5 Steps to Lower Your Risk For Eye Diseases

5 Steps to Lower Your Risk For Eye Diseases

Do you love your eyes? Then take action to lower your risk of having eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. These eye diseases account for most cases of blindness and low vision among people around the world.

By the age of 65, we will most likely to develop eye problems but we can prevent vision loss and blindness!

Having a comprehensive eye exam by an ophthalmologist starting at the age of 40 if you don’t have any eye problems is necessary because eye diseases do not often present with early symptoms. We can stop the progression of eye problems when we seek early treatment.

Eye exams can also detect other health problems, such as stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, sexually transmitted diseases, autoimmune diseases, and some cancers. A trip to the ophthalmologist can actually save your life!

Eye specialists recommend that you follow these five simple steps to take control of your eye health today:

1. Get an eye exam starting at age 40

At the age of 40, early signs of eye diseases may already appear. You can avoid future eye problems if you go for a comprehensive eye examination as early as possible, because most eye diseases may not have any symptoms.

2. Know your family history

The risk of having eye diseases may increase if you have a positive family history. Eye diseases can be inherited. Early eye evaluation can save you from having eye diseases, so seek the help of your eye specialist.

3. Eat healthy foods

What’s good for our overall health is also good for our eyes. Dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, whole grains, vegetable oils and fish are must-haves for healthy eyes.

4. Stop smoking

As smoking leads to health problems such as atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, it also increases the risk for eye diseases. Smoking brings about eye diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, uveitis, diabetic retinopathy and dry eyes. There are many ways to stop smoking such as nicotine gums, patches and meditation. If you find it hard to give up smoking, visit your general doctor.

5. Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses are not just meant for fashion! If you plan to be out on the sun for the day, wear a protective hat and sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection. Also, avoid looking directly at sunlight, as it is harmful to the eyes.

Let’s make our vision a priority. Get an eye examination as early as possible to prevent future eye diseases from worsening. Love your eyes and they will love you back!


Reference: 5 Steps to Lower Your Risk of Eye Disease. American Academy of Ophthalmology. https://www.aao.org/newsroom/news-releases/detail/5-steps-to-lower-your-risk-of-eye-disease. Published 2018. Accessed November 20, 2018.