthy eyes for the rest of your life! Not sure when you last saw your eye doctor for an eye exam? We can help! Schedule an exam with EyeHealth Northwest in Portland, OR today! :

Healthy Eyes 4 Haiti Mission Trip
Posted on Wednesday June 27, 2018

Congratulations to EyeHealth Northwest’s EHR Systems Manager Sharon Jean- Louis on her first mission trip with her non-profit Healthy Eyes 4 Haiti. In cooperation with Highland Park United Methodist Church, they provided eye care services to 800 patients and 600 free eyeglasses were dispensed to the Haitian community of Petit Goave.   Dr. Gary Fish, retina specialist from Dallas, Texas, also performed necessary in-office procedures and laser treatments.   Sharon created a non-profit, Healthy Eyes 4 Haiti, in response to the growing need for essential services in rural Petit Goave, Haiti a small coastal community approximately 90 minutes west of Port Au Prince. Her belief is that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare. In Haiti, the majority of people rarely see a doctor or dentist. Haiti has suffered many hardships including the historic earthquake of 2010 and numerous hurricanes and storms. Thru it all, Sharon has witnessed the Haitian community persevere and start a new day. Healthy Eyes 4 Haiti mission is to provide no charge eye health care to the residents of Petit Goave and its surrounding communities. Please visit https://healthyeyes4haiti.com/ to learn about Sharon and her personal mission to improve the quality of life for Haitians one eye at a time. We are certainly proud!   :

Exercise and Your Eye Health
Posted on Wednesday February 28, 2018

  There are many reasons that people exercise – increased energy, weight loss, and several additional benefits. But have you ever heard how regular exercise can keep your eyes on their A game? Here is how regular exercise is helping your vision!  Living a sedentary lifestyle can put you at risk of developing conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. By increasing the amount of exercise, you are doing daily it will help increase your health and avoid falling victim to conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure that can put your overall health and vision at risk.  Here are some tips on how to increase your physical activity throughout the week:    Give yourself a step goal:  Life gets busy and usually exercising becomes less of a priority then it should be. By giving yourself a realistic goal of how many steps you should take in a single day it can really help you get moving more and increase your activity level! Walking more throughout the day will have an impact on decreasing your chances developing age-related macular degeneration.    Give yourself rewards:  People are easy to become discouraged and give up on exercising completely. By setting goals that are followed up with rewards you can motivate yourself to stay on track and not fall behind!    By increasing the amount of activity in your life it will help you keep your blood pressure and cholesterol in check and decrease your chances of developing glaucoma, cataracts, or age-related macular degeneration!      :

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