Diabetes and Eye Health

Diabetes and Eye Health

Living with diabetes means careful control of your diet, monitoring your blood sugar and keeping a watchful eye of your overall health. While it is a manageable disease, it is a very serious condition which can lead to multiple health problems. One such problem can impact your vision. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

If you suffer from diabetes, it is important to visit your eye doctor at least once a year to ensure your eyes are healthy and you are not showing signs of retinopathy risk. Retinopathy is a general term applied to vision problems caused by diabetes. Like most health issues, the earlier a problem is diagnosed, the better the chances are for …

What is Glaucoma?

Americans and much of the rest of the free world love to drink coffee, it’s the go-to beverage of choice in the morning that helps kick-start busy days. Most coffee drinkers already know that too much caffeine consumption comes with health risks and effects. These include insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. A recent study suggests that too much caffeine consumption may also increase your risk of glaucoma.

What is Glaucoma?
According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, glaucoma is the second leading cause of irreversible vision loss. Previous studies have indicated that in glaucoma patients, caffeine consumption elevates intraocular pressure by 2-3mmHg for several hours. If you have a family history of glaucoma, have …

Make an eye exam part of your BACK TO SCHOOL routine!

Make an eye exam part of your BACK TO SCHOOL routine!

Did you know that vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States and the most prevalent handicapping condition during childhood?  That’s bad news, but the good news is that, if caught, it can be easily treated in most cases! The real key is diagnosing vision issues before they manifest into other issues, including problems with behavior and even school performance.…

Now offering optomap® Retinal Exam

Annual eye exams are vital to maintaining your vision and overall health. Jacksonville Vision Center offers the optomap® Retinal Exam as an important part of our eye exams. The optomap® Retinal Exam produces an image that is as unique as your fingerprint and provides Dr. Taylor with a wide view to look at the health of your retina. The retina is the part of your eye that captures the image of what you are looking at, similar to film in a camera.

Many eye problems can develop without you knowing. You may not even notice any change in your sight. But, diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinal tears or detachments, and other health problems such as diabetes and high …

Nutrition tips for healthy eyes and vision

Cabbage

Green tea, kale, carrots and cabbage all top the list of foods to promote healthy eyes and vision.

Green tea has been proven to improve our health in many ways and our eyes benefit too. Researchers say our eyes absorb the powerful antioxidants found in green tea which helps the delicate tissues on our eyes. Learn more about Green Tea and Eye Health.

Kale, Carrots and Cabbage all contain healthy antioxidants along with other beneficial vitamins and minerals. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which contributes significantly to eye health because it converts to retinol, an essential element of our eyes.

Kale contains calcium, vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium, and beta carotene. Kale is from the cabbage family and provides …

Prevent Eye Injuries

Tragically, many eye injuries that occur each year could be prevented by wearing protective eye wear. Sports related injuries are among the most common followed by injuries from job or hobby accidents and finally injuries from heat or chemical mishaps.

The proper eye protection is usually low in cost and readily available for most activities. Persons playing any of the following sports should wear eye protection; basketball, baseball, water sports and racquet sports. Additionally, the following activities have consistently produced eye injuries; carpentry and construction, yard work, cooking, and hobbies that involve harmful chemicals.

Experts recommend having several pairs of protective eye wear on hand at work and your home to prevent eye damage and possible loss of vision.

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