It’s easy to take your eyes for granted — until you have a problem with them. That’s why regular eye exams are so important. They are a key step in keeping your eyes healthy. Here are four other simple ways to boost your eye health:
Know your family’s eye health history. It is important to know if anyone in your family has been diagnosed with any eye conditions or diseases since some can be hereditary. This information will help us determine if you are at a greater risk of developing an eye condition or disease. The most common type of glaucoma, for example, is hereditary. If members of your immediate family have glaucoma, you could be at a higher risk of developing the disease. Questions? Let’s discuss your family history at your next appointment.
Eat a balanced diet. Eye health starts with the food you eat each day. Opt for meals and snacks that are rich in fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and collard greens. Several studies also show fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as tuna, salmon and halibut, can be beneficial to your eyes.
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision problems. Maintaining a healthy weight is important.
Wear sunglasses. Anytime you are outside and the sun is out, you should have some shades on. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. When purchasing sunglasses, look for ones that block out both UVA and UVB radiation. Wear goggles when you’re skiing or snowboarding. They are designed to fit comfortably with a ski helmet and provide more complete eye protection compared with sunglasses.
If you are due for an eye exam or have questions or concerns about your eyes, schedule an appointment with our staff at Utah Eye Centers by calling (801) 476-0494.