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8 Tips To Help You Improve Your Vision Naturally

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What have you done today to improve your eye health?

Regular eye exams are just one of many ways to improve your eyesight and prevent injuries or illnesses that could damage it. Keep reading to discover our top 8 tips for how to improve your vision naturally.

If you'd like to learn more about eye care, or to schedule an eye exam, give Giddens Optometry in Georgetown a call.

1. Get Enough Essential Vitamins and Minerals

How you fuel your body matters. Consuming the right nutrients can boost not only your overall health but also your eye health. Aim for a diet that’s rich in the following:

  • Vitamins A, C and E
  • Zinc
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Keeping your body adequately hydrated will also promote a healthy tear film for optimally clear and comfortable vision.

2. Keep Chronic Conditions Under Control

Certain chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure can have a drastic effect on your eyes and vision. If you live with any chronic conditions or are at risk of developing them, speak with your optometrist about the best preventative measures for keeping your eyes healthy.

3. Shield Your Eyes

Eye injuries are more common than you may think. The good news is that almost all of these injuries are preventable with the right eyewear. Whether you’re playing sports, gardening, crafting, or going for a run, your eyes and vision can benefit from protective glasses and goggles.

And yes, that includes a pair of high-quality 100% UV-blocking sunglasses whenever outdoors. If you don’t yet own a pair, stop by Giddens Optometry and choose from our wide selection of name-brand sunnies.

4. Hit the Gym

Getting regular exercise is beneficial for just about every bodily system, including the eyes. In fact, research published in The Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (2020) found that staying fit can help ward off eye diseases like macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

5. Stop Smoking

Smoking cigarettes dramatically increases a person’s risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Speak with your primary care doctor about the best ways to kick the habit.

6. Wash Your Hands Frequently

Touching your eyes with dirty hands can lead to infections, blurry vision and irritation. That’s why it’s best to avoid touching your eye area or face throughout the day.

If you do need to touch your face or eyes, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

7. Live By the 20-20-20 Rule

When looking at a digital screen, shift your gaze away from the screen every 20 minutes and focus on an object that’s at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This will help prevent digital eye strain and keep your vision clearer.

8. Have Regular Eye Exams at Giddens Optometry

If it’s been more than a year since your last comprehensive eye exam it’s time to schedule your next visit.

Having regular eye exams is the only way to detect early signs of eye disease. Several serious eye conditions don’t produce noticeable symptoms until vision loss has occurred.

Aside from routine eye care, contact your Giddens Optometry optometrist if you notice any changes in your vision or eye health, or if you’d like a new pair of glasses or contact lenses.

To schedule your eye exam, be in touch with Giddens Optometry in Georgetown today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do eye exams take?

  • Typically, eye exams can last between 20-60 minutes. The length of an exam varies depending on the patient’s overall health and visual condition. Patients who need to be fitted for contact lenses, have their pupils dilated, or are experiencing ocular problems can expect to have a longer appointment than other patients.

Can eye exercises improve vision?

  • Eye exercises won’t improve vision problems due to myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). They may, however, improve visual clarity if you’re suffering from eye strain. Speak with your eye doctor about eye exercises that can help relieve discomfort associated with strained eyes.

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a3ef93d0 34de 453f b5f4 5ffd895a5f85 (1)A Letter from Dr. Ben Giddens

Hello friends, I have retired!

I had 37 years of good fun in Georgetown and loved the gift of meeting so many warm and friendly people! I am very sorry that I didn’t have the time to chat with everyone about my exact plans, and felt guilty over that at times. It was not an easy task. If anyone wants, or needs to contact me, please send an email to my office and I will reply.

I am 66 years old and still feel like I am in good health. My wife died of cancer in 2021 but I have good friends and family and a fun life. I recently moved back to Toronto which is where I grew up as a teenager. I have an active outdoor life and have many ski trips and travel plans in front of me. Lots of interests and activities to explore with an overriding sense that I am a lucky guy. I am also a grandfather now.

I have always tried to employ staff and optometrists who have a heart. I think that is where the office is at today and I hope it continues. Everyone knows their work, and the heart matters.