Forming Good Habits for Healthy Vision
Many people take their vision for granted. They don’t worry about eye health until there is a problem. Often, when an issues arises is when we first see a patient. By making your eyes your focus, you will help pave the way for a bright future with fewer problems and better sight.
When Should I Worry About My Eyes?
The short answer is: Now. Don’t wait until you notice a change in your vision or suffer an injury to see an ophthalmologist. The time to start getting examinations is when you’re healthy.
Adults with healthy eyes ages 18 to 60, should undergo a dilated eye exam once every two years at minimum. Adults age 61 and over, should have an eye exam once per year.
Talk to your doctor to make sure this is the ideal checkup schedule for you. Some patients may be advised to have more frequent exams due to other conditions and risk factors.
Preventing Eye Injury
Always wear proper eye protection when entering an area or engaging in an activity with a higher risk of injury. This can include playing sports or working in an environment with possible hazards. Moving parts on machinery, hand tools, or particles in the air can all cause damage to eyes. Safety eyewear can make all the difference in case of an accident.
Daily Eye Care Tips
Make sure you do the following to maintain good vision.
- Eat a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruits per day
- Take a daily eye vitamin
- Avoid smoking and excessive drinking
- Give your eyes a break when staring at a computer monitor
- Follow directions when wearing and cleaning contacts
- Keep pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes under control
- Wear sunglasses with UV protection when outdoors
Your ophthalmologist can assess your situation and make recommendations that will reduce your risk of eye disease or injury. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule your appointment.