Don’t Take Your Vision for Granted!


People don’t always think about their eye health until something goes wrong, and they start to lose it. It is not uncommon for eyesight to be taken for granted. Maintain well-being overall and protect your eyes with these easy tips:

• Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet.

An eye nourishing meal plan is your first defense against vision problems. Specific nutrients that help stave off age-related eye impairments, like cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration, include antioxidant vitamins, omega-3s, lutein, and zinc. Research has shown that adding the following foods to your regular diet will result in better eye health:

  • Collard greens, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and other green leafy vegetables.
  • Fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna.
  • Protein sources that don’t come from meat, like, legumes, nuts, and eggs.
  • All citrus fruits and juices.
  • Lean pork products and oysters.

A healthy diet will also help to keep you at a healthy weight. Maintaining a sensible BMI will ward off the possibility of developing any obesity-related diseases. In adults, type 2 diabetes leading cause of vision loss.

• Quit smoking.

Smoking makes you more susceptible to developing cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage. If you have made unsuccessful attempts throughout your life, don’t stop trying to make it happen. You will eventually quit smoking with determination and dedication. Your eye health and your life depend on it.

• Wear Sunglasses

Always wear a quality pair of sunglasses outdoors or driving, to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. Overexposure makes you more likely to develop cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

It is important to choose sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. It is preferable that you wear wraparound lenses that offer side protection. Polarized lenses are also a good feature to reduce glare, especially when driving.

Contact lenses are available that offer some UVA and UVB protection, but it is still recommended that patients wear sunglasses for additional reassurance.

• Use Protective Eyewear for Safety

For someone who partakes in hazardous activities, either work or home-related, protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses or goggles every single time to put yourself in harm’s way.

If you participate in high-risk contact sports, always wear sports goggles. Helmets and face masks should be used conjunctively, to protect against eye injury.

• Take Breaks Away from Your Digital Screens

Focusing on a computer screen for long stretches at a time is not good for your eye health. Problems that can result include blurry vision, nearsightedness, eye strain, dry eyes and headaches.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your optometrist to schedule an eye exam for common vision tests you should take annually. Your eye doctor will conduct a vision test to determine your level of nearsightedness, farsightedness or possibly astigmatism.

After taking a comprehensive eye exam, your optometrist will decide if you need a start wearing glasses for computer use or if your current prescription is outdated. To treat eye strain, you may need anti-glare lenses to help with focus and contrast.

Your optometrist can also test for eye diseases and help monitor your vision through vision tests that can determine if you’re nearsighted, farsighted, or lucky enough to have 20/20 vision. It is easier to treat diseases that are caught early. If more than general vision care is needed, you will be referred to an ophthalmologist who treats eye-related diseases and performs eye surgery.
To help maintain your good eye health and rule out problems early, visit your eye doctor on a regular schedule and follow the previous list of helpful tips. The gift of vision is worth protecting.