How to Maintain Your Vision?

How to Maintain Your Vision?

The World Health Organization advocates for the integration of eye care with other health checkups not just for seniors, but for all people. Our vision changes over time as a result of age. Most of these changes are not severe, however, some could be a sign of a serious condition.

How do you know which vision change is normal? Through regular eye checkups, and the first step is to choose a good medical center. At Altus Emergency Center, we have a well-equipped eye clinic with the latest technology to help with an accurate diagnosis.

Symptoms of Vision Changes

Some of the signs that your vision is deteriorating include;

  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Decreased ability to focus as a result of poor eye muscle
  • Decreased color sensitivity

Eight Tips to Maintaining Your Vision 

Your vision is vital and it is essential to practice good habits to promote eye health and reduce vision changes.

  • Eat a good diet

Although eyesight will change with age, a healthy lifestyle will reduce the risk of vision problems. Furthermore, it will also help you maintain your optimal health.

According to research, certain nutrients like vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, copper, zinc, and copper reduce vision decline by 25%. Additionally, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids are vital for your eyes. 

The American Optometric Association recommend the consumption of food like;

  • Fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Fish oil also helps to reverse dry eye which occurs due to extensive use of computers.
  • Seeds, nuts, legumes, and wheat germ are rich in vitamin E and omega 3. Our bodies produce vitamin E, but most of us don’t produce enough to support body cells, hence we have to get it from foods.
  • Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and lemons are rich in vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant that fights eye damage.
  • Carrots and green leafy vegetables are rich in lutein and zeaxanthin that maintain eye health. Carrots are also rich in beta-carotene that is essential for vision
  • Maintain a healthy body weight 

Excess body weight is linked to pressure in the eye which causes conditions like glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and macular degeneration are also linked to obesity.

  • Minimize smoking

Research reports that smoking damages color and contrast vision. Furthermore, it increases the risk of glaucoma, cataracts, and dry eye syndrome.

  • Protect your eyes from direct sunlight

 

Sun exposure not only increases the risk of cataracts but also causes damage to the eyes. So, use sunglasses that block 99% of UV light and radiation. Additionally, wear protective eyewear when playing sports or engaging in jobs like construction or factory work.

  • Check your Family history 

Some eye conditions are inherited and knowing the facts will help you determine if you are at risk of developing eye disorders.

  • Prevent eye infections

If you use contacts, it is important to maintain cleanliness to keep infections at bay. Wash your hands before wearing or removing the contact lenses and also clean them properly.

  • Rest your eyes 

Spending a lot of time in front of a computer can cause dry eyes, eye strain, and blurry vision. Every 20 minutes, stop using the computer and look away. Also, take a 15-minute break every two hours.

  • Get a regular eye checkup

Eye checkups will help you detect diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, or dry eye syndrome. At Altus Emergency in Lumberton, we have specialized ophthalmologists and optometrists to cater to your every eye need. We also conduct a comprehensive eye checkup including eye pressure, optic nerve tests, microscopic examination, and other tests.

The doctor might also prescribe some eye tests if you have minor eye issues like double or blurry vision, eye strain, or increased sensitivity to light. These exercises help to strengthen the eye muscles and increase focus.

The Bottom Line 

A healthy lifestyle is important for your eye health as well as your overall wellness. Furthermore, eye care should be part of your annual checkups. Proper care will help protect eye problems and also prevent the progress of certain vision problems. Visit an emergency room near you when you notice, sudden and severe eye pain, or seeing flashes of light.

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