Protecting your eyesight is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your quality of life. That’s because our eyes are one of our most wonderful senses. They help us learn about the world in which we live. And, they allow us to see all sorts of things, big or small, near or far, colors, dimensions, and textures. But, a person’s ability to see clearly can be impacted by many things.

From sunlight and blue light, to aging and lifestyle choices, what you do today has an impact on what you can do tomorrow. If you’re like most people, eyesight is one of the things you are most afraid of losing. While we can’t stop the aging process, there are things we can do to improve and protect our eyesight.

Eyesight is the most important of our five senses, yet many people still take it for granted.


Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Just like the skin, too much sun can damage the eyes. In fact, research shows that more than one-third of adults experience symptoms from prolonged UV exposure. These symptoms range from eye irritation to having trouble seeing, as well as having red or swollen eyes. Overtime, excessive UV exposure can damage the eyes. That’s because UV exposure is cumulative over your lifetime, meaning you can’t turn back time and reverse eye damage that has already occurred.

There are two types of UV rays, UV-A and UV-B. Both of which can cause a number of eye problems. UV-A rays can hurt your central vision by damaging the macula (a part of the retina at the back of your eye). UV-B rays are mostly absorbed in the front part of your eye (the cornea and lens). For this reason, UV-B rays can cause even more damage to your eyes then UV-A rays. Together, too much exposure can lead to eye problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

UV Eye Protection

The best way to protect your eyes from the sun is by wearing UV sunglasses. But, make sure it is a pair specifically designed for UV eye protection. That’s because sunglasses that do not provide UV protection can actually cause more damage because they shade the eye, allowing for more UV rays to hit the pupil. Moreover, because the sun’s brightness and glare interferes with comfortable vision and the ability to see clearly, make sure the sunglasses are polarized.

Prevent Eye Injuries

Every day, thousands of eye injuries (accidents) happen, and 90% of them are preventable. Whether you are on the job, working on a home improvement project, or playing sports, always wear eye protection. Protective eyewear or safety glasses can help you avoid the risk of anything coming in contact with your eyes.

Every day, thousands of eye injuries (accidents) happen, and 90% of them are preventable.

Protect Your Eyes from Digital Eye Strain

Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours staring at computer screens and digital devices. Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. When we look at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual “noise” reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain.

For anyone that spends their day working at the computer, don’t forget to blink, and implement the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you spend in front of your digital devices, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Additionally, eyewear is available with lenses featuring magnification, plus anti-reflective and blue light-filtering capabilities, as well as select contact lenses, to help reduce the symptoms of digital eye strain.

Get Regular Eye Exams

The best thing you can do to protect your eyesight, is to get regular eye exams. While you may think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, getting an eye exam is the only way to be sure. That’s because many common eye diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and macular degeneration often have no warning signs. And, an eye exam is the only way to detect these diseases in their early stages when they are the most treatable. When it comes to vision, many people don’t realize they could see better with glasses or contact lenses.

While you may think your vision is fine or that your eyes are healthy, getting an eye exam is the only way to be sure.

The Best Way To Protect Your Eyesight

Getting regular eye exams is the best way to protect your eyesight. During the exam, each eye is closely inspected for signs of common vision problems and eye diseases, many of which have no early warning signs. While you may think your eyes are healthy, getting a comprehensive dilated eye exam is the only way to be sure. During a dilated eye exam, drops are placed in your eyes allowing your pupils to let more light enter the eye (widen).

Once dilated, each eye is examined using a special magnifying lens that provides a clear view of important tissues at the back of the eye, including the retina, the macula, and the optic nerve. Protect your vision today by booking your annual dilated comprehensive eye exam. If you need more information on our eye exams or need help booking an appointment, call us at (805) 522-7007 or send us a message.