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May is Healthy Vision Month. The National Eye Institute recommends doing the following to keep your eyes healthy:
Get a dilated eye exam
An ophthalmologist can examine your eyes and not only determine if you need glasses or contact lenses, but also check for glaucoma and other eye diseases. CEENTA has nearly 40 ophthalmologists in a dozen locations across North Carolina, so call us at 704-295-3000 to make an appointment to have your eyes checked today!
Live a healthy lifestyle
Eating well and exercising isn’t just good for your heart and lungs, but it can be good for your eyes, too. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces your risk of getting diabetes or other systemic issues, which can in turn affect your eyesight. Eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, is beneficial. Not smoking can reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and optic nerve damage. Finally, managing chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis can prevent eye problems from developing.
Know your family history
Talk to your family about their medical history and find out if anyone had eye disease. Many eye diseases are hereditary, and this can help you learn if you are at risk of developing one yourself.
Use protective eyewear
About 2,000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury requiring medical treatment. Also, someone in the U.S. is treated in the emergency room every 13 minutes for a sports-related eye injury. Wearing protective eyewear such as safety glasses or goggles while working or playing sports can protect your eyes from injury.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays, which can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. Sunglasses that block out 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation are the best choice to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays.
For more information on eye problems and eye care, visit the CEENTA web site at https://www.ceenta.com/specialties/eye-care
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician.
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