Maintaining Eye Health and Quality Vision
Maintaining healthy eyes is important for preserving vision quality. As we age we naturally experience changes in our vision. Sometimes these changes can be the result of other health issues or the onset of eye disease. To ensure a lifetime of quality vision, it is imperative to visit your local eye doctor for an annual eye exam, as it is only with a comprehensive eye exam that we can diagnose, monitor and treat eye conditions and eye diseases.
In addition to receiving an annual eye exam, you can help to maintain your eye health and quality vision by:
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Those that are overweight have a higher risk of developing diabetes, which can lead to Diabetic Retinopathy.
- Eating plenty of leafy, green vegetables. Vegetables such as kale, spinach and collard greens have high concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin which are carotenoids commonly found in the eyes that help protect against eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration. Foods also rich in Vitamins A and C as well as zinc have also been shown to help maintain healthy vision.
- Protecting your eyes from UV Rays. High intensities of UVB rays can damage the cornea, the lens and retina of the eye, and can lead to cataracts and other eye conditions and diseases.
- Not smoking. Research studies show that people who smoke have a higher risk of optic nerve damage and eye disease.
- Always washing your hands before you touch your eyes. This is incredibly important for contact lens wearers as it helps prevent infectious bacteria from getting in the eyes.
- Knowing your family history. Some eye diseases are hereditary. You should let you doctor know what eye diseases are present in your family.
From time to time you may experience eye conditions and discomfort such as itchy or watery eyes. While many times this is the result of allergens or environmental factors, if problems persist you should see your eye doctor immediately for an eye exam.