All your senses are important, but your vision very well might be the most important. Humans get up to 80% of all impressions by using their eyesight. That's why everyone should depend on regular, expert eye care to help keep their eyes healthy.
A recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) report estimates that more than 43 million Americans will develop age-related eye diseases by 2020. That makes it more important than ever for people to take advantage of advances in eye care. Protecting your eyesight should be an essential part of your health care, whether you use eye glasses, contact lenses, or spectacles. Good eye health isn't entirely up to your optometrist, however. Here are 3 easy things you can do today to safeguard your precious eyesight:
Shade Your Eyes With Designer Prescription Sunglasses
Every day, the sun bathes us in many different types of rays. For your eyes, the most damaging of these rays are in the ultraviolet range. These are classified as UVA and UVB rays. These are the rays you need to protect your eyes from the most.
If you already wear glasses, talk to your optometrist about prescription sunglasses. Your optometrist can recommend designer prescription glasses that will protect your eyes from the sun. Even if you don’t wear prescription glasses, you should still protect your eyes with sunglasses. Look for sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more for quality glasses. After all, a good pair of sunglasses not only provides protection from the sun, they also make you look good!
Find Better Eye Care in Your Refrigerator
Eating healthy foods is good for your overall health. Certain foods are great at helping your eyes protect themselves from damage. Some can even help repair them. Studies show that nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help ward off vision problems such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Regularly eating foods containing these essential nutrients can help lead to good eye health.
Some great foods you can eat that contain these nutrients are green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards. You can also find them in oily fish like salmon and tuna. Fish such as these are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is great for eye health. If your diet can't include fish, eggs, or nuts, beans make a great alternative source for these essential nutrients. Oranges and other citrus fruits provide plenty of vitamin C.
Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you keep a healthy weight. A healthy weight lowers your risk of obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults. So make sure to eat those fish and veggies for better health and better eye care!
Get a Complete Eye Exam at Least Once a Year
A complete eye exam, done once per year by a good optometrist, is probably one of the best ways you can take care of your eyes. Your vision eye care specialist can check the health of your eyes, and how accurate your vision is. If you need a contact lens exam or a fitting for designer prescription glasses, your optometrist can easily help you with those as well.
During a routine eye exam, your optometrist will perform a few vision tests to see if you have nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism (a curved cornea that blurs vision), or presbyopia (age-related vision changes). In addition, they can also do eye pressure and optic nerve tests to check for early warning signs of eye diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. It's important to find these diseases early on, when they're easier to treat.
The Los Angeles Eye Care Specialists
Dr. James Hoff and the friendly staff at Hoff Optometry and Eyewear in Venice will make sure you get the most complete eye care available anywhere. They also carry the latest designer eyewear to make sure you’re always in fashion.