We truly believe in partnering with our patients to give them the best care possible. During the consultative portion of your examination, your Eye Care Center doctor will review with you steps to take to support preserving your vision and eye health. Our office has developed a program that we refer to as Ocular Wellness. Ocular Wellness is the philosophy of educating our staff and our patients about how to prevent eye disease through a combination of preventative care and lifestyle choices. This can have a significant impact on your vision and understanding of your eye, how it works, and how you can have the best vision throughout life.
This philosophy supports our company’s Mission and Vision statements, which aren’t just words on paper, but rather a dedication to our patients and providing them with the best possible care and support.
There are five founding elements to the Ocular Wellness Program:
Preventative Eye Care:
At the Eye Care Center we believe vision is a precious gift and it’s our responsibility to preserve and enhance this gift. By following a regimen of regular preventative examinations, you can increase your chances of early detection and treatment of diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
The sun has damaging rays that can damage the eye. Just as it is important to wear sunscreen as a protection from skin cancers, it is important to wear sun protection to protect the eye itself. Cataracts and macular degeneration are shown to be contributed to by the sun’s damaging rays. Additionally, sun wear will help to protect the sensitive tissue surrounding the eye. More skin cancers and irritations caused from the sun are found around the eyes than any other part of the body. There are several different options to consider to adequately protect your eyes from the sun. Your doctor and the Eye Care Center staff will recommend the appropriate option for you depending on your specific lifestyle and visual needs.
As most people are aware, smoking has been shown to have many harmful effects on the body, and the eyes are no exception. In fact, smoking has been consistently linked as the most modifiable risk factor to macular degeneration. Smoking is also a significant contributor to cataracts and dry eye.
Eat a healthy diet:
Research indicates that a healthy diet is essential to maintaining good eye health. Specifically, a balanced diet rich in green, leafy vegetables and maintaining a proper balance of omega 3 to omega 6 is critical to the health of your eyes.
Vitamin and Omega 3 supplementation:
Depending on your situation, specific vitamin supplementation beyond what a general multivitamin offers may be recommended to you. A large long term study showed that patients with macular degeneration showed a reduction in the progression of the disease after taking certain levels of vitamins with high antioxidant properties. For dry eye, many studies have shown that certain levels of Omega 3 intake (either in diet or supplementation) can reduce the progression of the disease and corresponding symptoms that can affect your vision and your quality of life.
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