Your eyes are vital to your overall health. By taking steps to ensure your vision is the best it can be, your eyes will serve you well as you age. Check out these tips on eye nutrition and health.
Get a comprehensive eye exam yearly: You may assume your vision is fine but there could be some warning signs going on behind the scenes that should be evaluated by a professional. One way to be sure is to get a comprehensive eye exam every year, which will identify many common vision problems, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. All of these, in fact, often come with no warning signs. A dilated eye exam will determine if you have them in early stages when treatment is most successful, says the National Eye Institute.
Your eye doctor will place drops in your eyes to dilate the pupil, which allows more light to enter the eye. Then, your doctor can get a better look at what’s going on behind the eye, searching for any signs of disease or damage.
Understand your family’s eye health history: Make sure you know the full history of your family’s eye health. Speak with your parents, siblings, grandparents and more about any conditions they may suffer from. Since many eye diseases are inherited, it can be very helpful to know this information in determining if you’re at a higher risk for certain eye conditions.
Eat right: Yes, carrots are good for vision health. But there are many other foods you should be eating to increase eye nutrition, such as dark leafy greens like spinach, kale or collard greens. You should also add fish high in omega-3 fatty acids — salmon, tuna and halibut — to your diet.
Maintain a healthy weight. When you are overweight or obese, you increase your risk of getting diabetes and other conditions, which can result in vision loss like diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.
Wear protective eyewear: Do this whenever you play sports or engage in activities around the home. Wear safety glasses, goggles, shields and eye guards, most of which are made of polycarbonate. This material is up to 10 times stronger than other types of plastic.
Quit smoking: Studies show that smoking leads to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract and optic nerve damage. Blindness can result. So, stop smoking or just never start in the first place.
Wear sunglasses: Sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun’s ultra-violet rays. Look for glasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.
Rest your eyes: If you spend a lot of time on a computer screen or TV, take frequent breaks, as your eyes can experience fatigue. To reduce eyestrain, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet in front of you for about 20 seconds.
Handle your contacts with care: Before handling contacts, always wash your hands. Wash and store contact lenses in the appropriate solutions and replace them as instructed.
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To check the status of your vision health, make your appointment with Simon Eye Associates today at 302-239-1933 or complete our online form. We have several convenient locations throughout Delaware.