Seven Of Our Top Healthy Aging Month Tips For September And Beyond

Posted on September 26th, 2018 by clvc

1. Protect Your Eyes From The Sun

UV damage is the biggest cause of premature eye aging. Protect your eyes by wearing high-quality sunglasses. Be sure to choose sunglasses that protect against 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Also, consider wearing a brimmed or billed hat to shield your eyes during outdoor activities.

Protecting your eyes from sun damage helps prevent cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and other eye issues.

2. Eat A Healthy, Balanced Diet to Nourish Your Eyes and Your Body

A healthy, balanced diet facilitates healing and regulates blood sugar. Such a diet benefits your eyes, your brain and your whole body. Strive to include the following in your diet:

  • At least five servings of produce: Aim for variety so you have the best chance to consume the range of vitamins and minerals your body and your eyes crave.
  • Quality protein: Consuming enough quality protein ensures your body can continue to heal and repair as long as possible. If you are a vegetarian, seek protein from multiple sources to help ensure that you are getting a range of amino acids since most vegetables offer incomplete proteins.
  • Minimal simple carbohydrates and sugars: Manage blood sugar by minimizing simple carbohydrates and sugars. Fiber helps slow carb absorption and helps regulate blood sugar. This is why a whole fruit like an apple is more beneficial than a glass of apple juice.
  • Healthy Fats: such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish, walnuts, and other eye-healthy foods.

3. Live an Active Lifestyle

Frequent physical activity helps regulate blood sugar and keeps the body healthy. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness later in life. Physical activity helps prevent and control Type 2 Diabetes.

Talk with your primary care physician for suggestions on how to live a more active lifestyle. Your eyes and your body will thank you!

4. Avoid Smoking

Smoking damages the whole body and is a risk factor for many age-associated eye diseases. If you currently smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your eyes and your overall health.

5. Get Regular Comprehensive Eye Exams

Some serious eye health issues, like glaucoma, are symptom-less at first. Comprehensive exams offer the opportunity for early diagnosis and treatment. Early treatment may prevent or slow damage and maintain your vision and quality of life.

Talk with your eye care professional here at Clearview to learn the best examination schedule for you. This may vary depending on your age, risk factors, medical history and family history.

6. Eye Safety First

Be aware of whether your work or hobbies put your eyes at risk. If so, protective eye wear like safety goggles or computer glasses may prevent premature eye damage. Challenging yourself and staying active all help you age gracefully. Just be sure to protect your eyes when participating in any activity where you risk impact to the eyes or contact with flying debris.

7. Get Enough Sleep

Not only does sleep deprivation make you drowsy, but it also contributes to dry eye and other problems. During sleep, our bodies repair from the day’s stresses. As we age, our bodies do not heal as quickly. Don’t make it harder by neglecting sleep!

Prioritize sleep and strive to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep most nights.

To Wrap Up

We hope these tips help you stay well for months and years to come. As mentioned, your eye health relies on professional care and regular screenings. Prevention, early diagnosis of any issues, and early treatment work together to maintain your healthiest eyes.

The doctors and staff of Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center are here to help you with all of your eyecare needs. To schedule a comprehensive exam please call us at (817) 329-2700.

Thank You!

Posted on February 20th, 2018 by clvc

Thank you for voting us TOPS IN TARRANT!

Happy Anniversary Clearview!

Posted on January 12th, 2018 by clvc

Eighteen years ago today we saw our first patient at our previous building in Grapevine. Our name, Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center was chosen because the name of the building where we first opened the practice was called the Clearview building.  We thought the name suited us perfectly.

July is UV Safety Month!

Posted on July 10th, 2017 by clvc

Extended exposure to the sun’s UV rays has been linked to eye damage, including cataracts, macular-degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis, that can cause temporary vision loss.

To protect your eyes from harmful solar radiation, sunglasses and a hat are recommended, in addition to minimizing sun exposure during the peak times of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sunglasses with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes from above and beyond the periphery of your sunglass lenses and help to protect the delicate skin around your eyes as well.

Risks from exposure change from day to day and depend on a number of factors, including:

-♦ Geographic location. UV levels are greater in tropical areas near the earth’s equator. The farther you are from the equator, the smaller your risk.

-♦ Altitude. UV levels are greater at higher altitudes.

-♦ Time of day. UV and HEV levels are greater when the sun is high in the sky, typically from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-♦ Setting. UV and HEV levels are greater in wide-open spaces, especially when highly reflective surfaces are present, like snow and sand. In fact, UV exposure can nearly double when UV rays are reflected from the snow. UV exposure is less likely in urban settings, where tall buildings shade the streets.

-♦ Medications. Certain medications, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers, can increase your body’s sensitivity to UV and HEV radiation.

Surprisingly, cloud cover doesn’t affect UV levels significantly. Your risk of UV exposure can be quite high even on hazy or overcast days. This is because UV is invisible radiation, not visible light, and can penetrate clouds.

Kids Need UV Protection Even More Than Adults

The risk of damage to our eyes and skin from solar UV radiation is cumulative, meaning the danger continues to grow as we spend time in the sun throughout our lifetime. Children are more susceptible to retinal damage and generally spend much more time outdoors than adults making it especially important for kids to protect their eyes from the sun.

Our Eyewear Gallery is open weekdays at 8:00 a.m., let our staff help you and your family select the eye protection best suited for you.

May is Healthy Vision Month!

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by clvc

Make Your Vision Last a Lifetime.

When it comes to our health, we often visit our doctor regularly to make sure our bodies are healthy. But what about our eyes? They’re not always top of mind, but they’re just as important.  Be sure to make your eye health a priority.

Get a dilated eye exam or an OPTOS Retinal Exam. A thorough screening of the retina is the only way to detect eye diseases early, because with many, there are no warning signs. Talk to your eye care professional about how often you should have one.

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy foods, maintaining a healthy weight, managing chronic conditions, and not smoking can lower your risk of eye disease.

Know your family history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease, since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease yourself.

Use protective eyewear. Protect your eyes when doing chores around the house, playing sports, or on the job to prevent eye injuries from happening. This includes wearing safety glasses, goggles, safety shields, and eye guards that are made of polycarbonate.

Wear sunglasses. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your eyes healthy. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can increase your risk for getting an eye disease. A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection, too! We have a great selection of eyewear to choose from in our Eyewear Gallery.

These steps can help you keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss and blindness from eye disease.

Spring/Summer 2017 Eyewear Trends

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by clvc

Spring is just around the corner and you can expect the unexpected for this season’s eyewear trends. Contrast is the name of the game.

  • Oversized sunglasses will continue to make an appearance for a few more seasons
  • Futuristic influence
  • Sunglasses featuring a double wire
  • Blue, yellow and other colored lenses
  • The perfect statement sunglasses…including funky colors and shapes, big, bold and chunky
  • Sensational designs with rims and lenses that seem to be melded together
  • Updated aviator and updated cat eye shapes
  • Butterfly wing lenses
  • Perfectly round shapes in all different colors and sizes

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by clvc

Are you experiencing any of the following vision problems?

• Blurry or double vision

• Floaters or dark patches in your vision

• Difficulty seeing well at night

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.  It’s important to keep blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible to prevent retina damage.

Don’t wait for symptoms. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages of the disease, nor is there any pain.  Be sure to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.  If you notice any changes in your vision, call your eye doctor immediately.

Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center 817-329-2700

Look for our article in Society Life Magazine!

Posted on August 16th, 2016 by clvc

Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by clvc

Thank you so much for the honor; we appreciate everyone who voted for us!

Clearview won Best Lasik Surgeon in Keller/Ft. Worth and Northeast Tarrant County editions of Living Magazine and Best Ophthalmologist in Keller/Ft. Worth edition.

It’s National Safety Month!

Posted on June 15th, 2016 by clvc

National Safety Month is observed in June. To support this, the National Safety Council is providing resources to inform and educate Americans about the often hidden dangers and ways to improve safety at work, on the road and at home. According to the organization, about 107,000 preventable injuries occur across America that could have been avoided with proper measures.

At Clearview Eyecare and Laser Center, we want to emphasize the importance of wearing safety-rated protective eyewear during National Safety Month and year-round. Whether you are skiing, riding a motorcycle, mountain biking, playing any kind of sports, fishing, or simply mowing your lawn, you are at risk of an eye injury in the blink of an eye.

Be sure to ask any of our doctors or staff during your next visit if you have any questions or would like any suggestions for finding the proper eyewear.