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Tips for lifelong vision health

Your vision health is important; it's never too late to start caring for your eyes. Keep the following tips in mind and you'll be seeing your visual health in a whole new light.

Tips for maintaining your vision:

  • Quit smoking. Smoking increases the risk of contracting some eye diseases.

  • Get your eyes tested at least every two years.
  • Pay attention to food nutrition, and make sure your diet includes enough fruits and vegetables. They provide antioxidants and vitamins that contribute to vision health.
  • Sunglasses can protect your eyes from UV rays.
  • If you stare at a computer screen for long periods of time, be sure to take frequent breaks.
  • Safety glasses must be worn whenever you're in a situation where debris could fly up near your face.
  • When reading, be sure not to hold books too close to your eyes.

Reversing Vision Damage

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over 60. With this disease, a person's central vision is destroyed as a result of abnormal, leaky blood vessels that form under the retina. Some specialists recommend drugs that can make it more difficult for abnormal blood vessels to develop. Other specialists recommend vision-care vitamin supplements.

Laser Eye Surgery

Laser eye surgery has the potential to greatly improve your vision. It can help people who are nearsighted, farsighted or who have astigmatism. These conditions occur as a result of problems with the way the eye focuses an image on the retina. The retina is a light-sensitive layer that is situated at the back of the eye. An eye's ability to focus has a lot to do with the shape of the cornea, which is the eye's clear, front surface. Laser eye surgery makes permanent changes to the shape of the eye's cornea. There are many benefits of this surgery, including less dependence on glasses and contacts. Check with your eye care practitioner to discuss further benefits, as well as risks.

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