Proactive Ways to Protect Your Vision
Millions of Americans will suffer from severe vision loss within their lifetimes. While not all eye diseases and conditions are preventable, there are ways you can protect your eyesight and prevent future vision loss. In honor of March being Save Your Vision Month, Pegalis Law Group, LLC presents proactive ways to protect your vision below.
Get Regular Eye Exams to Detect Issues Early
Regular eye exams are essential to detect vision issues early. Adults without known risk factors or vision problems should begin screenings around the age of 40 since that’s when vision changes are most likely. However, many adults start getting eye exams much earlier than that, especially those with vision issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, or a family history of eye disease. When diagnosed and treated early, issues such as glaucoma or cataracts can be corrected now to prevent future vision loss. You should also ensure you’re seeing the right type of eye doctor, depending on your condition. Some are only qualified to administer eye exams and prescribe glasses or contact lenses, while others can provide eye surgeries and other treatments. Talk to your doctor to determine how often you need eye exams.
Be Aware of Sudden Changes in Your Vision
If you’ve noticed sudden changes in your vision, be sure to see your eye doctor immediately. Double vision, eye floaters, eye swelling, red eyes, or hazy vision all indicate warning signs that something could be wrong with your eyes. At the very least, it could be time to update your eyeglass prescription.
Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Chronic health conditions such as diabetes can affect your vision over time. You should keep a close eye on your blood sugar levels to prevent diabetic retinopathy and other issues. Diabetic retinopathy is caused by severe damage to the blood vessels in your retina caused by high blood sugar levels. Eating a diet rich in Vitamin C, E, zinc, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA can help lower your blood sugar levels and preserve your vision. Remember to eat your leafy greens as well as carrots. Exercise is also crucial to maintaining a healthy weight and lowering blood sugars. We also recommend quitting smoking because studies have linked smoking to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and the development of cataracts in the eyes.
Wear Protective Eyewear Like Sunglasses
Wearing sunglasses with comprehensive ultraviolet protection can prevent retinal damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It can also delay or prevent the development of cataracts, cancerous and non-cancerous growths on your eyes, skin cancer, and wrinkles around your eyes. Wearing swimming goggles at the pool can keep chlorine and contaminants from irritating or harming your eyes. If you play sports or enjoy activities involving home repairs or gardening, be sure to wear protective eyewear to prevent eye injuries. Wearing safety glasses on a job site can protect against permanent vision loss.
Avoiding Eye Strain and Fatigue in the Digital Age
Eye fatigue is a real condition you should be aware of, especially in the digital age and as you age. If you work from a computer, eye strain can be avoided by following the 20-20-20 rule. Try to take a break from your work every 20 minutes and focus on an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. You may also talk to your doctor about special lenses with anti-reflective coatings or permanent tints to ease eye strain. Other causes of eye strain include outdated eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions, lack of sleep, extreme fatigue, dry eye, and presbyopia (farsightedness). Be sure to get enough sleep at night.
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