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Do you have diabetes? If yes, then you are at a risk of developing serious eye diseases. High blood sugar can lead to problems like blurry vision, cataracts, glaucoma, and retinopathy. In fact, diabetes is the primary cause of blindness in adults between 20-74 years. Let us look at some eye diseases that result from diabetes.

4 Eye Conditions Related to Diabetes

1) Diabetic Retinopathy (DR)

One of the most serious eye conditions, diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels present at the back of the eye become blocked and start leaking.

Types of DR

a) Background Diabetic Retinopathy

This doesn’t affect the eyesight but the eyes need to be monitored to ensure that the retinopathy doesn’t worsen.

b) Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy

If background diabetic retinopathy gets worse, then many retinal blood vessels get blocked or damaged. If these changes occur over a large area of the retina, then the blood vessels to the retina will be reduced, which the body tries to fix by growing new blood vessels on the retinal surface or into the vitreous gel. However, these new vessels are generally weak and bleed very easily, thus affecting your vision

c) Diabetic Maculopathy

This occurs when the macula is affected by retinopathy. It affects the central vision, which is required to see fine details and color, and makes it blurry.

Causes of DR

The primary cause of this eye disease is chronically high blood sugar from diabetes as it directly damages the tiny blood vessels in the retina.

Symptoms

The early stages usually don’t have any symptoms, which is why the disease progresses unnoticed until it starts affecting your vision.

If the abnormal retina blood cells start bleeding, then it can cause an appearance of ‘floating spots’ in the eye. These spots may be clear on their own but if there is no proper treatment, the bleeding will recur and increase the risk of permanent vision loss.

Treatment

If your eye condition is detected in the early stages, then you will be given a laser treatment. It helps in preventing bleeding or growth of new blood vessels.

Reducing Risk

You can reduce the risk of DR by:

  • Controlling the blood glucose levels
  • Controlling the cholesterol levels
  • Controlling the blood pressure
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quitting smoking

Get a regular retinal screening as it can help in detecting diabetic retinopathy at an early stage and early treatment will stop you from losing sight. You must have the retinal screenings more often if you’re pregnant and have gestational diabetes. The screenings must be done during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

2) Diabetic Macular Edema (DME)

This eye disease causes an accumulation of fluid in the macula, which is a part of the retina that controls our detailed vision abilities, due to the leaking of blood vessels. You must have diabetic retinopathy in order to have DME. It damages the blood vessels and results in vision impairment. If left untreated, these blood vessels begin to build up pressure in the eye and leak fluid, causing DME.

Causes of DME

High blood sugar is one of the main causes of DME. It can make the blood vessels leak or grow uncontrollably in your retina. DME occurs when the fluids leak into your retina. This leaking will cause the retina to swell, thus hampering the work of your macula.

Symptoms

It usually doesn’t have symptoms, however, you may experience the following:

  • Blurry images that are directly in front of you
  • Washed out colors

3) Cataract

This occurs when there is clouding or fogging in the otherwise clear lens of the eye. Since the lens allows you to focus and see images clearly, the cataract will cause blurry, cloudy or glazed vision. Cataract can strike anyone but those with diabetes can get cataract at an earlier age than others and the condition will progress more rapidly in diabetic people.

You can treat cataract through a surgery where the cloudy lens is removed or cleaned out and replaced by a clear man-made lens.

4) Glaucoma

Glaucoma damages the eye’s optic nerve. It occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. This extra fluid builds pressure in the eye and damages the optic nerve and blood vessels, thus affecting the vision.

Symptoms

It does not cause any symptoms until it starts affecting the eyesight and you have major vision loss. However, in the early stages, you can experience headaches, blurred vision, eye aches, watery eyes and halos around a light.

Treatment

The treatment of glaucoma includes medications that can treat open-angle glaucoma. They lower eye pressure, reduce the amount of liquid the eye produces and speeds up the drainage.

Preventive Steps to Take

  • If you have type 1 diabetes, you should have a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist within three to five years after diagnosis.
  • Those with type 2 diabetes should have a dilated eye exam by an ophthalmologist or optometrist shortly after diagnosis.
  • Annual eye exams are a must for people suffering from both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. You can make the check-ups more frequent if necessary.
  • Women with a history of diabetes considering pregnancy should have an eye exam before and during pregnancy. This does not pertain to women with gestational diabetes.

Make an appointment today with an eye doctor at Insight Vision Center to rule out any eye diseases that may be caused due to diabetes.

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Getting your first set of contact lenses would feel like an amazing upgrade to eyeglasses. You can see the world more clearly just by popping them in and you would look good too! They can fit in easily onto the eye and allow you to perform numerous tasks that might be uncomfortable in glasses such as traveling, exercising, etc.

However, if you do not use contact lenses properly, you will be exposed to some side effects which could even affect your vision in the long run.

8 Risks and Side Effects of Using Contact Lenses

1. Blockage of Oxygen Supply to the Eyes

Since contact lenses lie directly on the eye and cover the entire cornea, the amount of oxygen reaching your eyes will decrease. Good oxygen supply is absolutely critical to keep the eyes healthy.

Choose soft or silicone hydrogel lenses as they transmit more oxygen than the conventional soft contact lens materials. They will even be better for your eyes in the long run. Avoid wearing contact lenses for long hours at a stretch.

2. Dry Eyes

Contact lens reduces the quantity of tears getting on the cornea as they absorb most of our tears to keep itself soft. This lack of tears causes dry eye syndrome leading to itchiness, burning sensation and redness of the eyes. If the eyes get too dry, it will lead to the scarring of the cornea which can be extremely painful.

If you suffer from chronic eye dryness, use eyedrops to lubricate the eyes to provide some relief to them.

3. Irritation when Combined with Medication, especially Birth Control Pill

Concurrent use of contraceptive pills and contact lens together will result in chronic dry eyes and irritation. You will experience changes in the tear film, which primarily consists of three main layers which come together to protect, bathe and nourish the eye surface.

The combination of birth control pills and contact lenses will upset this balance in the tear film and cause excessive tearing, burning eyes and a gritty foreign body sensation in the eye. The restricted flow of oxygen to the eye will aggravate the condition.

Avoid using lenses as long as you are on the pill.

4. Diminished Corneal Reflex

Using contact lenses may cause diminished corneal reflex in the eye. Corneal reflex is a protective mechanism of the eye where the brain signals the eyelids to drop down to protect our eyes whenever the slightest amount of pressure is applied to the cornea. Corneal reflex makes sure that we close our eyes if something may cause a direct trauma to them, like a flying object coming towards our eyes or if someone tries to poke us.

When you use contact lenses constantly, you teach your body to ignore the natural corneal reflex. This may dull the eye’s response to corneal reflex, which could lead to the eye being damaged if you can’t shut your eyes fast enough in case of danger.

Keep the usage of the lenses to a minimum. Use glasses when you are at home to ensure that corneal reflex isn’t diminished too much by constant use.

5. Corneal Abrasion

There is a possibility of the contact lenses scratching your cornea, causing corneal abrasion if they are not fitted properly or when your eyes are too dry.

Never sleep with contact lenses in as the risk of abrasion will increase. The lenses will trap particles like dirt and sand and rub against your cornea. These abrasions will create an opening for bacteria and virus to seep through and give birth to eye infections, which can result in loss of vision too.

You may even scratch your cornea when you insert or extract contact lenses carelessly. Ensure that you fit the lenses carefully and you never sleep in them.

6. Red Eye or Conjunctivitis

There will be a high risk of conjunctivitis and stye if you wear contact lenses for long hours at a stretch, especially through the night. They provide a moist environment which acts as a potential breeding ground for microorganisms like viruses and bacteria. Additionally, since less oxygen reaches the cornea when you wear lenses, the body doesn’t fight off an infection that is caused by bacteria or viruses as effectively as it should.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is the most common type of conjunctivitis that contact lens wearers get due to repeated irritation from the contact lenses.

Always, always, always remove your contact lens before sleeping.

7. Ptosis

Ptosis is a condition where the eyelids start drooling and the affected individuals are unable to open their eyes fully.

If you use contact lenses, they may move into the eyelid tissues causing scarring and contraction, which further leads to a lid retraction. This especially holds true for hard contact lens wearers as the eyelid is repeatedly stretched during lens removal.

Switching to soft contact lenses would be a good idea.

8. Corneal Ulcer

This occurs when an open sore caused by fungus, bacteria, parasite infection or viruses is formed in the eye’s cornea. A corneal ulcer can cause permanent blindness if it is not treated quickly. If it does lead to blindness, a corneal transplant will probably be the only way to restore vision.

Preventing Side Effects Caused by Contact Lens

Do not over-wear your contact lenses and discard/replace them as directed by the doctor. Remember that lens deposits will continue to build up on your contact lenses over a period of time. The longer you go without replacing the lenses, the more will be the lens deposits — this will reduce the oxygen supply to the corneas, eventually damaging the eyes.

Do not miss your routine contact lens eye exams. Being regular with the check-ups will help your eye doctor detect problems caused by the contact lens in the early stages and prevent them from getting serious by giving you timely treatment.

If your current contact lenses are uncomfortable, try changing them or get an updated prescription. This will help in relieving contact lens irritation. Moreover, you can consider LASIK as a permanent solution to contact lens discomfort.

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Pregnant women are generally aware of some common symptoms such as morning sickness, back ache, fatigue, constipation, itching, swollen feet etc. However, blurred vision is a type of symptom which many women may not be aware of. There is no specific time frame of pregnancy during which it occurs, as it is mainly caused because of the fluctuating levels of hormone in the body.

In most of the cases, the vision returns to the previous normal state, after delivery. However, even if these changes in eyesight are quite common during and post pregnancy, it is important to know the causes behind them, so that they can be treated as required.

Described below are the reasons for blurred vision during pregnancy and ways to handle them, which will enable you to maintain your eye health.

What can be the possible reasons for blurred vision?

There are multiple reasons as to why pregnant ladies experience a hazy vision.

  • The most prominent reason is pregnancy hormones. They cause fluid retention which alters the cornea to make it thicker, along with an increase in the fluid pressure within the eyeball. This results in a blurred vision. Another effect of these hormones is that they decrease the tear production which in turn diminishes the acuity of vision.
  • Expecting mothers with other health conditions such as preeclampsia or gestational diabetes can also suffer from vision problems. Apart from blurry vision, the former condition can cause light sensitivity, temporary vision loss, auras and flashes of light. And, the latter health issue can cause alterations in the cornea and even damage the retina. So the blood sugar levels should be monitored regularly and if distorted vision persists, a physician should be consulted immediately.
  • Even increased progesterone levels during pregnancy can cause the tissues of cornea to soften. This can also lead to unclear or doubled vision.

What are the options for dealing with it?

So, if you or someone you know is pregnant and is experiencing blurred vision during pregnancy, here’s what can be done.

  • It’s best to avoid contact lenses during pregnancy as there are multiple and intensive changes going on in the body due to the hormones. One of them is a change in the shape of the corneas. Hence, the contacts may become an incorrect fit and eventually cause irritation and stress. So it’s wise to choose glasses instead. Go for a cheaper pair of glasses because the eye power might alter again in the course of pregnancy.
  • Eye exercises are also a good way. Consult a professional ophthalmologist and he/she can suggest some simple and effective exercises which help the eyes to focus better. An important thing to remember is to never stress your eyes in such situations. Avoid looking at digital screens continually for long and never read or work in poorly lighted surroundings.
  • Above all, do not forget to rest your eyes. A good sleep provides sufficient rest to the eyes, which helps a lot in maintaining a healthy vision.

As your body heals after delivery, the vision also tends to turn normal in a matter of few weeks. If it still persists for long, make sure to consult an eye doctor. You can also go for a vision corrective surgery like Lasik, if you want to get rid of glasses or contact lenses. However, the doctor may prescribe it before you conceive, or a few months later, post-delivery. Lasik is a safe, reliable and cost-effective procedure which can give you a normal and clear vision.

Our expert team at InSight Vision Center can help you understand better about what you may expect in terms of vision changes, when you are expecting a baby. And also guide you to maintain a healthy vision as much as possible. So, make an appointment with us today.

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“To change your life, change your habits.”
-Anonymous

Have you ever wondered how some of your seemingly simple and common habits affect your eyes? Like those binge watching sessions of your favorite series late in the night or a quick swimming session with friends without swimming goggles. What’s wrong with relaxing with a good book before sleeping, you might wonder?

Certain habits form a major part of our lifestyle. And gradually they affect our eye health. Listed below are 7 such common habits, which you need to alter or get rid of entirely, to ensure that you maintain a healthy vision:

1. Staring at Screens before Sleeping

Can’t resist checking your smartphone before going to bed? Watching TV late into the night? If these seem familiar, you might be suffering from digital eye strain. Exposing your eyes to digital screens continually and especially before sleeping can lead to hazy vision, dry eyes, nausea and dizziness.

2. Working or Reading under Poor Lighting

Most of the people have the habit of reading late at night. Also, a majority of individuals work in poorly lighted environments. People should be conscious of the lighting levels in their surroundings so as to prevent damage to their eyes. Because, under-lighted settings can cause immense strain on your eyes and this might lead to dryness and irritation.

3. Frequently Rubbing Eyes

Think about how often do you unconsciously rub your eyes; itchy or not. You may be relieved from the itching sensation for a few moments. But the frequent rubbing can cause a lot of damage to your eyes. Firstly, you transfer germs from your hands to the eyes. And secondly, it can lead to wear and tear of cornea and fragile vessels around the eye.

4. Ditching the Protective Eye Wear

A lot of people forget about protective eye wear while playing sports or working with tools, welding machines, etc. For instance, swimmers must never swim without appropriate goggles. Chemicals in water can cause itching, blurred vision and in extreme cases even temporary blindness.

Also, while stepping out in the sun, people often forget to wear sunglasses. Exposure to harmful UV rays can cause Eyelid or Conjunctival cancer, Cataracts, Keratitis or even Corneal burns.

5. Depriving Yourself of Enough Sleep

Apart from several health implications like depression, weight gain, tiredness and decreased immune function, sleep deprivation also affects your eyesight badly. Pain, blurry vision, dry eyes and twitching are some of the adverse effects which you might experience if you don’t get the essential 7-8 hours of sleep at night.

6. Not Quitting Smoking

The chances of health issues related to vision are increased manifolds due to smoking. These include Cataracts, Glaucoma, Dry eye syndrome and Age-related macular degeneration. Those who smoke more and continue it for a long time are even more prone to blindness.

7. Missing Eye Checkups

Numerous people do not go for regular eye checkups. An eye exam can reveal much more than just a change in the eye power. Age, diet, daily activities – there are so many factors affecting your vision. So even if you feel that your vision is normal, you cannot be sure enough unless a professional examines it thoroughly. Many of the eye ailments can be detected in their early stages through periodic eye exams.

If you too are guilty of any or all of the above mentioned unhealthy habits, it’s time you do away with them. Our talented team at InSight Vision Center can help you with any queries and issues regarding eye care. You can also get rid of your glasses or contacts and enjoy a normal vision with the help of our exceptional Lasik services which are safe, reliable and cost-effective. So, make an appointment with us today.

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Are you tired of wearing and maintaining glasses or contacts but afraid of getting LASIK? There are thousands of people in the same frame of mind when it comes to choosing LASIK. This fear or averseness is primarily because there are a lot of myths out there related to it. So how do you figure out what is genuine and what’s a fallacy?

Here, we bust some of these myths with facts to address your queries and fears regarding this extremely safe, reliable, painless and one-time solution to clear vision – LASIK.

Myth – “It is painful”

Fact – Sedative eye drops are used by the surgeon prior to the surgery. You might feel temporary pressure or a bit uncomfortable, only when the corneal flap is created. And that slight irritation does not last, so you can be back to normal within a matter of few days. The latest technology used today ensures that the surgery is completely pain-free.

Myth – “It is appropriate for everyone”

Fact – Lasik eye surgery can be performed depending on certain physical conditions. To begin with, for people with thin or irregularly shaped corneas, Lasik is not a good option. Also, individuals with specific health issues such as uncontrolled diabetes or autoimmune disease may have increased risk of poor results. Hence, such people are also not the best candidates for this eye surgery.

Myth – “You can lose your eyesight”

Fact – Lasik is an extremely safe eye surgery. Like any other medical procedure, it might have some complications, but serious issues are very rare. And more importantly, this surgery is performed only on the surface of the eyes, and the possibilities of going blind are zero. Ophthalmologists, first ensure completely with the help of most advanced tools, whether or not Lasik is suitable for you, and then advance accordingly.

Myth – “You can get rid of your glasses or contacts after Lasik”

Fact – Lasik no doubt corrects your refractive errors. But, even normal vision alters with time and age. So even though you have undergone Lasik, you might have to wear reading glasses or driving glasses at night, depending on how your vision changes as you grow old. 

Myth – “It is a new technology and hence might involve risk”

Fact – It was performed for the first time in the year 1989 and was introduced in America in 1990. Since then several publications have shown that it ranks high on stability, safety, and effectiveness. And, it has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Besides, it has evolved over all these years and the recent developments in bladeless Lasik surgery are known to offer a very high rate of success.

Myth – “The results of Lasik are not permanent or long-lasting”

Fact – This surgery reshapes the cornea and practically changes the composition of your eye. Hence, the change in your vision is a permanent one. It has been found through research that the results of Lasik are stable up to 10 years. Of course, people who have undergone Lasik might experience a change in their vision, later in their lives because of the natural process of aging.

Myth – “Those with astigmatism can’t opt for Lasik”

Fact – This was true with the older techniques of the surgery. But, with the invention of new and better technologies for Lasik, most levels of astigmatism can be treated safely and with precision. In fact, a majority of patients opting for Lasik have some astigmatism. And the surgery offers exceptional results for all types of refractive errors – nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism.

We at InSight Vision Center are always eager to help you understand the benefits of Lasik. So don’t let your fears hold you back. Visit us today and know more about how you can get a normal and clear vision with Lasik.

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The physical and mental wellness of your children matter the most to you. One of the most important aspects of their physical health is their vision. Be it their diet, their hygiene habits or activities; all of these play an important role when it comes to maintaining and protecting the health of their eyesight.

Hence, we have listed in this article some simple yet valuable ways in which you can protect your child’s vision. Let’s take a look at them:

Watch What They Eat

Eating tantrums are one of the most common traits of childhood. To make sure that the children have a balanced and nutritious diet, you need to be tactful. Find interesting ways to include super foods which promote healthy vision like carrots, spinach and beetroot in their meals. For instance, you can make the plain old carrot more appealing by using it to prepare healthy desserts, colorful sandwiches or even healthy dips. Fruits such as blueberries, mangoes, papaya can be included in fruit salads and smoothies. Eggs can be prepared in multiple ways and are very beneficial for maintaining the health of eyes. You can consult a doctor to know more about the kind of the diet which will help nourish the eyesight of your children.

Encourage Hygienic Habits

Hygiene and children don’t exactly go hand in hand. Due to their playful and carefree nature, they are more likely to have dirty hands all the time. So, it should be ensured that they wash their hands frequently, and don’t touch their eyes with unclean hands. If your kid has an eye infection, special care should be taken to prevent him/her from rubbing eyes with dirty hands. As this would only make the infection worse.

Limit Their Time With Screens

With changing times, children’s preferences have also changed drastically. A majority of kids today would rather choose spending time in front of digital screens instead of playing outdoors in natural surroundings. This addiction of staying glued to the screens, if neglected for long can cause digital eye strain. Family picnics, cycling, outdoor sports and adventurous activities like hiking are some of the many options you can choose to ensure that your child spends less time gazing at those harmful screens.

Teach Them About Poor Vision

You should also educate your children about basics of a healthy vision. For instance, they should know enough to tell when they are unable to see things clearly, or have difficulty in reading or writing, have recurring headaches after concentrating for long durations, can’t tell the difference between colors, have irritated or painful eyes and other such symptoms. As a parent, you are constantly and consciously looking out for these symptoms. But, it’s also important that your child is capable of identifying such changes in his/her vision.

Focus On Vision Development

Visual stimulation is of great importance to nurture and develop your child’s vision. This should be done at an early age. You can introduce your child to different colors, shapes, tasks like sorting, stacking, and even ask your ophthalmologist for other visual aids which can be used for visual stimulation.

Provide Proper Eye Protection

While we all encourage our children to undertake various sports, it is essential to always make sure that they wear appropriate eye protection gear. There are various kinds of protective eye gears available for numerous sports and activities. So keep the eyes of your little ones safe while they play. Also, see to it that none of their toys have pointy ends, and that sharp objects like knife and scissors are out of their reach.

The ways mentioned above will help you protect your child’s vision effectively. Make an appointment with us at Insight Vision Centre, and we will help you learn more about how you can keep your children’s vision, safe and healthy.

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Almost every woman wearing contact lenses will agree that even though their contacts have freed them from the boring spectacles, the said freedom has come at a price. Let’s see why:

Because, wearing and maintaining contacts is quite a task!

  • You need to literally follow a step-by-step tedious procedure to just wear and remove your contact lenses. You wash hands, clean the case, clean the lenses and then carefully put them on which is a struggle in itself. This drill is to be followed every time you sleep, shower or go swimming.
  • Think of the time you wear makeup. Just a small speck of eye shadow or a seemingly innocent eyelash with mascara, if comes in contact with your lenses, you are sure to get an irritated and red eye for the rest of the day! And not to forget, once you get makeup in the lenses, it is really tough to clean out the residue thoroughly.
  • You play multiple roles in a single day and are often multi-tasking with your hectic schedule. In such a scenario, it isn’t exactly convenient, when you also have to ensure that you handle and store lenses correctly so that they don’t get dry, scratched, torn or lost.

It would be wonderful to not restrict yourself from doing anything you love just because of your lenses, don’t you think?

Lasik can be the best possible answer to this question. As opposed to the hassles of using contact lenses, Lasik comes with a host of advantages. Hence, more and more women are choosing Lasik over contact lenses.

Let’s understand the 5 reasons why Lasik can be a much better option for women who are struggling with their contact lenses:

1. You can lead a more carefree lifestyle after Lasik. You don’t need to worry about getting makeup or chlorine water in your eyes while swimming, as with contacts.

2. Lasik is one of the safest procedures. Whereas, contact lenses may lead to a loss of vision in the long term.

3. Lasik is cheaper than contacts. You need to buy new contacts if they are lost, torn, get dry or scratched, which is often. Apart from this, they also need to be replaced regularly. However, Lasik is a onetime solution.

4. Lasik is painless. Contact lenses are known to give the user red, irritated and painful eyes, even if a single dust or makeup particle comes in their contact.

5. There is no risk of infection involved in Lasik. But, contacts are prone to getting infected even with the slightest of negligence, which can eventually lead to serious eye infection.

All these reasons are precisely why Lasik is one of the most preferred vision correction procedures today. Also, the recovery time after Lasik procedure is negligible. You can get back to routine life within only a few days. It gives you the liberty to live your life to the fullest.

So get in touch with our skilled team at Insight Vision Centre today. We can answer any queries related to Lasik which you might have, and also help you understand how it can transform the way you see and live!

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As you age, your organs tend to lose some of their functionality and become weaker. This also includes your eyes. Weak eyesight, increased susceptibility to eye infections, cataract and glaucoma are some of the most common macular degenerative diseases, as you grow older. Suffering from compromised eyesight is especially a matter of concern for working professionals as it can greatly impact their performance at work. Here are a few preventative measures aging professionals can follow to retain healthy eyesight:

  1. Eat Nutritious Meals

    Your eyes require a good balance of vitamins A, C, D & E as well as other essential nutrients like Omega 3 fatty acids, Zinc, Lutein, Zexanthin and Selenium to stay protected from effects of allergens and macular degenerative diseases.

    Apart from carrots, dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, fruits like oranges, kiwi, pumpkins as well as fish and eggs are known sources of the vitamins and nutrients mentioned above. Incorporate these foods in your regular diet to keep your eyesight in good health.

  2. Maintain Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Glucose Levels

    Did you know that cardio-vascular diseases and disorders are known to increase the risk of vision loss? This happens due to the effect they have on the blood vessels in your eyes, which results in retinopathy. In order to avoid such irreversible damage to your eyes, it is important that you take the required medication and precautionary measures to keep your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure in check.

  3. Reduce Exposure to Extreme Lighting

    Your eyes require adequate care and protection when exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting. You need to strain your eyes in poor lighting. On the other hand, your pupils contract when exposed to bright lights and the amount of light entering your eye is then concentrated on the macula tissue, thus causing damage. Both situations can be avoided by wearing protective eyewear appropriate to the situation.

    So, if you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, consider wearing 100% UV ray protected sunglasses and a hat to shield your eyes. At work, use anti-glare glasses to reduce the ill-effects of prolonged exposure to digital screens.

  4. Use Situation-Appropriate Eyewear

    When you go out in the sun, you protect your skin with sunscreen. Similarly, when you’re at a construction site you wear a helmet and a protective jacket. So, when you step outdoors, why do you tend to forget about your eyes? Your eyes are equally sensitive and require additional care if you want to maintain their health. Remember to put on appropriate eyewear whenever required, so that your eyes are protected against additional stress and/or accidents.

  5. Get Enough Sleep and Exercise

    It is advisable to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night in order to maintain the overall mental and physical health including your eyesight. You must also ensure that your body receives some form of regular exercise as that will enhance the production and flow of oxygen in your body, which aids the removal of toxins from your body as well as your eyes, by improving blood circulation.

  6. Schedule Regular Eye Checkups

    The importance of regular health check-ups only increases as you grow older. It is done more as a precautionary measure because often the changes in our health go unnoticed by us. However, your doctor will be quick to notice the symptoms or any abnormalities during routine check-ups and will be able to correct the problem ahead of time.

We at Insight Vision Center, have a talented team of eye care specialists to address any of your vision related queries or eye health issues. So, if you wish to know more about maintaining your eye health or have noticed any changes in your vision, don’t ignore the signs and book an appointment with us today.

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The glorious season of spring is almost here! Most of you shall be gearing up for some fun in the sun. However, many others are finding ways to protect themselves from the effects of seasonal allergies. Various factors such as dust and pollen grains are the usual troublemakers, causing allergic reactions in multiple ways.

But, in order to take preventative measures against such allergies, we first need to be able to identify the symptoms of such allergies to be better prepared. Mentioned below are some of the most common indications of allergic reactions:

  • Redness of eyes
  • Itching
  • Swelling or puffiness
  • White discharge from the eyes
  • Teary or watery eyes
  • Soreness or pain in one or both the eyes

So, how do you avoid suffering from these symptoms without compromising on your fun time in the glorious spring Sun? Take a look at a few simple preventative measures listed below, which you can embrace in order to stay

 1. Wear Sunglasses

Since spring calls for a lot of outdoor celebrations, picnics and barbeques, make sure you keep your eyes protected from Sun damage, caused due to the harmful UV rays. Wear sunglasses with 100% UV ray protection and supplement that by using a hat. Doing so will help you protect your eyes as well as your face from direct sunlight.

2. Keep Your Hands & Face Clean

When you’re spending your days outside, it is easy to get your hands dirty. Dust and pollen particles are the prime causes of contamination, as a result of which it is extremely easy to trigger your allergies. It could even be something as simple as lightly rubbing your eyes. That is why it is crucial to keep your face and hands clean at all times.

3. Wear Glasses instead of Contact Lenses

Avoid using contact lenses and use glasses instead, when you plan on staying outside for extended length of time. This is because pollen can build up on your contacts and further irritate your eyes. Glasses make a better alternative as they can shield your eyes from flying particles of pollen and dust.

Pro Tip – You can talk to your doctor about getting polarized lenses for your prescription spectacles. This will give you the dual benefit of protecting your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun and the risk of infection causing contaminants.  

If you find both glasses and contact lenses quite the hassle to handle, then simply opt for a vision corrective procedure such as LASIK! It is the most commonly opted procedure as it is almost pain free, requires negligible recovery time and has zero side effects.

4. Protect Your Eyes from Extreme Activities

Spring calls for outdoor sports, bonfires, barbeques and fireworks! This means increased exposure to extreme heat and smoke, making it even more important to ensure that you are fully protected from the impacts of the same. Keep your distance in case of witnessing or lighting fireworks and open fires, and ensure that you and everyone around you use protective eyewear. Appropriate eye gear is also crucial when playing sports or indulging in other outdoor activities like hiking and swimming.

5. Use an Air Purifier

Allergens like pollen and dust spread quickly and find their way into your homes quite easily. Therefore, in order to keep yourself completely protected from contracting allergies, it is advisable to invest in an air purifier so that you are safe indoors as well.

If you still face a lot of difficulties as a result of spring time allergies, book an appointment with Insight Vision Center today. Our dedicated team of experts will guide you in every way possible, with specialized solutions and treatment options!

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Are you taking the necessary precautions to make sure your eyes stay unharmed while playing sports? According to the National Eye Institute, every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports-related eye injury. Eye injuries can be a result of anything from a scratch caused by another player’s finger to potentially threatening injuries such as a ball hitting the eye. The most common sports related eye injuries are:

  • Eye infections
  • Inflamed iris
  • Blunt trauma (physical trauma caused by impact or injury around the eyes)
  • Swollen or detached retinas (happens when light-sensitive lining of the back of the eye is affected)
  • Traumatic cataract (caused due to blunt or penetrating ocular trauma
  • Corneal abrasions (scratches on the surface of the eye)
  • Orbital fracture (broken bones around the eyes)

Depending on the severity of the situation, some of these injuries can also lead to permanent loss of vision. Different kinds of sports pose different kinds of risks to your eyes. However, studies have shown that more than 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through the use of appropriate protective eyewear. A broken bone may keep you out of the game for months together. So imagine the extent to which an impaired vision might affect your life, sports or otherwise.  That’s why it is imperative for sports players to be more aware of the need for protective eye gear.

Sports specific eye gear is now widely available for a variety of games ranging from the mainstream sports like basketball, football, hockey, cricket, as well as lacrosse, water polo, racquetball, skiing and even golf!

To ensure your eyes are always protected from the impact of balls that go astray, flying equipment, foreign matter or other players’ body parts, always buy gear that is best suited to your sport. Mentioned below are some examples of sports with the relevant protective eye gear:

  • Baseball – a sturdy polycarbonate face guard, paired with goggles or eye guards
  • Basketball – Goggles
  • Soccer- Eye guards
  • Football- Eye guards and a full face guard
  • Hockey- A mask made of polycarbonate material or wire
  • Tennis or racquetball- Goggles

While purchasing safety eyewear, also bear in mind the following tips:

  • Choose lenses or glasses made from polycarbonate materials as they are shatter-proof and offer the highest level of protection. They can withstand the impact of a ball or other projectile traveling at the rate of 90 miles per hour.
  • Get a professional’s help while choosing eye guards and all related products for best results.
  • Look for eye gear with cushioning along your eyebrows and the edge of your nose, so it doesn’t cut or scratch your face.
  • Get eye gear with UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

Apart from these measures, to ensure the general well-being of your eyes, eat foods rich in Vitamins, essential Omega-3 fatty acids, and Bioflavonoids containing foods such as carrots, kale, spinach, etc. And last but not the least, always ensure that you get your eyes checked regularly.

We at Insight Vision Center, have a talented team of eye care specialists to address any of your vision related queries or eye health issues. So, book an appointment with us today, to know more about how you can protect your vision and keep it healthy.

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