The simple things to keep your eyes as healthy as possible no matter your age are often the most overlooked, and that’s a shame indeed. Healthy eyes require a daily vigilance and it starts with fairly simple things, from eating right to getting regular eye exams at Pearle Vision.
Plus, when you keep things simple, you will be more likely to stick with the plan!
Get Regular Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams
Your vision may seem fine and your eyes seem healthy but it may not be. You may have age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetes-related eye disease but since these conditions are asymptomatic (i.e., no visible signs and symptoms), you won’t know about it.
The only effective way to be sure is a comprehensive dilated eye exam, a straightforward exam that can detect many eye diseases at their early stages. During the exam, the optometrist or ophthalmologist will place drops in your eyes that will dilate, or widen, your pupils. Once you have dilated pupils, more light can enter your eyes and the optometrist or ophthalmologist can have a good look at the back of your eyes and determine their health.
The appropriate measures can then be adopted based on the results of the exam. You may be advised to get eyeglasses or contact lenses, perhaps use eye drops.
Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Your eyes are among the most sensitive organs of your body and it’s sensitive to your diet, exercise and lifestyle habits. By following a healthy lifestyle, you’re not just protecting your eyesight but improving your quality of life, too.
The most important tips to keep in mind:
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain nutrients essential for eye health. These include carrots, squash, and dark leafy greens like kale, collard greens, and spinach, as well as fish with high omega-3 fatty acids like tuna, halibut, and salmon.
- Maintain your ideal weight – or at least, as near to your ideal weight as possible. Being obese or overweight increases the risk of diabetes, among other systemic medical conditions, which can result in vision loss.
- Quit smoking or, if you aren’t a smoker, don’t even start. Studies have shown that smoking has adverse effects on the health of the eyes, especially in increasing the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage.
Of course, you should be vigilant about wearing protective gear for your eyes and adopting hygienic habits in relation to your eyes. Examples include wearing sunglasses when you’re outside, especially during sunny and snowy days, giving your eyes sufficient rest, and properly cleaning your hands and contact lenses.