Five Ways to Help Prevent Eye Problems

sunglassesAge-related eye trouble is one of the most common problems seen at Park Ophthalmology. Now, a new study described in a recent New York Times article shows that exercise can reduce the risk of one of the biggest culprits: age-related macular degeneration. The studies, so far just in mice, have shown many benefits.

The health of your eyes is just one more reason to get out and move around in the spring weather that has arrived in Raleigh and Durham. As one researcher in the article put it, “As potential treatments go, (exercise) it’s cheap, easy and safe.”

Triangle residents looking for easy and safe treatments or prevention for eye health issues can also try these approaches:

  • Wear sunglasses: Sunshine is hard on the eyes and can even cause cataracts. Read more on choosing the right sunglasses. People should carry sunglasses with them at all times so that they’re at the ready for a quick walk to lunch or a day in the park.
  • Eat healthy and take vitamins: Vitamins in the foods we eat and supplements we take can help keep eyes strong.
  • Quit smoking: While lung cancer and other problems are at the top of the list of reasons to quit smoking, kicking butts also makes a big difference for the eyes. Smokers have an increased risk for eye disorders.
  • Protect eyes from possible injury: Whether playing sports or working on a house project, throwing on a pair of goggles is always a good idea. And be sure to avoid dangerous behaviors, such as those many women do as part of their daily beauty regimen.
  • Get regular eye exams: Even those with 20/20 vision should stop in once a year and see Dr. Beth Friedland. Exams are a great opportunity to check on the health of eyes, not just to change or correct a prescription.

A few simple steps are all that’s required to keep eyes healthy at all ages. Call Park Ophthalmology today to set up an appointment.

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Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about eye health is brought to you by the professional team atPark Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


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