*KNOW YOUR DOCTOR*
When you go to get your eyes checked, there are a variety of eye care providers you might meet. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians all play an important role in providing eye care services to consumers and each has a different level of training and expertise. Make sure you are seeing the right provider for your condition or treatment. Ophthalmologist are highly trained professionals who can help you,from prescribing glasses and contact lenses to complex and delicate eye surgery. Optometrists are trained to provide primary eye care more so, Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some optometrists also provide low vision care and vision therapy.
Within the years before i became optometry student i have realised the importance to go for eye examinations with or without eye complains. It is also advised for all age groups and not elderly individuals only.
Anyone with symptoms or a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure is adviced to see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist to determine how frequently your eyes should be examined. However, there are high possibilities of experiencing some ocular complications at certain age that may seem inevitable for an eye examination. An example of this ocular complication which affect majorly individuals within the ages of 40 and above.An eye examination would enable an ophthalmologist or an optometrist to prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams.
*EAT THE RIGHT FOOD*
Eating healthy is a good step to ensuring good vision. Healthy eyes need to be nourished with Vitamin A, C, E, Beta Carotene, Fatty Acids, etc. Some of the foods to include in your diet for proper eye care include:
spinach, lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, spinach, Eggs, nuts, flax seeds, dairy products,Carrots.
Vitamin deficiency can impair retinal function. The belief that eating carrots improves vision has some truth, but a variety of vegetables, especially leafy green ones, should be an important part of your diet. 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 AMD.
*KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY*
Many eye diseases are common in families, so you should know your family’s history of eye disease because you may be at risk, retinitis pigmentosa,high myopia with degeneration. Age-related eye diseases, including cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration ( ARMD)are expected to dramatically increase in coming decade.
Be aware of eye strain.
If you have eye strain working on computers or doing close work, you can follow the 20-20-20 rule: Look up from your work every 20 minutes at an object 20 feet away for twenty seconds. If eye fatigue persists, it can be a sign of several different conditions, such as dry eye, presbyopia, or spectacles with lenses that are not properly centered. See an Eye Doctor. to determine why you are having eye fatigue and to receive proper treatment.
Minimize Screen Time especially that spent on entertainment (social media, movies, TV series, texting, etc). Follow 20-20-20 rule while working on computer. After every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away, for 20 seconds.
Block the UV Rays : Protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Too much UV exposure increases your chances of cataracts and macular degeneration.UV blocking Sunglasses delay the development of cataracts, since direct sunlight hastens their formation. Sunglasses prevent retinal damage; they also protect the delicate eyelid skin to prevent both wrinkles and skin cancer around the eye, and both cancerous and non-cancerous growths on the eye. Check for 100 percent UV protection: Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UV-A rays and UV-B rays.
Protect eyes from air pollution : Wash Your eyes, rubbing is never an option and use sun glasses hen outdoors.
It is important to wear proper eye protection to prevent eye injuries during some sports,home project or some certain kind of work place. For most repair projects and activities around the home, standard approved protective eye wear will be sufficient. Sports eye protection should meet the specific requirements of that sport; these requirements are usually established and certified by the sport’s governing body.
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