Good vision is often taken for granted. With age, eye health can deteriorate and the risk of developing eye diseases increase. It is important to develop good habits at a young age to protect your eyes, maintain good vision health and good sight for life.
Here are several things you can do to help keep your eyes healthy:
- Get a comprehensive dilated eye exam
Being able to see well does not always mean your eyes are healthy. Many conditions in their early stages may not have warning or noticeable signs. The only way to ensure your eyes are healthy is to see an eye care professional.
- Family history- it’s important!
Many eye conditions are hereditary, meaning that if a family member has been diagnosed, your risk to develop the condition is at an increased risk! So ask your family and find out their eye health history to allow you to protect your health.
- Smoking is bad news all around
Smoking has been found to increase the risk of many eye conditions that can ultimately lead to vision loss, such as macular degeneration, and optic nerve damage. It’s never too late to quit, but it’s always better to just not start.
- Look cool in sunglasses, in the summer and winter sun
It is very important to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) rays. The damaging effects of UV rays are cumulative over your lifetime (i.e. the more you’re exposed, the more damaging effects in the long run). Be smart, and start young! It is very important for children to wear sun protection as well.
- A healthy diet is good for your eyes
Nutritious fruits and vegetables have many benefits for maintaining eye health, especially dark, leafy greens such as spinach and kale. Maintaining a balanced diet can go a long way.
In a dilated eye exam, eye drops are used to enlarge the pupil to allow a better view of the retina and blood vessels at the back of the eye. This allows the eye care professional to thoroughly examine for any signs of damage or problems caused by systemic health conditions, such as diabetes, or high blood pressure. It is recommended to have your eyes examined once a year, or at the frequency your doctor recommends.
CLICK HERE to book an appointment with our optometrist or call (905) 889-0809 for a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are as healthy as they can be.