Preventative eye care is the first line of defense against vision problems. Early detection of vision problems may offer more effective treatment options to preserve your gift of sight. There are many preventative measures that can protect your eyesight including:
- Having yearly dilated eye exams. A dilated eye exam is the only way to detect eye diseases in their early stages.
- Being aware of your family’s history of any eye problems. Many eye diseases are hereditary.
- Protecting your eyes from the sun by wearing polarized sunglasses year round. Exposure to UltraViolet (UV) radiation has been known to lead to cataracts and/or macular degeneration, and certain forms of skin cancer around the eyes. UV rays can damage your eyes even in the colder months.
- Wearing protective eyewear that is designed for recreation, sports and occupations to protect against possible eye trauma. Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards specially designed to provide the correct protection for the activity in which you are engaged.
- Giving your eyes a break if you spend long periods of time in front of a computer, smart phone, TV or on concentrated activities like reading or sewing. Try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. This short exercise can help reduce eye stress. Also, keeping your eyes moist by consciously blinking and using artificial tears
- Eating more eye friendly foods that are rich in vitamins C, E, Bs, such as purple grapes, broccoli, spinach, tangerines, and peas. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
- Adopting a healthy lifestyle that manages weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol and not smoking.