The health of your eyes is no different from your overall health in that
preventative care can help prevent many
eye conditions with damaging affects. Many times, patients with eye conditions don’t
know there is a problem until they experience vision loss or it is seen
in an eye exam.
Even though many eye conditions, such as
cataracts andmacular degeneration are genetic or age-related conditions, preventative care can slow the
damaging effects and prevent potential vision loss. Here are a few things
you can do to help maintain your eye health:
Eat a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Some nutrients, such as vitamins B, C and E, carotenoids, zinc, magnesium
and Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids can protect your vision. Colorful
fruits and vegetables are a rich source of many vitamins and minerals,
including vitamins A and C and carotenoids.
A lack of vitamin A in your diet can cause night vision problems, dry eyes
and can lead to some eye infections. Vitamin A is also found in beef,
chicken liver, cod liver oil, milk and eggs. Vitamin C is thought to reduce
the risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration and is found
in many orange and red fruits, green bell peppers, broccoli and kale.
Carotenoids found in colorful vegetables, including lutein and zeaxathin
can protect your eyes from retina damage by the sun’s UV rays.
Wear protective eyewear. When outside, even on cloudy days, be sure to wear sunglasses that protect
against 100 percent of the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. Overexposure
to the sun can increase your risk of developing cataracts or macular degeneration.
Some contact lenses also protect against UV rays, though they should not
be counted on to protect your eyes alone. When possible, wear a wide-brimmed
hat as well as sunglasses to best protect your eyes. It is also important
to wear protective eyewear when participating in sports activities or
work-related activities that could result in injury to the eye.
Don’t smoke. Smoking is associated with vision loss as it can increase chances of cataracts,
macular degeneration and
dry eyes, which can result in infection.
Maintain your overall health. High blood pressure and diabetes can result in eye conditions leading to
vision loss. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain your body’s
overall health to help reduce your risk of developingdiabetic retinopathy,
glaucoma and other eye conditions.
See your eye doctor regularly. Just as you should make an appointment with your primary care physician
for an annual checkup, maintaining regular eye care appointments could
actually save your vision. In the same way, just as you exercise and eat
a specific diet to keep your body healthy, the similar preventative care
can protect your eyes as well.
Click here to schedule a comprehensive exam with an experienced eye doctor at Key-Whitman.
Don’t wait until you experience vision loss to see your eye doctor.
Your health and daily routine can help slow the effects of many eye conditions
and may even prevent eye conditions all together.
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