Everyone should take good care of their eyes! And that includes having a regular dilated exam every year or two, and a dilated exam annually after age 60, according to the American Optometric Association (AOA). Between routine visits, you can take these essential steps which may maintain or improve your vision:

  • Eat at least 5 servings daily of fruits and vegetables.

  • Don’t smoke.

  • Take regular breaks while doing computer work and other tasks that mostly involve your eyes.

  • Wear your glasses. This sounds obvious, but many people with low to moderate vision loss leave them at home or tucked in a pocket or purse because of vanity or forgetfulness.

  • Wear sunglasses when out of doors that protect your eyes from UVA and UVB rays, even on cloudy days.

  • Closely follow the recommended schedule for cleaning and wearing contact lenses.

  • Know your family’s eye history and share this information with your healthcare providers.

  • If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, make sure these conditions are under control.

Being sure that you are doing all you can to care for your eyes is important! Following the simple steps above will keep your sight in shape in between exams!

Source: urmc.rochester.edu

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