These simple vision-saving tips can go a long way towards keeping your vision healthy.
Often times, many people think that taking care of your vision simply means having regular vision checkups once a year or wearing your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses like your doctor tells you to. However, when it comes to keeping your vision healthy long into your senior years, there are many other day-to-day vision saving steps that you should be taking to maintain your healthy eye sight.
Taking proactive steps to save your vision is a serious issue. By 2020, it is projected that nearly 43 million Americans will be at risk for significant vision loss or blindness from an age-related eye disease, such as cataract, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. This is an increase of more than 50% over the number of current Americans who have these diseases!¹
Therefore, in honor of March’s Save Your Vision Month, we have put together five simple ways that you can help to save your vision each and every day. Following these important vision health tips can go a long way towards keeping your vision healthy for years to come, as well as protect you from dangerous eye diseases.
1. Wear Sunglasses
One of the simplest, yet most effective things that you can do to save your eyesight is to protect them from the sun. This means wearing protective UV-blocking sunglasses any time you are in direct sunlight to help protect your eyes from retinal damage. Sunglasses are the best way for you to protect the delicate skin on your eyelids, which can not only help to prevent skin cancer from forming around the eyes, but can also help to prevent wrinkles.
2. Schedule Regular Vision Check-Ups
Another great way to keep any vision diseases or problems at bay is to be proactive about checking for them early. The majority of serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration (AMD), are more successfully treated if they are caught early. However, if these diseases are left untreated, they can cause serious vision damage and possibly even blindness. Therefore, make sure you are getting regular eye exams each year to catch any potential problems before they become more serious.
3. Know Your Family’s Vision History
A number of different eye diseases can actually appear frequently within the same family. Therefore, it can be very beneficial to know your family’s history of eye disease so that you can be aware of any type of increased risk that you may have.
4. Don’t Smoke
In addition to smoking having very serious side effects on your overall health and well-being, smoking tobacco is also directly linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Many studies have shown that people who smoke, and even ex-smokers, are more likely to develop AMD than people who have never smoked at all. Smokers are also at a significantly increased risk for developing cataracts.
5. Wear Vision Protection During Physical Activity
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an estimated 2.5 million eye injuries occur in the United States every year. ¹ Therefore, it is more important than ever that you wear proper eye protection when playing sports or when participating in physical activity so that you can prevent possible eye injuries. However, make sure that your sports eye protection meets the specific requirements of the sport you are playing for the best chance at protection.
What steps are you taking each day to help protect your vision and your eye health in the long run? Be sure to share your vision saving tips with us in the comments below for March’s Save Your Vision Month!