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A Word From Our Managing Optician,
Melanie Cabral, LDO
(Gabrielle is wearing the Pancha frame by LA Eyeworks)
Gabrielle is now a licensed optician and has been certified by the American Board of Opticianry & National Contact Lens Examiners. The ABO-NCLE recognizes individuals whose Opticianry skills and knowledge meet the highest standard of excellence. We are so lucky to have Gabrielle's expertise here in Chestnut Hill!
Tips for Healthy Eyes This Season
By: Glenda Savitz, OD
Autumn has arrived in New England and winter is fast approaching. While cold weather, shorter days and changing leaves might be on your mind, keeping your eyes healthy for the Fall season is something that may not be. Here are 5 simple tips you can follow to make sure your eyes stay in good shape for the rest of the season:
Avoid airborne allergens: while allergies are most common in the Spring, airborne allergens such as mold, pollen, dust, and pet dander are prevalent in the Autumn months and can cause symptoms of red, itchy, and watery eyes. When raking leaves, make sure to wear protective glasses or goggles to protect your eyes from plant material that can lead to fungal keratitis (a fungal disease caused by organic material). When driving, wear sunglasses and keep your windows up. It is also beneficial to clean your floors and dust regularly to remove potential irritants.
Back to school eye exams: schools screenings are important to detect some eye problems, but are not a substitute for a comprehensive eye examination. Some screenings only consider a child’s visual acuity; whereas a comprehensive exam closely examines the health of every structure in the eye, ocular muscle movement, tracking, and general health for preventative care.
- Keep your eyes moist: Fall weather can be cold and breezy which can deteriorate the quality of the tear film leading to corneal surface irritation and dry eyes. Wear eye protection outdoors to decrease exposure to wind, use preservative-free artificial tears (available over the counter) for increased moisture, and consider using a humidifier in your home.
- Eat healthy: there are some wonderful seasonal foods that are also healthy for your eyes. It has been suggested that vegetables that are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration. One British study showed that maize (corn) contained zeaxanthin and contained the highest quantity of lutein (60%). Large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin (30-50%) are also present in zucchini, and different kinds of squash. Sweet potatoes and carrots are high in beta-carotene (a form of vitamin A) which helps with adapting night vision.
- Wash your hands. It seems simple, but washing your hands frequently is an effective way to prevent the spread of germs causing the flu or viral conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Fruits and vegetables that are sources for lutein and zeaxanthin: the macular pigment in human eyes
Sommerburg, J. Keunen, A. Bird, F. J G M van Kuijk
Br J Ophthalmol. 1998 Aug; 82(8): 907–910.