6 Tips for Eye Health

    Thursday, August 02, 2018
    Your eyes are an important part of your overall health. While there are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best, the most important step you can take is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.

    Tip 1: Eat Well
    Good eye health starts with the food on your plate.  Nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems like macular degeneration and cataracts. A well-balanced diet also helps you stay at a healthy weight. That lowers your odds of obesity and related diseases like type 2 diabetes, which is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

    Tip 2: Quit Smoking
    It makes you more likely to get cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among many other medical problems. If you’ve tried to kick the habit before only to start again, keep at it. The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.

    Tip 3: Wear Sunglasses
    The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure boosts your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. Choose a pair that blocks 99% to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Polarized lenses reduce glare while you drive. If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for an extra layer.

    Tip 4: Use Safety Eye-wear
    If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles. Sports like ice   hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection. Helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with poly- carbonate lenses will shield your eyes.

    Tip 5: Look Away From the Computer Screen
    Staring at a computer or phone screen for too long can cause:
    Eyestrain, Blurry vision, Trouble focusing at a distance, Dry eyes, Headaches, Neck, back, and shoulder pain. Move the screen so your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. That lets you look slightly down at the screen.

    Tip 6: Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
    Everyone needs a regular eye exam, even young children. It helps protect your sight and lets you see your best. Eye exams can also find diseases, like glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to spot them early on, when they’re easier to treat.
    • Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in eye care. They can provide general eye care, treat eye diseases, and perform eye surgery.
    • Optometrists have had 4 years of specialized training after college. They provide general eye care and treat the most common eye diseases. They don’t do eye surgery.

    Tim Yaotome 07-Dec-2018 11:45 PM

    As you mentioned that seeing an eye doctor every few months can help one learn about the condition of a patient's eyes, it reminded me of my grandfather. I noticed that his eyes look cloudy. What tips can you give to find a doctor that can prescribe a treatment to get his eyes treated?

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