3 Things to do Today for Healthy Vision

Dr. Harshman
1. Eat something orange.
What’s true for your overall health is also true for your vision. Getting a good mix of vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy eyesight. Orange foods like pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yellow peppers and carrots offer lots of vitamins A and C. These foods are high in beta-carotene which helps your body fight toxic free radicals. They can help slow the aging process and help prevent age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

2. Rock some shades.
Here’s the great thing about sunglasses. Okay three great things. 1. They come in every shape and color. 2. They make you look like a rock star. 3. They protect your eyes from the damaging UV rays of the sun, even in cloudy or overcast weather. UV damage to the eyes is cumulative. Which means if you start getting in the habit of wearing your sunglasses every day starting today, you will already begin to reduce the damage. If you have kids, it’s even more important to get them to start wearing their shades when they go outside as most of our lifetime sun exposure happens before the age of 18. Look for lenses that block 100% of UV rays and look into sunglasses with polarized lenses as they will help you see clearly and eliminate glare.

3. Put your phone down.
If you find yourself barely able to keep your eyes open and you notice your eyes feeling tired after staring at a screen all day, chances are you may be experiencing Computer Fatigue Syndrome. Add to that staring at a small screen and you can suffer headaches, eye strain, blurred vision and dry eye. Your eyes need a break.We recommend the 20/20/20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will allow your eyes to switch focus and prevent strain.

Keep in mind that smart phones and computers also emit blue light which can cause additional strain as well as interrupt your natural sleep cycle. It’s a good idea to make sure to put digital devices away a few hours before bedtime and include a blue light filter in your eyewear.


Doctor Spotlight: Mikaela Betka, OD




ECS’s newest optometrist fell in love with optometry by accident. Literally. She was playing basketball in 4th grade when her glasses broke and she suffered an eye injury. Her mother took her to EyeCare Specialties, and Mikaela became aware of how precious and delicate our eyes truly are. Her fascination with the exam and technology sealed the deal and set her on the path to optometry.

Her passion led her to working at EyeCare Specialties during college as a clinic technician where she could really see people being helped to use their dominant sense. She also had the opportunity to work with pediatric patients as a vision therapist and realized how much she enjoyed helping children learn to enjoy the world around them visually.

During optometry school, she traveled to Honduras with SVOSH (Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and looks forward to helping more organizations in the future provide exams and vision assistance to those domestically and internationally.


A newlywed and recent transplant back to the area, Dr. Betka has been spending much of her time settling into her new home in the Beatrice area with her husband. Her motto, “No matter how you feel get up, dress up, show up and never give up.” is fueled by coffee and the support of her family. It’s no accident that she has dedicated her life and her passion to helping the people of southeast Nebraska realize their best vision.

Doctor Spotlight: Kim Tucker, OD



Family is at the root of everything Dr. Kim Tucker does. Even before she began her own family, she knew she wanted to help others. When she was a senior in college, she was at EyeCare Specialties for an exam when Dr. James Kirchner asked her if she had ever thought about optometry as a profession. She shadowed him the next day and became so impressed by the work he did for families all over Lincoln that she knew she found her direction.

Dr. Tucker knows that helping a person with their vision and the health of their eyes not only helps the patient, but improves their relationships with their families. She’s also proud of having been a part of the EyeCare Specialties team for enough time that she’s been able to watch entire families grow up before her eyes.

In her free time, Dr. Tucker continues to support families in Lincoln. She just recently finished a six-year term on the board for the Lincoln Children’s Museum and serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Lincoln Public Schools.


She shares her personal motto, “Just keep moving” with her own family as she participates in many activities with her husband and two children. You can often find Dr. Tucker and her crew at many sporting events or traveling around the state. Always on the move and being together as a family.

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