Healthy vision tends to get overlooked when people think about their overall health. We often take our vision for granted and assume it will gradually worsen with age, much like we expect wrinkles to develop. But there are ways to ensure a lifetime of healthy eyesight, starting with regular checkups with an eye doctor. From Corydon, Indiana, to Frankfort, Kentucky, our network of ophthalmologists and optometrists provide vision care to men and women throughout the Kentuckiana region.
Maintaining Healthy Vision for Life
You can take positive steps to maintain healthy vision. The 5 steps included in this post are a good place to start.
- Watch what you eat: A diet that is good for your overall health benefits your vision health, too. Fruits and vegetables provide the vitamins and minerals needed to promote healthy eyes. Specifically, foods that contain nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help prevent or postpone age-related vision conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts. Make sure your diet includes green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, salmon, tuna and other oily fish, eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat sources of protein, and citrus fruits and juices.
- Sun protection: Just as our skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful rays, so do our eyes. Investing in quality sunglasses that block UVA and UVB rays will pay off in healthier eyes. Excessive exposure to the sun’s UV rays increases the chances of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Wraparound sunglasses can also help protect your eyes from the sides.
- Wear safety goggles: Everyone from athletes of all ages to workers who use hazardous materials to people doing home improvement projects can suffer eye injuries if they’re not wearing protective eyewear. Scratched corneas, foreign objects in the eye, blunt-force trauma, and splashed chemicals are common eye injuries that can be prevented with safety goggles.
- Avoid digital eye strain: Many of us spend hours each day looking at smartphones, laptops, monitors, and television screens. Staring at electronic screens all day can take a toll on your eyes and vision. If your eyes feel strained at the end of the day, it’s likely you didn’t take enough breaks to give your eyes a rest. For people whose jobs rely on using a computer, it’s important to look away from the screen every few minutes and take longer breaks throughout the day. Setting a timer is one way to remember to take digital timeouts.
- Schedule regular eye exams: Most people remember to schedule annual physicals with their primary care physicians and teeth-cleaning at their dentists. Eye exams, however, are often not as much of a priority. They should be because many eye conditions can be effectively treated when diagnosed early. Regular eye exams can help avoid permanent vision loss and extend your healthy eyesight for years and even decades.
If you’re looking for an eye doctor, Dr. Black’s Eye Associates has locations in Louisville, Jeffersonville, IN, and several satellite offices. You can request a complimentary consultation using the online form to meet with one of our vision specialists or call us at (812) 284-0660 to schedule an appointment.