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If you are looking for the highest quality eye care with a personal touch, we hope that you’ll give us a call today to make your appointments for yourself and your entire family at Vision Center of Delaware. We offer eye care for all members of your family- from your adventurous toddler to your tech savvy teenager to your doctor-phobic spouse! Our doctors and staff provide excellent and advanced medical eye care and personalized optical services.
We are located on Main Street in Newark, Delaware, home of the University of Delaware Blue Hens, and we offer evening and Saturday hours for your convenience. So come see us for your fashion eyewear and sunwear, contact lenses, free LASIK screenings, eye disease management, and eye emergency treatments!
Nutrition For Your Eyes
In 2001, the National Eye Institute concluded that macular degeneration is a nutrition responsive disorder in its Age-Related Disease Study (AREDS). Currently the following list of nutrients is recommended to maintain healthy eyes and reduce the risk of certain eye diseases:
Lutein (10 mg/day)
Zeaxanthin (2 mg/day)
Omega 3 fatty acids, or fish oil (1000 mg/day)
Vitamin C (500 mg/day)
Vitamin E (400 IU/day)
Zinc (40 mg/day)
Copper (2 mg/day).
You can also obtain the above nutrients by incorporating in your diet: green leafy vegetables (e.g. kale, spinach, broccoli, green beans), corn, eggs, fleshy fish (e.g. tuna, salmon), citrus fruits and juices, nuts, sunflower seeds, baked beans, sweet potatoes, red meat, and poultry.
Do your eyes burn, sting, or feel gritty? Are they frequently bloodshot by the end of the day? Do your eyes tear a lot for no apparent reason? Well, you may have ocular surface disease (OSD), also known as dry eye syndrome. There are many causes of dry eyes: systemic disease (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's, thyroid dysfunction), systemic medications (e.g. blood pressure meds, cholesterol meds, allergy meds), environmental (e.g. computer work, dry office or home), and lid disease (e.g. blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction). There are also many different treatment options for dry eyes: artificial tears, punctal plugs, lid hygiene, prescription eye drops, and doxycycline, to name a few. If you suspect you have OSD, schedule a dry eye evaluation with your eye care physician to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a proper treatment plan.
Floaters are small, semi-transparent specks of various shapes and sizes or like cobwebs that float within the vitreous, the clear jelly-like fluid that fills the inner portion of the eye. They are frequently visible when looking at a plain lighted background, like a blank wall, a blue sky, or the white pages of a book. Floaters are usually harmless and are seen by many of us at one time or another. Sometimes, flashes or the appearance of streaks of light may appear as well. This is due to the jelly-like vitreous shrinking and pulling on the retina. As this process continues, it can result in a part of the vitreous actually becoming detached from the back of the eye. This is known as a posterior vitreous detachment (PVD) and is a natural aging process and is often not serious. On rare occasions, a PVD can cause small tears or holes in the retina, which can lead to severe vision loss if the retina becomes detached from the back of the eye. Therefore it is important to have a dilated eye examination soon after experiencing flashes and floaters, or if there is an increase in the number or intensity of flashes or floaters, to check for retinal holes and tears before they lead to a retinal detachment.