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Your sight is a gift that should not be taken for granted. It is extremely important to protect your eyes to ensure excellent life-long vision. Read below for tips on how to maintain optimal eye health and preserve your eyesight.
Good eye health starts with the food on your plate. By eating a well-balanced diet, it lowers your odds of obesity which is related to diseases like type 2 diabetes, the leading cause of blindness in adults.
More to come in an upcoming blog about your eyes and diet.
Smoking increases your chances of getting cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration, not to mention the many other medical problems that come with long-term smoking. If you've tried to kick the habit before only to start again, don’t give up! The more times you try to quit, the more likely you are to succeed. Ask your doctor for help.
The right pair of shades will help protect your eyes from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration. Be sure to choose a pair that blocks at least 99% of UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side.
If you use hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, always wear safety glasses or protective goggles.
Wear eye protection when playing sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse as these sports can lead to eye injury.
Eye exams can find diseases that have no symptoms. It's important to catch them early when they're easier to treat.
Depending on your eye health needs, you can see one of two types of doctors. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor or an optometrist who has four years of specialized training after college. (More on these roles in a blog to come).
Exercising improves blood circulation which improves oxygen levels to the eyes and the removal of toxins.
As crazy as it sounds, sleep actually does support eye health. Sleep offers long periods of time that your eyes don't need to focus, which in turn, replenishes the supply of natural tears helping them to feel hydrated.