Make Eye Health a Priority in your 20’s

Yearly physical? Check. Dentist appointments? Double Check. But what about your eye health?

It’s important to take care of your eyes — just like you take care of the rest of your body! Whether you’re looking forward to soaking in the window view from your corner office or setting your sights on the beach this summer — you can take simple steps now to make sure you’re seeing your best when that day comes.

Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time to learn how to protect your eyes — and help prevent vision loss in the future. This year, we’re encouraging young adults ages 25 to 35 to make eye health a priority now and for years to come.

Our recommendations include:

  • Get regular dilated eye examinations from an eye care professional. Many vision problems such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and age related macular degeneration have no early symptoms and are much more treatable in the early stages.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods, abstaining from smoking and managing chronic conditions
  • Know your family history, because any eye diseases are hereditary, so be sure to let your eye doctor know what eye conditions your family members have to determine if you’re at higher risk.
  • Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries on the job, while playing sports or doing simple chores around the home
  • Wear quality sunglasses to protect eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The simple act of putting on a pair of sunglasses when leaving the house can prevent short term problems like photokeratitis (sunburned corneas) and long term effects such as cataracts, macular degeneration, and pterygium. Be sure your sunglasses block out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB radiation.

Taking these simple steps can protect your vision and eye health for years to come. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansfield, Dr. Meyer or Dr. Lewis and make your vision a priority!