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Exercise for Your Eye Health This Fall!

 Exercise for Your Eye Health This Fall!

We have officially welcomed the Fall season, which includes cooler weather, yummy fall season treats, and maybe for some people, less time exercising. In a Gallup survey, Americans typically exercise more in the spring and summer and less in the fall and winter. However, it only takes 30 minutes of physical exercise a day that can pay benefits to your heart, your waistline, energy level, and exercising can also do your eyes a world of good. It makes sense that your eyes would receive the same benefit that the rest of your body does when you exercise. Many eye diseases are linked to other health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol levels. Exercise can help keep these problems at bay or limit their impact if they do occur.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, two studies have shown that people who exercise regularly were less likely to develop serious eye disease. In one study, researchers followed more than 5,600 men and women to see if there was a link between moderate exercise and ocular perfusion pressure, an essential factor in the development of glaucoma. People who engaged in moderate physical activity were 25 percent less likely to develop glaucoma than largely inactive people.

In another study, researchers looked at the medical history of more than 3,800 people to see if there was a relationship between developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and being physically inactive. The scientists found that people who exercised three times a week were less likely to develop AMD than people who did not exercise.

If you already have a disease, exercise can help you manage it better. For example, physical activity can help people with diabetes keep their disease under control. That reduces the risk of complications, including diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss among working-age adults.

Moderate physical exercise, like going for a walk three times a week, can lower your intraocular pressure (IOP) and improve blood flow to the retina and optic nerve. However, to receive the benefits of exercise, you need to keep your exercise regimen consistent. Once you stop exercising, your IOP will return to previous levels.

The good news about exercise is that you do not have to be a marathon runner to reap the benefits. Enjoying the fall colors while taking a brisk walk, climbing the stairs, and dancing are all great ways to get a good work out that will help you and your eyes stay healthy.

Gainesville Eye Associates celebrates Healthy Aging Month and welcomes the Fall season to help empower you with eye health education, and we are here for all your eye care needs! 

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During these unfamiliar times, it is always best to reflect and appreciate the people that make your world go round. There is a quote by an anonymous person that states, “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other”. Gainesville Eye Associates would like to take time to tell our patients that we value and appreciate you. Each team member is reminded every day what makes the practice strive to provide excellent eye care to all of our patients. Our patients are the reason why our hearts are so full of gratitude.

Below are just a few words we feel that describe our patients and inspire us to give you the best possible eye care.

– Amazing

P – Passionate

– Phenomenal

R – Remarkable

E – Exceptional

C – Considerate

I – Inspiring

A – Astounding

T – Terrific

– Enthusiastic

From the bottom of our hearts, we truly thank and appreciate all of you!! We are grateful for the positive reviews you show us on Google, Facebook, or Yelp. Please continue to share the love about your experience.

Smile, Stay Healthy, & Positive,

The Doctors and Staff at Gainesville Eye Associates

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Protect Your Eyes When Playing Sports

Nearly 40,000 sports-related eye injuries — mostly from contact sports and blunt trauma — occur each year in the United States, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. And children account for one-third of those injuries.

Wearing protective eyewear is the easiest way to prevent 90% of sports-related eye injuries. If you or a family member are an athlete, keep a pair of goggles in your home or car so you’re always prepared.

Protective eye gear is particularly important for sports that involve a fast-moving ball such as tennis, racquetball, soccer, softball or baseball (particularly infielders).

The most common eye injuries in sports are abrasions and contusions, detached retinas, corneal lacerations, cataracts, hemorrhages and loss of an eye.

So don’t take chances — wear protective gear to maintain your eye health and precious sight.

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New Year, New Eyes: Make a Resolution to Keep Eyes Healthy in the New Year

It has been two full weeks since the start of the year, and many people have already given up on their resolutions — in fact, this past Saturday was “National Ditch Your New Year’s Resolution Day.” Many people center their New Year’s resolutions around eating healthier and losing weight, giving up easily when they don’t see immediate results.

This year, we suggest making a simple resolution to keep your eyes healthy. Here are a few steps you can take to help get you there, which may also help with your other resolutions:

  • Eat more eye-healthy foods. We all know by now how great carrots are for your eyesight, but do you know why? Carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables contain Beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that helps your eyes function smoothly. Another suggestion — add leafy greens like kale and spinach to your diet. These are rich in the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to lower the risk of developing cataracts and other eye problems.
  • Schedule routine eye exams. You should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam on a regular basis to check for common eye issues, such as myopia, hyperopia, glaucoma, cataracts and astigmatism. Several factors determine how frequently you need an exam, so check with your eye doctor to see what’s right for you.
  • Protect your eyes.Whether you’re playing sports, doing yard work, or lounging at the beach, it is very important to protect your eyes. If you’re outside, wear sunglasses that block UVA and UVB radiation. When doing home repairs, use protective lenses to prevent serious accidents.

Taking care of your eyes can be an integral part of your overall health plan — people who report having vision problems are more likely to have hearing and heart issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other serious health issues.

This is one New Year’s resolution that’s easy to keep! Set up an appointment with an eye doctor or Cataract Surgeon at Gainesville Eye Associates.