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Eye Health

While it?s no surprise that our lifestyles play a role in everything from the risk of high blood pressure to our cholesterol count, did you also know that what you eat, how often you work out, and your overall health is also important to the health of the eyes? This summer, take charge of your eye health by making some simple lifestyle choices, perhaps starting with these ideas: Get moving: Exercise can lower pressure in the eye when you have glaucoma. If you?ve been diagnosed with glaucoma, exercise can keep it from worsening. So the next time the sun is out, go for a run in the park (and don?t forget to wear sunglasses!). Eye candy: Green leafy veggies like kale, collard and mustard greens, and spinach are good for the eyes because they contain lutein, which studies indicate can prevent the progression of macular degeneration. Don?t smoke: Smoking increases the risk and accelerates the development of cataracts, macular degeneration and optic nerve damage. Chill out: Stress reduction is important because it contributes to the onset of eye conditions. Try to spend 15 minutes a day in a stress reducing activity like going for a walk or pursuing a relaxing hobby like reading or a friendly game of cards. The goal is to reduce blood pressure, which in turn,

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lowers eye pressure. Step on the scale: People who are severely overweight or obese are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, which can lead to diabetic retinopathy (damage to the retina caused by complication of diabetes). Manage your weight through exercise and eating well. ?Eyes are precious and the importance of sight is often not realized until it?s lost,? says Dr. Tanya Dillon, a doctor of optometry. ?Getting an eye exam is the first step to protecting your eye health.? Find a doctor of optometry near you to book your eye exam at

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Cleaning Tips

With the snow and cold behind us, Canadians will be getting busy with dusting, mopping and clearing out the closets during their annual spring cleaning. But, before you start clearing out all of the nooks and crannies in your home, it?s important to understand the potential impact on your health. Though giving your house a deep clean is a good idea, it can also stir up allergens and dust, which can cause irritation to your respiratory system. Harsh fumes from cleaning products also have the potential to affect your health, especially if you have a lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, causes permanent narrowing of the lung airways. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing up phlegm and wheezing. When symptoms get worse or a new, persistent symptom like a change in phlegm comes on, it could be the beginning of a lung attack, which can potentially lead to hospitalization, restricted mobility and even death. Before you start your annual spring cleaning, follow these steps: Natural Beauty: Harsh cleaning sprays can cause irritation and trigger breathing problems. Instead, try a less toxic alternative like hydrogen peroxide or a natural cleaning solution like vinegar. Destroy Dust: Take steps to make your home as dustfree as possible throughout the year by dusting and vacuuming regularly and washing bedding in hot water to avoid the collection of dust mites. If you suffer from respiratory conditions like asthma or allergies, consider removing or reducing the carpet in your home as well as replacing curtains with blinds to further minimize the collection of dust and dust mites. Learn About Lung Attacks: If you have a lung disease like COPD and notice any significant change like increased coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing or an unusual change in phlegm, contact your physician. Discuss your worsening symptoms and also ask if your medication dosages need an adjustment. Lana Roman Physiotherapist Dr. John Bowman ©2006 Copyrighted Material 82 Pine St. Collingwood |705 445.2651 182 Mill St. Creemore | 705 466.2108 Join Dr. John Bowman and Physiotherapist, Lana Roman for an evening discussion on Osteoarthritis. Have your questions answered in an informal and comfortable setting. To preregister for this FREE event please call Lisa at (705) 445-2550 ext. 8307 or email Day of walk-ins welcome Please indicate if any accessibility services are required by May 22 Sponsored by the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation?s Education Endowment life is too good to go without a smile! Eamon Harrison DD Jim Harrison DD Full Dental Lab On Site Ask us about our TEETH IN A DAY procedure. Dental implants and final attached teeth, all in one appointment!

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