Healthy Eyes and Vision Tips

May 19, 2022 | General

May is a beautiful month, and here in sunny South Florida, even more so. May is also the time to spread awareness about eye health and vision because it’s Healthy Vision Month! Your eyesight is precious, and if you feel your vision is fine, it can be easy to take it for granted.

As we age, our risk for vision loss from eye diseases increases, and certain conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure can become sight-threatening even for younger people. That said, there are some things you can do to protect your healthy eyes and vision! In honor of Healthy Vision Month, we will share our top tips on how you can protect your eyes.

Protect your eyes from the sun

We get plenty of sunshine here in beautiful Pembroke Pines and we enjoy it, but exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be very harmful for your skin and your eyes.

Protect your eyes from the sun by consistently wearing quality sunglasses that block 100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays anytime you are outside, whether you’re spending time at the beach, fishing, or driving. Everyone needs to wear quality sunglasses, including adults, children, and babies.

Consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat if you’re going to be spending a good deal of time outside to give your eyes even more protection from those rays.

Know your family’s health history

The next time you’re spending time with extended family or talking to them on a family group chat, ask if anyone in the family has or had eye conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, or glaucoma. Be sure to share that information with your eye doctor at your next eye exam, as this could mean an increased risk for you.

Live a healthy lifestyle

Nutrition and eye health go hand in hand! Eating plenty of fruits and colorful or dark green vegetables will help you maintain healthy eyes and vision. According to the American Optometric Association, researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc, to reducing the risk of certain serious eye diseases likeage-related macular degenerationand cataracts. You can find these antioxidants in green leafy vegetables, fruits, nuts, and many other foods.  

If you smoke, plan to ditch the habit for good. Smoking is terrible for your entire body, and that includes your eyes. Smoking increases your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, which leads to a blind spot in your central vision, as well as cataracts and glaucoma. Additionally, if you have dry eye, smoking can worsen your symptoms.

Get regular exercise

Exercise is good for your eye health, too! Many eye diseases are related to high blood pressure and diabetes, and regular exercise can help. Aim to exercise at least 3–4 times each week.  

Wear protective eyewear when appropriate

If you work in an environment that requires you to wear safety glasses, do so. If you are doing work around the house or in the yard, wear protective eyewear. If you are an athlete or your kids play sports, make sure they are wearing appropriate protective eyewear for the activity. Protecting your eyes from injury is one of the best and simplest things you can do to maintain healthy eyes and vision.

Pay attention to changes in your vision

If you notice you no longer see as clearly, schedule an appointment with The Eye Center in Pembroke Pines. You may simply need an updated prescription for your eyeglasses or contact lenses, but there may be other issues causing the change as well, which can only be diagnosed in an eye exam.

If you notice a sudden increase in the number of eye floaters, have eye pain or red eyes, or are seeing flashes of light, call us right away as these could be signs of a more serious eye problem that requires immediate attention.

Get regular comprehensive eye exams

Some eye diseases have little to no symptoms in the early stages, and the best way to detect them early on is to see an eye doctor. Even if you feel your vision is fine, its’s vital to see us for regular comprehensive eye exams in Pembroke Pines.

During an eye exam, our doctor can spot health issues of which you may not be aware. The eyes are the only place in your body where the blood vessels are visible, so getting your eyes examined regularly is not only good for your vision but also for your overall health. At The Eye Center in Pembroke Pines, our optometric physicians provide expert eye and vision care. Schedule an appointment today to maintain your healthy eyes and vision and protect your precious gift of sight.