The Ins and Outs of Proper Eye Care

Eye, Pupil, Vision, Iris, Human, Lens, Sight, HealthTaking care of your eyes is extremely important. Not everyone is given perfect sight or they need to receive corrective services later in life. However, in order to not only put off needing corrective vision services but improve the quality of your vision (and with it, reduce headaches and other problems associated with poor eyesight), you’ll need to know the ins and outs of proper eye care. Follow these tips and instructions to do just that.

Have Regular Exams

Your vision may shift or deteriorate slowly, which means you likely will not notice the decline of your eyesight. This is why having regular exams is important. Annual checkups ensure your vision is remaining constant. If you currently use glasses or contacts the regular exams will help with updating your prescriptions for new lenses (if needed).

Know If You Are At Risk

Certain demographics are at greater risk for developing vision problems. This includes people who have high blood pressure (or who come from a family with high blood pressure), are African-American or are over the age of 65. These different demographics do not automatically mean an increase in vision problems, but individuals in these groups are more likely to experience vision problems. So talking with a vision specialist about additional ways to protect eyesight is important.

Wear Sunglasses

The sun is one of the main causes of premature aging, not just with the skin but eyes as well. Wearing UV protective sunglasses whenever out in the sun prevents rays from coming in contact with the eyes. It can also help reduce the chance of developing wrinkles around the eyes as well. It is important for the sunglasses to block out 100 percent UV rays.

For individuals who tan, it is recommended to stop as this works like extreme radiation from the sun. However, for those who insist on continuing to tan in booths, wearing tanning goggles is extremely important. Closed eyelids do not protect the eyes and can lead to damage.

Exercise

Exercise helps boost blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. This, in turn, helps with eyesight thanks to the additional nutrients reaching the eyes. People who exercise on a regular basis are less likely to develop age-related vision problems. There are many perks associated with working out. This is just one of them.

Change in Vision?

If you have noticed any kind of change in your vision you need to see a vision specialist. Whether you’re seeing double-vision from time to time or have noticed specks in your vision, it’s essential to have it checked out. Flecks and spots in your vision may be scratches on your eye that don’t need surgery and won’t affect your daily vision. However, double-vision, hazy vision, and difficulty seeing in certain lighting conditions are all reasons to go get checked out.

Healthy Diet

Your body needs a healthy, balanced diet. An increase in antioxidants will help reduce the chance of developing cataracts. You can find antioxidants in a number of veggies and fruits, especially those of the dark green variety. So make sure you’re doing your part with a healthy diet. The rest of your body will thank you for it.

Quit Smoking

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your body. Many causes of premature aging and serious illnesses stem from what you do directly to your body. This includes what you put into it in the form of food, how you care for it and if you smoke. Smoking damages nearly every organ in your body, including your vision. People who smoke are more likely to develop cataracts, macular degeneration, and uveitis.

Safety Glasses While Working

Whenever working with tools, it’s important to wear safety glasses. It’s impossible to know when something might kick up and catch the eye.

These are the basic ins and outs of proper eye care. Eye care is extremely important and connects to other aspects of your life. It doesn’t take much to care for your eyes but not doing it may leave you susceptible to vision problems and other issues later on down the road. So follow these tips and you’ll continue to enjoy the gift of sight.

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