5 tips for eye health

At South Carolina Retina Institute, the majority of patients that we examine and treat are those who have been referred to us by their primary opthamologist or eye care provider. A retina specialist at SCRI is an ophthalmologist with specialized training in diagnosing and treating diseases related to the vitreous body and the retina. We help patients with the aim of preserving their sight while they face eye conditions that could lead to vision loss without treatment. We also treat patients who have experienced severe eye trauma as well as children and adults with hereditary diseases of the eye. Conditions requiring consultation include clouding, bleeding, inflammation, infection, eye floaters, and cancer – with macular degeneration being a common reason for referral.

Our Vitreoretinal Surgeons excel in treating complex eye diseases, ranging from retinal detachment to diabetic eye conditions. With offices in Conway and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, SCRI is dedicated to helping individuals preserve or enhance their eyesight throughout Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand.

While an exact reason has not been officially pinpointed as to what directly causes macular degeneration or AMD, research indicates that it may be a combination of family genes and environmental factors including smoking, obesity, and overall diet. These five easy-to-remember tips can help you preserve your eye health.

1.Eat a Balanced Diet

Ensure your diet includes foods rich in vitamins and minerals essential for eye health, such as leafy greens, foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, citrus fruits, and nuts. Antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and those who consume good amounts of antioxidant-rich foods also often have a much lower risk for developing new cataracts. Dark green and leafy vegetables are ideal sources of these nutrients, as well as colorful fruits and vegetables like peas, broccoli, kale, corn, beets, tangerines, persimmons and blueberries.

2. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Wear sunglasses that block harmful UV rays when you are outdoors. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can contribute to cataracts and other eye conditions. Look for sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. A stylish wide-brimmed hat can help to shield your eyes from the Sun’s piercing rays as well.

3. Follow the 20-20-20 Rule

Practice the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain, especially if you spend extended periods looking at screens. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This helps alleviate eye fatigue and may reduce the risk of developing digital eye strain.

4. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is essential for overall health, including eye health. Dehydration can lead to dry eyes and discomfort. Aim to drink an adequate amount of water, at least eight glasses, throughout the day to maintain optimal eye moisture and overall well-being.

5. Regular Eye Exams

Schedule regular eye exams with an eye care professional, even if you don’t currently experience vision problems. Comprehensive eye exams can detect early signs of eye conditions, allowing for timely intervention. Adults should aim for eye exams at least every two years, or more frequently as recommended by their eye care provider.

Incorporating these tips into your lifestyle can contribute to maintaining good eye health and preventing potential issues in the long run.

The South Carolina Retina Institute has offices in Conway and Murrells Inlet, providing specialized care for various retinal conditions. Eye examinations conducted by experienced professionals can help to detect the early signs of eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disorders.

By choosing the South Carolina Retina Institute for your advanced eye care needs, you are ensured access to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and treatments tailored to address specific retinal issues. Whether you’re seeking treatment for existing conditions, maintenance eye injections, or preventive medical measures to safeguard your vision – SCRI’s dedicated team of experts are equipped to provide comprehensive and personalized care.

Remember, measures such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, protecting your eyes from excessive sun exposure, and incorporating a nutrient-rich diet can significantly contribute to your overall eye health. However, complementing these lifestyle choices with routine eye check-ups at your regular eye doctor ensures a proactive approach to preserving your vision and preventing potential issues in the future.