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Lutein & Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables, as well as other foods, such as eggs.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin E in its most biologically active form is a powerful antioxidant found in nuts, fortified cereals and sweet potatoes.
Essential Fatty Acids
Fats are a necessary part of the human diet and found in fish like salmon and tuna.
For the treatment of dry eye Dr. Smoot recommends artificial tear use. Depending on the cause of dry eye the following tears are recommended: Systane, Refresh, Blink, Optive and Retaine.
Types: liquid for fast acting relief, gel (thicker) for longer lasting relief and ointment for advanced dry eye patients. Preservative free artifical tears can be used for more frequent dosing.
Contact Lens Wearers: Blink for contacts
A number of eye diseases can develop causing your vision to change permanently. The earlier these problems are detected and treated, the more likely you can retain good vision. As a result it is recommended that people have annual eye examinations to monitor for these changes.
The following are some vision disorders of which you should be aware:
The American Optometric Association officially recommends 6 months as the appropriate age for an initial eye health exam.
• Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease affecting the macula, the center of the light sensitive retina at the back of the eye, causing loss of central vision. Although small, the macula is the part of the retina that allows us to see fine detail and colors. Activities like reading, driving, watching TV and recognizing faces all require good central vision provided by the macula. While macular degeneration causes changes in central vision, peripheral or side vision remains unaffected.
• Diabetic retinopathy is a condition occurring in people with diabetes. It is the result of progressive damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina. They leak blood and other fluids that cause swelling of retinal tissue and clouding of vision. The condition usually affects both eyes. The longer a person has diabetes, the more likely they will develop diabetic retinopathy, which can cause blindness.
• Retinal detachment is a tearing or separation of the retina from the underlying tissue. It can be caused by trauma to the eye or head, health problems like advanced diabetes, and inflammatory disorders of the eye. But it most often occurs spontaneously as a result of changes to the gel-like vitreous fluid that fills the back of the eye. If not treated promptly, it can cause permanent vision loss.
• Cataracts are cloudy or opaque areas in the normally clear lens of the eye. Depending upon their size and location, they can interfere with normal vision. Usually cataracts develop in both eyes, but one may be worse than the other. Cataracts can cause a decrease in contrast sensitivity, a dulling of colors and increased sensitivity to glare.
• Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases characterized by damage to the optic nerve resulting in vision loss. People with a family history of glaucoma, African Americans and older adults are at higher risk for developing the disease.
• Dry eye is a condition in which there is an insufficient amount of tears or a poor quality of tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the front surface of the eye and for providing clear vision. Dry eyes are a common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.
Adding powerful antioxidants to your diet can improve your eye health.
There’s no substitute for the quality of life good vision offers. Adding certain nutrients to your diet every day – either through foods or supplements – can help save your vision. Researchers have found that nutrients such as lutein/zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc greatly reduces the risk of certain eye diseases, including macular degeneration.
Your annual eye exam should include more than just reading an eye chart. Smoot Eye Care cares about your eye health and with Optovue OCT Dr. Smoot can now visualize the structures of your eye — from the front, or anterior segment, to the back, or retina. This new and noninvasive OCT imaging takes just a few seconds and provides a comprehensive view of your ocular health.
A specialized scan called iWellness is an easy-to-read report that displays the thickness of your retina and your ganglion cell complex as compared to a database of normal eyes. These metrics along with a high-resolution image and symmetry analysis help to identify if you are displaying the early signs of retinal disease or glaucoma.