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It’s clear: What you put into your body affects how well you see

As an optometrist, I regularly provide comprehensive vision and eye health evaluations, and screen for and manage a variety of conditions, including glaucoma, diabetic eye disease (diabetic retinopathy), cataracts, “lazy” eye (amblyopia), crossed eyes (strabismus), and age-related macular degeneration.

Advanced technologies and proven treatment techniques can help patients improve their vision. Often lifestyle changes and good nutrition can have the biggest influence on improving eye health and may prevent or control eye disease.

Here are some tips to keep your eyes in optimal health:

  1. Eat a clean and healthy diet. Including omega-3 fatty acids and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of eye diseases like dry eye and macular degeneration.
  2. Limit sugar Excess sugar can contribute to diabetes, a leading cause of blindness.
  3. Stop or do not start smoking. Smoking puts you at a higher risk of developing ocular conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration.
  4. Schedule routine comprehensive vision examinations. An eye exam may help detect serious problems such as glaucoma, diabetes, or high blood pressure before you know they exist.

Kristin Sorenson, OD, owned Accent Eye Care for 12 years before joining Vancouver Clinic. She sees patients in the same place as before, at what is now known as Vancouver Clinic’s Heron Gate Ridgefield location. To schedule, please call 360-882-2778.