It is never too early to start thinking about potential or current vision problems. You want to prevent them from developing or getting worse. Although they are usually inevitable to a degree, often you (together with your optometrist) can make any current problems better, improving your life. There are several simple things that a person can do in order to keep his or her eyes healthy and ensure that their vision is not getting worse over the years.
- Get your eyes checked regularly. Most doctors recommend once every year or two. The time frame really depends on how much your prescription changes over time and what your optometrist recommends for you personally.
- Know what eye diseases you are at risk for. Start checking for and combating them now. Being prepared for what can come is half the battle.
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors, even if the sun is not very bright. Even if it is overcast, the sun is still emitting UV rays which can be damaging to the eyes.
- Eat a balanced diet that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids have been proven as great for the eyes—with an added bonus of overall heart health!
- Always be on the lookout for changes in your vision that could signal a problem. If you start to see minor changes, get this checked out before it becomes a major problem.
- Avoid smoking. Not only does smoking cause severe health issues, but it also increases your chances of contracting certain eye issues such as cataracts.
Through living a healthy life and doing all that you can to protect your eyes, you will find that the chances of having eye related problems will decrease. Don’t be afraid to keep in touch with your optometrist and ask him or her any questions that you may have. The key is preparation and awareness, as eye health is something that can change unexpectedly. Whether it rapidly surprises you or slowly sneaks up on you, bad vision is something that will drastically effect your life, so work hard to battle it starting today.