“The Macular Degeneration Association can across this article which was written for those in the UK. We feel this information is very valuable for all vision impairments and gives helpful tips on how to save your sight. You can ask the doctor any questions or concerns and he will be glad to answer them. Just go to Ask the Doctor section on our website www.macularhope.org “
by: P&J reporter
Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes
Optometrists are trained to:
- assess urgent eye problems
- perform thorough eye examinations
- check for eye disorders and
- manage and treat a wide range of common eye conditions.
They can attend to your visual needs no matter your age, and manage conditions such as glaucoma, a cataract or macular degeneration. If you have an eye problem, including an eye emergency, you can visit your optometrist for advice. Please have a dilated eye exam at least once a year, with early intervention and treatment vision can be saved. For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.
5 SIMPLE SIGHT SAVERS
1. QUIT SMOKING. Smokers have a significantly greater risk of sight loss than non-smokers.
Toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke can damage the delicate surface and the internal structure of the eye. This can lead to an increased risk of many eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), nuclear cataracts; thyroid eye disease; dry eye and poor color vision.
2. EAT RIGHT FOR GOOD SIGHT. Most of us have no idea that what we eat can affect how well we see, however, eye-friendly nutrients found in many fruit and vegetables and fatty acids derived from fish, nuts and oils can all help protect your sight.
3. WATCH YOUR WEIGHT. A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+ doubles your risk of suffering age-related macular degeneration and significantly increases your chances of developing cataracts.
4. COVER UP. Exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Always wear sunglasses when the UV index rises above three, even on a cloudy day.
Check your sunglasses filter for AT LEAST 99% of UVA and UVB light when choosing your sunglasses to be sure they provide adequate protection.
5. BE SCREEN SMART. On average we spend a staggering 35 hours a week staring at a computer screen so it’s no surprise that 90% of us say we experience screen fatigue – tired or irritated eyes, blurred vision, headaches and poor colour perception.
Give your eyes a break by looking away from your screen every 20 minutes and focusing on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Source: Press and Journal, MDA