With the youngest of the baby boomers turning 65 by 2029, the U.S. can expect the number of individuals with blindness or other forms of visual impairment to double by 2050. In addition, roughly 16 million Americans may have vision struggles as a complication of refractive errors.
This is why the Myopia Institute encourages everyone to take care of their eyes as early as now. As May marks Healthy Vision Month, your trusted myopia control specialists share some ways to maintain your visual health.
Be Aware of Your Family History
One of the first things you can do to keep your eyes healthy is to be familiar with conditions that run in your family. Keep in mind that many vision problems are hereditary. If you have a parent or relatives who are nearsighted, for example, this puts you at a higher risk of being one as well.
Practice Healthy Living
Observing a healthy lifestyle can help keep your eyes in great shape for a long time. You can start by including vision-friendly foods in your diet, like leafy greens, citrus fruits and coldwater fish. Your optometrist also recommends exercising regularly to ensure proper blood flow to your eyes. Doing these can help you maintain a healthy weight, lowering your risk of developing visual and systemic conditions. We discourage smoking as well. This habit is damaging to your eyes, as it is for the rest of your body.
Have Your Eyes Checked Regularly
Many eye conditions are silent, which means they do not show any symptoms, so the only way to be sure you’re in the clear is to have a comprehensive eye exam. Undergoing one can help identify eyesight irregularities, even hidden ones. The sooner we diagnose vision problems, the higher our chances of preserving your eyesight.
Use Proper Protective Eyewear
Every day, around 2,000 individuals sustain eye injuries while on the job. Did you know that using proper safety eyewear could have prevented 90 percent of these work-related eye accidents? Your eye doctor recommends protective eye guards made of polycarbonate. This material is around 10-times stronger than other plastics, making it highly resistant to impact.
For more tips on taking care of your eyes, get in touch with a myopia control specialist in your area. We look forward to hearing from you.