23 Jan 10 Tips for Good Eye Health Care in 2017

As we get ready to ring in the New Year it is a very good time to reflect how well we are taking care of our bodies, including managing our eye health.  Here are 10 ways to boost up your eye health care regime in 2017.

1. Have a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam

Regular eye examinations can detect diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease in their early stages.

2. Review Your Family Eye Health History

Become familiar with your family’s eye health and be aware if you are at risk factor for developing certain eye conditions or diseases. If there is any record of eye disease in your family be sure to mention this to your eye doctor.

3. Diet and Eye Health – Protect Your Sight

Foods such as carrots, spinach, collard greens, and kale, as well as fruits, all contain nutrients that can help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity can increase the risk of glaucoma, diabetes, and eye-related diseases.

5. Use Protective Eyewear When Needed

It is important to protect your eyes when playing contact sports or performing tasks such as woodworking. Polycarbonate is used in the production of protective lenses and is 10 times stronger than plastic.

6. Stop Smoking or Don’t Start

Smoking has been directly linked to an increase in risk for developing optic nerve damage, cataracts, and macular degeneration. All of these can negatively affect your eye health and can eventually lead to blindness.

7. Protect Your Eyes from the Sun – Wear Sunglasses

When the sun is out and shining it is important to wear sunglasses that block 99%-100% of UV-A and UV-B radiation.

8. Rest Your Eyes

If you spend a lot of time focussed on one thing, such as in front of a computer during the day, try the 20-20-20 rule. After 20 minutes, fix your eyes on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Learn more about how to prevent eye strain while watching TV.

9. Maintain Clean Hands and Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and disinfect your contact lenses as per the instructions.

10. Practice Eye Safety at Work

If protective eyewear is required in your workplace, be sure to wear appropriate protection at all times.

For more information on eye health care, or to book an appointment for an eye exam, call Unionville Optometry today at 905-477-4488 or send us an email.

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