Taking care of your eyes can benefit your overall health. Healthy vision can help keep you safe. Many eye diseases do not have symptoms so it is important to make eye health a priority and get regular eye exams. Here are 4 steps to protect your sight:
Get a dilated eye exam
Ask your eye care provider how often this exam is needed for you.
Live a healthy lifesyle
This means eat healthy food, maintain a healthy weight, manage chronic conditions and don’t smoke.
Know your family history
Some eye diseases are hereditary.
Wear protective eyewear
Protect your eyes when doing household chores, on the job and while playing sports. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays.
Call your eye care provider if you have any of the following:
- Decreased vision
- Eye pain
- Drainage or redness
- Double vision
- Circles around a light source
- Seeing flashes of light
For more information go to www.nei.nih.gov