This is the second series in our tips for healthy eyes. As your local Broken Arrow eye doctor, Dr. Ozment is not only passionate about optometry but he’s also passionate about educating his patients and future patients on the advantages of taking care of your eyes. Not only does Dr. Ozment service Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, but he also services the residents of Tulsa and Bixby. Whether you’re totally up to date on your eye exams or you’ve fallen a bit behind and you need to schedule an appointment, following these tips can help you take steps in preventing eye diseases and keeping your eyes healthy. However, keep in mind that regular eye exams are extremely crucial to the longevity of your vision.

1. Use Safety Eyewear – If you don’t work in an environment where you need to wear safety eyewear, you may know someone who does and you can share these tips with them. Even if you’re just doing a little light carpentry or welding work in the shed out back, it is pertinent that you wear the proper safety eyewear. Moreover, safety eyewear should always be worn during certain sports, too, such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse. Remember that even a minor injury can cause life-long vision issues. Simply suffering a small scratch from sawdust, cement, or drywall can cause corneal erosion, which is extremely painful in itself.

2. Take A Break From That Computer Screen – We’ve all felt the headache caused by eye strain that comes on after staring at a computer screen all day. However, staring at a computer for too long can cause other problems that you may not immediately associate with your extended computer usage such as blurry vision, trouble focusing at a distance, dry eyes, as well as neck, back, and shoulder pain. If you must use a computer for an extended period of time, it is crucial to make sure that your glasses or contact lens prescriptions are up to date. Let your optometrist know that you use the computer for extended periods of time so that he or she can make sure that your prescription is adequate for computer usage.

3. Regular Eye Exams – You knew this one was coming! Even with all of the steps you can take at home and at work to help keep your eyes healthy, you still need to see a professional optometrist on a regular basis. Not only do eye exams ensure that your prescriptions are up to date, but they’re also crucial in early detection of eye diseases such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and even glaucoma which oftentimes has no symptoms.