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5 tips to have an optimal visual health

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Did you know that the sport that causes the most eye injuries in the United States is basketball?

The average person blinks between 16 and 20 times a minute. Despite blinking many times, we do not usually realize it, since the eyes are organs that we often take for granted. Also, many people are not aware of the care that the eyes require to have and maintain good visual health.

What is visual health?

Having visual health implies that there are no diseases in your eyesight or in the structure of the eyes, meaning that one enjoys good visual acuity. It is the absence of visual alterations, which may keep the person from achieving a physical, structural, and functional state of social well-being.

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What are the most common eye diseases? What are their symtoms?

The most common eye problems include:

  • Cataracts
  • Optic nerve disorders, including glaucoma
  • Retinal diseases, nerve problems behind the eye
  • Macular degeneration, a disease that destroys the central focus of vision
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Eye problems caused by diabetes

Some of these eye problems are minor, however, there are others that can cause permanent vision loss, so it is important to always be on the lookout for symptoms such as the following

  • Headache
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Itchy eyes 
  • Eye discharge
  • Gritty eyes
  • Eye pain
  • Red eyes
  • Photophobia (intolerance to light because of abnormal pain or discomfort)
  • White spots in the pupils
  • Eye symptoms such as difficulty seeing at a distance or near

Also, children can find it difficult to recognize the symptoms on their own, so as a parent, it’s important to be on the lookout for any of the following signs of eye disease:

  • Not being able to see distant objects
  • Trouble reading the blackboard in class
  • Squinting eyes
  • Difficulty reading
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Headaches
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When to see a specialist?

If you notice any of these symptoms in your eyes or those of your children, contact your doctor to prevent the symptoms from triggering further health problems. It is important to mention that the tasks of an optometrist and those of an ophthalmologist are commonly confused, so it is common for people to contact and schedule appointments with the wrong specialist when making a consultation.

What is the difference between an ophtalmologist and an optometrist?

An ophthalmologist diagnoses, prevents and treats eye diseases, while the optometrist tests vision and detects refractive errors that are corrected with contact lenses or prescription lenses.

On the other hand, optometrists find refractive errors in your eyes, which arise when the cornea suffers deformations in its structural characteristics, causing light to bend at strange angles, distorting the patient’s vision. The inability to focus your eyes is a refractive error and is one of the most common problems for the eye. The most common refractive errors are myopia (poor vision at a distance), farsightedness (poor vision up close), and astigmatism.

Tips to take care of you eyes and prevent diseases

  • In our day-to-day life, there are small actions that we can take to keep our eye health in good conditions. 

    1. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recommends eating a diet that includes foods with the following
    • Vitamin C and E
    • Zinc
    • Lutein
    • Zeaxanthin
    • Fatty acids such as omega 3, DHA, and EPA

    These nutrients support visual and general health. These nutrients are commonly obtained from citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark-colored vegetables, and cold-water fish. They also detail the relation between diabetes and visual health, since excess glucose, caused by this disease, has negative implications for the eyes.

     

    1. Likewise, it is recommended to have frequent ophthalmological exams, since some visual diseases may be hard to identify at first. These exams can help your ophthalmologist detect any problem at an early stage and give you the pertinent indications to improve your visual health. It is even recommended for people with healthy vision aged 40 or older to have regular exams with their ophthalmologist to detect diseases that are more common as age increases, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.
    1. Some light sources, such as the sun or a computer, can cause severe damage to your eyes. In the case of sunlight, it can increase the risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and eye tumors. The best recommendation to protect your eyes from the sun is to wear sunglasses and wear a wide-brimmed hat, which will prevent eye damage. 
    1. In the case of digital screens, these do not cause permanent damage, but they can cause eye dryness and fatigue. If you must be exposed to digital screens for a long time, it is recommended to get blue light filter lenses, which will help decrease the negative effects screens have on the eyes. Also, it is recommended to follow the 20-20-20 rule, in which, for every 20 minutes of computer use, pause to stare at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
    1. Some sports practices can also be risky for visual health, since they can cause eye injuries. This is more common in contact sports, however, the sport that causes the most eye injuries in the United States is basketball. For this reason, it is recommended that in sports where it is allowed, eye protection glasses are used and in some contact sports such as boxing and martial arts, it is recommended to use thumbless gloves to avoid contact with the eyes.

    Visual health, although sometimes not given the necessary attention, is a very important part of people’s general health. This is why it is extremely important to pay attention to any possible sign or symptom of any disease, in order to go with your doctor and avoid any health complications. Did you know all this information? Do you get eye checkups often enough?

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  • Sources
    • https://oftalmologovigo.com/sabias-que/
    • https://www.aao.org/salud-ocular/sintomas-lista#P
    • https://www.minsalud.gov.co/sites/rid/Lists/BibliotecaDigital/RIDE/VS/PP/ENT/lineamientos-salud-visual-2017.pdf
    • https://medlineplus.gov/spanish/eyediseases.html
    • https://www.vitalseguro.com/blog/salud/oftalmologo-y-oculista/#:~:text=As%C3%AD%20pues%2C%20un%20oftalm%C3%B3logo%20diagnostica,con%20lentillas%20o%20gafas%20graduadas.
    • https://kidshealth.org/es/parents/vision.html

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