Foods to Avoid for Healthy Eyes

The holiday season is almost over. For some, now comes the more challenging season of New Year’s resolutions. Most will choose to spend more time with family, to get outside more, or to exercise more. All of these resolutions are noble and will be worth the effort. If you haven’t chosen a new year’s resolution, consider this: eat better for your eyes. As adults, when eyesight has evened out, you may have glasses or contact lenses, or you might have great vision; either way, you can prevent vision from deteriorating or from becoming worse. Rather than telling you what to eat, we will change it up a little bit, and tell you what foods to avoid. Our eyes are full of blood vessels, so foods that are also good to avoid for heart health should also be avoided to keep your eyes healthy. Margarine and Vegetable Oils Condiments often have ingredients that have negative impacts on your body. Mayonnaise, salad dressing, or jelly, all have either a high-fat content or high sugar content. Also, foods that have margarine or vegetable oils and are man-made should be avoided. Foods that are high in polyunsaturated fats will oxidize in your body and can lead to inflammation and may even cause clogged arteries. Fried Foods Avoiding foods with vegetable oils means avoiding fried foods because that is how they are made. Canola oil, commonly used to fry foods, is a genetically modified product that can also lead to clogged arteries. Fried foods can also cause plaque to build up which can lead to high blood pressure, also a danger to your eyes....

Tips to Assist in Developing Your Child’s Eyes – Part Two

In the previous blog, we discussed tips on ways to help your child’s eyes develop properly from four months to two years old. Talking to your child as you walk around, hanging a mobile from his or her crib, giving them different objects to hold, and encouraging them to walk in order to perceive depth will help their eyes to grow strong and healthy. Taking your child to a pediatric optometrist will also ensure that any health problems are caught early. If glasses are needed, your child can grow accustomed to wearing glasses and are still able to learn everything they need to to have successful years in school. Pre-School Vision During toddler years, vision skills are strong but are still continuing to grow. Learning how to see can be challenging, but also fun with the correct tools and toys for your child to play with. At this age, children will continue to develop hand-eye and body-eye coordination and then visual motor skills necessary in order to learn how to read. There are things a parent can watch out for when a child is playing that can be related to vision problems. If you notice your toddler has difficulty with playing ball, riding a bike, or if they avoid playing with puzzles, coloring books, or other detailed and eyesight related activities; these could be signs they have a vision problem. There are also activities that can help your child continue to develop their vision. Read aloud to your child in order for them to follow along and see what you are reading. Let them play on a chalkboard, with finger...

Tips to Assist in Developing Your Child’s Eyes – Part One

Having a baby is a magical experience and is one of the biggest additions to your life. You can prepare as much as you’d like, but there will always be things that you are not prepared for. This doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds; you may never be prepared for how smelly a dirty diaper can be. One thing that first-time parents should be aware of, however, is how to tell if your baby needs an eye exam and what things you can do as they grow, to ensure they are getting the best eye care possible. Read through some tips on eye care for infant vision, pre-school age, and school-age children. Schedule an appointment today at Vision Care Centre if your child has yet to have an eye exam. Infant Vision Tips A baby’s vision takes time to develop as they grow, and there are things a parent can do to assist in your baby’s precious eyes to develop healthily and strongly. When your baby is six months old, they may be sitting up on their own and will have a personality of their own. It is also time to schedule an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor. The optometrist will test for health problems of the eye, early detection of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and the ability of the eye to move. During the first four months, your baby will begin to follow objects with his or her eyes and reach for objects as depth perception continues to increase. To assist in developing eye health, keep a nightlight in your baby’s room, rearrange the baby’s crib...
Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Why Get a Diabetic Eye Exam?

Diabetes is a complicated disease and affects all sorts of functions within the body.  From foot problems to damaged blood vessels to cataracts and glaucoma in the eyes. The eyes are a powerful and obviously an incredibly important organ in your body, so it is important to have regular eye exams when you have diabetes. Read on to learn more about what problems can occur in the eyes that are caused by diabetes. At Vision Care Centre in Langley, we want to give you the best eye care possible, and that includes detecting eye problems related to diabetes. Diabetic Retinopathy This eye condition affects the blood vessels in the retina, which is a light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. This is the most common eye disease that impairs vision and can cause cancer in people who have diabetes. The biggest symptom of diabetes is high blood sugar and this is known to damage tiny blood vessels located in the retina, which leads to diabetic retinopathy. Sending signals through the optic nerve to the brain, the retina detects light and converts it to these signals. With diabetic retinopathy, these blood vessels can leak fluid or hemorrhage, which causes distorted vision. This disease progresses by the blood vessels becoming more and more damaged. First losing the ability to transport blood, then new blood vessels grow, but are weak, thin, and have a high chance of leaking. Scar tissue eventually forms causing the retina to become detached which can cause permanent vision loss. People with diabetes type one and two are at risk for diabetic retinopathy, but the longer one...

The Benefits of Yearly Eye Exams

There are many ways to help protect your vision and keep seeing the world sharp and clear. Eating healthy is one way to be pro-active about your vision health. A diet full of dark, leafy greens and high in omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to help prevent macular degeneration. Taking the time to rest your eyes when working on a computer, even for just 20-seconds at a time can reduce eyestrain and headaches. But the number one way to protect your eyes is to get regular eye exams. Visiting your local optometrist every year can help detect and treat slight changes in your vision, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and headaches to name a few. During your eye exam, the doctor will check your vision, diagnosis any correction needed, and do a dilated eye exam. This allows the eye doctor to understand how you are seeing and to look for any internal problems related to eye health. Diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and optic nerve abnormalities do not have warning signs and the only way to check to see if you eye is healthy is through dilation. Dilation forces the pupil of your eye open wider than normal allowing the eye doctor to have a better field of view of the blood vessels and any contributing causes to abnormal vision. An eye exam is an affordable, painless way to guarantee your vision is in pristine health and make any eye care changes needed to maintain your vision for years to come. Make your yearly appointment...