As stated by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, one of the best tools for caring for your eyes is regular medical screenings. This is especially true for adults. Many eye diseases progress without symptoms, such as glaucoma, and you don’t know you have it until your vision is affected. Early detection and treatment greatly improve the chances of saving vision.
Your family’s health history plays a big role in your vision. This is true regardless of ethnic or racial background. Make sure to let your ophthalmologist know if certain eye conditions run in your family so they can be aware of what to monitor and look for during your screenings. Many inherited diseases benefit from early treatment!
No matter what stage of life you are in, your eye health will benefit from taking the proper safety precautions to protect your eyes. Listed below are tips from us here at Health Designs and the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
- At Home: While you may not think about it, everyday life at home can pose threats to your eyes. When cooking, use lids or grease shields on sizzling pans prevent spattering oil from reaching the eye. When cleaning, read product labels first. They usually have information on eye safety. And then make sure to always where safety glasses when doing home improvement or wood working products.
- At Work: While at work, wear protective eyewear and be wary of workplace hazards such as harmful chemicals and loose debris. If your job requires computer work, try wearing blue light blocking glasses and take breaks from the screen often to prevent eye strain and irritation.
- Outside: Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can lead to eye cancer, cataracts, sunburn on the eye, and growths on or near the eyes. Just like you protect your skin from the sun using sunblock, it’s vital to protect your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun as well. Be sure to wear sunglasses that provide either 100% UV protection or UV400 protection and a wide-brimmed hat, even on a cloudy day.
If you’re feeling the effects of eye strain such as dry, itchy and watery eyes, blurred vision, and headaches try out the below exercises to reset your eyes.
- The 20-20-20 Rule: Every twenty minutes, fix you gaze on an object twenty feet away from you for twenty seconds.
- Exercise Your Gaze: Try drawing a shape with your eyes while keeping your head still.
- Close Your Eyes: A simple yet effective break that only takes 30 seconds.