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Can You See Me Now?

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It’s important that we keep all five of our senses in tip top shape, and this May, as part of Healthy Vision Month, AltaMed would like to make sure you’re doing everything you can to take the best care of your peepers.

The National Eye Institute has a simple and handy checklist that you can follow to make sure vision is at its healthiest.

Follow healthy lifestyle behaviors.

  • Incorporate dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and tuna, into your daily meals.
  • Maintain a healthy weight through regular daily exercise. Obesity increases your risk of developing eye disease.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes, which can put you at risk for a variety of conditions that may eventually lead to blindness.
  • Manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and multiple sclerosis. Your AltaMed primary care physician is more than happy to help you to develop and execute a plan that works best for you.

Know your family history—eye diseases are hereditary.

Use protective eyewear, especially at work and when playing sports. It’s also a good idea to put on a pair even when you’re doing chores around the house.

Wear sunglasses because the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are as bad for your eyes as they are for your skin. Twenty percent of cataract cases are caused by UV exposure, which also causes macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness. Look for a pair that blocks 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.

For our patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, it’s especially important to get an annual retinal eye exam. It’s available in-house at six of our clinics and takes just 15 painless minutes. By allowing doctors to take a picture of the back of the eye, any damage or disease that diabetes may be causing can be identified. For more information and to schedule your appointment today call our Patient Contact Center at 1-888-499-9303.