Maintaining your eyesight is a good way to maintain your quality of life as you age. It’s estimated that about 17 percent of adults over 45 experience some type of a threat to their sight. Risks of vision loss only increase as you get older, another unfortunate part of aging. Fortunately, regular eye exams can help monitor your eye health and protect your sight.
Regular physical exams and comprehensive eye exams ensure that you are doing all you can to prevent vision loss. Discuss your family history with your eye doctor. Glaucoma is a hereditary eye disease that is detectable and more treatable in its early stages. You can also take steps to improve your health for better vision preservation.
Here are simple things you can do every day to take care of your eyesight.
Wear sunglasses to shield your eyes from UVA and UVB rays
Don’t smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke
Don’t stare at a computer screen for too long
Use safety eyewear gear when using hazardous materials or playing sports
Your mom was right when she told you to eat your carrots for better eyesight. Studies show that fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and vitamins C and E reduce the risk of eye disorders and disease. Omega-3s have also been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Eating lean protein and foods high in zinc are good ways to protect eye health.
Your eye doctor is an important member of your healthcare team. On your birthday or other annual date, make your call with Primary EyeCare (320) 587-4744 (Hutchinson), (320) 693-9333 (Litchfield) or (763) 777-9393 (Delano) or use our easy online form. We want to help you have better vision your entire life.