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The Joys of Healthy Vision

The holidays are simply the most wonderful time of year!

They provide people with the opportunity to give thanks and give back, such as through Montgomery County’s Fourth Annual Operation Blue Elf, which “helps bring joy to a child this holiday season.” Unwrapped gifts for children ages zero to 16 years old can be dropped off at either Avery Eye Clinic‘s Conroe or The Woodlands location between now and Friday, December 4, 2020.

The holidays are also a time for decorating, celebration, and togetherness. An equally important part of the holidays, especially since it is also winter, is taking care of your eyes to enjoy the joys of healthy vision. Here are some tips for choosing safe toys, preventing dry eyes, and avoiding digital eye strain during the holiday season.

Tips to Protect Your Vision

Choose Toys Wisely

December is also Safe Toys and Celebration Month. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about one in ten children’s eye injuries requiring a trip to the emergency room are caused by toys. When checking children and teenagers’ names off your shopping lists this year, the association recommends avoiding products featuring hard or sharp projectiles.

Prevent Dry Eyes

As temperatures drop in Texas, causing you to turn on your heater, you may experience more eye discomfort due to dry eyes. Dry eyes are a common condition that affects millions of Americans each year due to deficient tears. According to an Ophthalmology article, dry eyes are more likely to occur in either the spring or winter. Ideally, you should schedule an appointment with Avery Eye Clinic if you are experiencing eye discomfort.

Unplug Occasionally

Since holiday celebrations may be held virtually this year, it is essential to take breaks from electronic screens to avoid straining your eyes, which can damage your vision and causes headaches. Try unplugging occasionally and following the American Optometric Association’s rule of 20-20-20 that states to take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.

Make an Eye Exam Appointment with Avery Eye Clinic

Avery Eye Clinic has optometrists and ophthalmologists to give every patient the latest advances in modern eye care, accompanied by an old-fashioned approach to caring. Please schedule an eye exam at one of our three conveniently located offices.

As one of Texas’s premier vision care centers, we have been caring for your and your family’s vision by offering comprehensive eye exams, advanced ophthalmology care, specialty diagnosis of eye conditions, and an on-site optical department for over 40 years.

Resources:
Kumar, N., Feuer, W., Lanza, N. L., & Galor, A. (2015). Seasonal Variation in Dry Eye. Ophthalmology, 122(8), 1727–1729.
The American Optometric Association. (n.d.). Computer Vision Syndrome.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology. (n.d.). Eye Health Observances.
The National Eye Institute. (2019, July 5). Dry Eye.

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