If you’re one of those people who keep up with their regular optometrist exams, congratulations! However, the majority of people neglect to schedule regular eye exams and instead take their vision for granted, even when they start to notice their vision failing them. Your local Broken Arrow eye doctor Dr. Matthew Ozment carries over 10 years of experience in optometry and cares about protecting your vision. Whether you’re up to date on your eye exams, or you’ve fallen behind a bit on your eye exams, we’ve complied a few tips for eye health. Remember, it’s very important to receive regular eye exams regardless of your age or physical health. Dr. Ozment will not only determine whether or not you need a prescription to glasses or contacts, but he also checks for common eye diseases – even those with no symptoms like glaucoma, he assesses how your eyes work together overall as a team, and he grades your eyes as an indicator of your overall health and wellness.

1. Eat Right – You may not realize it, but protecting your vision starts with the food you put into your body. Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help fight vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Green, leafy foods such as spinach and kale, salmon, tuna, and other oily fishes, plus any non-meat protein sources such as nuts and eggs are all great dietary choices that can help prevent age-related vision issues.

2. Quit Smoking – Even if you aren’t a smoker, you may know someone who is and you can pass this information on to them. Smoking increases your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage. It’s never too late to quit smoking. Here’s a helpful resource to get you started.

3. Wear Sunglasses – And wear the right kind of sunglasses! The right type of sunglasses will prevent your eyes from harmful UV rays, the same UV rays that increase your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Even if you wear contacts that offer UV protection, it’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses.

We will post more in our series of tips to keep your eyes healthy! If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule your next eye exam, call us today! 918-893-3769