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The Importance of Eye Care and How to Keep Up With It

The Importance of Eye Care and How to Keep Up With It

Your eyes are the window to the world. You use them from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep and you need to for work, fun, and everything in between. So naturally, it’s very important to take good care of your eyes. Here’s why eye care is so important and how to maintain it: 

Fighting eye disease

For many people, the number one reason to care for their vision is the possibility of reduction of age-related eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Cataracts are also a big concern for people, especially those who have cases of this disease in their families. With regular eye exams, it’s possible to prevent these eye problems. While scientists and medical experts still need more research on the topic of AMD and cataract prevention, according to some findings, a diet rich in antioxidants can help. American Optometric Association recommends an anti-inflammatory diet with antioxidants like lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids for fighting eye disease. 

Noticing early signs of disease

Some diseases of the eye have no symptoms a regular person can notice, therefore, it is necessary to regularly see your doctor who will see what’s going on in the eye with their special tools. In many cases, early eye disease diagnosis depends greatly on your family’s health history, so make sure to get informed before you see your doctor. If you have many members of the family wearing glasses, make sure to mention it to your doctor. 

In many cases, eye diseases that are of hereditary nature don’t show symptoms until senior age or until it’s too late for treatment. But with your family history, your doctor will know where to aim their focus and how to identify early symptoms. If they find anything, you can start your treatment early and prevent a lot of pain and vision loss. 

Maintaining good vision

If you have some vision issues like farsightedness, nearsightedness, etc., and don’t want to allow your vision to worsen, regular exams are a must. In some parts of the world, like the States, your doctor might even recommend laser surgery to remove your vision issues, but your eyes need to be healthy. Modern corrective vision procedures are very effective and good for your budget. Specialists providing lasik surgery in Manhattan even give their potential customers a chance to calculate the savings they will get from their services. According to their calculations, a person usually spends more than $1,000 on eye exams, glasses and contacts while still struggling with their vision. One quick laser surgery can remove all that. 

Catching changes in your eye health

People who regularly scheduled eye exams are usually quicker to notice any changes to their vision. When wearing glasses or contacts and still noticing some vision issues, it means you should visit your doctor. When your scheduled exam is closing, you might be more aware of your vision and note down any issues you might be experiencing so you can tell them to your doctor–they will greatly appreciate the information. Here are a few instances when you should schedule an eye exam as soon as possible: 

  • more frequent squinting or squinting in unusual situations
  • changes to vision, such as fuzziness or doubling of the image at various distances
  • better vision with one eye shut

Better protection from injury

Your doctor will probably ask you what is your profession during your regular eye exam. If they conclude that your calling can be dangerous for the eyes, they can help you choose proper eye protection that can prevent many injuries and irritations of the eye. Eye injuries can greatly affect your vision, therefore, it’s necessary to always wear proper safety goggles, glasses, and contacts. It’s best to wear eyewear at home, at work, and during sports. 

More comfort

When you take good care of your eyes, you can forget about dryness, watery eyes, and any other discomfort, even after using your eyes intensely for a long time. Most people report a great feeling of comfort and safety after an eye exam and following the tips from their doctor. This is especially crucial for people who work with screens all day or those who need to focus on small details. Your doctor can prescribe and recommend various treatments and protective equipment for your eyes during your regular eye exam and solve many of the discomforts you might be facing. 

If you follow all the tips above and schedule eye exams regularly (once a year), you can enjoy great eye health for a very long time. 

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