Many eye complaints – blurry vision, sensitivity to glare, dryness – end up being common issues that can be diagnosed and treated without causing serious harm to your vision. In some cases, however, those same symptoms can be early signs of more serious problems.
Anytime you have concerns about your eyes or notice changes in your vision, you should make an appointment to see your eye doctor. But the real key to taking care of your eyes is to make sure you are doing all you can to protect them. That means taking preventive measures whenever possible, and it starts with seeing your eye doctor regularly, even if you’re not having a problem. This is particularly important because some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, give you no warning signs until irreversible damage has already occurred.
Here are tips for preventing problems that can hurt your eyes, and ultimately, affect your vision:
Protect your eyes from the sun
The sun’s UV rays can hurt your eyes and eventually harm your vision. For example, over time, too much sun exposure can cause cataracts to form up to a decade earlier than they would normally. The sun has the power to burn your corneas just like it burns your skin. So any time you’re outside, even on partially cloudy days, wear sunglasses (and a hat) that block UV rays. (You could also add clear UV blocking film to your car’s windows.)
Protect your eyes from accidents
Some of the biggest hazards to your eyes happen when you’re working around your house and yard. Debris can fly up from the lawn mower or weed eater, cleaning solution can splash as you pour it into a bucket. Simply wearing protective eyewear can prevent these typical situations from hurting your eyes.
Protect your eyes from unhealthy foods
Research has shown that certain nutrients may make age-related macular degeneration less likely. Choose foods containing antioxidants such as omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins C, E, beta-carotene; zinc, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Protect your eyes from neglect
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