As we age, most everything about us goes through various changes and your eyes aren’t immune to those changes. Some of those changes might include dry eyes, too many tears, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, floaters, and glaucoma.
Your vision and eyes also become weaker, but there are some things you can do in order to maintain good eye health.
Have an eye exam by an ophthalmologist at least every two years. If your ophthalmologist sees any signs or symptoms of eye problems, the majority of them can be treated if they are caught early enough. If there are issues suspected, your ophthalmologist can keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t develop into something more dangerous.
Every time you have an eye exam, make sure that your ophthalmologist does testing for glaucoma. If you do have early signs of glaucoma, your doctor can more than likely treat it with prescription eye drops, however, if it isn’t treated quickly then it might require laser treatment or surgery.
At your ophthalmologist visit be sure to have them dilate your pupils, particularly if you do have diabetes or other diseases that can cause damage to your vision or eyes.
When you visit your primary care physician you need to have them do testing for diseases like diabetes which can cause vision problems. Again, the sooner you can get treatment for the disease, the better your chances for keeping vision issues at bay.
If you experience any sight loss, pain in your eyes, blurred vision, double vision, swelling, or fluids coming from your eye, you should see your eye doctor as soon as possible. These can be signs of serious eye problems.
Wear sunglasses whenever you are outside. Just like sunscreen, you need to wear them even when you are in the shade and even in the winter months. For the best protection get sunglasses that fit as closely to your face as possible the wrap around kind are the best because they keep the sun’s UV rays from getting into your eyes from the sides as well. If you can find some that block 100% or UV rays then get those, but if not, get the highest you can find in order to best protect your eyes.
It might sound silly, but taking a walk every day can also help protect your eyes. How, you ask? If you are walking you are exercising. This can, in turn, possibly keep you from suffering from diabetes and heart disease both of these can cause serious eye problems.
Washing your hands regularly is another way to help protect your eyes. No matter how careful you are your hands eventually make their way to your eyes several times during the day. You rub them when they feel tired or are exposed to a computer or television for an extended period of time. If your hands aren’t clean then whatever dirt and germs are on them will automatically be transferred to your eyes. Whatever you’ve touched throughout the day door knobs or stair rails will end up on your hands and then moved on to your eyes.
Protect your eyes at all costs they have to last your entire life.