Incorporate your eye health as part of your regular health check-ups. Having a comprehensive dilated eye exam is one
of the best things you can do to make sure that you’re seeing the best you can and that you’re keeping your eyes
Millions of people have problems with their vision every year. Some of these problems can cause permanent vision
loss and even blindness, while others are common problems that can be easily corrected with glasses or contact
Some Tips for Keeping the Eyes Healthy
- Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam is the
only way to detect many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular
degeneration in their early stages.
- Know your family’s eye health history. It’s important to know if
anyone has been diagnosed with a disease or condition since many are hereditary. This will help to determine if
you are at higher risk for developing an eye disease or condition.
- Eat right to protect your sight.
Eating a diet rich in fruits and
vegetables, particularly dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens is important for keeping
your eyes healthy, too. Research has also shown there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3
fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna, and halibut.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being
overweight or obese increases
your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic
eye disease or glaucoma. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.
**We would like to thank the National Eye Institute for providing such valuable education materials!**