Top Tips To Save Your Vision

Top Tips To Save Your Vision

More than 23 million Americans and Canadians suffer from severe vision loss. While not all eye diseases can be prevented
there are simple steps that everyone can take to help their eyes remain healthy now and reduce their chances of vision loss in the future.


Wear sunglasses

UV blocking sunglasses delay the development of cataracts
since direct sunlight hastens their formation. Sunglasses prevent retinal damage; they also protect the delicate eyelid skin to prevent both wrinkles and skin cancer around the eye
and both cancerous and non-cancerous growths on the eye. The US standard states that the lenses should have a UVB (280 to 315nm) transmittance of no more than one per cent and a UVA (315 to 380nm) transmittance of no more than 0.5 times of the visual light transmittance.

Don t smoke

Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects
including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Studies show that current smokers and ex-smokers are more likely to develop AMD than people who have never smoked. Smokers are also at increased risk for developing cataracts.

Eat right

Vitamin deficiency can impair retinal function. The belief that eating carrots improves vision has some truth
but a variety of vegetables
especially leafy green ones
should be an important part of your diet. Researchers have found people on diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E
omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced AMD.

Baseline eye exam

Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening from an eyecare specialist at age 40–the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. Based on the results of the initial screening
the ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. Anyone with symptoms or a family history of eye disease
diabetes or high blood pressure should see an eyecare specialist to determine how frequently your eyes should be examined.

Eye protection

An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the U.S. each year
so it is critical to wear proper eye protection to avoid eye injuries during sports such as hockey and baseball and home projects such as home repairs
and cleaning. For most repair projects and activities around the home
standard ANSI-approved protective eyewear will be sufficient. Sports eye protection should meet the specific requirements of that sport; these requirements are usually established and certified by the sport s governing body and/or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Know your family history

Many eye diseases cluster in families
so you should know your family s history of eye disease because you may be at increased risk. Age-related eye diseases
including cataracts
diabetic retinopathy
glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration are expected to dramatically increase–from 28 million today to 43 million by the year 2020.

Early intervention

Most serious eye conditions
such as glaucoma and AMD
are more easily and successfully treated if diagnosed and treated early. Left untreated
these diseases can cause serious vision loss and blindness. Early intervention now will prevent vision loss later.

Contact lens care

Follow your eye doctor s instructions regarding the care and use of contact lenses. Abuse
such as sleeping in contacts that are not approved for overnight wear
using saliva or water as a wetting solution
using expired solutions
and using disposable contact lenses beyond their wear can result in corneal ulcers
severe pain and even vision loss.

Be aware of eye fatigue

If your eyes are tired from working at a computer or doing close work
you can follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for twenty seconds. If eye fatigue persists
it can be a sign of several different conditions
such as dry eye
presbyopia or spectacles with lenses that are not properly centered. See an ophthalmologist to determine why you are having eye fatigue and to receive proper treatment.