Our last blog post concentrated on eye diseases that eye doctors look for during an eye exam. This blog will focus on health habits and tips that can help prevent or delay some eye diseases. Optimally, good habits should start during childhood but it is never too late to adopt healthy habits! Here are our suggestions at Wise Family Eye Center:
- Get an Annual Exam: An exam every year will help your eye doctor to check for any changes or the start of any eye diseases early on. Eye exams can also uncover symptoms of other health issues, sometimes before symptoms have appeared in other parts of the body. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers can all affect the eyes and be detected through an eye exam, making this health check-up important for overall health.
- Protect your eyes from UV Exposure: This is a habit that everyone should get into regardless of age. Too much UV exposure can lead to macular degeneration, cataracts, and cancer. Wearing sunglasses that are rated to block 100% UV rays should be worn every time you are outdoors regardless of the season.
- Being aware of Screen Time: Taking breaks from your computer, tablets, mobile phone, and other digital devices is essential for eye health. Digital eye strain is becoming a chronic problem. We discussed this in our August Blog article: Tips to prevent Digital Eye Strain
- Quit Smoking: Not sure we need to go into why this is a good suggestion but we do know it will not only help with eye health but your overall health. Quitting smoking at any age has its benefits but the earlier in life you quit (or never start) the better your health will be.
- Eating well & Nutrition: A healthy, nutritious diet is essential to not only to overall health but for your eye health. Besides getting enough Vitamin A, vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids have also been found to be beneficial for healthy eyes. Scheduling an appointment with a Registered Dietician can help you improve your diet and your overall health.
Aging is a fact of life and we can’t stop it but there are things we can do to make it a healthier process. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wise to learn more about your eye health and healthy habits that will support the aging process.