Have a healthy holiday!

The holidays is a time of festivities, fun, food...more festivities... more fun... more food... more festivities... more fun... more food...  Follow some of these tips provided by our vision care, dental care, and medical teams that can help alleviate some of the not so fun effects of all the holiday festivities.

Have a happy- and healthy - holiday!

Better watch out!

Better watch out!

Vision tips

It’s important to wear UV filter sunglasses in the winter. There is more harm done from UV radiation in the winter months because you are exposed tosnow glare-and UV raysfrom above and below your eyes," In fact, there is risk of up to 85 percent of UV rays being reflected upward and that leads to sunburn of the eyes or photo keratitis.  And UV rays damage is cumulative so they are thought to contribute to eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts."

The most common eye complaint in winter is dryness, or a burning, itching sensation in your eyes. See Tips below to keep your eyes moist and hydrated in cold weather

Drink water. Water keeps your entire body hydrated, including your eyes. Aim for 4- 6 glasses a day

Use eye drops. Lubricating eye drops help your eyes maintain moisture.

Use a humidifier. Dry heat can cause the moisture in your eyes to evaporate.

Care for contacts. If you wear contact lenses, keep them clean and moisturized to eliminate irritation caused by contacts and dry eyes.

Blink more. If your eyes feel dry, try blinking more often to alleviate the irritation.

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.  Remember to know your risk factors and see your Eye Care Professional according to your recommended eye exam intervals.