Suffering from vision loss, or even the thought of losing your vision can be scary to anyone. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help protect some of your most valuable assets… your eyes.
Have Your Eyes Checked – A number of serious eye diseases have no symptoms, and early detection is critical.
Quit Smoking – People who smoke are up to four times more likely to develop Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
Eat Healthy and Get in Shape – Diets high in fat and low in nutrients increase the risk of developing AMD. Focus on omega-3 fatty acids and leafy greens.
Protect Your Eyes from the Sun – Exposure to UV rays is associated with a higher risk of AMD.
Wear Eye Protection – When playing sports or working with power tools protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles.
Consider a Vitamin Supplement – If you’ve been diagnosed with AMD talk to your optometrist about high – dose vitamin supplements.
Prevent Diabetes – People with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss.
Manage Your Diabetes – To lower your risk of diabetic retinopathy it is important to control your blood sugar.
Keep Alcohol to a Minimum – Drinking heavily is a known risk for developing cataracts and other eye diseases.
Educate Yourself – many eye diseases are related to hereditary or ethnicity, so be sure to get to know your family history.
If you have further questions about preventing eye disease, or would like to schedule an eye exam contact us at 216.574.8900.