- American Optometric Association: AOA.org
- All About Vision: A comprehensive vision-care site with resources on contact lenses, LASIK, and more. http://www.allaboutvision.com/
- Optos Retinal Imaging: optos.com
- Retinal Group: http://retinalmd.com
- National Eye Institute: The site of the National Institutes of Health's eye-care division. http://www.nei.nih.gov/
- Eyewear Options: eyeglassguide.com
- Eyewear Options (Spanish): aprendasobreanteojos.com
- Teens and Contact Lenses: http://www.mycontactsports.com/
- Multifocal Contact Lenses: goodbyereaders.com
- Eye Diseases: Fact sheets and information about eye diseases from the Schepens Eye Research Institute.http://www.schepens.harvard.edu/abouttheeyeandeyedisorders/theeye.html
- Cataract Surgery: http://www.cataractsurgery.com/
- InfantSEE program: http://infantsee.com/
- Volunteer Vision Clinics around the globe: https://lionsinsight.org/HomePage.html
AN EXAM IS INDICATED IF YOU HAVE...Blurry vision trouble seeing at night trouble seeing the lecture board eyestrain with reading eyestrain with computer use double vision eye turns: "cross-eyed" itchy, gritty, burning sensation dry eyes problems with glare systemic illness such as high blood pressure or diabetes if you have never had an exam before.
OCULAR EMERGENCIES INCLUDE: Painful, red eye(s) injury to your eye(s) loss or reduction of vision sudden increase in light sensitivity flashes of light a dramatic increase in floaters a dark curtain/veil over your field of vision.
Tips to achieve the best vision and comfort possible in their contact lenses:
- Rub your lenses during your daily cleaning regimen to remove deposits without compromising wettability.
- Consider switching to a peroxide-based cleaning system.
- Pay attention to blinking habits during activities associated with reduced blink rates, such as watching television, driving or using a computer. Take breaks if necessary.
- Switch to a laptop screen or position computer monitor so that gaze is downward. The natural reading position minimizes exposure and evaporation of the tear film and ensures a thicker tear layer for better optical quality.
- Consider part-time wear or alternation daily disposable and spectacle wear.
- Avoid allergens and irritants (e.g., smoke, pets, or dust) in or near the bed.
- Consider using a humidifier in dry indoor environments.
- While driving, angle the heating and air conditioning vents away from your face.
- Consider taking omega-3 dietary supplements and drinking more water.
- Use re-wetting drops, especially toward the end of the day.
How to Reduce Systemic Inflammation
- Get an average of seven to eight quality hours of sleep per night.
- Decrease your weight by 10% if you body mass index (BMI) is over 25.
- Get a minimum of 30 minutes (ideally 60 to 90) of moderate exercise per day.
- Train with weights two to three times per week.
- Get 20gm to 25gm grams of dietary fiber per day.
- Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids four times per weekat least 3.5oz per serving (e.g., wild salmon, sardines, herring, or tuna), and take one to three grams of fish oil
- Eat two tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal most days.
- Eat one to 1.5oz of walnuts five times per week.
- Eat one cup of berries, cherries, purple grapes or 4oz to 8oz of 100% pomegranate juice (or purple grape juice) daily.
- Maintain fasting blood sugar at 75 mg/dl.
- Intake two tablespoons of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil most days.
- Eat a diet high in carotenoids.
- Spice it up with garlic, turmeric and ginger.
- Take prebiotics or probiotics.
- Eat unlimited amounts of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat one ounce of dark chocolate daily.
- Maintain sensible sunlight exposure and take Vitamin D supplements.