Eyesight is one of the biggest blessings in life. People who are born with it get to experience the reality of life as it comes however, the less fortunate don’t get to see the beauty that life has to offer. Some are born without sight while others lose it later on in life. People who lose it at a later point in time, start to slowly forget what things look like and there is nothing sadder than that. So, what can you do to prevent eye loss in life? It is certainly a blessing you cannot afford to lose. If you want to learn more about protecting your vision, stick to the very end of this blog.
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Before we proceed further, let’s answer a few FAQs about vision loss you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions
What steps can I take to cope with vision loss?
Here are a few things you can do to deal with vision loss properly:
- Learn about your condition and seek help accordingly
- Look for therapeutic counseling for your condition
- Understand the process of grieving and try to face it head-on rather than running from it
- Explore the benefits of adjustment classes and special devices
How does the loss of vision affect the life of a person?
Vision loss can affect your physical health as you may start to trip and fall a little more. It can also have a big impact on your mental health as you are unable to see. All of these problems can be properly dealt with if you seek the right help.
What is the most common cause of loss of vision?
A cataract is the clouding of the eye and is the leading cause of blindness in the world. It is also the leading cause of vision loss in the United States. Cataracts can occur at any stage of life and can also occur at birth.
Now that we have some burning questions answered and out of the way, let’s continue…
How To Protect Your Vision
Have Regular Comprehensive Eye Exams
A lot of people think their eyesight is fine therefore they have nothing to worry about their vision. However, a thorough eye exam can reveal things you never thought existed. These are conditions only a professional can identify. Therefore, getting your eye exams is crucial to the health of your eyes. Coming toward common vision problems, a lot of people also fail to see, no pun intended, that their eyesight can improve by using prescription glasses or lenses. Furthermore, there are a lot of diseases of the eye, for example, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration that occurs often without any warning.
A comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to diagnose these issues properly and on time so a proper intervention can be planned and executed.
Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels
Did you know that 90% of the blindness caused by diabetes is easily preventable? Simply ask your medical team to help you set and attain goals that can help you manage your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
The usual goal set for the majority of the people is under 7% for this test. However, yours may differ according to your body.
- Blood Pressure
Since high blood pressure causes heart diseases, the goal is to keep it under 140/90 mmHg for most people however this can also vary for you depending on your body.
LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, builds up and starts to clog your blood vessels. One of these vessels leading up to the eyes, if clogged, can be highly damaging and you do not want that. HDL, or good cholesterol, helps remove the bad cholesterol from your blood. Ask your doctors what your cholesterol numbers should be.
Knowing Your Family’s Eye History
Talk to your family members, especially those that you consider near relatives by blood. Try to figure out if they had any diseases related to the eye in their medical history. Learn whether this disease was genetic or not because if it was, there is a chance that you may have it too. Some diseases take time to present themselves as their genes are simply switched off, and are turned on after a certain time period under the right conditions. Knowing all of this information can help you stay ahead of all of these ailments and try to nip them in the bud with proper medical intervention before they start to take a toll on your mental and physical health.
Have a Healthy Diet
Believe it or not, your diet has a significant impact on your eyesight. You must have heard that carrots are good for your eyes. While that is true, incorporating a lot of other fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens like spinach and kale, in your diet can help improve your eyesight a lot. Research has also shown and proven that eyes benefit a lot from eating fish that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Such fish are Tuna and Salmon.
Quit Smoking or Never Start
Smoking is known to have a lot of negative effects on the health of human beings. Eyesight is one of the things that can get affected by it. Researchers have been successful in linking smoking to age-related macular degeneration along with cataracts and optical nerve damage. All of these diseases, as mentioned above, can easily lead to blindness that may be incurable. Smoking is never good for health. Not for you and certainly not for people who passively smoke in the presence of those who smoke on a regular basis.
To briefly sum everything up, here is a list of all the things you can do to prevent loss of vision in life:
- Have regular comprehensive dilated eye exams
- Maintain blood sugar levels
- Know your family’s eye history
- Have a healthy diet
- Quit smoking or never start
As you can see, there are a lot of very easy ways that you can adopt and make a part of your daily routine to prevent loss of vision in life. Some of them can go a very long way in aiding you to leading a life that is happy and healthy. Get your eyes checked, wear a proper prescription, and make sure you take care of those eyeballs to the best of your ability. They are definitely an asset. If you made it to the end of this blog, we believe you are educated enough and ready to start exploring the world of eyesight and how you can do your best in order to not only protect your eyes but help others protect theirs through knowledge. With that said, goodluck for the future!