by A. Grano on June 17th, 2010 at 9:00 am
It is easy to take our eyes for granted. Unless there is a problem or discomfort of some kind, we usually just rely on our eyes to perform properly without a second thought. However, as new cases of vision impairment and blindness are continually increasing according to Prevent Blindness America, it is important to be proactive regarding eye care!
In Plain Sight
Taking action early is the best bet to help maintain healthy eyes and lasting vision.
Some eye problems have ‘silent’ symptoms that may not even appear until permanent damage has already occurred, such as glaucoma. Other times, the symptoms may be present but mild and therefore ignored, such as with episcleritis infection, a less severe eye problem that still should be addressed to prevent a more serious condition.
If you’re over 40, you may have begun to notice the effects of presbyopia, where the eye loses ability to focus because of the progressive hardening of the lens inside.
Age-related macular degeneration is a common affliction for those over 50, which affects central vision. For the 65 and older set, the Mayo Clinic reports that almost half of this age group has some degree of cataract formation.
Eye Health Tips for All Ages
Although not all eye conditions are preventable, there are some lifestyle factors that can have very positive effects on eye health.
- Have an eye exam at least every two years. By doing regular testing with an ophthalmologist, you can help catch problems early and help slow or even prevent certain conditions.
- Protect your eyes. Sunglasses and prescription glasses with UV filters help protect delicate eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays in sunlight, which contribute to many eye disorders.
- Eat those carrots! While a balanced diet is essential for complete well-being, certain vitamins such as A, C and E in particular play an important role in eye health. Besides carrots, other great sources of these anti-oxidant vitamins include fruits like oranges, kiwis, and grapefruit, and veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, and green leafy vegetables.
- Supplement with natural remedies. One commonly used herb for eye health is Bilberry, which has been shown to strengthen eye capillaries, plus help prevent eye-related disease and infection.
Conjunct-a-Clear™ is a homeopathic remedy relieves bloodshot, irritated, itchy eyes.