- Learn If You Are At Risk For Eye Disease
Does your family have a history of diabetes or high blood pressure? Factors like these contribute to your risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases, so make sure you’re aware of them.
- Live A Healthy Lifestyle
The way you live can have a huge impact on your overall health, and that includes your eyes. Eating healthy foods, including plenty of fruits and dark green vegetables will help your eyes stay healthy, as will regular exercise. Avoid bad habits like smoking, as smoking increases a person’s risk of developing a number of sight-threatening conditions.
- Schedule Regular Physical Exams
Chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes can cause numerous problems if undiagnosed and untreated, including eye problems. Diabetes, in particular, can lead to vision loss due to diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration, and untreated high blood pressure can lead to eye strokes.
- Schedule Regular Eye Exams
The only way your eye doctor will be able to catch an eye disease early on to begin managing and treating it will be if you are scheduling your regular eye exams. Catching these diseases early is often the difference between vision loss and successfully saving the patient’s sight.
- Be On The Watch For Changes In Your Vision
Whenever you notice a change in your vision, you should come see us right away. It could be something as simple as needing an updated prescription for your glasses or contacts, but symptoms like red eyes, flashes of light, a sudden increase in the number of floaters you see, and eye pain or swelling may be signs of serious eye problems that need immediate attention.
- Protect Your Eyes From UV Rays
Even people with no predisposition for eye disease need eye protection from the sun, but it’s not as simple as grabbing the nearest cheap pair of sunglasses you can find. Make sure that the pair you wear block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays before you buy them because sunglasses that don’t block UV rays can actually be worse than no sunglasses at all.
Get yourself an eye check at Goodlife Pharmacy, Westlands Arcade today!