What can you do to keep your eyes healthy?
- Get regular eye exams: Your vision can deteriorate slowly, so it’s important to have an eye exam at least once a year, identify problems early, and give us a chance to treat them.
- Know your family medical history: Do eye conditions run in your family? Many eye conditions are hereditary, so let your eye doctor know if there is a history of vision problems in your family.
- Protect your eyes: Sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV light that can damage your eyes and increase your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and cancer. Safety glasses, sports goggles, and eye guards help prevent serious eye injuries.
- Make your health a priority: Watch your weight; don’t smoke; eat lots of dark, leafy greens and omega-3 fatty acids that support eye health; and manage chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, that can damage your vision.
- Limit screen time: Staring at a computer screen or smartphone can cause eye strain, dry eye, and increase your exposure to harmful blue light. Take regular breaks to rest your eyes and use eyeglass lenses that block blue light wavelengths so you can focus more easily.