There are many diseases which can lead to vision loss. Some of the more commonly recognized are cataracts and macular degeneration. Not all eye diseases can be treated but prevention is always better than cure. Ignorance is the main factor which has led to many people losing their vision. For instance, majority of older people with age related macular diseases often neglected to visit an ophthalmologist to be examined.
Ways to Prevent Vision Loss
Direct sun rays and other forms of ultraviolent rays (UV) are the main cause of cataracts which affects one’s vision. Some vision loss can be prevented by wearing sunglasses. The type of sunglasses you use can also protect the delicate outer parts of the eye such as eyelid from sun rays, and reducing wrinkles and even protecting from skin cancer. Thus sunglasses are more than a fashion statement. They are essential tools for vision loss protection.
Eat proper foods
A lack of critical vitamins and minerals, can lead to impairment of the retina. Some of the food substances that you can use to prevent vision loss are carrots and vegetables, especially the leafy ones. Vitamins A, C and E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with prevention with advanced macular degeneration.
Smoking cigarettes will increase the effects of the age related macular diseases and cause other adverse health conditions. Hence, quitting is the best option. And if you smoke and you have a history of the macular degeneration you are likely to get the disease than a non-smoker.
Get a baseline eye check up
Adults with or without symptoms of adult macular degeneration, should get eye examinations at the age of 40 years, because this is the age when the sign of the disease and changes in eye functionality starts to occur. With this check up the ophthalmologist will know when you should be getting the examinations depending on your health condition and family history. If you have the signs, frequent examinations and preventions will be necessary.
Wear eye protection
If you are dealing with power tools, swimming, cycling or skiing or doing any other activity which requires one to protect his or her eyes, you should always wear eye protection. There are many items which can be used to protect eyes. Goggles are very useful and you they are readily available in the market at affordable prices. These eye protections will prevent possible eye damage from flying objects or strong wind or other external forces.
Avoid eye fatigue
Finally, to prevent vision loss, you should avoid straining and overworking your eyes especially when working with a computer or watching television for long hours. Being aware of eye fatigue will help you to control eye diseases such as dry eye syndrome and presbyopia among others associated with fatigue. But, if the fatigue persists, you should always see the physician and get examined or treated.