Just like you get regular health check-ups, so should you get regular eye exams. Properly caring for your eyes and maintaining good eye health are vital to preserving your vision. This is why it is important to know how to care for your eyes and protect your vision. Here are 6 preventative eye care tips to keep your vision the best it can be.
“Eat your carrots!” Turns out mom knew her facts, eating carrots are just one of the many foods that can help you maintain good eye health. Carrots get their orange color from a carotenoid called Beta-Carotene. Once ingested our bodies turn it into Vitamin A, which is essential to eye health. Some foods rich in Vitamin A include: whole milk, ricotta cheese, beef liver, chicken liver, spinach, carrots and sweet potatoes. Eating a diet filled with antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin A can help reduce your risk of macular degeneration and other eye related problems.
“My eyesight is fine, I don’t need a check-up.” Just because you don’t notice a difference in your vision doesn’t mean you don’t need a regular eye exam. During an eye exam, your doctor can determine your prescription for glasses as well as check for eye conditions and diseases such as glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the U.S. Many People who have glaucoma don’t even realize it. Regular exams are the first line of defense.
While contacts are a safe alternative to glasses, they do carry a risk of eye infections. If you do not properly care for your contact lens and maintain good hygiene, eye infections can result. Be sure to follow the care guidelines prescribed by your eye care professional and take a look at these helpful How To videos.
Protective Eye Wear:
If you play a sport, work in an industrious environment or are mowing the lawn, protective eyewear is essential to protecting your vision. Many eye injuries can be reduced simply by wearing safety glasses. If you need a prescription pair of safety glasses, Premier Medical is more than happy to help you meet your needs.
Break out the shades because UV protection matters. UV radiation from the sun can not only damage the skin on your eyelids but also your cornea and other parts of the eyes. Overexposure to UV radiation can also lead to macular degeneration, loss of vision quality and ultimately blindness. This is why it is important when purchasing sunglasses to look for lenses that offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection. Just because lenses are dark do not mean they offer more protection. Also, look for sunglasses that wrap around or have large enough lenses to block UV from all angles. Take a look at the many brands and styles Premier Medical offers.
At some point or another we have all experienced “computer screen syndrome,” which is digital strain on our eyes. Looking at a computer for a prolonged period of time can cause eye strain, muscle strain and eye discomfort. If you work on computers all day, consulting your doctor about computer glasses may be a good idea. Other ways to alleviate eye strain is to keep your computer screen 20 to 28 inches away from your face, take breaks, magnify texts and blink frequently.
Our eyes are the gateway to the world around us. Properly take care of your eyes to continue seeing the world in all its beauty and your well-being.