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Nutritional Counseling

food nutrition spinach chicken saladMost people don't realize the impact dietary choices have on eye health. Carrots, spinach, citrus fruits and soy products may reduce your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma while certain vitamins can help decrease dry eye and night blindness symptoms.

Depending on the condition of your eyes and vision, your Paso Robles and Los Osos eye doctors will provide nutritional counseling conducive to improving your eye health.

Optometric Care Associates' patients are lucky to have the opportunity to discuss the interplay between nutrition and overall eye health with our very own Dr. Brent Wells.  Dr. Wells studied nutrition as an undergraduate, is a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society and endeavors to educate his patients throughout his optometric exams with his patients.  There are certain nutrients that are essential to good eye health, nutrients that can preserve your vision into old age that can be taken either by way of supplements or change in diet.  Some of the important eye-healthy nutrients are Lucetin and Zeaxanthin, Zinc, Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamins C and E.nutrition fruit face

Many nutritionists are fond of encouraging people to utilize their eyes when deciding their foods, but not necessarily by staring through the bakery window.  The color of different vegetables has meaning and the more colorful your salad, the more varied nutrients you are digesting.  For example, green leafy vegetables such as kale or spinach (or if you prefer collard greens, peas, broccoli or honeydew) are rich in Lucetin and zeaxanthin, nutrients that protect eye tissue from UV damage and help reduce the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other ocular diseases.  Orange colored sweet potatoes and squash are a good source of beta-carotene, also known to slow the development of macular degeneration.  The beta-carotene helps reduce the risk of night blindness and prevent symptoms associated with Dry Eyes.  Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon, chia seeds and walnuts are also shown to help prevent dry eyes.  The list of eye-healthy foods can be endless.  Dr. Wells and the entire staff at Optometric Care Associates invites you to discuss your eye health today.

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We anticipate that this outbreak will continue for a while, and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this critical time. Our optometric clinic is prudent and has adopted specific measures to protect our patients and staff from potential exposure to COVID-19 during this time of uncertainty.

That said, guidelines for slowing the spread of this pandemic are rapidly changing. Please pay close to attention to local regulatory changes to get the most up-to-date information. Our practice is up to date with the current local, state and federal recommendations. Read more.

Here Are the Precautions Our Eye Clinic Is Taking to Limit COVID-19:

We employ a strict office policy that mandates that all eye doctors, opticians, office staff, and patients not enter if they are feeling unwell or have a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or traveled outside of the country within the last 14 days.

The staff may ask you to wait outside or in your car rather than in the waiting area in order to protect yourself and others from any circulating germs. Furthermore, we are trying to schedule our appointments in such a way that our waiting room remains as empty as possible.

During your eye exam:

  • The eye doctor may use a special plastic barrier called a slit-lamp breath shield to block the exchange of breath between patient and doctor.
  • The practitioner will wait for your slit-lamp eye exam to be over before speaking with you or answering any questions you may have.
  • We sanitize all equipment and patient contact surfaces after every use and at the end of the day.
  • We sanitize all surfaces and equipment (front desk counters, telephones, pens, door handles, waiting room chairs) with antibacterial wipes.
  • All staff members wash their hands after contact with each patient and throughout the day.
  • Our office is equipped with several sanitizing stations.
  • We request that patients sanitize their hands prior to and after trying on frames. We also make sure to clean frames that have come into contact with patients
  • If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.

Please call Optometric Care Associates at one of our three locations Paso Robles 805-238-1001, Los Osos 805-528-5333 or Atascadero 805-466-6939 with any questions or concerns you may have. If you feel it’s best for you or a member of your family to reschedule your appointment, we encourage you to do so.

To stay abreast of the corona virus pandemic, please visit the following official health organizations:

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at www. CDC.gov
  • World Health Organization (WHO) at www.WHO.int
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