When was the last time you thought about your vision? You take care of your teeth and your hair, skin and nails. You've focused on your waistline and your heart health.
But have you thought about your eyes and what you are doing (or not doing) to improve them lately?
No? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
For many people, vision is something of an afterthought. However, about one in six adults age 45 and over has some type of sight-threatening eye problem.
As people’s age increases, their risk for vision loss increases as well.
Many Americans erroneously believe that there is nothing they can do to make their vision better or worse so they don’t think about it. However, that is simply not the case.
There are many things you can do today to make sure you keep your excellent vision, or to make sure it does not deteriorate any more than it already has.
1) Stop playing tennis without eye protection.
Though it may not make you look cool, polycarbonate sports glasses work well to protect your eyes when you play racket sports like tennis and racquetball. The bones around your eyes are so delicate that a fast-moving ball can cause significant damage if they are hit directly.
2) Stop rubbing your eyes.
This is one of the most common ways people do damage to their eyes.
Resist the rub! When you feel something in your eye, rubbing it will only make it embed further. It can also cause tiny tears in your cornea which can leave you open for infection.
Instead of rubbing, let your tears wash away any debris or use over-the-counter eye drops to flush the irritant out. If you still feel compelled to rub their eyes, make an appointment with an eye doctor for some professional advice.
3) Stop wearing your contacts so long.
For those who wear contacts, it can be tempting to keep them in as long as possible. But don’t do it! It can cause permanent scarring, and even loss of vision.
Contacts form a protective film around them that can block oxygen from flowing to your corneas. This can cause your corneas to be more apt to break down and be open to germs and infection.
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“8 ways to protect your vision.” AllAboutVision.com. Web. 16 March 2016.