Your Sight

Healthy Living, Healthy Vision

Take Care of Yourself!

Good health is an important part of good vision. The healthier you are, the better chance you have of avoiding risks to your eyes.

Take the following steps to lower your risk of eye disease and vision loss!

Avoid Smoking

Quitting smoking can have many good effects on your health. Avoiding smoking can also protect the health of your eyes. By quitting smoking, you can help to possibly reduce your risk of developing several different types of eye diseases.

Quitting smoking may reduce your risk of developing:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Quitting smoking will also reduce your risk of developing diabetic retinopathy if you are diabetic.

Smoking and Vision fact sheet

Eat Healthy Foods

Lifelong good nutrition may lower your risk of some eye diseases. By eating a healthy, balanced diet, you will have a better chance of staying healthy and keeping your eyes healthy. A lifetime diet rich in certain dark green vegetables, such as spinach and kale, may reduce your risk of getting AMD.

By eating healthy foods, you will lower your risk of developing other diseases, such as diabetes, which can lead to diabetic eye disease. Diabetes is also a risk factor for developing glaucoma.

Nutrition and Vision

Stay Active

Staying active is part of a healthy lifestyle that can improve your overall health. Exercising regularly can reduce your risk of developing problems that can lead to eye disease.

Talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Control Your Blood Pressure

Controlling your blood pressure is not just a good idea for your heart. It is also a good idea for protecting your eyesight. High blood pressure can increase your risk for glaucoma. It may also increase your risk for diabetic retinopathy if you have diabetes.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

You already know that you need to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays when you are outdoors. But do you know that you also need to wear protective sunglasses to protect your eyes from those same UV rays?

The sun releases energy (radiation) in many forms. The sunlight we see is one form. The heat we feel from the sun is another. Ultraviolet (UV) rays, a third type, are also invisible to the eye. UV rays cause sunburn. They can also damage your eyes and hurt your vision.

Protect your eyes from UV rays.

Follow Recommendations for Getting Regular Eye Care

Prevent Blindness recommends that everyone receive a comprehensive eye exam through dilated pupils regularly as recommended by your eye doctor.

If you are having trouble seeing clearly or have noticed a change in your vision, call your eye doctor to schedule an appointment.  If you have a large sudden change in vision, sudden pain, or injured your eye(s), seek immediate emergency medical attention.

Getting Eye Care

Common Eye Myths

It’s important to separate fact from fiction, especially when the topic is eyesight. Knowing how to take good care of your eyes is the first step to protecting your sight for a lifetime.

Common eye myths