New year, new resolutions, right? While you’re setting new goals for a better you, make a few promises to yourself that will help you protect your vision for years to come. Here are our top five.
Nearly 20 million Americans are estimated to have age-related macular degeneration, and approximately 25 million over the age of 40 have cataracts. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people who smoke are 2-3 times more likely as non-smokers to develop cataracts and twice as likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
These two conditions are the leading causes of blindness in people over 60 in the United States.
Poor overall health can have a significant impact on your vision or make you more susceptible to eye diseases that can rob you of sight. Work with your primary care doctor or specialist to get these sight-damaging diseases under control before they cause vision loss or blindness:
Acute conditions such as rosacea, Lyme disease, shingles and measles can affect the eyes if left untreated. Eyes can get infected, swollen, dry and damaged from illnesses that have run amok. Ask your doctor about vaccinations, where possible, and get medication promptly when you do get sick.
Good overall health can translate into healthier eyes that work better. So, it makes sense that a healthy diet and exercise regimen can prevent or improve health conditions, such as obesity-related diseases, that can negatively affect your eyesight.
If a lifestyle overhaul feels daunting, make small changes – they will add up over time.
Go easy on your eyes! If, like many of us, you spend long hours in front of a computer, tablet, television or smartphone, give your tired eyes a break once in a while.
Resolutions 1-4 should be on your to-do list, no matter where you stand on permanent vision correction. Not only will those changes preserve your vision a little longer, but they’ll also help you live longer with a better quality of life. However, for an immediate, more dramatic improvement in vision and quality of life, there’s LASIK laser eye surgery.
Take the Missouri Eye 60-second Self-Test to see if you might be a candidate for LASIK.
Missouri Eye Institute has helped thousands of patients attain freedom from glasses and contact lenses. Contact us at (800) 383-3831 to schedule a LASIK consultation or visit MissouriEye.com to learn more about our services.
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