Advice from your Optometrist

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Advice from your Optometrist

By aitkineyeca32139567, Nov 26 2019 02:00PM

Advice from your optometrist:

We often get asked what you can do to keep your eyes healthy and seeing their best. Many eye conditions run in the family. Even though you can’t change your genes, there are some habits that can reduce your chances of getting eye diseases and help keep your vision at its very best:

Get a comprehensive eye exam every 1-2 years. Even if you think your vision is just fine, a comprehensive vision exam can help detect the early signs of diseases such as glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. Likewise, an eye exam may point out common vision problems you didn’t even know you had.

Maintain a healthy diet and get regular exercise. You already know how important diet and exercise is for healthy living, but did you know it can also affect your eyes? A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, can help sustain good vision. And maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of diabetes, which can often lead to vision loss.

Invest in protective eyewear and sunwear. Whether you’re playing your favorite sport or finishing up some home improvement projects, wear appropriate protective eyewear such as safety glasses, goggles, and shields/guards to prevent accidental injury. Just the same, protective sunwear will guard against UV-A and UV-B radiation from the sun’s rays.

Don’t smoke. We all have heard that smoking is not good for us, but did you know smoking is particularly bad for the eyes? Smoking is a major risk factor for many eye diseases including cataracts and macular degeneration.

Practice good eye hygiene. This may be common sense, but it bears repeating to ensure you’re avoiding the risk of infection. Before you touch your eyes, be sure to wash your hands (especially if you wear contact lenses).

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