No matter where you look, be it Seattle or Edmonton, optometrists are helping people overcome problems with their eyesight. There have been a lot of technological advancements in recent years that are responsible for fixing a variety of complicated sight issues. There are now solutions to almost every eye problem out there.
Because of the success of modern eye treatments, many people are slacking on their eye care, or forgetting it altogether. This is a bad idea. Lots of eye problems can be prevented with healthy eating and cleaning habits. Those that can’t be prevented are generally worsened by poor hygiene or other factors. Here are four preventative measures you can take to stave off issues with your eyesight.
1. Eat Eye-Healthy Foods
There are tons of different foods that contribute to happy and healthy eyes. Carrots have a lot of Vitamin A, which is crucial for proper eye function. Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are great sources of Vitamin A, as well as other nutrients that are important for eye function, making them the most important foods you can eat to maintain eye health. We says that avocados, eggs, sunflower seeds, garlic, and salmon are also foods that promote healthy eyes.
2. Maintain Proper Eye Hygiene
There are many preventable eye problems that originate with a lack of hygiene. Most of these issues involve the infection, inflammation, and irritation of different parts of the eye. For example, trachoma, or granular conjunctivitis, is the leading cause of blindness in the third world. However, trachoma can be completely prevented with proper hygiene.
Proper hygiene is actually pretty easy. Your eyes do a good job of protecting themselves and flushing out unwanted molecules, bacteria, and dirt on their own. Still, there are a couple of things that make it easier for your eyes to do these things. Make sure that you wash your face with soap and clean water every day. If you wear contacts, remove and clean them at night, or as directed by your doctor. Also, wear glasses or sunglasses outside or in dirty environments to keep dirt away from your eyes.
3. Properly Treat any Issues that Arise
There are a few significant eye problems that result from improper treatment of lesser issues. It is common for a scratch on the eye or an eye allergy to get exacerbated with rubbing or scratching. This can open up your eyes to infection and further inflammation. Instead of scratching, treat the itchy eyes with eye drops and/or antihistamines.
If you have an eye infection, avoid eye drops with steroids in them to treat itchy eyes. Although steroids treat redness and swelling effectively, they also inhibit your eyes’ ability to ward off infection. If you think you may have an eye infection, you should see a doctor before treating it yourself.
4. See Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Eyes are complicated organs. There is a lot that can go wrong with them. Most eye problems get sorted out on their own, but some of them can impair your eyes and your vision very quickly. If you are having eye pain, incessant itchiness, or worsening vision, you should see your eye doctor immediately.
If you aren’t experiencing any eye issues, it is still a good idea to see your eye doctor with some regularity. For readers in your 20’s, an eye appointment every two years should be sufficient. However, as your vision starts to change more quickly (usually in your late 30’s) yearly eye exams become necessary to maintain or adjust your prescriptions.
There is no reason for you to experience preventable eye issues. Make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your eyes clean and healthy with proper hygiene and regular visits to your eye care specialist. By doing these things, you can almost eliminate the likelihood that you will develop any kind of preventable eye problems.