Did you know that more than 5,5 million Canadians have one of the four major eye diseases (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy)? And, therefore, are at serious risk of losing their vision? With this shocking statistic in mind, here are our top tips for protecting your eyesight in 2019 and beyond:
1. Know Your Genetics
Many common eye problems and diseases tend to run in families, hence the importance of knowing your family’s medical history. You’re also at a much higher risk of suffering from eye-related diseases if you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure or diabetes (other diseases that also tend to be genetic).
2. See Your Optometrist If You Notice Changes In Your Vision
If you notice that your eyesight is slowly deteriorating or if you wake up one day with blurry vision or irritated eyes, do not wait before you make an appointment to see an optometrist. The longer you wait, the worse the situation is likely to get.
3. Exercise Often
Exercise is not only excellent for boosting one’s health in general, but according to the AAO, it is also likely to reduce the risk of macular degeneration as you age by up to 70 percent.
4. Wear The Right Sunglasses
Not all sunglasses were created equal! Make sure you invest in a quality pair that will provide you with complete UV protection.
5. Don’t Open Your Eyes Underwater When Swimming
Chlorine tends to irritate the eyes, so close them if you go underwater, or treat yourself to a decent pair of goggles.
6. Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Unless you’ve just washed them thoroughly, rubbing your eyes can spread germs and cause a number of diseases and eye-related problems that are definitely best avoided.
Remember, if you need glasses, it is always a good idea to invest in the best ones for your eyes. Luckily, that needn’t cost you a fortune. Choose 3 for 1 glasses and get three pairs of glasses for the price of one! Get in touch with us today to learn more.