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What you need to know about eye health

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Issues related to eyes can be the hardest to detect. People usually assume their eyes are in perfect health, even if there is an underlying issue present. This is because issues with the eyes are generally not perceivable and may happen quickly and without warning signs.اضافة اعلان

There are various risks when it comes to eye health. For example, as a person grows older, their chances of developing certain eye diseases increase as well. They also increase if a person is obese or overweight, has a family history of eye disease, or has underlying health conditions present, such as predisposition to high blood pressure or diabetes.

Those with diabetes become at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy — an eye condition that may cause mild vision problems and potentially lead to blindness.

Therefore, it becomes essential to be aware of one’s family medical history; by asking family members whether they have or had any eye conditions, you can determine if certain conditions are genetic; such as glaucoma or perhaps macular degeneration.

Taking care of your health

We may not always be aware of underlying conditions, so it becomes pivotal to protect our overall health. By making healthy choices for our bodies, we, in turn, make sure we are giving our eyes the best chances at keeping them healthy.

It is worth noting that certain lifestyle choices, such as having a healthy diet and being physically active, are observed to decrease the risk of developing diseases and conditions that contribute towards developing eye-related issues.

It is advisable to follow these guidelines to ensure your eyes are healthy:
First, undertake a dilated eye exam to look for or check for any eye-related diseases or issues preemptively, which allows for earlier intervention and treatment. Then ensure that you follow a healthy diet — full of green vegetables such as kale, collard greens, and other dark and leafy foods.

Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids are also found to have beneficial effects on the eyes — these include fish such as tuna, halibut, or salmon. Being physically active and having an active lifestyle contribute to your overall health. It helps decrease your risk of developing any conditions or diseases that can exacerbate or contribute to eye problems.

Quitting smoking will significantly contribute to improving your overall health and, as such, will be good for your eyes. On sunny days, it is advisable to wear sunglasses — this also applies to cloudy days — given that sunglasses help shield roughly 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation which are harmful to the eyes.

Most importantly, remember to give your eyes a break. We tend to spend much time in front of screens, and it becomes necessary to provide our eyes a break (roughly every 20 minutes) to look at something in the distance for a short duration to reduce the strain on the eyes.

If you wear contact lenses, it is necessary to take steps to reduce the possibility of eye infections. These steps include frequently washing your hands before putting on lenses or taking them out, practicing good personal hygiene, and disinfecting your lenses frequently. All these steps go a long way to safeguarding the health of your eyes.

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