Answers to Common Questions About Healthy Eyes and Good Vision

Answers to Common Questions About Healthy Eyes and Good Vision

You only get one body, so it’s in your best interest to keep it as healthy as possible. While working out and keeping your body in shape is what most people think about, don’t forget about your eyes. With knowledge about how to keep your eyes healthy, potential hazards to your eyes, and other information, you can ensure that your peepers stay strong even as you get older.

Can Eyelash Extension Glue Damage Eyes?

Eyelash extensions have become popular among women with thinning eyelashes or those who use extensions as a fashion accessory. However, care should be taken when using eyelash extensions, as the glue has been known to cause damage or irritation to the eyes. Not everyone will experience symptoms, but the chemicals in the glue may cause adverse reactions in others.

Common side effects of using eyelash extension glue include:

  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Burning and itching
  • Rash
  • Redness and inflammation

Any symptoms lasting longer than 48 to 72 hours may require a visit to an eye care professional.

What Food is Good for the Eyes?

Certain types of foods are also great for the health of your eyes. While some foods have been proven to improve or maintain your sight, others can ward off age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

If certain eye diseases run in your family or you’re worried about declining eye health, make sure to add these foods to your daily or weekly diet, which contain nutrients that are great for eye health (vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, omega-3):

  • Pork or oysters
  • Non-meat proteins such as eggs and nuts
  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Fish
  • Leafy green vegetables such as kale or spinach

Can Swimming Goggles Damage the Eyes?

If you love swimming laps, you undoubtedly throw on a pair of goggles. And while goggles won’t harm your eyes if you wear them occasionally, constant usage of goggles may have ill effects on some individuals.

In extreme cases, goggles can add an unsafe amount of intraocular pressure on your eyes, which can restrict blood flow. Despite this increase in pressure, studies show that only those with glaucoma may have a long-term reaction. Others shouldn’t worry too much about wearing goggles, provided that they remove them and give their eyes a rest about every 30 minutes.

Can I wear Contacts while swimming?

According to the CDC, up to 75% of adults ages 25 and older wear contacts. Unfortunately, many of these individuals aren’t aware of the risks that can occur from wearing contacts while swimming. When you wear contacts underwater, it allows bacteria, viruses, and other unwelcome guests to get trapped against your eyes. This can lead to short-term and long-term ailments of the eye that can cause significant problems if left untreated.

Many of our patients prefer to schedule their appointment right before summer.  This gives them the opportunity to enjoy the beach, sports, swimming, and other activities without the burden of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Make Sure to Get Regular Eye Exams

Although you have to get regular eye exams for contacts and glasses, don’t skip the appointment if you’re already happy with your prescription. Routine eye exams can catch a variety of problems and make certain that your prescription is correct, giving you clear vision whether you’re reading or behind the wheel of a car.

You will love our office.  It’s a private anxiety-free personalized practice with one Ophthalmologist, Dr. Alexandra Chebil.  Over 70,000 procedures performed to date and she is involved from your first visit to long after your procedure is done. Book a complimentary consultation with us today.