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Your risk of developing certain medical conditions and eye diseases increases as you get older. Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts are among the most common eye problems in older adults. Fortunately, you can reduce your chances of getting them and protect your vision by making healthier lifestyle switches. One of which is regularly getting a comprehensive eye exam.

This Healthy Vision Month, we’re sharing habits that can contribute to long-term eye health.

Eat a Well-Balanced Diet

Including nutrient-dense foods in your diet can benefit different parts of your body, including your eyes. Eating balanced meals can lower the risk of night blindness, macular degeneration, cataracts and other eye problems. Some foods great for your vision include leafy greens, whole grains, fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, citrus fruits high in vitamin C, nuts and seeds.

Take a Break From Digital Screens

Today, people tend to spend a significant amount of their day viewing digital screens. Prolonged exposure to computers, smartphones and tablets can result in digital eye strain. Headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and dry eyes are some of its most common symptoms. To avoid discomfort, follow the 20-20-20 rule where you look 20 feet away from the screen for 20 seconds every 20 minutes. Another thing that helps is to blink as it lubricates your eyes and keeps them from drying out.

Get Regular Eye Exams

Regular visits to your optometrist are extremely important, even if you think your vision hasn’t changed. Routine eye exams are essential to detect early signs of vision-threatening eye conditions. For instance, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration don’t often show early indications. When your eye doctor traces them early, you can delay their progression and preserve your vision for longer.

Protect Your Eyes Outdoors

Before going outside, make sure you are wearing appropriate eye protection. Wearing ultraviolet (UV) blocking sunglasses when heading out reduces the likelihood of cataracts, eye cancers and macular degeneration. It’s also helpful to wear a wide-brimmed hat.

At Spectrum Eye Care, we’re here to help you keep your eyes healthy and preserve your vision. Aside from general eye care services, we also offer pre- and post-operative care for patients undergoing LASIK eye surgery. Call us at (704) 817-4600, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services.