Healthy Vision

Jul 1, 2024 | Featured, Health

It’s always a good time to consider the importance of your eye health and take steps to protect your sight.

Regular Eye Examinations
Regular eye examinations are critical in maintaining healthy vision as they can detect early signs of diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy, even before symptoms appear. Adults should have their eyes examined annually.

Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays
Ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your eyes and increase the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Wearing sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays is a simple way to protect your eyes.

Maintain a Healthy Diet
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids can support eye health. Spinach, kale, and carrots are high in antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for the eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon and tuna help maintain the retina’s health and reduce the risk of dry eyes. Vitamins C and E, zinc, and beta-carotene are essential nutrients for preventing age-related vision problems.

Manage Chronic Conditions
Diabetes and hypertension can significantly impact eye health. Diabetic retinopathy, caused by high blood sugar levels damaging blood vessels in the retina, is a leading cause of blindness. Managing your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels through medication, diet, and exercise is essential to protect your vision.

Practice Good Eye Hygiene
Take regular breaks when working on a computer or reading. The 20-20-20 rule is a helpful guideline: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds to help reduce eye strain and fatigue. Ensure the area is well-lit to avoid eye strain. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can introduce bacteria and lead to infections.

Quit Smoking
Smoking is harmful to nearly every part of your body, including your eyes. It increases the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage.

Stay Hydrated and Get Enough Sleep
Proper hydration is essential for maintaining healthy eyes and preventing dry eyes. Getting adequate sleep is also crucial for eye health so your eyes can rest and recover.

Need an eye exam? Call or text the experts at Stiles Eye Group today at 479.452.2020 for an appointment.

The information provided is for general informational purposes only and not intended as professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The author is not a licensed healthcare professional. The use of any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.

WORDS Do South staff
IMAGE David Travis

Do South Magazine

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