Eye Wellness Specialist

Specs Appeal

Optometry located in St. George, UT & Mesquite, NV

Eye wellness is an important part of your overall health that can sometimes get overlooked. With today’s frequent use of technological devices, everyone’s eyes are often under a lot of strain. Taking breaks from the computer or phone and getting a yearly eye exam are just some of the ways you can take care of your eyes. Chad Waggoner, OD, and Reed Gibb, OD, at Specs Appeal in St. George, Utah, can help. Call our office today or schedule an appointment online.

Eye Wellness Q & A

What are some eye wellness tips?

You can do many things to help keep your eyes healthy. Some tips include:

Quit smoking

Smoking damages the small blood vessels in your eyes and puts you more at risk for things like cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating well can help ward off age-related vision problems and put you at a lower risk of chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes.

Wear sunglasses

This will help protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet (UV rays).

Wear eye protection

If you work in a job where you’re frequently exposed to hazardous material, it’s important to wear safety eye gear. Similarly, if you play contact sports, protect your eyes to lower your risk of injury.

Take breaks from screens

Being in front of a screen is often unavoidable these days. However, it’s important to take breaks by looking away from the screen now and then. This can help prevent eye strain.

How often should I see the eye doctor?

For adults, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists recommends having a complete eye exam at age 40. Dr. Waggoner or Dr. Gibb can then recommend how often to get your eyes checked, based on the findings from your eye exam. For adults 60 years and older, it’s recommended to have an eye exam every year or two.

You may want to have your eyes checked more often or at an earlier age if you:

  • Wear glasses or contact lenses
  • Have a family history of eye problems or vision loss
  • Have a chronic condition that puts you at greater risk of eye problems, such as diabetes
  • Take medication that has side effects on the eyes 

How do I know if I need glasses?

It’s normal for your vision to change over time. Some symptoms may signal the need for glasses. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Eye strain
  • Squinting
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Hazy vision or fuzziness
  • Trouble seeing or driving at night

Depending on the results of your eye exam, your doctor may determine whether you are nearsighted (you can see nearby objects clearly but can’t see far away) or farsighted (you can see far away objects clearly, but those close up are blurry). This will affect what kind of glasses you will be prescribed. 

For more eye wellness tips, call our office today to schedule an appointment online with one of our providers. Dr. Waggoner and Dr. Gibb offer comprehensive eye exams for people of any age.