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April 2018 Newsletter : Eyes Are More Than Vision

April 2018 Newsletter : Eyes Are More Than Vision

The April 2018 issue of Wellness for Generations newsletter brings…tips on your vision, Spring Skin Specials, delicious recipes and fun activities for the whole family! The first article, in its entirety below, discusses eye health from cradle to rocker. Or read the entire issue here.


Eyes are More than Vision: How to Care for Your Eyes through the Years

After you reach the age of 18, you probably don’t get your eyes checked very often unless you require vision correction. But our eyes are an essential part of our lives, and vision is just one part of their health. Let’s take a peek at caring for your eyes from childhood through adulthood.

Child

Vision and protection are at the forefront of eye health for children. We want to identify vision challenges early in our children, so their development is not hindered by looking at blurry objects. Your child’s pediatrician will also check your child’s eyes for:

In childhood, we also strive to protect the eyes. Watch out for sharp toys, chemicals, and sprays, keep children away from fireworks, and require them to wear protection during sports.

Teens

During the teen years, our concern for eye protection increases. More than 90 percent of all eye injuries can be prevented through the use of protective eyewear. Sports injuries most common, yet most sports leagues do not require eye protection. Other teen eye health issues are:

Adults

Adults under the age of 40 should continue to take care of their eyes by wearing sunglasses and eye protection for sports or during home activities such as chopping wood or spraying chemicals. Adults should get an eye exam every few years even they don’t require vision correction.
Eyestrain is becoming a more significant problem today due to long hours staring at a computer. If you have sore or tired eyes, itching/burning, sensitivity to light, dry or watery eyes, headaches, difficulty focusing, take steps to help your eyes. These include:

April is National Women’s Eye Health Month, and many eye problems are more likely to impact women, including glaucoma, cataracts, and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Furthermore, a woman’s changing hormones through her life can pose other eye problems. For example:

Getting Older

After age 40, people start experiencing other eye problems. Most of us have heard about needing reading glasses beginning in our 40s, but you’re more likely to experience other eye problems as well. If you have the following health problems, you are at higher risk for eye conditions and diseases:

Watch for these warning signs of severe eye problems and contact your doctor if you experience these:

Ask your team at Generations Family Practice if you have any questions or concerns about your family’s eye health.

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