We all want our eyes to remain healthy. That said, here are some tips to keeping our eyes in tip top shape:
- Have regular checkups – one needs to have eye exams every two years, but if you are 40 years of age, aim for annual tests, as it is at this age when your risk of developing glaucoma rises. As we all know, glaucoma (an increase in pressure within the eye) can arrive suddenly, and if left untreated, it can lead to blindness. An ophthalmologist should be seen especially if there’s a family history of eye disease; otherwise, an optometrist is ok.
- Quit puffing; smoking , I mean – this will definitely cut your chances of developing cataracts (clouding of the lens) and age related macular degeneration, a disorder that destroys central vision.
- Eat right – Lutein, found in naturally dark leafy green vegetables is important to have in your diet. If you don’t get enough of the good stuff in food, a Lutein supplement of 10 – 20mg in vitamin form a day may cut your risk of AMD.
- Wear sunglasses – Make sure they offer 100% ultraviolet protection; UV exposure can contribute to AMD, cataracts and other disorders.