Regular eye examination
An eye examination is a vital check-up that can diagnose and help prevent conditions that could compromise your vision.
Know your family history
Some eye diseases are genetic. Common hereditary eye conditions include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and cataracts. Early detection is often the key to successful management or treatment, so find out all you can about your family’s health history.
A healthy diet gives you nutrients, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help protect your eyes against harmful UV light and prevent certain eye conditions. Exercise helps prevent high blood pressure, which can also damage your vision. Together, these two factors can help maintain a healthy body weight and prevent diabetes, which can lead to vision loss in adults.
It's important to protect your eyes against the potentially harmful effects of extended computer, laptop and smartphone use. Adjusting screen brightness, resolution and contrast and taking regular screen breaks can all help prevent the symptoms of digital eyestrain.
UV rays can be as harmful to your eyes as they are to your skin. Always opt for a coating with an E-SPF (eye sun protection factor) on your lenses.
Eyecare and nutrition
Eating properly is good for your body, and that goes for your eyes, too!
A whole host of foods are important for good vision, like green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, which help prevent cataracts. Lutein also stimulates the growth of pigments that help block out harmful UV rays.
Vitamins C and E and zinc all help reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Antioxidants improve protection against sun damage. Egg yolk, yellow peppers, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries and goji berries are all excellent sources of antioxidants.
Onions, shallots, garlic and capers contain sulfur, cysteine, and lecithin, which help protect against cataracts.
Eye care and exercice
To keep your eyes healthy, regular physical activity is as vital as a good diet. Exercise makes the heart work more efficiently and that helps prevent high blood pressure, which can damage vision and even lead to blindness. Maintaining a healthy body weight helps prevent diabetes, which can also cause blindness.