There are many things that people do to harm their eyesight. Fortunately, this behavior can be corrected if people know what they are doing wrong. It is extremely important to take care of your eyes because improper care can lead to macular degeneration and other issues.
Binging your favorite television show on a bright screen for hours at a time harms your eyes. If you are looking at your phone, tablet, or computer screen constantly, you are putting your eyes at risk. The blue screens on these devices can cause eye strain and even further eye problems. A good rule of thumb is to take a break from your screen every 20 minutes or so.
Not Going to the Eye Doctor
Life gets busy, so it’s easy to skip going to the eye doctor. However, not seeing an ophthalmologist at least once every two years could potentially hurt your eyes. Your eye doctor can screen your eyes for problems that may appear suddenly (or for signs of problems that will appear in the future). It is always a good idea to see your eye doctor once a year to help prevent any eye problems.
Not Wearing Eye Protection
If you do a lot of working with wood, metals, chemicals, or even crafts, and you don’t wear protective eye gear, you are putting your eyes at risk! We’ve seen and heard of too many patients who didn’t bother with protective gear and have had serious injuries to their eyes.
Lacking a Well-Balanced Diet
Yes, your diet even affects your vision! Eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables can help give our eyes the nutrition they need. There are many antioxidants that help eye health that you can find in berries and low-starch vegetables. Carrots are famous for supporting eye health as well!
Protecting your eyes from the sun’s UV rays is important. These UV rays can cause damage to your eyes over time, especially during the height of summer (and the snowy season). Make sure that you wear a pair of protective sunglasses every time you go out in the sun—even if it’s cloudy.
Protecting your eyes should be your top priority on a daily basis. Protecting your eye health will help to ensure that you do not have a problem later on in life. To get a check-up on your eyes (or your child’s eyes), call our offices to schedule an appointment!