HOW CAN I PREVENT VISION PROBLEMS?

Dr. Jim Martin 12/22/2014

2105559_orig.pngEveryone should proactively care for their eyes with more than just an annual visit to the eye doctor. There's plenty that you can do in between your regular eye exams to improve the health of your eyes. It is critical to take preventative action today to prevent vision problems later in life.

Nutrition Counts

One of the best ways to improve your eye health is to consume the proper nutrients. This means incorporating specific foods into your diet. Eat significant amounts of fish that are rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Examples include tuna and salmon. Other foods that will benefit your eyes are those rich in vitamins, especially vitamins C and E. Eat plenty of citrus fruits and leafy greens like spinach, kale and collards.

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, but are intent on preventing vision problems down the road, it is imperative that you quit. Smoking has the potential to lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. If you can't shake the habit, join a support group or find a doctor who can apply medical treatments to your addiction.

Wear Sunglasses

One of the simplest ways to prevent vision problems is to wear sunglasses. When your eyes are exposed to ultraviolet light, you'll increase the chances of developing cataracts or macular degeneration. Opt for wrap around style sunglasses that block light from hitting your eyes from the sides.

Take A Break

If you use a computer for work or school, don't stare into the screen for more than 20 minutes at a time. Give yourself incremental breaks and use them to stare at an object that is at least 20 feet away. When you are in front of the screen, reduce its brightness to a low setting. This will ease the strain on your eyes. Also set your web browser to a high zoom setting and use large text in word processing programs so that words are easier to read.

Regular Checkups

The most important way to prevent vision problems is to pinpoint eye health issues before they spiral out of control. This means visiting with an eye doctor at least once per year. He'll examine your eyes, put them through a series of health tests and determine if you need glasses or an adjustment to your current lenses.

Don't wait until it's too late to correct an existing vision problem. Contact Broome Optical today to schedule your eye exam. A visit with one of our friendly optometrists will give you the peace of mind that you deserve.

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