Tips for Eye Health
There are simple steps you can take now to protect
your eyes and ensure your best eye health. Follow these tips as part of
your overall personal health plan:
Schedule a comprehensive dilated eye exam with an eye care professional.
- Know your family's eye health history.
- Keep an eye on your weight. Obesity increases your risk for
diabetes – which can cause diabetic retinopathy - and other diseases
that can lead to eye conditions including glaucoma, age-related macular
degeneration and age-related cataracts. Talk with your physician if you
are unsure about the best approach to weight loss or sign up for one of
our weight management classes.
Eat right. Carrots aren’t the only food proven to promote eye
health. Eat dark, leafy green vegetables including
spinach, kale and collard greens as well nuts, berries and cold-water
fish like salmon, tuna and halibut to maintain good eye health.
- Don't smoke. Smoking has been proven to increase the risk of
developing a wide range of eye diseases including age-related macular
degeneration, optic nerve damage and cataracts. Sign up for one of our
smoking cessation classes.
- Maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
- Exercise daily.
Think twice before tanning. Tanning beds expose you to a high
level of UV light. If you choose to use a tanning facility, make sure you
wear special protective eyewear. It's recommended you purchase your own to fit your eyes snugly. If you use a facility’s
goggles, make sure they are sterilized so that you don’t risk contracting
infection from a prior customer.
Learn more about the importance of your annual eye exam