Keep an Eye on Your Vision Health
Going to the doctor, going to the dentist—all part of taking care of your health. But going to the eye doctor? Also important! Eye exams at every age and life stage can help keep your vision strong.
Many people think their eyesight is just fine, but then they get that first pair of glasses or contact lenses and the world comes into clearer view—everything from fine print to street signs.
Improving your eyesight is important—about 11 million Americans over age 12 need vision correction—but it’s just one of the reasons to get your eyes examined. Regular eye exams are also an important part of finding eye diseases early and preserving your vision.
Vision Care Can Change Lives
Early treatment is critically important to prevent some common eye diseases from causing permanent vision loss or blindness:
Cataracts (clouding of the lens), the leading cause of vision loss in the United States
Diabetic retinopathy (causes damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye), the leading cause of blindness in American adults
Glaucoma (a group of diseases that damages the optic nerve)
Age-related macular degeneration (gradual breakdown of light-sensitive tissue in the eye)
Of the estimated 93 million US adults at high risk for vision loss, only half visited an eye doctor in the past 12 months. Regular eye care can have a life-changing impact on preserving the vision of millions of people.
How Can You Take Good Care of Your Eyes?
It is important to take good care of your eyes to help reduce or prevent vision problems. Taking care of your eyes every day ensures your vision is well protected.
You will also avoid developing itchiness, eye fatigue, eye pain, headaches, and dry eyes.
1. Go for Regular Eye Exams
Have regular eye checkups. Eye doctors recommend routine eye exams even when you don’t have any problems with your sight.
2. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Do you find yourself touching your eyes or the area around them several times a day? If you know you will touch your eyes, make sure to wash your hands. Keeping your hands clean ensures you will not transfer any dirt or bacteria to your eyes.
3. Reduce Exposure to Direct Sunlight
Prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to eye problems like macular degeneration. This can occur over time.
You can protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, hats, or visors.
4. Drink Enough WaterThe recommended eight glasses of water per day are as good for your eyes as they are for the rest of your body. Staying hydrated is vital to maintaining a healthy balance of fluids in your eyes.
Staying hydrated is also a good way to avoid developing any dry eye symptoms!
5. Eat a Balanced Diet
It is important to maintain a healthy diet. For your eyes, this means eating fruits, vegetables, and nuts. These foods contain vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zinc, which are all essential for good vision.
These healthy foods can also protect your eyes from certain sight-robbing diseases and conditions. When in doubt, stay away from a heavily processed diet, as these foods aren’t doing you any favors.