Want to have better eye health this year? You can! Everyone can achieve better eye health with the right changes with daily habits, lifestyle, nutrition and eyewear. Even those who have chronic eye conditions can make simple steps each day to preserve the vision they have. Use these recommendations to improve your eye health now!
You only have one set of eyes throughout your life, so you definitely want to keep them healthy. Many people don’t know the best way to keep their eyes healthy. Do you simply need to see a doctor? Is it only about wearing sunglasses when you are outside? It’s that and more. Eye health is important, as many eye issues can lead to vision loss or blindness. Those things happen slowly, so much so that many people don’t notice them.
Many people don’t actually have 20/20 vision. For example, the National Eye Institute found that at least 42% of Americans between 12 and 54 have nearsightedness. This is a refractive eye error where patients can see close-up clearly, but far-away objects are blurry. Farsightedness is the opposite, and affects 5-10% of Americans. Of the people that go to the eye doctor, about 2.7 million have been diagnosed with glaucoma. 7.7 million more have diabetic retinopathy, and at least 2.1 million over 50 have macular degeneration. These are all various eye diseases that come on slowly and cause irreversible blindness over time. However, you can prevent and treat all of those issues with frequent eye visits and proper treatment.
Some people only visit an eye doctor when they start to notice their vision changing. However, when problems start, it’s usually a sign that an eye issue has already advanced. It may not be reversible. That’s why you want to have frequent eye visits. The American Optometric Association places the recommendation for eye exams at every 2 years. You may need more frequent exams if you already have vision problems or an eye disease.
At these visits, we can see patients from infancy through late adulthood, and we can detect vision problems very quickly. There are actually over 100 different types of tests that can be done on your eyes to test for diseases, refractive vision errors (like nearsightedness), eye coordination, color blindness and more. Because the machines that are only found in an eye doctor’s office are so powerful and precise, we can see the smallest changes in the eyes long before a disease has fully started. Those detections save your vision, which is what you want. If you haven’t scheduled an eye visit, start scheduling one now!
What’s one of the best ways to have better eye health in 2019? Wear protective eyewear! We’re talking sunglasses, computer glasses, proper sports and exercise gear for the eyes and protective glasses at work. Physical injuries can damage vision permanently, which is why you always wear protective glasses with any sort of object or chemical that could get in your eye. However, invisible dangers can cause just as much damage.
Those dangers include ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) and blue light waves. Both of these light waves can’t be seen by the naked eye, but they carry a high volume of energy. That energy hits your eyes and damages the delicate nerves and cells. When you wear sunglasses (even in winter) you avoid that cell damage. When you wear computer glasses with any electronic device, you block out harmful blue light rays that lead to eye diseases. Protective eyewear both indoors and out is an easy way to have better eye health in 2019!
We all know that eating good foods can make your body run better. So why do so many Americans eat processed, sugary foods that lead to poor nutrition? Many might think that poor food only leads to weight gain, heartburn, bloating and similar issues, but it can actually damage your vision. The foods you eat will either help your body run smoothly or sluggish. Nutrient-poor foods can lead to inflammation, which is an automatic response by your body to fight off toxins, bacteria, and other harmful substances.
This can lead to swelling and changes to your immune system, plus hormones that damage delicate blood vessels of the eyes. That can lead to certain eye diseases and vision loss. When it comes to your food, your body and your eyes really do need nutrients. That means start eating up on your fruits and veggies, protein sources, plus any needed vitamin supplements now!
Have good eye health is not something that has to take up a lot of your time. It simply takes a few good habits here and there to keep your eyes healthy. Frequent eye visits will check for any developing eye issues you may have and we can help patients on an individual basis this way with proper eye care. Wearing good eye protection through glasses, computer glasses, sports glasses and protective eye coverings for work and play can definitely prevent eye emergencies and injuries. Eating well will keep your eyes healthier for longer and will prevent inflammation that can damage your vision over time.
Another easy way to have good eye health is to not touch your eyes. Bacteria can be transferred from your hands to your eyes. Sharing makeup and eye products with others can also transfer bacteria that would cause infection. Don’t touch the tip of any eye droppers to your eyes and always be cautious with any objects coming near your eyes. Those simple tips help you avoid infection. If you want to see if you have good eye health, or want to start on a path to better eye health today, call Peeper’s Optical at (303) 333-2800!