Easy Ways To Look After Your Eyesight
It’s natural for our eyesight to get worse with age. However, several bad habits can increase the likeliness of vision loss, even leading to more serious eye conditions such as cataracts and retinopathy. Here are just several easy ways in which you can reduce the risk of sight problems.
Protect your eyes in the sun
Sun exposure is a leading cause of cataracts – this is when the lenses of the eyes cloud up leading to reduced vision and sometimes blindness. You can easily protect your eyes from the sun by wearing a cap or wearing sunglasses. If you have to squint, it’s usually a sign that it’s too bright and that you could be causing damage.
If you’re a smoker, you could be increasing the risk of numerous eye problems. On top of cataracts, smoking can increase the risk of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome. This is due to both the smoke getting in the eyes and the chemicals inhaled causing nerve and blood vessel damage. Quitting smoking admittedly isn’t easy, but there are now more ways to give up than ever before, so make sure that you’re exploring as many options as you can.
Eat the right foods
The foods you eat can also affect your eye health. Generally speaking, you should be careful of fatty foods, high levels of sugar and high levels of salts. Diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma – two eye conditions that can result in blindness – can both be caused by a poor diet involving these foods. Foods that are good for the eyes include leafy greens, eggs and omega-3-rich foods (e.g. oily fish and walnuts).
Wear prescription eyewear
Common eyesight problems such as myopia (near-sightedness) and presbyopia (long-sightedness) may not be avoidable – they may be genetic or may occur naturally with age. They can however be easily corrected by wearing prescription glasses or contact lenses. Make sure that you are wearing this prescription eyewear if necessary – otherwise you could be straining your eyes and making these issues worse. Cost can sometimes be an issue for some people but nowadays many companies are offering vision insurance and there are optician schemes in place that can save you money. Meanwhile, if you simply don’t like the idea of glasses or contact lenses, there could still be the option of investing in laser eye surgery.
Go for regular eye tests
Going for regular eye tests can help you to spot eye health issues early. In most cases, the quicker you spot these problems, the more easily that they can be dealt with. Some opticians offer free eye tests, which could save you some money.
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