As with any aspect of your health, your eyesight benefits from a proactive approach. In addition to looking after your overall health, do these five things to prevent vision loss and blindness.
- Protect your eyes.
It’s simple: Put a physical barrier between your eyes and anything that could harm them. That means wearing sports goggles on the field, court or greens to prevent injury, and donning sunglasses outdoors at all times to block harmful ultraviolet light.
- Keep chronic conditions in check.
Genetic conditions that can lead to blindness are not under anyone’s control, but how you manage your health throughout your life is. Familiarize yourself with your family’s health history, so you are aware of illnesses you may be susceptible to – then practice prevention.
Good overall physical condition can help prevent or control conditions that are known to increase the risk of vision loss and blindness.
- High blood pressure
- Dry eye syndrome
Work with your primary care doctor on a medication and/or lifestyle regimen to improve chronic conditions before they affect your eyes and other organs.
- Schedule annual eye exams.
Cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma can sneak up slowly, often masquerading as normal, harmless changes in vision. But these conditions are the leading causes of blindness in adults worldwide. You can do something about it, and it is quite easy: Get your eyes examined!
Your ophthalmologist will check for eye diseases and will often find them before there are any noticeable symptoms. If you wear contacts or glasses, your eye doctor will also ensure your prescription is up to date, so you don’t experience vision loss or visual disturbances from uncorrected refractive errors.
- Take symptoms seriously.
When it comes to vision, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Your eyes are intricate and very delicate. Diseases, injuries and infections can have devastating consequences for your eyesight if left untreated. Pay attention to symptoms that interfere with your daily activities, no matter how minor.
- Double vision
- Pain or foreign body sensation
- Redness and/or discharge
- Difficulty focusing
- Blind spots
This list is not all-inclusive. If you experience any visual disturbances or symptoms that are disruptive or unusual for you, make an eye appointment immediately.
- End long-term dependence on contact lenses.
Contact lenses have helped millions of people see better … but when something goes wrong, that direct contact with the eye can be dangerous. Damaged lenses can cause injury, and contamination can lead to serious, vision-threatening infections. Even if you’re doing everything correctly, you can still develop contact lens intolerance over time, which can be painful and damaging to vision.
If you’re experiencing issues with contact lenses and don’t want to go back to glasses, consider permanent vision correction. LASIK is safe, painless, quick and has a high patient satisfaction rate. What’s more, at Detroit LASIK provider Lake Lazer Eye Center, you will find the advanced, proven laser vision correction technologies you’re looking for. Experienced surgeon Dr. Khambati performs the SoftTouch LASIK and SMILE procedures, two variations of Modern LASIK that patients praise for how fast, comfortable and effective they are.
Call now to book an appointment – (586) 792-3891 – or tap here to request an appointment online.
Lake Lazer Eye Center offers up-front pricing, and convenient and affordable payment plans for SoftTouch LASIK and the SMILE procedure. Dr. Khambati has helped thousands of Detroit LASIK patients and even people from all over the world escape the restrictions of glasses and contacts. In the event that you’re not a candidate for vision correction, we’ll assist you with a contact lens evaluation or a selection of designer and specialty eyewear.