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Pointers for Protecting Your Vision The number of Americans suffering from severe vision loss today is staggering – over 20 million! Not all eye diseases can be avoided, but here’s some good news: there are simple things we can do to reduce the possibility of vision loss. The Importance of UV Sunglasses UV-blocking sunglasses are helpful in preventing skin cancer in the area surrounding the eye, and can stall the development of cataracts, which form faster with heavy and direct sun exposure. However, not just any sunglasses will do. Of course, those that block UV rays completely work the best. Say No to Smoking
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There is indisputable evidence of the adverse health effects of smoking, including those that affect the eyes. In particular, this practice has been known to hasten the development of cataracts and the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
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The Right Nutrition Any person’s retinal functions can suffer when he is vitamin-deficient. Studies have proven that vitamins C and E, lutein, omega-e fatty acids, zeaxanthin, and zinc are all helpful in preventing AMD. Getting a Baseline Eye Exam If you’re an adult with no eye disease risk factors, you should take a baseline eye exam when you turn 40, which is when the earliest signs of eye disease and vision impairment set in. Your ophthalmologist will know whether treatment, follow-up exams or any other interventions are necessary. Indoor Eye Protection Standard ANSI-approved eyewear should be good for most home projects and activities. For sports eye protection, you should wear eyewear approved by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or by your sport’s governing body. Your Family History A lot of eye diseases, like glaucoma, cataract and AMD, run in families, so it’s worth knowing your family’s history so you can take preventive steps early on, just in case. Working with Your Eye Care Provider Make sure you’re seeing an eye specialist who is most appropriate for your particular condition. There are optometrists, opticians and ophthalmologists, who are full-spectrum eye specialists providing all levels of care, from eyeglass prescriptions to delicate eye surgery. Proper Use of Contact Lenses Know that you can develop corneal ulcers and even vision loss if you abuse contact lenses – for example, by using expired cleaning solutions, sleeping with contacts that are not made for overnight use, etc. Dealing with Eye Fatigue The 20-20-20 rule comes in handy for computer-related eye strain: once every 20 minutes, look away from your work, fix your eyes on anything about 20 feet away from you, and carry on for 20 seconds. If eye fatigue remains, it’s time to see an eye doctor. You might be candidate for presbyopia or dry eye. Eye care is very important for all of us – not that it needs to be mentioned. But sometimes, we become so busy that we actually forget what’s most important to us, like good eye health and vision.