Eight Ways To Protect Your Eyesight
Sight-threatening eye problems affect one in six adults aged 45 and older. And the risk for vision loss increases with age. In fact, a recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) report estimates that more than 43 million Americans will develop age-related eye diseases by the year 2020.
Tips for protecting your eyes
To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, consider these simple guidelines:
1. Be aware of your risk for eye diseases. Find out about your family's health history.
Do you or any of your family suffer from diabetes or have high blood pressure? Are
you over the age of 65? Are you an African-American over the age of 40? Any or all
of these traits increase your risk for sight-threatening . Regular eye
exams can detect problems early and help preserve your eyesight.
2. Have regular exams to check for diabetes and high blood pressure. If left untreated,
these diseases can cause eye problems. In particular, diabetes and high blood pressure
can lead to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular hypertension.
3. Look for changes in your vision. If you start noticing changes in your vision,
see your eye doctor immediately. Trouble signs include double vision, hazy vision
and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other signs to look for are frequent
flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling. All of these signs and symptoms
can indicate a potential eye health problem that needs immediate attention.
4. Exercise more frequently. According to the AAO, some studies suggest that regular
exercise – such as walking – can reduce the risk of macular degeneration by up to
5. Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. You should always wear sunglasses with
proper UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. This may reduce
your risk of cataracts and other eye damage.
6. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants
can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating
a diet containing plentiful amounts of fruits and colorful or dark green vegetables.
Studies have also shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may also prevent
7. Get your eyes checked at least every two years. A thorough eye exam, including
dilating your pupils, can detect major eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy,
which has no early warning signs or symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam also can ensure
that your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses is accurate and up-to-date.
8. Don't smoke. The many dangers of smoking have been well documented. When it comes to eye health, people who smoke are at greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
Following these steps is no guarantee of perfect vision throughout your lifetime. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular eye exams will certainly decrease your risk of sight-stealing eye problems and help you enjoy your precious gift of eyesight to the fullest.
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