There are lots of things you can do to keep your eyes healthy. We listed a few of the easiest things you can do to ensure great vision for life. Hope this generate some good discussions with your doctor at your next visit. That’s what I call Life, in Focus!
- Wear safety eyewear when appropriate to protect your eyes from sight threatening injury.
- Wear ultraviolet protecting sunglasses and a hat outdoors. Ultraviolet radiation is a risk factor for conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Exercise regularly. Set a goal of moderate-intensity physical activity for 30 minutes five days a week. Studies tell us individuals who exercise regularly can reduce their risk of macular degeneration by up to 70%.
- Follow your physician’s instructions in controlling systemic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These diseases affect eye health at a greater rate when they are not properly controlled.
- Discontinue smoking habits. Smoking has a negative effect on eye health and can worsen eye diseases such as macular degeneration and dry eye.
- Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and antioxidants. Antioxidants can help slow progression of eye diseases such as macular degeneration.
- Drink 64 ounces of water each day. This is especially important for those individuals with dry eyes.
- Keep your glasses and/or contact lens prescription current. Injuries are less likely to occur when vision is at its best.
- Change contact lenses at the prescribed replacement interval and comply with instructions for contact lens hygiene.
- Have your eyes examined every year or at the frequency recommended by your optometrist. The key to good vision and health is prevention
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Posted Sept 2021 by Laura Nennig, OD; she specializes in contact lens fittings, with advanced training with scleral lenses.