6 Tips For Healthier Eyes from Dr. Gannon of the Low Vision Institute

Posted by Marcea

Dr. Marc Gannon OD, FAAO has been working to help people improve their vision for over 40 years.  Dr. Gannon gives us 6 simple tips to help keep your eyes healthy throughout your life. 

1. Relax Your Brain 

"The main reason we blink is to rest the brain.  A lot of people think that we're blinking to try to spread tears across our eyes to maintain lubrication but we really blink to give the brain a rest. Even better is if you close your eyes for 30 to 60 seconds every 15 to 20 minutes to give the brain a little longer to rest."

2. Use an OttLite 

"It's the best of all the lamps available.  The consistency of quality is good while the consistency of the wavelength and proper levels of illumination give us good resolution.  And it's excellent with contrast.  These are things that we look for in improving a patient's vision and making them the most functional."

3. Eat Your Vitamins 

"Lutein is very important as is zeaxanthin which is a form of lutein. Goji berries and blueberries both are full of antioxidants that are very beneficial. Vitamin A is excellent (as are) Omega 3’s and fish oil.”  


4. Schedule An Eye Exam 

“It’s paramount (to get eye exams) throughout life because different problems exist at different times so it's really important to have routine eye care."  

5. Take Care of Your Health

"Exercise, protect yourself from the sun and don't smoke. Smoking increases (eye) conditions by as much as 28 times.”

6. Raise Your Glass 

“Resveratrol which is found in red wine is an excellent antioxidant. Things that are antioxidant in nature will help prevent oxidation and other problems. We can almost prescribe 4 to 8 ounces of red wine every day because we know the resveratrol and lutein in red wine are that good for the eyes.”  


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