Taking good care of your eyes and protecting your vision are important things to do, especially as you age. At Dr. Miller & Dr. Tilis Family Optometry, we care about your eye health and want you to follow these tips to protect it well into your golden years:
• Get your eyes dilated—Having us perform a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the best way to ensure your eyes are healthy. One of these eye exams is also the best way to detect common eye diseases, like glaucoma, in their early stages.
• Familiarize yourself with your family’s eye history—Find out if anyone in your family has or had an eye condition or disease. Many of these are hereditary, and having this knowledge can help you be proactive about detecting warning signs.
• Eat right—Consuming a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, especially dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach, can keep your eyes healthy.
• Stay at a healthy weight—Being overweight puts you at risk for diabetes and other systemic conditions that can affect your eyes and even lead to vision loss. Make it a priority to maintain a healthy weight and speak with your doctor if you are having trouble with this.
• Protect your eyes—When you’re playing sports or doing projects around your house, always put on a pair of protective eyewear.
• Stop smoking—Smoking is bad for your entire body, including your eyes. Many studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, optic nerve damage, and cataracts, which are all conditions that can cause blindness.
• Wear your shades—Not only are sunglasses a great fashion accessory, but they also protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays produced by the sun. When you buy new shades, look for a pair that blocks out 100% of UV-B and UV-A radiation.
• Rest your eyes—If you’re like many people, you might spend most of your day looking at a computer screen. To avoid digital eye strain, look away from your screen every 20 minutes for a few seconds.
• Wash your hands before handling contact lenses—Before you put in or take out your contact lenses, wash your hands thoroughly to reduce your risk of infection. You should also replace your lenses as instructed and follow basic disinfection practices.