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Keeping Your Eyes Safe from Environmental Damage

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You have to be proactive to keep your eyes safe from environmental damage. Several factors can harm your eyesight. To start, you should schedule an eye exam at the earliest possible opportunity, so any problems can be diagnosed early on and nipped in the bud. A few common eyesight problems can be corrected with contact lenses and glasses. Moreover, many common eye ailments, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, come with no signs. This is why it is important to take care of your eyes and not wait till symptoms shows to start taking care of your eyes.

In order to avoid the risk of infection, make sure you wash your hands before wearing contact lenses and refrain from rubbing your eyes. All lenses must be used as instructed and replaced once they reach their expiration date. Let’s dive into how you can keep your eyes safe from environmental damage:

Work and Home Safety

While your eyes are exposed to hazardous environmental damage almost everywhere, your home and workplace are the common places where you can practice eye safety. People who work in industrial settings are vulnerable to projectiles that can injure the eye. Similarly, several household cleaners can harm if they come into direct contact with our eyes. Be extremely careful while using chemicals whether you are home or at work. Cover your eyes by wearing protective eyewear to prevent eye damage.

Sports Safety

Shields and goggles do more than guard your eyes against a possible injury. They not only protect your eyes while playing contact sports or swimming. They also filter harmful elements and keep them from entering your eyes. They also play an important role in reducing sun glare and make it easy to see clearly while playing. Choose the right shield or goggles for your sport to protect your eyes.

Valuable Tips

Use Sunglasses and Accessories

Sunglasses don’t just make you look good. They are also good for your eyes. Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays so they remain healthy throughout your life.

  • Buy sunglasses with both UVB and UVA protection
  • Wear a cap or a hat when going out in the heat

Watch Your Weight

Being obese actually increase the risk of acquiring systemic conditions as well as diabetes which can cause vision loss or serious eye diseases. Apart from eating a healthy diet, exercise regularly.

Quit Smoking

Smoking can lead to serious consequences. It is not just bad for the lungs but also affects eye health in a negative way. Research shows connection of smoking with an increased risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and optical nerve damage.

Stick to a Healthy diet

We all know that carrots are good for our eyes. However, there are many other leafy vegetables which are good for maintaining good eye health. Include kale, collard greens and dark leafy vegetables in your diet to keep your eyes healthy. Research has established a strong connection between good eye health and the consumption of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids. These include halibut, tuna and salmon.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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