Many of us often focus on keeping our bodies healthy and neglect the health of one the most important body parts- your eyes. During Healthy Vision Month in May, patients are encouraged to be proactive about caring for their vision. We’re here to help you learn more about how to maintain healthy vision.
First and most importantly, schedule regular eye doctor check-ups.
Eye doctors are not only needed to provide optical prescriptions, but they also can ensure that the eyes are healthy and free of any diseases such as glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease that affects the eyes and causes damage to the optic nerve. As it worsens over time, it can lead to complete loss of vision without proper care.
Depending on your needs, you may schedule an appointment with ophthalmologists who specialized in eye care, disease treatments, and surgery, or optometrists who provide more general care and does not perform eye surgery.
An eye exam might include a vision test, dilated eye exam, and an external examination of the eyes. These tests are all important in ensuring the eyes are healthy. When being proactive about your optical health, annual check-ups are the best first step.
Be sure to wear protective eyewear and sunglasses.
If you’re performing any activities that may harm your vision, be sure to protect your eyes by wearing protective eyewear. Certain sports like hockey and lacrosse pose a threat your eyes so be sure to wear goggles or helmets with a facemask to ensure your eyes stay safe.
Sunglasses are not only stylish, but they help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. By investing in a pair of shades that will block UVA and UVB rays, you can help prevent certain eye complications in the future including cataracts. Purchasing a pair of polarized shades will help prevent any glare that can inhabit your vision while driving or performing other daily tasks.
Maintain a healthy diet for your vision.
Healthy vision starts with the food you fuel your body with. Certain vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help maintain healthy vision and prevent eye diseases associated with age.
Eating a balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight can prevent type two diabetes which is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults.
Here are a few foods you should add into your diet to maintain healthy vision:
· Dark leafy greens vegetables like spinach, kale, and collards
· Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
· Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources
· Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
· Orange peppers
· Black currants
· Oysters and pork
Take the month of May to ensure you are taking all the steps to maintaining healthy vision. We hope these tips will encourage you to take care of your eyes and make your optical health a priority!