Many of us will diligently visit a doctor for regular checkups, even when we feel perfectly healthy. Why don’t we do the same for our eyes?
In fact, more than 23 million Americans of age 18 and older have never even had an eye exam. Many eye diseases won’t show symptoms until their later stages, so without an eye exam it’s difficult to know how healthy your vision really is.
In observance of Healthy Vision Month, take time to read on and learn about the simple steps you can take to preserve your vision—healthy eyes will last you a lifetime!
Everyday activities like office work, sports, and even your daily commute can pose risks to vision health by causing eye strain, injury, or prolonged exposure to sunlight. Vision problems can also develop in relation to other conditions and illnesses including diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Conversely, your overall health benefits from having healthy vision. Aside from increased risk of falls, injury, and depression, people with vision problems are also more likely to suffer from poor hearing, heart problems, low back pain, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Steps Toward Healthier Vision
Taking care of your vision isn’t complicated. Making healthy choices that benefit your vision health is often as simple as paying attention to your hygiene, nutrition, and making time for regular eye exams and checkups. Below are 7 tips to get you started:
- Keep an eye on your nutrition: eat dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, collard greens) and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish like salmon, albacore tuna, and trout. Proper nutrition can also benefit your vision by helping to maintain a healthy weight and prevent diabetes.
- Quit smoking (or never start).
- Wear sunglasses that offer both UVA and UVB protection.
- Wear protective eyewear while working, playing sports, or performing home maintenance and repairs.
- If you wear contacts, wash your hands before removing them, and properly cleanse your contact lenses after use to prevent infection.
- Know your family’s eye health history—some eye diseases are hereditary.
- Get regular comprehensive dilated eye exams.
May is Healthy Vision Month, so it’s the perfect time to begin putting these tips into practice and keeping your vision health in mind. One of the best things you can do for your vision today is to schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam to check for common eye problems. If you haven’t had an exam in a while, call 903-838-0783 or schedule an appointment online with Texarkana Eye Associates today.