Some serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, have no symptoms. This could lead to you losing your sight before you even knew anything was wrong. Luckily, most serious eye conditions can be successfully treated if they’re caught early enough. However, a lack of awareness around good eye health has led to many people losing their sight. Regular eye tests can prevent this happening to you, but there are other ways to help your eyes and your sight to stay healthy.
Regular eye tests
You should aim to have your eyes tested at least every two years, even if your sight is good and you’ve not experienced any changes in your vision. An optometrist can often detect the early signs of an eye condition before any physical symptoms appear. In turn, this can allow you access to sight-saving treatment before the condition worsens. Regular testing can mean not only that your eye health is protected, but will also allow you peace of mind in between tests. For vision correction surgeries, LaserCare Eye Center can help.
Wear safety goggles
Many eye injuries are caused by DIY incidents, year on year. Ensure that you don’t end up being a statistic, and always wear approved safety goggles when doing DIY, to shield your eyes from particles and flying debris. Sport, particularly sport involving bats and racquets, also causes many eye related injuries. There are some great sports goggles on the market. Investing in a pair could drastically reduce the risk of damaging your eyes.
Eat well and maintain a healthy weight
Healthy foods are good for your eyes. Eating lots of green leafy vegetables and avoiding too many saturated fats can help to slow the progression of AMD and cataracts. Spinach and broccoli are particularly good in this respect. Eating kiwis, oranges, seeds, nuts and oily fish may also serve to avoid or delay certain eye conditions. It is also helpful to stick to a healthy weight. Obesity can lead to diabetes, which can then lead to sight loss.
Protect your eyes from the sun
It’s tempting to sit out in the sun and get an all-over tan on your face. However, sunlight emits UVA and UVB rays which can seriously harm your eyes. These harmful rays could even raise your risk of developing cataracts and AMD. Wearing glasses, sunglasses or contact lenses with in-built UV filter will help to keep harmful rays out of your eyes. If in doubt, speak to your optometrist about recommended lenses and glasses.
Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease, as well as many other cancers and life-limiting health conditions. However, many people don’t realize that smoking can double their risk of developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of sight-loss. While not easy, giving up smoking can dramatically increase your eye health. If you wish to give up smoking, speak to your doctor about what support is on offer. If you are a smoker, it is even more important that you attend your regular eye tests.