The controversy over healthcare doesn’t only extend to the uninsured. There are plenty of people in the United States who have health insurance but still can’t afford all of the care they need. They’re under-insured and are in just as serious a situation as anyone else. Many people have some form of health insurance but either very limited or no vision care at all. With this in mind, it becomes very important for us to take action to protect our eyes and keep them healthy between vision care visits.
Eliminate Your Vices
Everyone tells you to stop drinking and stop smoking. Aside from the obvious reasons, many don’t realize that both of these habits can impact your vision. Smoking contributes to the development of cataracts and combined with poor nutrition can cause nerve damage within the eye. Alcohol abuse causes dehydration that impacts the eyes as well as the rest of the body and can also lead to diseases impacting the optic nerve.
Control Your Blood Sugar
Those with diabetes are often told to get regular vision checkups. Why? Because uncontrolled blood sugar levels causes changes in the pressure in the blood vessels behind the eye. These fluctuations can lead to vision changes, retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma if left untreated.
Ultraviolet light can be incredibly harmful to the eyes. Direct exposure to sunlight is believed to cause cataracts to develop faster. It is also thought to cause an increase in the development of macular degeneration. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, take diuretics, or take a series of other medication, you may become more sensitive to light and more prone to vision problems. Sunglasses also make travel safe in bright conditions as they protect you from vision-altering glare.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Your diet has a direct impact on your vision. Foods with vitamins A, E, and C, zinc, and folic acid are crucial to the health of your eyes. In general, there are tons of vitamins and nutrients good for your body. The rule of thumb is that if it is good for your body as a whole, it will help to support your eye health as well.
Take a Break
Do you work at a computer all day? Do you read a lot or play video games? Take a break every hour and focus on things far away from you instead of those that are very close. When you focus on things for an extended period of time, you tend to blink approximately 25% less. No wonder so many people have dry eyes. Strain on the eyes from extended focus can also cause headaches and other damage to the muscles behind the eye.
Take your vision seriously and have your eyes checked at least once per year. You only get one set of eyes. Take care of them.