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Many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms. As a result, individuals are often unaware that problems exist. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye and vision problems are important for maintaining good vision and eye health, and when possible, preventing vision loss. Here are some tips to help preserve vision throughout your lifetime:
1. Schedule yearly comprehensive eye exams: Children should have their eyes examined by 6 months of age, then at age 3, and again before starting school, or as otherwise recommended. After the age of 6, children and adults should have their eyes examined every 1-2 years, or sooner as indicated. Regular eye exams are important to screen for any ocular or systemic disease that could threaten the vision or your overall health. Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer can be detected in the eye and may be the first sign of the disease process.
2. Wear UV Protective Eyewear: Long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to development of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye disease. Choose a pair of sunglasses that blocks UV-A and UV-B rays.
3. Take Visual Breaks: Constant use of smart phones and other digital devices can result in computer vision syndrome, dry eye, neck/back pain, and fatigue. Follow the 20/20/20 rule to take visual breaks during prolonged near work. Every 20 minutes, focus on something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will relax your focusing system and alleviate some of those visual symptoms. Also, make sure you have proper lighting and position your desk and chair to view computer screens comfortably without putting strain on your neck and back.
4. Eat Your Green Leafy Vegetables: Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxathin, which are crucial to eye health. Other important dietary nutrients include vitamin C, zinc, and essential fatty acids.
5. Practice safe contact lens hygeine: Make sure you adhere to the prescribed wearing and caring regimen for your contact lenses. Inappropriate adherence to contact lens hygeine can result in serious, vision threatening eye infections.