It is all too easy to take our eyesight for granted. But as we get older we may start developing eye problems or eye conditions that impact on our eyesight. Significantly, nearly 50% of all sight loss is caused by conditions that are either treatable or at least preventable. So, what can we do to protect our eyesight?
Glaucoma is an eye condition that can affect your eye sight and in the worst cases can cause blindness. However, it is treatable and can be controlled with medications. So, if anyone in your family has a history of glaucoma, make sure that you tell your optician when you go for your next check-up.
Preventing eye problems can be as straight forward as keeping a good general health. Keeping your weight within normal limits can prevent diseases such as diabetes which can result in devastating eye conditions. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and taking regular exercise can help.
It is also believed that nutrients such as vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent eye conditions such as cataracts. Stocking up on oily fish, nuts and pulses can add these nutrients to your diet.
We all know that too much UV light can be bad for our skin. But did you know that it can be bad for our eyes too? Wearing proper eye protection that blocks UVA and UVB can protect us from developing eye problems such as cataracts. When the sun is out, why risk it? Slip on the shades – but make sure that they have a UV rating and bear the CE mark.
Smoking is a terrible habit. It can cause all sorts of illnesses including lung cancer and heart disease. But did you know that it can also cause eye problems, including blindness? Smoking increases your chance of developing eye conditions such as cataracts, macular degeneration and eye inflammation. Furthermore, women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to deliver children who have eye disorders. It’s never too late to quit. Put your health first and put down the cigarettes.
Prevention of eye conditions is always better than cure. So, get your eyes checked regularly. Not only will a review of your eyes pick up any simple eye problems such as changes in your vision, but it could spot early signs of general conditions such as diabetes or blood vessel disease which, if caught early enough, may be controlled if not treated. Look after your eyes and they will look after you!