8 Tips to Help Prevent Eye Diseases

Some eye problems occur naturally and become worse as we age. Such eye diseases like Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular degeneration fall under this category, but generally for these, there are simple steps we can take to slow them down.

Here are 8 tips to help prevent eye diseases:

1. Go for regular eye examinations: We recommend scheduling an eye exam to be taken at least every one to two years. Occasionally some symptoms of very serious eye problems do not show up until you go for a thorough eye-check. Early detection will go a long way to prevent further complications.

2. Attempt to eat a healthy and balanced diet: Foods rich in nutrients for your eyes help to prevent eye diseases. Such foods like whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, cold water fish, coloured fruits and supplements that contain fish oil can aid in the prevention of eye diseases. You can also read our article on foods to eat for your eyes here.

3. Quit smoking: Smoking can cause heart diseases and cancer. It can also worsen Cataracts and can lead to blindness. For good vision and longevity, we recommend ditching the habit ASAP.

4. Wear protective eyewear and a wide brimmed hat when you are in the sun, as the sun contains UV rays that are harmful to the eyes. We recommend polarised sunglasses.

5. Always clean and replace your contact lenses when due to prevent further eye problems. Remember to always use the prescribed cleaning solution, which serves as a cleanser and disinfectant. Never use saliva, saline or water of any type, as they can contain bacteria and viruses which may be absorbed by the contact lens and cause eye infections.

6. Go for general body check-up to be sure you do not have other diseases that can lead to eye problems.

7. Lose or maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity can cause a lot of pressure on the blood vessels in the eyes, and in turn can cause poor vision.

8. Visit your Optometrist immediately if you notice any trouble with your eyes. Some symptoms we take as negligible can turn out to cause serious harm to your eyes, so it is better to confirm with your Optometrist that they are not serious.

As the year is quickly drawing to a close, we recommend booking an eye test with us today if you haven’t already had one this year!

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