5 Experts Answer: What’s the Best Way to Preserve My Eyesight?
Each week, MyHealthNewsDaily asks the experts to answer questions about your health.
Bala Ambati, associate professor ofِ ophthalmology andِ visual sciences atِ the University ofِ Utah andِ director ofِ corneal research atِ the John A.
Moran Eye Center: When itِ comesِ to preserving yourِ vision, early detection isِ key.
Full visual exams everyِ two years areِ sufficient forِ healthy adults inِ their mid-20s toِ mid-30s withِ theِ exception ofِ those whoِ wear contact lenses, inِ which case theyِ shouldِ beِ seen eachِ year.
Rosine Alianakian, optometrist andِ interim chief ofِ primary care atِ the State University ofِ New York (SUNY) State College ofِ Optometry: There aren’t anyِ steadfast rules, butِ there areِ some simple daily routines thatِ oneِ canِ develop thatِ couldِ slow downِ normal biological changesِ that canِ occur inِ the aging eye.
Here atِ SUNY State College ofِ Optometry, weِ recommend a daily vitamin thatِ containsِ lutein, a carotenoid thatِ isِ clinically proven toِ protect againstِ cataracts andِ macular degeneration.
Smoking canِ cause dry eyes andِ increase theِ rate ofِ development ofِ cataracts.
Mahsa Salehi, doctor ofِ optometry atِ the Ocular Surface Diseases & Dry Eye Clinic atِ the Wilmer Eye Institute atِ The Johns Hopkins Hospital inِ Maryland: Eyesight isِ exquisite andِ considered oneِ ofِ the mostِ essential senses thatِ plays anِ important role inِ people’s lives; thusِ itِ isِ important toِ establish preventative behaviors andِ select ideal protective measures.
While it’sِ important toِ protect ourِ eyes fromِ extended sun exposure, itِ isِ just asِ important toِ protect ourِ eyes fromِ hazardous chemicals, flying objects, airborne particles, etc.
Research studies haveِ shown nutrition toِ beِ critical toِ eye health andِ reducing theِ risk ofِ eye diseases.
Scott MacRae, director ofِ the Refractive Surgery Center atِ the Flaum Eye Institute ofِ the University ofِ Rochester Medical Center: In general, theِ bestِ thing youِ canِ do forِ your eyesight inِ the long term isِ to live allِ those behaviors you’veِ heard soِ muchِ about.
Eat rightِ andِ exercise.
Eat lots ofِ fruit andِ vegetables, especiallyِ green, leafy vegetables, whichِ areِ rich inِ antioxidants thatِ helpِ counter theِ damage thatِ occurs throughoutِ ourِ bodies asِ we age.
Leejee Suh, assistant professor ofِ clinical ophthalmology atِ Bascom Palmer Eye Institute atِ the University ofِ Miami: I’m a cataract andِ corneal specialist, andِ I alwaysِ tell myِ patients thatِ the bestِ way toِ halt progression ofِ disease orِ prevent disease, suchِ asِ cataracts, macular degeneration orِ glaucoma, isِ a healthy diet a diet that’sِ rich inِ vitamin A orِ beta carotene, vitamins C andِ E, zinc andِ more importantly, omega-3 fatty acids .
You canِ get omega-3s fromِ dark fish (salmon, halibut, tuna).
And thenِ I alwaysِ talk aboutِ wearing sunglasses whenِ you’re outside.