May is National Healthy Vision Month

Dr. VanDerPloeg is very passionate about vision health at Ivy Hills Eyecare! Here in Newtown, Ohio, we take the extra time to not only check the overall health of your eyes, but also educate everyone on how to maintain vision health.  Dr. VanDerPloeg and staff discuss three main topics:

  • Annual eye exams: The single most important everyone can do for vision health is to have regular, annual comprehensive eye exams. Even if your eyes feel healthy, problems can be brewing without you knowing it.  VanDerPloeg, in some cases, can detect these problems before they become serious and more difficult to treat.  Annual exams also give people in the Anderson Township / Newtown / Turpin Hills and surrounding communities a chance learn about and see state-of-the-art imaging of their eyes!!
  • Eye protection: To keep your eyes and vision healthy, it is vital to protect them. First and foremost, eye protection starts with protective eyewear.  This includes wearing sunglasses (either with or without your prescription) that blocks 99% to 100% of all harmful UVA and UVB radiation.  Not all sunglasses are created equally.  Ivy Hills Eyecare carries Maui Jim, Oakley, Ray Ban and other fashion sun lens lines.  Secondly, safety glasses and goggles are paramount for those who play sports, work in harsh environments or even do home repairs and yard work.  Finally, happy eyes are healthy eyes.  Give your eyes a break, especially when in front of computers and mobile phones and devices.  Rest your eyes by taking a break from near work every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. The 20/20/20 Rule!!
  • Overall health and how it affects our eyes: Three general health recommendations that also benefit your eyes include eating a healthy diet, being physically active by getting outside, and quit smoking. A diet that includes dark green leafy vegetables (spinach & kale) and omega-3 fatty acids (salmon & avocados) goes a long way in keeping your eyes healthy.  Physical activity helps decrease health risks like diabetes and high blood pressure which can have tremendous negative effects on your eyes that can lead to blindness.  Also, children spending two hours or more per day can reduce their risk of high nearsightedness.
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