The eyes as they say are the windows to the soul. They’re also irreplaceable. Proper vision care is essential to ensuring that your eyes will remain healthy and functional throughout your lifetime. At Island Eyecare, our team of professionals provides routine exams and a range of vision correction options such as glasses, contact lenses, and state-of-the art Lasik surgeries.

Regular eyecare should be an essential part of an overall health care routine. To ensure your eyes remain in the best possible health, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the professionals at Island Eyecare recommend the following eye care practices:

—Get a baseline eye exam. Even if you have no risk factors for eye disease, you should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40. Early detection of vision changes or serious conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration are vital.

—Always wear eye protection. If you have a job or a hobby that puts you at risk of eye injuries, be sure to wear ANSI-approved protective eyewear. Athletes should wear eye protection specially designed for their sport.

—Wear sunglasses! While it seems obvious, most people unfortunately don’t bother to take the simplest precaution to protect their eyes against damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Sunglasses prevent retinal damage, delay the development of cataracts, and will even keep you looking younger by preventing wrinkles around the eyes.

—If you smoke, stop. Tobacco smoking is not only bad for your lungs and physical health, but smokers are also much more likely to develop cataracts and have an increased risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Tim Barr and his team at Island Eyecare provide comprehensive lifetime vision care. They offer a unique selection of quality eyewear to fit every style and budget. Please visit their website at www.seaislandeyecare.com or call (410) 604-0100 (Kent Island) or (410) 224-2306 (Annapolis) to schedule an appointment.