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I’ve been thinking about my eyes a lot lately. It seems each year my eyesight gets worse and I have to get new glasses. And while I don’t exactly think this should be the main solution for taking care of my eyes, it took me a very long to realize that there were other options. Here are some simple tips for safeguarding your eyesight so you an have better vision.
That said, with eyesight being perhaps the most treasured and fragile of the human senses, we should probably take whatever action is necessary to protect and care for our eyes. Taking care of your eyes means doing all you can to protect this precious gift by preventing eye diseases and accidents.
Preventing Eye Diseases
- Get regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment is vital to managing eye diseases that have no noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Eye exams can also help identify other health issues like diabetes. However, it took me 10 years to realize that my eyes weren’t just bad, I had glaucoma. My internist referred me to an ophthalmologist who made the diagnosis. I hadn’t realized that the ongoing headaches I had were actually eye aches from pressure building up in my right eye. By then it was too little too late because my annual eye exams never revealed this problem. One way my glaucoma could have been detected is if my eye pressure was measured. It’s not enough to just know which letter you can detect from a few feet away.
- Understand how aging affects your eyes. Vision deteriorates with age and we become more prone to eye disease, but by taking care of your eyes, you can help slow down or reverse this process. Early treatment can prevent or reverse vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Quit smoking. Smoking increases your risk for AMD and eye cancers. If you’re finding it difficult to quit on your own, talk with your doctor to develop a cessation plan that will work for you.
- Eat a balanced diet. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E help protect your eyes from some of the effects of aging. Eat your carrots plus lots of leafy green vegetables and fruits. Juicing is one way to get more and more nutrients from fruits and vegetables into your system.
- Shield your eyes from the sun. Your eyes need protection from the sun just as your skin does. Wear sunglasses and hats year round. However, it may not be a bad idea to remove your sunglasses sometimes when you are outdoors. Not long, or overexposure but just a small amount during the times you are outdoors. Double check with your doctor just to be sure, though.
- Follow your doctor’s recommendations. Managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are important for your eyes as well as your overall wellbeing. If you have any of these conditions, your doctor can instruct you on treatments and lifestyle changes.
Preventing Eyestrain and Injuries
- Understand the myths about eyestrain. You can stop worrying that looking at your television or computer will ever make you go blind. Your eyes will just get tired and recover after a little rest. Still, you can minimize strain by wearing your eyeglasses as prescribed and taking frequent breaks.
- Stay safe at work. Assess your work area for any potential hazards like heavy machinery that could be screened off. Use protective eyewear even if you’re just passing through a location where injuries could occur.
- Take precautions at home. Be careful around toxic chemicals, power tools and lawnmowers. Wear protective eyewear or keep a safe distance away. Remember lawnmowers can throw stones.
- Protect your eyes during sports and recreational activities. Get the appropriate safety equipment for your favorite activities whether you need ski goggles or a baseball helmet with a face shield. Consider having your eyeglass prescription incorporated into your sports eye wear.
- Teach your kids good safety habits. Eye injuries are most common among people under the age of 25. Discuss safety at home and ensure your child has the proper equipment at school for sports or woodworking class.
- Select the right safety glasses. Safety glasses made with glass, plastic or polycarbonate lenses can all be designed to meet or exceed the requirements for their recommended uses. Polycarbonate lenses are often recommended because they’re stronger and more impact resistant than glass or plastic.
- Treat injuries immediately. All eye injuries should be examined by an ophthalmologist as soon as possible because the damage many not be immediately apparent. In case of chemical exposure, resist the natural urge to shut your eye. Flush with water and get immediate medical attention.
Good vision is important to your overall health and to living independently for as long as possible. Get regular eye exams and prevent eye injuries so you can continue seeing the people and things you love. Remember also to have your eye pressure check to avoid detecting problems like glaucoma. This is especially true if you have had an eye injury.
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