Eye health

Your eyes are an important part of your overall health

While there are many things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and make sure you are seeing your best, the most important step you can take is to have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Many common eye diseases often have no warning signs, but a dilated eye exam can detect these diseases in their early stages.

As we live longer, the number of people with eye diseases will increase. A study sponsored by the National Eye Institute, through the National Institutes of Health, identifies age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts as the most common eye diseases in Americans 40 and older. This study emphasizes the importance of having a complete yearly eye examination to help with preventing, delaying and treating eye diseases.

Don't let eye injuries happen to you

There are about 2.5 million eye injuries every year, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Nearly half happen around the house during activities such as cooking, mowing the lawn or working in the garage. Eye experts say nine out of 10 eye injuries could be avoided if people used the right protective eyewear.

For most home projects, wear goggles marked ANSI Z87.1 on the product's lens or frame. You can buy them at your local hardware or building supply store. Be sure to protect your eyes during sports activities, too. The right safety gear can vary from sport to sport, so ask your doctor for guidance.

Prevention can be as easy as wearing safety glasses. Put them on before:

  • Using cleaners or solvents
  • Cooking with grease or oil
  • Working with hammers, drills and other tools
  • Mowing the lawn
  • Securing a load with bungee cords
  • Working on your car

Eye health and preventive care

You can have perfect vision and still have problems with your eyes. A comprehensive eye exam can uncover and diagnose potential problems.

Find out about preventive eye care and regular exams and how they can be an important part of promoting better eye health.