Good eyesight plays an important role in your freedom and enjoyment of life, so it's important to follow these basic steps to keep your eyes healthy.
- Visit your optometrist for an eye examination at least once every two years to help maintain healthy eyesight. Disease of the eye is the number one cause of blindness. Most diseases that cause blindness, like glaucoma and diabetes, can be treated or their progression slowed down with the proper diagnosis and management.
- If you experience eye infections or symptoms such as loss of or blurred vision, light flashes, eye pain, redness, itching, swelling and irritation around the eye or eyelid, it is important to visit your optometrist without delay.
- Stop smoking. Smoking can increase one’s risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and many other diseases by increasing oxidative stress, narrowing blood vessels, and reducing blood flow to the eye.
- Wear a hat and sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection whenever you are outdoors. The sun’s UV rays can increase the risk of developing skin cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
- Maintain a healthy diet and adequate nutritional intake. Your eyes rely on the nutrients you consume. This may be especially important in light of recent research implicating oxidative stress in major eye diseases. It is very important that all aging people maintain adequate antioxidant supplies to protect their eyes.
- Wear safety glasses and protective goggles while playing sports or working with hazardous and air-born materials. This will lower your risk of eye injury, impaired vision and complete loss of sight.