Tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
- Posted on: Sep 25 2013
- Wear Sunglasses: Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays
- Don’t Smoke: Tobacco smoking is directly linked to many adverse health effects, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
- 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.
- Baseline Eye Exam: Adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease should get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Contact Lens Care: Wearing disposable contact lenses beyond their wear can result in corneal ulcers, severe pain and even vision loss.
- 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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