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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When looking for the right pair of frames we know that many different factors go into your decision. Two the biggest factors are cost and style. We know that you want look great and not break the bank in the process.

The great news is that at Royal Oak Eye Care, we have options that fit every budget and look. We will work closely with you to give you the perfect fit of your new frames as well as the proper vision correction. Multifocals with no-line are one of our specialities, but we can give you the vision correction that is best for you!

For more questions on our frames, contact our team. We’re happy to help!

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Ocugen has submitted a new drug application to the FDA and the FDA has accepted it. The exciting news is that this is a new topical formula for the treatment of dry eye. The medical team at Ocugen is excited that their drug will reach the entire population battling the disease of dry eye as many treatments on the market fall short.

There are many different causes for dry eye and often many different treatments. For minor irritations like allergies, over-the-counter eye drops may work, but if you are dealing with persistent irritation, it may be time to see a professional. We can assess the cause of your dry eye and give you a treatment plan that will work for you.

To find out more, contact our team!

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Our practice takes pride in working with you in all aspects of your eye health. Not just vision exams and vision correction, but helping to treat your eyes when you have an infection for disease.

We can treat common eye conditions like pink eye, infections and inflammations, but we can also work with you when it comes to more complex diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration. If you require surgery, we will work closely with the best teams in the region to make sure you get the care that you need.

To find out more about the Royal Oak Eye Care difference, contact our team!

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Researchers in Los Angeles are saying that they have developed an eye that is as reliable for detecting Alzheimer’s as early as two decades before symptoms present.

The test was completed on 16 candidates, but the results matched the traditional brain test. The doctor were excited as this represents a huge breakthrough in testing due to the cost effectiveness and non-invasive test.

To read more on the study, click here.

We talk often of the importance of routine eye exams because of their ability to be a key indicator for your overall health. For more questions about diagnosing health issues with eye exams, contact our team.

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Many people may be familiar with the word “cataract” and may even know some details about them, but we want to take an opportunity to share what a cataract is and how it impacts people and what can be done to help treat.

Cataracts are when the natural lens in our eye becomes clouded and does not refract the light the way it should. So a person with cataracts vision becomes blurry, like looking through a dirty window. This can make it hard to see as well as sometimes creating double vision, being sensitive to light, and having trouble seeing at night.

People at risk for cataracts, other then those who are advanced in age, are those with family members with cataracts. Also, people with diabetes, eye injuries, or spent a lot of time in the sun with out proper eye protection are all at increased chance for contracting cataracts.

So to help treat cataracts, people can wear sunglasses that provide UV protection. They can also have annual eye exams if they are over 65 and for people under 65, they can have them every two years. If a person smokes, they should stop immediately. They should use brighter lights for reading and avoid driving at night if halos become problematic.

Surgery is the only way to treat cataracts if they are too severe. Lesser diagnosis may be treated with a change in vision correction until surgery is needed.

If you have questions about your cataracts, contact Royal Oak Eye Care and let our team help!

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Routine eye tests or chart screenings, from the school or yearly physicals, are great for evaluating your child’s vision needs. However, they do not evaluate developmental eye movements like how well the eyes work together. A child suffering with visual deficits, where their eyes are not functioning properly, can be severely impeded in their performance of daily activities. School can become increasingly difficult and home-life tasks, like dressing themselves, can also become a struggle.

This further supports the need for routine comprehensive eye exams for children so that we can properly evaluate their eye development as well as look for other health concerns that are visible in the eyes. If your child has not had a comprehensive eye exam, please contact our team as we’d like to speak with you about setting up an appointment. We’re here for you!

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If you’re a patient of Royal Oak Eye Care that means you are family. Whether it’s you, your children, your elderly parents, we’re here to help. We have worked hard to create a practice that makes you feel right at home. We want to be a help to you and your family, not a hinderance.

Our team with work closely with you and your family to accommodate your needs and address your concerns, so that you get the help you need. If you’re looking for an eye doctor that cares about you in Marion or Glade Spring, check us out. We hope you’ll be happy!

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Maintaining your eye health is a multi-part process. It includes routine eye exams and the proper eye protection, but a crucial part is eating the right foods to help maintain your eye health.

Some of the top foods, besides carrots, that you can eat are as follows:

  • Leafy greens – packed with lutein and zeaxanthin that are key anti-oxidants that are pivotal in the fight with age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Eggs – they have lutein and zeaxanthin as well, but they are packed with zinc too. which can fight macular degeneration.
  • Citrus and berries – full of vitamin C that’s great for your eyes
  • Almonds – Vitamin E resides here. Fighting macular degeneration.
  • Fatty fish – Tuna, salmon, mackerel are just some of the fish loaded with DHA, an essential fat to the eye for fighting dry eyes.

Again, these are just some of the top foods to eat in your diet to help your eyes. For more questions about your diet and its impact on your eye health, contact Royal Oak Eye Care today!

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Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp central vision you need for “straight-ahead” activities such as reading and driving. AMD affects the macula, which is the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail.

AMD is most prevalent in older people and the main concern is that there are no physical warning signs until the blurred area is present. There is no pain associated with the disease and the causes of AMD are complex but most common are heredity and environment. At this time, AMD is considered to be incurable.

This further supports the necessity for routine eye exams for as you age so that the condition of the macula can be monitored. If you have not had a comprehensive eye exam in recent years, contact our team to set an appointment today.

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