In keeping with “September is Healthy Aging Eyes Month” today we are talking about protecting your eyes and tips for keeping your eyes healthy. Let’s face it none of us are getting any younger and with all the stress in today’s environment, external factors, such as fire and smoke, and internal factors with many people stuck at home, all of us are spending much more time online causing eye strain and dry, tired eyes. There are things we can all do to help protect our aging eyes and keep our eyes healthy. The key is consistency along with regular eye check ups to make sure any issues will be spotted early.
Protecting Your Eyesight
Part of protecting your eyes is having regular eye exams by a professional optometrist or ophthalmologist. For People over the age of 60 they should have yearly exams that include dilation. These exams are the only way to find some common eye diseases that have no early warning signs or symptoms.
People that wear glasses or contact lenses should also have yearly exams to regularly check for issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. These types of diseases can cause eye problems if not treated properly.
Be sure to see your eye care professional right away if:
- Your vision changes dramatically, blurs and you can not see
- You see flashes of light, especially when eyes are closed
- You experience eye pain or discomfort
- You experience double vision
- You have redness or swelling of your eye or eyelid