March is national “Save Your Vision Month.” Take the time out of your busy schedule in the next few weeks to imagine how different your life would be if you couldn’t see. Then, take the steps to ensure that you are doing all you can to keep your eyes healthy, and encourage your friends and family members to do so as well.
The National Eye Institute has put together a list of tips for healthy eyes. Read these pieces of wisdom to yourself, then send them to a friend, family member, or coworker to show them that you care.
- Take a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Sometimes people who are in need of contact lenses or glasses don’t even realize that their vision is bad since they haven’t been able to see clearly for a while. Similarly, many eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam will detect these diseases early.
- Know your family’s eye health history. Talk to your family members about their eye health history. Knowing if anyone you’re related to has been diagnosed with a disease will help you to determine if you are at higher risk for developing certain conditions.
- Eat right. Carrots are commonly recognized as being beneficial for the eyes, but it’s also important to maintain a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, most notably dark greens like spinach. Research has also shown that there are eye health benefits from eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, tuna, and halibut.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing diabetes and other conditions which can lead to vision loss. If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight, talk to your doctor.
- Quit smoking or never start. Research has linked smoking with an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, cataract, and optic nerve damage, all of which can lead to blindness.
- Wear sunglasses. Shades are a great fashion accessory, but they also protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
- Rest your eyes. If you spend a lot of time on the computer each day, make sure that you are giving your eyes a break every 10 minutes or so.
- Clean your hands and your contact lenses properly. Wash your hands before putting in or taking out your contact lenses to ensure that no nasty bacteria is transferred into your eyes. Also, only keep your lenses in your eyes only for as long as your doctor says, and change them for new ones as directed.
How Can CladeHealth Tracker Help?
CladeHealth Tracker can store all of your eye-related health information. As you increase in age there are more things to track when it comes to vision. Not only can CladeHealth Tracker keep your ophthalmologist’s contact information in one place, but this smartphone application can also hold your vision test results, your eye-related medications, and any procedures that you might have had done performed on your eyes.
There are also many medical emergencies that are related to the eyes. Imagine if you got something in your eyes and were temporarily (or permanently) blinded. With CladeHealth Tracker on hand, you would have all of your health information easily on hand to give to the medics rushing to your aid. Obviously we don’t like imagining ourselves in medical situations where we might lose vision, but it’s always better to be prepared than to avoid thinking about such a situation.
Own your eye health information with CladeHealth Tracker.
For more information visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/healthyeyes/eyehealthtips.asp