Good eye health is an important part of overall health which increases the quality of life as one ages. Vision can deteriorate for many reasons, however having your eyes examined annually by an Optometrist can help identify problems early and may prevent the loss of vision.
In the early stages of an eye disease, there may not even be any symptoms. The disease can progress symptomless and cause irreversible damage when finally noticed. For this reason, it is recommended to have your eyes examined annually. Early detection of eye disease is essential in preserving eye sight.
Once the onset of an eye disease is detected, Optometrists can advise you on the various treatment options available and how to manage your condition effectively.
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Even though it might seem like your eyes are in good health and your vision seems fine, it is important get an annual comprehensive eye exam with a dilation (if recommended by your Optometrist). By having your eyes dilated, your Optometrist can detect signs of a retinal eye disease in its early stages where treatment may still be a viable option before it is too late.
What does it mean to get your eyes dilated? An Optometrist dilates the eyes by placing drops into them in order to “dilate” or widen the pupil so that more light can enter the eye. By widening the pupil, an Optometrist can see much further in the periphery of the retina (the back of the eye). With a greater visual scope, it becomes easier to detect signs of eye diseases or damage to the eye. Then, your Optometrist can determine if treatment is to be sought or if the condition can simply be monitored.
Be sure to mention to your Optometrist any eye health history in your family. Many eye diseases and conditions are hereditary and can be passed on in the genes. By knowing what your family members have been diagnosed with, your Optometrist can determine if you have a higher risk of developing an eye condition or disease. Such conditions include but are not limited to: glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal diseases.
These days, eyes can experience a large amount of strain – especially when looking at TVs, computers, and mobile phones for an extending period of time. It is also very easy to forget to blink when you’re concentrating on a task at work or playing a video game. It is important to remember the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule is as follows: every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look 20 feet away. This will help break the focus and prevent over-accommodating thus reducing the strain on your eyes.
Related to eye health is your overall health. Obesity increases the risk of getting diabetes and other health issues which in turn affect your vision. For example, research and studies have shown a link between diabetes and glaucoma – an eye disease which can lead to vision loss. As your blood sugar fluctuates, your vision fluctuates. Hence it is very important to keep your blood sugar stable. More importantly, an Optometrist will dilate your eyes if you are diabetic and check for retinal bleeding in the back of the eye.
Part of being healthy is exercising and eating healthy. Be sure to exercise daily, even if it is just a 30 minute walk outside or on a treadmill. Also, be sure to eat a balanced diet by including fruits and vegetables in your daily meals. Don’t forget about the specific foods which are good for your eyes: Does Eating Carrots Improve Your Eyesight?
Finally, in order to keep your eyes in good condition, quit or avoid smoking. Smoking can affect your health in many ways (most commonly you hear about it affecting your lungs), but did you know that it also affects your eyes? Read more about the effects of smoking on your eye health.
Book an eye exam today and be sure to bring all your eye related questions for us to answer.