Most people are aware that it is important to protect your eyes from the sun. Especially since, growing up there was a good chance we’re told not to look at the sun. And there is a high likelihood that you own a pair or two of sunglasses and that you wear them frequently, but the decision to wear them during the summer months is vital.

How you protect your eyes throughout your life helps to determine how healthy your eyes will be as you age. So, it is especially important to start early with children protecting their eyes.

Warm weather lends itself to us being outside more than in the cooler months, which means there’s more exposure to sunlight. The harmful UV rays of the sun can burn your eyes and could lead to cataracts, which is the clouding of the eye.

The best tips to combat the suns rays are hats and sunglasses designed to block UV rays. If able, polarized lenses are an even better option.

If you have questions about protecting your eyes or your children’s eyes, contact our team. We’re here for you!

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According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one in three Americans will have a vision impairing disease. The leading causes of adult blindness and low vision can be attributed to four diseases: age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and cataracts. The problem with all four of these diseases is that they do not cause pain or have other early warning symptoms that would prompt someone to go to the eye doctor.

However, there are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing an eye disease:

  • Get a comprehensive medical exam at age 40 – At this age some early symptoms could begin to present.
  • Know your family history – Some diseases can be inherited and knowing your heritage can help the doctor evaluate your risk.
  • Eating healthy foods – Healthy foods, like leafy greens and many fruits and vegetables give your eyes the vitamins and nutrients that they need.
  • Stop smoking – If you’re a smoker, it does increase your chance of developing an eye disease.
  • Wear sunglasses – Wearing sun glasses blocks the harmful UV rays of the sun that can increase risk of eye disease.

Of course, everything is dependent specifically on you and your health factors and family history. Keeping a routine eye exam on the books is important to helping track changes in your eye health. For more questions, contact our team. We’re happy to help!

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Children posess so much wonder and creativity. They’re smart and intelligent and with the right encouragement and support environment they can achieve anything. But, if they struggle to see well, that can dim their bright future. That’s why routine eye exams are key to your children’s future.

Having your child’s eyes routinely checked can help make sure they are developing correctly as well as helping them to see clearly. When they can see clearly, they are more engaged in the classroom and typically perform better. Also, it can allow us to get a general sense of your child’s overall health as there are many indicators in the eyes.

We cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining routine exams and the proper diet for their eye health. If you have questions, contact our team today!

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What makes the perfect experience for you at the doctor’s office?

For many people, they want a friendly and courteous staff and a clean facility. If they are given those, they will be happy with their experience. And that matters to us a great deal, but part of our passion as your eye doctor is to create an environment that is right for everyone. We want to be the eye doctor that yo can bring your whole family to. We take pride in our facilities and staffs that allow us to treat everyone from young children to the elderly.

So, if you’re looking to make the switch to a new eye doctor and one of your concerns is an eye doctor where your whole family can be seen, then give us a call. We’d be happy to speak with you and answer all your questions. Talk with you soon!

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Most of us have heard of pink eye and most of us know that it is contagious and easy to spread, but do you know exactly what pink eye is? Do you know how to treat it?

Conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is an irritation or inflammation of the conjunctiva, which covers the white part of the eye. It can be caused by allergies, bacteria or viral infection. It can be highly contagious and is spread by contact with eye secretions from someone who is infected. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and tearing of the eyes. It can also create discharge or crusting around the eyes.

If you find yourself with pink eye, it’s important to stop wearing your contacts. Conjunctivitis can resolve on its own, but allergy triggered pink eye can be treated with antihistamines and bacterial pink eye can be treated with antibiotic eye drops.

To learn more about pink eye contact our team. We’re here to help!

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Maintaining the health of our eyes is important. Routine check ups are important for evaluating their health, but it’s importnat to make sure our diet is supporting our eye health by providing the vitamins and nutrients it needs. According to WebMD, there are several foods that are best for your eyes. Here are a few of the lesser known ones:

  •  Raw Red Peppers – Per calorie, they provide the best source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is good for the blood vessels in your eye. There’s even evidence to support Vitamin C reducing the risk of getting cataracts.
  • Sunflower Seeds & Nuts – An ounce of these seeds or almonds as has half the amount of vitamin E that the USDA recommends each day.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Part of the orange colored food group, these are packed full of beta carotene.
  • Squash – Full of lutein and zeaxanthin, these are great for you. Especially because your body cannot make these nutrients on their own.

There are more foods providing health benefits to your eyes, but as always we suggest that you consult your physician before making wholesale changes to your diet. If you have any questions about your eye health, contact our team!

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Just share with your friends what you love about Royal Oak Eye Care and encourage them to give us a try. We’ll give you a $10 off coupon to use on your next visit.

Thank you for being such great patients! We’re proud to serve the Marion and Glade Spring areas!

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Attention Smyth County residents: Are you or a loved one getting ready to have cataract surgery? One of the keys to a successful surgery is the right pre and post operative care. Dr. Burnop and his team can handle your surgery care and help you get back to normal.

With offices in Marion and Glade Spring, we’re nearby and our practice treats you like family. We will walk you through what you need to do before surgery, what to expect from the surgery and all the care and attention you need afterwards.

If you or a loved one are scheduled for upcoming surgery, please contact our office, we’d love to help.

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During an eye exam a doctor is doing much more than determining a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. Doctors will check for disease and assess how well your eyes work as a team.

Eye exams are important for all ages. Adults should have their eyes tested for prescriptions and to check for diseases. Children should be checked to insure normal development of their eyes.

Don’t let time slip by, keep yourself informed by making an appointment with your eye doctor today.

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source: allaboutvision.com