Tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

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September 25, 2013
  1. Wear Sunglasses: Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays
  2. Don't Smoke: Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  3. Eat Right: Researchers have found people on diets with higher levels of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA are less likely to develop early and advanced macular degeneration.
  4. Baseline Eye Exam: Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40.
  5. Eye Protection: It is critical to wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries during sports such as hockey and baseball and home projects such as home repairs, gardening, and cleaning.
  6. Know your family history: Many eye diseases cluster in families, so you should know your family's history of eye disease because you may be at increased risk.
  7. Early Intervention : Most serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration, are more easily and successfully treated if diagnosed and treated early.  Early intervention now will prevent vision loss later.
  8. Contact Lens Care: Wearing disposable contact lenses beyond their wear can result in corneal ulcers, severe pain and even vision loss.
  9. Be aware of eye fatigue: When working on the computer or doing close-up work, follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for twenty seconds.


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