Visiting the eye doctor is an easy way to make sure your eyes stay healthy through the years. Eye doctors can spot the smallest signs of disease both inside and outside the eyes. What you do outside the office can determine if you have good eye health or not as well. February is the month of love. Love yourself with these tips for better eye health!
It may come as no surprise to you that you only get one set of eyes to last you a lifetime. What you on a daily basis can lead to better or worse eye health. Your eye health can also change over time due to chronic conditions, age, being exposed to UV or blue light rays too much and using medications. Some eye health conditions are solely due to genetics. No matter if this is the case or not, lifestyle plays a huge role in the state of your eye health.
Cataracts—a condition that causes a clouding of the lens of the eye—affects at least 24.4 million Americans over 40. Glaucoma affects 5% of people and is a condition where the optic nerve of the eye becomes damaged. Diabetic retinopathy affects 7.7 million Americans. More than 10 million Americans have macular degeneration, which is an irreversible eye disease. You can halt the progression of some of these conditions or prevent them by loving your eye health just a bit more each day.
Nutrition plays a fundamental role in your overall health and can even help determine how long you live. “You are what you eat” as the saying goes, and it’s even true for your eye health. Certain foods—or the lack of them—can determine if your eyes are getting enough nutrients to feed eye cells and keep them healthy. If you want to have good eye health, cut back on sugary, processed foods. The American diet is high in these types of foods, that generally come with few nutrients and can lead to more inflammation in the body. That inflammation can damage cells all over and lead to quicker aging.
Sugar and processed foods also increase your risk for chronic conditions that can lead to vision damage. If you want better eye health, try adding these foods into your diet that are high in vitamins such as vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, beta carotene, copper and/or zinc:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that at least 45 million people in the U.S. wear contacts. Caring for contacts properly is very important to prevent infections and foreign bacteria from getting into your eyes. If you wear contacts, you can always make strides to have healthier eyes with those contacts. There are various types of contact lenses that patients wear. Hard contact lenses are less popular, but are lenses that patients wear over and over. The most popular type of contact is one that lasts between 2 and 4 weeks that patients keep clean with solution and overnight care. There are even daily disposable contacts that you wear and dispose of at the end of the night.
Part of having good eye health is keeping your contacts clean on a daily basis. If not, the bacteria that collects on the contacts, the solution or the case can lead to an infection. Contact solution is meant to gently disinfect your contacts as they clean away the buildup of proteins from your eye. At night—or when you take out your lenses—soak the lenses in new solution for at least a few hours. This allows the contacts to fully soak and get clean of proteins, debris and bacteria.
Clean your case each morning with hot water and soap, turn it upside down and let it dry on a clean towel. The FDA also recommends that contact users rub their contacts gently with sterile solution as well to help remove debris and buildup on the lens. Then, you can place it in your clean contact case with new solution.
There are countless tips we can give you to keep your eyes healthy. Even incorporating just a few of these into your life this year can help you to have good eye health:
Lastly, see the eye doctor. Every person should have comprehensive eye exams at least every 2 years. These exams are critical for finding problems with the eyes so they can be stopped before vision loss or blindness happens. To schedule your appointment, call Peeper’s Optical today at (303) 333-2800!