From annual eye exams to wearing the right sunglasses, there are many ways you can preserve your vision. Let’s go over some helpful tips:
1. Get an Annual Eye Exam
This is an easy way to ensure optimal eye and vision care. Each year during your exam, your eye doctor can check for any changes in your vision, update your prescriptions, order contacts and glasses for you, and monitor any eye diseases or conditions. Annual eye exams can also detect glaucoma, one of the most serious and sneakiest of all eye diseases. That’s because there are often no signs that tip you off to a problem. Those who fail to attend routine eye exams and develop glaucoma only suspect they have it after sustaining permanent vision loss from this disease.
Eye exams also detect other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and even cancer.
2. Know Your Family Medical History
Eye health can be hereditary, so talk to your family members about their eye health history and if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease. In fact, the AAO says that if age-related macular degeneration (AMD) runs in your family, you have a 50 percent chance of developing it.
3. Eat Healthy
Most people think their failing eyesight is an inevitable process resulting from age or eye strain. But the truth is, a healthy diet and lifestyle can greatly reduce the risk of eye health problems. Studies show that omega-3 fatty acids, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin are vital for eye health, which you can get in the foods you eat. For instance, omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish such as salmon and trout, while vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits as well as leafy greens like spinach.
4. Stop Smoking
Smoking happens to be the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in this country, harming pretty much every organ in your body, including your eyes. Most of us know the negative health effects of smoking such as heart disease and lung cancer, but many don’t realize it can contribute to vision problems as well.
Smoking can lead to diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, dry eyes, and uveitis, an inflammation of the eye’s middle layer.
5. Wear the Right Sunglasses
Sunglasses may be a cool fashion accessory, but their most important job lies in protecting the eyes from the sun’s UV rays, which can cause the following if not protected:
- Cataracts: This is a clouding of the lens that can blur vision. About 20 percent of cases are caused by long-term UV exposure.
- Macular degeneration results from damage to the retina and thus central vision, the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
- Pterygium is a tissue growth over the white part of the eye that changes the curve of the eyeball to cause astigmatism.
When looking for sunglasses, purchase ones that are designed to block out 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation.
Contact Simon Eye Associates
For more tips on preserving your vision and to make your annual appointment, call Simon Eye Associates today at 302-239-1933 or complete our online form.