Best Tips for Improving Eye Health | Diabetic Eye Disease Month

Did you know that November is Diabetic Eye Disease Month?
Maintaining good vision helps you perform well—at home, at work, or behind the wheel. That’s why it’s important to take a few simple steps to make sure you help keep your eyesight at its best.

Here are 7 Important Things you can start doing to protect your eyes.

Most of us are aware of how important our five senses are including vision hearing touch and taste. But unfortunately many people don’t realize how valuable these are until they are gone.
 Your eyesight is considered to be one of the most important senses one can have as it perceives about 80% of all interactions.
So now that you know how important your eye health is, it is also important to know that if something were to happen with your vision the cost to improve your vision after it has deteriorated is very expensive and will hurt your pocket book.
 Diabetic eye problems can lead to many issues such as cataracts, low vision, macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. What food do you eat and how You protect your eyes will affect you later in life.

Here are some quick tips on how to maintain Optimal Eye Health.

1) Maintaining a Healthy Diet

Many do not know that it’s as simple as your diet that can either help or deteriorate your vision.  Eating foods rich in nutrients like vitamin C and vitamin D, zinc, gluten and omega-3 fatty acids can strengthen your eyes and protect against age related eye problems such as cataracts and macular did generation as well as diabetic eye related problems.

Make sure to eat foods like leafy green veggies and fatty fish such as salmon tuna and make sure to also load up on fresh fruits such as lemons and oranges loading up on your vitamin C.

2) Protect Your Eyes With Sunglasses

If you think of sunglasses as just a way to impress your friends and look fashionable, think again. Wearing a pair of sunglasses will help you stay away from cataracts and macular degeneration by blocking out the sun‘s harmful UV rays.  A pair of sunglasses not only looks cool but Ken block 99 to 100% of harmful sun-rays.

3)  Avoid excessive device exposure

Do you spend nights laying in bed staring at your phone after a full day in the office working in front of a computer? If you do, you are severely putting your eye health at risk.  Some major problems that you can get with excessive exposure to computer and phone screens include:

• Eyestrain
• Dry Eyes
• Blurred Vision

• Long Distance focus issues

Somethings that you can do to reduce eye degeneration and protect your eyes include:

• Keeping your eye glasses or contacts prescription updated
• Taking frequent breaks from looking at the computer

• Following a role where you rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking 20 feet away for more than 20 seconds continuously

4) Meet With Your Eye Doctor Regularly

When was the last time you have been to your yearly eye exam?   Your eyes need to be checked on a regular basis in order to spot eye diseases like glaucoma and or diabetic eye issues. Only a high specialist will be able to appropriately diagnose and recommend things you can do to incorporate good eye health practices.

Your eye doctor will help you by providing vision test to determine:

• Farsightedness, test to determine coordination between eyes
• Optic nerve and I pressure test the spot glaucoma.

• Other health related diseases that need to be addressed in order to help improve your eyesight

5) Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

 Make sure to avoid rubbing your eyes are putting your fingers in your eyes. Especially when you have contact lenses this can be a challenge. Your hands can carry host of germs responsible for different diseases and infections. So keep your hands clean using soaps and sanitizers which will help protect your eyes.

6) Get Good Sleep

It can be hard to balance your work life and family life and also get the sleep that you need which will take the stress off your body and your eyes.  Make sure you drink plenty of water and get plenty of sleep. Adequate sleep in sure that your eyes will be well rested and strength free for the next day.

7) Don’t Avoid Eye Problems

Lastly it is extremely important that you recognize and are vigilant about any eye problems or signs that your vision may be deteriorating.

Changes to your vision could mean multiple things and it’s imperative that you get your eyes checked if you experience any changes to your vision such as:

• Blurry Vision
• Double Vision
• Red eyes for long periods
• Pressure under the eye
• Constant stain

• Pain or swelling 

Overall, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy diet, protect your eyes and get your eyes checked as needed or on an annual basis.
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