Top 5 tips to prevent diabetic eye diseases 

1/ Get a comprehensive dilated eye examination from your ophthalmologist at least once a yearIn its early stages, . A  allows your  to examine more thoroughly the retina and optic nerve for signs of damage before you notice any change to your vision. Regularly monitoring your eyes’ health allows your ophthalmologist to begin treatment as soon as possible if signs of disease do appear. 2. Control your blood sugarWhen your blood sugar is too high, it can affect the shape of your eye’s lens, causing blurry vision, which goes back to normal after your blood sugar stabilizes. High blood sugar can also damage the blood vessels in your eyes. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar helps prevent these problems. 3. Maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levelsHigh blood pressure and high cholesterol can put you at greater risk for eye disease and vision loss. Keeping both under control will not only help your eyes but your overall health. 4. Quit smokingIf you , your risk for diabetic retinopathy and other diabetes-related eye diseases is higher. Giving up tobacco will help reduce that risk. 5. Exercise is good for your eyes. It’s also good for your diabetes. Regular exercise can help your eyes stay as healthy as possible while helping to control your diabetes. If you have diabetes, you can preserve good vision. Make sure you actively manage your disease with your ophthalmologist so that you reduce your risk of eye disease. American Eye CenterHotline: 0903 126 758 | 028 5413 6758Address: 5th Floor, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu ward, D7, HCMC​

Why is my eyelid twitching​

If you have ever had an eyelid twitch for an extended period of time, you know how annoying it is. It comes on suddenly, and can last for a minute, hours, days or even longer. Most common eyelid twitches are harmless and do not affect your vision. However, there are some rare neurological problems that can make eyelid muscles contract, making it hard to open the eye, or affect the face muscles. Here are some steps you can take to make it go away:Get some sleep- Eyelid twitches often happen to people when they are overly tired.Reduce stress and screen time- Being under stress and eye strain can cause eyelid twitching.Cut back on caffeine- As a stimulant, caffeine can cause eyelid spasms.“Moisturize” the eyes- In some cases, having dry irritated eyes can lead to eyelid spasms. If these methods do not help, see your eye doctor.Hotline: 028 5413 6758 / 0938 136 758Email: web@americaneyecentervn.com​

Increased digital screen time during COVID-19 may worsen myopia epidemic​

“The parents of children in my practice are worried about increased screen time during the pandemic, and I am seeing more children with worsening myopia in the past 6 months” , says Dr Nam Tran Pham of American Eye Center Vietnam. In a survey recently conducted by the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition, the percentage of children spending 4 or more hours per day using electronic devices increased from 21% to 44% when the COVID-19 outbreak began. The increased near work combined with decreased outdoor time makes Myopia Control (with Atropine therapy or Ortho-K lenses) more important than ever before. The goal of Myopia Control therapy is to slow myopia progression during the most active growth years so that fewer children will develop high myopia and avoid the blinding consequences that can occur later in life. Multiple studies have shown long-term safety and effectiveness of low-dose Atropine and Ortho-K lenses to treat children who have myopia that is progressing.   Other eye symptoms related to overuse of screens are discomfort or pain while reading, headaches, tired eyes, dry eyes, blinking/twitching eyes, and problem focusing. What parents can do- Establish daily schedules for your children, minimizing recreational screen time and reserving computer time only for digital learning. There are digital apps that allow parents to set limits, restricting the time of screen usage per day or per session.- Free time should be away from screens, playing outside as much as possible, but also including reading, arts/crafts and playing with non-digital games/toys.- At study desk, provide good lighting in a location that allows the eyes to look far away during breaks, such as looking out of a window. Screen lighting should feel comfortable, not too bright and not too dim, and the computer should never be used in a dark room.- Screen time should include regular distance vision breaks, following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.- No screen time at all for children younger than 2 years and no more than 30 minutes a day for children 2 to 5 years old.- Encourage activities outdoors at least 1 hour every day. To book an appointment, please contact:☎ Hotline: 0938 136 758 / 028 5413 6758✉ Email: web@americaneyecentervn.com​

 CATARACTS AND SIGNS OF RECOGNITION ​

What is Cataract?Cataracts are a common disease among older people. The disease causes many inconveniences for patients because it affects the eyesight. Cataracts can be treated with surgery.However, we can still prevent and limit the risk of cataracts without having to wait until the disease is treated.One of the leading causes of cataracts is protein depletion, increased water intake, and lack of oxygen.As we get older, the lens age over time, so most people with cataracts are over the age of 50.Medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, liver and kidney disease, nearsightedness, eye damage, exposure to UV rays, environmental toxins, smoke (tobacco, dust, pollution ...), viruses, poor nutrition ... will damage the protein content of cataracts, which deplete proteins and lead to cataracts. Diet actively contributes to limiting cataract formation. A healthy liver, a diet rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta carotene will provide antioxidants to help brighten eyes and prevent cataracts. These substances contain many in avocado, salmon, carot, gac, broccoli, walnuts, green tea, orange - lemon, eggs, fish liver oil, ... The signs of cataract1/ Eyesight becomes blurry like fog in front of eyes.2/ Light through the lens is scattered, so when looking at one image, it becomes two images3/ Color vision is no longer correct (ex: red will look like orange ..).4/ Difficult to read books because the cloudy lens makes the eyes look blurry and painful when reading.5/ Sensitive to strong light such as headlights, decreased night vision.6/ The pupil of the cataract patient will not be black or brown but will be yellow or milky white. How to prevent cataracts- Wear sunglasses when going out to avoid the harmful effects of UV rays and avoid insects and foreign objects in the eyes.- Work and read in a well-lit place. Should rest your eyes after using the phone, computer, TV for 30 minutes by looking at a distance, blinking 3-4 times.- Doctors recommend that each individual should have a general eye exam at least once a year for early detection and prompt treatment of cataracts or other eye conditions.- It is important to limit beer, alcohol and tobacco - it is an indirect agent that causes cataracts and many other conditions.- Limit the use of devices such as phones, tablets, ... Increase mobility, exercise, sports.- Add green vegetables, fruits (avocado, carot, gac, broccoli, walnuts, green tea, oranges - lemons ...), salmon and eggs to your meal.- Take an Omega - 3 supplement every day.- For patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, other eye problems or a family history of cataracts, they need regular eye exams to monitor and have timely solutions for treatment complications affecting the eyes. If you notice symptoms, or aren't sure, get a screening. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with our specialist:Hotline: 0938 136 758 / 028 5413 6758Email: web@americaneyecentervn.com

ARE RED EYES A CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOM?​

​The main eye sign of corona virus is a RED EYE – CONJUNCTIVITISCoronavirus can spread through the eyes Corona virus can also enter eyes by you touching something that has the virus on it — like a table or doorknob — and then touching your eyes. However, If you see someone with pink eye, DO NOT PANIC. It does not mean that the person is infected with coronavirus. Recent study from China suggests that up to one third of people hospitalized with coronavirus experience eye problems, such as viral red/pink eye or conjunctivitis. It's important to know that the virus can spread by touching fluid from an infected person’s eyes, or from objects that carry the fluid. Therefore, a red eye should be assessed and examined by an Eye Specialist urgently. Prevention Measures 1/ Practice safe hand hygiene – hand washing and alcohol rubs2/ Social distancing3/ If you wear contact lenses, consider switching to glasses for a while. 4/ Wearing glasses adds a layer of protection – Consider wearing non-prescription protective glasses5/ Avoid rubbing your eyes. If you notice symptoms, or aren't sure, get a screening. Please contact us to schedule an appointment with our specialist: 0938 136 758 or web@americaneyecentervn.com

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