Eye Health Care Services From Envision Eyecare in Asheville, NC
Your eyes play a crucial role in helping you experience the world and navigate through your daily life. That's why it's important to realize just how much control you have over preserving and optimizing your eyesight for life through your own everyday health choices. With that goal in mind, here are some valuable eye health care tips from our caring team.
A Healthy Lifestyle for Healthier Eyes
Your eyes are delicate organs that can easily be affected by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, smoking, alcohol abuse, and poor diet. By addressing these lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risks for eye diseases. Smoking cessation, for instance, can help you avoid macular degeneration and cataracts, while controlling your blood pressure can reduce your risk for glaucoma. Healthy diet and healthy weight maintenance can prevent diabetes, the cause of diabetic retinopathy. Male sure your diet includes plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
Knowing Your Risk Factors and Family History
The more you understand about your current future eye disease risks, the more effectively you can strategize to protect yourself against these specific issues. Once you're over 40, for instance, your risk for glaucoma rises; as you approach age 60, you become a candidate for macular degeneration. Some eye diseases are influenced by genetic/hereditary factors, such as a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration. Find out about your family history and pay special attention to eye problems that seem to be handed down from generation to generation.
Protection Against UV and HEV Light
UV rays aren't even visible, but they can cause everything from cataracts and "snow blindness" to cancer. HEV light in the blue part of the spectrum may lead to macular degeneration as well as the digital eye strain of computer vision syndrome. Always wear sunglasses that are verified to block the whole UV range whenever you're outdoors. Indoors, cut down on your use of computer monitors (which emit HEV light) or let us fit you with some lenses that filter the HEV range.
Regular Eye Exams Are Crucial
The most important eye health care step is to schedule annual eye exams, whether you think you need them or not. Our optometry team can observe the earliest signs of eye diseases, giving us time to prescribe corrective measures and advise you on smart home care practices,protective eyewear, and/or lifestyle changes.
Contact our Asheville Optometrist
Envision Eyecare is your source of eye care health education and care. Call our Ashevill e optometrist at 828-254-6757 to schedule an eye exam!