TIPS FOR HEALTHY EYES By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
There is a tendency to not really think about your eyes unless you have a problem such as pain or blurred vision. Most people, frankly, take better care of their car than their eyes! They take the car in for regular servicing for preventative maintenance and repair problems as they occur. Your eyes don’t ask much, just be treated kindly, and in return they provide you with a window into the world.
The most important gifts you can give your eyes are: wearing sunglasses outside, not smoking and having a healthy diet. The sunglasses block the UVA and UVB radiation that can damage the retina and promote cataracts. Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss for those over 65 years-old and there is a clear link between ultraviolet exposure and this condition. There are two types of macular degeneration, the dry and the wet. Smoking increases your chances of developing the more severe, wet type. A diet with plenty of leafy green vegetables is also helpful in preventing macular degeneration. These are lifetime habits that protect you most precious sense, your vision.
Just as your car needs servicing, your eyes need a thorough evaluation every one to two years. The purpose is not just to be sure you have the best possible glasses and contact lens prescription, it is also to be sure your eyes are healthy. Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and has no symptoms until it is quite severe. If detected early during an eye examination, preserving your vision is a simple as taking an eye drop daily.
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Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care such as small incision cataract surgery and blade-free LASIK. For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.