Your eyes help you navigate nearly every aspect of your day. Vision loss can impact nearly every aspect of your life, making it more difficult to complete once simple tasks. Routine TLC can reduce your risk of eye strain, infections, dry eye, age-related vision problems, and more.
Follow these tips from the EyeCare Associates to keep your eyes healthy.
Try to eat foods rich in Vitamin A, as they can help improve your eye's health. Typically, these foods are deep orange or dark green in color. Carrots and spinach are great examples of vegetables loaded with vitamin A.
Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables are also good for your eyes. Kale, a dark green leafy vegetable, is rich in antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants can help lower your risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Salmon and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may also help to prevent age-related eye problems.
Talk to a doctor about ways to quit smoking for better eye and overall health.
It’s been proven that smoking negatively impacts your eyes the same way it impacts your lungs, oral health, and skin. Tobacco smokers are more likely to have worsened eye conditions, such as dry eye. It can also increase their risk of developing age-related eye problems early, including cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
The viruses and bacteria that cause pink eye and other infections are contagious and can be spread easily. Remembering to follow proper hygiene can help you to lower your risk of potentially harmful eye infections.
Eye care professionals recommend you avoid rubbing your eyes and encourage you to wash your hands before touching your eyes. Contact lens wearers should follow their lens care instructions to reduce the risk of eye infections or injuries caused by their contacts. Don’t share anything used on your eyes, such as eye makeup or washcloths.
Giving your eyes a break from digital device screens can be difficult, especially if your job requires you to spend hours every day staring at a computer screen. Make the 20-20-20 rule a routine: Every 20 minutes, look up from your computer and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
This will help your eyes relax, reducing your risk of painful eye strain.
Ninety percent of eye injuries could be prevented with proper eye protection. About half occur around the house, meaning you shouldn’t let your guard down when you're at home. Be sure to wear safety goggles when working with tools or playing sports to prevent any eye injuries. There are many protective eyewear options available, as each are designed for a different activity.
Regardless of the season or weather condition, be sure to wear sunglasses. Sunglasses help protect your eyes from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.
UV light exposure increases your risk of developing cataracts, which can impact your vision and require surgery to remove. Sunglasses also help shield the skin around your eyes from sunlight, which can help to delay wrinkles forming around your eyes.
When shopping for sunglasses, look for ones that have 99 to 100% protection from both UVA and UVB light.
Everyone should make it a routine to get a comprehensive eye exam, even if you don’t wear glasses. Comprehensive eye exams help your doctor identify and treat any potentially harmful eye conditions. This is especially important for those with a family history of health conditions that can cause vision loss, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Those over the age of 40 should get an eye exam at least once a year to screen for age-related vision problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. The frequency of appointments can change depending on various health factors, so be sure to ask your eye doctor what they recommend for you.
During the eye exam, your eye doctor will put drops in your eyes to temporarily dilate your pupils. This makes it easier for them to evaluate your eye’s overall health and identify any early signs of vision problems.
Start improving your eye’s health with a comprehensive eye exam at your local EyeCare Associates. Our skilled team of optometrists and eye care professionals will work with you to identify and treat any harmful eye conditions.
To begin scheduling an eye exam, find a location near you.