Our vision is precious. March is a great time to think about ways that you protect your eyes and save your vision from sight threatening conditions. Here are just a few tips on how you can protect your gift of sight.
1) Always wear UV protection when outdoors to reduce the risk of premature cataracts, macular degeneration and cancers of the eye an eyelid area. Visit the AOA website for useful information and a UV Protection Checklist
2) Eat healthy foods--what we eat is as important to our eye health as our systemic health. Fruits and vegetables have nutrients that help sustain ocular health as much as our bodily health. Click this link to learn more about nutrition and your eyes
3) Have a comprehensive eye health and vision exam through a dilated pupil. Many patients will wait until a problem develops with their vision to seek eye care, by that time it may be too late. Regular comprehensive eye health exams can help you prevent vision loss.
4) The use of digital devices can lead to eye stain and even increase the risk of more serious problems related to blue light exposure. Give your eyes a break and follow the 20-20-20 rule---–take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
If you spend many hours of time on the computer consider wearing special lenses that will help filter the harmful blue light. Blue light could also increase the likelihood of developing serious eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration as well as affect our sleep cycles. There are many lens options including non-glare, filtering lenses, to help protect vision from harmful blue light. Learn more about one of our favorite lens coatings to protect your eyes Crizal Prevencia