Save your vision!

There are many factors that could be affecting your vision! If you are working on the computer often and your glasses do not have a blue filter coating, you may find that after a day’s work that your head will be splitting, your eyes will be dry and you will have to go through it all over again tomorrow. Wearing sunglasses may seem like the smallest action yet it helps protect your eyes against all the UV rays which may cause excessive squinting, cancer and may lead to blindness. Construction workers should always wear safety glasses to avoid little pieces of dirt and possible metal or cement from going into their eyes and scratching their corneas. Even though they are small, eyes are an important part of your health and we must do everything in our power to preserve them.


There are several things you can do to improve your eye health!

Eating healthy is usually the best way to keep your entire body happy but certain foods will help your eye health such as salmon, this fish contains omega 3 which can help relieve dry eyes. Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant that could help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Wearing the right glasses for your lifestyle will leave your eyes thankful. Blue filter coating on lenses will help reduce eye strain and eye fatigue, this coating is ideal for anyone who uses computers, tablets or phones often and although the difference may be subtle at first, after a few days you will definitely feel some relief. Wearing glasses for an active lifestyle such as motorbiking, running, even kayaking can improve your eyesight, our Wiley X sunglasses are made to wrap around your head and seal your eyes from anything that may try to come in. They also come in a clear optical option making them perfect for construction workers who would ideally like to avoid anything from getting into their eyes.

Contact lens care is also one of the most important things to keep track of when speaking of healthy eyes. Make sure to follow your optometrist’s directions when receiving new contact lenses, if you wear them on a daily basis or even monthly, it can be easy to forget some steps and this can lead to some irritated eyes. Please do not wear your contact lenses overnight as you will wake up with some pretty red and painful eyes. Never use saliva to clean your contact lenses, even water is off limits, only use the contact lens solution bought with your contact lenses. If your solution or contacts are expired, don’t try to use them, you will need to re-order some newer products.


Saving your vision is important as nothing replaces it, once it is gone, it will not come back. Protecting your eyes and coming in for regular eye exams (every 1 to 2 years) is a good start, keeping up with your overall health is another. While your vision may seem like it’s 20/20, most of us are unaware that some eye diseases start out being asymptomatic and won’t be detected until you see an optometrist and sadly in some cases the disease has caused irreversible damage. It is always better to be on the safe side and go for an eye exam as regularly as you can. If you have any sudden symptoms such as floaters, severe eye pain, blurred or double vision, make an appointment to see your optometrist right away!

Teri Hines