Knowing Your Family Eye Health History is Important!

We all wonder at times, what part of our parent’s genes did we get?  What genes are inheritable, which are not?  What disease could we have passed to our children?  There are a few eye diseases, which are genetic and can be passed down through generations.  That is why knowing your families history is so important.   Some of these diseases we are able to prevent or slow down with the proper knowledge.

The most common genetic, but preventable, eye disease is Macular Degeneration.  This is preventable with some simple change in lifestyle.  The first step is to use UV protection.  UV rays have been known to both increases the risk of macular degeneration as well as to stimulate the onset of the disease.  Most doctors recommend having 98% or higher UV protected sunglasses.  Wearing polarized glasses is even better because it will protect one’s eye from blue light.

Another preventative measure is the right nutrition.  Diets high in antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C, and E greatly reduce the risk of macular degeneration.  Foods such as dark leafy greens, spinach, carrots, and oranges.  Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor for other recommendations.

Regular eye exams are the number one recommended prevention and treatment method.  Early diagnosis to such a disease is key.  It is recommended to go in once a year for a check-up, but if you are worried always go to see your doctor.

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