Ways to protect your vision

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect your eyesight in order to keep the quality of your life on a high level. Several types of eyesight problems affect 1 in 6 adults aged 45 and older. The risk of vision loss also increases with age.
The tips below will help you to protect your eyes' vision.

Modify your diet
Nutrition is the first thing to pay attention to. Vitamins E and C, zinc, lutein, and nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids may help decrease age-related risks of such illnesses as cataracts and macular degeneration. Regularly consume spinach, collards, kale, tuna, salmon, nuts, eggs, beans, citrus fruits and juices.

Quit Smoking
Smoking negatively affects your vision, increasing chances of having optic nerve damage, cataracts, as well as macular degeneration. The more times you try to quit smoking the more likely you are to succeed.

Wear Sunglasses
A good pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Excessive ultraviolet can provoke macular degeneration and cataracts. Find and select sunglasses that block at least 90% of both UVA and UBV rays. If you wear contact lenses you should know that there are some of them with UV protection.

Look Away from the Computer Screen
Recent studies showed that staring at a computer screen for too long may result in:
- Blurry vision
- Eyestrain
- Dry eyes
- Trouble focusing at a distance
- Headaches
- Neck, shoulders and back pain

Make Sure You Use Safety Eyewear
Don’t forget to wear protective goggles each time you work with airborne or hazardous materials at home or on the job. Certain sports like racquetball, ice hockey and lacrosse can also cause an eye injury. Special sports goggles or helmets with protective face masks will become a great shield for your eyes.

Visit your Doctor Regularly
Everyone from the earliest childhood should get his/her eyes regularly examined by ophthalmologist. It helps to keep your eyesight always at its best. Timely exams can also diagnose some diseases like glaucoma (that usually doesn’t have any symptoms). The earlier you find the disease, the easier and faster it can be treated. Currently there are 2 types of doctors who can examine your eyes: an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists specialize in eye care. They can examine, treat and even perform eye surgery. Optometrists provide general eye care and can treat the most common eye diseases, but they don’t perform eye surgery.