Taking care of your vision should be one of your top priorities. Our eyes take in the world around us, and sadly out of the five senses this is fastest growing one to be lost. There are four main ways to take of your eyes – protecting them, preventing eye problems, finding out about congenial eye disease, and looking into temporary eye conditions. It is recommended to get an eye check up at least once a year!
Protecting your eyes is the first most important thing, and it is fairly easy, it just requires a little bit of extra effort. Recent studies have found that certain vitamins are key to good eye health. Vitamin A, found in carrots and multi-vitamins, is key to preventing deficiencies. One of the symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency is a chronic dry eye, if you have this we highly recommend you ask both your physician and optometrists about this condition. The next great nutrient for your eyes is antioxidants – they help prevent macular degeneration. They also have a lot of other nutritional value for your whole body. The other key to protecting your eyes is wearing the correct protection. When in the sun wearing sunglasses is crucial to prevent UV damage. When doing house work, or work where small debris may fly into the eye wearing safety goggles is a must. A small step like this could prevent a much larger disaster from happening.
Preventing eye problems is the next step. This is again easy, but it requires making the extra effort. The first step is to wear sunglasses, just like your skin can get burnt so can your eyes. Wearing a hat and sunglasses is the best idea because it cuts down light reflecting off the water or other surfaces as well. The other unintentional problem that we face is eyestrain. When one works in front of a computer all day or reads all the time this can cause a lot of strain on the eyes. Make sure to take breaks, take a walk, and let your eyes wonder. They’re many exercises to do to prevent eyestrain.
Sadly, there some eye diseases we cannot prevent fully, but being aware of them is key. Some of the main congenial eye diseases are cataracts and astigmatism. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens that results in obscured vision. Astigmatism is caused by a defect in the curvature of the eye, which mainly affects the peripheral vision. If you would like to find out more about congenial diseases ask your optometrist, many of the diseases your doctor will test for on a regular basis such as glaucoma.
The last step to good eye health is finding out about temporary conditions. The most common temporary condition is conjunctivitis also known as pink eye. It is caused by inflammation of the conjunctiva. If your eyes are bothering you in any way such as dry eyes, itchy eyes, watery eyes, these are all temporary problems that can be fixed.
Remember to get a yearly check up at your optometrist. With today’s technology it is a quick easy visit, that no longer requires drops and wait periods, everything is done electronically!