Standard Optical: Tips for Healthy Eyes

(KUTV) Standard Optical visited Fresh Living with some great tips for Healthy Eyes.

Most importantly, get a comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye exams are important regardless of your age or your physical health. In addition to determining your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses, your doctor will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health. Eye doctors often are the first health care professionals to detect chronic systemic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

Next, you should know your family’s eye health history. Many eye diseases and conditions are hereditary. Knowing this information will help to determine if you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.

Do not forget to eat healthy. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping your eyes healthy. By doing this, you will also be able to maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

Always wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.

Don’t smoke. Research has linked smoking to an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.

Wear sunglasses. Think of this as sunscreen for the eyes. Look for sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation.

Rest your eyes.

Clean your hands and your contact lenses. To avoid the risk of infection, always wash your hands thoroughly before putting in or taking out your contact lenses. Make sure to disinfect contact lenses as instructed and replace them as appropriate.

Try to limit digital eye strain. Computers, tablets, e-readers, smartphones and other electronic devices with visual displays all can cause tired eyes, digital eye strain and computer vision syndrome. Computer-related eye problems have become widespread: according to a 2015 survey by The Vision Council, 65 percent of American adults reported having symptoms of digital eye strain.

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