Great eye sight is about more than simply going to the doctor every year to upgrade your eyeglasses or contact lens prescription. Although this is important, you should also know how to treat your eyes when they are dry or irritated, what to eat to build good eyesight and how to protect your eyes against the sun, in order to maintain your long term eye health. Below, Dr. Matthew Hendrickson of Clarity Eye Care in Lombard, Illinois has compiled a list of essential tips to keep your eyes in great shape:
Sunglasses: The Coolest Way To See Your Best
Beyond the well known dangers UV radiation poses to your skin, it can also do significant damage to your eyes by giving you a kind of “sunburn of the eye, called photokeratitis. Side effects of photokeratitis include painful blinking and a grainy feeling in your eyes. Beyond the short term, the more your eyes are exposed to UV rays over your lifetime, the greater your chances become of developing serious eye problems, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts. Good sunglasses can help save your eyesight by significantly reducing the amount of UV radiation entering your eyes and reducing the chances of photokeratitis and long term damage to your eyes. Glare from reflective and semi-reflective surfaces can also do significant harm to your eyesight, which is why high quality polarized sunglasses are made to block this as well. Quality sunglasses are very important for reducing eyestrain, headaches and fatigue as well.
Eat Right, See Well
The better you eat, the better you see. This is well known in the eye care community. Dr. Hendrickson comments, “Spinach, kale and other leafy greens can protect against a very serious eye condition called macular degeneration, that is the leading cause of vision loss in older people. The same can be said about dark berries like blueberries and blackberries. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and flax seeds, have been found to reduce inflammation in the blood vessels of the eyes, which, along with proper control of blood sugar can also protect against diabetic retinopathy.”
An Eye Exam Every Year, Can Mean Eyesight for 120
Many serious eye problems can come on slowly and may not be noticeable until it's too late, and significant and irreversible damage has already been done to your vision. The best way to avoid visual damage like this, is to avoid developing these conditions in the first place. For this, proper preventive care is key. Adults, especially those over the age of 40, should have eye exams every single year. This is particularly to prevent age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Early detection can significantly increase your chances of satisfactory results.
For more information, contact Dr. Hendrickson today.