Don’t cloud your vision 2018

Kingston, Jamaica – Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do! Creating a vision board with actionable New Year resolutions is the first line of defense against self-sabotaging your goals. The same can be said about your eye-sight; the first line of defense to maintaining healthy vision is preventative eye-care.

At Courts Optical, preventative eye-care is paramount to early detection and treatment of certain eye conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. Armed with multi-focal, single-vision, and a wide variety of enhanced lenses that adapt to light; to protect you from harmful UV rays, the optical chain believes prevention is better than cure when it comes to your eyes. If getting your vision checked seems a little nerve-wracking, Courts Optical Chain Manager, Geaton Porter has a few helpful suggestions that can put your mind at ease and get you on the right track for protecting your vision in 2018:

 It’s your first eye exam! Now what?

First time customers can expect to have several pre-tests done such as a blood sugar test, a blood pressure check, a test to check the pressure of the eyes and pre-screening of the eyes. The ophthalmologist or optometrist will then perform a full and thorough eye examination.

 It’s not your first eye exam but you’ve been delinquent…How often should you get your eyes checked?

At Courts Optical we recommend that you get your eyes tested every two years depending on your age, risk factors and whether you currently wear corrective lenses. It is best to attend earlier if any eye problems occur or if advised by your ophthalmologist or optometrist.

So, you’ve had your lenses for some time…How often should they be updated? 

Lenses should be updated if a change of prescription has occurred or if they are damaged and in need of replacement. In the case of contact lenses, these should be replaced or updated based on the recommendations of your ophthalmologist or optometrist. Lenses can also be updated to take advantage of newer technology and lens types which have become available.

Your New Year’s Resolution is to be more health conscious…Did you know that certain vitamins and minerals play a key role in improved eyesight?

Vitamins C, E, A and zinc along with carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin all help to protect they eyes macula, lens and cornea. Carrots and green leafy vegetables are considered some of the best foods for your eyes as the eye vitamins and antioxidants mentioned above.

What are some of the new innovations in technology for protecting eyesight…Does Courts Optical currently use any of these?

Last year Courts Optical introduced Blue Bloc Lenses, these lenses reduce the amount of harmful blue light which is all around us in LED lights, laptops, phones and PC’s from reaching your eyes. Photochromic lenses such as the popular Transitions brand darken when exposed to UV, protecting the eyes from the glare of the sun and return to clear when inside. We offer anti-reflective coatings which make using the computer and night driving more comfortable as they increase the amount of light which passes through the lens to the eye.