Most people agree that out of the five senses, vision would be the most difficult to lose. Our eyes perform complex functions to provide sight to us, and they help us understand the world we live in. Although they are made of strong and lasting materials, they can be easily damaged by injury, a poor diet and sun exposure. When not taken care of, the vision that we enjoy on a daily basis can be significantly reduced or lost. Find out how you can protect your eyes and keep them healthy for years to come with these tips!
Our eyes are one of the most delicate parts of our bodies, but even so, they help us see to work, play sports, cook, read and every other action that requires sight. Since we use them so much, it’s important that we learn how to take care of our eye health and prevent damage from occurring. Our eyes are meant to last us a lifetime, but there are certain activities that put us at risk for permanently damaging them. For example, extended computer and phone screen time can leave us vulnerable to eye strain, fatigue and computer vision syndrome. Although digital screen time won’t directly cause eye disease, like cataracts, it can still wear out your eyes, causing headaches and soreness. Smoking is another way that eyes get damaged. Not only is it bad for your physical health, but smoking increases your risk for eye disorders, like macular degeneration. Poor diet also contributes to damaged eyes whenever our bodies aren’t receiving the proper vitamins and nutrients that they need to increase resistance to eye disease. If you work in hazardous environments like a construction zone or workshop, you’re at a higher risk for eye injury than others. Even sports that require playing with a ball, like soccer, football or basketball, increase the likelihood for injury, especially if you get hit in the face.
Loss of eyesight typically occurs as we grow older and is completely normal, especially after the age of 40 to 60. However, some changes in eyesight are signs of more serious issues, like disease. Sun damage is a big contributor to poor eyesight as you age, especially if you don’t take the proper precautions to protect them early on. If you follow certain steps to protect your eyes while you’re young, you have a better chance of preventing age-related loss of eyesight as you grow older. Just because your eyes are getting older doesn’t mean that you should suffer from poor eyesight; learn how to implement the following tips into your life to keep your eyes healthy for years to come.
For those who work on the computer often or look at some type of digital screen, you can buy blue light filtering glasses that reduce glare and prevent eye strain. These glasses are tinted to make it easier to read and help relieve headaches. If you’re a smoker and want to protect your eyes, stop smoking. It may sound easier than it actually is, but smoking destroys your eyes over time and ensures that they won’t function for you when you’re older. It is a common belief that eating more carrots (which contain Vitamin A) will improve your vision; although this is true, eating too much Vitamin A, D or E, which all promote vision health, can actually damage your eyes, so exercise precaution. In fact, if you want to really safeguard your eyes, try eating more fresh fruits and dark leafy green vegetables that contain antioxidants like Vitamin C and E; these antioxidants protect the eyes from cataracts and macular degeneration, although they can’t do anything for nearsightedness or farsightedness.
The most important thing that you can do for your eyes is to have regular eye exams. Even if you don’t have any signs of eye problems, these exams help prevent vision loss by detecting vision problems early on, even if they haven’t developed yet. Children should have their vision checked at birth and at six months of age, then they should have regular exams as they enter school and periodically over the years. Adults should have regular eye exams every two years, but those who have diabetes or diagnosed eye diseases should have a yearly comprehensive exam.
One of the easiest things that you can do to protect your eyes while you’re outside in the sun or while playing sports is by wearing sunglasses. Sunglasses are especially important for those whose family has a history of eye conditions, so they should be worn whenever you’re out and about. There is shatter-and-impact resistant eyewear available for athletes and those who work in hazardous environments to protect their eyes from accidental injury, plus there are prescription sunglasses that you can wear for proper vision and to protect yourself from damaging UV rays. For active kids, there are fashionable sunglasses for them that they can wear while they’re outside, and you can even get non-prescription sunglasses to wear around if you don’t require vision correction. You can even opt in for sunglass treatments and tints for your lenses for driving in the car or sitting by the pool. You decide how tinted they are and can design what the frames look like. There are a variety of options available to you that will protect your eyes from damage while looking great at the same time.
At Peeper’s Optical, we provide eye protection, eye exams and a variety of eyewear to protect your vision for years to come. Whether you want to be fitted for contacts, need sport sunglasses or would like a lasik consultation, we can help you! Call our office today at (303) 333-2800 to schedule a consultation!