These tips are from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Not all eye diseases can be prevented, but eye-healthy habits can help you keep your vision strong. Follow these five tips to safeguard your vision:
- Get an eye exam. The risk of vision loss from eye disease increases with age. To protect healthy vision, everyone should get a baseline eye examby age 40, and seniors age 65 and older should have a dilated eye exam with an ophthalmologist – an eye medical doctor – every one to two years.
- Know your family history. Many eye diseases run in families, so you should learn your family’s history of eye disease. You may be at increased risk.
- Don’t smoke. Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Smokers are also at increased risk for developing cataracts.
- Eat right. Researchers have found that people on diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced AMD.
- Protect your eyes from injuries. An estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the United States each year. Wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries during home projects like gardening and cleaning.
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