Preventive Care Specialist

Insight Eye Care

Optometrists located in Williamsville, NY & Lockport, NY

Insight Eye Care offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of eye health issues, but preventive care can help you delay or even avoid those needs. For men and women in Williamsville and Lockport, New York, the Insight Eye Care team can help you preserve your vision and keep your eyes as healthy as possible for years to come. To learn more, schedule an appointment today, online or over the phone.

Preventative Care

What is preventive eye care?

Preventive eye care is a critical first line of defense against vision loss. The most important part of the process is coming in for routine eye exams. Having a skilled eye health professional screen you for common eye problems is the best way to detect issues early when treatment is often more effective.

Knowing your family health history is also important. If you have a close relative who has suffered from eye conditions, you may be at an elevated risk and require special screening. Ask loved ones about their eye health and whether they’re aware of issues from previous generations.

Another key component of preventive eye care involves taking precautions to protect your eyes from injury or damage. If you participate in athletic or work activities that pose a risk to your eyes, be sure to wear protective gear to reduce the risk of injury.

Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and excessive ultraviolet rays to help keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong. With a little bit of effort, you can create a habit of evaluating your environment and avoiding scenarios that could damage your eyes.

What role does nutrition play in eye health?

A growing body of research supports the idea that what you eat has a direct connection to your eye health. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables, as well as foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, helps your eyes get the nutrients they need to thrive.

Additional nutritional enhancements include:

  • Increasing dietary vitamins A, E, and C
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Controlling cholesterol levels
  • Taking high-quality vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Monitoring blood sugar

Improving your diet not only helps prevent eye disease, but it can also enhance virtually every aspect of your physical and mental health.

What can I do to reduce eye strain?

Spending too much time intently focused on a small area can place excess strain on your eyes, which can lead to eyestrain. It’s a good idea to periodically evaluate your lifestyle to look for ways to reduce eyestrain and support healthy vision.

Some examples include:

  • Giving your eyes a rest from computer use, reading, or concentrated activities at least once an hour
  • Blinking regularly to lubricate your eyes
  • Periodically altering your focus during long drives
  • Scheduling an eye exam if you notice changes in your vision or in the way your eyes feel each day

Taking a proactive approach and scheduling routine eye exams are great ways to support optimal vision and prevent eye health problems. To learn more, schedule an eye exam today using the easy online tool, or call to check availability.