Maintain Eye Health with These Helpful Tips!

It’s a fact: everyone gets older. While it may seem like we have little control over our health as we age, there are actually many things that we can do to stay healthy as time goes on. Staying strong and toned are usually big concerns, but don’t forget about the essentials — like your great eyesight!

Are you wondering how you can keep your eyes healthy over the years? We have some tips for you:

Eat a Balanced Diet for Healthy Eyes

Did your mom ever tell you that if you ate carrots, your eyesight would improve? She was not just trying to trick you into eating your vegetables — it actually works! Carrots are high in Vitamin C, a nutrient essential to good eye health. If you can’t stand carrots, there are other foods high in vitamin C as well. Not only will vitamin C and other nutrients found in leafy greens, fish, eggs, and other whole foods help you maintain good vision, they will go a long way to preventing serious eye problems.

A balanced diet will also help you maintain a healthy weight, which will go a long way for your eye health. Obesity and its related diseases is one of the main causes of blindness in American adults.

Use Eyewear to Protect Your Eyes

Not only are sunglasses stylish, polarized sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection are sure to help keep your eyes healthy as time goes on. Overexposure to glare and UV rays can cause serious eye damage. It is important to make a habit of wearing sunglasses at a young age, as exposure early on can lead to problems later in life.

Not only are sunglasses important, safety eyewear is essential if you work a job that exposes you to hazardous or airborne materials, or if you play a sport that might put your eyes at risk for injury.

Quit (or Never Start) Smoking for Healthier Eyes

If you smoke cigarettes, you are at high risk for cataracts, damage to your optic nerve, and macular degeneration, among other vision problems. The connection between smoking and eye health is not completely clear, but it is known that smoking exposes your eyes to high levels of oxidative stress. The best bet to keep your eyes as healthy as can be is to quit smoking, or never start.

Give Your Eyes a Break from Screens

We live in an era of staring at screens — whether for work or entertainment, most people find themselves in front of a computer, television, or other electronic device for hours on end. Prolonged screentime can lead to several eye issues, including:

  • Eyestrain
  • Blurry vision
  • Trouble focusing
  • Dry eyes

To help avoid these associated issues, try taking breaks from looking at your screen. Take a short walk or try focusing on another object for half a minute. 

Schedule Regular Eye Exams with an Eye Doctor

Even if your eyesight seems perfect and you feel healthy, many eyesight issues can be asymptomatic, meaning an individual will not even realize a problem is developing. An eye doctor will be able to catch different vision problems early on. Early detection can be the key to protecting your eyes from serious diseases or vision loss.

Get on track to your best vision by scheduling a comprehensive eye exam at LaserVue Eye Center today! We will check for vision changes, eye diseases and other conditions that may affect your eyes. A comprehensive eye exam at LaserVue Eye Center will usually include glaucoma and cataract testing.