Nine Tips for Protecting Your Eyesight
As humans, we take many of the amazing physical abilities of our bodies for granted. Most of us are more concerned about the timing of our next oil change — am I over the recommended mileage?! — than we are about routine maintenance on various systems of our bodies.
Take our eyes. We take our eyesight for granted. We don’t get our eyes checked; we don’t wear protective eyewear when performing tasks such as weed whacking or playing sports; we don’t wear sunglasses; and on and on.
At Millennium Park Eye Center, your vision is our obsession. We want our patients to enjoy the benefits of having great vision, whether naturally or adjusted through LASIK or vision correction. To that end, here are nine tips for protecting your vision.
- Know your family history of eye disease —Find out if you are at higher risk for issues such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Are you over 65 or African-American over 40? Any of those traits can make you at a higher risk for eye disease, making regular eye exams with the Millennium team even more important.
- Have regular physical exams to check your blood pressure and possible diabetes — Both of these diseases lead to eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
- Watch for changes in your vision — Double vision, trouble seeing in low light, red eyes, frequent flashes of light, floaters, eye pain. All of these symptoms need immediate attention.
- Protect your eyes from the sun — Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Why? UV rays cause cataracts and other eye problems.
- Eat better — Studies are showing that eating antioxidants such as blueberries and broccoli can reduce the risk of developing cataracts. And eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
- Exercise more — Regular exercise can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration by up to 70 percent.
- Don’t smoke — Smokers are more prone to developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, uveitis, and other eye problems.
- Get your eyes checked at least every two years — Many eye conditions don’t present symptoms until they are already beginning to damage your vision. But a comprehensive eye exam, including dilating your pupils, can determine your risk of diseases such as diabetic retinopathy.
- Wear protective eyewear — When playing sports, working with tools, doing yard work and the like, wear protective eyewear. While it may seem obvious for Patrick Kane when he’s on the ice with the Blackhawks, it’s equally obvious for you when you’re trimming your sidewalk.
Is it time for your regular eye exam with Millennium Park? Call us at 312-996-2020 to make your appointment.