We have many patients that are great about seeing us regularly but wonder what else they can do to protect their eye health as they grow older. An excellent question, and a very much appreciated one as well! As eye care professionals we are always pleased to meet patients eager to learn what steps they can take in order to better take care of their precious vision. March is National Save Your Vision Month and there are several measures that can be taken to increase your ocular health:
1) Don’t Smoke. According to the National Health Institute, tobacco smoke has been linked in studies to the onset of age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in the 50 and older age group. Not only your eyes are affected, as smoking is a well-known detriment to your overall health.
2) Learn Your Family History. Make sure you are aware of any ocular disease or problems that have appeared in your family history. This will help your ophthalmologist know what to look for as you age, so any problems can be caught and treated early.
3) Eat Right. It’s more than for just physical fitness and your overall body health. Eating the right kinds of foods and getting proper nutrients directly affects your eye health. You’ve heard that carrots help your vision? Well it is true that studies have shown high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, and protein goes a long way in protecting your eye health.