Taking steps to maintain healthy eyes will help you keep your vision and also promote overall health. Many things that promote eye health also improve general health, including eating right, exercising, taking vitamins, drinking enough water and getting adequate sleep. Visit the eye doctor and take steps to protect your eyes from sunlight and airborne hazards that may cause vision loss.
Visit an eye doctor at 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore and have a complete eye examination every couple of years if you are over age 40. Children should have complete eye examinations at ages 6 months and 3 years. Youths age 4 to 19 should have the more basic eye screenings every year during medical checkups. People should have a complete eye exam at least once between ages 20 to 29, and twice between ages 30 and 39.
Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist if you have itching, swelling, puffiness, redness or irritation around the eye or eyelid. See a doctor if you have blurred vision or loss of vision. These conditions may be symptoms of eye disease.
The medical industry has made major advancements in treating eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, macular degeneration or other eye disease, take your medications and follow the doctor’s orders.
Ask your eye doctor about special prescription glasses for working on computers. The prescription for your regular glasses or contacts may not be right for computer work. Working on a computer can strain eyesight.
Wear sunglasses treated with ultraviolet protection when outdoors. Reducing ultraviolet light exposure will prevent damage from sunlight. Brown cataracts, also called sunshine cataracts, and macular degeneration have been linked to exposure to sunlight.
Limit your time outdoors in the summer sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., especially if you already have eye disease. Sunlight strikes the Earth at less of an angle and is more intense when high overhead in midday and in summer.
Wear eye protection when working in industrial situations or using power tools and when playing sports. Eye injuries resulting in vision loss or blindness may happen when working around airborne or hazardous materials.
Maintain a healthy weight, eat proper nutrition and get exercise to help prevent diabetes and diabetes-related eye disorders and blindness. The improved circulation of blood that comes with a getting good nutrition and exercise will also help keep eyes healthy.
If you have diabetes, maintain careful control in order to help prevent diabetic retinopathy, which can result in blindness.
To get proper nutrition eat lean meats, low-fat dairy, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, whole grains. Cook with fats derived from plants like canola oil, nut oils or olive oil.
Consume certain foods and drinks that may help prevent eye disease. Drink green tea, carrot juice and eat carrots, tomatoes, peaches, papaya, mangoes, garlic, spinach, turkey, chicken, nuts, sunflower seeds and yogurt. These foods contain vitamins, minerals and other chemicals that may help keep eyes healthy.
Ask your doctor about vitamin and dietary supplements that research has shown may prevent or even reverse eye disease. Studies have shown taurine, R-lipoic acid, xanthophylls, bilberry, quercetin, gingko biloba, zinc, carnosine and vitamins A, C and E to be healthy for eyes.
Get adequate sleep every night so your eyes are rested and not strained.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration that can damage eyes.
Avoid rubbing your eyes if your eyes itch or feel tired.
If it’s been more than a year since your last eye exam, please feel free to drop in to any 20/20 Eyeglass Superstore location or schedule an exam online. We have over 4000 thousand frames to choose from and we’re known for having a frame for every face and a price for any budget. We also have in-house optometrists that are available for full eye examinations. Check out our coupons page for current offerings as well.
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