How Do You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?
There are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best. The following simple tips can help keep your vision as clear as possible for many years to come:
Maintain Routine Vision Care: You might think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy but visiting your eye care professional for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to really be sure. Your eye doctor is the only one who can determine if your eyes are healthy and if you’re seeing your best.
Know Your Family’s Eye Health History: Talk to your family members about their eye health history. It’s important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
Maintain a Healthy Weight: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions which can lead to vision loss such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
Wear Protective Eyewear: Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for a certain activity.
Avoid Cigarette Smoke and Other Irritants: Smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of your body. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun: Too much ultraviolet (UV) exposure can damage your retina and cause lasting vision loss. It can also raise the risk of cataracts. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out 99 – 100% of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.