10 smart ways to protect your eyes
For people with a particular need to take care of their eyes – for example people with diabetes – regular and frequent eye screening is essential, said experts at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai, highlighting 10 ways to protect eyes.
Five consultants at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai share their tips for healthy eyes in 2018:
Dr Avinash Gurbaxani, consultant ophthalmic surgeon in Uveitis, Medical Retinal Diseases and Cataract Surgery tips:
• Stop smoking: According to the Royal National Institute of Blind People, smoking causes harm to the tissues of the eye. Research has confirmed the harmful effects of smoking on eyesight, particularly in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a leading cause of sight loss. Smokers double their risk of developing AMD, and tend to develop it earlier than non-smokers. Treatment options for AMD are limited but stopping smoking can reduce the risk of developing macular degeneration.
Smoking is also linked to the development of cataracts, and although they are treatable and therefore do not lead to blindness, they remain a major cause of sight loss worldwide. Smoking can make diabetes related sight problems worse. Passive smoking is almost as harmful as first hand smoking.
In short, smoking is one of the most harmful lifestyle habits for the health of your eyes, so quitting (or even better – not starting) is probably the most effective way of protecting your eyes.
If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. The more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.
• Take symptoms seriously: If you are experiencing unusual symptoms such as cloudy vision, blurred images, floating spots and loss of vision, head straight to an ophthalmologist to get them checked. You could be saving your sight.
Dr Paola Salvetti, consultant ophthalmologist, Specialist in Medical Retina tips:…
Source: Trade Arabia