When it Comes to Your Eye Health, Seeing is Believing
Most of us rely on our sense of sight more than any other, to work, to drive a car, to cook, sew, shop and to do the hundreds of things we are able to enjoy everyday thanks to our ability to see. But, the fact is, we often don’t do enough to protect this valuable gift of sight.
Here are a few tips to help you protect your eyes so that you can see the world clearly for a long time. Rose colored glasses are optional.
Have an Eye Exam at least Once per Year
Make sure to have a complete dilated eye examination every year to help prevent loss of vision. Preventing eye damage is the most important step you can take to protect your sight. And don’t forget to record this in your Prevention Plan’s Personal Health Record to receive Prevention Score Points!
Protect Your Health
There are many reasons to prevent diabetes and high blood pressure and your eyesight is high on the list. Diabetes and high blood pressure can damage the small arteries and blood vessels in our eyes and can cause serious vision problems.
Talk to your Doctor
Keep in touch with your doctor and report any symptoms that are affecting your vision.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun
Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), both leading causes of vision loss among older adults. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends selecting sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag.
Prevent Eye Injuries
Remember to shield your eyes appropriately when playing sports and during common household tasks such as working with chemicals, mowing the lawn, and working on your car.