Eye Health Tips From the Doctors at Key-Whitman

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 22-Jun-2012

Eye-healthYour eyes and your vision are an important part of your overall health and wellness, and yet many people neglect to care for their eyes, as they would the rest of their body. Many eye conditionsand even eye infections can lead to vision loss, which in turn, may impact your quality of life.

Keeping your eyes healthy is really fairly simple. Following these eye health tips will help keep your eyes healthy for years to come:

See your doctor regularly for eye exams. A comprehensive eye exam in which your eyes are dilated is the most effective method for diagnosing unhealthy eyes and eye conditions. Some eye conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration may have no symptoms, and can only be detected with a comprehensive eye exam. When detected early, many of these eye conditions can be treated, which may in fact save your vision.

Inform your doctor of family eye health history. Some eye conditions are hereditary, and just as your doctor should know of any family history of heart disease, diabetes or cancer, your eye doctor should know of any family history of eye conditions or eye disease. Knowing your family eye health history and informing your eye doctor of any family history of eye conditions will help determine if you may be at a higher risk of developing these conditions.

Eat right. A healthy diet is beneficial for more than just a healthy heart and maintaining your figure. Proper nutrition is also beneficial for the health of your eyes. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens like spinach and kale, will help keep your eyes healthy. Some research has also shown that foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial to your eye health. Eating healthy and getting regular exercise will also help you maintain a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to diabetes, which can cause diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma and other eye conditions leading to vision loss.

Don’t smoke. Don’t start smoking, and if you are currently a smoker it would be wise to to quit. Smoking harms more than just your lungs. It is also bad for your eyes, and can cause eye conditions like macular degeneration, cataracts and optic nerve damage. All of these conditions can cause to full or partial vision loss.

Protect your eyes. If you play sports like racquetball or lacrosse (among others), always wear protective eye wear. When doing yard work or other activities in which foreign matter could end up in your eyes, protective goggles are a necessity. Eye injury can lead to blindness, and many times injuries to the eye are entirely preventable. In addition to protective goggles, if you are outside in the sun, wear sunglasses that block at least 99 percent of UVA and UVB rays. The sun’s rays can damage your skin, but they can also seriously damage your eyes.

Rest. Adequate rest is also important for healthy eyes. If you work long hours on the computer, it’s especially important to give your eyes time to rest. When working on the computer, reading, or even playing video games, we may forget to blink, which causes our eyes to become dry and fatigued. Practice the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes you spend on the computer, look away about 20 feet from you for at least 20 seconds. This will give your eyes time to rest and will also cause you to blink, adding moisture to your eyes.

Take care of your contact lenses. Keep your contact lenses clean using a contact lens solution. Always wash your hands before putting contacts in or removing them. Never use your own saliva to moisten or clean contact lenses that may be dry. Eye infections can severely damage your eyes, leading to vision loss. Like many eye injuries, many eye infections are preventable when proper hand and eye hygiene is followed.

While not all eye conditions are preventable, many of them are. Don’t neglect your eyes when it comes to caring for your health. Schedule regular eye exams, including a routine comprehensive eye exam to help keep your eyes healthy and you seeing clearly.

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