Many people take their vision for granted and fail to practice proper eye safety. By taking a few important steps, you can help prevent serious eye injuries and eye disorders that can damage your vision. While it’s impossible to maintain perfect vision for the rest of your life, making some changes in your lifestyle now can help you significantly reduce your risk level in the future.
If you spend too much time in the sun without wearing proper protection, your eyes will gradually accumulate sun damage over time. Excess sun exposure can heighten your risk of certain eye conditions, such as:
Sunglasses are the best way to keep your eyes safe from sun damage. Although cataracts are a common problem for most seniors, they can form much earlier in life if your eyes have suffered from too much sun exposure.
Only buy sunglasses that block all (100%) UVA/UVB rays. It’s also a good idea to purchase sunglasses that have large lenses, since they can protect the sensitive skin surrounding your eyes from skin cancer.
Approximately 850,000 people in the United States suffer an eye injury every year, according to Prevent Blindness America (PBA). Most injuries either occur at home, at work, or while playing a sport. If you regularly participate in sports – or if you work in a hazardous environment – be sure to always wear protective eyewear that is designed for your specific activity.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your overall eye health. Some other tips for eye safety include:
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If you have further questions about protecting your eyes, please contact The Khanna Institute today. We serve patients throughout Los Angeles County, with locations in Beverly Hills and Westlake Village, California.